7 Snacks to Boost your Brain Power at Work
Hunger is a distraction for me at work, and I often find myself munching on unhealthy snacks. Snacking is an obvious solution to curing those daily hunger pangs, but it is important to satisfy ourselves with food that can support our working activities rather than choosing options that will send us into sugar slumps (and I still want to be able to fit in my suit).
The good news is that it’s not how often you snack that matters, but WHAT you snack on that counts. So what should we snack on in the office to feed our brains well? Here are 7 types of delicious and nutritious foods we should have in the office to snack on.
These come in the forms of cereals, bread, crackers, pasta, and rice. They help us in our ability to focus, providing a steady supply of energy, which comes in the form of glucose that flows in our blood to our brains. Wholegrain does not only help us function day to day at work, in the long term they also help to reduce the risk of heart disease.
Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and blackcurrants are great for the brain, full of high dosages of vitamins and other crucial nutrients. Studies shows that blueberries are also effective in reducing short term memory loss. These tasty treats are convenient, portable and easy to take to the office, so binge on berries when you need an energy boost.
Another solid source of minerals and vitamins. They contain high amounts of Vitamin B9, C, K, and potassium, all of which are essential for our body. Potassium in particular is beneficial for blood pressure control, cardiovascular and heart disease prevention. For the office, cherry tomatoes are convenient to snack on in as they come in bite sized forms.
A handful of pumpkin seeds will give you the perfect amount of zinc, the nutrient essential for memory and thinking.
Packed with vitamin K, which is known to enhance one’s cognitive functions. They are very tasty when combined with sesame dressing.
A source of vitamin E, which helps in the prevention of cognitive decline. Walnuts in particular are well-rounded, containing protein, folate, melatonin, omega-3 fats and antioxidants which together can decrease feelings of vulnerability and stress. To increase their positive effects they are best consumed raw, not irradiated or pasteurized.
The best work snack and my personal favourite! Dark chocolate contains powerful antioxidant nutrients and several natural stimulants including caffeine, which can enhance both focus and concentration. It also promotes the production of endorphins, helping to improve moods. Who doesn’t love chocolate?
What do you usually snack on at work?