Energy Alternatives to Caffeine

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caffeineIn recent years, coffee alternatives have hit the market; high-powered caffeine drinks, some that contain the caffeine of five cups of coffee! Studies have shown however, that caffeine may not be the best energy-boost after all.

Caffeinated teas and soft drinks as an alternative to coffee are still not the answer when one still has a few hours left of the workday, and the midday doldrums set in. Do not fret. Here are a few sumptuous snacks that are tasty and refreshing, and that can give you the energy boost that is needed to remain alert and focused.


DO YOU NEED A LITTLE MID-DAY BOOST?

Most people look forward to the coffee break! Coffee and other caffeinated beverages may give you the temporary boost that you think you may need to get you through the rest of the day, but too much of it can leave you feeling agitated, and it can disrupt the good night of rest that is needed to begin the next day feeling fresh and alert.

Let us try a healthier and more refreshing approach. Nature has provided everything that you need to restore your energy and focus. It is as inexpensive and as readily available as the cup of java that is brewing in the break-room. It requires little to no preparation and it leaves no mess to clean up, no cups to wash, it is easy on
the nervous system, and it is nutritious as well as delicious. “What? There is something better than coffee?” you ask. Yes, friends, apples, bananas, and peanut butter! One small apple or a sliced banana with a tbsp of peanut butter contains only about 100 calories or 15g of carbohydrates, and gives you the energy that you need to get through that tough period in the day.

Hummus spread on four whole grain crackers can pack quite a wallop since the crackers’ carbohydrates and the fiber found in hummus are some of nature’s greatest energy boosters. It tastes great, and it can relieve the hunger pangs that may cause you to eat a large lunch that can leave you feeling listless and lazy. Dried fruit and nuts are rich in fiber, and they help to produce that last little energy boost that is needed around the last few hours of a hectic workday. It is easily stored in a little baggie in your briefcase or purse and can be enjoyed while commuting to your next appointment, or even discreetly at your desk.

Protein, grains, and fruit can go a long way in helping to boost your midday energy levels so you may want to take 6 oz of plain low fat yogurt and add in a tsp of granola and a few berries or slices of banana. Once again this food combination will go a long way in carrying you through the rest of your day with ease.

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