Diet has a huge impact on your general health and day-to-day well-being, much more than most ever realize. Eating right can boost your immune system, help you sleep better, improve your moods and even help you be more productive. If you’re looking to boost your productivity with healthy snack foods, here are your best bets:
Water is vital to life, but many walks around perpetually dehydrated. Caffeine is one culprit, as is sugar. It’s definitely recommended that you give up things like sodas and espressos, but just cutting down can have a wonderfully positive impact on your health. For best results, drink lots of water in the mornings. Have a small cup of joe if you have to, but good clean water will help you wake up, gets your body energized and helps to flush toxins out of your system that can make you feel sick and sluggish.
2. Apples and Peanut Butter
Apple wedges with peanut butter are an excellent, tasty snack. Apples are low-calorie and high-fibre, so they can help you lose weight, which tends to give you a confidence and energy boost. They also have lots of antioxidants to strengthen your immune system, which will, in turn, keep you productive. Adding peanut butter gives you a boost of protein and more antioxidants to keep you healthy and energized. Both foods also contain natural sugars, brain foods that help you maintain more balanced blood sugar levels than if you consume only cane sugar or corn syrup.
3. Iron-Rich Foods
Foods rich in iron are excellent for the bloodstream. Low levels of iron can make you lethargic and prone to sickness or excessive sleeping, a condition known as anaemia. Anaemia can and will wreak havoc on your productivity, and you can have a mild case without even realizing it. Women, especially those who still menstruate, are prone. To avoid it, eat iron-rich foods. Have a roast-beef sandwich instead of a burger for lunch. Try some pita or wheat crackers and spinach dip. Snack on raisins, avocados, and whole peanuts.
4. Cherries, Milk, Ginger, and Peppermint
Being a healthy, productive person is highly dependent on getting enough restful sleep each night. If you sleep too little or don’t sleep deeply, you’ll feel more tired during the day and be less able to focus. To help yourself sleep, try eating some cherries and have a glass of milk before bed. Cherries contain melatonin, a substance in the body that helps regulate sleep cycles, while milk has tryptophan, a very mild sedative. Ginger and peppermint go great in teas or other herbal remedies and both contain other natural substances that help relax the body and mind to promote better sleep.
These healthy snack foods and many others can do wonders for your productivity. Don’t hesitate to add them to your diet at any time and start feeling your best.