It’s 2:30 p.m. and you just get that feeling… your eyelids start to droop and you’re feeling sluggish and tired, oftentimes you have a second cup of coffee or reach for sugar for a quick pick me up.

Your natural circadian rhythm and dip in core body temperature may be to blame, but poor eating habits are a big contributor to that daily post-lunch slump. What you eat in the morning affects what you crave later in the day, and what you eat at night affects what you’ll crave tomorrow.  The good news is that with these simple tips you can easily avoid that afternoon crash.

Say Good Morning to a Slump-Free Day
The beginning of a productive, slump-free day starts with a protein-rich breakfast to get you through your morning-which can be the hardest part of the day.  By incorporating protein into your breakfast you’ll have increased energy throughout the day.  For a quick and easy protein fix try Egg Beaters, which are shell eggs, without the yolk. The new SmartCups provide a healthy and satisfying meal clocking in at merely 60 calories and an impressive 11 grams of protein per serving.

You are Stronger Than the Slump
Lunch can be the worst meal at an office, especially with chips, cookies, and soda in the kitchen.  To avoid temptation, try something just as tasty, without making your jeans feel a little snugger.  A Healthy Choice frozen meal is perfect for the office and your jeans.  By having a portion controlled meal you will avoid feeling sleepy or too full. In fact, a study from Healthy Choice and the Rippe Lifestyle Institute found that swapping a Healthy Choice meal at lunch helped 81 percent of study participants beat the afternoon slump and focus for the rest of the day.

Snack Away the Slump
When you find yourself start to slump a few hours after lunch you can turn to snacks for an energy boost because you shouldn’t let your body go more than 3-4 hours without eating.  Choose protein-rich snacks for prolonged energy and for an easy snack that can be eaten on the go try DAVID almonds. Almonds are loaded with protein and heart-healthy fats.  You can also try some protein-rich hummus with veggies or H.K. Anderson Wheat Braid pretzels, which have 82 stix per serving, so you get the crunch and satisfaction you crave.

Sip Away The Slump
Another trick of the trade is to drink a glass of water with every snack and meal.  Most people turn to coffee when they need that mid-day pick me up, but if you stay hydrated you won’t need that extra cup of coffee to keep your energy levels up.

Stroll Away From the Slump
Last, but not least, step away from the desk!  As hard as it may be, take a walk outside or around the office.  Not only will it refresh your mind and make you more productive, but by taking a five minute stroll you’ll also refresh your body.

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xx, The FabFitFun Team