Everyday Show: Beat the Afternoon Slump Everyday Show: Beat the Afternoon SlumpMarch 24, 2015 in Media, TravelShare ThisFacebookPinterestTwitterPrintemailWe all strive for those energetic, productive days that makes our time gratifying and constructive . However, our constant movement and busyness can catch up with us fast and produce a feeling of lethargy and hinderance to our productivity. I’m here to show us how feeding ourselves the right foods can help us optimize our energy and avoid the dreaded “afternoon slump.” Having too much fun on the set of Everyday Show with Kathie J and Chris Parente with special guest Annaleigh Ashford! Tip 1 Eat Protein The afternoon slump means low blood-sugar which puts you in the danger zone of choosing unhealthy foods and overeating. Including a proper amount of protein in your meal has shown to significantly reduce appetite which will aid in your weight loss/maintenance goals. More importantly, eating protein will make your shaper! The brain’s neurons are made of fat but they communicate via protein. It also prompts the brain to manufacture norepinephrine and dopamine which promote alertness and activity. So, you can easily always add extra protein-rich foods into your meals such as quinoa, beans, a high-quality protein powder, almond butter, hemp/chia seeds, and even avocado has 3g protein per serving. I happen to love avocado toast with smoked salmon on top and a little cucumber. Or you can make them into these bite-sized treats (cucumber/avocado/salmon/dill on large toothpick) if you’re wanting to limit your carb intake. Tip 2 Fiber Rich Fill up with fiber! Brussels sprouts are full of insoluble and soluble fiber, both essential for feeling full fast, and digestive your food effectively. I love these Brussels Sprout Chips because they offer a plethora of nutrients to keep your energy levels high and they also satisfy that afternoon craving for something salty and crispy (great for avoiding those deep-fried potato chips!). Tip 3 Sweet and Refreshing Spring is finally upon us and soon we’ll be looking for sweet treats that also cool us down. You don’t have to give up your sweets, but it’s important to choose your sugary foods wisely. Here I have Frozen Coconut Grapes that are delicious on their own but I’ve added a little decadence with the coconut fat to sweeten the deal. Check out my favorite tips to making the BEST Coconut Whipped Cream! Why grapes? Grapes make you feel full fast because of their high water and fiber content and the sugar content will satisfy your sweet tooth. I you’re still craving that snickers bar give it 15-20 minutes to digest and see how you feel. They’re also a fun pop-able snack!