When 3:00 p.m. hits, we often find ourselves raiding the vending machine for chips, cookies, and candy bars. Unfortunately, the treats we crave aren’t doing much for our focus, creativity, and ability to finish out the day in a productive fashion. So instead of relying on the vending machine, try bringing one of these five snacks from home to help boost your productivity.
Blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries are some of the most antioxidant-rich foods in the world. The combination of antioxidants in these sweet bites improves memory and recall ability. They also protect against oxidative stress, which can lead to brain cell degeneration that could lead to cognitive decline.
For your brain and your body to function at optimal levels, they need a certain amount of glucose available to be used as energy at all times. A banana, which contains about 25 grams of glucose, has the perfect amount to give you the boost in energy and focus you need. Plus, the fruit’s potassium increases the flow of oxygen to the brain, which also supports concentration and productivity.
3) Hard-Boiled Eggs
Boil up a batch of these on Sunday to have on hand throughout the week. In addition to the ideal combination of protein and fat, eggs contain a vitamin called choline that is key to the creation of a brain chemical called acetylcholine. This neurotransmitter is known to improve focus, speed thinking, and sharpen memory.
4) Dark Chocolate
Chocolate is no longer frowned upon as an unhealthy choice, especially the higher the percentage of cocoa. The high density of antioxidants in dark chocolate enhances concentration, and compounds called epicatechins increase blood flow to the brain to stimulate focus and memory.
5) Green Tea
With about a third of the caffeine as a cup of coffee, green tea is perfect for an energy boost that won’t cause jitters or a post-sip energy crash. It is also chock full of antioxidants that protect the nervous system, and contains an amino acid called L-theanine that helps the brain eliminate stressors in the environment and induces a state of relaxation that will improve focus in as little as 30 minutes.