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I need a boost in the late afternoon!

Lately I find I'm getting sleepy at my desk in the afternoon. I get 8 hours of sleep each night, eat breakfast and tend to have a healthy, not too heavy lunch. My job is plenty stimulating and I have a window that opens in my office, so it's not due to stale air. Any recommendations for a snack or drink that will keep my forehead from hitting the desk? Note: I have a low tolerance for caffeine and am not a huge fan of chocolate (actually, I don't have much of a sweet tooth.) Thanks!!

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  1. Any sort of nut would be good. I prefer pistachios and almonds, but they all pack pretty good protein and healthy fats.

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    1. re: ArikaDawn

      At Fresh Market (and I'm sure other places have it also) they have several types of mixed nuts in bulk that are good. I get the mixture of almonds, pistachios, pecans and macadamia nuts and have a small handful as a snack late afternoon.

    2. I find that exercising in the morning and cutting carbs helps - even with 5 hr sleep, I'm pretty awake in the pm. Make sure you take vitamin B complex as well.

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      1. re: welle

        I second the vitamin B complex! It made a world of difference for me. I take mine with breakfast, and that droopy-head lull in the afternoon all but disappeared. On the rare occasion that it does hit me, any of the protein snacks mentioned already are helpful, as well as making sure I'm well-hydrated.

        1. re: welle

          Second the exercise. Walking up the stairs to my desk after lunch keeps me fresh for the afternoon. 10 flights equals a nice boost!

          For liquids, I like Sobe Lean diet mango melon. No sugar, only about 45 calories in a 20 oz bottle, and I'll usually add in water as I drink it to thin it out and prolong the flavor. Sometimes, just the act of buying a drink and drinking it helps keep me up, regardless of what it is.

        2. Korean ginseng tea (comes granulated in little foil packets) + korean ginger tea (like a goopy ginger jam in a jar) perks me right up in the afternoon.

          Or, a couple of grapefruit with a little sugar on top.

          1. I would suggest a healthy protein of some kind like almonds as suggested above or even some good-quality yogurt or perhaps cottage cheese. If not a protein then maybe fresh fruit...an apple does me wonders at 3:30 p.m. Do stay away from trashy carbs.

            1. I find the best combination is a snack with some protein and some carbs. I have things like an apple with almond or peanut butter, ricotta cheese on wheat crackers, hummus and crackers - you get the idea. Generally I shoot for something in the 200 or so calorie range which is satisfying enough but not a huge portion.

              The other thing that seemed to help me stay awake is eating smaller meals throughout the day. I never really gave it much thought before but I think it works really well.

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              1. re: pellegrino31

                The hummus is an excellent suggestion, too! I've been eating it on celery lately, very nice. Recently discovered Tribe hummus with horseradish--very spicey and different.