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Snacking is a pretty big part of all of our lives. Especially during games like the Super Bowl, party events, around the house, and even at the office. But, did you ever notice sometimes those mid-afternoon snacks in the office cause you to have a sense of “I could really use a 2-hour nap right about now” while others cause to have this sense of “I can do anything right now!” Snacking is a healthy part of anyone’s diet, but here are some ideas for foods that can provide you with an extra boost to get you through your day and help you be the best you can for your team:

1. Whole Grain
Granola bars, oatmeal, cereal, and so much more can help give your brain the much needed quick energy without the blood sugar spike caused by refined carbs. Carbohydrates help provide you with the needed sugar to function at optimal levels. Mix things up a bit by finding fruit bars with grains or mixing in fresh fruit with your oatmeal.

2. Gum
Okay, not a food. But, in a 2011 study, people who chewed gum during a task were more alert afterwards than those who did not chew gum. Another study done in 2015 showed when people were chewing gum they were more likeable and approachable. If you start to feel down in the mid-afternoon and still need to work with your team to accomplish your last task of the day, grab a piece of gum to keep you focused, alert, and more friendly.

3. Avocado
Not all fat is bad for you. According to a 2012 UK study, when adults consumed 16 grams of fat, their cognitive abilities increased in just 15 minutes. They experienced a higher level of attention, alertness, and speed on tests involving memory. Avocados are full of monounsaturated fatty acids which are healthy for you and can help slim down that belly.

4. Peanuts
This is a handy snack to have on your desk unless you are allergic to peanuts. Then you might want to stay away. If you are not allergic to them, try eating a handful of peanuts or some peanut butter when you start getting hungry mid-morning or mid-afternoon. Peanuts help stabilize blood sugar and cause your body to release hormones saying you are full. This powerful snack will help you stay focused on your tasks and team while keeping hunger at bay.

5. Hard Boiled Egg
These snacks are chalk full of protein and fat to help keep your brain powered throughout the day. Eggs also contain lutein, usually associated with sharp eyesight, which helps keep your brain functioning at optimal levels. Lower levels of lutein in your brain are associated with mild cognitive impairment. Go ahead and pre-cook a dozen or so for the week to grab on your way to work.