We've all been there. Every day at 3 p.m., your eyes get droopy, your motivation hits rock bottom, and you're ready for a nap.
Next thing you know, you're reaching for caffeine, energy drinks, and sugary snacks, anything to keep you awake, but did you know your afternoon energy crash is directly related to how you spent your morning?
Your breakfast, caffeine intake, and exercise routine in the morning can make or break your afternoon energy levels.
Here are a few things you can do to win the morning so you can win the afternoon:
- Have a high protein breakfast within an hour of waking up - Some high protein breakfast foods include Greek yogurt, egg whites, cottage cheese, turkey sausage, turkey bacon, protein shakes, nut butter. Aim for 20 to 30 grams of protein overall.
- Exercise for 30 minutes to an hour - Exercising in the morning increases your energy levels for the rest of the day.
- Eat before having caffeine - As much as you may like it to be, coffee and tea are not for breakfast. Make sure you eat your breakfast before you have your caffeine. This will help balance your blood sugar and stress levels to prevent you crashing in the afternoon.
- Include fiber, healthy fat, and protein in your snacks - Snacking on too many carbs can lead to sugar highs and sugar crashes in your energy levels.
Try these few things to keep your eyes open and your energy up in the afternoon.
This is just one of a few ways a Registered Dietitian can help you improve your overall health.
Learn more about how they can help you by booking an appointment with one of our experts at a LiVe Well Center near you.