Three o’clock is the most common time of day to feel tired. Lunch has passed several hours ago, but its not quite time for dinner. Reaching for the right type of pick up snack can have serious impacts on personal health. Here are the top 5 fruits to help you get past 3 o’clock.
Fruit provides a natural energy boost that does not have negative side effects. Many energy drinks, strong coffees, and processed snacks provide some energy, that is always followed by a crash in energy levels later on in the evening.
Bananas provide potassium, which can help improve brain function. Bananas are known for being extremely filling. Choose bananas that are at the preferred stage of ripeness. This could be slightly green to yellow with brown spots.
Apples are available in different varieties year round. Many grocery stores and delis have begin to sell sliced apples in the refrigerated section. Keep apples cool to ensure they are crisp during snack times.
Dried fruit is easy to store for long periods of time. Raisins are extremely sweet and can be easily combined with other fruits.
Oranges can be peeled in advance, to prevent making a mess. Store peeled oranges in a plastic bag inside of an insulated lunch bag.
Melons are extremely refreshing and can be quickly prepared in advance. Popular melons to choose from are cantaloupes and watermelon. Check local produce stands and grocery stores for other varieties of fresh melons.
It only takes a few minutes of preparation to prepare a snack for the mid afternoon. Pack snacks in lunch boxes or bags that are insulated. Having prepared snacks or rinsed fruit in the refrigerator while at home, is the best way to avoid reaching for wrong food choices. Use these tips to help incorporate more fruit to prevent fatigue and overindulgence in unhealthy energy products.