Here are 5 pick-me up foods to reach for which will reenergise those braincells for far longer:
1. Fruit and veggies
Keep a stash of fresh fruit and veggies on your desk. Apples, mandarines, carrots, tomatoes, red capsicums, bananas (buy some ripe and greenish ones) will easily last the week.
2. Dried fruit and nut mix
Make up a delicious mixture and put it in portion controlled sealed tubs. About 16-20 nuts (8 for larger nuts like walnuts, Brazil nuts, macadamia) and add 1.5 table spoons of dried fruit. You can also add some seeds (sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds).
3. Low fat yoghurt
I find dairy is often lacking in my diet so I use snacks as an opportunity to increase my intake. Glass of lite milk, 2 pieces of reduced fat cheese or some plain yoghurt with some frozen berries (defrosted) and a sprinkle of museli. Often in the morning I pack a tub of yogurt and add a spoon of frozen raspberries. You can pre-fill containers at the start of the week and then just grab them.
Wholegrain crackers with a little peanut butter or low fat cheese, popcorn, or sometimes I bake banana bread (recipe 1, recipe 2) or muesli cookies and keep them in the freezer.
Technically not a food I know, but make sure you keep a water bottle on your desk so you can stay hydrated throughout the day. It is easy to confuse hunger with thirst (or boredom) so try reaching for that water bottle and then having a snack. How many times have you filled up your water bottle today?