We’ve all been there. The day is going great, you’ve achieved so much – and bam! 3pm hits and gradually, your neck no longer holds your head up quite so well.
It’s a well-known condition – the 3pm fade. The good news is, the 3pm fade is totally avoidable, your body is simply putting in a call for an energy top up! With a little preplanning you can prepare a range of fresh, tasty and nutritious snacks to give you the energy to power through the rest of the afternoon.
We’ve put together a few ideas to get you started.
This is a fantastic way to get your quota of fruit and veges into your day, along with a bit of protein to keep you going. Just pack a container into your lunch bag in the morning. You can prepare in advance enough fruit and veges for a couple of days, then simply dip or spread them with almond or peanut butter or hummus when you feel the fade approaching. Nut butters can be a good source of protein to help you sustain your energy.
Try them with apples, pears, bananas, celery, carrot or cauliflower.
The beauty of a smoothie is that not only are they quick, easy and delicious, you can hide a whole heap of veges in them for added nutrients. And you can change up the ingredients to keep things different each day.
Start with a banana or berries as a base, and keep it as natural as you can.
You could add:
Top your smoothie up with liquid, such as water, milk, almond milk or coconut water. Try to avoid adding fruit juices.
Year round, a bowl of yogurt topped with fruit makes a delicious snack. If your favourite fruit isn’t in season the supermarket freezer has everything from berries to mango. The fruit adds plenty of natural sweetness, so use EasiYo Greek Style Unsweetened yogurt to make a delicious afternoon treat.
EasiYo Lunchtakers make a no mess, easy way to take your yogurt snack with you.
Think Yogurt Raita, or a Pesto Yogurt dip. Add crackers for a substantial snack to see off the 3pm fadeout, and these dips are also great for stashing in the office fridge to grab on the go.
The potential combinations of dips are endless. If you’re buying your crackers or dip, make sure you read the back of the pack to ensure they are the healthiest they can be.
Check out these easy recipes to get you started.
Spending the afternoon at home but still feeling the 3pm slump? While popcorn makers now mean that this light and healthy snack can be whipped up in a flash, it’s still pretty good fun to make it the old-fashioned way, in the saucepan. Avoid packet popcorn and make your own by adding your choice of herbs or spices to flavour it up.
Try these options:
- Black pepper
- Salt and vinegar
- Chilli powder
- Lemon zest
- A little icing sugar
- A dash of cocoa powder
Here are a few protein rich snack ideas:
– A handful of nuts or seeds
– Protein balls – with oats, peanut butter and a little honey, these are little balls of deliciousness. Or check out our no bake energy balls here
– A bowl of chilled yogurt.
– Boiled eggs (although your colleagues may prefer you don’t enjoy these as an at the desk snack!)
– Top a salad or crackers with salmon or tuna.
Whichever snack becomes your 3pm fade go-to, make sure you check the ingredients on any packaging, so that you’re fueling your body with a snack that’s both healthy and nutritious.