Thursday, May 23, 2013

Why & How to Snack at Work!

We spend so much time at work that eating is necessary. I've never understood people who refuse to take a lunch or a break to eat. It isn't healthy and the time away from your desk can actually increase productivity. I did some research and discovered the top three foods that you SHOULD eat when at work.

Flax improves brain function, but it helps reduce inflammation and improve circulation. Flax also helps lower cholesterol and balance blood sugar, making it a great supplement to include in any diet. Sprinkle a tablespoon of ground flax seeds to oatmeal or add a tablespoon of flax oil to smoothies or salad dressings. Flax is inexpensive and has so many benefits. I also like to add it to my yogurt as I review emails.

Chocolate is rich in flavanol antioxidants that increase blood flow to the brain, helping to protect brain cells. But the percentage of cacao is important--the darker the chocolate, the better. I always keep dark chocolate near my desk. I have a small piece at 10, 2 and 4 o'clock to help keep my mind sharp and my energy levels up.

contain flavonoids--antioxidants that have been shown to help improve your ability to learn and enhance motor skills. Flavonoids also help prevent degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. I love freezing my blueberries the night before I bring them into work. It gives them a bit of bite that is perfect during times of stress!

Take the time to eat your lunch and enjoy snacks during your breaks. I know it is hectic out there, but eating right CAN increase your productivity and keep you sharper as you age.

Twyla

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