It’s three o’clock in the afternoon and already you want to crawl into bed, unfortunately your day isn’t over yet. Truck drivers aren’t the only people who suffer from afternoon burn out and it isn’t so much fatigue that is wearing you down, but rather a sign that you need to refuel.

While you could opt for a cup of coffee or a sugar rush to give you a boost of energy what you body really needs is food. Even if you’re not hungry, you should try to eat a small, protein packed snack that will get you up and running.

Avoid Afternoon Burn Out by Eating High Energy Foods

Here is a list of some high energy foods that will help get you going in the morning or let you get over that afternoon burn out.

Fruits – avocados, berries, citrus fruit, figs, mangoes, olives, papayas, pears, raisins, red grapes, and watermelons

Vegetables – broccoli, brussel sprouts, carrots, celery, spinach, and sweet potatoes

Nuts and Seeds – almonds, cashews, peanut butter, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and walnuts

Whole Grains – 100% whole grain breads, pasta and cold cereals, long-grain brown rice, wild rice, air-popped popcorn, and oatmeal

Dairy – low fat cheese, cottage cheese, cream cheese, skim milk-based smoothies, and yogurt

Meat, Fish, Poultry and Alternates – Eggs, hummus, salmon, leans cuts of beef, chicken, pork and turkey

When you’re in a bind have a cup of coffee. Coffee gives us an immediate boost of energy. The real problem with coffee occurs when we use it as our primary source of energy. The best way to avoid the crash and burn of your day by introducing high energy foods into your diet.

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