Try these healthy alternatives to a caffeine pick-me-up when you're feeling sluggish at work.


It's three o'clock, and you're wiped out. You don't know how you're going to last another 2 hours at work. How can you energize yourself?

Don't go for a sugar infusion. Eating a candy bar may wake you up for a few minutes, but you'll crash later on.

Do eat a healthy snack that contains protein and complex carbohydrates, such as whole wheat crackers with peanut butter or a bowl of bran cereal with milk. Protein stimulates the brain's neurotransmitters, and complex carbohydrates release a slow, steady stream of energy that will carry you through the rest of the afternoon. Protein also takes longer to digest.

Don't pour a large cup of coffee. You're better off without the caffeine, particularly late in the day. Although caffeine remains in the body for 3-5 hours, it can keep some people awake for up to 12 hours.

Do go for a walk. Five minutes of brisk walking (outside or inside) will get your blood pumping.

Originally published in You & Your Baby: Pregnancy.

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