It’s 2 a.m. during your third night shift in a row and you’re in need of another caffeine buzz. Before you head to the café for your third cup of coffee, consider fortifying your body with a nutritious snack which will give you the energy you need to put the rest of your shift into full gear.
Though it’s tempting to skip meals and temporarily satisfy your cravings with a drink or sugary snack, your body will thank you for fueling it with one of these delicious power foods instead.
As one of the most filling snacks out there, nuts contain “healthy” or unsaturated fats, which are good for the heart. They are also rich in protein, dietary fiber, antioxidants, magnesium and potassium to help maintain healthy blood pressure levels. To reduce your sodium intake, consider unsalted almonds, cashews or pistachios. A handful of about 10-15 nuts serves as a crunchy nutritious snack that is easy to eat on the go!
Blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries – take your pick! All berries are packed with antioxidants, which reduce the risk of cancer. Just one cup of berries a day can be an incredible source of daily fiber and essential nutrients. Not to mention, the natural sugar in berries makes them a wonderful, healthy dessert alternative if you have a sweet tooth!
Often referred to as one of the world’s “healthiest foods,” avocadoes are high in fiber, potassium and “healthy” fats, as well as cancer-fighting antioxidants. Because avocados are so tasty, they are great to eat plain or mixed in a salad or heathy side dish, like quinoa, beans or pasta. An energy booster like no other, avocadoes are a must-have addition for any healthy diet!
If you enjoy a daily serving of dairy, you won’t go wrong with a cup of Greek yogurt to satisfy your craving. In addition to containing probiotics to aid in digestive health, Greek yogurt has twice the protein of regular yogurt, leaving you feeling fuller longer. You can even add nuts to your yogurt – making it an even more nutrient-filled power snack!
Having a variety of healthy “power food” snacks on hand will give you the energy you need to get through the night shift and ensure your body is getting its daily nutrients. Plan ahead and take control of your health, even on long shifts!
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