Boost your productivity by including these foods in your diet

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If you find yourself facing an energy dip during the day and need a quick pick me up, you’re not alone.

Your diet can have a huge impact on your productivity so tucking into the right foods and can make all the difference.

We can even look to some of our favourite celebrities and what they say they snack on to boost their energy levels during busy days.

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Adult businesswoman having a break in a restaurant in Sydney downtown district.
Adult businesswoman having a break in a restaurant in Sydney downtown district. (iStock)

But if that’s all too much information to sift through, Absolute Digital Media has commissioned health experts to research the best foods and drinks that can boost productivity during the workday.

They’ve even shared some insight into the best time of day to consume them. See their suggestions here:

Almonds

Brimming with healthy fats and protein, almonds are the perfect way to kickstart your day. Incorporating a handful into your breakfast will give you plenty of energy and help keep you feeling fuller for longer, gearing you up for a busy morning at work. Jennifer Aniston has revealed that she loves to snack on an apple with almonds or almond butter when she needs that extra pick me up during the day.

Bananas

Start your day with a banana to set yourself up for a great day full of energy and productivity! Bananas are filled with glucose and their carbohydrate content means you’ll feel fuller for longer and can keep on going until lunch time. Whether you enjoy a banana during your morning commute, use it to top your granola or throw it into your smoothie, the options are endless.

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Bananas are filled with glucose and their carbohydrate content means you’ll feel fuller for longer. (iStock)

Eggs

We all love the versatility of eggs at breakfast time, choosing from scrambled, boiled, sunny side up or an omelette depending on how we feel in the morning. As well as tasting great, eggs are a great source of Vitamin B which helps improve memory and speed up reaction times so you can be on top form all day long.

Dark Chocolate

If you need a pick me up between lunch and dinner, dark chocolate is the perfect afternoon snack which can offer a whole range of benefits. The sugar and caffeine content is a great boost if you’re facing an afternoon slump and the magnesium can help to relieve any stress or anxiety you may be feeling. Cindy Crawford revealed that she likes to nibble on some dark chocolate every day, satisfying her sweet tooth without indulging in too much sugar.

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Dark chocolate is the perfect afternoon snack which can offer a whole range of benefits.

Salmon

Being one of the best fish for your body, salmon is rich in omega-3, amino acids and fatty acids which offer expansive health benefits. It is shown to enhance judgement, improve your memory and boost your motivation so tucking into salmon with your lunch or dinner is great if you want to set yourself up for an afternoon of maximum productivity.

Berries

Berries are jam packed with antioxidants which are great for memory, quick thinking, learning and more. Especially if you have a busy day ahead of you, munching on some berries in the morning will fill your body with fibre and nutrients so you can go about your day feeling your best. Strawberries are Ariana Grande’s favourite food and she claims to eat at least five a day for as long as she can remember, also making plenty of fresh smoothies to get her nutrients in.

Water

The health benefits of water are no secret but are you drinking enough? Sipping on plenty of water throughout the day will keep you hydrated and plays a huge part in productivity, energy levels and mental wellbeing. Aim to get through around two litres a day, keeping a bottle handy wherever you go.

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Green tea’s includes an amino which improves focus and helps the brain stay alert. (iStock)

Green Tea

Containing L-theanine, an amino which improves focus and helps the brain stay alert, green tea is a great way to start off your day. It contains a small amount of caffeine to give you that pick me up but is a much healthier alternative to coffee and also boosts your metabolism, lowers cholesterol, reduces blood pressure, and improves your skin.

Coffee

Although too much coffee should be avoided, a smaller amount can give you that much needed boost when you need it. The best times to sip on a cuppa are between 9 and 11:30 AM or 1 and 5 PM as this is when the body is in a cortisol low and a pick me up can be beneficial. Selena Gomez is an avid coffee drinker and said it is one of her tour staples, providing a much needed energy boost when she is on the road.

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