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11 Ways to Fight Post-Lunch Drowsiness

how to boost energy in the afternoon

Slow down on fast food

The refined grains in processed foodsthink a white-bread sandwich or bunget digested quickly, which accelerates the blood sugar spike and dip that contributes to an energy slump. You may feel more alert initially, but a quick drop in blood sugar will leave you sluggish, saysAlissa Rumsey,RD, spokesperson for theAcademy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The most energizing meals include both protein (lean meat, fish, and eggs) and complex carbohydrates (whole grains and legumes). Leafy greens like kale and spinach provide iron, which may help decrease fatigue.

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