During teatime, it’s tempting to reach for a soft drink or packet of crisps to perk yourself up. Well, don’t. Though sugary, carb-laden foods will give you a spike in energy, this is usually followed by a sudden dip, making you feel even more tired than before.
Go for snacks and beverages that are rich in carbs and fibre instead. A glass of freshly squeezed orange juice with pulp, for instance, has sugars and fibre, and has a low glycaemic index, which means that energy is released slowly into your system, keeping you powered up for longer. Try these to keep you going throughout the day.
A glass of low-fat milk (200ml) with high-fibre cereal (40g)
This can boost your energy for two to three hours. Look for cereals with at least 4g of fibre per serving, and less than 20g of sugar per 100g. Skip those covered in honey, chocolate or yogurt.