Boost Your Energy Naturally With Honey

Athletes and desk jockeys are susceptible to the same daily threat: the 3 p.m. slump—that dreaded time when your energy plummets, crushing your productivity and sapping your motivation for an afternoon workout.

Coffee and other caffeinated products are commonly used as quick fixes, but there might be a better way.

Kansas City Royals sports dietitian Mitzi Dulan, RD, CSSD, author of The Pinterest Diet: How to Pin Your Way Thin, shares her strategies to use honey to beat the afternoon slump.

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Honey: The Natural Alternative

Dulan recommends using honey, which is a great source of carbohydrates and a natural energy booster.

"Honey is composed of a unique carbohydrate composition of natural sugars and trace amounts of antioxidants, enzymes, minerals, vitamins and amino acids, making it a smart, natural energy-filled afternoon snack," Dulan says. "In fact, for years, sports dietitians have recommended that athletes include pure honey into their pre-exercise meal or snack for that very reason."

How to Use Honey to Boost Energy

So what's the best way to use honey when you need a fast fix? Dulan shares her tips for portable, on-the-go meals and snacks.

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More Energy-Boosting Tips

Here are some additional nutrition strategies from Dulan to help you keep your energy up during the day.

  • Choose high-fiber foods such as whole grains like wheat and quinoa and legumes like beans and lentils.
  • A substantial breakfast can help set the tone for a high-energy day.
  • Add a teaspoon of honey and a handful of nuts to plain, Greek-style yogurt for an energy-boosting, afternoon snack.

While it might be more time consuming to bring some of these snacks to the office, they'll provide a more substantial energy boost than an afternoon cup of coffee. Plus, these snacks can keep hunger at bay and satisfy your cravings for sweets.

Don't let the 3 p.m. slump wipe you out; plan in advance, pack snacks, and fight back.

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