Fight the Afternoon Crash with Super Tips & Recipes from Dawn Jackson Blatner, RDN
It’s a weekday afternoon and you are working hard in your office cubicle when you suddenly feel yourself dwindling away and loosing focus. Sound familiar? If so, you are not alone. In fact, according to a recent nationwide study1, at 2:58 p.m., on average, people across the country experience an afternoon energy crash resulting in lower productivity, which ultimately can lead to poor eating later in the day.
To tackle the afternoon crash, California Almonds has teamed up with Dawn Jackson-Blatner, RDN and nutritionist for the Chicago Cubs.
“No matter how busy you are or what your job entails, across the nation at about 2:58 p.m., people are facing the afternoon crash,” said Dawn. “To combat the energy dip, I always recommend a smart and easy snack like a handful of healthy almonds – their fiber, protein and good fat can help anyone seize their afternoon!”
Dawn believes with simple planning, anyone can seize the afternoon, or Carpe PM! Below Dawn shares her tips, tricks and favorite recipes to stay energized all day long.
Everyday Tips to Help You Carpe PM and Power Through The Afternoon
- Caffeinate Responsibly: Caffeine in coffee can potentially mess up your sleep quality if consumed too late in the day, so instead, make a cup of matcha green tea, it has less caffeine than coffee and contains a compound called L-theanine to help with afternoon focus. Another satisfying alternative is my Golden Milk Latte recipe with almond milk and almond butter. It’s perfect for an afternoon pick-me up.
- Almonds to the Rescue: Skip the sugar high and go for a protein crunch. Grabbing that office sweet seems like a quick pick-me-up, but you know from experience it will leave you with an energy crash. Instead keep a stash of energizing almonds at your desk. Want to sweeten them up? Pair them with freeze-dried strawberries.
- Freshen Up: By late afternoon, it’s time to swap stale energy for a burst of fresh vibes. Brush your teeth, apply invigorating grapefruit essential oil on your wrists, and/or mist face lightly with water. Also sneak outside for a 90-second breath of fresh air… breath in for a count of 10, hold for a count of 10, breath out for a count of 10 and repeat this two more times.
Fuel Your Afternoon By Snacking Smart
It is no secret that a key to a successful and productive afternoon is staying properly fueled and hydrated.
For quick, nutritious and tasty ways to fuel your afternoon, Dawn recommends the recipes below:
This “quality calorie” cookie is vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, and contains magnesium & vitamin E. It’s a perfect after-meal (or afternoon) treat to curb cravings.
A mood-boosting, energy-enhancing wonder drink. Perfect as an afternoon spicy pick-me-up or chilled for pre/post exercise drink.
Not the same PB&J you packed in your school lunchbox, this has better-for-you bread, almond butter and jam.
Dawn Jackson Blatner is a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified specialist in sports dietetics. Dawn is the nutrition consultant for the 2016 World Series Champions the Chicago Cubs, a food and nutrition blogger with Huffington Post, and a nutrition expert on the advisory board of “SHAPE Magazine.” She is the author of two books: “The Flexitarian Diet,” ranked a top plant-based diet by US News & World Report and “Superfood Swap,” coming out at the end of 2016. Dawn recently starred in the hit primetime ABC television show called “My Diet Is Better Than Yours.” Visit Dawn on her website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
 Conducted online for the Almond Board of California using GfK’s KnowledgePanel®, September 19 - October 3, 2016. The total sample size is 6,490 adults aged 18+ years.