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One Snack Combo That’s Sure to Get You Over the Afternoon Slump

One Snack Combo That’s Sure to Get You Over the Afternoon Slump

Protein and fiber together can keep you feeling fuller, longer.

Elon Musk needed a boost (three boosters actually) from one of the biggest rockets ever assembled—the SpaceX Falcon Heavy Rocket—to get his cherry-red Tesla Roadster convertible launched into space and headed toward Mars’ orbit. (Psst! It overshot that target).

If you’re looking for a less costly boost to get you into a better mid-afternoon orbit— that’s when your circadian rhythm naturally takes a dip—we don’t want you to rely on an energy drink or sugar bomb for a pick-you-up. Instead, try this healthful double booster that will send you into a more energetic afternoon since it’s filled with protein and fiber.

Protein provides the fuel and fiber keeps you feeling full—a combo that steadies blood sugar and provides time-released energy. And you can get the duo from a serving of lean chicken and snackable carrot and celery sticks, or nut butter and apple slices. And if that doesn’t work, try this: cat videos. Really!

Indiana University Media School researcher Jessica Myrick surveyed almost 7,000 people and found that viewing cat videos boosted viewers' energy while increasing positive emotions and decreasing negative feelings. Her findings were published in Computers in Human Behavior. That may be why there are more than 2 million cat videos on YouTube and why they have more views than any other category of YouTube content.

So next time you feel like a 3PM nap, grab a handful of walnuts, slice up an apple, cue up the cat video and get recharged. You’ll feel out of this world.

Medically reviewed in October 2019.

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