With Hari Raya exactly a week ago, we’re still suffering from post-festivities syndrome. Which basically means we’re fat, lethargic and bloated from all the good food. For us working folks, this has resulted in long days of very unproductive behaviour at the office. The lontong, rendang and ketupat has come back to haunt us. Because of this, the team at foodpanda has carefully carved out a specialized diet to combat the unproductivity – yes, we’re fighting food with more food.
Wait, just hear us out. We’re not asking you to stuff your already stuffed face. Believe us when we say we’ve tried that method and it produced very little results (the irony because our stomachs were anything BUT little). Instead, we’ve put together a list of the most productive foods to consume throughout your work day in order to function at your best. Ladies and Gentlemen, we present to you:
The Working Diet
Eggs contain an important B vitamin called Choline. This boosts our memory and reaction time to increase brain performance.
The brain’s optimal glucose level is around 25 grams, which is approximately one banana.
Yoghurt has plenty of proteins, minerals and macrobiotics which helps the digestive system. The proteins in yogurt also increase the rate of water absorption in your intestines, keeping you hydrated throughout the day.
Dark, leafy greens
They are loaded with vitamins, minerals and iron to help circulate oxygen more efficiently to the body and brain
Popeye was right about this one. It’s full of antioxidants and significantly improves your learning capacity and motor skills
Due to its large concentration of mono saturated fat, it has been linked with slowing brain aging.
Almonds are high in riboflavin which is known to boost memory, helping memory ability.
Whole wheat bread is good for regulating blood sugar due to its low levels, making it less likely to cause a blood sugar spike.
Salmon is rich in Omega-3s, protein and iron which has amazing benefits for your memory and focus.
Swap your white rice for brown to improve your cognitive health with vitamins and magnesium.
Let’s not forget the dreaded/loved word – Healthy Snacks.
It’s hard to resist munching away on salty chips and fried food during the day to keep you awake. And rightly so, as snacking in between actually maintains a steady level of glucose in your bloodstream. But the type of snacks we opt for is crucial as these little packets have the most calories sometimes.
Try snacking on cut fruits, walnuts or cashews. Or, (here’s the best part) even dark chocolate. Dark chocolate has antioxidant properties that releases endorphin’s into your bloodstream to enhance focus and concentration.