Nurse a coffee throughout the day
If you supersize your coffee to jump start your day, you may be driving yourself deeper and deeper into a low-energy rut. Compelling research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and other institutions finds that frequent low doses of caffeine—the amount in a quarter-cup of coffee—were more effective than a few larger doses of caffeine when it comes to keeping people alert. Here’s how else caffeine can affect your health.
Try tea and see
If you need a caffeinated pick-me-up, choose tea over coffee. One study found that drinking tea all day improved alertness and performance just as well as coffee and was less likely to disrupt sleep. Here are all the mind-blowing ways tea is healthy for you.
Combine protein with good carbs
Snacks that include an ounce or two of protein with some complex carbohydrates give you a quick energy boost—without an energy crash a few hours later. Give these tasty pantry combos a try: a small pop-top can of salmon or tuna with whole grain crackers; a small box of raisins or dried cranberries with a handful of nuts; handful of trail mix (nuts and dried fruit varieties); or a slice of multi-whole-grain toast and peanut butter.