Picture this. You’re sitting at your desk and suddenly you feel heavy. Your eyes start to droop, your chin tilts downward. You jerk your head up every few seconds, struggling to keep your eyes open. Whether you’re fighting the 3 pm slump at the office or pulling an all-night study session at the library, we’ve all been there. So, what can you do to get that extra boost of energy you need to keep your productivity levels up? Instead of resorting to sugary energy drinks, try one of these naturally energizing snacks!

Overnight Oats/Oatmeal

Overnight Oats

So, maybe you were a little overambitious when signing up for that 8 am class. Instead of rushing out the door at 7:55 only to doze off as soon as you get to your seat, try preparing this easy and delicious breakfast the night before. Oats are packed with whole grains, B vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants that will give you the sustainable energy you need to stay awake in class.

Almonds

Almonds

If you’re looking for a cost-effective and portable snack you can take on the go, almonds are a great choice. They’re full of protein, healthy fats, and fiber which means even just a handful will help elevate your energy levels.

Dark Chocolate

Dark Chocolate

Craving something sweet? Looking for a quick and simple boost of energy? Try a couple of squares of dark chocolate. Dark chocolate can be a great vegan snack, and it contains caffeine and theobromine to help you stay alert naturally. Consuming dark chocolate also causes the body to release endorphins, which help improve your mood and make staying awake a little easier.

Water

Water

Water may not be a food, but it’s still incredibly important for natural body functions. Before you chug that Venti triple espresso shot latte, make sure you’re getting enough of this basic nutrient. Water helps regulate your metabolism, which in turn affects your energy levels. Dehydration also causes feelings of fatigue and sluggishness. Next time you need to stay awake at work, don’t feel guilty about taking a water cooler break!

Eat Your Coffee - Caffeinated Snack Bars & Bites

Eat Your Coffee and Cold Brew

Rounding out the list are of course Eat Your Coffee’s very own Caffeinated Snack Bars! If you’re looking for a snack that will give you energy fast, look no further. Each bar contains the equivalent amount of caffeine as a full cup of coffee to help you stay awake and energized. If you’re looking for a lower calorie option, be sure to try our new Caffeinated Snack Bites. They’re everything you could hope for in an energy bite - 90 calories, all natural sugars, and best of all, caffeinated with a full shot of espresso. So go ahead and put that energy drink down - you can thank us later.