How to feel more alert on the days following Daylight Savings

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When you ask people about the first day of Daylight Savings, they’ll say that they do not look forward to losing an hour of sleep and feeling tired the next day. This appears to be a legitimate fear: we’ve read elsewhere that there are many more accidents in the week after Daylight Savings than in a typical week.

You can counter that fatigue from lost sleep by eating certain highly nutritious fruits and foods. Here are a few suggestions:

Fresh and dried fruits

Honey Tangerine

Fruit is a natural and healthful way to get energy-boosting sugars such as glucose and fructose into your body. Fruits that contain the highest amounts of sugar include oranges and tangerines, kiwi, pears, pineapples, plums, starfruit, bananas, cherries, dates, figs, grapes, mango, passion fruit, pomegranates and dried fruit including raisins. Many fresh fruits are also high in protein, fiber and antioxidants for vim and vigor. Blueberries, for example, may help your concentration by reducing inflammation and encouraging oxygen flow to the brain. Bananas, avocados, dates, dried figs and oranges have more potassium than other fruits which may help keep blood pressure down. Fruits are also a ready source of energy because they are easy to prepare and can be combined in so many interesting ways (smoothies, on your cereal, in salads, in salsas, etc).

Nuts and seeds

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Most nuts can deliver an energy enhancing punch of protein and are an ideal pick-me-up snack when energy dwindles in the late afternoon. Nuts and some seeds are also a rich source of many minerals and vitamins known to improve energy and mood. For example, almonds contain magnesium which helps to convert sugars to energy, increasing blood flow to the brain and sharpening cognitive acuity. Pumpkin seeds contain a variety of energy-rich minerals such as calcium, iron, Vitamin K and magnesium. The mineral selenium is believed to play a role in maintaining positive mood and it can be readily found in Brazil nuts. Walnuts are nature’s way to raise serotonin levels in the brain which can elevate mood and help you handle stress.

Whole grains

Oatmeal

Complex carbohydrates such as whole wheat pasta and whole grain breads are another great natural food source of energy for the mind and body. Brown rice contains manganese known as a metabolism booster. Even Grandma knows that oatmeal, with its high fiber and B Vitamins, is the ultimate power breakfast to keep energy levels constant all morning. Quinoa contains the energy rich minerals iron and phosphorous as well as fiber and is also naturally low in sodium and cholesterol making it an especially healthy choice.

Dark chocolate

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In addition to the lift you can get from the caffeine, dark chocolate is a good source of a variety of energy-boosting minerals such as calcium, potassium, iron and magnesium as well as fiber and anti-oxidants. Dark chocolate has also been found to contain the compound flavanol which may improve physical and mental energy and mood by increasing blood flow to the brain. So when you want to indulge, go ahead and choose this sweet treat!

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When I joined Jehv to help him run Manhattan Fruitier, I was so inspired by spending the day surrounded by the color and vibrancy of fresh fruits, leaves and flowers. I still am. Every day I make sure to meander through the production area so that I can watch our gift baskets being made. Although it would certainly be easier to make a product that wasn’t so fragile and perishable, it makes me very happy to be a part of creating something so beautiful.
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