As you may be deep in tax season like many CPAs are this time of year, this blog post will be brief but encouraging. I am going to tell you about a few foods that are healthy for your brain and body that you can eat at your desk to maximize your potential so that your body and mind will keep thrive for the next month and five days.
Coffee, the #1 beverage of choice for the sleep deprived and over-worked, is good for you! According to BrainReady.com coffee is the number one source of antioxidants in the American diet. Antioxidants are (very loosely) like little barriers in your body that keep free radicals from bouncing off your internal organs and veins and causing damage. In order to get the most antioxidants from your coffee, you’d need to drink it as close to black as possible. What makes coffee unhealthy is the added sugars, dairy, syrups, and ‘fancy words’ that most people add to their orders. Drink coffee with a bit less sugar and cream, and enjoy the caffeinated effects with no guilt.
Moving right along into the quick and easy snack category let me introduce you to blueberries. These beautiful, portable treats are jam packed with antioxidants, they require no preparation beyond washing, and they are a natural fruit from the Earth. Similar foods that you can sub in for blueberries include close relatives for a healthy brain: blackberries, raspberries, cherries, red grapes, and raisins.
Good work cannot be done on just fruits and coffee alone. Fiber is an essential part to a balanced diet , and also the key to feeling fuller longer. Fiber filled snacks that are great for keeping in your desk drawer are: dried fruits (check the sugar content though), one minute oatmeal, and sunflower seeds. Bring pre-cut carrots and broccoli to dip in hummus or low fat ranch for a filling way to get your vegetables in for the day.
The key thing to keep in mind is that you are only as good as what you use to fuel your body. If you want to feel fresh each day, put fresh foods into your body. Putting a little more thought into what you eat will ensure that you are able to put more focused thought into doing your best job during the tax season and beyond.
Blogger: April Blake, Office & Member Services Coordinator, South Carolina Association of CPAs