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iVillage.com: What to Eat When: Food Fixes for Everyday Aches and Pains

You’re Falling Asleep at Your Desk: Eat 1 oz. Pistachios and 1/4 Cup of Dried Cranberries

You need a two-pronged approach to fight a mid-afternoon work slump, advises Heidi McIndoo, registered dietitan and author of When to Eat What. “You need a quick rush of energy to help you immediately plus a slow-release food so you’re not in this same situation in an hour,” she says. Dried cranberries, which contain both added sugar and natural fruit sugar, offer an immediate energy burst by raising blood sugar. But the protein and fiber in pistachios slow digestion, she says, keeping your belly fuller longer and preventing your blood sugar from soaring too high (and then crashing).

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