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Beat the Afternoon Slump with Protein Coffee

Let’s talk about coffee. It tastes great, of course, but many also turn to coffee for the energy boost and improved focus that comes from the caffeine it contains. It is beloved by many, including moms – and, for lots of busy moms, coffee is a non-negotiable part of their daily routine. You probably start your morning off with a cup or two and likely scatter some more throughout the day.

Maybe every afternoon, a few hours after lunch, you hit a wall. Don’t worry, it’s not just you. In fact, the afternoon slump is natural and is actually a response to your body’s circadian rhythm. The slump can also be related to what you ate for lunch – if your lunch is too light on protein, for example, it won’t have much staying power. When the slump happens, you probably reach for or order, your favorite coffee beverage. But if your pick-me-up tends to be one of those typical fancy coffeehouse drinks, it could be loaded with extra fat, sugar, and calories that you don’t need. Sure, you may get a lift from the caffeine, but there’s not much else in there that is going to carry you through the rest of the day.

Don’t worry, we’re not suggesting you give up your coffee. But we are suggesting that there’s a much better option out there – one that’s more nutritious than the drinks you’ve been settling for. A new alternative is the high protein iced coffee: a refreshing and energizing beverage packed with protein that tastes great.

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Unlike some afternoon pick-me-ups, a protein coffee like the mocha-flavored High Protein Iced Coffee by Herbalife Nutrition contains just 2 grams of sugar, no artificial flavors or added colors. It’s big on taste and the 100-calorie drink mix provides 15 grams of protein and 80 mg of caffeine per serving. It’s the perfect healthy snack to energize your life.

So, instead of carving time out of the day to stand in line, make a pot of coffee, or hit the drive-thru, you can prepare your own delicious iced protein coffee in minutes. The time you save could give you a couple more minutes of “me time” in the day or simply allow you to spend more time with your kids.

For more nutritional tips from Susan visit www.DiscoverGoodNutrition.com.

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Susan Bowerman, M.S., RD, CSSD, CSOWM, FAND – Director, Worldwide Nutrition Education and Training, Herbalife Nutrition

Susan Bowerman is the director of nutrition training at Herbalife Nutrition , where she is responsible for the development of nutrition education and training materials, and is one of the primary authors of the Herbalife sponsored blog, Discover Good Nutrition. She is a registered dietitian, a board certified specialist in sports dietetics and a fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Susan graduated with distinction in biology from the University of Colorado, and received her master’s degree in Food Science and Nutrition from Colorado State University. She then completed her dietetic internship at the University of Kansas. Susan has taught extensively and developed educational programs targeted to individuals, groups and industry in her areas of expertise, including health promotion, weight management and sports nutrition. Prior to her role at Herbalife, she was the assistant director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition, and has held appointments as adjunct professor in nutrition at Pepperdine University and as lecturer in nutrition in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Susan was a consultant to the (then) Los Angeles Raiders for six seasons, and was a contributing columnist for the Los Angeles Times Health Section for two years. She is a co-author of 23 research papers, 14 book chapters, and was a co-author of two books for the public: “What Color is Your Diet?” and “The L.A. Shape Diet” by Dr. David Heber, published by Harper Collins in 2001 and 2004, respectively.

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