Snacks to Keep You a Mighty IT Pro Throughout 2014

By Caerley Hill

I yam what I yamWhat’s an easy way to be a mighty IT pro in the new year?

Carry superfoods to snack on and you (and your coworkers) can hit the ground running after a night of New Year’s reveling. Keeping snacks at your desk that pack a mighty punch of vitamins, protein, and antioxidants is the best way to fuel yourself and boost brain power while troubleshooting.

Mighty Munchies?

While there isn’t a technical definition for the term “superfood,” these days it certainly is a hot-button topic. Superfoods are nutritional powerhouses that carry large doses of good-for-you-stuff (a technical term) that can increase your metabolism, help cognitive function, aid in digestion and a myriad of other health benefits. Basically, superfoods are doing as much multitasking as you do. They’re keeping you fed, keeping your energy up and powering your brain all at the same time!

Five Fortifying Foods

So if you or your team seem to be in danger of taking a desk nap, why not keep these super snacks around to help ensure you’re a mighty IT pro all year long:

1. Spinach – Turns out Popeye was on to something! This superfood is rich in vitamin K, zinc, selenium, calcium, phosphorus and potassium. In fact, studies show that spinach’s carotenoid neoxanthin and beta-carotenes kill cancer cells. Try getting some of these mighty big payoffs by including spinach in a fresh fruit smoothie.

A potent little berry. Photo courtesy of Sterling College and Flickr.

A potent little berry. Photo courtesy of Sterling College and Flickr.

2. Blueberries – A potent little berry that can help prevent cancer and heart disease and are a great addition to smoothies, whole grains, yogurt, and more? Yes, please! They also travel well, so keeping a container of them at your desk to pop in between support calls is a good way to get a healthy dose of antioxidants.

3. Bananas – Bananas are truly one of nature’s ultimate snack foods, so much so that it comes in its own easy-to-peel packaging! These yummy yellow fruits have a high concentration of tryptophan, which is an essential amino acid. The potassium found in bananas can reduce the risk of hypertension and help combat stress, which can be plentiful when manning the IT desk.

4. Nuts – Contrary to popular misconceptions, the fatty acids found in most nuts is actually extremely good for you. Nuts are an easy to carry inflammation fighter that are rich in energy and can help lower your bad cholesterol while helping to control your hunger.

Dark chocolate -- a "superfood"? Photo courtesy of Mike McCune and Flickr

Dark chocolate — a “superfood”? Photo courtesy of Mike McCune and Flickr

5. Dark Chocolate – Yes, you heard us right, dark chocolate is indeed a superfood. It contains flavonoids, which are organic compounds that inhibit platelet clumping, which in turn reduces the risk for stroke, heart attack, and embolisms. Great for those long hours sitting in a chair. Plus, it’s pretty delicious!

Take charge of your health in the new year and boost your immune system as well as your brain power with superfood designed by nature to make you mighty! And now that you have the snacks to help make you an awesome IT pro, be sure to check out GoToAssist.com for some mighty cloud-based integrated support tools!

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