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Instead of reaching for a caffeine pick-me-up or some candy to beat the dreaded afternoon slump, try making a healthy snack that could help give you energy for the rest of the day.

That is the advice from Dr. Ed Lamadrid, an expert in holistic medicine and a big fan of homemade trial mix for boosting energy. The key is in the ingredients. He is what he recommends (but be mindful of total calories and sugar, especially from the dried fruit):

  • Dried goji berries
  • Raisins
  • Dried apricots
  • Dried cherries
  • Longan fruit (available at Chinatown markets)
  • Raw almonds
  • Raw walnuts
  • Raw pine nuts
  • Raw pistachios
  • Dark chocolate-covered pistachios

If you are allergic to nuts, here are some alternative ingredients:

  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Sunflower seeds

NOTE: Lamadrid recommends only using dried fruit with no added sugar and raw, unsalted nuts and seeds (neither processed nor roasted).

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