Most night shift nurses want to be up and moving when they are on their shift. The reason why they prefer to go for food that will hold them up and make them active throughout their shift. 

If you have been sticking to one snack and you are bored already worry less because we will be talking about seven snacks that are outstanding which keep you active and energized throughout your shift. 

For the nurses on night duties and especially for those who are just starting night duties below are some snacks that you can turn to for energy and keep you going. 


  1. Nuts

Nuts contain vitamin E, Tryptophan, and magnesium which gives you energy. They also contain unsaturated fats which assist in keeping you alert and makes you think sharply. If you are on night shift duty, then you should go for almonds, pecans, walnuts, and hazelnuts because these nuts have high fiber, they are portentous and they contain vitamins B to hold you up.


  1. Cheese

You can find amino acids, tyramine in cheese, which helps in stimulating the brain to keep you active and alert. You can make sandwiches by adding string cheese, feta, and cottage or parmesan cheese. 

Taking sandwiches in between your shifts will not only give you strength but will also make you feel whole. 

  1. Fruits

Talking of sugar, fruits are an excellent alternative to snacks that are artificially sweetened. Several people have their favorite fruits and most of them are tasty and healthy. For snacking one of the top fruit are berries because they contain antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins. Berries are easy to snack on and they come in different varieties such as blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, and so on. 

  1. Ginseng Tea

As we all know that natural tea helps us in having a good night's rest, Ginseng tea has its natural health benefits. 

Ginseng tea acts as a stimulant, it provides strength for you to stay active during your night shift. The taste of the tea is good, and it contains several anti-oxidants. 

Prepare the tea by adding hot water to five slices of ginseng. Let it cool down for like five minutes or longer depending on how you want it. 

Also, you can get ginseng extracts in some stores, this will aid you to prepare your tea quickly. Just add the ginseng extracts to a cup of hot water and stir. If you want it sweetened, you can add honey or sugar. 

  1. Veggies

Although fruits are good for snacks many of them contain sugar. Eating veggies while on the night shift is an excellent way for you to satisfy your cravings and also helps in reducing your sugar intake.

There are some of them that don’t need to be cooked, and they contain vitamins as well. Cherry tomatoes are an excellent source of antioxidants while red pepper contains vitamin C, carrots help to supply vitamin A to your body, and also potassium. 

  1. Soy

Soy products such as miso and tofu which have been fermented contain tyramine which helps in booming your strength and alertness. You can also make use of teriyaki sauce or soy sauce when making your meals. 

You can add tofu when making your fried rice or buy some bottles of soy milk and drink when chilled. 


  1. Culmination

Fruits such as bananas and apples contain several nutrients and these nutrients contain Nutrition C, B-vitamins, fiber, fructose, and potassium. The sugars from these fruits help to boost our energy. 

Oranges and other citrus culmination that contains vitamin C help in giving us strength and assist in burning fats. Watermelons, bananas also contain potassium and B-vitamins. 

Going for a night shift, you can easily snack on an apple, bananas, grapes, or pear or you may pick a slice of watermelon, avocado, or orange and consume it during your shift.



April 12, 2021

Natasha Osei

Passionate Nurse Practitioner | People person

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