Nurses often mention that at 2 p.m. they are dragging and just trying to get through their 12-hour shift. This winter I will be implementing a 2 p.m. pick-me-up, which will include a smoothie station where they can create their own smoothie to help get them through their shift. It will be filled with energy-boosting ingredients to personalize their own drink, such as bananas, almonds, spinach, blueberries, oranges, honey and even dark chocolate.

Jennifer Leamons
Executive Chef
Carolinas Healthcare System Stanly
Albemarle, N.C.