Feel yourself starting to crash a few hours after lunch? Try these healthy snacks to keep energy levels high all day long!
- Drink water. Okay, so water isn’t really a snack. But did you know that fatigue is one of the first signs of dehydration? If you feel your energy levels dropping, try drinking a glass of cold water. If you don’t feel re-energized soon after, try one of the snacks listed below.
- A banana with ½ tablespoon of almond butter. This snack will give you a double dose of energy. Both the potassium and easily digestible sugars in bananas can boost energy and make you feel refreshed. The monounsaturated fats in almonds extend the energy boost from the banana, improve brain function and help you stay alert and focused.
- A 6 oz plain yogurt and 1-2 tablespoons of granola. Ideally, you should make your own granola with oats, nuts and no sugar- added dry fruit. Oats contain B vitamins which help you transform carbohydrates into useable energy. Nuts contain monounsaturated fats that help you stay alert and focused. No sugar added dried fruit is easily digestible and converted into energy your body can use without being loaded with unnecessary sugar. Add your granola to nonfat or low-fat yogurt for a boost at any time of the day.
- Edamame. This delicious bean is low in calories and high in protein, fiber, and healthy fat. It is easy to transport and is a snack that will keep you full and give you a little extra oomph when you need it.
- Veggies and hummus. Veggies are packed with nutrients, fiber, and vitamins and low in calories. Hummus is packed with protein and healthy fats. This winning combination will fill you up and keep you energized.
- Toasted pumpkin seeds and raisins. All it takes is about two tablespoons of each. It will also keep calories in check. These seeds are packed with magnesium, iron, calcium, vitamin K, and protein, which will give you an invigorating boost when you need it. They’re great for satisfying a crunch craving and are lighter than nuts. Raisins are a great source of iron and energizing carbohydrates.