By Taylor McLamb
It’s only 3 p.m. and you feel too lethargic to do anything productive but daydream about hibernating for the rest of the day. We’ve all been there. To get rid of the mid-afternoon slump, many of us resort to heading to our closest coffee shop for a quick caffeine-fix but instead, why not grab a snack? Food is fuel, it’s nourishment for our bodies to energize us for our day. You’re most likely tired due to not eating for a few hours and thus, your blood sugar has dropped causing you to feel sluggish. Whether you have a busy afternoon planned or an upcoming session at the gym, here are a few healthy snack ideas that will help recharge you for the rest of your day:
When wanting to feel energized, complex carbs and protein is key. Greek yogurt is perfect because most yogurts have 18 grams of protein per 6 oz. serving.
If you’re weary about the amount of sugar in your yogurt, simply grab a container of plain, Greek yogurt add flavor it yourself with some fresh berries, cinnamon or honey. This delicious, creamy snack would also be refreshing during Florida’s upcoming summer.
A serving of these satisfying nuts pack a serious punch. Loaded with nutrients, healthy fats and fiber, they’ll keep you both satisfied and energized until your next meal. For those who are lactose intolerant or vegan, almonds are a perfect plant-based replacement for dairy, as 1-ounce of nuts has as much calcium as ¼ cup of milk.
Banana + Peanut Butter
For some reason the media has deemed carbs as bad, but in order to get the energy your body needs they’re the necessary building blocks to a healthy diet. The carbs from the banana perfectly pairs with the protein from the peanut butter, which will help you either recover from a workout or get you through your day.
Cottage Cheese gets a bad reputation for its curdled appearance but its protein content is enough to motivate anyone to include some into their diet. With around 24 grams of protein per cup, there is a reason why bodybuilders are notorious for choosing this healthy snack. Pair your cottage cheese with fresh fruit, nuts or even veggies, as it’s the perfect blank canvas for a healthy snack.
Dip your favorite veggies, like colorful bell peppers, carrots or celery, into your favorite hummus. Due to hummus being made with chickpeas, this portable snack contains protein, fiber and is a healthy source of iron, folate, phosphorus and B vitamins. You can make your own hummus or if you’re on the run, snack-sized portions are sold at most grocery stores.
With trail mix, hiking doesn’t have to be required, it’s a healthy, portable snack for any occasion. Containing balanced, energizing macronutrients like carbohydrates, protein and fat, it’s a great accessible snack for a quick re-charge. The great thing about trail mix is that it’s so easy to make your own. Fill a zip-lock bag with your favorite nuts and seeds, dry fruit and some coconut flakes – your options are endless.