12 energy-boosting snacks for surviving the afternoon slump
Before resorting to a caffeine fix, try out these quick and easy, energy-boosting snacks that will help you fight that 3 p.m. fatigue.
Raw Vegetables and Hummus
Carrot Sticks, asparagus and capsicum – this snack is open to interpretation! Choose your favourite vegetables that will provide you with an instant hit of essential vitamins and minerals and serve with a quarter of a cup of hummus. Since vegetables are the perfect addition to a balanced diet, you don’t have to worry too much about portion size and the protein present in the hummus will tide you over until your next meal. Chickpeas are also said to help lower cholesterol and may even reduce your risk of cancer.
Brazil nuts are an excellent source of calcium, magnesium and most importantly selenium, with as little as two nuts providing your full recommended daily intake. Selenium aids your metabolism for improved energy levels.
Smoothies make for an excellent afternoon snack as there is less digestion required to extract all of the the lovely green goodness they contain. Simply add whatever green veggies you may have laying around and throw them in the blender along with a dash of coconut water. Our favourite contains spinach, avocado, kale, mint, chia seeds and yogurt to give the smoothie a creamy consistency. Not only are green smoothies full of antioxidants, the lack of sugar will keep your energy levels maintained without the dreaded sugar crash later on.
Packed with healthy carbohydrates, bananas release energy slowly and are a fantastic source of potassium which is essential for maintaining blood sugar levels.
Not only are protein bars convenient and perfect for those of us with little time to spare, they are also developed by professionals to provide everything we need for that much needed energy hit. Try and find a no added sugar option for guilt free snack that packs a punch. Mr Vitamins offer a delicious range online.
If you’re really craving something naughty and are finding it hard to resist temptation, why not try a healthier alternative such as soy crisps. Soy crisps are a good source of protein and fibre, which should keep you satisfied longer than a regular bag of potatoes crisps. They are also crunchy, salty and delicious which is a big bonus!
As with many nuts and seeds, almonds provide high amounts of energy in a relatively small serving. Almonds also contain protein and fibre that are key in stabilising blood sugar levels and regulating energy.
Before you rush out to the shop and stock up on microwave popcorn, just remember that as with most snacks, homemade is always the better option. Homemade popcorn contains antioxidants and fibre that will keep your appetite at bay. It’s also quite inexpensive in comparison with other healthy snacks currently available on the market. Use coconut oil and a good sprinkle of sea salt for a tasty snack that will keep you going until dinner time.
Fresh pineapple is full of naturally occurring sugars which provide an instant energy boost whilst the fibre content slows down the digestive process, giving this healthy snack staying power.
Yogurt and Granola
The grains, nuts, seeds and dried fruits in granola make it a nutrient rich addition to a cup of protein-packed natural yogurt. When choosing your granola, try and go for an organic option with no added sugars. The nuts and seeds in the granola are full of protein, fibre and natural fats that will slowly release energy throughout the day. If you have a sweet tooth, add a drizzle of natural honey or a small handful of fresh berries.
Hard Boiled Egg
Not only are eggs a great source of protein, they are also packed with B vitamins such as thiamin and riboflavin. These vitamins are essential as they help our bodies to convert food into fuel and are good for our metabolisms. The hard boiled kind are super simple to prepare and being pre-packaged makes them an easy and convenient snack.
Whole Wheat Snacks
The complex carbohydrates present in whole wheats take longer for the body to break down, absorb and convert into fuel. Whole wheat snacks also contain B vitamins that are crucial for fighting that afternoon fatigue.