We all get that afternoon lull sometime between lunch and dinner and need a little pick me up. When that drained-feeling hits, you can reach for a cup of coffee, an unhealthy energy drink, or you can depend on a healthy snack. When you need a boost, here are five filling options.
Almonds, Cashews, and Walnuts
Nuts are always a first choice for healthful, energy producing snacks. These nuts in particular are high in fiber, protein, and heart healthy antioxidants. In addition, they provide needed magnesium in plentiful doses. Magnesium helps refill energy stores to keep you going. Nuts are easily zip-lock transportable and also come in a variety of pre-packaged options that are great for busy grab and go days.
Homestyle Whole-wheat bread and peanut butter
Combine whole grains with the protein in peanut butter and you have an energy packed snack. A peanut butter sandwich provides your body with a number of important nutrients, including protein, carbohydrates, fiber and fats, as well as vitamins and minerals. Select natural or organic peanut butter and whole-wheat bread that does not contain additives in order to maximize your nutrition. Spread the peanut butter on a slice of toast or a bun from Klosterman Baking Company, slip it into a bag, and enjoy a protein-packed sandwich for lunch.
Berries and Greek Yogurt
This creamy dessert or snack packs an energizing punch. A single serving of low sugar Greek yogurt and a handful of berries provides the perfect blend of protein, fats, and carbs for a blood sugar balancing snack.
Chicken, Hummus, and Veggie Lettuce Wrap
Who says hummus is just for dipping? Spread a serving of hummus on a piece of romaine or other large leaf lettuce, top with a couple slices of turkey or roast beef, or even diced cooked chicken breast. Add your preferences of sliced tomato, shredded carrots, red onion, and thin cucumber slices. Roll it up and enjoy. For even more nutritional value, throw some avocado slices on top. These all-important healthy fats add a yummy buttery flavor. This balanced mini-meal is diabetic and heart friendly, and will keep you going all afternoon.
Eggs pack plenty of protein, as well as the minerals and vitamins needed for the body to produce energy such as magnesium, thiamin, riboflavin, folate, B12, and B6. Hard-boiled eggs are a big plus because they are easy to cook ahead of time, store, pack and go. A hard-boiled egg, or two, will not only fill your energy tank, but your belly to tide you over until dinner.
Enjoy your midday break and refuel with any of these snack choices. Your afternoon will never be more productive.