Best Snacks For A Quick Energy Boost

You don’t have to be particularly hungry to eat snacks to boost your energy. You just have to be tired and have flagging energy levels. What is the first thing most people consider? It’s usually something sugary to get glucose into their bloodstream immediately. That’s not a good idea. While it will cause a spike in energy, what goes up must come down. Your energy drops as rapidly as it rose and you’re back to brain fog and exhaustion. You need a snack that slowly increases your energy and keeps it high for far longer. These are healthy snacks that often contain both carbohydrates and protein.

Be prepared with healthy snacks.

If you always have a dip in energy mid-afternoon or mid-morning, have an energy-boosting snack ready. If you have access to a refrigerator, consider cheese with fruit or veggies and dip. Create individual portion sized servings of grapes or homemade trail mix. The trail mix should have nuts for protein, some dried fruit for quick energy, and popcorn or other filler that’s low in sugar and calories, but high in fiber to fill you quickly.

Pre and post-workout snacks are vital for keeping energy high.

As with any snack for energy, eat one that’s a combination of protein and carbohydrates. The carbs provide quick energy and the protein provides lasting energy. The protein in pre and post-workout snacks also starts the recovery process. Yogurt and berries create a perfect combination. Make sure you use plain yogurt with no sugar added and natural whole fruit without syrup. If you want extra sweetness, mash a ripe banana into the yogurt for a creamier version.

Unsweetened applesauce and cottage cheese make an excellent snack.

You’ll revive your body and clear your mind with this tasty treat. It offers just enough sweetness to get you going and protein to keep you going strong. Use a small salad in a jar for another energy booster. Add chickpeas, beans, chopped bits of chicken, or nuts for the protein. It can be amazingly refreshing. Fresh fruit and a hard-boiled egg can also be a delicious and energizing snack.

  • If you buy a snack, read the label. Some protein bars may look healthy but they’re nothing more than a glorified candy bar. Look for snacks with little or no sugar added that get their sweetness from dates, figs, and dried fruit.
  • A half peanut butter and healthy jelly sandwich on whole wheat bread can be a snack that will keep you energized until lunch. You might even eat less at lunch since the fiber and protein keep you full longer.
  • This cool treat will boost your energy on a hot day after an intense workout. Freeze half a banana on a Popsicle stick. Then dip it in melted semi-sweet bits and roll in nuts. You can have them ready to eat in the freezer.
  • When using peanut butter, read the label. Make sure the only ingredients are peanuts and salt. You can spread it on fruit or make ants on a log by filling celery sticks and topping with raisins.

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