Snacking is something most of us cannot avoid. What we can ensure, though, is to eat healthy so that rather than a lot of empty calories that our tongues appreciate, we take in nutrition that our bodies will appreciate.
The thing is, no matter what we do, our energy level tends to wane in the latter half of the day. Could be stress at work or too much to do. If your body is low on fuel, it can make any activity sound tiring. Exercise time becomes something we want to avoid because the mere thought of it brings on fatigue.
What to do?
Most people tend to go long hours without eating anything and this can cause tiredness, a cranky mood and that sense of feeling spaced out. It is vital to develop the habit of eating healthy small snacks rich in protein and carbohydrates so that your energy levels remain balanced all day. The ideal choices are snacks that do not take too much preparation time and make great on-the-go breakfast ideas. Does that sound impossible? No – it is not. Consider these choices:
- Sliced apple with a tablespoon of peanut butter.
- A peach or pear with low fat cottage cheese
- One hard boiled egg and one piece of your favorite fruit
- A one thirds cup of almonds with a one fourths cup of dried apricots
- A smoothie made from yogurt and fruits
- A one quarter cup of hummus and baby carrots
- A cup of low fat yogurt and strawberries
- One baked sweet potato and low fat cottage cheese
- Five whole grain crackers with 1.5 ounces low fat cheese
- Tortilla chips (baked) with half a cup of low fat bean dip
- Peanut butter (one table spoon) and banana sandwich on one slice of whole wheat bread
That was easy, wasn’t it? I personally like the ones with peanut butter (crunchy) because it tastes so yum. I am also a big fan of yogurt.
You will start feeling more energetic when you snack healthy. Just take care to see you don’t snack too close to exercise time. Ensure that you have your snack at least an hour before workout time so that your energy levels are high.
Do you have some high energy easy snack ideas? Please share – and I’ll add them to this post.