That snack in the middle of the day to push us through to dinnertime is something that we rely on. But far too often, we turn to a quick fix that might give us a boost of energy, but if it’s something high in sugar, we’re going to pay for it later with a crash once our blood sugar levels come back down.
With a little planning, however, you can get a healthy boost of energy when you need it and avoid the crash at the same time.
Corning Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing has six midday snack ideas that will give you only what your body needs.
Bananas are relatively inexpensive, come in their own packaging, and have plenty of energy-boosting properties like potassium and fiber that will make you feel full without overeating.
- Nut Butter With Apples or Carrots
Peanut or almond butter (check the labels to make sure there are no added ingredients) has healthy fat and protein for energy. You can either have it plain or use it as a dip for carrots or apple slices.
Much like peanut or almond butter, hummus has no sugar and is a good source of fiber and protein. Veggies (carrots or bell pepper slices) or whole-grain pita chips are great options to dip in hummus.
- Dried Fruit
Check labels to make sure you’re not having too many due to high natural sugar content, but dried fruit like banana chips, cranberries, raisins, mango, and pineapple pack a convenient punch.
Grapes are good for a vitamin C infusion and an immune system boost, and red grapes contain tannins that contain the heart-healthy properties of red wine. If you’re looking for a cool treat, freeze the grapes and let them soften just a bit before eating.
- Hard-Boiled Egg
Hard-boiled eggs are another easy option and will give you the necessary protein you crave in a snack to give you the energy to get to your next meal.
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