Making healthy snack choices throughout your day will keep you feeling sharp and energized. Whether masking mid-morning rumbles or fighting the 3 p.m. slump, healthy snacking is a great way to keep you satiated between meals and fuel your mind and body throughout the day. Energize between meals and before workouts with these energy boosting snacks.
1. Greek Yogurt: For a protein packed post-workout snack, dish out a cup of this rich and creamy energizing food. Greek yogurt has almost twice the amount of protein from regular yogurt at about 13-20 grams per cup.
As a powerful probiotic, this satisfying snack also helps improve gut health and a healthy immune system. Greek Yogurt is low in carbs, so if you’re snacking before a workout, add a spoonful of low-sugar granola for additional energy and a satisfying crunch.
2. Nuts and Seeds: Don’t be deceived by size. These little superfoods are packed with protein, fiber and antioxidants like selenium which produces energy, and improves mood and cognitive function. Try out this toasted pumpkin seed recipe to stave off the late-afternoon slump and energize you well through to dinner.
3. Hummus and Veggies: It just wouldn't be the same to have one without the other. Veggie dippers like red pepper and celery are full of fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants and are a great source of complex carbs.
Good carbs from vegetables provide a healthy source of calories to generate energy and satisfy cravings. Pairing veggies with protein rich hummus increases the nutritional value of snacking and helps to keeps you fueled throughout the day.
4. Dark Chocolate: Despite the controversy of sugary snacking, moderating your sugar intake leaves room for exceptions. Dark chocolate is an excellent source of antioxidants and magnesium which fuels the metabolic process, increasing the production of energy. To get the most out of this sweet superfood, choose dark chocolate with 60 percent cacao or higher. Check out more benefits of dark chocolate here from Evansville Healthy Living Examiner, Christia Torres.
5. Oatmeal: Whether for breakfast or a pre-workout snack, oatmeal is an excellent source of fuel. It is full of healthy carbohydrates and antioxidants that help lower cholesterol, control blood sugar levels and lower blood pressure. The dynamic balance of soluble and insoluble fiber in oats contributes to its low glycemic index (GI). Low GI foods release energy at a steady, consistent rate keeping you energized longer.
Snacking doesn't have to have bad connotations. Incorporating these healthy carbs, proteins, vitamins and nutrients into your snacking will keep you satiated and energized throughout your busy day.