Few of us are strangers to the midday sap of energy that hits somewhere between “I’m taking my lunch break” and “I’m heading out for the day.” And while your natural tendency may be to grab a cup of coffee in the hopes of perking yourself up, the best fix might come on a plate instead of in a cup. Here are the snacks to keep on hand to help you munch away that afternoon slump and make it to the end of the day – or at least dinner.
Apples with Peanut Butter
As a source of carbs and fiber, apples are the perfect go-to fruit for natural energy. Not only are the nutrients in the fruit turned into literal fuel for your cells, but you’re also getting long-term energy as the body works to metabolize the sugars in apples. Adding some peanut butter brings in an extra boost, thanks to its healthy fats and protein.
Veggies with Hummus
Hummus is an excellent source of energy when you feel like you could use a pick-me-up, largely because of its high iron content. Pairing the hummus with some fresh, raw veggies adds to the energy-boosting capabilities of the snack because it usually gives you an extra dose of fiber and good carbs. Though carrots are usually the most popular option, try changing things up with options like fresh peppers, zucchini, or asparagus.
Yogurt with Honey and Berries
Because it’s especially packed with protein, yogurt is a great energizer. Opt for a low-fat Greek yogurt and pair it with some honey and berries for a power trio. While the honey is chock full of carbohydrates that your body uses as one of its primary sources of energy, the berries – blueberries are great because they contain manganese – add an extra boost.
Trail mix is great because it’s essentially a chance for you to put a bunch of energizing ingredients together into one easy, convenient mixture that you can enjoy nibbling on while you work. Make your own with magnesium- and protein-rich almonds and pepitas along with some dried goji berries, raisins, and pistachios.
Whole Grain Crackers with Cheese
When you munch on whole grain crackers, you’re getting fiber to keep you full and you’re getting a good dose of energy from the iron and B vitamins. Meanwhile, pairing the crackers with cheese not only gives you an extra boost from the fats in the cheese, but happens to prolong your energy, as the pairing of cheese with carbs works to slow the release of energy in the body.
While a little bit of smart snacking can help you beat a mid-afternoon slump at work, the real secret to staying energized throughout the day is making sure to get a good night’s sleep. When that proves to be a struggle, give some reBloom a try and see how it can send you on your way to top notch slumber.