It’s 3pm and you’re hungry. You know you need to eat something but you’re not sure what. You get a coffee, knowing that it’s not the solution. It’s just what you’ve been using to get you through the rest of your days. How can you make a change?
Snacks are often a confusing part of your day. You want a little something to keep you going to your next meal but you’re not sure what. You don’t want to overeat. You also don’t want to eat something that will make you crash into a tired, sleepy, mid-day zombie.
There’s always a solution. You can try looking at your day in terms of mini-meals, instead of meals and snacks. Start your day by making a bigger breakfast and then eat half of it before going to work and the other half three hours later, when you start feeling snacky. This might make your planning and prepping a bit easier. If that’s not feeling like something you’d like to try, here are five simple snacks you can put together in under 5 minutes to keep your blood sugar levels stable and your health goals in check. And if you’re still feeling subnormal by 3pm, you may want to try drinking more water. Hydration is a key part of staying energetic.
Snacks are often a confusing part of the day. You want a little something to keep you going to your next meal. You’re feeling “snacky” but you’re not sure what to have that won’t turn you into a tired, sleepy, mid-day zombie. Here are five simple snacks you can put together in under 5 minutes to keep your blood sugar levels stable and your health goals in check.
1 – Nut Butter and Veggies. This is probably the easiest snack to keep at your desk. Almond butter and celery sticks go hand-in-hand. You don’t even need to dirty any cutlery or container. Just dip right into the jar and enjoy!
2 – Chia Pudding. So easy to do! If you like a healthy pudding with a twist, you have to try this. Take 3 tbsp of chia seeds, 1 cup of unsweetened chocolate almond milk, 1 tsp or more of maple syrup (to taste) and any other topping you can think of. We like to add shredded coconut, almond pieces, ½ mashed banana, or a tbsp of peanut butter. Prep it in the morning by mixing all of the ingredients together and it will be ready by the afternoon. Experiment and enjoy this high fiber and healthy fat pudding. (makes 2 servings)
3 – Lemony Edamame. Frozen edamame is an easy way to keep your snacks high protein and low fat friendly. Take a ½ cup of frozen shelled edamame in the morning and place them in a snack container. Drizzle with fresh lemon juice and sprinkle some sea salt. You can add some cayenne or red pepper flakes for some added kick. Refreshingly easy to enjoy later in the day.
4 – Turkey Roll-UPs. Nothing says easy like a deli wrap. But this one is snack friendly and gluten-free. Take your favorite nitrate-free turkey or ham slice, top with a cheese of your liking like swiss or Havarti, add an optional sauce like hummus or guacamole. Roll it up to enjoy later in the day. 3 pieces make a great snack.
5 – Grab-n-Go. We love snacks that you can grab and put together at a later time. Hard-boiled eggs and carrot sticks. Tuna salad and cucumber slices. Mini cucumber and cherry tomato salads with feta cheese. Egg salad in kale wraps. Cubed chicken breasts and avocado pieces. Prepping in advance is always the key to success.
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