If you are like so many when 3pm hits you may find yourself in a daze with no energy. You know it is because you probably need to eat something, but there is just nothing healthy to eat.
You are not alone…
There are people everywhere that are feeling the cravings and emotions towards food.
Many times it is because the foods you chose the meal before that is causing this lack of energy and/or craving to eat.
You first want to look at what you ate the meal before and see if it was balanced and proportionate with proteins, healthy fats and fibrous carbs.
Depending on your rate of metabolism you may still find yourself with hunger pains and mid-afternoon cravings.
Depending on just how hungry you are your snack options may need to change so that you can sustain your energy levels.
If you choose a snack that quickly increases your blood sugar yes you will have some energy, but it will be short-lived and you will crash again. Now you are back to feeling fatigued, cranky and moody.
Instead choose a snack that will give you a longer lasting energy spike.
Here are 3 of the BEST snack options for increasing energy.
Power Snack #1: Pineapple
Pineapples are a great source of fiber, vitamins, minerals and water for your body to function properly.
Since it has a high fiber content it takes longer to digest and is able to provide your body with a steady rate of energy.
The sugar that is in pineapple is processed quickly so you have energy, but because of the fiber allows you to use that energy for a longer period of time.
Pineapple can be one of the best snack options for quick and long-lasting energy you need to get through the slumps.
Power Snack #2: Almonds
Almonds are a great afternoon shot of energy. They are actually good as a morning snack also.
Almonds are packed full of essential vitamins, minerals, fiber, protein and essential fats. They also are a good source of magnesium which has been shown to boost energy levels and even support your immune system.
Almonds are another snack that is rich in fiber which takes your body longer to digest the nutrients leaving you a continuous flow of energy during those down times.
Almonds have also been shown to stabilize blood sugars which is a great way to avoid the peaks and valley associated with those mid-afternoon crashes.
Next time you get that hungry feeling grab a handful of almonds.
Power Snack #3: Yogurt
Yogurt is full of essential minerals such as phosphorous, zinc and calcium which are key to many different cellular reactions in our bodies.
Some yogurts also contain probiotics which are key to a healthy digestive system.
Yogurt is easily digestible which makes for a great snack to be used by your body for continuous energy.
The protein in yogurt also takes longer to digest and therefore keeps you fuller for a longer period of time throughout the day. This could prevent over-eating at the next meal.
One more nutrient it contains is Tyrosine which is an amino acid responsible for endorphin production which can help fight off fatigue that is associated with lower energy levels.
Beware: Many commercial yogurts contain extra sugar which may counteract the benefits of natural yogurt and increase your caloric intake so be sure to choose your yogurt wisely.
These are not the only 3 power snacks you can have on-hand, but they are a start to providing your body with healthier options that lead to your ideal body. Start with these 3 power snacks and then when you find more healthy power snacks add them to your arsenal so that you have plenty of variety and avoid the processed junk that will only add pounds to your body.