We have all experienced the afternoon “crash,” and it seems most people look to beat that crash with energy drinks or some supplement. Is there a more appropriate solution to energy lulls? Choosing healthy snacks over sugar and stimulants may solve your afternoon energy crisis and help you lose body fat. Sometimes more is actually less - i.e. mucnhing on healthy snacks during the day can also help prevent you from over eating at night.
So what makes a healthy snack? Healthy snack foods are:
- Low in saturated fat (less than 3 grams per serving)
- Low in added sugar (natural sugar is okay, but read the ingredient list and limit high-fructose corn syrup, sucrose, molasses, and cane juice)
- Moderate-to-High in protein (more than 5 grams per serving)
- Contain complex carbohydrates (Look for whole wheat and 100% whole grain flour in the ingredient list)
Fruits and vegetables are always a good choice considering you need at least three servings of each on a daily basis. The next time you get home from the grocery store, cut your fruit and vegetables up and throw them into Tupperware containers for on-the-go snacks - this will prevent your fresh produce from growing mold in that plastic bag in your fridge.
Other healthy snack options include:
- Whole wheat pita bread and hummus
- Low-fat cheese
- Fat-free/light yogurt
- A handful of nuts or seeds (only 1 handful since the Calories add up quickly)
- Switching your “4 O’clock chocolate” to dark chocolate to supplement your sweet craving with an antioxidant boost
So, when you have the urge to snack, reward your body with something healthy to keep you going all day long!