Healthy Afternoon Snack Attacks for Energy Zapped People [VIDEO]
Healthy energizing snacks to keep you fueled throughout your day
This blog post is sponsored by my client: Wonderful Pistachios
Mid-afternoon is a fatiguing time of day for most people regardless if you are remote working and experiencing screen fatigue, in the office or on-the-go shuttling kids from school to activities. You can keep yourself and your family fueled with quick, healthy energizing snack ideas everyone will like.
Stay tuned for some simple, satisfying protein rich snack ideas using pistachios to top up your energy for the last half of your day.
What are the components of a healthy afternoon snack?
- Meals and snacks that have both carbohydrate and protein will keep your energy consistent throughout the afternoon and help you feel like you are riding a train rather than a rollercoaster.
- Carbs found in grains, starchy foods, fruit and veggies are like “gasoline” to fuel your brain and muscles.
- Protein is found in food such as meat, poultry, seafood, dairy, eggs, nuts, and legumes.
- Marry carbs plus protein together for an ideal healthy afternoon snack.
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Why is protein important to include in an afternoon snack?
- Carbohydrates top up your blood sugars to fuel your brain for the energy it needs to get you through the afternoon. Carbohydrates are also like gasoline for your muscles for the energy you may need for physical activity in the later parts of your day.
- Protein provides fullness and sustained energy. If you have missed a source of protein in your meals you can feel highs and lows in your energy experience hunger more often. Protein is key for satiety and helping you sustain energy and productivity.
What are some healthy protein rich snack ideas to try?
- Pistachios + apple
- Hard cooked egg + whole grain crackers
- Greek yogurt/skyr yogurt + granola
- Cottage cheese + fresh/frozen berries
- Cheese + grapes
- Latte or tea latte + energy ball
Can you tell us about the snack ideas on display?
I worked with Wonderful Pistachios on some fun healthy snack ideas since pistachios are a good source of protein. Wonderful Pistachios are a smart snack and a great grab-and-go protein option as a ¼ cup of pistachios contains 6 grams of protein and 3 grams of fibre.
- In a medium bowl combine 1 tbsp cocoa, 1 tbsp maple syrup, ½ tsp vanilla, ½ cup milk/soy milk, 2 tbsp chia seeds.
- Let sit for 15 minutes and stir again and leave 4 hours in the fridge.
- Top with crushed pistachios
- Combine 6 ounces goat cheese with 2 ounces cream cheese (both at room temperature).
- Drop mixture by spoonful onto a tray lined with parchment paper and refrigerate 15 minutes
- Roll into balls, then into ½ cup shelled salted pistachios.
3) Mason Jar Sweet And Savoury Snack Mix
- Get your kids to build their own mixes of popcorn, pretzels, dried fruit, nuts and chocolate chips
4) Fruit Nachos
- Thinly slice apples, pears, peaches or nectarines in thin slices. If not serving immediately you can toss the fruit in any type of citrus or vitamin C rich juice such as orange juice to prevent browning.
- Arrange the fruit slices on a plate and drizzle with melted peanut butter. Sprinkle with coconut, mini chocolate chips and crushed pistachios.
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About Andrea Holwegner
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Andrea the «Chocolate Loving Nutritionist» is founder and CEO of Health Stand Nutrition Consulting Inc. since 2000. She is an online nutrition course creator, professional speaker and regular guest in the media. Andrea is the recipient of an award by the Dietitians of Canada: The Speaking of Food & Healthy Living Award for Excellence in Consumer Education....Read more