It’s bound to happen – sometime in the early afternoon, the coffee from the morning has long worn off, your lunch makes you want to take a nap and you’ve still got to face the rest of the day. Before you head for the coffee maker, consider these healthy alternatives that will give you a boost of energy.
- Fruit: Enjoy the nutritious benefits and great taste of fruit to help keep you awake. You’ve got plenty of options, from bananas, to apples and oranges. Fitness magazine suggested one piece of fresh fruit or a cup of chopped fruit or berries. Remember to eat everything in moderation, even fruit!
- Yogurt and cereal: Though it may feel like you’re revisiting breakfast, a yogurt parfait is a great source of energy thanks to the carbs and protein involved. Remember to stick to your healthy eating goals and opt for low-fat or nonfat yogurt.
- Dried fruits and nuts: Mix up the flavors with 1/4 cup of dried fruits and nuts. The saltiness of the nuts will balance out the sweet and tart taste of the dried fruits. According to Health magazine, nuts take longer to digest, so you’ll be providing your body with long-lasting energy. Be careful not to overdo it though, because excess carbs may lower blood sugar, making you even sleepier than before.
- Soy crisps: If you’re in the mood for something crunchy and salty, you don’t have to resort to unhealthy chips. Soy crisps are just as satisfying and give you more energy than chips or pretzels.
- Popcorn: This classic snack packs a lot of fiber and is actually healthier than pretzels, according to Fitness magazine. A single-serving bag will be just enough to hold you over until dinnertime.
- Hummus and veggies: Hummus is rich in protein, and veggies are packed with vitamins, so you won’t have to feel guilty about eating these tasty snacks.