Boost Your Energy with these Easy to Pack Snacks

 

Are you looking for an energy boost that will help get you through your busy day?

Sugary snacks give you a quick energy boost followed by the sugar “lows,” when low blood sugar produces mental fogginess and lethargy. Choosing the right snacks will provide better overall energy in the long run.

These easy to pack snacks will give you the long lasting energy you need:
  • Speared Veggies and Hummus – Spear carrots, zucchini, bell peppers, and celery. Combine veggie sticks and 2 tablespoons of hummus in a jar for a portable, healthy snack.
  • Peanut Butter and Apple – Slice an apple and add 1-2 tablespoons of peanut or almond butter to a jar or Tupperware. The fiber in the apple and the fat and protein in the peanut butter will keep you satisfied for hours.
  • Ants on a Log – Cut celery stalks into 4-5 inch sections. Spread 1-2 tablespoons of cream cheese or peanut butter in the celery and top with raisins. This crunchy, sweet and savory snack is sure to please the kids!
  • Crackers and Peanut Butter – Try 10 multigrain wheat crackers (such as Multigrain Wheat Thins) and a tablespoon of peanut butter.  This delicious combination will help to keep your blood sugar stable and keep you feeling full longer.
  • Berry Parfait – Use 3/4 cup of plain low-fat or fat-free greek yogurt. Add 1/2 cup of your favorite fruit and 1 ounce chopped nuts or whole grain cereal. Place ingredients in an airtight jar for easy transport. This sweet combo will satisfy any sweet tooth!
  • Edamame – These protein pods are sold in to go cups or for a cheaper version buy a large bag, cook them and portion out individual servings. These protein filled pods will satisfy your hunger and are a healthy addition to any meal.
  • PB & J – Make a healthy peanut butter and jelly sandwich!  Smash 100% fruit jam and 2 tablespoons of peanut butter between to pieces of whole grain bread.  Eat half now and take the other half with you for later!
  • String Cheese and Fruit – Cut up your favorite fruit or opt for it whole. String cheese and fruit offers up protein, fat, and fiber which will keep you fueled until dinner.
  • Popcorn With Parmesan – Pop some plain popcorn and sprinkle some parmesan cheese on it to give it a kick of flavor without the fat. Pack 2 cups in a plastic baggie or brown bag it. Everyone loves popcorn!
  • DIY Trail Mix – Combine 1/2 ounce of your favorite nut (pistachios, almonds, cashews) with 1 ounce of dried fruit. Feel free to add in some whole grain dried cereal for added crunch! Be sure to pay attention to portion sizes and aim for 200 calories or less.

And don’t forget WATER – Dehydration will cause you to feel hungry and fatigued. Make sure you drink plenty of fluids and eat foods high in water such as fruits and vegetables!

These snacks will get you through even your busiest of days!

 

 

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