Food For Thought written by Alexandria Traylor
We all have experienced those long & dreaded workdays. We often times wish the clock could hurry up and reach 5 so that we can clock out and hit up a happy hour or the gym. If you notice yourself hitting productivity wall around two o’clock or three o’clock, choose food that will increase your blood glucose (sugar) and will sustain it for a long period of time in order to not experience and excruciating crash. Try these energy packed yet healthy food pick-me-ups.
- Apple/Banana with Peanut Butter
This snack helps to cure your sweet and salty craving for a low calorie sugar quench. You will also bel able to get a couple of fruit serving of fruit in for the day.
- Cheese Kabobs
Place cheese cubes with grapes, cherry tomatoes, strawberries, or blueberries on toothpicks. Get your daily dairy fix in moderation. Read the label of the cheese cubes carefully and watch for grams of saturated fat as well as sodium content.
- Veggies with Hummus
Hummus is a vegan spread made up of mostly ground chick peas. Dip broccoli, carrots, or mini peppers generously to get in a dose of veggies and protein in for the day. If you’re a beginner to hummus try the flavor roasted red pepper to ease your way into something new.
- Trail Mix
This is your opportunity to mix a variety of your favorite snacks. Mix pretzel sticks, dried fruit, raisins, any type of nut and even dark chocolate which is proven to improve your mind’s reaction time. Substitute a whole grain cereal such as Chex or Cheerios instead of pretzels.
- Greek Yogurt with Granola
Greek yogurt is an excellent source of protein and dairy wrapped in one. Try Dannon’s 80 calorie greek yogurt in fruit flavors such as strawberry and blueberry. Be on the lookout for seasonal favorites like caramel apple pie. Sprinkle your fav granola on top to create a different texture as well as added fiber.
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