Before you head for the nearest vending machine for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up, think about what you’ll be eating. The items found in the usual vending fare – candy, cookies and soda – contain simple sugars, which will give you a quick boost, only to let you down in a big way later. For long-lasting energy for rest of your afternoon, choose a snack with a little protein. Try some of these:

  • Fruit. Most fruits are portable and a great afternoon snack. Berries are especially good, but may need refrigeration. Add a tablespoon of peanut butter or an ounce of cheese and you have a nutritious snack providing a great energy boost!
  • Yogurt. Not the sweetened kind – try plain yogurt and add your own fruit or nuts.       Use a little Stevia if you need sweetness.
  • Hard boiled eggs. Make a half dozen and peel them. Put one or two in a plastic bag, and you have an instant healthy snack.
  • Hummus or tuna fish - try mixing it with yogurt and your favorite spices for some zest! Add whole grain crackers if you need some crunch.
  • Dark chocolate. Not the sugar-laded milk chocolate you might be thinking of, but rich, dark chocolate. You’ll get the benefits of a memory boost and lower cardiovascular risks. And, eat just one or two ounces, and really s-a-v-o-r it.
  • Almonds or other nuts. Watch your portions and enjoy high quality fats at the same time!
  • Water – if you aren’t well hydrated, your body will use its energy to maintain water balance, leaving you tired. Drink water all afternoon to keep yourself revved up!
  • Green tea. Get an antioxidant boost with your afternoon energy!

Consider bringing some of these goodies from home. With just a little planning, you can enjoy a nutritious snack that will keep you going, and won’t sabotage your healthy habits!

To Your Vitality!

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