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As moms and workers from home, we are always busy. This sometimes means that we run low on energy, and we don’t always choose the healthiest snacks for an energy boost. The healthiest foods will contain the right balance of vitamins and minerals. However, the wrong snacks often leave us hungry and not physically satisfied. In this post, I want to discuss some great energy-boosting snacks.
For those who are taking a break from coffee as a morning or afternoon pick-me-up, try trail mix. In a medium bowl combine two cups of chopped pretzels, two cups of various nuts, a half cup of dark chocolate chunks, a third cup of shredded coconut and a few pinches of cinnamon. Toss in some dried fruit pieces in the mix.
2. Oven Baked Sweet Potato Wedges
Sweet potatoes are high in beta-carotene and this turns to vitamin A once you eat the potatoes. Sweet potatoes are also high in vitamin C and fiber. To make them, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. On a baking sheet place three sweet potatoes cut in wedges. Sprinkle the potatoes with salt and black pepper. Drizzle the wedges with honey and then place them in the oven. Bake for 30 minutes then serve.
3. Hard Boiled Eggs
Eggs are an excellent source of protein and this is why they are a popular breakfast food. You can also have hard boiled eggs as a snack when you are hungry but not ready for dinner.
4. Bananas and Whole Grain Cereal
Bananas contain high levels of potassium and vitamin B6. This makes them excellent energy-boosting snacks. Whole grain cereals contain complex carbohydrates and this promotes better energy in your body. You can even eat this without milk, and this makes a great snack for the kids.
5. Dark Chocolate Pieces
Dark chocolate contains adequate amounts of fiber, iron, magnesium, zinc, and potassium. It also contains antioxidants that eliminate free radicals which could harm the body. In addition, dark chocolate has theobromine, a compound that assists with boosting energy.
6. Yogurt and Nuts
Yogurt promotes slow digestion in your body and this leads to better energy levels. Nuts are high in protein and they are an excellent appetite suppressant. Grab some plain yogurt and throw in the nuts, a little honey and fruit pieces.
Fruits are naturally sweet but they also boost energy levels. Oranges provide high sources of vitamin C., potassium, and fiber. Combine apples, blueberries, and strawberries to create a delicious fruit salad. Or you can make fruit smoothies instead of buying a soda.
8. Lemon Water
Lemon water acts as a great alternative to coffee if you want a healthier drink for boosting energy. This is because lemons contain vitamin C, and the electrolytes created with this combination keeps you active all day long. Toss in some mint leaves for extra flavor.
Quinoa is a good replacement for white rice, white pasta or white bread. Quinoa contains protein and this is good for increasing energy levels. Quinoa is also a great source of vitamin B. Some good additions to quinoa include granola, raisins, almonds, honey, tomatoes, beans, and fruits.
A bowl of oatmeal can suppress your appetite and give you energy for hours. Add some shredded coconut, dried fruits, nuts, and shredded carrots to your oatmeal for extra healthy flavor.
Energy Boosting Snack Recipes
1. Oven Baked Peaches
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Then in a large greased and lined baking dish, place three peeled and cored peaches cut in slices. Drizzle honey all over the peaches and sprinkle some cinnamon on them. Place the dish in the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes.
2. Pineapple Salad
In a medium bowl combine three drained cans of sliced pineapple, a half cup of reduced fat yogurt, a third cup of sliced almonds, a few chopped mint leaves, a fourth teaspoon of honey, and a cup of chopped lettuce. Mix well then serve.
3. Apple Slices with Peanut Butter and Granola
Peel, core, and slice two apples. Place the apple slices on a medium-sized plate and set aside. In a bowl combine a half cup of crunchy peanut butter and two teaspoons of granola. Take the mixture and spread it all over the apple slices.
In conclusion, these healthy foods will keep you energetic and your diet under control.