Increase your Energy by Snacking

Increase your Energy by Snacking

Mixed NutsDo you take the time to sit down with family and/or friends in the day to enjoy a snack or lunch together?  Even though we mean to, many of us feel as if we are just too busy!  The result…skipped snacks and poorly nourished bodies and cravings for sugar and carbohydrate foods.

The food industry is making it so easy to eat on the go with many processed foods that are promoted as healthy.  If you read the labels, you will realize they are often loaded with refined flours, artificial sweetners, salt and unhealthy fats. These are energy drainers!

Good energy levels require healthy snacking.  You may even find yourself more motivated and productive.  We are supposed to feel good in our bodies without caffeine, sugar and salt!

Should you eat food even if you’re not hungry?  Not everyone needs to snack, but the majority of our population eating a standard diet could benefit from eating 5 or 6 small meals each day to balance unstable sugar levels.

Here are some healthy snack ideas.  Feel free to share your ideas below in the blog section…

  • Raw Almonds (10) and a small fruit
  • Plain Organic Yogurt with berries and raw sunflower seeds (or coconut yogurt)
  • Raw veggies with Hummus
  • Lara Bar or Nature Bar (these are two that are natural and good….check your labels)
  • Mary’s Organic Crackers (gluten free) with nut butter
  • Protein Shake made with water/almond milk and fruit and seeds (hemp seeds are great for energy)
  • Medjool Dates with raw almonds or try our Minty Chocolate Raw Balls
  • Hard boiled egg (or two)
  • Roasted Chick Peas
  • Trail Mix (make your own to avoid rancid oils/nuts with seeds, raw nuts, and easy on the dried fruit)
  • Applesauce with trail mix or walnuts and cinnamon
  • Raw crackers with nut butter
  • 1 oz dark chocolate with raw almonds – yes…you can have ‘fun’ snacks that are healthy too!
  • Healthy homemade cookies.  Try our Sesame Spice Breakfast Cookies
  • Raw Chocolate Pudding
  • Toasted brown rice tortilla’s dipped in hummus or any bean dip
  • High Protein Muffin (Try our Pumpkin Protein Power Muffin)

As a guideline, a snack should consist of a protein and a complex carbohydrate to help you feel more satisfied and to balance your blood sugar levels.   Of course that depends on your current health status and personal goals.

For a personalized meal plan, call 289-291-0254 to schedule an appointment with Linda Ljucovic, Registered Holistic Nutritionist.

Happy snacking!

 

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