Always exhausted? Eat any of these snack foods and see yourself energized after an hour or so.
We live in such a fast-paced world that it is easy to get exhausted in the afternoon or even in the morning. I, for one, often find myself tired by 2 or 3 in the afternoon.
Most of us would remedy this drop in energy levels by going to the nearest Starbucks outlet and grabbing a cup of coffee.
But coffee doesn’t work for everyone. It is also not recommended for pregnant women, as well as those who don’t like the side effects it can cause like insomnia and palpitations.
If you are one of those people, or you simply want to snack on foods that keep you energized without increasing the level of caffeine in your body, here are five foods that you can snack on to keep you energized through the rest of the day.
Who doesn’t like pineapples? I’ve always felt that this is one of the more delicious fruits that nature gave us. Aside from being very yummy, pineapple is also stacked in nutrition. It is rich in vitamin C, B, and B6. It is also a good source of manganese, copper, and fiber.
Thanks to its high levels of sugar, carbohydrates, water and dietary fiber, pineapple can give you a quick boost in energy. Carbohydrates and sugar found in the fruit can energize you while the fiber can slow down digestion.
Manganese and thiamin, meanwhile, aid in energy production. Vitamin B6 can also improve cognitive function, which you would need when in the office.
I usually have a pack of of dried pineapple in my working corner. It’s not only easy to bring along, but also tasty and healthy.
The easiest way to make dried pineapple at home is that cutting pineapple into 3 mm thick piece and then dried in the oven at 215°F until dry. It usually costs me 2 hours. You will be amazed at the result.
Packed with calcium, phosphorus, protein, and zinc, yogurt is one of the top snacks that can give you a boost in energy. What I like best about yogurt is that it is easy and quick to assimilate its nutrients thanks to its liquid-like state. Its high protein levels also enable yogurt to give you long-lasting power.
Moreover, yogurt will feel you full. You won’t likely snack after downing yogurt for a snack. This should augur well for your weight loss plans.
Spicy Roasted Chickpeas
Chickpeas are also known as garbanzo beans. These are high in proteins and dietary fiber. Similar to pineapple, chickpeas are an excellent source of manganese.
I’ve mentioned earlier that manganese supports energy production. It also promotes bone development and wound healing. Folate, on the other hand, supports new cell growth and brain cell communication.
You can make your own spicy roasted chickpeas. The recipe is so easy that you can finish it in 40 minutes or less. You should prepare the following ingredients:
2 cans of chickpeas
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 teaspoon of ground cumin
1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
A pinch of cayenne pepper
Step by step guide:
- Preheat the oven to a temperature of 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Roll the dried chickpeas in a kitchen towel.
- Add the olive oil, salt, cayenne and cumin in a large bowl. Add the chickpeas. Toss to coat evenly.
Transfer the chickpeas to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spread them out in a single layer.
- Bake until the chickpeas have become golden color and crispy. This should not take more than 35 minutes.
- Shake the tray to toss. Remove the baking sheet from the pan and transfer the chickpeas to another bowl for serving.
There’s a reason why almonds are often cited as a super food. It is rich in fiber and protein. It is also packed with magnesium, a mineral that has been proven to be effective in producing energy.
There are plenty of ways to enjoy almonds. I usually eat them as is. But you can also make chocolate almond hearts for your snack.
½ cup of roasted almonds
1 chocolate, melted
This is really simple to make. Simply dip the almonds in the melted chocolate. Lay a couple of almonds side by side. Their ends should point down and touch on wax paper to form a ‘heart’ shape. Let it stand until the chocolate-coated almonds become firm.
There’s a reason why you often see bodybuilders and athletes eat a banana or two before and after a workout. Bananas can replenish energy and even promote good sleep.
Bananas are loaded with vitamin C, minerals and carbohydrates that can give you a quick boost in energy.
You can pair banana with a tablespoon of peanut butter for a much-needed boost in energy. A half cup of sliced banana can give you enough carbs and calories for a midday snack, while the protein from peanut butter can also give you much needed energy.
As you have learned from reading this article, keeping your energy levels high throughout the day does not always mean downing a cup or two of coffee. There are other foods that can sustain your energy for the rest of the day.
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