Tackling a lengthy to-do list requires a good amount of energy, but it’s not always easy to find the strength to accomplish everything. After 3 p.m., energy levels tend to drop. Instead of filling up on coffee, carry a few portable snacks to give you the drive you need to get through the rest of the day.
Here are a few snacks that are easy to carry and will provide the energy you’re looking for:
Forget about the store-bought trail mix, which can be packed with sugar. Instead, make your own! There are so many different varieties of trail mix you can put together. Here are just a few protein-packed options: Peanut butter trail mix: Peanuts, almonds, dark chocolate chips, banana chips and peanut butter chips. Cereal-inspired trail mix: Shredded wheat cereal, puffed rice, bran flakes, cashews, dried cherries, granola, dried blueberries, dried cranberries. Spiced trail mix: Cayenne pepper, pumpkin seeds, sea salt, almonds, pecans, sunflower seeds, walnuts, garlic powder, chili powder, ground cumin.
Popcorn is a deliciously light snack that will fill you up without weighing you down later. Instead of drizzling melted butter and salt all over your popcorn, try seasoning it with just a little bit of olive or coconut oil.
Greek yogurt and cereal
Greek yogurt is packed with protein, which will keep you full, and the carbs from cereal will give you sustainable energy to get you through the day. The mix of textures makes this a tasty snack that’s easy to bring with you anywhere. Stay away from the artificially flavored yogurts, as they’re packed with sugar.
Hummus and veggies
Give yourself a pick-me-up in the middle of the day with some crunchy red pepper slices and hummus. Hummus is a much healthier alternative to other dips like Ranch dressing. Almost any vegetable can be dipped in hummus, including carrots, mushrooms, sugar snap peas and zucchini.
Peanut butter and banana
This delicious combination is a low-fat snack to enjoy at any time of day. The peanut butter provides protein, and bananas contain natural sugars that take longer for your body to metabolize than sugar found in candy. If you’re not a fan of bananas, swap them for apples, which also go well with peanut butter. This snack is also great for athletic recovery, as the protein helps build muscle.