When you need a pick-me-up snack, the worst thing you can do for your body is grab sugar. As attractive as it may taste, sugary snacks give you momentary satisfaction by spiking your blood glucose; then as quickly as it came up, it will go back down again. And worse, sugar can leave you lethargic and craving more sugar because your snack offered no nutritional value to satisfy your system.
Resist the temptation for sugar and go for snacks high in fiber, protein and nutritious carbohydrates. These healthy, energy-boosting alternatives will keep you satisfied longer because they are more complex to digest and metabolize – that means more productivity in your day and less overall calories and fat in your diet. Um, who doesn’t want that? We thought you’d agree. Check out our faves here:
Go Nuts for Nuts: These small but powerful gifts from nature have the trifecta for sustaining energy and feeling satisfied – protein, fiber and unsaturated fat. Just a handful of almonds, peanuts, walnuts or pistachios can keep your stomach full and put the pep back in your step.
Happily Appley: Eating apples before meals has shown to reduce caloric intake throughout the day. The fiber and water combo in apples, as well as some other fabulous nutrients, is almost like an appetite suppressant.
Jumping Beans: Small but mighty, beans are a great source of fiber, protein, trace minerals and B vitamins. Beans fit perfectly in a variety of spaces in your diet – salads, soups and pastas to name a few. Pureed bean dips like black bean dip or hummus make easy snacks that you can pair with whole grain crackers or raw veggies.
“Berry” Healthy Berries: High in fiber as well as tons of vitamins your body craves, berries like blueberries, raspberries and blackberries are a pop-able and portable snack for any time of day. Combine them with some lowfat cheese for a fiber and protein duet.
Pop it Up: Believe it or not, air-popped popcorn is super fibrous so it helps maintain an even blood sugar level and helps the body feel full. Not just a movie-time snack, popcorn is terrific on-the-go. Try flavoring it with an olive oil cooking spray and a variety of seasonings to spice things up.
Avocado: With good-for-you fats and lots of fiber, avocados are a superfood you’ll want in your diet. Studies have shown that eating half an avocado can help you feel more satisfied and have less desire to snack. Spread it on whole wheat toast or scoop up some guacamole with brown rice crackers for a delicious and nutritious snack.
More Moringa Please: Moringa is one of nature’s most perfectly balanced foods. With a touch of fat, fiber, protein, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids, it is the top of the food chain when it comes to nutrition. When the body’s nutritional needs are met, you feel satisfied and you can mentally and physically perform at your best. Beyond taking a daily dose of Moringa capsules, adding Moringa extract to your water bottle is an excellent way to create your own energy drink. Drinking plenty of water before meals helps fill you up so you reach the point of satiation faster without consuming unnecessary calories.