If you’re like most busy women, your daily life consists of juggling what seems like an endless list of responsibilities, obligations, and chores; slowing down isn’t an option. You have to remain productive, but unfortunately, your energy level doesn’t always cooperate. You may find yourself facing that dreaded mid-afternoon slump. Thankfully, we can help! We’ve got a list of 15 healthy snacks that are loaded with the nutrients and energy you need to keep going strong until your head hits the pillow.
15 Healthy Snacks for All-Day Energy:
Greek yogurt is an excellent choice for an afternoon boost because it contains an ample amount of protein and complex carbohydrates, for slow-releasing energy that lasts. We recommend pairing a serving of yogurt with energy-rich berries in our Skinny Berry Parfait.
Bananas are a convenient, high-energy snack option. They offer a serious dose of potassium to help your heart stay healthy and strong. Learn more about the health benefits of bananas here.
3. Sliced Bell Pepper and Hummus
Red bell peppers, in particular, are loaded with important nutrients. Dip bell pepper slices in our satisfying Zucchini Hummus Dip for an extra dose of energy supporting protein.
Carrots are full of fiber, so they’re great for making you feel full longer. They’re also an excellent source of beta-carotene to let your eyes remain strong throughout your busy day. Learn more about the health benefits of carrots here.
There’s a reason why almonds, and other nuts, make most Superfood Lists. They’re rich in protein for lasting energy, and they also are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which provide energy to muscles and organs.
Pineapple contains a healthy dose of Vitamin C and Manganese, natural energy-builders that can also help to keep your immune system strong. Here are 5 more reasons to pick pineapple.
7. Celery and Peanut Butter
The fiber found in celery helps keep everything flowing smoothly and works to flush out the toxins that might slow you down. Spread a spoonful of our Skinny Simple Peanut Butter on a few celery slices to help support muscle function all day long.
This tasty green fruit is an energy superstar because it’s loaded with the protein and healthy fats you need to keep your body going when you need it. Try pairing a few energy-rich carrots with our yummy Avocado Dip.
There’s a reason why you’ve heard the expression, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Apples are loaded with the vitamins and minerals you need to keep your energy levels up all day long. Plus, they’re full of the antioxidants you need to keep your skin looking less frazzled when you’re on-the-go. Try our Baked Apple Chips!
Quinoa is one superfood you shouldn’t go without. Not only is it rich in protein, fiber, iron, and Vitamin B2, it’s versatile and delicious, too! Try this Quinoa and Vegetable Stir-Fry.
11. Green Salad
Greens are filled with the vitamins and nutrients your body needs to keep functioning properly. We recommend this delicious Garden Salad with Lemon and Oil Dressing.
12. Steel-Cut Oatmeal
Oats are loaded with the fiber you need to keep your digestive track running strong, and they can even help fight a number of chronic diseases. Try our Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal and learn more about the health benefits of oats here.
13. A Nutrient-Dense Smoothie
Blending up a batch of nutrient-rich foods is an excellent and easy way to increase energy levels all day long. We recommend this Wake Me Up and Get Me Going Smoothie.
14. Vegetable Soup
What better way to get a dose of the energy-producing nutrients found in your favorite vegetables that to eat them all at once?! You’ll love our Skinny Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup.
15. Dark Chocolate
Good news! This decadent favorite can actually be good for you. Dark chocolate contains a large amount of vitamins and healthy antioxidants, and it’s been shown to help prevent a number of chronic diseases. Learn more about the health benefits of dark chocolate here.