Healthy eating: Five energy-boosting snacks

Healthy living: The SuperFit Foodie talks us through five healthy alternatives for a natural energy boost

A tasty berry smoothie Photo: the_superfit_foodie

We all know the feeling coming towards the end of a long day when all you want to do is reach for that bar of chocolate for a quick pick me up.

However, we also all know the feeling of guilt and the inevitable sugar crash after we do.

So instead why not try one of these five healthy alternatives for a natural energy boost.

1) Raw energy bites

These little balls of goodness are perfect for satisfying a sweet tooth. The natural sugars in the dates provide a quick release of energy while the protein and healthy fats in the nuts fill you up. Because they are small, they are also a perfect pre-workout snack as they won’t sit in your stomach. You can buy these but it’s much cheaper and easier to make them yourself and that way you can control exactly what goes into them. For my chocolate flavoured raw bite recipe click here.

2) Bullet proof coffee

We all know and love caffeine for being there for us when we need a wake up call or mental boost. However, one of the latest trends is to add a spoon of butter and coconut oil to your coffee to make what’s known as a “bulletproof coffee”. It’s certainly not one for the calorie conscious though. For a lighter version try just adding a teaspoon of coconut oil to some black coffee. The fats fill you up, can help keep sugar cravings at bay and are quickly used up as energy (provided you don’t down it with a slice of cake). For this reason, it’s also a very popular pre-workout drink.

3) Berry Smoothie

For a no-mess, hassle-free snack at your desk snack nothing beats a fruit smoothie. Berries are low in sugar and calories as well as being full of vitamins and antioxidants. When mixed with yoghurt they make a filling, calcium and protein rich snack. Simply whizz up all the ingredients in your blender, screw on a lid and keep in the fridge until your cravings hit. For a simple berry smoothie recipe click here.

4) Fruit and nut butter

Apple slices dipped in peanut butter is a hugely popular healthy snack amongst fitness enthusiasts and health nuts as you get the natural satisfying sweetness of the fruit mixed with the filling and savoury nut butter. However, I’ve yet to meet someone who doesn’t get a bit carried away and eat half the tub of peanut butter in one sitting. It’s very high in calories so for a healthier version why not try making this peanut butter flavoured Greek yoghurt dip. It’s delicious as a dipping for any fruit including apples, pears, banana and pineapple.

5) Hummus and vegetable sticks

Hummus and vegetables may sound boring but by adding different spices and flavours you can make it really tasty. It’s a highly nutritious snack which is high in fibre and protein. By serving it with slices of cucumber, carrot or peppers it’s a great way to add more vegetables into your diet. Vegetables also have a high water content and since dehydration is a major contributor to fatigue and sluggishness then this is a perfect afternoon snack. Beware of shop bought hummus though as they are often high in sugar and salt. Instead, you can easily make your own. Try this recipe for my purple beetroot hummus, tasty but if you bring this into the office you’ll also look like a culinary genius!

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