Most of us have experienced that middle-of-the-work-day feeling; you’re tired, hungry, and starting to feel your focus drifting away from your work and towards that nap you’re going to take when you get home. When that feeling hits, it’s probably a sign that your body needs something from you. Staying hydrated and bringing a healthy snack along with you to work can make it easier to get over that hump and stay positive until you clock out. These five great snack options are perfect for waking you up and giving you the energy to totally slay your work day.
- Shredded chicken salad on whole-grain crackers: Mixing shredded chicken with some lite mayo or sour cream, mustard, celery, and anything else you like (try dried cranberries for a little sweetness) creates an awesome chicken salad that is a great topper for whole-grain crackers. The whole grains provide you with fiber while the chicken gives you the protein you need to get through the rest of the day.
- Apples and peanut butter: This one is a classic. Apples have enough sugar to pick you up without making you crash later on while peanut butter is a great source of healthy fats and protein. This snack is sweet and nostalgic so it might also give you the mood boost you need for your next work task.
- Hummus and sliced peppers: Hummus is an awesome savory snack option if you don’t want something sweet. You can make your own at home with any flavors you want mixed in from cilantro to garlic to lemon-pepper. Hummus has some healthy fats, potassium, and protein that are great for an energy boost. For dipping, slice up some bell peppers to add in some vitamin C.
- Berries and yogurt: Berries are another great way to get a small sugar boost that won’t cause a blood sugar spike or a big energy crash later on. Blueberries and strawberries are both great options to get some vitamins, fiber, and potassium. Get extra energy and sustenance by mixing berries into yogurt for a filling and satisfying snack that is low in calories.