Summer vacation is over and that means many of you are going back to school or work after having some fun in the sun. The long days and relaxed schedules now switch into fast-paced and hectic lives. But you shouldn’t let a busy schedule be your excuse for choosing unhealthy snacks. Today I am going to share with you some of my go-to snacks when I’m crunched for time.
A healthy, and energizing snack should include a mix of carbohydrates, protein, and fat. Consuming a combination of these three micronutrients will keep you full and ideally focused on your work.
The first of my favorite snacks is a green smoothie. My recipe includes nothing but clean ingredients that each serves a purpose in keeping your brain sharp.
My Go-To Green Brain Smoothie
Banana – Bananas are not only a potassium-filled food, but they also help reduce stress.
Almond Butter – Almonds have lots of protein and dopamine, which will keep you feeling motivated and focused through your work.
Blueberries – Packed with antioxidants
Kale & Spinach Mix – lots of Iron
Chia seeds – To fulfill your Omega 3 needs
Carrot Juice – Has lots of vitamins! Also, it won’t make you crash in an hour like a smoothie with a sugar fruit juice base potential would.
Another super easy snack is whole grain Wasa crackers with some healthy toppings. I like to spread organic peanut butter with sliced up bananas on my crackers. You could also mash up some avocado and top that with some tomatoes or your favorite vegetables! This can be replicated with any whole grain cracker or rice cake!
I also like to have trail mix ready for whenever I’m on the go. Keep the trail mix as healthy as possible by only including unsalted nuts and tried fruit.
Finally, you may like to try snacking on some organic hummus and veggies. This will supply you with loads of vitamins and protein from the hummus. If you are buying pre-made hummus though, check the food label to make sure it’s not too processed. Many hummus brands inject a lot of sodium that you do not need!