Oh yes, everyone dreads that mid-day energy slump. But what’s even worse than that tired feeling is reaching for those cookies or energy drinks, filled with unhealthy ingredients you don't need.
And sure apples and rice crackers may not sound entirely as appetizing as chocolate-y goodness, but grabbing healthier choices filled with essential proteins and fibers is key for keeping your energy up, says Emily Littlefield, Nutritionist & Transformational Health Coach.
“Avoid foods high in refined sugar and saturated fats, like candy, chips, and fatty meat,” Littlefield says. “Processed foods are bad for your health and over a long period of time can lead to diabetes, weight gain, heart conditions, and nervous system problems.”
For better snacking decisions that will keep you awake and alert, Littlefield recommends reaching for options like almonds, hard boiled eggs, and fresh fruit.
But if you are seeking some equally healthy grab-and-go options, we rounded up some healthier alternatives, just in case you're thinking about grabbing that big of chips hidden inside your desk.
Rhythm Superfoods Roasted Kale
Instead of munching on fatty chips filled with oils and fats, this low-calorie organic alternative ($2.49) keeps it healthy with Vitamins A, C and K.
KIND Nuts And Spices Bar
Unlike those sugary candy bars, these portable munchies ($1.79, available at supermarket locations nationwide) offer natural proteins, fibers and only five grams of sugar.
Biena Chickpea Snacks
Offering six grams of protein and 24 percent of your daily fiber, these natural energy-boosters ($3) bring you delicious taste, without any junk fillers.
These partially popped popcorn snacks ($1.29-$3.99) make a crunchy (and guiltless!) addition to your usual trail mix.
These low-sugar, and allergen free bites ($4.99-$5.99), are sure to give your sugary granola bars some serious envy.
Annie Chun’s Seaweed Crisps
These 80 calorie snacks ($3.49) skip out on the cholesterol and trans fats found in most potato chip snacks.
Health Warrior Chia Bars
Thanks to this super food bar ($1.29-$2.29), you can finally ditch the usual afternoon cookies, filled with added sugars.
Unlike those high calorie frozen beverages, this electrolyte packed alternative ($2.99) is ultimately guiltless, as it contains only 20 calories per container.
Bella Housewares Dots Collection 2.0 12-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker, White and Gold
Even if you think your barista has you covered, popular coffee shop drinks can be filled with sugars and fats you don’t need. To get that healthier grab-and-go alternative, grab your thermos ($69.99), and try brewing your own coffee at home.
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