Have you ever found yourself in a daze right around three in the afternoon – with no energy to do ANYTHING? Have you ever eaten breakfast only to feel hungry up until lunchtime? You are not alone. In fact, there are people everywhere that are feeling the same feelings, and cravings towards food. Today you will learn about three healthy, filling, nutritious snacks that will leave you full, satisfied, and full of energy throughout the day.
Snacking, Energy, and Weight Loss
If you are like some people, then you typically consume three square meals a day, alternated by two to three snacks per day. However, you still may find yourself with hunger pains, fatigue, and cravings during mid-morning or mid-afternoon. So you probably do what most people do: you find a snack to eat.
However, depending on how hungry you are, the snack options that you choose may not be the greatest for improving and sustaining your energy levels. You see, the snack that you choose may quickly increase your blood sugar, which do improve your energy levels. However, after the food is processed, your blood sugar returns to normal, or even UNDER baseline levels, which leaves you feeling fatigued, cranky, or moody.
High-calorie, nutrient-dense snacks should be avoided at all costs if you want to maintain energy and even lose weight. But don’t despair! Here are three of the BEST snack options to get you through your mid-morning or midday hump.The Three BEST Snack Options for Increasing Energy and Weight Loss
Power Snack #1: Pineapple
Pineapples are a great source of water, naturally occurring sugar, fiber, and plenty of vitamins and minerals that are needed for your body to function properly. Due to the high-fiber content in pineapple, it takes longer for your body to digest, therefore, you have longer and more sustained energy levels. The sugar found in pineapple is processed very quickly, which causes an increase in blood sugar; but due to the slow digestion, energy is sustained for much longer periods of time. Speaking of digestion, pineapple contains bromelain, which is an enzyme that has been shown to help support digestion. As an added bonus, the water in pineapple keeps you hydrated, preventing dehydration and energy loss.Pineapple could be one of the best foods for the quick and long-lasting energy boost you need throughout the day.
Power Snack #2: Almonds (nuts in general)
Almonds (or nuts in general), are a great morning or afternoon pick-me-up. Packed full of essential vitamins and minerals, fiber, protein, and essential fats, almonds could be, hands down, the best snack for boosting energy. Almonds also contain high levels of magnesium, which has not only been shown to boost energy levels, but improve sleep patterns and even support your immune system. Plus, due to the fiber/protein mix in almonds, it takes your body longer to digest, leaving you with a slow trickle of energy, which is great for sustaining you for longer periods than an empty-calorie snack. Eating almonds has been shown to stabilize blood sugar and slow digestion, which is a perfect way to avoid the peaks and valleys associated with mid-morning or mid-afternoon time periods. Almonds also have essential fatty acids (essential because your body cannot produce them) which are vital for heart, brain, and eye health, plus they could aid in weight loss. Do yourself a favor, next time you get that hungry feeling, grab a handful of almonds! Your body, especially your waistline, will thank you later.
Power Snack #3: Yogurt (Greek)
This snack is full of essential minerals, like calcium, zinc, and phosphorus, which are essential for many different cellular processes. Plus, some yogurts may contain probiotics, which are vital for the health of your digestive system. However, the best part of yogurt: It is easily digested by your body, which shuttles sugar and amino acids into your body to be processed and used by the cells in your body. Just like other sources of protein, the protein in yogurt takes longer to digest, therefore it burns more calories and it keeps you feeling fuller, for longer periods throughout the day, which could prevent overeating at lunch or dinner. Yogurt also contains tyrosine, which is a vital nutrient for epinephrine, norepinephrine, and endorphins production. Tyrosine, which is one of the amino acids, is responsible for endorphin production, which may enable you to fight off fatigue associated with lower energy levels, or even stress. But beware: Most commercial brands of yogurt may contain extra sugar, which could combat the health effects of yogurt – so be sure to choose your yogurt wisely.
Include These Three Power Snacks
If you have ever felt fatigue during the morning or afternoon, then you may be experiencing a decrease in blood sugar, which creates cravings for nutrient-dense, calorie-laden carbohydrate-rich foods that will do nothing but destroy your weight loss attempts.
However, including these three nutritious snacks, you may prevent a dip in your blood sugar, make a dent in your cravings, and prevent dehydration. Plus, these three foods are perfect for slowing digestion, stabilizing blood sugar, and leaving you feeling full for longer periods of time. This may boost your metabolism and create wonderful results for your waistline and those stubborn, hard to lose areas.
By Kevin DiDonato
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