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Afternoon Snack Options!
Afternoons can be tricky because your blood sugar takes a dip at about the same time that your morning cup of coffee wears off. This double whammy cause you to crave carbs, and usually the worst kind - simple, processed carbs.
The best snack you can eat is "balanced." That means it has a balance of all three macronutrients - lean protein, healthy carbs, and good fats. Eating all three at once guarantees that you won't spike your blood sugar, boosts your metabolism, and helps you feel full so you can make it all the way to dinner. With that as background, here are some great afternoon snacks:
- String cheese, apple, handful of almonds. The cheese has plenty of protein, the apple is a great source of energy, and the nuts have really healthy fats that give you that full feeling.
- One slice of whole wheat bread with a spread of almond butter. The bread gives you energy from the carbs while the almond butter has both protein and fat.
- Protein powder with a handful of nuts. I love protein powder because it's so convenient - it takes about 10 seconds to put a couple scoops in a zip lock and you're good to go.
- Nitrate-free deli meat rolled up with a tablespoon of cream cheese with baby carrots. The animal meat is crucial for creating neurotransmitters in your brain, which keep you alert and positive.
- A great gluten-free option is to make gluten-free meatballs. For a snack, eat one large meatball along with a handful of grapes and 6-8 walnut halves.
The possibilities are endless! The trick is to eat balanced snacks, so the best way to create a snack is to choose one protein, one carb, and one fat and put them together. Choose what you're in the mood for, or what you have on hand at the time.