Ya know that 2 PM feeling, when you’re not sure if you need an extra shot of espresso, a nap, or some insta-worthy inspiration to get yourself motivated? The W O R S T feeling! When you get groggy, it’s easy to reach for a snack from the vending machine or food court, often laden with processed ingredients, which will lead to an additional sugar crash. Kick that midday slump in the booty + reCHAARG with these quick + healthy snack ideas.
1] ENERGY BITES
Energy bites are the perfect little snack to give you a quick *jolt* of energy. Whether you pop ‘em in your mouth as you run out the door or freeze them for later, this snack surely packs a punch. You can make them with almost any ingredient, especially superfoods like oats + coconut flakes, like our Coconut Chia Energy Bites.
Oats are a CHAARG fave : ) Depending on how you serve them, they are packed with fiber, carbohydrates + protein, + they have a low glycemic index. Not only do they keep you energized, they keep you feeling fuller longer. Oats are versatile + you can make oatmeal, granola, + muesli with them. You can make these dishes your own by adding all your favorite toppings — fruit, nut butter, chia seeds, flax seeds, nuts, + dark chocolate chips are all drool-worthy! If you’re stuck on how to make your oats, check out our Blackberry Walnut + Brown Sugar Oats.
Nut mixes are easy + versatile snacks that help prevent that tired, groggy feeling. They are a great source of protein + healthy fats. Eating plain nuts doesn’t have to be boring — add some dried fruit for a touch of natural sweetness, just like we did in our Tropical Fruit + Nut Mix.
4] CHIA SEEDS
These little seeds are the epitome of a superfood — they are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Chia seeds can hold up to ten times their weight in water, keeping you hydrated + feeling full. You can add them to your oatmeal, yogurt, smoothies, or even make a pudding out of them, like our Apple Cinnamon Chia Pudding.
5] FRUIT-INFUSED WATER
The midday slump can also be from dehydration, so water is important + doesn’t have to be boring. You can make your water more exciting by adding fresh fruits — this adds a *boost* of flavor + extra vitamins.
Smoothies with fresh fruits + veggies feed every cell in your body + keep your body hydrated. They can be as simple as protein powder, frozen fruit, + ice, or you can mix it up with different milks, juices, yogurts, + vegetables to mix up the texture.
Plain chocolate is obvi delicious, but we love baking with it as well — our Dark Chocolate Cookies are great for an afternoon snack. Chocolate contains caffeine, but you don’t have to worry about crashing later on because it only contains 12mg. Opt for dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate because milk chocolate usually has more sugar + fewer nutrients.
Packed with protein + sometimes healthy fats, Greek yogurt is a win all around. It’s rich texture perfectly complements any toppings you’d like to add, like fruit + granola. Check out our Pina Colada Quinoa Parfait — it tastes ah-mazing!
When you’re really exhausted, even the most nutritious foods won’t make a difference, so make sure to listen to your body + give it the rest it needs. Still, these quick + easy snacks can provide that extra *boost* to overcome that afternoon slump. Make sure to tag us [@chaarg] in your #CHAARGeats instagram pictures. We want to see all the nutritious + energy boosting foods you are eating!
++ Soula [soula_inchaarg] // UMD CHAARG