Here are the best 5 snacks that we’ve found for keeping you energised and focused through the day. Enjoy!
1. Nuts, Seeds and Dried Fruit Mix
Nuts and seeds are a great source of protein and omega 3 fatty acids which provide energy to muscles and organs. Dried fruits are very nutrient dense, rich in antioxidants and vitamins. An ideal portion size is no more than a palm full, as they are high in natural sugars and fats; over eating this kind snack can cause weight gain, but as long as you are aware of the recommended portion size you should have no problems.
2. Apple or Banana with Nut Butter (Peanut, Almond, etc)
Apples and bananas are full of fibre, helping the body’s gastric system keep moving. Fibre also makes you feel fuller for longer. Apples and bananas are both bursting with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants which help keep your body working all day long.
The nut butter is the same as eating nuts and seeds, being a great source of protein and omega 3.
3. Dark Chocolate (at least 70% Cocoa)
Dark chocolate is full of antioxidants which help prevent cell damage. Dark chocolate also helps blood flow to the brain so in turn helps with cognitive function and concentration. It also contains something called phenylethylamine which encourages the brain to release endorphins which help lift our moods.
Yoghurt is full of healthy protein which keeps you feeling fuller for longer (helping you avoid reaching for sugary snacks when you feel peckish), as well as being essential for repairing tissue in your body. It is also full of probiotics (good bacteria) which helps keep your gut healthy and able to absorb more nutrients, which in turn helps strengthen the immune system.
Try to stick to Natural Yoghurt and avoid low-fat varieties as these can be filled with sweeteners and flavourings; you are better having a small serving of full-fat yoghurt then a serving of low-fat.
5. Dark Berries and Grapes
As a general rule the darker the fruit the higher in antioxidants they are, so red grapes, blueberries, and blackberries are crammed full. They are also full of vitamins and minerals which support the immune system and contain natural sugars to give you a longer lasting more stable energy boost. Berries and grapes also have a high water content so they help keep you hydrated, which is a huge plus when it comes to energy and concentration.