Snacking gets a bad reputation, but in reality, balanced, nutritious snacks are extremely important to maintain energy throughout the day and to provide the body with nutrient-dense fuel!
When choosing snacks, try to always pair a source of healthy carbohydrates (fruit, vegetables, whole grains, dairy) with a source of lean protein (meat, poultry, fish, dairy, nuts/seeds, beans). Carbohydrates raise our blood sugar levels, giving us energy. Carbohydrates are the main source of energy for the human body, so it is important to make sure you are feeding your body enough to get you through your busy day. When protein is eaten at the same time as the carbohydrates, blood sugar levels actually rise and fall slower, which can help us to feel energized longer than if the carbohydrates were eaten alone.
Check out these simple snack combinations below for a quick & easy energy boost that the whole family will love!
whole-grain crackers with low-fat cheese
whole-grain crackers with nut-butter
whole-grain crackers with guacamole
veggies with guacamole
fruit with a handful of lightly salted or unsalted nuts
apple slices dipped in nut butter
grapes with low-fat cheese
carrot & celery sticks with Greek yogurt dip (click here for a very easy Spicy Sriracha Dip recipe!)
bell peppers, cucumbers, carrots with hummus
Greek yogurt with nuts
granola bar made with whole grains, fruit, and nuts
strawberries with Greek yogurt as a dip
100% fruit strips with handful of nuts
Handful of whole grain pita chips with hummus
Trail mix with dried fruit, plain popcorn, nuts, and seeds
Boomchickapop Popcorn or other airpopped popcorn
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