We’ve all felt the dreaded afternoon slump - the moment in the day after lunch when your body starts to drag. Often the first inclination is to grab a snack. But, the go-to pick-me-up isn’t always the most heart healthy option.
Snacking can be a healthy part of our diets - if the snacks we choose are nutritious and eaten in moderation.
So...plan ahead. With a little prep, you can have a week’s worth of healthy snacks on hand. And if you start to feel sluggish and unfocused in the afternoon, take a five minute break, grab one of those snacks you have and head out for some fresh air!
Idea #1: No-bake cookies
Make a batch of healthy cookies ahead of time for when that craving for something sweet hits. Sometimes called energy bites, these can be filled with whole grains and protein. A great option for a mid-afternoon snack!
Recipe to try: No-Bake Chocolate Oat Cookies
Idea #2: Nuts
Eaten in moderation, nuts have proven themselves over the years in the heart health department. Nuts can help lower LDL (“bad” cholesterol) and are filled with fiber and protein that can fill you up and give you the energy you need to get through the rest of your day! Make up a batch of trail mix or nuts on their own and portion them out to eat all week long.
Recipe to try: Trail Mix
Idea #3: Vegetables
Pre-cut carrots, celery, broccoli and peppers on a Sunday and store in the fridge for an easy to grab snack. Pair it with a healthy dip!
Idea #4: Avocados
Avocados are all the rage these days. These nutrient dense foods contain over 20 essential nutrients including fiber and heart-healthy fats. Consider them a great food to fill you up in the afternoon.
Recipe to try: Italian Guacamole
Idea #5: Nachos
If you’re looking for something a little more filling or even something to share, change up some of the classic appetizers to make them a bit more heart-healthy.
Recipe to try: Sweet Potato Nachos
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