Are you always looking for quick and easy snacks to help you keep your energy levels high and brain power ON & focused?! Well, let me help you there.
Snacking throughout the day is a great way to ensure a stable blood sugar level to avoid those highs and lows (crashes) that may come with not consuming enough nutrients throughout the day. Did you know that irregular blood sugar levels are associated with low moods and anxiety? When your blood sugar is low your body produces more epinephrine (adrenaline) which can then put your body in the stressful "flight or fight" mode causing a more anxious body and mind.
If you are someone who experiences anxiety one of the best dietary interventions you can do for yourself is creating a meal plan that spaces out your food throughout the day. So, instead of 3 meals and avoiding snacks, portioning this out to 6 or more meals a day. Now, this does not mean consuming foods that are rich in sugars, and highly processed. Nor does it mean blowing out your caloric requirements or having more than you actually need. It simply means nourishing your body with wholesome foods that are rich in healthy fats, protein and carbs consistently throughout the day.
Need some inspo on what to snack on? See my top easy snacks to keep energy levels HIGH & Anxiety LOW!
1. NUTS & SEEDS WITH AN APPLE.
We are going SUPER SIMPLE for our first snack. We honestly don't need to complicate things when it comes to nourishment. A handful of raw nuts and seeds with a piece of fruit of your choice will provide your body with a range of healthy fats, protein, carbs, vitamins, antioxidants and minerals. This kind of snack is high in energy and will keep you feeling nourished. If apples aren't your thing, then swap this out for a handful of berries (or whatever fruit you like, they are all great).
A smoothie is something that can be jam packed with nutrients, prepped earlier and sipped on slowly. A great office desk snack or something easy to take with you when you are on the go. I suggest adding a scoop of protein powder to really help you keep those energy levels high. Want a recipe (or 17 of them?!) download my FREE SMOOTHIES EBOOK HERE.
3. BRAIN BALLS.
Basically protein balls but with a catchier name... I always recommend that you make these at home so you know exactly is going in them. They are easy to make and although the ingredients may be a little pricey to purchase the first time around, once you have them you will be able to get several batches out of them which works out cheaper than most other snacks.
Here is a recipe I enjoy:
1 cup almonds or almond meal
1 cup pitted dates (soaked in water)
1/3 cup flaxseeds
1 scoop Happy Way chocolate protein powder
1 tbsp peanut butter
Add all ingredients into a food processor and blend until well combined. If too dry add in a tbsp of the date water at a time. Enjoy!
4. FRUIT WITH NUT BUTTER AND SEEDS/NUTS:
Again, a very simple snack that is rich in healthy fats, carbs and protein. A no-pre-prep snack that can be easily made in about 10 seconds! Simply use your favourite fruit, slice it up, drizzle with nut butter of choice and sprinkle on some nuts or seeds. Dig in & Enjoy!
I would also just like to mention to DRINK WATER. Staying hydrated is super important when it comes to energy and reducing anxiety. So, alongside each of these snacks ensure you are are also consuming adequate amount of water!
I hope you found this blog super helpful!