Go Nuts For Your Afternoon Picker Upper

It happens almost every day. Somewhere around 2:30 or 3 p.m., the post-lunchtime woes tend to strike. When they do, energy wanes, hunger rises and the need for a snack becomes evident.

Sadly, many people rush for the sugar to help pick them up when the lows strike, sacrificing their fitness in the process. While an occasional sweet snack is more than OK, the reality is there are better choices for your body – and your energy level – that you should consider on a daily basis.

If you want to try one of the best, just go nuts!

Before heading out the door for work or other engagements just grab a baggie and load it up with your favorite nuts and toss in a few raisins for good measure. If you must, a pinch of chocolate or carob chips can be included for an extra dose of sweet.

When selecting the nuts, just go with what you love the best. Choices like almonds, walnuts, pecans, peanuts and so on are all excellent afternoon snack choices for very good reasons. Here’s why:

  • They pack in a lot of energy – Nuts provide just the right amount of calories to combat those afternoon munchies without causing another pre-dinner lull.
  • They’re loaded with nutrients – Nuts tend to be wonderful courses of protein, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Plus, many nuts are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which your body needs to stay healthy.
  • They’re crunchy and fun to eat – Nuts are a great substitute for salty, empty-calories snacks like potato chips. If you have to have the “sweet” too, just add in those raisins for good measure or about 5-10 chocolate chips.
  • They are easily portable – Nuts don’t have to be refrigerated to stay good. That means you can toss your own snack mix into a baggie and go without any worries.

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring. If you’re worried about those afternoon munchies, just consider replacing typical, unhealthy snacks with a nuttier alternative. Your body will thank you if you do!

Snack time isn’t the only time to keep health in mind either. Nuts make a great addition to many meals. If you’re working to lose weight or increase your fitness level, consider dishes that you can introduce nuts into for extra energy. To enjoy a well-rounded fitness program, be sure to add exercise into the mix, as well. The experts at your local gym or fitness center can help out on this front.

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