Always tired? Need an on-the-go boost during your busy day? Well, you’re in luck! Here’s 7 of the best energy-packed snacks to add to your shopping list. Whether you’ve got a sweet tooth that needs satisfying or simply want something healthy that’ll pick you up during your day, we got you.
This cinema staple needn’t be reserved for the big screen. Popcorn is packed with carbs and fibre, providing steady, slow release energy to keep you going throughout your day. Popcorn kernels are super affordable too – and, trust us, a little goes a long way! A handful of kernels will make more than enough popcorn for you to snack on throughout the day. Now, it may be tempting to sprinkle on the sugar or drizzle with syrups but, if you need to flavour your popcorn, opt for healthier options such as honey or lemon juice. Sucker for spicy food? Why not sprinkle on some fat-burning cayenne pepper or chilli powder for a kick!?
Who doesn’t love hummus?! Made with chickpeas, this popular snack is not just tasty but it’s full of nutritional benefits too. Chickpeas are a good source of complex carbs and fibre, providing your body with steady energy. But, beware. Shop-brought hummus can be loaded with flavourings that aren’t that great for you, so why not have a go at making your own and adding in your own spices and seasonings? Perfect for dipping, hummus goes well with veggies such as carrots, cucumber and peppers, so you’ll be filling up on your 5-a-day, as well as boosting your energy!
3) Edamame beans
Low in calories but full of protein and fibre, snacking on edamame beans are great for those who are watching their weight and trying to curb those snacking cravings. Loaded with vitamins and minerals, edamame beans contain both folic acid and iron, which work together to promote energy and fight off fatigue. Why not pair your beans with another energy-packed snack, such as hummus, for ultimate snack goals!?
4) Grenade® Reload® bar
Made with all-natural nut butters and wholegrains oats, our delicious Reload® oat energy bars provide slow-release energy to support your busy day. Now, believe us when we say, Reload® is not your regular oat bar. With three tasty flavours to choose from, Reload® is packed with flavour and offers high protein and low sugar content, making it a healthier alternative to your usual sweet treat. Breakfast on-the-go? Why not try Blueberry Muffin flavour? Or if you’re a chocolate lover, then Billionaires Shortbread and Chocolate Chunk are sure to curb your sugar cravings. We may be bias, but Reload® is a great way to increase your energy levels while also satisfying your taste buds.
Super versatile and full of ‘nut-ritional’ benefits (we love a pun!), nuts are a great option for on-the-go snacking. There are so many to choose from, but almonds, walnuts and cashews are well known for their high protein content, healthy fats and carbs. They’re also high in omega-3 and omega-6, which are known to increase energy levels. If nuts aren’t your thing, try adding them into other foods you eat – you could add them to breads and cakes, throw them into your cereal and porridge or, why not coat them in dark chocolate or honey for a sweeter snack?
Rich in protein, healthy fats and simple carbs, yoghurt may not be your first thought when you think of energy-boosting foods but, with it’s high protein content, it’s keep you feeling fuller for longer, making it a great option for when you need a snack to see you through until dinner time. There are so many different varieties of yoghurt to choose from – we recommend sticking to plain Greek yoghurts, due to their low sugar content and high protein levels. But, just like edamame beans, you can pair this snack with other energy-boosting foods for even for of a kick – throw in some nuts or chopped banana for a satisfying, midday snack or add spices to plain yoghurt to create a dip for chopped veggies!
Yeah, yeah. Bananas may not be that exciting, but they’re a source of carbohydrates, are packed with potassium and also include vitamin B3, all of which have been proven to boost energy levels in the body. If you find bananas a little, well, boring, then why not chop them up into your porridge, bake into banana bread or pair with our legendary Carb Killa® spread – once you’ve tried this combo, you won’t look back!