Quick! 2:55pm roles around and you realize that if you don’t feed the grumbling monster that is your stomach soon, all hell will break loose. What do you reach for? Chips – no way. Too much grease and pointless carbs, so you’ll crash again in 30 minutes. Apple – sure, but you already ate that this morning. Tea – tastes nice, but doesn’t do the job.
I reach for a homemade trail mix. Packaged mixes might not have what you want, or need (ahem, M&Ms) in them, but a homemade version is just as easy, and even cheaper! And you can customize it to YOUR tastes.
My latest favorite has been a simple three ingredients: peanuts, banana chips and raisins or dried cranberries. The combination is not only healthy, but also tastes exactly like a crunchy version of that grade school favorite: peanut butter and jelly!
The peanuts provide healthy fats, protein, and a little salt. The banana chips are a good source of carbs, potassium, natural sugars, and some coconut oil fat. And the raisins or dried cranberries give you that sweetness without all the added sugars and preservatives.
The result? A handful of this crunchy snack will keep you full, satisfied, and focused for the next few hours, allowing you to get back to your work, or to even fuel up before an intense workout.
Walnuts, almonds, pecans, hazelnuts and brazil nuts are all great fat and protein options for the “peanut butter.” Dried tropical fruit medley with some coconut mixed in, dried mixed berries, dried chopped pineapple, and dried chopped apricots are all sweet and healthy “jelly” options. And if you don’t like banana chips, why not replace them with rolled oats, whole grain cheerios, or something equally as healthy and crunchy. You’ve got yourself a dried PB&J in a jar! Throw it on your desk or in your workout bag, and you’ll be good to go for the whole week. Try a new “flavor” every week!
What combinations will you try? And do you have a different late afternoon pick-me-up snack I should try? Comment below!