Sugar can zap your energy. Initially, it gives you a quick rush as your blood sugar level peaks. Then, insulin rushes into your blood and quickly escorts that sugar out of your system — leaving you more tired than before.
If you’re feeling a bit drained, don’t be tempted by the vending machine. Instead, try an energy-boosting snack:
Reach for graham crackers or ginger snaps and a glass of low-fat milk
Freeze grapes or banana slices for a refreshing, naturally sweet treat
Toss plain popcorn with garlic powder and parmesan cheese
Keep a variety of raw vegetables — zucchini sticks, broccoli, red peppers, carrots, cucumber, and celery — ready to eat when the munchies strike
Top whole grain crackers, rice cakes, or 1/2 whole wheat bagel with nonfat cream cheese and 100% fruit spread
Grab an apple, orange, or banana.
Healthy snacks should be part of your diet. Unlike sugary treats, they provide extra vitamins and minerals while giving you the long-lasting energy boost you need.