Sweet Revenge

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.

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