Eating healthy doesn’t mean that you have to deprive yourself of eating all the time. Some of the most delicious snacks are also healthy energy boosters that keep cravings at bay and keep you going throughout the day.
Here’s a list of healthy foods that give you energy that aren’t just good for you, but also very delicious.
Plain yogurt and dates
Yogurt is an excellent source of protein, and the healthy bacteria in it promotes good gut health. Sweeten this snack with a handful of dates which are high in iron, calcium and potassium. Together, the two ingredients amount to no more than 200 calories for half a cup of yoghurt and five pitted dates.
A 1/4 cup of mixed nuts such as almonds, cashews and pistachios add protein and fibre-rich nutrients to your diet. But as delicious as they are, they’re rather high in calories if eaten in excess. So, it is important that you control your portions with these.
Cucumbers and Hummus
Cucumbers are a great source of water and fibre, keeping you hydrated and fuller for longer. Hummus, on the other hand, made from chickpeas is a big source of protein, prevents inflammation and keeps blood sugar in check. Together, they combine to make a delicious, healthy energy food that you can munch on any time.
Peanut Butter and Apples
This protein and fibre-rich snack is a healthy energy booster that also comes with a delicious crunch and amounts to approx. 157 calories. Apples are filled with vitamins and minerals essential for a healthy life, and peanut butter adds a bit of protein and flavour, which keeps you full for longer.
Cherry Tomatoes with herbs
Cherry tomatoes are an underrated snack but incredibly delicious and addictive once you start. What’s more is that they’re less than 15 calories and are an excellent source of Vitamins A, C and K. Sprinkle on some dried herbs to enhance their flavour and watch as your energy levels soar.
Fruit Sorbet is not exactly an ice-cream but is still delicious as it has no more than 140 calories in half a cup. Depending on the fruit, sorbets can also contain nutrients like Vitamin C, Vitamin K and antioxidants, making it an excellent healthy energy food.
Eggs aren’t just for breakfast. You can get your dose of protein and keep yourself full for longer with two hard-boiled eggs. This snack is an excellent healthy energy booster at 155 calories and can be eaten at any time during the day.
Depending on the recipe, a fruit smoothie contains no more than 200 calories and is an excellent source of calcium, vitamins and fibre. Fruit smoothies are also low on the glycemic index (GI), keeping you fuller and energetic for longer.