Looking for an Energy Boost? Try These 3 Power Packed Snacks

Power Packed Snacks!

Having a mid day energy drop?  Rather than reaching for a coffee, soda or sugar laden snack why not have something loaded with nutrients your body needs AND tastes great? It’s incredibly easy to bring these portable, delicious and absolutely nutrient packed snacks to work, on the road or anywhere else you find yourself needing a nutritious snack.

Peanut Butter and Raw Cocoa Nibs

Of all the power snacks out there this one is probably my favorite.  Just take 2 tablespoons of natural peanut butter and sprinkle 1-2 tablespoons of raw cocoa nibs over it. Never heard of raw cocoa nibs? They are raw fragments of cocoa beans, the magic ingredient in chocolate! Raw cocoa has significant amounts of magnesium, iron, fiber and enough healthy fat to help you feel full and energized after eating it.  Peanut butter? Well, it just tastes great when mixed with chocolate and supplies some protein to help you feel full longer so you aren’t temped to reach for another snack a few hours later.

Blueberries and Chia Seeds with Coconut Yogurt

Soak 1 tablespoon of chia seeds in about 3 tablespoons of water for 30 minutes. Then just mix the berries, seeds and as much coconut yogurt as you want.  Blueberries are chock full of antioxidants, phytonutrients and fiber and are excellent for healing the gut if you have digestive issues.  Chia seeds offer omega 3 fatty acids to combat inflammation, protein and fiber as well as magnesium and other minerals that are essential to overall good health. The coconut yogurt adds flavor and some probiotics which are needed to properly absorb nutrients. This power snack is a bodies best friend so eat early and often!

Ants on a Log

You knew this one was coming right? Actually this kid favorite is a perfect snack for grownups on the run too.  Just cut a few sticks of celery into thirds, spread on either almond butter or peanut butter and stick a few raisins into the nut butter.  Celery is a powerfully androgenic veggie (it promotes muscle growth). It also helps the body flush out toxins that accumulate from air pollution and other environmental toxins.  The nut butter provides protein and fat which helps you feel full longer. Raisins are an overlooked super food. They have plenty of boron, which is used in the bodies energy pathways, and have resveratrol, the super phytonutrient in red grapes that has been shown to promote cardiovascular health.

These snacks are some of my go to eats when I’m busy, stressed or otherwise just need an energy boost.  Try them out and don’t be afraid to tinker with the recipes! Let me know you have any energy boosting snacks you love. It’s always good to hear what other people are up to!

Austin EricksonAbout the Author

Dr. Austin Erickson is a chiropractor with offices in Glenwood City and the 4 Corners near New Richmond, Wisconsin. He is an expert at combining chiropractic treatment with nutritional advice to achieve excellent results. He has cured himself of psoriasis and autoimmune related arthritis using his protocols. Connect with him on Twitter and Google+

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