Believe it or not, our snacking habits have patterns. According to the NPD Group, snacks consumed after eight at night tend to lean toward the sweet side of the spectrum, whereas mid-day snacks lean toward the more savory side.
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This may hint that we crave protein and fiber-rich foods earlier in the day to keep us pushing through those long work hours. Whatever the reason, snacking smarter can keep you full and can keep energy levels up as you check the boxes on your daily to-do list.
Stick with foods like avocados, healthy nuts and grains, hummus, Greek yogurt, eggs, and kale. Each of these foods offers its own energy boost from healthy fats, high-fiber, and plenty of protein.
While Americans are snacking more than ever, snacking smarter can be a challenge if you don’t know what to look for in your energy-boosting treat. To help with the challenge, we have rounded up a few snacks that are high in protein and fiber to keep you energized and alert as you go through your day.
Avocado Toast with ChivesAvocados
make a great cream cheese substitute because they bring a smooth consistency in addition to a healthy dose of fiber, potassium, and vitamin B. Give your breakfast a boost by spreading avocado on toast, then topping it with sautéed tomatoes and onions as well as fresh chives, garnished with chive blossoms. — Meatless Monday
For the Avocado Toast with Chives recipe, click here.
Perfect Soft-Boiled Eggs with Toast Soldiers
This treat of soft-boiled eggs
is delicious, packed with protein, and an easy treat to make any time of the day.
For the Perfect Soft-Boiled Eggs with Toast Soldiers recipe, click here.
Granola and Greek Yogurt Parfaits
A mixture of oats, nuts, wheat germ, coconut
, and warm spices are layered in between creamy Greek yogurt and fruit. — Tyler Sullivan
For the Granola and Greek Yogurt Parfaits recipe, click here.
Angela Carlos is the Cook Editor at The Daily Meal. Find her on Twitter and tweet @angelaccarlos.