Snacks are a great way to fill up quickly and hold oneself over until the next meal. Snacking can be beneficial, but if a person is eating the wrong types of foods, they can cause more harm than intended. Grabbing a bag of chips or a cupcake may not be the most ideal type of snack, and while they may be convenient and tasty, the aftershock can leave a person feeling sluggish and tired.
There are a few snacks that are just as favorable but have no where near the same effect. They are also healthier and will leave a person feeling fuller for longer periods of time. Some even provide the effect of a small energy boost.
A handful of nuts is the perfect snack for building muscle and for that much-needed supply of protein and vitamins. People should be wary of nuts that are salted, as consuming too much salt can lead to other health issues such as high blood pressure.
Another great source of protein is peanut butter. It is also a healthy fat which can be prepared ahead of time and refrigerated for later consumption. This can be perfect for those who have busy schedules. By grabbing a couple of pieces of wheat bread and putting some peanut butter between them, anyone can have a quick and healthy snack that will fill them up until they are able to have a full meal.
Antioxidant-packed snacks are great for building and repairing muscle tissue. A great source of antioxidants are blueberries. These little pops of blue goodness are great for snacking right after a strenuous workout, and even right before bed, as they are aimed at repairing sore muscles. Eating a couple of blueberries during the “down times” of the day can help a person’s body regain muscle that was put to the test earlier. Just as with any fruit however, they are full of sugar and should be eaten in moderation. Eating too many will hinder the muscle-building process.
If actually chowing down on food is not an option, or if food is not allowed in a particular area, people can choose to have a protein shake instead. Shakes are convenient and can be made with just about anything that a person can think of. One should try to stay away from ingredients that are high in fat and calories and aim for those that are high in protein and carbohydrates. There are many “shake shops” that offer every ingredient available, from peanut butter and whey protein shakes to blueberry and banana shakes.
Beef jerky, cottage cheese and protein bars are a few more good choices, but the effects do not last as long, and a person will find themselves reaching for another and another. Protein bars can be tricky because there are so many options and it can be hard to determine which ones are the healthiest. Whichever kind is chosen, people should steer clear of the chocolate ones and the ones with “crisps” in the name. Both of these are on the verge of simply being a candy bar.
Just as with any type of snack, moderation is the key. There are some choices that are healthier than others but should still only be eaten in between meals, and only as a quick fix. No one should replace full meals with snacks because too much of one particular snack can lead to further issues.