Do you typically reach for a brand-name soda, another cup of coffee, a bag of chips or a candy bar to get you through parts of the workday? You should probably re-evaluate how you give yourself some midday energy.
There are much healthier snack alternatives out there that can give you good energy to get you through the day. Not to mention these snacks may be even cheaper than those options mentioned above!
Check out these four cheap and healthy snack options which are ideal for helping you power through your midday slump.
One of the most versatile snacks around is Greek yogurt. You can eat it plain or you can spice it up and mix in fruit, nuts or seeds to give it an extra kick!
Greek yogurt is also very nutritious. It’s high in protein and low in the sugar and sodium categories. The sugars it does have are the simple kinds which are easy for your body to break down in order to use the sugars as fuel. Vitamins B2 and B12 are also present in Greek yogurt which helps those cellular functions along!
Big tubs of Greek yogurt are relatively inexpensive as well. Of course, prices are subject to change due to the region you live in, but you can purchase a 32-oz. container of Greek Yogurt from Walmart for $3.47 (Great Value brand) and for $3.45 at Aldi (Friendly Farms brand).
You may be thinking, “How do I transport a 32-oz. tub of Greek Yogurt to and from work?” Well, the short answer is you don’t.
You simply need to measure how much of it you want to bring to work, put it in a portable container and store it in your workplace’s refrigerator or in a lunchbox with an ice pack until you’re ready to eat!
A super cheap and easy-to-make midday snack is hard-boiled eggs. You can buy a dozen eggs for as little as $0.79 at Target (Market Pantry brand). You could even purchase an 18-count of eggs at Target for as little as $1.39 (Market Pantry brand) and a 36-count of eggs for $1.97 at Walmart (Great Value brand)!
To make hard-boiled eggs, all you need are the eggs, a covered pot and access to water and a stove. Simply put the eggs in the pot, fill it with water and put it on the stove. Boil them for 6-10 minutes, cool them down and they’re ready to eat.
Hard-boiled eggs stimulate energy due to their amino acids. They’re also protein-packed and have many B vitamins. They’re easy to store, so it’s not a huge issue to bring them with you to work. You can eat them on-the-go or at your desk, making them an ideal midday snack.
Fruit with Peanut Butter
Some people might think fruit is a boring option for a snack, but you can spice it up with a little bit of peanut butter. The combo is nutritious, cheap and can help you power through the day.
You can get an 18-oz. jar of Great Value peanut butter at Walmart for as little as $1.18 or a 16-oz. jar of Market Pantry peanut butter at Target for as little as $1.69.
Apples and bananas both pair well with peanut butter. You can purchase Gala apples at Walmart for as little as $0.79 each or at Target for $0.99 each. Banana prices can run as low as $0.15 each at Walmart (or $0.38/lb.) and $0.29 each at Target; a 2-lb. organic bunch is as little as $1.39 as well.
Apples help your body produce energy due to their natural sugars and fibers. Apples are also loaded with antioxidants. Bananas can boost your energy to help you power through a midday slump due to their carbs, potassium and vitamin B6 levels.
It’s super easy to transport apples, bananas and peanut butter. You essentially only need a to-go container! An energy-boosting midday snack doesn’t get any simpler than that.
A simple way to power through the midday blues is to snack on some trail mix. The only problem is you should be careful about which trail mix you choose to eat. Many trail mixes may sound tasty, but they’re loaded with junk food. Instead, you should find a trail mix that includes nuts, dried fruit and dark chocolate to get the most energy-bang for your buck.
Dark chocolate contains healthy antioxidants which can help increase blood flow and cause more oxygen to be delivered to vital organs. This in turn helps increase your energy levels. Nuts like almonds, walnuts or cashews are good to include in a trail mix. 1-oz. of almonds contains six grams of protein while walnuts and cashews are high in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and have antioxidants, too.
In most cases, it’s cheaper to buy trail mix than it is to make your own. Sometimes the price of the nuts can cost more than the trail mix itself! Walmart sells an eight-pack of 1.75-oz. trail mix bags for as low as $4.52 and a 26-oz. jar for as low as $4.98. Target sells 1.5-oz individual bags for as low as $1.49 or an 11.5-oz. jar for as low as $3.29.
Trail mix is another snack that’s extremely easy to transport. All you need is a plastic baggie, a container or a to-go trail mix pouch. How easy is that?
We all run into a wall during the middle of the workday every now and again, but you can easily brighten your day with these affordable, healthy, energizing snacks!