Ever experienced that post-snack slump? Snacking on healthy foods that are filled with fiber and protein is the secret to stabilizing your blood sugar and preventing the dreaded crash and burn.
Here are 10 snack ideas under 200 calories to help stabilize your blood sugar levels to keep you feeling full and energized throughout the day.
- 2-3 dates with almond butter
Enjoy 2-3 pitted dates with a tablespoon distributed amongst the bunch for satisfying snack containing a healthy balance of fats, protein, and natural sugars to keep your blood sugar stable while allowing you to stay fuller longer in between meals. The healthy fats in the almond butter slows the absorption of the carbs from the dates, too!
- ½ avocado with salt and pepper
Avocados are packed with healthy, omega-3 fatty acids that are touted for lowering blood sugar naturally. They are also full of fiber to keep you feeling full longer.
- ¼ cup trail mix
Not only are nuts and seeds filling in small doses, but also they are also delicious. They contain the perfect balance of healthy fat and protein to help keep blood sugar and insulin levels stable between meals. Oh, and they are perfectly portable for an on-the-go snack when you’re in a hurry.
- 2 hard-boiled eggs
Eggs are loaded with protein and fat which take longer to digest. Since these nutrients cause minimal spikes in your blood sugar, you’ll have no mid-afternoon crash with this snack!
- 1 apple and 1 oz. cheese
Pairing cheese with your apple will help you digest the natural sugars from the apple more slowly, keeping blood sugar spikes to a minimum, for a sustained energy boost.
- ½ cup roasted chickpeas
Chickpeas contain a good balance of protein, carbs, and fat. They are also sugar and high in fiber, making for a satisfying afternoon snack.
- 1 slice sprouted bread with 2 tsp. peanut butter and ½ banana
Sprouted, whole grain breads typically contain more protein and fiber. Top a slice with peanut butter and banana for a sweet, fiber–rich snack. What could be better?
- ½ cup greek yogurt and 1 cup berries
Plain, greek yogurt is our favorite yogurt option since it’s packed with protein and doesn’t contain any added sugar! Pair it with some delicious berries, which are low in sugar, and you have yourself a yummy midday snack.
- 1 cup raw veggies and ¼ cup hummus
Veggies, in any way, shape, or form are just delicious and so nutritious for you! Pairing your favorites with a dip like hummus is a great way to add some protein and fiber to your snack, and make it more satisfying.
- 1 cup edamame
Edamame is perfect for an on-the-go snack! Also, they take longer to eat, helping you to slow down, eat more mindfully, and tap into you hunger and fullness cues.