Coffee, energy bars, energy gels, energy-boosting supplements, energy drinks, and sports drinks are usually the ones people go for to get their quick boost of energy.
But consuming these, in the long run, is dangerous because potential risks associated with energy drink consumption could lead to the following:
- Caffeine overdose – Caffeine overdose points to symptoms like palpitations, high blood pressure, nausea, vomiting, convulsions, and in some cases, even death.
- Type 2 Diabetes – insulin sensitivity is reduced because of high caffeine consumption
- Poor dental health
Although these are popular because of how easily accessible and convenient these are to eat and drink especially when on the go, it is vital to remember never to trade your long-term health (and our planet) for the sake of convenience.
In conjunction with getting your quick fix of a boost in energy, it is possible to lessen your carbon footprint as well. By preparing your energy-boosting snacks in your handy and trusty washable container, not only you know what exact ingredients are in the food you eat, but you also get to reduce the waste you contribute to our planet.
With that said, here are four (4) healthy snack ideas I will share with you that have a lot of health benefits and help you have a quick boost in energy naturally:
1. Apple slices – I chose green apples and added some cinnamon on top of it, plus, a spoonful of peanut butter. Apples are rich in antioxidants and fiber, while peanut butter is rich in protein. Cinnamon is a spice that is very high in manganese, a trace mineral that helps the body form strong bones, connective tissues, and sex hormones. It is sweet and is a great option instead of sugar.
2. Dates – Dates are filled with vitamins, minerals, fiber, iron, and helps with constipation. Instead of taking iron supplements every day, munch on 2-3 dates for a healthy dose of your daily iron needs.
3. Dried apricots – Opt for dark brown naturally dried apricot with a tinge of orange color instead of the bright orange ones because the latter have been sprayed on with sulfur that increases their shelf life. The former contains a lot of iron and fiber and are sweeter compared to the bright orange ones.
4. Dried figs – Dried figs can help you with weight loss. They act as a natural laxative, high in nutrients, antioxidants, and even calcium. I eat one or two a day and have helped me tremendously with my cravings.
The next time you want to reach for that vending machine for chocolate or energy bars, try these healthy natural energy-boosting foods out, and be amazed at what they can offer you!
If you have any other healthy snacks that you prepare, let me know in the comments section!