Snacking is super blood sugar important. We’ve all been there about 4-5pm when you suddenly stop to reflect on what was a manic day, to realise you’re (excuse the phrase) ‘butt starving’.
Dinner is likely to be at least a commute home away and by then you’ll be so ravenous, no morsel of food is safe. A classic situation that lends you to desperately eat anything in sight, be it sugary, processed or carb-laden. Blegh.
Becoming so hungry you could eat a small horse is a sign you’ve let your blood sugar drop too low. A decent snack mid-afternoon is probably one of the most important healthy habits to make sure you keep up with.
Get organised and take some inspiration from my top three workable pm snack solutions:
Peanut butter and celery
It sounds strange, but you have to at least give this a try. Smother some sugar-free peanut butter in the celery grooves, sandwich together and wrap in tin foil. Alternatively, keep a pot of peanut butter at the office for impromptu celery dipping.
Make sure your peanut butter does not contain any palm oil – I go for Meridian Peanut Butter which you can get at Holland and Barratt stores. You might actually get everyone in the office eating this once they discover how good it is.
Apple and walnuts
Don’t let your apple be a loner, it needs a protein ‘friend’. Walnuts make for the classic taste combination. The bitter of the walnut and the sweet of the apple…hmm. Even add a little cheese for a mini Waldorf salad.
This is super easy to pop into a sandwich bag and gobble down on a train/bus/tube when you’re on the go. Your fellow commuters will be ‘wel jel’ (no, I don’t watch it but who doesn’t know the phrase).
Cream cheese & crispbread sandwich
Ultimately you can use any cheese for this but I find soft goats cheese is the most practical, stable and the tastiest. Takes approximately two minutes to make and easy in three simple steps:
- Smother a thick coating on a Ryvita or oatcake.
- Add a little salt and pepper before sandwiching another on top.
- Wrap up in tin foil (note cling flim does not work)
These are greatly appreciated around 4-5pm when you suddenly realise you’re a bit peckish and aren’t going to make it home for a few hours.
So there you have a few sugar happy snack ideas, just when you might be getting hungry (sorry about that).
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Happy Snacking! Any other snacking gold you feel you’d like to share?