Curbing the Afternoon Grumble

Good Morning Readers!

Before I start my whole spiel about my post, I just want to say how excited I am that Canada won it’s gold medal in hockey against Sweden. It was a great game and they fought hard. Watching games like these truly makes me proud to be a Canadian.

No matter how hearty my breakfast, morning snack boost, and lunch, I always find myself  in the fridge and pantry by two in the afternoon, scavenging for last cupcake or a remains of Chicago Mix popcorn. Although these treats may be oh so delicious and seem somewhat substantial as a snack, opting for sugary, high fat foods in mid afternoon in fact the worst thing you could do -apart from eating sugary, high fat foods before going to bed. I know for myself that eating leftover apple pie usually leaves me hungry for more refined carbohydrates, and saturated fats, thus increasing my empty calories for the day. Although refined foods should be all in all avoided, eating them in the morning would be better than afternoon because you would have the day to burn the empty calories. Eating empty calories later in the day will only be stored as glycogen and made into fat, thus making it even harder to burn off. What you need is protein and fibre to fuel your body and curb your appetite until five thirty – six o’clock. Here are five simple, easy to pack, super delicious snacks I would opt for when my stomach starts its 2:30 earthquake.

Apple

I love apples and almond butter! Apples: packed with vitamins, and fibre. And Paired with the almond butter makes a great balance between complex carbohydrates, healthy fats, and protein. Too add an extra little punch of natural sweetness, sprinkle on a tablespoon or two of raisins.

Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt is my FAVORITE go to snack! Opt for a plain yogurt that is either 2% or 0%. The fat contents don’t make overly that huge of a difference. Be sure to also use an unpasturized honey, as refined honey = bad! Here you get a snack packed with lean protein with fibre filled raspberries, topped with a bit of  sweetness to lessen the souring taste of the yogurt.

Quest Bar

If I was craving a brownie , or or choclate bar I would grab  myself one pf these quest bars. They taste great amd are low in sugar. Add a glass of milk – regular or dairy free – to complete the snack.

Popcorn

If you are craving something salty, be sure to grab a bowl of this delicious all natural popcorn. It is filled with fibre and contains few ingredients: popcorn, sunflower oil, and sea salt. You can eat a hearty serving of this savoury snack, without the guilt when eating potato chips.

Hummus

Here is another  snack that is great for cirbing your salt craving. If you have the time, try to make your won hummus. If not, go for one that is organic or has an small ingredients list. Add cucumber -or other veggies – to get your silica and vitamins, and sliced whole wheat pita bread to keep you more satisfied than just veggies. Just don’t eat the entire bag of pita :)

Hope you enjoyed reading my post today :) I am going back to bed now: My parents got up early to watch the hockey game and I need more beauty sleep. Man… time zones drive me nuts!

Have a wonderful Sunday

xoxoxo

Maddi

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