6 One-Minute Snacks to Beat the Afternoon Slump
We’re all about quick and easy snacks at GMB. While supermarket snacks can often leave you feeling even more sluggish, these options are healthy and energising. Tried and tested by Team GMB, we guarantee these snack are tasty too! By Melissa Fine, Nutritionist and GoodnessMe Box Health Editor.
1. Apple with Brie
For cheese plate lovers, pair a sliced sour green or sweeter red apple with two slices of creamy Brie. The protein, fibre and fats in here will give you a nice steady energy supply and there’s something about the apple and Brie combo that just works.
2. Cottage Cheese with Stevia and Cinnamon
Mix half a small tub of cottage cheese with 1-2 drops stevia and a generous pinch of cinnamon…tastes a bit like cheesecake, but one you can feel good about ;) High in protein, too, and an easy snack to whip up at your desk.
3. Sugar Free Trail Mix
We love making our own trail mix at GMB because 1) It means we know exactly what’s going into it, and 2) We can practise portion control by only taking the amount we need for the day.
We like a low sugar mix of raw walnuts for omega-3 brain power, raw cacao nibs for a healthy chocolate hit and coconut flakes for some crunch and sweetness, sans the sugar. One or two handfuls and you’ll be ready to complete your tasks at hand.
4. Dark Chocolate and Almond Butter
My go-to combo when I’m craving something sweet but don’t want to overdo it; simply dip two squares of 85% dark chocolate into a heaped teaspoon’s worth of natural almond butter.
The little bit of caffeine in the chocolate will give you a pick me up and the protein and healthy fats from the peanut butter provide a stable energy release. And because super dark chocolate is bittersweet, this snack really satisfies, so it can help stop you from snacking all arvo.
5. Citrus and Chia Bites
These bite-sized babies from Bioglan. Superfoods are a healthy grab-and-go snack option for days when you’re less prepared; keep them in your desk draw or handbag so you have a wholesome option when you feel the 3pm snack attack coming on.
We love the portion-controlled packets, the zingy flavour from the lemon myrtle and the crunch from the fibre-rich chia, which fills you up and curbs your appetite.
6. Melissa’s Peanut Butter Choc Crunch Balls
The perfect afternoon snack, one (or two!) of these is sure to put some pep in your step. A no-blend, no-bake recipe, this snack takes a little more than a minute to make, but one batch means your snacks for the week are sorted (as long as no one else gets their hands on them!). Inspired by Wholefood Simply.
Makes 10 truffle-sized balls
- 2 heaped tbsp natural crunchy peanut butter (or almond butter)
- 2 tbsp rice malt syrup
- 3 tbsp coconut oil, melted (yours may already be of liquid-consistency if the weather’s warm)
- ¾ cup shredded coconut
- 2 heaped tbsp cacao powder (or cocoa)
- Place the peanut butter, rice malt syrup and coconut oil in a deep bowl. Mix well.
- Add ½ a cup of the shredded coconut, along with the cacao to the wet mixture and mix again until well combined.
- With your hands, roll the mixture into ten balls.
- Sprinkle the remaining ¼ cup of the shredded coconut on a dinner plate and roll each ball in the coconut.
- Place the balls on a small dish (they won’t stick because of the coconut coating) and place in the fridge for half an hour or until firm. These will keep in the fridge for about a week.