We’re all familiar with the dreaded mid-afternoon slump – your brain feels fuzzy, you lack energy and your focus (what focus) is all over the show. Too many of us reach for a quick fix, like another cup of coffee or a sugar rush of some kind, but the result is short-lived and perpetuates the cycle. The best thing we can actually do for ourselves is to keep a stash of healthy high-protein snacks at hand, and nibble those throughout the day, this will ensure we remain sated – protein promotes fullness – and that our blood sugar levels remain stable, which prevents the dreaded drop and slump.
If you’re looking for some delicious protein-snack-power inspiration, look no further:
Biltong – definitely high on our list of favourite snacks, you can choose the easy route and buy some at your local store, or you can take the more satisfying route of making your own, all you need is a good quality cut of meat, the right spices and a little patience.
Cold meat rollups – essentially a sandwich without the bread (great for those on a low carb diet) all you do is take your favourite slice of cold meat, spread it with a little cream cheese, place batons of cheese and carrots or cucumbers on the meat, roll them up and there you go, easy and delicious rollups on the go.
Egg muffins – yes, you can take boiled eggs to work, always a great snack, but if you want to be a little more inventive, try making your own egg muffins. Super easy to make, all it requires is a mix of your favourites veggies – finely chopped onions, mushrooms and peppers is a good start – dropped in a muffin tin, topped with raw egg, a little grated cheese and baked at 180 degrees for about 20-25 minutes until golden brown. They refrigerate well and taste delicious hot or cold.
Peanut butter – a good source of protein, it also helps to keep you feeling full for longer. And if you want to avoid the traditional peanut butter sandwich (which can add unnecessary carbohydrates to your day), you can always team up your peanut butter with celery sticks or slices of apple, all together a much healthier option.
Halaal fish – while we all know how good fish is for us and that we should ideally be consuming oily fish at least twice a week to benefit from all the omega essential fatty acids, it’s not always possible or practical to have fish-on-go, which is when tinned tuna or salmon is ideal. Flavoured with a little salt and a squeeze of lemon, it’s a great snack when paired with crackers and a small salad or chopped veggies.
Preparing healthy protein-on-the-go snacks might require a little forethought, but it’s not rocket science, and with just a little prep-work we could be enjoying happier and more productive afternoons – here’s to protein in all its deliciously nourishing shapes and forms.