Boost energy levels and pack in protein with these delicious snacks

Looking to avoid your 3-o’clock slump without the use of empty calorie-laden, sugary coffee or energy drinks? Give these protein-packed snacks a try. These delicious options will help to fill you up and keep you on track with your health and weight loss goals.

 

Spicy roasted chickpeas

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp garlic powder

 

Directions:

  1. Rinse and drain chickpeas. Pat dry with a paper towel.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix chickpeas with olive oil and spices. Transfer onto parchment-covered, rimmed baking sheet.
  3. Bake at 400 degrees for 30-40 minutes. Once they are complete, turn off the oven and allow chickpeas to cool while still inside—this will help to dehydrate them completely.

 

Health benefits:

 

With over 9g of protein, 8.6g of fibre, and just 180 calories per 100g serving, chickpeas make a perfect afternoon snack. Plus, they’re rich in manganese and folate, which help to keep bones healthy and ensure proper body function.

 

No-bake energy bites

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups walnuts
  • 1 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
  • 2 cups soft Medjool dates
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Extra coconut for topping

 

Directions:

  1. In a food processor, combine walnuts and coconut. Then, add other ingredients, processing again until batter becomes sticky and consistent.
  2. Scoop dough with a spoon and roll between your hands to form balls. Roll in more shredded coconut, then place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper in the freezer.
  3. Chill at least an hour before serving.

 

Health benefits:

 

One serving of walnuts contains 4g of protein, 2.5g of omega fats, and 2g of fibre, helping to keep you full and powered up. Plus, the Medjool dates are naturally rich in carbohydrates, making them an excellent source of energy.

Nut Butter Boats 

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • ¼ cup walnuts and/or dried cranberries and/or almonds
  • 4 stalks of celery, cut into long pieces

 

Directions:

  1. Spread almond butter into centre of celery pieces. Top with walnuts or dried cranberries.

 

Health Benefits:

 

Packed with 18g of healthy fats, 3.3g of fibre, and 8.3g of protein, this delicious snack will keep you going—even through your biggest afternoon slump. Celery is also an excellent source of vitamin B2, copper, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, and vitamin A, making this a great way to get in some added nutrients.