Snacking for Energy

You get home from school, what’s the first thing you do?

It’s very common to be hungry between meals or when you get home at the end of the day before dinner. If you are involved in after-school activities or sports, it’s even more important to keep your energy levels up so you can perform your best.

It’s important to have snacks on hand that are nutritious and can keep you fueled. When you reach for nutritious snacks, you are providing your body with better quality fuel.

Plan Your Snack: 

 Try and pick foods from at least 2 of the 3 categories when building a snack! Check out our visual below for ideas.

    1. Veggies and Fruit
        • These add nutrients, fiber, and are super good for us
    2. Whole Grains and Starchy Foods
        • These contain carbohydrates which are our bodies main fuel source
        • They also provide a healthy dose of fiber which helps keep us fuller for longer
    3. Protein Foods
        • Protein helps keep you full and helps repair cells and muscles
        • Choose vegetarian or animal proteins

Examples:

  1. PB Banana Toast: 
    Toast = Whole grain 
    Banana = Fruit 
    Peanut Butter = Protein food
  2. Crackers and Cheese:
    Whole Wheat Crackers = Whole grain 
    Cheese = Protein food

image of plate with foods

Check out some recipes for healthy snacks!