Traveling and working around the clock is commonplace for Realtors®. Home visits and meetings with potential clients can quickly fill up the day-to-day calendar, not leaving much time for planning a healthy diet, much less sitting down to eat. Keep reading to learn about five travel-friendly snacks that will help boost your energy throughout the day.
Okay, we all know that fruit is healthy. But did you know that strawberries help turn fat into energy? Or that blueberries help you focus? Try making a smoothie at home before hitting the road for a long day of house showings – if there’s no time for that, you can always grab an apple or banana. The natural sugar in fruit provides a quick pick-me-up when you’re feeling tired. It also helps keep blood sugar levels steady, because it’s full of fiber.
Water with Lemon
Not only is water with lemon a natural energy drink packed with electrolytes, but it also serves as a tasty alternative to other, less healthy beverage choices – in a 12-ounce serving, orange juice and lemonade have 168 calories, while a sports drink has 99 calories.
Believe it or not, fermented cabbage speeds up digestion. It’s full of probiotics, which help the stomach break down food more efficiently and helps you maintain energy. Stay less full, feel less tired. Make a sandwich to go, and top it with sauerkraut for a quick energy boost.
Nuts such as cashews, almonds, and peanuts are high in magnesium, which helps the body convert sugar to energy. Make a bulk batch at home – try mixing in raisins and M&Ms – and take a baggie with you wherever you go. Mixed nuts are great for long trips, too, as they are filled with fiber to keep your blood sugar levels even and protein to keep down hunger.
This is an easy one. The theobromine found in dark chocolate and cocoa is similar to caffeine, only not as strong, making this a nice post-lunch snack that gives you a mild afternoon energy boost. Dark chocolate is also a potent antioxidant, a collection of vitamins and minerals that protect the body against free radicals, such as pollutants, digestive by-products, and when the body breaks down certain medicines.
The foods you eat play an important role in your daily energy levels. Foods high in fat and calories can leave you feeling tired as they require more energy to digest. Next time you’re feeling tired, put down the energy drink and pick up one of these healthier options.