High Energy Snacks for Home Caregivers

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breakfast-drink-642121_1280.jpg​Home caregivers exert a lot of energy during the day. Fixing breakfast, getting Grandma up, driving to a doctor appointment, get​ting groceries — it just goes on and on. All that activity requires energy, which may mean snacking during the day. The problem is that many convenient snacking options — potato chips, chocolate bars, etc., — aren’t healthy choices in the long run.

Home caregivers need some good, reliable, and tasty snacks that can give them an energy boost and still be healthy for them. The following are some options that are recommended as alternatives to that candy bar.

Peanut butter and banana. Fruit contains natural sugars that can give a little “kick” but are much healthier than processed sugars. A banana can give that little extra lift that a person needs midday. Smear a little peanut butter on it, and there’s also a protein punch that makes it even more valuable.

Hummus and vegetables. Hummus is delicious with carrots, celery, broccoli, or cauliflower. The vegetables are a healthy way to fill the stomach. The chickpeas that make up hummus contain carbohydrates (for energy), as well as proteins and fats, which help keep blood sugar stabilized.

Hard-boiled egg. It’s easy to hard boil a few eggs and keep them in the refrigerator for a quick energy boost. In addition to all-important protein, eggs contain B6, B12, thiamin, and folate, all of which are involved in producing energy.

Almonds. Besides being really yummy, those little almonds are loaded with energy-boosting ingredients: copper, riboflavin, manganese, vitamin E, and tryptophan, to name a few. Almonds also help reduce stress, making them both an energy booster and a stress reliever.

Yogurt. The liquidity of yogurt means that it gets digested quickly, and therefore its considerable energy benefits get passed on to the body that much more quickly as well.

There are many other snacks that home caregivers can consider to help them keep alert and ready during the day, such as whole wheat crackers, pineapple, or berries. Finding the mix that works best for any individual will help them get through the day.

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