Make Energizing Snacks
Adults and kids alike can always use extra energy in the afternoon, and Joy says the best type of snack to eat is one that combines protein and fiber to help stabilize your blood sugar and give you that extra boost you need.
While she admits that "nothing can beat a good cup of coffee," Joy also suggests green and black teas, which have half the caffeine as a cup of coffee. "So for parents who have trouble falling asleep at night, it’s the perfect gentle boost of caffeine, versus having a full cup of coffee and tossing and turning," she shares.
In terms of snacks, Joy recommends things like nutrition bars and low-sugar tail mixes -- which you can make yourself. "[Grab] a handful of whole grain cereal for the fiber, a handful of nuts for the protein and for the fiber, and then some dried fruit (one or two tablespoons). If you want to get fancy, sprinkle in some dark chocolate. [You've] got to love those flavonoids for brainpower and blood pressure control."
Joy also likes to make energizing smoothies. "The ultimate energizing smoothie for a mom would be to take some sort of frozen fruit, like frozen mango chunks for fiber, and non-fat Greek yogurt for protein, and then for the liquid, use a half a cup of brewed green or black tea. So then you get the caffeine, the protein and the fiber. That’s a perfect energizing smoothie," she shares.
"Also, I like anything with peanut butter," Joy recommends. "For kids, what’s really good is that if you take a banana, slice it lengthwise, and put a little bit of nut butter in the middle. Close the top, cut it into wheels and put it in the freezer for a couple of hours. Then you have this really yummy frozen peanut butter banana treat. Again, it has the protein, it has the fiber, and it takes a while to eat, which is really nice."
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