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5 QUICK SNACKS THAT WILL BOOST YOUR ENERGY DURING THE HOLIDAYS (NO CAFFEINE INCLUDED!)

Dec 23, 2013

5 Quick Snacks That Will Boost Your Energy During the Holidays (No Caffeine Included!)

This article was originally published on Bustle.com.

If you’re feeling sluggish and unfocused, it’s easy to instinctually reach for the coffee or other caffeinated drink. This works at, say, 2 p.m. But say it’s later in the day — caffeine less than six hours before bed can seriously interfere with sleep quality. To raise energy levels without caffeine (or sugar), snack wisely with foods high in protein, good fats and complex carbohydrates. These nutrients are digested more slowly than sugary foods and refined carbs. Foods that break down slowly lead to a more balanced energy-boost, unlike the spike and crash that comes from rapidly digested foods. For steady and sustained energy, these five quick snacks are high in fiber, protein, and unsaturated fats as well as energy-boosting micronutrients such as magnesium and vitamin B12.

For the complete list of healthy, energy-boosting snack options, visit Bustle.

By Elizabeth Nolan Brown