Snacking for Energy

Many older adults experience a loss of energy, and this can be due to a variety of factors like not getting enough sleep, not being physically active, genetics, and more. However, the food you eat can also play a big role in your energy levels, which is why we’ve put together a few different nourishing ideas that will have you snacking for energy. 

  • Oatmeal is a great food to help you start your day off energized, but it can also be a great snack option as well. Oats don’t affect your blood sugar levels all that much, and they have a high fiber content. This means it takes longer for your body to digest and absorb, so it will able to sustain you all morning or afternoon without an energy crash. You can whip up a bowl of traditional oatmeal, add nuts or fruit for some added nutrients, or use oats to make delicious homemade granola. 
  • Dark chocolate might be what we think of as a dessert, but it can be really nutritious in moderation too. Just one ounce of dark chocolate has lots of immune-boosting nutrients and powerful antioxidants. It also has lots of theobromine, which is a natural stimulant similar to caffeine. This can help boost your energy, and the serotonin dark chocolate can help stimulate can provide an energy boost too. You can have an ounce of dark chocolate with a little bit of fresh or dried fruit as a snack, add a tablespoon of dark chocolate chips to a bowl of air-popped popcorn, or mix a tablespoon of dark chocolate chips with a tablespoon of peanut butter. 
  • Whole wheat bread with peanut butter is an energy packed and satisfying snack. The whole grains in the whole wheat bread can reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes, but they’re also great for prolonged energy. This is because, like oats, whole grains has complex carbohydrates, fueling your body, with added fiber to keep you full longer. The protein of the peanut butter combined with the benefits of the whole grain will keep you going all afternoon without a crash. 
  • Almonds are a healthy source of both healthy fat and protein, but they are also packed with nutrients like manganese, copper, vitamin B2, and phosphorous. All of these can make a big difference in keeping your energy levels up. You can eat almonds just by themselves, toss them in a salad, or adding them to low-fat, protein packed Greek yogurt.