Who else loves coffee?
I prided myself in never drinking coffee all through undergrad and grad school. Then I became what I like to think of as a real adult and everything changed. I discovered the magic of coffee. My taste buds grew to love the flavor of someone I used to dislike. I know I’m not the only one where some days, I need an extra energy boost, but it is after my 3 PM coffee cut-off. This is when I reach for these energizing snacks for when it’s too late for coffee. They are all easy to make and require only a few ingredients!
First up: Oat balls
These are extrememly easy to make, low in calories, and only require a few ingredients. They can also be adjusted to your preferences! I don’t really have exact measurements, but all I do is mix about 1/4 cup of raw oats, a small scoop of nut butter, and a big scoop of plain greek yogurt. Mix together and you can mold it into a ball or just eat by the spoonful. I don’t add any sweetener, but you could add honey or syrup if you wanted!
Next up, berry ‘ice cream’
I recently starting keeping a bag of frozen berries in the freezer at all times. Some times I mix them with my oatmeal, but most of the time I used them to make ‘ice cream’. All I do is mix berries with water in the blender and let it do it’s thing! Use less water for more scoopability and more water for a smoothie-like consistency. Sometimes I add a scoop of plain greek yogurt, which adds more creaminess. I really like this one as a pre-workout treat/energy boost!
Last up: Anything that hydrates you!
It is important not to discredit the role hydration plays in energy levels. I am surprised to find how energizing just drinking a big glass of water can be! You can also eat watermelon, cucumbers, or any other fruits/vegetables that have a high water content!
So if, like me, you sometimes crave a cup of coffee at 4 or 5 PM, but don’t want to be up all night, try out some of these energizing snacks for when it’s too late for coffee!
Let me know what works for you!