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We all know that feeling in the afternoon when we start to lose focus and prefer to have a nap instead of pushing through with the day. This is typically also the moment when we start craving snacks, especially the sugary ones.
Our brain needs a stimulus and a not-so-healthy afternoon snack often helps with that. But this is the wrong stimulus, because the excessive amount of sugar in these snacks do more harm than good.
There are other ways to help you get through the day. A healthy organic snack will give you the energy you need, in addition to the nutritional benefits you get to enjoy.
10 Healthy Organic Snack Ideas
I personally love snacking on things throughout the day, but I am also quite picky when it comes to choosing the right afternoon snacks.
Here is a list of 10 of my favorite healthy organic snacks that always work for me. Mind you though, these afternoon snacks don’t necessarily need to be organic, that’s just an added bonus.
1. Organic Protein Bar
Feel fuller for longer without feeling guilty! That’s what a nutritious organic protein bar can do for you. Not only do you get a lot of nutrients out of a healthy protein bar, it also makes you stop craving more snacks in the afternoon.
This particular GoMacro organic vegan protein bar is an exciting of coconut, chocolate chips and almond butter, and tastes absolutely delicious. Even better, they have all sorts of different flavors to choose from.
2. (Roasted) Pumpkin Seeds
If you’re looking for powerful plant based protein sources, pumpkin seeds may be a good choice for you. Pumpkin seeds are very much edible and they are typically roasted to make them more appealing for us to eat.
3. Organic Wholegrain Cereal
As popular as cereals are, we all know that lots of cereal products contain a huge amount of sugar, and as such they don’t really deserve to be considered healthy or nutritious. Not to mention the artificial flavors and colors.
But there are also good cereals, the ones that do offer nutritional health benefits. I personally love eating cereal not only for breakfast, but also as an afternoon snack.
This particular Ezekiel organic wholegrain cereal by Food for Life contains barley, lentils, millet, soybeans, spelt, wheat and is free from any nasty additives, artificial flavors, colors or preservatives.
Add some fresh fruit such as berries or bananas and you’ll have yourself a very healthy and tasty organic snack!
4. Brown Rice Cakes
There’s so much you can with rice cakes that they are one of my go-to snacks. Peanut butter, avocado, cheese, banana, you can top rice cakes with pretty much anything and eat it as a light afternoon treat.
I prefer these organic brown rice cakes as they taste nice and fresh and offer whole grain goodness. They are also vegan, gluten-free, verified non-GMO and USDA organic.
5. Organic Roasted Seaweed
Do you love sushi as much as I do? A lot of the sushi ingredients, such as salmon, egg, tuna and chicken, are quite nutritious, but what about that crunchy layer of green goodness around the rice that holds it all together?
Roasted seaweed, also known as Nori seaweed, is the edible seaweed species of Porphyra (red algae, cold water seaweed).
The roasted seaweed product is made by shredding, drying and roasting the nori seaweed, similar to the process of making paper. The end-product is a thin (like paper), black or green sheet of around 18 by 20 cm.
Not much else is added during the production process, which makes roasted seaweed the perfect alternative for potato chips. Roasted seaweed is high in iodine, vitamin B12 and potassium, to name just a few vitamins and minerals.
6. Organic Kale Chips
Kale chips are an excellent substitute for mainstream treats like potato chips, chocolate bars and other unhealthy snacks. The crunchiness combined with their unique flavors make them very tasty too!
As we all know, kale is a hugely nutritious leafy green, but it doesn’t always please our taste buds. But while nothing beats fresh kale from a nutritional perspective, organic kale chips are a great fix for when you feel that snack craving coming up.
7. Organic Jalapeno Crackers
Spicy jalapeno combined with whole grain brown rice, quinoa, flax seeds and sesame seeds. Sounds weird? Well these organic jalapeno crackers are exactly that and they are delicious!
Gluten free, soy free and wheat free, these unique crackers offer the right amount of tasty heat from jalapenos packed in a super addictive, crunchy afternoon treat.
8. Organic Coconut Chips
Toasted cinnamon and crunchy Coconut topped with a touch of organic maple syrup, that’s the simple yet delicious recipe of these organic coconut chips.
Free from preservatives, 100% organic, vegan, non-GMO and kosher, once you’ve tried these crunchy coconut treats you’ll never go back to conventional chips ever again!
9. Organic Cashews
We all know that nuts offer some amazing health benefits and nothing beats a handful of almonds or cashews in the afternoon when you’re craving for a snack.
The cashew nut is the seed of the cashew tree, a tropical evergreen tree originally native to northeastern Brazil and now widely cultivated across the world.
Although relatively low in fiber, cashews are a great source of different vitamins and minerals, such as a copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, vitamin K and B vitamins.
10. Seed Power Snack Crackers
Seeds are nature’s powerhouses and one handful of seeds everyday will do wonders for your health. Wouldn’t it be great of you could eat crackers that give you all the nutrients of these seeds?
These deliciously crunchy Seed Power snack krackers are made with flax, poppy, pumpkin and sesame seeds, and are a great source of omega 3’s, protein and soluble fiber. Yum!
The above healthy organic snacks are awesome, but do you what is my favorite afternoon snack? Why crave on a sugary, unhealthy snacks that provide little nutritional value, if you can also munch on a good old apple?
That’s right, sometimes it’s best to keep our lives simple. An apple a day won’t necessarily keep the doctor away, but it’s definitely one of the best afternoon snacks you can choose!