Last updated on Jun 23rd, 2021 at 11:51 am

The food you eat fuels your body. During the day, in the longest stretch between your meals after lunch and before dinner, many people have a dip in energy and depend on sugary snacks to get their energy back up, which only lasts a short while

Here’s what to eat instead of a chocolate bar to get your energy up and avoid a sugar crash a few hours later.

Get a second breakfast

Traditional breakfast foods are eaten at the beginning of the day because they are high in sustainable energy. 

A slice of peanut butter toast, a small bowl of cereal or an egg on wholewheat toast are all great second breakfasts and can help give you sustainable energy to get you through the rest of the day. 

Consider portion size and maybe opt for a smaller, lighter dinner to avoid overeating. 

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Go raw

Raw foods typically have a lower GI. According to Healthline, the glycemic index (GI) is a measurement system that ranks foods according to their effect on your blood sugar levels.

Having raw veggies or fruits with a legume dip as an after lunch is a great way to increase your fruit and veggie intake and also a healthy way to energise.

A protein carb combo

The combination of carbohydrates and protein is a healthy combination. While carbohydrates are a great source of energy the body can absorb and burn through carbs quickly. Protein slows this process down. 

According to WebMD, having a protein and carb snack will give you sustainable energy.

Protein shakes, biltong and crackers or meat and raw veggie salad are a great way to do this.

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