America’s Nutrition Expert Mitzi Dulan, RD, CSSD, has inspired millions to lose weight, get fit and keep energized. As the current team nutritionist for the Kansas City Royals baseball team and former team nutritionist for the Kansas City Chiefs football team, Mitzi knows one secret ingredient for a quick, natural energy booster—honey. Whether it’s at the office, at school or after a workout, many Americans experience that mid-afternoon energy slump, and the majority crave something less than nutritious and binge on candy, sodas and other high-calorie foods. Here are four quick snacks that she recommends:
1. BREAKFAST: In the morning it is important to jump start your day by eating a good and powerful breakfast. and that breakfast should have carbohydrates and protein in it. Here I have one of my favorite dishes: it’s a Honey Quinoa Breakfast Bake. And it has that protein as well as those carbohydrates. And the thing I love about honey is that it’s an all natural energy booster. So it’s a great way to start your day. You could also do some Greek yogurt for your breakfast as well.
2. LUNCH: Some of the things you could do for lunch is one of my personal favorites. I take a whole wheat sandwich thin and then put peanut butter, then sliced bananas. Then I drizzle honey on top of it. That makes a delicious high energy lunch. You could also have an apple or some yogurt with that. Also, if you wanted lunch you could make sure you had some lentils. Lentil cakes or dip or soup. You could have an apple as well.
3. 3PM SLUMP: Honey Peanut Butter Protein Energy balls, super simple to make. Put together coconut, peanut butter, sliced almonds, and honey. I love having these when I get home from a workout. My kids love these after school.