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While it’s not uncommon for hunger to strike mid afternoon, the snacks you choose to get you through the last few hours of the working day may be the difference between reviving your energy levels or remaining tired and sluggish.

No one wants to feel fatigued at the end of the day, so with that in mind, here are some of the best snacks to consider when hunger strikes.

Tigernuts

While the world loves to go crazy for a new super food, Tigernuts are actually ‘ancient grains’ as they played a key nutritional role in our evolution from pre-human to human so they are about as Paleo as you can get.

In fact, they were also a highly valued food in Egypt and there is even Egyptian art depicting them.

Tigernuts are not actually a nut, but a small root vegetable- also known as a type of tuber. They are the #1 source of Resistant Starch, a prebiotic fibre that makes a healthy digestion system and becomes fuel for our Probiotic bacteria.

A tigernut allergy is probably one of the rarest food allergies as because they are a tuber, they are completely free of soy, grain, nut and seeds.

They are very good for your digestive system and are also a great source of healthy fats as they have a fatty acid composition that is similar to olive oil.

In order to enjoy tigernuts, soak them overnight for 12 hours and then they are good to eat. You can also make tigernut flour and tigernut milk which is perfect for homemade recipes.

Carrot Sticks and Dip

Having a healthy dip with vegetables, such as carrot sticks is a great way to snack and keep yourself feeling satisfied for longer. Carrots are practically guilt free after all.

When it comes to the dip however, if you don’t have time to make it yourself then once again pay close attention to the ingredient list on the packet.

Go for the product with minimal ingredients and beware of hidden sugars, fats and thickeners.

Raw Mixed Nuts

Nuts are great for people to snack on, but beware that they may be a trigger food for some people (as in once you start eating them you can’t stop) so if that is you, don’t have them at your desk.

I know that cashews are a trigger food for me so I buy mixed nuts because I know that I will stop eating them once the cashews are gone!

Protein Ball

A protein ball is great snack to keep you energised throughout the day, but beware of what you are eating and make sure that the ingredients are ‘real not fake’.

A general rule of thumb is to read the back of the packet and choose the product with minimal ingredients in it, 4 or less ingredients is a good start. Furthermore, if you don’t understand any of the ingredients in the product then how can you expect your digestive system to understand them?

Keep in mind that nuts and dried fruit are calories so only have one. Referring to our above point, keep your snack a snack!

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  • nautral yogurt is a good one, I love nuts

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  • Wow, I’d like to know more about these tiger nuts! Where do you buy them from as I haven’t come across them.

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  • These snacks are definitely easy for the busiest to do, although I have not heard of the Tigernut…

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  • Fantastic suggestions. I have never heard of tigernuts

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  • Great suggestions. Anybody have any really practical ones for working Mums. Carrot sticks are an option, but dips not practical in some work situations.

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  • I usually have a handful of nuts at around 4pm to satisfy my hunger.

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  • I have never heard of tiger nuts! Nor have I ever seen them on the supermarket shelves. I’m guessing one would need to go to a health food store for these? I’m imagining a high price then

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  • I’m another one that has never heard of tigernuts. I will have to try them!

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  • I’ve never heard of tiger nuts!

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  • I love snacking on nuts, in particular Brazil nuts and cashews.
    I have never heard of tiger \nuts though. Where do you buy them?

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  • oh nuts are a trigger food for me to (so is chocolate) – I can’t have them in the house because I will just eat them pretty much in one sitting! – thanks for the other afternoon snack suggestions though :)

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  • Great ideas. I’ve never heard of tiger nuts before but they sound interesting.

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  • I enjoy carrots sticks and dip,just enough without being too much in the afternoon!

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