What's The Best Afternoon Snack?

One of the most common questions I get asked by clients is ‘what should I eat in the afternoon when I get hungry?’ While there are many possible options, let’s first take a look at what people tend to go for.
 
The typical snack is something high in sugar or caffeine - coffee, chocolate, sweets, candy, etc. - because most people are looking for a quick-fix energy shot. While this may help in the short-term, it will cause all sorts of problems in the long-term.  High-glycemic sugary snacks quickly raise blood sugars, inhibiting fat burning and impairing concentration when your levels come crashing back down. This up and down yo-yo effect leads to constant cravings, diminishes productivity at work, and worsens your health.
 
So, what should you eat?

High-protein foods are my number one snack of choice because it helps to keep blood sugars balanced, increases satiety, and naturally raises dopamine levels (your body’s focus and concentration neurotransmitter). A terrific option is grass-fed beef jerky. That’s right… beef jerky! Grass-fed beef jerky is loaded with high quality protein, healthy fats, and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which helps fat loss.
 
This is not your dad’s beef jerky. Traditional beef jerky found in convenience stores and gas stations is filled with gluten and soy, artificial sugars and fructose, MSG, and harmful nitrites…not the ideal ingredients for better health and performance!

However, grass-fed beef jerky does NOT contain any of these fillers and additives, and uses only natural sea salt and celery powder as preservatives and flavorings. If you haven’t given grass-fed jerky a try, it’s time to check it out. It tastes great, pairs nicely with veggies or nuts, and can be stored in your gym bag or desk easily. It will definitely tide you over until dinner!
 
Whether you are trying to improve productivity at work, find low carb snacks to improve weight loss, or increase protein intake to improve athletic performance grass-fed beef jerky fits the bill. Try some today and feel the difference for yourself!
 
Dr. Marc Bubbs ND, CISSN, CSCS

Want to learn more? Listen to world expert Dr. Stephan Guyenet PhD talk about "Hyper-Palatable Foods" and how "Snacking" is a major root cause of weight gain on the Dr. Bubbs Performance Podcast...