Four Gaming Snacks To Help You Score High
Gaming and snacking… two things that go great together! But there’s that stigma out there that video games go hand in hand with cheesy poofs and oversized caffeine drinks. I don’t think so! I’m here to say “no more!” to chomping on junk food during game time.
I’ve got four snacks that will satisfy your taste buds AND give you the energy and brain power needed to conquer quests.
1. Apples with peanut butter: This is a great snack that will curb the sweet, savory and crunchy cravings. The apples are low in calories but the peanut butter is high so there’s a good balance. But, those good calories are packed with the nutrition you need to keep going for the long haul.
2. Hummus with veggies and/or whole grain crackers: Hummus is one of my favorite snacks. Pair it with some carrot and bell pepper sticks or a whole grain cracker and you’ll have energy a-plenty! I like Triscuit Thin Crisps. Because they’re smaller you can eat more and with only three ingredients they’re a winner to me. The whole grains will give you the good carbs you need to power through the night.
3. Popcorn: This is by far the best substitute for chips in my opinion. And, you can eat so much more of it! Air popped is best to pop with no added calories. If you’re a fan of easy microwave popcorn like me look for a brand that offers a lower sodium content and NO (and I mean NO) partially hydrogenated oils. Kick up the flavor and nutrition by adding fun toppings like chopped nuts, sunflower seeds, cinnamon or my favorite, mini dark chocolate chips!
4. Turkey jerky: Sometimes you’ve just gotta have some meat! Find yourself a cleaner brand such as Krave and you’ll satisfy this meaty hankering the right way. Turkey contains the amino acid L-tyrosine which helps our brains produce dopamine and that will keep us mentally alert throughout the night. It also provides a nice dose of protein. It’s a bit higher on the sodium count so keep plenty of water on hand to wash it down!
Don’t start game time with your snack. Play for a while and when you feel like you need some fuel, take a break and grab your snack then. This way you’ll be forced to move around a little. Stretch for a minute, give your eyes a quick break, grab your munchies and get back to it!
Have fun and bon appétit!