It takes a lot of energy to be a nurse. From being on their feet for hours on end to helping patients and running to the rescue, nurses put their bodies through a lot. It’s a tough job, but so worth the fulfillment that comes from helping others.
Unfortunately, many nurses tend to put their own health on the back burner while tending to the needs of others. Many healthcare providers turn to vending machine goodies for a quick burst of energy, and it’s easy to see why. When you’re working hard on a 12-hour shift with no time for a proper break, even the most lackluster candy bars begin to sound amazing.
But there’s a better way. Here are a few make-ahead snacks that are as delicious as they are energizing.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites
You don’t have to give up chocolate or peanut butter to get the energy you need. These delicious bites are simple to make, easy to carry around with you, and really put some pep in your step. Substitute sunflower butter in place of peanut butter for an allergy-friendly recipe. Find the recipe here.
No-Bake Cheerio Bars
This no-bake recipe turns a few simple ingredients into something incredible. It calls for a winning combination of plain Cheerios, honey, almond butter, flaxseed meal, dark chocolate, and coconut oil. Better yet, this recipe will only set you back 100 calories per bar. Find the instructions here.
This recipe calls for only four ingredients: water, a tea bag, gelatin, and some sweetener. You’ll get the energizing boost of a cup of tea, without taking the time to sip on it. Get the full recipe here.
Pumpkin Spice Latte Bites
If you prefer lattes to tea, this one’s for you. These bites are vegan, gluten free, dairy free, and paleo-friendly. Most importantly, they are awesome. Find the recipe here.
Candied Apple Granola Bars
These homemade granola bars are free from sugar, dairy, and gluten, but full of flavor. Make one batch of these and have snacks for the whole week. They would even be suitable for a breakfast on the go. Find the recipe here.