Lunch Box Idea 12 – Oaty Snack To Combat Stress

Oatcake Topped with Sliced Banana, Walnuts, Honey

If you’ve been following the Lunchbox World blog, you’ll know this has been a stressful week. So here’s a quick and easy recipe that’s great for combatting fatigue and stress. So you know what I’ll be having with my cuppa shortly!

It’s a simple snack that can be taken as ingredients all in separate containers and re-assembled just before eating, if you plan to take this in a lunch box. This can be eaten first thing, mid-morning or even mid-afternoon… The choice is yours!

You will need :

  • Oatcakes x 2
  • Banana
  • Chopped walnuts (or leave these out if schools adhere to a strict nut policy)
  • Honey

SNACK: Two oatcakes topped with sliced bananas, chopped walnuts and a drizzle of honey

IDEAL FOR: Preparing for a stressful day/combatting tiredness and fatigue

WHY? Hard weeks with dozens of deadlines at work, school runs, a fitness regime and home chores can take their toll. Recent studies show 68% of Brits crave a less stressful lifestyle[x] and 37% of British adults are suffering from stress mainly due to money or work worries[xi]. Eating the right foods can help alleviate stress and tackle fatigue and this snack is a great way to kick-start the day. The B vitamins, riboflavin, B6 and folate, can help reduce tiredness and fatigue as well as the minerals, iron and magnesium. These nutrients can be found in wholegrains such as the oats in these oatcakes. B6 is also found in bananas, as well as in walnuts, which also provide magnesium and omega-3 fatty acids.

All About Oats is an independent campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the health benefits, as well as the great taste, choice, value, convenience and versatility of oats.

There are many different types of oats, from coarse pinhead oats and superfine oatmeal, to regular and jumbo rolled oats, and so many ways to enjoy them too – for example, porridge, bread, oatcakes and granola.

Oats are packed full of nutritional benefits and contain beta-glucans that have been shown to reduce cholesterol, which may lower the risk of heart disease. Oats are a wholegrain food that contain fibre and release energy slowly, which helps satisfy and keep hunger at bay. Oats are also a good source of B vitamins, iron, potassium and phytochemicals including antioxidants. For more information, visit www.allaboutoats.com

So what’s your favourite pick-me-up snack?

The Lunch Box Lady x

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