7 Smart Snack Ideas for a Powered-Up Afternoon
These light bites will keep your energy steady during a long day.
When afternoon hits, so does that nap attack. (There's a reason why you always feel tired post-lunch.) Caffeine isn't your only option though; these quick recipes and grocery store finds will fuel you through an energy slump.
A Twist On Bagels and Lox
Spread a Wasa cracker with labneh and top it with smoked salmon and pickled red onion, says Alison Roman, the author of the new cookbook Dining In. The combination of fiber, protein, and healthy fat is a guaranteed hunger buster.
Better Than Peanut Butter
A blend of seven nuts and seeds plus dark chocolate makes NuttZo Paleo Chocolate Power Fuel a sublime spread that's packed with protein, healthy fats, and fiber. Pair it with an apple or a banana, spread it on crackers, or simply eat it with a spoon.
Trade your usual veggies and ranch for radishes and almond butter, says Dana Shultz, the creator of the Minimalist Baker. The combo is both creamy and crunchy, rich and fresh. (Kick it up a notch with coconut-almond butter tahini.)
Fruit Cups for Grown-Ups
Del Monte Fruit & Chia cups contain a serving of fruit plus chia seeds to give you vitamin C and up to five grams of fiber. These portable powerhouses come in creative flavors, like peaches in strawberry and dragon fruit chia, and deliver an ideal blend of protein, carbs, and omega-3 fatty acids.
Give the snack a savory spin with this easy idea from Deb Perelman, the writer of the blog Smitten Kitchen and the new cookbook Smitten Kitchen Every Day. Using a food processor, crumble kale chips into a fine powder. Toss freshly made popcorn with kale dust, olive oil, black pepper, sea salt, and finely grated pecorino. (Here are more healthy popcorn topping ideas.)
The New Pudding
When you're in the mood for something dessert-like, try Oui by Yoplait yogurt. Ultracreamy and subtly sweet, this "French style" yogurt is cultured right in the little glass pot that it's sold in.
For a sweet treat with a long-lasting energy boost, Deliciously Ella founder Ella Mills, the author of Natural Feasts, makes salted maca fudge. Process 11⁄2 cups roasted cashews and 11⁄2 teaspoons vanilla powder in a food processor until creamy. Add 6 pitted Medjool dates, 2 tablespoons maca powder, 3 tablespoons coconut sugar, and 3 tablespoons tahini; continue to process until smooth. Spoon into a loaf pan lined with plastic wrap, sprinkle with sea salt, and freeze for two hours.