Need a tasty pick-me-up to cure your midday energy crash? Break the dreaded same-snack-every-day cycle, and finally say goodbye to that sad sandwich once and for all. Bonus: Our 12 picks are as delicious as they are healthy.
Keep reading for the day-making afternoon snacks!
Don’t let your sweet tooth get the best of you! Instead of reaching for that “emergency” Snickers bar you have hidden in your desk, opt for this cinnamony-sweet recipe with just the right amount of crunch. We love MaraNatha’s All Natural No Stir Creamy Almond Butter ($10) with a Granny Smith apple.
1 slice whole grain bread
1 tbsp. nut butter
1/2 apple, thinly sliced
1 tsp. cinnamon
One common reason we get afternoon fatigue is dehydration. Boost your energy with a serving of calcium and protein (a little chocolate can’t hurt either!).
So much deliciousness wrapped (literally) into one tasty, protein-packed snack.
Garlic & Herb Laughing Cow cheese
Spinach black pepper turkey
2 slices provolone cheese
1/4 avocado, sliced
4 strips red bell pepper
Ditching mayo for Greek yogurt, these protein-packed wheels are a perfect, healthy go-to summer snack.
1 tbsp. Greek yogurt
1 tsp. chipotle pepper
1 tsp. orange marmalade
Whole grain tortilla
3 oz. deli turkey
2 leaves Romaine lettuce
Not only are these adorable little bites packed with healthy and satisfying ingredients, but they only take five minutes to make.
3/4 cup pitted dates
1/2 cup pistachios
1/4 cup cranberries
1 tbsp. shredded coconut
These salmon roll-ups look and taste so gourmet you won’t believe you made them yourself. Step aside, Iron Chef.
2 tbsp. Greek yogurt
1/2 tsp. dried dill
1/2 clove garlic, minced
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp. onions, chopped
3 oz. cooked salmon
Whole grain tortilla
1 cup mixed greens
Those of us who aren’t “morning people” per se will love this superfruit- and chia seed–infused treat, which can be prepared the night before. The following morning, simply grab your vanilla pudding from the fridge and go.
1 tbsp. chia seeds
1/2 cup hemp, almond, 2%, or skim milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. pure maple syrup
1/2 tbsp. goji berries
Eating the whole tub of hummus isn’t exactly diet-friendly. But if you nosh on hummus and carrots in the afternoon, you’ll stay full until dinnertime.
Chock-full of protein, calcium, vitamins A and C, and amino acids, this quick snack is exactly what your afternoon (and tummy) is calling for.
1/2 cup tomato, freshly chopped
Pinch of salt
Dash of pepper
Swap out your Wonder Bread for a whole wheat pita, a filling snack with more nutrients and far fewer calories.
2 whole wheat pitas
1 can tuna, canned in water without salt
Lemon juice from 2 wedges
2 tsp. olive oil
1/2 small onion, diced (purple or red onion adds color)
1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced
1 tbsp. parsley, chopped
Salt and pepper
Layer berries and yogurt, topping your creation off with granola. Behold the perfect parfait!
1 cup plain or vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup mixed berries, fresh or frozen
1/2 cup granola
No toaster? Don’t let that stop you from creating the perfect piece of avocado toast.
1 brown rice cake
Which recipe will cure your midday munchies tomorrow?