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Ten healthy snacks for an afternoon slump

April 17, 2014 General Wellness

It’s 3 o’clock, and you're hungry. And you know the next meal won’t be for another couple of hours. Take a look at these healthy snack suggestions to keep stocked in your office, car, or snacks to buy on the run.

Apple and peanut butter

Slice one medium apple and dip in one tablespoon of peanut butter. The apple provides carbohydrates, which break down into energy and the peanut butter provides protein, keeping you feeling satisfied longer. Choose natural peanut butter over the processed version to cut down on added sugar and sodium.
Calories: 190
Protein: 4 grams

Laughing Cow cheese and Triscuits

Enjoy a serving of whole-grain crackers and a low-fat serving of Laughing Cow cheese for a satisfying, tasty snack. The whole grains provide heart-healthy fibers and the cheese provides protein in a portion-controlled package.
Calories: 155
Protein: 5.5 grams

Greek yogurt and blueberries

Six ounces of nonfat Greek vanilla yogurt with a ½ cup blueberries is packed high in fiber and contains 16 grams of protein with a fraction of the sugar compared to regular, fruit sweetened yogurt. To sweeten it up, add a little cinnamon to this snack.
Calories: 162
Protein: 16.5 grams

Almonds and string cheese

A serving of 15 almonds, about ¾ oz, contains heart-healthy fats, which help to lower “bad” LDL cholesterol in our bodies. Choose a low-fat cheese for additional protein.
Calories: 162
Protein: 10 grams

Rice cakes and low-fat cream cheese

Choose two brown rice cakes, which are low in calories, and top with a low-fat strawberry cream cheese for a nutritious, tasty snack. If you have cinnamon, or fresh fruit near by, sprinkle on top for added flavor and nutrition.
Calories: 140
Protein: 3.6 grams

Cereal and dried fruit

Make a homemade snack mix starting with whole grain cereals like Quaker Oatmeal Squares, Special K or Cheerios. Then, mix in a quarter cup chopped dried fruit with no added sugar such as raisins, apricots, mangos or dates.
Calories: 200
Protein: 5 grams

If you're on-the-go and tempted to stop at the drive-thru for a quick snack, pack yourself some snacks to keep in the car, instead. These four options are better for you and will keep you fuller longer:

Sabra hummus and pretzels

Hummus, which is made from chickpeas, provides protein and fiber. Coupled with the pretzels, this grab-and-go snack is a satisfying winner.
Calories: 260
Protein: 6 grams


These energy bars are a great option for healthy snacking. If you can't find a Lärabar, looks for an energy bar that has less than 200 calories and contains 4–10 grams of protein, has at least three grams of fiber and is low in sugar.
Calories: 190
Protein: 4 grams

Nonfat latte

A grande, nonfat latte provides a little caffeine plus protein for a healthy afternoon pick-me-up.
Calories: 168
Protein: 16 grams

V-8 vegetable or fruit juice

Be sure to find a low-sodium option, containing less than 140 milligrams of sodium per serving, like the V8 Fusion Vegetable and Pomegranate Blueberry. Pair the juice with a piece of low-fat string cheese for some added protein.
Calories: 160
Protein: 6 grams