When hunger strikes, you’ll do almost anything to quell that rumbling in your stomach. Unfortunately, our mid-morning and afternoon snacks can be a source of unhealthy fats and sugars. So, to keep you from feeling hungry and well-fed, nutritionists recommend these 10 healthy afternoon snacks.
A parfait combines all three nutrient groups (fat, protein and carbohydrates) for a balanced snack. And while you typically top parfaits with berries, you can also add local seasonal fruit, too.
Greek yogurt with cocoa powder
Loaded with protein and fiber, Greek yogurt helps you feel fuller longer. Cocoa powder helps to stave off mid-afternoon sugar cravings.
Berries and cheese
Fiber- and nutrient-rich blueberries keep you hydrated and nourished with antioxidants. Cheese give you a kick of healthy fat and protein to fill you up until dinner time.
This study shows that, as a snack, almonds can satiate without leading to unwanted weight gain, thanks to their unsaturated fat content, along with fiber and protein.
Tuna and crackers
Tuna in oil – especially anti-inflammatory olive oil – with a handful of wholegrain crackers is another tasty combination of carbs, fats and proteins to keep you going until dinner.
Protein-rich chickpeas are a convenient, non-perishable snack, perfect for when you’re on-the-go. Plus, their salty taste and crunchy texture is just so satisfying.
When you make soup for dinner, set some aside for your office snack. Vegetables and legumes, along with a comforting broth, are a healthy way to fill up.
Peanut butter with apple slices
A spoonful of peanut butter with a few apple slices give your stomach something to work on so that you can focus on the rest of your day.
Veggie sticks with hummus
Hummus is rich in protein and healthy fats, and veggie sticks offer a fresh, invigorating source of fiber, water and flavor. Perfect for when your stomach starts to rumble.