Snack Attack: 15 Powerful Munchies for the Afternoon Hangries
When you feel the mid-afternoon slump approaching, give your body a delicious dose of energy with one of these easy eats - great for kids and grown-up kids alike!
1. Nut butter to the rescue
Our hands-down favorite for a mid-afternoon energy boost without the sugar crash … dip it, spread it, or eat it straight off the spoon (we won’t tell). Try an apple sandwich! Or try this dip recipe, which builds on the creaminess of nut butter with greek yogurt, cocoa powder and honey.
2. YES bars
Born out of a need to accommodate her son’s food sensitivities, Katie Brown’s YES bars are a clean treat you can feel good about saying “YES!” to. They’re grain-free and paleo friendly - and every single ingredient is REAL FOOD, with no fillers or preservatives of any kind. Oh, and they taste amazing, too!
3. Roasted Chickpeas
If you’re craving something crunchy and addictive, try these forgiving (read: you can’t screw it up) recipes for Roasted Chickpeas Two Ways: Creamy Ranch and Cinnamon Sugar. They’re low in fat and calories and high in protein and fiber, so go ahead and eat the whole batch!
4. Mexican Pizza
Super simple to throw together and real kid pleaser, these Mexican Pizzas are the savory afternoon kick you need to make it through evening commitments to dinnertime.
5. Next level Ants On A Log
They’re just too adorable NOT to make. Take this classic snack up a notch with apples for snail shells and cashews for heads! You can easily make these nut-free by using sunflower seed butter, dark chocolate chips, roasted sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds.
6. Banana roll
It doesn't get any easier than this: Spread nut butter over a tortilla and roll it up with a banana. Slice and serve. Win.
7. Cauliflower Popcorn
Thirty minutes and six ingredients are all that stand between you and this flavorful snack.
8. PBJ bites
Nut butter: The gift that keeps on giving. These substantial bites are salty meets sweet, soft meets crunchy.
9. Yuca root: the healthy chip!
Cassava, aka yuca root, has been enjoyed for centuries from South America to Africa to Asia. Naturally gluten-free and vegan, they're a favorite paleo-friendly snack. Dip into salsa, eat with cheese or layer with sliced meat or fish.
10. Speaking of dip …
From yummy Hope Hummus (Original and Spicy Avocado!) to Hale’s Hot Salsa, Roasted Chipotle Bean Dip and Bitchin’ Bombay Sauce - we have every dip your heart desires.
11. Cured meats
A high-protein punch for the after-school dip … Just unwrap and enjoy! Check out our selection of Meatcrafters salamis, including Pork Skinny Salami with Truffles and On Wild Fennel Salami.
12. DIY trail mix
The combinations are limitless! Create your own special blend or try one of these 21 trail mix ideas.
13. No-fail granola
Enjoy it with milk, mixed into yogurt, atop a smoothie or right out of your hand ... Granola never fails, and Michele’s is the best!
14. Hummus Stuffed Peppers
Your favorite hummus mingles with sweet peppers. feta cheese, red onion and grape tomatoes in this bite-sized snack for veggie lovers.
15. Fruit Leather
OK, OK, let’s be real: It’s a Fruit Roll-Up, clean and healthified!