10 New Snacks to Beat Afternoon Energy Slumps
Fuel up between meals with these healthy options
When afternoon hunger pangs hit, ignoring your secret snack drawer is nearly impossible. But thanks to a wave of nutritious new products, snacks between meals don’t have to set back your healthy eating. Try one of these options, packed with natural ingredients, to restock your snack arsenal and keep cravings at bay.
Free2b Snack Breaks (Shown Above)
Chocolate bark so thin, we’re counting it as a cracker. Unlike most other sweet treats, these have no artificial sweeteners, hydrogenated oils, dairy, or gluten. Instead, the chocolate comes from a single-source supplier in Ghana, which improves the taste, transparency, and traceability of your chocolate fix.
Farmhouse Culture Kraut Krisps
Most “veggie” chips use beet or carrot powder as opposed to an actual crisped-up vegetable. They barely replicate the real deal and offer little to no nutritional value. But 50 percent of the ingredients in Farmhouse Culture Kraut Krisps comes from real sauerkraut (green cabbage, water, sea salt), giving you a hefty dose of digestion-friendly probiotics. Plus, they’re organic and gluten-free. Picky eaters will dig the sea salt variety, while white cheddar is a solid choice if you don’t care about going vegan.
Siete Grain-Free Tortilla Chips
Siete’s latest debut is completely free of corn, wheat, rice, beans, soy, and dairy. So what’s in it? Cassava flour, avocado oil, coconut flour, ground chia seed, and sea salt. This combo health nuts will love also has a sturdy texture that holds up to dips.
The Real Coconut Flour Tortilla Chips
You could bake your own sliced flour tortillas swathed in coconut oil into crisps, but the chips from this brand will be better, guaranteed. The chipotle barbecue flavor kick is nice, but purists will enjoy the original or even the mildly tangy sea salt and vinegar. Four grams of fiber help you avoid splurging between meals, especially if you slather on hummus or almond butter.
Late July Cantina Tortilla Chips
Each chip in this large bag comes with organic, certified non-GMO, and gluten-free credentials. Ten chips will set you back only around 140 calories. When you’re in the mood for a slightly heartier snack, the pinched edges make these chips ideal for dipping into fresh guac or salsa.
Oatmega Grass-Fed Whey Protein Cookies
Yes, the company nailed all the buzzwords here, but there’s good reason to throw these into your grocery cart. Each cookie has 12 to 13 grams of protein and a daily dose worth 250 millgrams of EPA and DHA omega-3s from sustainably sourced fish oil. And they taste like the real deal.
Pasta Snacks Pasta Bow Ties
A solid weapon to fight off an afternoon energy crash, these guys are made with semolina flour—slightly higher in protein—and oven baked for a light-as-air crunch. Flavors range from meatball parm to honey butter, depending on your craving.
Actual freeze-dried beets, and that’s it. The freeze-drying process maintains the beets’ nutrients and creates a light, airy crunch. If you’ve got a hankering for something a tad sweeter, try Crunchies Mango, the company’s newest addition.
Honey Stinger Chocolate Mint Waffle
When you consider race-day staples, Honey Stinger is likely already on your shortlist. The latest addition to this organic, gluten-free waffle line is worthy of becoming another go-to. With a chewier and less crumbly quality than Honey Stinger’s regular waffles, the chocolate mint flavor includes thin layer of honey infused with natural cocoa flavor to perk you up for the afternoon.
Crunchmaster Protein Crackers
Swap your typical protein bar for a few handfuls of these crackers with five grams of protein per serving. That protein comes from brown rice and chickpeas, so they’re vegan, too. Available nationwide in June.