It’s 3pm and you can barely keep your head off your desk. You sip your fourth cup of coffee, square your shoulders, and promise to keep your eyes open as you head into another corporate synergy meeting—your third one today.

You’ve tried everything, but you’re still exhausted every day. Why does your energy disappear after lunch, and can you do anything about it? Eating healthy, affordable food that keeps you on the go is impossible, right?

Not if you like to snack.

Snacking: The Simple Solution

The simple solution to the afternoon slump isn’t (another) double shot latte—it’s a small healthy snack between balanced meals. Luckily, a great tasting, energy-boosting snack is as simple as a granola bar, if you pick the right one.

Here are 5 Healthy Snack Foods you can either make at home in minutes, or buy for just a few bucks a week to keep you satisfied and productive long after quitting time.

Celery Sticks, Hummus, and Olives

Ah celery—the bane of your existence, right? Well, this crispy natural scoop has been waiting to show you how well it pairs with another snack underdog—hummus. The crunch and freshness of celery and smooth finish of hummus is a far lower calorie option than peanut butter, and tastes amazing.

Pro Tip: Top with diced kalamata olives for a savory burst of flavor.

The 3-Ingredient Energy Bar

If you have a food processor, you’re in for a treat. Literally. You can make a delicious energy bar at home with just three natural ingredients in a few simple steps:

  1. Add equal parts almonds, dried cherries, and dates (1 cup each)
  2. Mix on high for 30 seconds
  3. Mold into a block on a waxed paper covered pan or plate
  4. Chill in the fridge
  5. Chop into squares (or dinosaur shapes, it’s your call)
  6. Enjoy!

The dates act as a natural sweetener and binding agent, and the flavor of the nuts and dried fruit blend perfectly together. Feel free to experiment with different fruits, and nuts, although dates are the real staple. Here’s the full recipe.

1-Minute Greek Yogurt Cookie Dough

Greek yogurt is an excellent source of protein—17 grams per serving—but who wants the same thing everyday. Luckily, yogurt is perfect for mixing it up with a few fresh ingredients for a sweet twist on a classic staple.

Just add:
● 1 tablespoon of peanut butter (another protein powerhouse)
● a dollop of honey or 2 packets of sweetener
● 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract

If you’re on the go, forget the vanilla extract and substitute it with a few chocolate chip morsels for energy. Stir together for 1-3 minutes, and enjoy!

Sriracha Popcorn

That’s right. Popcorn. While not an everyday kind of treat, a small bowl of popcorn has the salt and calories you need to fight off the craving for something way worse. And you don’t even need a food processor. Just microwave, add Sriracha, and enjoy. Just don’t order a jumbo bucket.

Nanoosh Granola Bar

But you don’t always have the time to make a healthy snack in the morning—so let us do it for you. At Nanoosh, we make every one of our Granola Bars in-house so it’s packed with all the same fresh goodness you’d get if it came from your own kitchen, without all the fillers and preservatives:

● Roasted Oats
● Chia Seed
● Raisins
● Chocolate
● and honey

That’s it. The warm agave honey and roasted oats hold together this delicious energy packed treat filled with sweet raisins and chocolate morsels. Our granola bar is so naturally good, we didn’t even come up with a clever name for it. Just ask for a “granola bar” and taste for yourself.

Humans: A.K.A. “Snacking Machines”

People need to snack—it’s just what we do. Our blood sugar levels dip just 3-5 hours after even healthy meals. Small, frequent snack packed with protein keep your metabolism revved up and active, which helps fight off cravings for caffeine, sugar, and fats.

A steady stream of healthy snacks throughout the day—like fruits, nuts, yogurt, and legumes—is the key to a healthy diet and a productive workday. Take control of your cravings with healthy snack and kiss the afternoon slump goodbye.