15 Snacks To Fuel Your Work Day

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It may be 3 Square Meals month here at The Kitchn, but I have a confession to make: I actually eat five or six meals a day! A few years ago, I did away with lunch and replaced it with a series of smaller meals or snacks between breakfast and dinner. I certainly can't speak for everyone, but for me it was a life-changing move that keeps my blood sugar balanced and my energy level up. Whether you follow a similar eating pattern or just need something to power you through an afternoon slump, here are 15 of my favorite small meals and snacks. What are yours?

1 Nuts – A handful of savory nuts such as Roasted Almonds with Paprika and Orange or Rosemary Roasted Cashews

2 Whole grain bread with nut butter – A classic peanut butter sandwich (with or without jelly), or a variation with tahini or almond butter

3 Apples and peanut butter – Tasty and well-rounded!

4 Olives – Young, lightly brined olives like Castelvetranos are a great afternoon pick-me-up

5 Edamame – Protein-packed soybeans straight from the pod or in a salad of shelled edamame, olive oil, lemon juice, and herbs

6 VegetablesCarrot sticks are fine, but I also like to mix it up with radishes, cherry tomatoes, jicama, or whatever is in season

7 Hummus – Something to dip those vegetables in; check out our homemade hummus tutorial

8 Fresh fruit – Seasonal fruit from blueberries to pears to clementines

9 Dried fruit – Dried apricots and raisins are two standbys

10 Apple chips – Crisp, homemade apple chips

11 Yogurt – Plain yogurt swirled with flax seeds, honey, jam, granola, or fruit such as rhubarb

12 Ricotta – Creamy, homemade ricotta drizzled with olive oil and eaten with bread or crackers

13 Trail mix – GORP (Good Old Raisins and Peanuts) or something fancier like these homemade trail mixes

14 Bars – Invaluable on days when I'm running between meetings; The Kitchn has a great trio of recipes from Crunchy Granola Bars to Dried Fig and Nut Bars and DIY Nutri-Grain Fruit and Nut Bars

15 Tea – For me, no snack is complete without a cup of tea; I keep a major stash of loose-leaf tea green, black, and herbal teas in my office drawer

Related: Eating at the Office: What's in Your Snack Drawer?

(Image: Emma Christensen)