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
Emily Ho is a writer, recipe developer, and educator. She lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches classes on food preservation, wild food, and herbalism. Emily is a Master Food Preserver and founder of LA Food Swap and the international Food Swap Network.
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