7 Afternoon Pick-Me-Up Snacks That Will Beat The 3PM Slump


There's nothing worse than the 3PM slump. You know what I'm talking about. You're at work and those last couple of hours just seem to drag on and on and on.

Don't let it get to you! Beat the fatigue with these energizing snacks!

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1. Cheesy Veggie Quinoa Bites

If quinoa = protein and protein = energy, then quinoa MUST = energy.

- 1 cup cooked and cooled quinoa
- 4 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 cup chopped vegetables cooked {steamed, roasted, etc}
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 egg

1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Spray a mini muffin tin with cooking spray or oil.
2. Add all of the ingredients to a bowl and mix until thoroughly combined.
3. Divide the mixture evenly between the cups of the mini muffin tin, and press down to pack it in firmly.
4. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy.

Get the full cheesy veggie quinoa bites recipe here.

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2. Edamame Hummus

Edamame is packed with protein and, added bonus, this snack is handheld for those of us that are on-the-go in the PM.

- 2 tablespoons tahini
- 1 large clove garlic, chopped
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- ¾ teaspoon ground pepper, divided
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 cups very thinly sliced green cabbage
- ½ cup sliced orange bell pepper
- 1 scallion, thinly sliced
- ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
- 4 8- to 9-inch spinach or whole-wheat tortillas

1. Combine edamame, 3 tablespoons lemon juice, 2 tablespoons oil, tahini, garlic, cumin, ½ teaspoon pepper and salt in a food processor. Pulse until fairly smooth.
2. Whisk the remaining 1 tablespoon each lemon juice and oil with the remaining ¼ teaspoon pepper in a medium bowl. Add cabbage, bell pepper, scallion and parsley; toss to coat. Spread about ½ cup of the edamame hummus across the lower third of each tortilla and top with about ½ cup of the cabbage mixture. Roll closed. Cut in half to serve, if desired.

Get the full edamame hummus recipe here.

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3. Deviled Avocado Eggs

With the healthy fats from the avo and the protein from the eggs, this will leave you satisfied until dinnertime.

- 3 hard boiled eggs, cut in half
- 1 large avocado
- 2 tsp lime juice
- 1 tsp cilantro
- Pinch of garlic powder, salt and pepper
- Sprinkle with paprika, optional

1. Remove the cooked yolks from the hard boiled eggs into a bowl.
2. Add the avocado to the bowl next.
3. Then add the remaining ingredients and mash together well with a fork.
4. Add the mixture to the egg halves.
5. Sprinkle with paprika if desired.

Get the full deviled avocado egg recipe here.

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4. Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bites

Sweet and salty and full of energy, these little bites pack a punch.

- 8 ounces (about 1 packed cup) chopped dates
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 Tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
- 1 Tablespoon ground flax seeds
- pinch of salt
- 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats (dry, not cooked)
- 1 cup shelled pistachio nuts
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1/3 cup white chocolate chips (optional)

1. Combine the dates, honey, chia seeds, flax seeds and salt in a food processor, and pulse until smooth and combined. You should be able to stir the mixture — if it is too thick, add in another tablespoon or two of honey.
2. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl, and stir in the oats, pistachios, dried cranberries, and white chocolate chips until evenly combined. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
3. Once the mixture is cool (and easier to work with), use a spoon or cookie scoop to shape it into your desired size of energy balls. (Mine were about 1-inch in diameter.) Alternately, you can line a small baking pan with parchment paper, and press the mixture evenly into the pan, let it cool, and then cut into bars.
4. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. (Storing them in the refrigerator especially helps the energy bites hold their shape.)

Get the full cranberry pistachio energy bites recipe here.

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5. Tuna Dip with Lemon and Capers

Packed with protein and B vitamins, tuna is an excellent pick-me-up option. Try this version that dresses up canned tuna to make it a little more palatable (and doesn't include mayo).

- two 6-ounce cans solid white tuna packed in oil, drained well
- a 10 1/4-ounce package soft tofu, drained
- 3 scallions, minced
- 1 carrot, shredded fine
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley leaves
- 2 tablespoons drained capers, chopped
- 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

In a bowl stir tuna with a fork until finely flaked. In another bowl whisk tofu until smooth. Stir tofu and remaining ingredients into tuna until combined and season with salt and pepper. Serve dip with crackers or crudités.

Get the full tuna dip recipe here.

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6. Nut, Pepita, and Coconut Trail Mix

According to Furthermore, chef Lauren Gerrie will sometimes make a big batch of these to keep the Marc Jacobs design team going. Pepitas are tiny green pumpkin seed kernels and they pack more protein per ounce than almonds.

- 1 lb roasted unsalted almonds
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil
- 2 Tbsp tamari or liquid aminos
- 1 tsp freshly ground pepper
- 1 lb pecans
- 1 Tbsp sesame oil
- 3 Tbsp maple syrup
- 2 Tbsp chia seeds
- 2 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ lb pumpkin seeds
- 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil
- 1 Tbsp honey
- 1 tsp cumin
- 2-2 oz bags Go Raw Tangy Lime Coconut Crisps
- 1 cup goji berries

1. Heat oven to 350˚.
2. In a large bowl, toss together almonds, 2 tsp coconut oil, tamari and pepper and transfer to one of three parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat with pecans, sesame oil, maple syrup, chia seeds, chili powder, cinnamon and salt; finally, repeat with pumpkin seeds, nutritional yeast, 1 Tbsp coconut oil, honey and cumin.
3. Bake nut mixtures until hard and fragrant, 10 minutes. After mixtures are fully cool, in a large bowl toss nut mixtures with coconut and goji berries. Store in an airtight container or zipper storage bag.

Get the full trail mix recipe here.

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7. Coffee Greek Yogurt Parfaits

Caffeine from the espresso, protein from the yogurt. This will hit the spot and rev your engine.

- 1/2 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt (or your favorite yogurt)
- 1/8 to 1/2 teaspoon finely ground instant espresso
- 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon real maple syrup, honey or agave
- 1/8 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup Small Batch Almond Granola (or your favorite granola)
- 1/2 cup seeded and chopped cherries

1. In a small bowl whisk together the yogurt, instant espresso, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Whisk well (30 to 60 seconds) until all of the espresso has dissolved. Taste mixture and add more sweetener or instant espresso as desired.
2. To make the parfaits layer the ingredients into two 8 ounce mason jars. Place two tablespoons of granola in the bottom of each jar, add two tablespoons of cherries then two tablespoons of yogurt. Repeat layers with remaining ingredients.
3. Enjoy immediately or cover and refrigerate.

Get the full parfait recipe here.

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8. Bonus!

Check out these coffee smoothies for a portable caffeine kick!

Or try these Easy Oven-Roasted Chickpeas for a healthy, pop-able afternoon munchie.

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Now go out there any absolutely kill your afternoon with all that energy.

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