These mini-meals will help you power through the day.
It's 3 p.m. and your stomach is screaming for a snack. You could turn to the vending machine for a bag of stale chips, but there are better options that won't leave you feeling guilty and sluggish. So what makes a smart snack? Ideally, you'll want something that includes a mix of complex carbohydrates and protein to keep you full, says Dena Champion, registered dietician at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
She recommends thinking of snacks as mini meals. "Snacks can be a wonderful time to fill up on nutrients like whole grains, fruits and vegetables," she tells Men's Health.
There's no need to obsess over counting macros or calories: just choose something that tides you over until the next meal. Here are 15 picks that you can easily make, buy, or prepare.