7 Snacks To Beat the Afternoon Slump

Article posted in: Diet & Nutrition

If you’re like most people, you’re quick to blame those pesky extra pounds on too much snacking. But mid-meal munching can actually be a helpful part of a weight loss diet. The trick is to opt for higher protein options, which studies suggest are associated with reduced hunger and increased feelings of fullness.

Not sure how to snack smart? Check out the seven snacks below―all full of filling protein, perfect to have on hand when those 3 p.m. snack attacks strike.

1. Almonds
The perfect snack to keep in your desk drawer, almonds are an excellent source of vitamin E, magnesium, copper, phosphorus, fiber and healthy fats. Plus, just two tablespoons (or approximately 11 almonds) of these nutritious nuggets dish out three grams of filling protein. On your Nutrisystem diet plan, two tablespoons counts as one PowerFuel.

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2. Peanut butter and banana slices
A healthy snack-time staple, this tasty combo serves up a whole host of nutrients like fiber, potassium, vitamin C and healthy fats. Enjoyed together, one tablespoon of peanut butter and one medium banana serve up 5 grams of protein, and count as one PowerFuel and one SmartCarb on the Nutrisystem weight loss program. Helpful hint: According to the National Peanut Board, an open jar of peanut butter will stay fresh up to three months in the pantry, making it a perfect snack to leave in your desk drawer at the office.

3. Protein shakes
Protein shakes can be a quick and convenient way to power up on protein when you’re stuck at your desk, in the car―wherever your busy day takes you. Although these shakes vary in nutrient and protein content, Nutrisystem’s protein shakes serve up about 15 grams of protein, and count as one PowerFuel.

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4. Edamame
Essentially an immature soybean, edamame contains countless nutrients, including calcium, potassium, iron, zinc and magnesium, and is a rich source of manganese and copper. Edamame is also a bit of a protein powerhouse―a half cup of edamame boasts about six grams of protein. One half cup counts as one PowerFuel on the Nutrisystem diet program.

5. Hard-boiled eggs
Boil up a batch of eggs before your work week starts, and have a great snack on hand that’s full of nutrients like lutein and zeaxanthin, which are important to eye health; choline, which may help enhance memory and cognition; plus vitamin D, which is important for bone health. Eggs are also a great way to pump up your protein intake. One large egg provides six grams of protein and counts as one PowerFuel on the Nutrisystem diet weight loss plan.

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6. Greek yogurt
Yogurt isn’t just a good source of bone-boosting calcium, it also serves up a healthy dose of protein. One cup of this tasty treat dishes out more than 20 grams of protein. One cup also counts as one PowerFuel on Nutrisystem. Try mixing in some berries for some added fiber―and flavor.

7. Tuna and celery
Munch on celery sticks dipped in tuna for a satisfying snack that provides heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, and packs a mighty protein punch. A half cup of water-packed tuna paired with one cup of celery sticks clocks in at 16 grams of protein. On the Nutrisystem weight loss program, this snack counts as one PowerFuel and one Vegetable.