By Liane Wansbrough, CNP, NNCP

Many healthy-eating plans get derailed around 3pm when the brain starts calling for sugar. If we’re hungry at this time of day it’s easy to get seriously sidetracked by muffins, pretzels or the office candy dish. This is where a little planning can make it a lot easier to pass on the junk food. Healthy, targeted snacks that have a combination of protein, fat or fiber can help you stay on track with your weight loss goals by keeping your blood sugar balanced and energy level high. Another advantage of a snack is that you don’t feel famished when you sit down to meals. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Eat Healthy Without Starving

  • 2 hardboiled eggs (top with salsa or sriracha sauce)
  • edamame with a sprinkle of sea salt
  • small sliced apple (sprinkle slices with cinnamon) dipped into 1-2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 5 Mary’s crackers topped with canned salmon (add some capers and a squeeze of lemon for extra taste)
  • 5 Mary’s crackers dipped into 2 tablespoons hummus, black bean dip, guacamole or olive tapenade
  • 1 square of at least 70% dark chocolate and a handful of pumpkin seeds
  • 5-6 olives
  • raw cut up veggies and hummus
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder with 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • green tea, rooibos or other herbal tea with 1-2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • deli rollup: top 2 slices of nitrate free turkey with ¼ of an avocado, add a shake of pepper, roll up and eat
  • ½ cup chia pudding