4 Healthy Snack Ideas for Your Next 3 P.M. Slump (and 4 to Avoid)



As someone who has some serious issues with punctuality, I'm always shocked by how closely my body adheres to a specific schedule. I'm up between the time of 7:15 and 7:30 a.m., for example, no matter if I set my alarm or it's Sunday and I'd like to sleep in. And when the clock strikes 3 p.m., without fail, my mind feels like it's ramming against a concrete wall. The afternoon slump isn't just real—it makes you do crazy things, like forget the difference between there, they're, and their before raiding the office snack drawer for some remedial brain power.

That said, seeking out a snack as a solution to fatigue is not a bad idea at all—it's just a matter of choosing the right one as well as avoiding those that will only make your energy crash even worse (here's looking at you, green juice). With that in mind, we asked two nutrition experts for their insight. Keep scrolling to learn which snacks to reach for the next time your afternoon slump looms—and which to skip.