Snack on real energy foods.

When you need something to snap you out of your midafternoon funk, it may be tempting to grab an energy bar for a little boost. Don’t, says Pam Peeke, MD. Most of them are intended for elite athletes, not regular folks, and have at least 30 grams of refined, processed sugar, which will stimulate your appetite, not quell it. “If you’re hiking for six hours or you just ran a marathon, they’re fine,” she says. “Otherwise, think of them as glorified candy bars.”

Try Dr. Peeke’s favorite pick-me-up instead: two Wasa multigrain crackers, spread with two tablespoons of crunchy organic peanut butter and one tablespoon of low-sugar blueberry preserves. They’ll give you the quick but lasting turbocharge you crave, thanks to the combo of fat, protein, and fiber.

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