Whether you're in the kitchen or on the go, we've got easy-to-prepare snacks for every craving: sweet or salty, creamy or crunchy, hot or cold.
The best snacks are a mix of complex carbs and protein -- a combo that metabolizes slowly, giving you more energy over time. You can look to leftovers for satisfying snacks, but watch the portion sizes: That means one ounce of cheese; two to three ounces of meat or fish; or 1/4 cup, give or take, of nuts.
Even if you're pressed for time, you can still snack smart: Skip vending-machine fare and pick wasabi beans, dehydrated soybeans, or carrot sticks with hummus, baba ghanoush, or caponata -- or try one of the following 16 recipes. (All calories are approximate.)
Mix 3 cups whole nuts with 1/4 cup each flaxseeds, quinoa, and sunflower seeds (bottom left in photo). In a separate bowl, whisk 2 egg whites with 2 tablespoons honey, 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt, and 1/4 teaspoon each cayenne, cumin, and cinnamon. Toss with nut mix.
Spread in a single layer on a baking sheet; bake at 325 degrees until dry, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes. Scrape from pan while cooling, to avoid sticking. Serves 16 (178 calories each).