Your midafternoon hunger has come knocking, and low blood sugar has left you sleepy and unfocused. You might be tempted to hold out until dinner — but you know resisting those hunger pangs now will actually make you more likely to overeat later.

Sugar or caffeine may seem like the answer to the afternoon slump, but they’ll lead to an inevitable crash.

Keeping your blood sugar steady throughout the day is the key to avoiding those energy dips. With that in mind, many experts recommend eating every three or four hours, ideally real food that offers a combination of protein, healthy fats, complex carbohydrates, and fiber.

These recipes are designed with that nourishing balance in mind. Plus, they’ll keep you satisfied and humming along until it’s time for your next meal.

Robin Asbell

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