$12 for 7 ounces
Everyone’s all about the protein snacks these days, with good reason. But sometimes I feel like what my brain really needs is a quicker hit of energy in the form of carbs. So here’s one option. West-Bourne is a NYC-based all day cafe, but the menu and name are a nod to LA (they have an outpost there). They just happen to make a solid Chex mix with smoked almonds, corn nuts, and puffed rice. It’s flavored with a bit of chile, garlic, ginger, seaweed, and butter, and you can order it online.
$20 for two bags via Etsy
My other favorite carb. This crispbread is made with rye flour, oat bran, and various good-for-you seeds, and it disappears quickly. It’s a big step up from those Wasa rye crackers, so if those taste like cardboard to you, give these a chance. I get mine from a shop in my train station, but you can find them at other locations or order them from Etsy. Too fancy? I also like Mary’s Gone Crackers and Doctor Kracker, which you should always pronounce with a German accent.
Some afternoons call for a mild sugar boost -- very mild. I like dried tart cherries because they’re bigger than raisins and they’re not tannic like craisins, but they’re bracingly tart enough to wake me up. They may have some health benefits, like helping you sleep better and recover from those workouts you just started doing. And they’re loaded with antioxidants. But the main thing is that the fiber will help you absorb the sugar more slowly, so you’re less likely to crash.
Protein and fiber, but also creamy. These are everywhere now. But if you’re clever you can DIY it at the office: when you first get in, put two spoonfuls of dried chia seeds in a jam jar. Fill the rest of the jar with whatever oat milk or almond milk (creamer?) your office stocks in the fridge. Add a packet of honey from the coffee bar. Shake well, and refrigerate until the afternoon. Is it me, or does chia seed pudding remind anyone else of fish eggs?