11 After-School (or After-Work) Snacks That Will Tide You Over Until Dinner

When you really think about it, the average meal times are sort of flawed. Lunch follows breakfast in a timely fashion (usually), but then dinner is often six hours away from lunch — and those hours tend to drag on. It's important to keep yourself fed in between, or you risk making a terrible dinner decision in a hunger-induced haze.

However, all of this can be solved by the wonderful ritual of the after-school snack. Whether you're still in school or you haven't stepped foot in a classroom in years, an after-school or post-work snack can be the perfect pick-me-up to keep you cruising until dinnertime. Since it's back-to-school time, set yourself up with some good afternoon snacks — your stomach and your dinner plans will thank you.

1. Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi's Basic Hummus by Genius Recipes

2. Bagna Cauda Toast with Radicchio, Egg, and Avocado by EmilyC

3. Banana, Coconut, Chocolate Chip Snack Cake by ATG117

4. Avocado Toast by Marian Bull

5. Five Minute, No-Bake Vegan Granola Bars by Gena Hamshaw

6. Ooey Gooey Toasted Cheese by savorthis

7. Magical Marvelous Memorable Cookies by drbabs

8. Apricot, Date, and Cashew Snack Balls by Gena Hamshaw

9. The "Jumpin' Monkey" by fiveandspice

10. Fig Keplers by petitbleu

11. Homemade Kale Chips by Becky Rosenthal