Carbs have gotten a bad rap after numerous diet crazes proclaimed their wickedness. Not all carbs are the enemy, though. Certain complex carbohydrates, such as white pastas, breads and rice are rife with unhealthy bleached flour and refined sugar. Their more beneficial counterparts, such as brown rice and whole-grain bread and pasta are packed with nutrients and fiber that help keep your energy level up and your belly full for longer stretches of time.
Top off whole-grain bread or crackers with a moderate amount of protein-rich peanut or almond butter, and you have the perfect mid-afternoon snack to tide you over until dinner time.