Simple, Strong Snacks: Foods to Fuel Your Black Friday Shopping

Get set for long hours and even longer lines at the mall on Black Friday with these simple go-to snack.
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You've successfully conquered Thanksgiving dinner — now it's time to look ahead to the next seasonal feat. Holiday baking? Not yet. First comes Black Friday shopping, and given the early hours, long lines and potentially feisty crowds you may encounter, you'll indeed need a few go-to foods to fuel the day. This year, instead of resorting to shopping mall concession stands, bring with you some fuss-free eats — think easy-to-pack bites that you can munch on throughout the day. Read on below to find some of Food Network's favorite on-the-go snacks to keep you shopping-ready all day long.

Chewy, subtly sweet with a bit of crunch, Fig-and-Walnut Energy Bars (pictured above) from Food Network Magazine provide just the kind of early-morning bite needed to kick off the day. These quick-fix bars feature a fragrant blend of ground cinnamon and ginger, plus chopped walnuts, dried figs and oats for a contrast of textures.

Photo by: Jackie Alpers ©2014,Television FoodNetwork, G.P.All Rights Reserved

Jackie Alpers, 2014,Television FoodNetwork, G.P.All Rights Reserved

For something a bit heartier, look to Alton Brown's Hummus in a Hurry (pictured above). This 15-minute blend of canned chickpeas, fresh garlic and refreshing lemon juice is a cinch to pull together, and when packed with crunchy carrots or crackers, it's a family-friendly snack you can count on.

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Photo by: Marshall Troy ©2012,Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Marshall Troy, 2012,Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Satisfy both your sweet and savory cravings with Trisha Yearwood's Sweet and Saltines (pictured above), a last-minute recipe that takes just a handful of everyday ingredients to prepare.

Still in turkey mode? Visit Thanksgiving Central for must-try ideas for putting leftovers to work.

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