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Sometimes you just want a snack, and you want it right now. You’re not interested in waiting 30 minutes for the oven to preheat or for certain foods to cook. You just want to put something together and eat it immediately.

 

 

You may not even have access to cooking utensils. The ingredients are available, and you need to create your snack on your mid-afternoon break in the office.

The great news is that this is certainly possible. Snacks don’t have to take that long to make. Here are nine healthy and delicious snacks that you can prepare in around 5 minutes.

Fruit and Vegetables Sticks with Peanut Hummus

Let’s get the allergy warnings out of the way. If you’re allergic to peanuts, then you’ll want to look for an alternative. You can choose other nuts (since those with peanut allergies don’t necessarily have other nut allergies) or opt for seeds instead. Cashew nuts tend to work as good replacements for peanuts if you’re not allergic. If you need a non-nut option, pumpkin seeds tend to be the preferred choice.

This 5-minute recipe isn’t just quick. It’s a healthy alternative to the other food that you could reach for. The mixture of ingredients will help to offer more healthy fats and protein to your diet, meaning that you’ll get longer boosts of energy throughout the day.

Ingredients:

  • 1 carton of chickpeas
  • ½ lemon, zest and juiced
  • 1tbsp tahini
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • 2tbsp peanuts
  • 1tsp rapeseed oil
  • 2 apples, cored and sliced
  • 2 carrots, chopped into sticks
  • 4 celery sticks, chopped into batons

Method:

  • Drain the chickpeas, but reserve the liquid
  • Put three-quarters of the chickpeas into a food processor with the lemon juice + zest, tahini, peanuts, paprika, and oil
  • Add 3tbsp of the chickpea liquid and then blend until smooth
  • Stir in the rest of the chickpeas

Serve with the sliced fruits and vegetables.

Stop your apples from going brown by squeezing the lemon juice from the other half of the lemon over the top.

You can make all this before you leave for work. Put it all in some bags and portable tubs and enjoy the delicious snack when you have your morning or afternoon tea break. This also makes a great snack for the kids after school.

Make Your Own Berry Yogurt

While you want to get yogurts with fruits in, you also want to control your sugar intake. Most fruity yogurts have added sugars. I say the majority because there are a few Stevia options that are worth considering.

But what if you could completely avoid the added sugar and sweetener? You can make your berry yogurt, where all the sugar is natural. Okay, so even natural sugar can be bad, but in small amounts with the added fiber and dairy, you will find your snack is healthier than a store-bought yogurt.

Ingredients:

  • 250g berries, mixed
  • 250g Greek yogurt, 0% fat
  • 1tbsp agave syrup or raw honey

Method:

  • Mix all the ingredients together in a food processor for 20 seconds until it creates an ice cream texture

If you don’t have access to a food processor, you can crush the berries with a fork, and they mix everything together with a spoon in your bowl. Alternatively, make it at home and store in the fridge to enjoy when you need it.

Try turning this into an ice cream if you do have time. Pop, it in the freezer in a freezer bag for half an hour and then blend it all together again. If you don’t do this, your ice cream won’t be as creamy. Pop, it back in the freezer and enjoy after a couple of hours.

 

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