Have you ever reached out for a snack to boost your energy throughout the rest of the day only to settle for something store-bought and unhealthy? This is actually pretty common as most of us are very busy and don’t have enough time to spend preparing something fancy. But the good news is that there are actually some snack ideas that are healthy, delicious and take less than 5 minutes to prepare. And not only that, these are cheaper than buying a single protein bar from the store and you are going to save some cash as well. Here they are…
4-ingredient Energy Balls. Energy balls are very popular on Instagram because they look cute and taste absolutely delicious. This 4 ingredient energy ball recipe will satisfy your cravings for nuts and sweets altogether. All you need to prepare this is 1.3 cup crushed pistachios, ¼ cup almond butter, 2 tbsp of agave syrup, and 3 tbsp of chopped dried berries. Mix these in a medium bowl until you end up with a thick paste/dough like texture. If it looks too dry, add more almond butter to the mixture. Take the mixture and shape into small balls, (almost the size of a golf ball). You can later keep these in your lunchbox or refrigerated till you need them.
Turkey Breast Carrot Sticks. If you don’t fancy something sweet for snack, try this delicious and filling turkey breast snack with carrot sticks. This is so easy even a 5 year old can pull off in a minute. Simply take one large carrot, peel it, and cut into thin sticks ( approx. size of a finger). Take one turkey breast slice at a time, spread a thin layer of mustard and wrap it on a carrot stick. We suggest that you make more than 5 as you will definitely be hungry for more. Tip: you can also substitute mustard for Greek yogurt with pinch of salt and dill.
Mediterranean Hummus & Celery Stalks. Hummus is one of the national dips found in Middle Eastern cuisine that are favored by many across the globe. This recipe add a bit of more flavor and spice to the ordinary version and we are sure you are going to love it. To make this, combine 1 roasted red pepper, with ½ cup tahini, 2 tbsp of lemon juice, 1 clove of garlic, ⅓ cup water and salt/pepper to taste in a food processor. You should end up with a thick yet creamy paste that’s easy to spread. You can use this to fill some chopped celery stalks or separately in a bowl for dipping any veggies of your choice.
Assorted Tea and Fruit Smoothie Bowl. This super-antioxidant snack idea is the perfect in-between version of a smoothie, a cream, and a fruit salad. This packed with the goodness of tea as its base plus a few other fruits that blend together nicely to form a robust sweet and sour result. To make this, combine in a blender 1 ½ cup iced tea, 1 medium chopped frozen banana, 3 tbsp of berries, 1 tsp of agave syrup and 1 tbsp of oats. Blend till you end up with a thick smoothie cream and transfer onto a small bowl. Garnish with some chia seeds optionally and some fruit slices and enjoy.