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.
- 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
- 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.