Two weeks of 5-minute healthy snack ideas to take on the go this spring
Some say the secret to success is preparation. No matter what your personal health goals are, keeping healthy snacks on hand can help you reach them. But it can be easy to get tired of the same old snacks quickly. Here are two week’s worth of energy-packed, healthy snack ideas that take less than 5 minutes to make. Whip some up today and we guarantee they will be the envy of your co-workers and friends when you bring them along to work or on your next picnic!
14 Healthy Snack Ideas
Chia seed pudding
Chia seeds are tiny black seeds that come from a flowering plant in the mint family. Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, chia seeds are packed with nutrients. For centuries, people have relied on chia as a way to stay hydrated, as they can absorb up to 10 times their volume of liquid!
To make chia pudding, whisk together 3 cups of unsweetened chocolate almond milk with ½ cup of chia seeds and 1-3 tablespoons of pure maple syrup. Let chill in the refrigerator for about 3 hours.
Salted lime popcorn
The packaged popcorn you find in the supermarket is often packed with artificial flavors, colors and sodium. Skip it and instead, head to the bulk aisle where you can find plain popcorn kernels, often for less than $0.75 per pound.
Combine ½ cup of the kernels with 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 teaspoon sea salt and the zest and juice of 1 lime in a brown paper bag. Roll the top of the bag together so it is closed. Finally, place it on its side in the microwave for approximately 3 minutes, or until you can count a few seconds between pops.
Tumeric yogurt and veggie chips
For more than 4,000 years, people have used tumeric to fight inflammation, infections and disease. A beautiful golden spice that you can find in the spice aisle, tumeric is a powerful antioxidant that gives every food it touches a beautiful hue and a hefty kick of good-for-you nutrients.
Mix 1 teaspoon of tumeric in 1 cup of Greek yogurt. Enjoy it as a healthy, antioxidant-packed dip for veggie chips!
There is nothing that goes better with a day in the park than a green smoothie!
Combine 1 cup of water with 1 cup of pineapple, a handful of greens (spinach, parsley, cilantro, mint), a chunk of ginger and the juice of 1 lime. Blend and enjoy!
Pea and mint tapenade
Want a quick and easy appetizer that will wow your guests this spring? Peas are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with vitamin K, vitamin C, fiber and B vitamins. Combined with some sea salt and mint, this tapenade is a refreshing topping for bruschetta. Hint: Freeze extra fresh mint this spring along with frozen peas. You can whip this up all year long!
In a food processor, combine 10 ounces frozen peas with 1-2 T chopped fresh mint, 2 tablespoons olive oil, ¾ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon black pepper. Puree and enjoy.
Almonds may be the perfect snack. Studies show that its unique combination of protein, unsaturated fat and fiber seems to ward off hunger.
Place 2 cups of raw almonds in your toaster and toast for 3-5 minutes. Take a small bag of them with you wherever you go to ward off cravings and help you replenish your energy between meals.
Rich in monounsaturated fats, avocados contain fiber, vitamins and minerals. Long associated with various health benefits, including a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease, avocados are satiating and great for anyone who is trying to maintain or lose weight.
Toast a piece of whole grain bread. Spread an avocado on top (it spreads like butter!). Add some sliced tomato and/or spinach if you’d like.
Have some extra peaches you’re not sure what to do with, or want to satisfy a salty craving? This peach salsa keeps well in the fridge and is a nice way to add a surprising kick to your sweet spring peaches.
Toss together 3 diced tomatoes, 3 diced peaches, 1 tablespoon olive oil, ½ tablespoon white wine vinegar, ¼ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon pepper and a pinch of chopped tarragon. Refrigerate and serve with chips.
If last spring is any indication, no matter where you are in the U.S, it may be getting hot sooner rather than later. Stay cool with this easy lemon granita recipe.
Combine 2 cups of water with 1 cup of sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add a pinch of salt, 1 more cup of water, 1 cup of lemon juice and the zest of 1 lemon. Place in a shallow metal pan in the freezer. Stir frequently, and freeze until crystallized.
Cucumbers and cheese
Trying to cut out some carbs? Why not swap crackers for cool cucumber slices?
Top cucumber slices with a dab of brie, or another soft cheese.
Great for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike, few plant-based snacks are as packed with protein as edamame is.
Purchase frozen, shelled edamame, which you can find in the frozen vegetable section of the supermarket. Toss a cup of it into a container and bring it with you.
Crackers with ricotta and berries
Italians eat ricotta constantly. A soft, mild cheese, most people in the U.S. think to use it only in pasta dishes. But if you’re looking for something sweet and creamy, why not eat it as a snack with berries?
Spread a dab of ricotta on top of a cracker, and top with berries and honey. Delizioso!
Hard boiled eggs
If you’re lucky enough to live near a spring farmer’s market, try to find some fresh, cage-free eggs from a local farm. A little, natural package of pure nutrition, eggs are loaded with protein, vitamins and fat, so they will keep you satiated for a long time
To hard boil eggs, place a dozen eggs in a large pot. Cover the eggs with water and bring to a boil. Just as the water boils, turn it off, and let the eggs sit, covered, for 12 minutes.
Frozen yogurt blueberry bites
This time of year, you can often find berries on sale at the supermarket, or farms that will let you come and pick your own. Stock up on this superfood and this tasty treat will leave you feeling energized and refreshed.
Mix 1 cup of Greek yogurt with 2 tablespoons of agave nectar in one bow. Place 1 cup of blueberries in another bowl. Drop each blueberry with a spoon into the yogurt and swirl around until covered. Repeat until they are all covered and freeze for an hour or more.
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