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5 Healthy Snacks That Will Increase Focus & Energy


Now that we're working from home, snacking is a lot more accessible.


You can simply walk to the fridge and make a quick meal.


We need a snack that won't leave us hungry. You need a good mix of carbs, proteins and good fats in order to feel satiated. Don't splurge and load up on junk food.


When you feel hungry, you may end up getting fast food which will make you feel groggy and gross for the rest of the day.


Keep reading as we go over some fast healthy snacks that will keep you performing optimally.



5) Roasted Chickpeas



Chickpeas are a versatile food as they can be a great addition to an entre, or be used solely as a snack.


Add a few spices, pop em' in the oven, and you're set!


Quick Recipe:


Ingredients:


  • 1 (15oz) canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed.

  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil

  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt

Seasoning:


  • 1 tsp. cumin

  • 1 tsp. chili powder

  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano

Directions:


  1. Pre heat oven to 350°. Pour chickpeas onto the baking sheet.

  2. Once the oven is heated, let the chickpeas sit in the oven for 8-10 minutes until they're fully dry.

  3. Remove chickpeas from oven and toss with oil/salt. Place back into oven for 33-35 minutes until crispy, dry, and brown.

  4. Mix chickpeas & seasoning and continue tossing.

  5. If you need to store, use a resealable bag or container.


4) Greek Pita Cups


After a stint in Greece last year, I fell in love with the culture and cuisine. Eating salads and whole foods every day was really refreshing.


This snack is the perfect way to experience Greece. It's very quick, and jam packed with flavor and nutrients.



Ingredients:


3 Pitas

1 large container of garlic hummus (17 oz)

2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 c. diced cucumber

1/4c. chopped, pitted kalamata olives

2 tsp. chopped parsley

2 tsp. chopped dill

1 container crumbed feta cheese (3oz~)

9 grape tomatoes, halved.




Directions:


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Apply cooking spray to cups of a muffin tin. Slice each pita into 6 slices. Place each into the muffin cup. Create a bowl shape by pressing down on the pitas.

  2. Bake for 5-7 minutes, or until the bread is lightly golden. Cool for 10 mins before you remove from oven. Fill half of the cup with Hummus.

  3. Combine some olive oil, cucumbers, olives, parsley and dill in a large bowl. Put a spoonful of the mix into each cup. Top with some feta and a grape tomato half.



recipe


3) Baked Sweet Potato Chips


This is a great snack to make. Not only is it healthy, it's quick and requires only 3 ingredients!


Sweet Potatoes are an amazing alternative to Yellow potatoes.

Ingredients:


2 organic sweet potatoes

2 tbsp olive oil

1/4 tsp sea salt


Instructions:


  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F and place oven rack in center of the oven.

  2. Rinse and dry your sweet potatoes. Cut them as THIN AS POSSIBLE. Use a really sharp knife to slice them that thin.

  3. Add some olive oil to lightly coat the chips, and add a pinch of salt. Lay them out on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 2 hours. Flip halfway to make sure they cook evenly.

  4. Take out of oven once they're crip and golden brown. Let them sit for 10 minutes. Voila! You have a great snack!


Credit: Minimalist Baker.


2) Tzatziki Dip


Tzatziki is a very handy dip. You can dip pita bread, chips, and other sides with it. It's VERY quick and easy to make.




Ingredients:


  • 1 medium cucumber

  • 300g plain greek yogurt

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed

  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh dill

  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

  • sea salt and ground black pepper

Directions:


  1. Peel your cucumbers, and remove seeds. Grate and squeeze out any extra water.

  2. Place your cucumber, yogurt, dill, lemon juice, garlic, salt & pepper in a small bowl and mix.

  3. Serve asap, or store in an airtight container.

Credit: Kayla itsines.



1) Avocado Toast


While the thought of avocados on toast may seem unsettling..


It is incredibly tasty, and healthy. It's also super quick to make and there's loads of variations with this as well.



There are some rules that you should follow in order to make this properly:


  1. You need sturdy bread that will add contract with the avocado spread

  2. The avocado needs to ripe. If it's mushy or stringy on the inside.. don't buy it.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Slice of Bread (thick sliced whole grain bread works best)

  • 1/2 ripe avocado

  • Pinch of salt

  • Add any toppings you'd like (egg for example).

Directions:


  1. Toast the bread

  2. De-pit the avocado. Scoop out the flesh with a big spoon. Put it in a bowl and mash it until it's smooth. Toss a pinch of salt and keep adding until it tastes good.

  3. Spread the avocado on your toast.


Credit: CookieandKate

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