If you’re hungry in the middle of the afternoon, it might be a good idea to prepare a snack in advance with healthy choices. To help us think outside the box, we’ve asked the specialists at Nooddle, an app for easy, healthy recipes that helps you eat healthy with what’s on hand.
The first recommendation is to stay away from industrial options, which are usually available at the vending machine or at any supermarket. “The trick is to choose real, unprocessed foods and turn on your imagination to create your own healthy versions,” explains Maria Neira, a Nooddle nutritionist.
You can try seasonal fruit, nuts, whole grain cereals, minimally processed dairy products and, why not, vegetables,” says Neira.
Here are Noodle’s five healthy, easy options to keep your snack on: a delicious shake, a salty option, a sweet option, an energizing option if you’re going to exercise, and a very light vegetable option. Feel free to create your own variants!
1. Chocolate and banana shake with oatmeal
This delicious shake is a practical and fun way to have a healthy snack. Plus, it’s an injection of energy into your body that you can’t see!
Ingredients (1 person): 1/2 banana, 2 tablespoons yogurt, 3/4 cup milk, 1/4 cup oatmeal, 1/2 tablespoon honey, a handful of dark chocolate.
Preparation (5 minutes): Cut half a banana. Pour all ingredients into your food processor or blender and mash well. Serve in a glass.
Tips and tricks: If you think the milkshake is too dense, add a little more milk.
2. Toast with carrot and walnut pâté
If you love snacking on something salty, this vegetable pate toast is ideal for you. It is also very healthy and easy to prepare.
Ingredients (2 people): 3 carrots, 2 cloves of garlic, 20 grams of walnuts, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 pinch of salt, 1 pinch of black pepper, 1 slice of wholemeal bread.
Preparation (20 minutes): Wash the carrots well or peel them. Cook them in a saucepan with water until they are soft. Crush the carrots along with the garlic, olive oil to taste, walnuts, salt and pepper (do not cut with the oil, there should be a creamy cream). Toast a slice of bread and spread the pâté on top. You can decorate with a little pepper and pieces of walnut.
Tips and tricks: Also, you can add a little basil or any spice to taste.
3. Yogurt with strawberries, banana and chocolate shavings
If sweet is your thing, try this recipe with yogurt. All you need is a little fruit and an ounce of dark chocolate.
Ingredients (1 person): 1 yogurt, 1/2 banana, 3 strawberries, 1 handful of dark chocolate.
Preparation (5 minutes)_ Wash the strawberries, remove the tail and cut into small pieces. Peel the banana and cut it into pieces. Cut several ounces of chocolate and beat it with the kitchen hammer or, if you have shavings, take a handful. In a glass pour the natural yoghurt and spread the banana and strawberries as well as the chocolate pieces on top.
Tips and tricks: We recommend you to use natural yogurt, but with the one you have at home, it will be just as tasty.
4. Chocolate truffles, banana and vegan oatmeal
These delicious chocolate truffles are very popular as an energizing snack, as they contain very few ingredients and are prepared in a jiffy. They are also easy to transport and eat.
Ingredients (1 person): 1 banana, 1 cup oatmeal, 3 tablespoons cocoa powder, 1 pinch of vanilla essence.
Preparation (10 minutes): Place banana, oatmeal, cocoa and vanilla aroma in a food processor and grind until the oatmeal has crumbled a lot and the dough is smooth. Form little balls with about a tablespoon of dough and roll them over more cocoa powder (or whatever ingredient you choose). Refrigerate until time to drink.
5. Avocado and Cucumber Toast
This vegetable toast is a light snack option, 100% vegetable and very fresh. It’s great!
Ingredients (1 person): 1/2 avocado, 1/4 cucumber, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, 1 slice whole wheat bread, 2 pinches salt, 1 pinch black pepper.
Preparation (10 minutes): Cut an avocado and extract half of its meat. Chop it with a knife into small pieces. Add a pinch of salt. Wash the cucumber and with the knife or a mandolin, extract several slices. Leave them in a bowl with a little lemon juice and salt. Toast the bread in your toaster or in the frying pan, as you prefer. Assemble the toast. Place the avocado on top of the bread and the slices of cucumber on top. Add a little pepper and salt and serve.
Tips and tricks: You can pour a few drops of tahini sauce over the avocado.