Ever been up late at night, as hungry as a bear but alas, there’s nothing you can find that’s ready-to-eat or microwavable. Or have you ever set your alarm for some ungodly hour, so you can get some last minute revision into that sleep-deprived head of yours? There’s no need to fret, since the answer to your hunger is right there, somewhere inside your kitchen cabinets or refrigerator. Cooking not your forte? These snacks are as easy to make as it is to eat them!
1. Cheese Roll-Ups
Not the healthiest of snacks, but we always have some bread, butter, and cheese in our fridges. This recipe is as simple as it is to gather the ingredients. Just roll some slices of bread so they are thin using a rolling pin. Then, put your cheese on it and roll up the slice and toast your rolls in a buttered pan, See? It really is that simple. You can also be creative and add some veggies and spices to your rolls.
2. Rice Bowls
Got some leftover rice? Got a knack for mexican food? Great, you have all you need to make a (sort of) Mexican Rice Bowl. You just need some dried tomatoes, dried red onions, black beans, some cilantro (Dhaniya, for those of you who get a smack from your mothers for confusing it with methi!), and a lemon. Just add the chopped vegetables to your rice and put it in a bowl, and there you have it, a healthy, but most importantly, a tasty snack. Feel free to add cheese, salsa, or meats to your bowl, after all, it is your bowl.
3. Mug Cakes
Do you have a sweet tooth? Do you also not like waiting hours to bake a cake? Well the mug cake is the answer to your woes. Again this barely takes 5 minutes to make. The list of ingredients seem daunting, but you probably have all of these in your kitchen.
4 teaspoons sugar
4 teaspoons plain flour
2 teaspoons cocoa powder
1 pinch salt
2 teaspoons olive oil
3 teaspoons water
First, mix the dry ingredients in your mug. Then add your wet ingredients and mix, mix, mix! Pop it in the microwave for about 2 minutes, or until it looks done. You can also top it with choco chips, ice cream, or even fruits if you’re trying to eat healthy.
4. Apple Crisps
As we all have the infamous line “An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away” stuck in our heads since childhood, I thought I’d add something apple related since we always have some in our fruit bowls. With healthy-eating being the current fad, this one is very easy to make. Just slice your apple as thin as possible, bake them in your oven till crispy or golden brown. Extra points if you use it garnish your dessert or dip them in caramel sauce. You could also toss them in some cinnamon sugar if you’re feeling fancy.
5. Trail Mix
This last one is one those, ‘prepare in advance’ recipes. But I guarantee that it’s easy, tasty, and you can take it with you wherever you go so you always have something to munch on. Trail mix can be broken down into 4 parts; Nuts, Seeds, and dried Fruits. We also have a few bonuses you can add, if these 3 ingredients are not appealing enough for you. This recipe is all about customization you can use whatever you want from each of those categories, they all have a significant role to play in making the perfect snack. Don’t forget the seeds! Seeds are often shadowed by nuts, in terms of health benefits, but seeds actually pack a serious nutritional punch including protein, iron, magnesium and an array of vitamins and minerals. Because of the high sugar content in dried fruit, they’re a great snack to help boost your low blood sugar after a high dose of physical activity. As for those bonus ingredients, you can add things like small chunks of dark chocolate, or even popcorn! To keep this snack as healthy as possible, make sure your ingredients aren’t salted or fried in oils.