If you are one of those who hunger strikes in the middle of the afternoon, it may be a good idea to prepare a snack with healthy options in advance. To help us think outside the box we have asked the specialists in Nooddle, healthy and easy recipes app that helps you eat healthy with what you have on hand.
The first recommendation is to stay away from the industrial options, which you usually have more at hand in the vending machine or in any supermarket. “The trick is to choose real, unprocessed foods and ignite your imagination to create your own healthy versions,” as he explains. María Neira, nutritionist at Nooddle.
What foods to choose? “You can try seasonal fruit, nuts, whole grain cereals, minimally processed dairy, and why not vegetables and greens,” says Neira.
Here are the 5 easy and healthy 5 options for Noodle so you don’t give up on your snack: a delicious smoothie, a salty option, a sweet option, an energizing option if you are going to exercise and a very light vegetable option. Dare to create your own variants!
Chocolate and banana oat smoothie
This delicious smoothie is a fun and practical way to have a healthy snack. In addition, it is an injection of energy into the body.
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 the ingredients into your food processor or blender and blend well. Pour into a glass.
Tricks and tips. If you think the smoothie is too thick, add a little more milk.
Toast with carrot and walnut pate
If you love to snack on something salty, this toast with vegetable pate is ideal for you. It is also very healthy and easy to prepare.
Ingredients (2 people). 3 carrots, 2 garlic cloves, 20 grams of walnuts, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 pinch of salt, 1 pinch of black pepper, 1 slice of whole wheat bread.
Preparation (20 minutes). Wash the carrots or peel them well. Cook them in a saucepan with water until soft. Crush the carrots together with the garlic, olive oil to taste, walnuts, salt and pepper (do not cut yourself with the oil, there should be a creamy cream). Toast a slice of bread and spread the pate on it. You can decorate with a little pepper and with pieces of walnut.
Tricks and tips. Also, you can add a little basil or any spice to taste.
Yogurt with strawberries, banana and chocolate shavings
If yours is sweet, be sure to try this recipe with yogurt. You just need some fruit and a few ounces 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 them into small pieces. Peel the banana and cut it into pieces. Cut several ounces of chocolate and give it a few blows with the kitchen hammer or, if you have shavings, take a handful. In a glass, pour the natural yogurt and spread the banana and strawberries and the pieces of chocolate on top.
Tricks and tips. We recommend using plain yogurt, but with the one you have at home it will surely be just as tasty.
Vegan chocolate, banana and oatmeal truffles
These delicious chocolate truffles are very useful as an energizing snack, since they have very few ingredients and are prepared in a jiffy. Furthermore, they are 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 the banana, oatmeal, cocoa, and vanilla flavoring in a food processor and grind until the oatmeal has crumbled a lot and the dough is smooth. Shape into balls with about a tablespoon of dough and top them with more cocoa powder (or the ingredient of your choice). Refrigerate until you take them.
Avocado and cucumber toast
This vegetable toast is a light snack option, 100% vegetable and very fresh. It is delicious!
Ingredients (1 person). 1/2 avocado, 1/4 cucumber, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, 1 slice of whole wheat bread, 2 pinches of salt, 1 pinch of 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 container with a little lemon juice and salt. Toast the bread in your toaster or in the pan, as you prefer. Assemble the toast. On the bread place the avocado and on it the cucumber slices. Add a little pepper and salt and serve.
Tricks and tips. You can put a few drops of tahini sauce on the avocado.