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5 Healthy Snacks to Keep Studying Interesting (Part II – The “No Cook” Edition)

[By Gloria Ngu]

Enjoyed our 5 Healthy Snacks to Keep Studying Interesting?

Well, here’s Part II (No Cook) as promised!

1.  Cucumber Cheese Sandwich

Imagine having rich, creamy cheese sandwiched between crunchy, refreshing slices of cucumber. Mmmmm. This snack is unbelievably easy to make and even easier to eat: using cucumber slices to replace crackers makes for ZERO crumbs on your laptop as you type (and chew) furiously!

[Image credits: mom.me]

[Image credits: mom.me]

Prep time: 1 minute

What You Need

Cucumber slices

Cheese slices

Instructions

Put the cheese between two slices of cucumber. Voila!

If you have a microwave or an oven and want to give this a little twist, zap it in the microwave for 15 to 30 seconds on medium power, just to get the cheese a little melted. Season it with chilli flakes or cayenne if you’re one for spicy food.

Recipe adapted from http://mom.me/mix-it-up/2879-20-healthy-snacks/item/cheese-cucumbers/

 

2.  Cookie Dough Snack Balls

If you’re going to fall into temptation, why not fall into healthy temptation? These cookie dough balls with dark chocolate chips are bite-sized nutritious treats that will satiate any chocolate chip cookie cravings.

 [Image credits: PrimallyInspired]

[Image credits: PrimallyInspired]

What You Will Need

1-½ cups unsweetened coconut flakes

½ cup nut butter of choice or peanut butter

½ cup coconut oil, melted or softened

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

⅔ cup mini dark chocolate chips

Instructions

1. Combine all ingredients except chocolate chips into a bowl and stir until well mixed.

2. Stir in the chocolate chips.

3. Roll the dough out into bite-sized balls (about 1 inch).

4. Refrigerate or freeze until hardened (a few minutes will do).

To make this simple recipe even simpler, spread the cookie dough into a baking pan, refrigerate and cut into squares!

Recipe adapted from http://www.primallyinspired.com/cookie-dough-snack-balls/

 

3.  Nutella Energy Bites

Sometimes, we need RedBull just before exams after pulling an all-nighter. Sometimes, we down shots of coffee when handling the last wave of assignments. And sometimes, encouraging words from a friend might help us pull through the tsunami of work.

Most times, all we need is Nutella.

[Image credits: GimmeSomeOven]

[Image credits: GimmeSomeOven]

Preparation time: 15 minutes Yield: 24 (1 inch) balls

What You Will Need

1 ½ cups old-fashioned oats

⅔ cup Nutella

½ cup shredded coconut

½ cup honey

½ cup roasted hazelnuts

2 tbsp ground flax seeds

1 tbsp chia seeds

2 tsp vanilla extract

½ tsp salt

Instructions

1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until well combined (you can use a blender if you don’t have a food processor).

2. Cover the mixture and let it cool in the refrigerator for half an hour to an hour. This will harden the mixture slightly and make it easier to be rolled.

3. When the mixture is slightly hardened, remove from the refrigerator and roll into 1 inch balls.

Recipe adapted from http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/nutella-energy-bites/#_a5y_p=1165456

 

4.  Hummus

Whether taken on its own, as a dip or even spread on crackers, hummus is the ultimate healthy yummy for your tummy. While easily available at grocery shops, home-made hummus beats store-bought ones any day. And plus, making your own hummus allows for modifications. You can add spices, veggies – even peanut butter! – to your own mix.

This recipe is for the most basic hummus. If you feel like exploring and finding other variations of hummus, here is a good place to start.

[Image credits: Budget Gourmet Mom]

Use hummus as a dip to add flavour to veggies and crackers [Image credits: Budget Gourmet Mom]

Preparation time: 10 minutes Yield: 1 ½ cups (4-6 snack portions)

You Will Need

1 can chickpeas (garbanzo beans) or about 2 cups cooked chickpeas from dried beans (find out how to cook chickpeas here [INSERT LINK http://www.taste.com.au/how+to/articles/1235/how+to+prepare+dried+chickpeas] )

1 large lemon (or about ¼ cup of lemon juice)

¼ cup tahini

Half of a large garlic clove, either crushed or minced

2 tbsp olive oil

½ tsp kosher salt (table salt works fine)

2 to 3 tbsp water

Instructions

1. In the bowl of a food processor*, combine tahini or lemon juice. Process for 1 minute. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl, then process for 30 seconds.

2. Add the olive oil, minced garlic and salt to the whipped tahini and lemon juice mixture. Process for 30 seconds, scrape sides and bottom of bowl then process another 30 seconds.

3. Open can of chickpeas, drain liquid, then rinse well with water. Add half of the chickpeas to the food processor then process for 1 minute. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl, add remaining chickpeas and process for 1 to 2 minutes or until thick and quite smooth.

4. If the hummus is too thick or chunky, add two or three tablespoons of water and process until the consistency is to your liking.

5. Scrape out the hummus, and you’re done! You can serve it drizzled with about 1 tablespoon of olive oil, sprinkled with paprika, or even topped with jalapeno sauce.

*A blender works fine too. If you don’t have a blender or a food processor, consider using a pestle and mortar, or even a fork to mash the beans! The result will be more chunky and less creamy, but it will still be yummy nonetheless!

Recipe adapted from http://www.inspiredtaste.net/15938/easy-and-smooth-hummus-recipe/

 

5.  Coconut Water Ice Pops

It’s a hot, drowsy afternoon. Beads of perspiration grow on your forehead till they are too large for their newfound home and trail down your cheeks, neck, jaw…

Studying in such a situation? Welcome to Malaysia! Fortunately, Malaysia has a wide variety of fruits, and these fruits could be just what you need to ease your study afternoon. Other than being absolutely lip-smacking, the fruits are packed with vitamins and have high nutritional values.

[Image credits: J Space Food]

Add other fruits like blackcurrants and strawberries to make this the ultimate healthy treat. [Image credits: J Space Food]

What You Will Need

1 cup chopped fresh mango, papaya, pineapple, and/or kiwi (add more fruits to this if you want to!)

3/4 cup coconut water

2 tablespoons agave nectar

Instructions

1. Mix the coconut water and agave nectar.

2. Put fruits in a 3 oz cup or popsicle mold and pour the coconut water mixture in until the fruits are covered.

3. Freeze the popsicles for 30 mins, then insert popsicle sticks and continue freezing it (optimally 24 hours).

Another option is to dump all the ingredients in a blender, blend well and freeze as normal.

Recipe adapted from http://www.marthastewart.com/1004174/coconut-water-ice-pops and http://www.popsugar.com/moms/How-Make-Fresh-Fruit-Popsicles-18393455

Bon appetit!

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