Easy Snacks to Enjoy When Busy

Wellness

Finding time as a student to make complicated, elaborate recipes is rare. As you are going from class to class, you might find yourself wanting a quick, yet filling snack. Or, you might be longing for a snack before your sport's practice. These snack ideas will save you huge amounts of time during your busy days. Having delicious and nourishing snacks ready to go is extremely important for students, especially during a hectic week.

Stuffed Peanut Butter Dates

Dates are, by far, one of my favorite snacks or desserts. I constantly find myself craving their natural sweetness and their gooey, caramel-like texture. But, dates are even better when paired with other delicious ingredients. When I am short on time, stuffed dates are my go-to snack. Stuffing dates with peanut butter, and finally, topping them off with chocolate chips is a quick and easy snack that you can always count on.

Veggies And Hummus

Though this is a common snack, the combination of vegetables and hummus is popular for a reason. Pairing creamy, satiating hummus with an array of vegetables, from carrots to cauliflower, will energize you for the rest of your day. If you find yourself quickly getting bored of this snack, simply switch to the vegetables that you pair with the hummus.

Homemade Trail Mix

Trailmix is one of the most satisfying, filling snacks you can find. But, what's even better about this particular snack is that you can make it yourself and in bulk. Making trail mix at home is much easier than it may sound. Simply throw together some cashews, peanuts, raisins, and, depending on what you're craving, chocolate. By making a big batch, you can easily take some of your homemade trail mix to school for several days.

Granola

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Like trail mix, granola is a very satisfying snack that is undemanding. Though you can definitely buy packaged granola, making granola is very uncomplicated. To make your own granola, start with a base of oats. Then, mix in some sliced almonds, chia seeds, nut butter, and maple syrup, or other sweeteners, among any other ingredients that you desire. After spreading the granola out onto a sheet, bake until slightly golden brown. Every week, I make Katelynn Nolan's granola recipe that only consists of a few ingredients.

Katelynn Nolan's peanut butter and cinnamon granola is a must-try!

Ingredients:

- 3 cups rolled oats

- 1/3 cup chopped nuts

- 1/4 cup peanut butter

- 2 tablespoons oil

- 3 tablespoons honey or maple syrup

- 2 teaspoons cinnamon

- 1 teaspoon salt

- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Instructions:

- Bake at 325° F for 20 min

- Let cool and break up into clusters.

Healthy Muffins

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Though healthy desserts like muffins may sound like an oxymoron, there is such a thing. And, more importantly, making healthy desserts can be as easy or complicated as you want it to be. By meal-prepping a batch of muffins in your free time, you can then enjoy them throughout the school week. One of my favorite recipes created by Jazmin Tyler is an easy blueberry-muffin recipe with minimal ingredients.

To make Jazmin Tyler's blueberry muffins, follow the directions below.

Ingredients:

-1 cup flour

- 1/2 cup coconut oil⁣

- 2 eggs ⁣

- 1/2 cup agave or maple syrup⁣

- 1.5 cup frozen blueberries⁣

- Lots of cinnamon ⁣

- Pinch of baking soda + baking powder⁣⁣

Instructions:

- Mix the ingredients.

- Bake at 350° F for 25-35 minutes.

Roasted Chickpeas

This snack is definitely not for everyone. But, if you are a bean-lover, roasted chickpeas will be your new favorite snack. Roasted chickpeas are a crunchy, savory snack that will keep you full for long periods of time. The instructions to make roasted chickpeas are more than easy. First, massage a can of chickpeas with oil. Then, add any spices you desire. I love to add garlic, salt, paprika, basil, and pepper, but you have lots of freedom. Lastly, bake the chickpeas at 400° F for about 40 minutes.

Vegetable Chips

It is extremely simple to make your own chips at home. Take whatever vegetable you crave, whether it be eggplant or sweet potato, and thinly slice it. Bake them in the oven until they are as crispy as you like. Making your own vegetable chips takes minimal time, but still serves as a satiating snack that you can eat repeatedly throughout the week.

Flavored Nuts

If you're not a fan of plain nuts, you need to give flavored nuts a shot. Take your favorite kind of nut and slather your favorite ingredients. I love to add sesame seeds and maple syrup to almonds, walnuts, or cashews. Once the sesame and maple syrup have hardened, I take the nuts out of the oven and let them cool before enjoying a handful.

Guacamole And Sweet Potato Slices

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Topping baked sweet potato slices with guacamole is a flavorful, quick snack that you can easily make at home. First, bake sweet potato slices, similar to how you would make vegetable chips, as previously explained. You want your sweet potatoes to be slightly crunchy. Then, make guacamole by adding lime, cilantro, and spices to the smashed avocado. Slather the guacamole onto your sweet potato slices and enjoy this perfect snack.

Fruit Nachos

Take any crunchy fruit of your choice, including apples, pears, peaches, and more. Once you thinly slice the fruit you picked, spread the slices across a plate. Then, top the fruit with any kind of nut butter, chia seeds, granola, honey, and any other topping you wish. Fruit nachos are an excellent snack to take to school, as they require minimal meal prep.

These snack recipes are here to guide you when you run out of ideas. It is essential that students enjoy foods they love, while still consuming nutritious, whole foods. Whether granola or fruit nachos is first on your list to try, each recipe will make for an easy, delicious snack that will get you through the school day.

Sophene Avedissian
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Sophene Avedissian is a freshman at Westridge School for Girls. She is the author of Stand Tall, a book that highlights women's rights issues, an editor for Polyphony Lit, and a Los Angeles Times High School Insider. During her free time, Sophene enjoys reading, playing soccer, and spending time with family and friends.