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Sunday, April 7, 2024

No-Cook Snacks for the Week

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There are times when we just don’t have time to prepare food for ourselves what with our hectic schedule or late mornings. But this doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to prepare something nutritious and delicious for your tummy because there are plenty of no-cook snacks that you can munch on to stave off hunger. Instead of getting food from the vending machine or even ordering from a fast food window, these no-cook snacks are worth trying out.

Fruits and Nuts 

The problem with our busy schedule is that we are forgetting to treat our stomach with foods that can fuel us with energy. Most of us rely on sweet treats to give us the rush that we need when our energy levels are going down. This is why it is much better to prepare a snack box that is filled with fruits and nuts. Here’s what to include in this box: ¾ cup of plain Greek Yogurt combined with ½ teaspoon of cinnamon and a teaspoon of honey, half a cup of strawberries, half cup of of green grapes, ½ cup of orange wedges or nectarine, and 12 raw almonds. The fruits are packed with antioxidants that can combat free radicals from your body while delivering nutrients to your system. The almonds, on the other hand, can provide you with protein to keep your belly full. 

Zucchini and Bean Salad with Bulgur 

Another no-cook snack that you can prep for the week is the zucchini and bean salad with bulgur. Although this recipe is essentially a no-cook recipe, the only thing that needs to be cooked is the whole wheat bulgur or swap it with any grain that you like. For this recipe, you will need ¼ cup of olive oil, black pepper and kosher salt, 15.5 ounces can of kidney beans, rinsed, ¼ cup of chopped salted roasted almonds, 1 cup bulgur, 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar, 2 medium sized zucchini, halved and sliced thinly, 1 small shallot sliced thinly, ¼ cup of chopped fresh dill, and 1 cup of goat cheese that is crumbled. To make this recipe, whisk the oil, ¼ teaspoon of pepper, and ¾ teaspoon of salt in a small bowl. Add the beans, almonds, zucchini, shallot, and dill then toss to mix them all. Let them stand while tossing occassionally for 10 to 15 minutes or until the zucchini softens slightly. Prepare the bulgur by putting it in a heatproof bowl then adding 2 cups of boiling water. Cover the bowl then let it stand until it has become tender around 12 to 15 minutes. Drain afterwards. Transfer the bulgur to your snack box then top it off with the zucchini salad that you just made and some goat cheese on top. 

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Sweet Snack Box 

If you are craving for something sweet but don’t want to worry about the calories, try this recipe out. For this snack box, you will need to prepare 4 chocolate or plain Graham crackers, a cup of raspberries, and a tablespoon of cacao nibs combined with 2 tablespoons of unsweetened coconut flakes.

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