Recipe: 10 Quick and Easy Snacks

Try these quick and easy snack recipes to satisfy that afternoon hunger! They’re simple, healthy, and tasty. Sometimes it just doesn’t get any better than that!
Totable Tea Sandwiches

1. Totable Tea Sandwich

Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 5 min
Serves: 1
Level: Easy

Description:

Try turkey, low-fat cheddar, and grape jam for a kid-friendly version.

Ingredients:

  • 1 slice prosciutto
  • 1 1/2 ounces sliced fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 1 jarred roasted red pepper, sliced
  • 1 thin slice multigrain bread, halved

Preparation:

  1. Layer prosciutto, mozzarella, and red pepper between multigrain bread halves.

Cinnamon Oranges

2. Cinnamon Oranges

Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 10 min
Serves: 4
Level: Easy

Description:

This simple dessert works any time of the year, but its flavors will be the best and brightest in the winter when oranges are at their peak.

Ingredients:

  • 4 navel oranges
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preparation:

  1. With a sharp knife, remove rind and white pith from oranges. Cut each into 5 or 6 slices and arrange on 4 plates. Whisk together orange juice and lemon juice, sugar and cinnamon. Spoon over the orange slices.

Mediterranean Picnic Snack

3. Mediterranean Picnic Snack

Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 5 min
Serves: 1
Level: Easy

Description:

Sweet tomatoes, salty olives and tangy cheese are a perfect afternoon pick-me-up.

Ingredients:

  • 1 slice crusty whole wheat bread, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 10 cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 ounce sliced aged cheese
  • 6 oil-cured olives

Preparation:

  1. Combine bread pieces, tomatoes, cheese and olives in a portable container.

Spiced Chickpea "Nuts"

4. Spiced Chickpea “Nuts”

Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time:  1 hour
Serves: 4
Level: Easy

Description:

When roasted in a hot oven, chickpeas become super crunchy. They’re a great low-fat substitute for nuts when salty cravings hit.

Ingredients:

  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Preparation:

  1. Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat to 450°F.
  2. Blot chickpeas dry and toss in a bowl with oil, cumin, marjoram, allspice and salt.
  3. Spread on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake, stirring once or twice, until browned and crunchy, 25 to 30 minutes.
  4. Let cool on the baking sheet for 15 minutes.

Cheesy Popcorn

5. Cheesy Popcorn

Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time:  15 min
Serves: 4
Level: Easy

Description:

Freshly grated Parmesan cheese and a sprinkle of cayenne pepper dress up air-popped popcorn.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups hot air-popped popcorn
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Cayenne pepper, to taste

Preparation:

  1. Toss popcorn with Parmesan and cayenne to taste.

Quick "Cheesecake"

6. Quick “Cheesecake”

Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time:  5 min
Serves: 2
Level: Easy

Description:

Schmear ricotta cheese and your favorite jam on graham crackers for an instant “cheesecake.”

Ingredients:

  • 4 whole wheat graham crackers
  • 4 tablespoons part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 8 teaspoons jam

Preparation:

  1. Spread each graham cracker with 1 tablespoon part-skim ricotta cheese and 2 teaspoons jam.

Watermelon Slush

7. Watermelon Slush

Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time:  10 min
Serves: 4
Level: Easy

Description:

A refreshing Middle Eastern street drink.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups diced watermelon
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • 1/2 cup water

Preparation:

  1. Blend watermelon, lime juice, sugar, ice and water in a blender until smooth.

Toasted Pita Crisps

8. Toasted Pita Crisps

Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time:  15 min
Serves: 8
Level: Easy

Description:

A super scooper for your favorite dips.

Ingredients:

  • 4 whole wheat pita breads
  • Olive oil cooking spray or extra virgin olive oil

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Cut pitas into 4 triangles each. Separate each triangle into 2 halves at the fold.
  3. Arrange, rough side up, on a baking sheet. Spritz lightly with cooking spray or brush lightly with oil.
  4. Bake until crisp, 8 to 10 minutes.

Avocado Tea Sandwiches

9. Avocado Tea Sandwiches

Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time:  10 min
Serves: 4
Level: Easy

Description:

Smoked salmon plays off crispy cucumber and creamy avocado.

Ingredients:

  • 1 avocado, ripe, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon reduced fat mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 8 very thin slices wheat bread
  • 2 ounces thinly sliced smoked salmon
  • 12 thin slices English cucumber

Preparation:

  1. Combine mayonnaise, lemon juice and pepper in a small bowl. Thinly spread on bread and top with salmon, avocado and cucumber.

Cottage Cheese Veggie Dip

10. Cottage Cheese Veggie Dip

Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time:  10 min
Serves: 4
Level: Easy

Description:

Stir lemon pepper into cottage cheese for a quick and healthy vegetable dip. We like carrots and snow peas, but any crunchy vegetables you have on hand will do.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • 1/2 cup baby carrots
  • 1/2 cup snow (or snap) peas

Preparation:

  1. Combine cottage cheese and lemon pepper. Serve with carrots and peas.
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