3 Healthy Snacks to Boost Your Performance
Whether it’s a session at a university or another week at an office, you may feel tired and hanker for something delicious. You refrain from buying a hot dog at a local fast food outlet and want a healthier option. It can be a challenge to find it nearby, so preparing a healthy snack in advance is a good idea. Here are 3 snacks to inspire you.
Instead of craving unhealthy potato chips with artificial flavorings, opt for zucchini with cheese. This oven-baked snack is something to enjoy while grinding away at your books (make sure not to grease the pages!).
How to cook: slice zucchini, put the slices (2.5 cups) into fat-free milk (2 tablespoons), and coat them in breadcrumbs (1/4 cup) mixed with parmesan cheese (1/4 cup), salt (1/4 teaspoon – you can omit salt to make the snack even healthier), garlic powder (1/4 teaspoon), and black pepper (1/8 teaspoon). Bake the slices in the oven.
Salmon & Avocado Triangles
Burgers look alluring, but their content leaves much to be desired. Rather than indulge in unhealthy fast food, cook these salmon and avocado triangles – you can buy wholemeal bread or make your own following this recipe.
How to cook: bring a pan of water to the boil. Add some lemon juice into the water. Slice red onion and put it into the boiling water along with dill sprigs. Take 2 wild salmon fillets without skin or bones and poach them for 8-10 minutes. Make sure the fish flakes easily – if it does not, poach it for some more time. Flake the fillets. In a separate cup, mash avocado and add lemon juice to it. Top wholemeal thins with avocado, sliced onion, and fish. Chop some more onion and scatter it and the dill over the fish.
Goat’s cheese, tomato and olive triangles
Remember the wholemeal triangles from the previous recipe? There are hundreds of toppings for them, and goat’s cheese, tomato and olives make a good trio. Simply make these healthy triangles and take them to the office or enjoy them while cramming for an exam to support your body with the nutrients found in them.
How to cook: make wholemeal triangles. Spread the bread with goat’s cheese. Slice a cucumber and a tomato and top the sandwiches with them. Scatter olives and add fresh herbs to your liking.
If you don’t feel like cooking, you can opt for other healthy snacks, which do not require approaching a stove. Consider these:
- Carrots (you can mix them with some dip – why not using yoghurt, hummus or guacamole?)
- Nuts (make sure you do not eat many of them, as they are high in both nutrients and calories)
- Green vegetables (broccoli, pea pods, and lots of other veggies make a wonderful snack!)
- Greek yoghurt (high in proteins but low in sugar, Greek yoghurt can be used in a number of ways, including salads, granolas, dips, etc.
- Berries (blueberries and other berries can be mixed with Greek yoghurt and frozen – easy home-made ice-cream is ready!)
- Roasted chickpeas (yes, to make these you’ll have to cook, but they can make a nice substitute for unhealthy chips; such chickpeas are crunchy, and you can add salt and chili powder to enhance their flavor).
Jamie Oliver Healthy Snack Recipes –JamieOliver.com