Are you hungry and wanting something quick and easy but also yummy and healthy? This is always a situation I find myself in, wanting to eat something fast but most of the time if you don’t have healthy dishes already prepared, healthier options are not the quickest to reach for.
This post is continuing with the topic of my last post, staying healthy in the summer but I thought it would be helpful to create a post more specific to healthy foods that you can keep in mind the next time you are hungry and want something fast and healthy.
Today I actually found myself in one of those situations so here is what I made:
Take a can of chick peas, dice half a cucumber, half a green pepper and the juice of a lemon with some garlic salt and black pepper. So easy, just a small amount of chopping and throw into a bowl, stir and enjoy. I didn’t have any ripe avocados but that would go really good with this chickpea salad also!
Chickpeas are such an easy go-to snack and beneficial for your health. I am eating a vegetarian diet and per 1 cup of chick peas provides 15 grams of protein. Chick peas also gives your body fibre which is important for regular digestion which then leads to further benefits for your skin. I also find chick peas, similar to mushrooms, gives vegetarian dishes a more meaty and flavourful addition. I never use to like chick peas, in fast three years ago I actually hated them but I had them mixed with other foods, and started eating them more and more until now, where I can eat them in a plain salad.
As for a breakfast meal option, I made some healthy banana oat pancakes that was also really easy to make as there are very few ingredients needed and faster cooking time than regular pancakes.
In a bowl mix together 1 banana, 1 handful of oats, 1 egg, cinnamon and optional, vanilla extract. That made 3 pancakes for myself but if you want more pancakes, for every banana you use, add 1 handful of oats. Once these ingredients are all mixed together, get a frying pan, use a little butter (I use vegan butter) and pour the batter into the desired size of pancakes and on low heat fry until both sides are cooked. As for toppings I used a little maple syrup, some plain greek yogurt and sliced some strawberries and blueberries on top.
Oats are a healthy carb that will give you energy for the day and keep you full for a long time.
A more obvious healthy snack alternative that I also go to is fruit. Slice up an apple with some peanut butter, or sliced banana on toast with peanut or almond butter, or make a complete fruit salad. These are all quick options and healthy for your body.
Lastly, a yogurt bowl. Open up a tub of plain greek yogurt, drizzle some honey, berries and any other fruit you would like and add some granola. I love making homemade granola, it is honestly the best!
And here is your hydration reminder, go drink some water!
Hope these healthy snack-meal ideas help for when the next time you are hungry and unsure of what to eat and be fulfilled! Bye guys! 🙂