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10 Delicious Snacks That Are Insanely Simple To Make

10 Delicious Snacks That Are Insanely Simple To Make

Call it lazy, call it busy, or just call it not wanting to spend an inordinate amount of time in the kitchen. Even the least cooking-inclined of us get hungry for a real snack once in a while- something beyond tortilla chips, but falling short of gourmet.

Great news: there are lots of great, easy to make snacks out there.

Even better news: I did all the digging for you. You can save the energy it would take to type “snack ideas” into Google, and apply it to actually making these treats. Then, if if you have any strength left, you can even lift them to your mouth and enjoy.

Here are 10 flavorsome and easy to make snack recipes:

1. Greek Yogurt Cookie Dough

Greek Yogurt Cookie Dough

    What’s not to love about cookie dough? Well, mostly the risk of contracting salmonella from raw eggs. You don’t have to worry about that with this ridiculously easy and much better for you alternative. All you need is some plain Greek yogurt, some nut butter, some sweetener if you like, and a few chocolate chips.

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    It’s so easy, you’ll wonder how you never thought of it before. Unless you have, in which case, good for you.

    2. Summer Squash Tartines with Ricotta, Rosemary and Lemon

    Squash Tartines

      “Whoa! Tartines? What happened to not going gourmet?” Settle down there, this recipe won’t make a Julia Child out of you. It’s pretty basic stuff.

      You slice and cook some squash for 5 minutes, and toast some bread. You then smear some cheese on the bread, and plop the squash slices on top. Done.

      3. Roasted Nuts

      Roasted Nuts

        In the recipe writer’s own words, “So easy, so good.” That they are. Ready within a whopping 15 minutes, these savory little guys will be ready before you can say, “I’m so hungry I’m gonna pass out.” Well… maybe if you say it really slowly. You’ll make it though, I promise.

        Try these with olive oil instead of butter for a lighter option.

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        4. Peanut Butter Oat Granola Bites

        Peanut Butter Oat Granola Bites

          Just combine those oats you’ve been meaning to eat for breakfast, that peanut butter (or whatever nut butter) you usually just eat by the spoonful, some chia seeds (if you have them), and a few mini chocolate chips if you really want to go decadent, and you’ve got a super satisfying snack on your hands.

          Form that glob into attractive little bites and chow down.

          5. Avocado Caprese Salad

          Avocado Caprese Salad

            Back in the old days, people used to use things called knives to cut things like avocados and tomatoes. Then they would put them into a bowl with lettuce (fancy or normal) and drizzle some dressing over the top. Sometimes they would even throw some cheese into the mix.

            Salad making is a lost art that is far simpler than writing in cursive. It takes no time at all and it rates highly enough on the yum-to-healthy ratio to make you feel good about yourself.

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            6. Pan-Fried Curried Chickpeas

            Curried Chickpeas

              A can of chickpeas (garbanzo beans) + a stove top= a love story. Spiced with curry powder or whatever else you can dream up while managing your growling tummy, these slightly crunchy, nuggets of spice just need 7 minutes in the frying pan and 5 minutes to cool before you can enjoy them.

              7. Garlic Lemon and Parmesan Roasted Zucchini

              Roasted Zucchini

                Easier and healthier than french fries, these oven-roasted zucchini are softened, but crisped by the short burst of high heat. Lightly seasoned and sprinkled with parmesan if desired, they’ll hold you over without weighing you down.

                8. Two Ingredient Banana Peanut Butter Ice Cream

                Banana Peanut Butter Ice Cream

                  Guess what the two ingredients are? If you said banana and peanut butter, good for you. If you had to think about it, you’ve probably been misled a lot in your life and I’m sorry. That’s really all it is, folks.

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                  Bananas being a high sugar fruit, you don’t even need to add sweeteners to the ice cream- and the combination of the sugar and the nut butter will make it creamy. How cool is that?

                  9. Baked Cinnamon Apple Chips

                  Cinnamon Apple Chips

                    These ones take a bit of time in the oven to dry out, but the actual time you spend in the kitchen is nothing more than turning on the oven to a low heat and slicing the apples. Then you can pretty much pop them in and go watch TV for an hour, or at least sit on the couch and wonder where the remote is. Then flip the apples, and repeat.

                    Use Truvia or coconut sugar for a lower GI version- or skip the sweetener altogether. I mean, c’mon they’re apples.

                    10. Cucumber Salad with Sour Cream and Dill Dressing

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                      I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: Martha Stewart is totally awesome.

                      This refreshing cucumber salad is light, but satisfying and the perfect zesty summer snack or side dish. You could swap out the sour cream for yogurt if you’re looking for an even healthier option.

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                      Last Updated on July 10, 2020

                      How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                      How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                      We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                      We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                      So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                      Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                      What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                      Boundaries are limits

                      —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                      Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                      Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                      Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                      Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                      How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                      Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                      1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                      Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                      You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                      To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                      You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                      • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                      • When do you feel disrespected?
                      • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                      • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                      • When do you want to be alone?
                      • How much space do you need?

                      You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                      2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                      Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                      Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                      3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                      Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                      That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                      Sample language:

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                      • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                      • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                      • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                      • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                      • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                      • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                      • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                      Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                      4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                      Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                      Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                      Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                      We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                      It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                      It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                      Final Thoughts

                      Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                      Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                      Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                      The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                      Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                      Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                      They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

                      Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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