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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 September 20, 2018

                      How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                      How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                      Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

                      If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

                      1. Breathe

                      The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

                      • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
                      • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
                      • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

                      Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

                      2. Loosen up

                      After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

                      Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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                      3. Chew slowly

                      Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

                      Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

                      Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

                      4. Let go

                      Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

                      The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

                      It’s not. Promise.

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                      Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

                      Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

                      21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

                      5. Enjoy the journey

                      Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

                      Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

                      6. Look at the big picture

                      The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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                      Will this matter to me…

                      • Next week?
                      • Next month?
                      • Next year?
                      • In 10 years?

                      Hint: No, it won’t.

                      I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

                      Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

                      7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

                      You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

                      Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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                      8. Practice patience every day

                      Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

                      • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
                      • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
                      • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

                      Final thoughts

                      Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

                      Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

                      Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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