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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 January 17, 2019

                      8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                      8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                      In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                      Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                      Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                      Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                      Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                      The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                      There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                      How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                      According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                      Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                      Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                      The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                      Listen carefully:

                      We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                      The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                      Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                      8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                      There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                      Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                      1. Pray Daily

                      You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                      When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                      Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                      Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                      2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                      A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                      By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                      Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                      If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                      This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                      How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                      3. Smile Often

                      Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                      Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                      Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                      The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                      4. Organize Your Working Desk

                      A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                      When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                      Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                      Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                      5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                      I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                      Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                      What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                      6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                      God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                      I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                      I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                      7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                      You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                      How do you do that? This is my formula:

                      First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                      If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                      If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                      If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                      Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                      8. Go Exercise

                      Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                      The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                      You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                      12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                      The Bottom Line

                      It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                      It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                      Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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                      Featured photo credit: Lesly Juarez via unsplash.com

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