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4 Healthy Snacks, Less Than 5 Minutes

As a chef, my standards can be high.  As any episode of a cooking show will teach you, the goal is to achieve balance:
Texture – Should include both crunchy and creamy
Taste – Should include both sweet and savory (aka salty)
Temperature – Ideally, you get a dish that marries something warm with something cold.

Even with these standards, though, you don’t need fancy food.  Or food that requires a lot of time and fuss.  
Just because you only have 5 minutes to eat, doesn’t mean you need to compromise flavor.
Here are 4 snack ideas that promise flavor in less than 5 minutes: 

Almond Butter and “Curr-ANTS on a Log” Celery Sticks:  Cold celery, dried zante currants, room temperature almond butter

Avocado Banana Rye Toasts:  Warm toasted Rye Bread, Sliced avocado, cool slice (or mashed) banana)

Peanut Butter Apple English Muffin:  Warm toasted Sprouted English Muffin, natural roasted peanut butter, cold sliced apple

Jicama Hummus Chips:  Cold Jicama “chips”, room temperature roasted red pepper hummus, sliced cucumber or red pepper garnish

PBJ Oat Bites:

Quick, Healthy Energy-Packed Snacking

About the Author:

Chicago Personal Chef Katie Simmons

Chef Katie Simmons

Katie is a Personal Chef based in Chicago.  She specializes in creating delicious, healthy recipes for those with special dietary concerns like gluten-free, oil-free, plant-based, and low-residue.  Outside of the kitchen, she is a Fitness Instructor for Equinox, with over 13 years experience in the fitness industry, and a blogger for Kuli Kuli Foods.  For fun, she loves to travel, with her most recent travel involving 10 days of hiking in the Patagonia of Argentina and Chile.