By Sheereen Charles
Okay so you’re a busy mom, busy student, and/or busy professional. Whatever the case may be, you’re just a woman who is always on the run, but doesn’t want to resort to convenient fast food when you get hungry. Don’t fret; I have gathered some easy, flavorful, and healthy recipes designed to satisfy those cravings that sneak up on you anytime of the day.
- Crackers with Chocolate-Hazelnut Spread and Banana
Spread 2 crisp bread crackers each with ½ tablespoon of chocolate-hazelnut spread. Top with banana slices.
- Ham and Jicama Wraps
Wrap 6 jicama or celery sticks with ½ slice of ham each. Serve with 1 teaspoon of whole-grain mustard for dipping.
- Bagel with Ricotta and Strawberries
Spread half of a toasted whole-grain “flat” bagel with 2 tablespoons of fresh ricotta. Top with ⅓ cup of sliced strawberries. Drizzle with 1 teaspoon of honey or agave nectar.
- Whole-Grain Bread with Almond Butter and Peaches
Spread 2 teaspoons of almond butter on 1 slice of toasted whole-grain bread. Top with slices of half a peach.
- Hummus Veggie Wrap
Make a wrap with a whole-wheat tortilla, hummus, sliced cucumber, and crumbled feta. Add any other veggies you enjoy.
- Rice Cake with Peanut Butter, Coconut, and Dried Cherries
Spread 1 rice cake with 1 tablespoon of creamy peanut butter. Sprinkle with 2 teaspoons of toasted unsweetened shredded coconut and 2 teaspoons of dried cherries.
- Banana Strawberry Smoothie
Combine 1 ½ cups of orange juice, 1 tablespoon of lime juice, 1 cup of sliced strawberries, and 1 to 1 ½ ripe bananas in a blender and process until smooth. Refrigerate until cold.
- Frog on a Log
I’m sure you heard of ants on a log, but here’s a fun twist. Spread a celery stalk with a tablespoon of cream cheese. Top with olives.
- DIY Trail Mix
Make your own trail mix by combining unsalted nuts, dried fruit, pretzels, sunflower or pumpkin seeds, and dark chocolate.
- Cheesy Popcorn
Toss 4 cups of hot air-popped popcorn with ½ cup of Parmesan and cayenne to taste.