Quick and Light: 14 Ideas for Fresh and Easy Snacks

Quick and Light: 14 Ideas for Fresh and Easy Snacks

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Faith Durand
Jan 27, 2010
Snacking is a popular topic around here. A lot of our own lunches could be rightfully called snacks — a little nibble at 11am, and another at two o'clock. Here are fourteen of our favorite easy snacks, all refreshing and nourishing (and not too heavy or rich, either). TOP ROW1 Kale chips - Bake up a pile of leafy greens into delicately crispy chips touched with sea salt and olive oil. • 2 Deviled eggs - A two-bite powerhouse of protein and flavor. • 3 Roasted chickpeas - Crunchy, toasty, and deliciously snacky. • 4 Frozen (and steamed) edamame pods - Bright green edamame with a little salt is such a great lunch or snack. • 5 Stuffed peppers - A few little peppers (from a jar is fine), stuffed with some good ham or a bite of cheese make a great lunchtime snack. MIDDLE ROW6 Homemade granola bars - Make a big batch with your favorite mix-ins then eat them for lunch and snacks. • 7 Olives - We love a handful of olives as a snack in the afternoon. • 8 Baked tofu - We really love chewy squares of baked tofu! They're great on salads, or for nibbling by themselves. • 9 Whole wheat crackers - Good crackers can be a good snack — with or without peanut butter or cheese. • 10 Roasted almonds - We love roasted almonds with orange and paprika, or with oil and herbs. BOTTOM ROW11 Homemade granola - A handful of sweet and salty granola (preferably with dried cherries and pistachios) is a great mid-morning pickup. • 12 A cup of plain yogurt - One of our favorite snacks is plain yogurt, so tangy and refreshing. • 13 A quick tartine - Spread a piece of bread or a cracker with some goat cheese (or peanut butter) and a piece of radish or daikon (or a slice of banana!). • 14 A piece of fruit - We saved the best for last; our favorite little snack is a sweet clementine or juicy plum. What's your favorite light and/or easy snack? Related: What President Obama Eats for His Afternoon Snack (Images: See linked posts for full image credits.)
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