One of the commonmisconceptions about eating wholesome natural foods is that it’s really time consuming.
Firstly, bear in mind that our skewed idea of how long it should take to make food is based on the fact that you can now make a whole meal in 10 minutes in the microwave, or make a 2 min phone call and 30minutes later you got a meal (usually junk food) delivered to your door. Even when we think we’re making a home cooked meal, we’ll still use pre made sauces, pre cooked rice, pre chopped veggies and pre made mixed seasoning (like the dreaded All Purpose Seasoning loaded with MSG)
So when you suggest that, heaven forbid, you do something that takes longer than grabbing a pack of crisps, a chocolate bar or a handful of biscuits, it might be met with a look of disbelief.
But if you want to ditch the “it takes too long” excuse, do something that will benefit your health remarkably (less processed chemical laden foods, more life giving energy rich foods) and start adding some quick yummy snacks to your diet, then read on
Humus and Crudites
Grab a stick of celery, 1/4 of a cucumber and a few baby plum tomatoes, wash and chop the celery and cucumber into stick and half the tomatos, then dunk them in some homemade humus or a good quality (preferably organic) store bought one.
I got this idea from a good sister of mine, thanks Paula from Mother Culture One . Slice a whole avocado, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with a pinch of salt and half a teaspoon of nutritional yeast which gives the cheesy flavour (you find this in most good health food stores).
Left Over Boats
As the name suggests, this snack makes use of left overs, in particular, roast or baked fish, chicken, meat, beans or lentils. Wash 1-2 whole romaine lettuce leaves or spring greens (collard greens) leaves, lay them on a plate and fill with your left overs. You could roll them into a wrap or even use nori sheets (sourced from Ireland to avoid the radiation risk)
Easy nut sweets
In a food processor, add 2 cups of raw nuts or seeds (which can be one type or a mixture i.e. sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, almonds, brazil nuts, cashews, macadamia nuts etc), ½ cup of dates, a pinch of sea salt and 1 tbsp of coconut oil (optional). Process on full power for 30sec, open and move the mixture round and down closer to the blades and process for another 30 seconds. Take the mixture out, roll it into balls or shape into bars and enjoy. You can also put them in the fridge or freezer to set.
This actually works wells as part of a breakfast too. Get some veggies like Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower and sweetcorn on the cob, wash and chop them, place in a pan of boiling water for 5 mins, drain them, drizzle with olive oil and a dash of tamari or crystal salt and munch away, You could also steam them for 5 mins.
By the way, I’ve tried, tested and timed how long it takes to make all of these meals, from entering the kitchen, to leaving with my plate and they truly take less than ten minutes (as long as you’re not moving as slow as molasses on Christmas day!)
I have 5 children, run a business part time, freelance part time, do volunteer work, homeschool and look after my house. If there is one thing I’ve learned to do, it’s make quick healthy meals for somewhat fussy children.
It may take a bit longer the first few times you make it as you get used to the process and adjust things to your exact liking, but soon you’ll be able to make them with your eyes closed (not literally!!!)
If you have any other ideas for quick healthy snacks, please share below