10 healthy snacks you can make in minutes

Curb your hunger the healthy way with a super-fast snack. We’ve got nutritious smoothies, dips and light bites, all ready in under 10 minutes.

10 healthy snacks you can make in minutes

When hunger strikes, it’s good to know that there are easy, speedy options that are healthy too. We’ve put together our favourite snacks, all with the Good Food healthy stamp of approval. They take 10 minutes or less to make – ready, set, snack!

1. Peanut houmous with fruit & veg sticks

Serves 2 Prep 10 mins No cook

Drain a 380g carton chickpeas and reserve the liquid. Tip three-quarters of the chickpeas into a food processor with 3 tbsp of the chickpea liquid, then add the zest and juice ½ lemon, 1 tbsp tahini, ½ - 1 tsp smoked paprika, 2 tbsp roasted unsalted peanuts and 1 tsp rapeseed oil. Blitz until smooth, then stir in the remaining one-quarter of the chickpeas. Cut 4 celery sticks and 2 carrots into batons, then core 2 crisp red apples and cut into slices. You can use the remaining ½ lemon to squeeze over the apple slices to stop them browning if you like. Serve with the peanut houmous.

Full recipe: Peanut houmous with fruit & veg sticks

2. Avocado & strawberry smoothie

Serves 2 Prep 5 mins No cook

Take ½ avocado, peel it, stone it and cut into chunks. Put the avocado, 150g halved strawberries, 4 tbsp low-fat natural yogurt, 200ml semi-skimmed milk and some lemon or lime juice and honey (if desired) into a blender and whizz until smooth. If the consistency is too thick, add a little water.

Full recipe: Avocado & strawberry smoothie

3. Apple & blueberry Bircher

Serves 4 Prep 10 mins No cook

Mix 200g porridge oats with ½ tsp ground cinnamon in a large bowl. Stir in 500ml apple juice and 4 grated apples, then gently fold in 200g blueberries. Allow to stand for 5 minutes before serving – any leftovers can be popped in the fridge overnight to be eaten the next day for breakfast.

Full recipe: Apple & blueberry Bircher

4. Smashed bean dip

Serves 4 Prep 10 mins No cook

Drain and rinse a 400g can of cannellini beans and a 400g can of chickpeas. Put 200g cannellini beans and 200g chickpeas into a food processor with the juice of 2 lemons, 2 crushed garlic cloves, 2 tsp ground cumin and 100ml Greek yogurt, then whizz until smooth. Tip in the rest of the beans and chickpeas and pulse once to get a very chunky dip. Stir in the zest of 1 lemon and plenty of seasoning, then sprinkle with toasted pumpkin seeds if desired. Serve with celery sticks. Leftover dip can be stored in the fridge.

Full recipe: Smashed bean dip

5. Instant frozen berry yogurt

Serves 4 Prep 2 mins No cook

Put 250g frozen mixed berries, 250g 0% fat Greek yogurt and 1 tbsp honey or agave syrup into a food processor and blend for 20 seconds, until it comes together to a smooth ice cream texture. Scoop into bowls and serve immediately.

Full recipe: Instant frozen berry yogurt

6. Salmon & chive bagel topper

Serves 4 Prep 8 mins No cook

Flake 1 cooked salmon fillet (about 100g) into a bowl. Add 200g reduced-fat soft cheese, the zest and juice of ½ lemon, 2 tbsp snipped chives and plenty of black pepper. Mash everything together with a fork. Split 4 multiseed bagels in half. Lightly toast the bagel halves, then spread with the salmon mixture and top each with a handful of watercress. Serve immediately.

Full recipe: Salmon & chive bagel topper

7. 10-minute winter fruit compote

Serves 4 Prep 5 mins Cook 5 mins

Put 500g mixed dried fruit, 200ml fresh orange juice, half a cinnamon stick, 6 cloves and 6 black peppercorns into a microwaveable bowl. Microwave on High for 4-5 mins, stirring halfway through until the juices become sticky and the fruits are plump. Leave the compote to stand for a minute and serve in bowls with spoonfuls of yogurt or fromage frais.

Full recipe: 10-minute winter fruit compote

8. Beetroot & mint dip

Serves 4 Prep 10 mins No cook

Put 250g vacuum-packed beetroot and ½ tsp ground cumin in the small bowl of a food processor, season and blend until smooth. Tip into a bowl, add 2 tsp chopped mint and a squeeze lemon juice, then gently stir through 3 tbsp half-fat crème fraîche to get a rippled effect. Sprinkle with a few extra mint leaves and a few pinches nigella seeds.

Full recipe: Beetroot & mint dip

9. Carrot & houmous roll-ups

Serves 4 Prep 10 mins No cook

Spread 200g houmous between 4 seeded wraps. Coarsely grate 4 carrots and scatter on top of the houmous, finishing each wrap with a small handful of rocket leaves and some seasoning. Roll up and eat.

Full recipe: Carrot & houmous roll-ups

10. Egg & asparagus soldiers

Serves 1 Prep 2 mins Cook 5 mins

Steam 7 spears of asparagus until tender, and soft-boil an egg – follow our guide to get a perfectly runny yolk. Cut the soft-boiled egg in half and serve with the asparagus for dipping.

Full recipe: Egg & soldiers

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Inlvr
21st Mar, 2017
Thanks for these - can I ask why you're recommending zero percent fat Greek yoghurt. Zero percent fat is zero percent because what is removed in fat is added by way of sugar. We've been conned for years on the so called virtues of zero percent fat products and yet full fat is far healthier than the over sugared low far variety and is far more preferable as part of a well balanced diet. The US has the biggest obesity rates in the world and also the greatest selection of non fat products - no small coincidence !! All marketing nonsense - the food industry is insulting our common sense. Same goes for zero sugar sweet products that are only zero sugar because they are filled with carcinogenic artificial sweeteners!
jecoak
3rd Apr, 2017
Some 0% Greek yogurts such as Fage are literally just milk. Skimmed or otherwise. No extra sugar added; if you look at their list of ingredients. Worth a look if you're concerned.
PandaPym
15th Aug, 2017
The nutritional reason of eating yoghurt is to get the good bacteria into our gut - the bacteria is protected by the fat to get through the acid in our stomach - the bacteria in 0% fat yoghurt is killed off in the stomach. There is 0 point in eating fat-free yoghurt
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