Some days, you just need a snack, STAT!
You know, to avoid the hangries.
And if you need an emergency snack, it’s so easy to grab something from a package. One of those cookies that is not crunchy because it’s supposed to be, but because it’s that crappy and/or old. Or the bag of chips that, once you think about it, has no flavor and leaves your fingers greasy.
(I keep saying “you”… I’m 100% talking about myself here. Thanks for letting me hide behind a vague pronoun.)
So at some point, you (ahem) decide it’s time to grow up and find better snacking solutions. The only catch is, emergency snacks have to be ready fast because, well, it’s an emergency. The other issue with emergencies is that they tend to make you forget things you already knew, common sense things you’d easily think of if there wasn’t an impending crisis. Like more creative ways to eat an apple than taking a bite of it from one hand and a bite of nut butter off a spoon from the other hand.
Enter the apple and its beautifully blank canvas to host a variety of flavors and protein-packed ingredients. These five (recipeless!) snacks can be ready in 5-10 minutes, quick enough to avoid hunger-induced disasters. Consider them part of your hunger first-aid kit.
- Cut apples in wedges, top with a slice of cheddar, and wrap in a piece of prosciutto.
- Spread cream cheese or goat cheese that has a bit of brown sugar stirred into it on a slice of toasted bread (baguette, crostini, miscellaneous butt-end of loaf, etc.). Top with apples that have been sautéed in a bit of butter and cinnamon.
- Or top those sautéed apples with maple syrup stirred into plain yogurt and a spoon of granola.
- Sautéed apples also work well topped with bleu cheese (gorgonzola, Roquefort, any similarly “moldy” cheese) on crostini. If your hunger can wait an extra few minutes, throw it all in the oven to melt.
- Top apple wedges with a nut butter (I’m obsessed with almond butter right now) and then procure fun foods to stick into the nut butter (coconut or other nuts, dried fruits, hunks o’ chocolate, etc.).
Can your hunger wait long enough to make one of these or do you too wash an apple, bite it immediately, and chase it with a spoon of nut butter straight from the jar? (Please tell me I’m not the only one… someone? Anyone?)