The next time your stomach rumbles and the dinner or lunch time is still a couple of hours away, resist the temptation to bite into that leftover cake in the fridge or dig into a bag of chips. Well, there are a lot of many healthy snack recipes that you can make. The best part is that you can make them in just about 5 minutes, and fend off then hunger without the risk of putting on calories.  The ingredients used for these recipes are easily available in every kitchen, and they are very easy to make. They require minimum of kitchen work and are so quick to make. Now, you need not beat down those hunger pangs with empty calories, and risk putting on weight.

Try out the following nutritious snacks that can fit in your healthy food plan diet anytime and anywhere.

Nutty Yogurt

Take a cup of nonfat yogurt and stir in a tablespoon of wheat germ. Chop up any fruits you have- berries, bananas apples, etc., and add to the yogurt. Add some chopped nuts like walnuts, raisins or almonds. Add a dash of honey, and what you have is a bowl of Yogurt packed with nutritive power.

What you get:  The snack offers you calcium, vitamin E from wheat germ and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids from the nuts.

Baked Sweet Potato

Take a medium-sized sweet potato, wash it properly and prick the skin in a few places with a fork. Now, place it on a paper towel and microwave for about 5 minutes at full power. Take the sweet potato out once it is done and cut it open from the center. Sprinkle it with your favorite seasonings like salt and spices. You can also use honey or sugar.

What you get:  Sweet potatoes are rich with beta-carotene that helps to make vitamin A and vitamin C that are very important for our immune system and keep it healthy. Moreover, the snack has lots of fiber too and is ready within 5 minutes!

Fruit and Nuts

Instead of snacking on cheese and crackers, reach out for fruits and nuts. Take an apple and a banana. Chop them in a bowl and add walnuts, pistachios, almonds and raisins. You can add some salt or go for a sweet seasoning with honey. This is a very healthy and tasty snack.

What you get:  Apples and bananas can keep those hunger pangs away as they are very filling and low on calories. Plus, they are  good sources of energy-producing nutrients. Pistachios and nuts are good source of unsaturated fats that are good for the heart.

A healthy Cheesecake

We all have cheese; jam and crackers stocked up in our kitchen or refrigerator. Here is a quick recipe to make a cheesecake that will keep you full and healthy till your next meal. Take whole-wheat crackers, skimmed and low-fat cheese and jam. Spread each cracker with the cheese and jam. And, the snack is ready to eat!

What you get:  The cracker will supply you with carbs and proteins while the low fat cheese is rich in calcium, phosphorus and vitamin A. One can go for any sugar free jams if on a diet or use Raspberry Jam that is rich in proteins.

A Fruity Smoothie

Make good use of all those fruits, milk and yogurt lying in the fridge to make a frothy smoothie. Take some strawberries and sliced banana, low-fat yogurt, and some milk. Put them in a blender and blend until frothy.  You are going to love this nutrition rich snack.

What you get:   The fruit smoothie is a powerhouse of potassium that you get from the fruits and boost your calcium intake with the yogurt and milk. You will feel and remain energetic for a long time.

There could be many more recipes for quick snacks. Just use your creativity and make good use of healthy ingredient slaying in your kitchen. These ideas show how you can take care of those hunger pangs in-between your meals and snack on healthy foods without feeling guilty or worrying about gaining weight.  The basic idea is to use more of fruits, nuts and low-fat dairy products when snacking.

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