7 snacks that’ll pep you up!

by Sanjeev Kapoor

Slumping off at the desk after lunch? Your daily commute back home killing you?  All you need is a small, energy snack. Here are 7 recipes for instant energy snacks that also instantly gratify your taste buds. 

Banana and peanut sandwich – Bananas, every athlete’s favourite fruit and peanuts are a storehouse of energy. Both release energy slowly and help the brain stay alert for a longer time. This banana and peanut butter sandwich ticks the taste box too! Alternatively you can bake an apple banana and pecan loaf and slice it up for a delish snack time treat. 

Hummus Creamy, smooth and flavourful, this Middle Eastern chickpea dip comes packed with energy. Also a great source of protein and fibre hummus is a great dish to replace other fatty dips with. Try different variations like - Roasted pumpkin, bell pepper, Cumin and olive hummus or our favourite anar hummus and serve with pita and crackers or as a sandwich spread - you can never get bored! 

Masala Oats Crusted Chicken Nuggets – Succulent pieces of chicken with a crunchy masala oats crust are perfect chatpata energy bites. Oats are one of the healthiest carbs ever. A very versatile ingredient you can use oats to make cakes and cookies, porridges, to crumb and fry and also add to batters for dholkas, pakoras, idlis and uttapams for a healthy twist. 

Apple, Barley and Pumpkin Seed Salad – Turn a good fresh salad into a delicious lunch. When you need to stock up on the energy without eating fatty and high calorie food, you can always turn to fresh fruits. Pumpkin seeds add a refreshing crunch with plenty of nutrients, fibre and energy thrown in. The barley fills up your stomach totally – so it’s also a great post workout meal. 

Fried egg on Quinoa – High in protein and antioxidants, low in glycemic index, quick to cook, gluten free and vegan – quinoa’s super food status is no surprise. Make a flavourful quinoa and vegetable stir fry and serve with fried or scrambled eggs for a delicious healthy meal that peps you up instantly.

Muesli with Chia Seeds – Muesli for one is a healthy ingredient; mix it along with other super foods like chia seeds, sweetened hung yogurt, and nuts, berries and fruits of your choice. An energizing, healthy, fibrous, tasty and crunchy snack/ dessert is ready. Serve in little shot glasses as a healthy dessert for parties and gatherings. 

Energy Laddoos – They are called energy laddoos because that exactly what they do – energize you! Made with the simplest ingredients like – almonds, peanut butter, chocolate chips, honey and sesame seeds, you could also turn these into cool homemade energy bars. A total hit with kids. 

Besides these, there are several more recipes and fun food stories that help make daily life easier for you on sanjeevkapoor.com. Keep browsing. 

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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal www.sanjeevkapoor.com is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.