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Nutritious microwave snacks

It’s midday, you’re at the office, and your hunger level is hovering somewhere between “I need to nibble on something” and starving (even though you just ate lunch). So what to eat? We suggest taste-testing one of these nutritious and easy-to-make microwaveable treats.

quinoa and veggies

Quinoa mixed with fresh vegetables

One of the easiest and healthiest foods to nibble on when you’re hungry is quinoa. Though most of us don’t think to microwave the grain, it’s simple to do. Just mix one cup of quinoa with two cups of water, and zap on high. After a few minutes you’ll have a low-fat, nutritious snack food that can be mixed with almost anything: fruits, vegetables, Canadian cheddar or meats.

Popcorn topped with Canadian cheese

Popcorn is one of the healthiest snacks you can nosh on midday. Not only are these popped kernels low in fat and sodium, but they’re also a whole grain, so by nibbling on a few pops, you’ll up your fibre intake. But because popcorn is so low in calories, eating a few kernels on their own won’t satisfy a midday hunger craving. So for a more filling snack, pop a bowl in the microwave, and melt some delicious Canadian cheese on top. This will help sate your appetite as well as up your daily calcium intake.

Cheese quesadillas

If you’re in the mood for a snack with bite, this one is easy to whip up in your office’s kitchen. Simply grab a whole-wheat tortilla, and slice it in half. On one half, sprinkle some low-fat Canadian cheese (whatever flavour tickles your fancy) as well as peppers or salsa. You can also add precooked beans if you want. Top with the other half of the tortilla, and heat in the microwave until the cheese in the middle is melted. Enjoy with sour cream or salsa to boost your daily intake of calcium, vitamin C and beta-carotene.

Baked sweet potato topped with Canadian mozzarella

High in beta-carotene, fibre and a multitude of other nutrients, baked potatoes are a delicious food to add to your daily diet. They’re easy to microwave too. Simply grab a potato, wash it, and then prick it with a fork or sharp knife. Put the potato on a plate, and place it in the microwave. Bake on high for 5 minutes, and continue microwaving until it’s soft in the centre. Once thoroughly cooked, melt Canadian cheese on top. You can also add spices and herbs, like chives, hot peppers or parsley.

Edamame with sea salt

A protein-packed, fibre-rich snack, edamame is easy to microwave and nibble on while on the go. All you need to do is scoop a cup of beans into a microwave-friendly bowl or container, add a little bit of water, and microwave on high for a few minutes. From there, drain the water, and top with a pinch of sea salt. You’ll have a filling and nutrient-heavy snack.

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