Quick 2-Ingredient Snack Ideas You Can Make When You’re Hangry
Published on August 20, 2021
Last updated November 3, 2021
In an ideal world, you’re prepared for hanger (i.e. that feeling of hunger + anger that can turn even the most mild-mannered of us in Mr. Hyde). Your pantry/purse/desk drawer is well stocked with healthy and satisfying snacks for whatever you’re craving. But, you know, life happens and sometimes you go to find something to nosh on and there’s nothing there. That’s where these 2-ingredient snacks come in.
These 2-ingredient snacks are so easy that you can make them even in the throws of a full-blown hanger attack. They’re also made from ingredients you almost definitely have on hand. (And if you don’t, we recommend stocking up on these staples. Your future self will thank you.) And, importantly, because they’re full of protein and healthy fats, they’ll fill you up and keep you going until your next meal.
1. Hard-Boiled Eggs + Seasoning Mix
Hardboiled eggs are one of the easiest and most nutrient-dense foods you can have around for a near-instant energy boost. To dress them up, slice them lengthwise and dust the cut sides with a spice like smoked paprika or cumin. Or for a little crunch, try a seasoning mix with sesame seeds like everything bagel seasoning, za’atar, or furikake.
2. Hummus + Veggies
A 3.5-ounce serving of hummus boasts about 8 grams of plant-based protein. Keep a tub of it in the fridge and dunk in cucumbers, carrots, celery, fennel, radishes, or other vibrant veggies anytime your stamina starts to drop.
3. Bananas + Nut Butter
If you’re like me, you’ve got bananas on the counter and multiple nut butters in the pantry nearly all the time. And that combination of potassium from the fruit and protein from the nuts makes for great fuel. If the idea of trusty ole’ peanut butter seems too boring, mix things up with another kind of nut butter like almond, cashew, walnut, pecan, Brazil, hazelnut…or Trader Joe’s Mixed Nut Butter, which blends them all into one jar.
4. Greek Yogurt + Berries
Don’t reserve this classic combo only for breakfast. While Greek yogurt has about the same number of calories as regular yogurt, it boasts less sugar and a good deal more protein — making plain Greek yogurt topped with berries a great snack any time of day, with gut-friendly probiotic perks to boot.
5. Avocado + Nori
Who needs toast? If you have an avocado and some nori, you have an umami-packed snack that’s full of healthy fats and plenty of nutrients.