Snacking is fun! Each of us love to snack on something. But this ‘something’ is everything when it comes to health quotient and calorie values. Most of us tend to snack twice or thrice a day and it is no great trick to snack wisely without hindering our diet if we decide to snack wisely. Snacks are eaten to prevent overeating during the next meal. Snacks prepared at home help a person feel full and content. Check out these healthy snack preparations given here and start snacking smarter right from today.
Pop in Popcorns into Your Mouth
If you have mistaken the greasy, salty popcorn tubs served at malls or theatres to be the center of discussion here, you are absolutely mistaken. Popcorn is authentically a whole grain which has been inappropriately projected as a junk food because of all the unhealthy add-ons to it.
Get a pack of air pop kernels and microwave it in a paper bag to get a bowl of healthy snack ready in a jiffy. Some kernels can even be popped using the pressure cooker, making it easy for anyone to make a popcorn snack. Five cups of air popped popcorn contain 6 grams of fiber with just 150 calories. Indulging in one cup of popcorn during snack time will do the trick of satisfying your hunger and taste buds simultaneously. Add some fresh herbs or chili powder to bring in some extra flavor and taste.
‘Bhale Bhale’ Bhel
The bhel puri served outside contains a mix of sev, unhealthy sauces and even mixture added to it. Prepare the healthy version of bhel puri at home using plenty of cucumbers, carrots, onions, corn kernels, sprouts and tomatoes mixed with puffed rice. Fruits such as pineapples, pomegranate seeds and apples can be added as per your wish. Garnish the bhel using fresh coriander leaves and chili powder for more flavor.
Blend A Smoothie
Fancy juice outlets charge hundreds of rupees for a simple smoothie presented in an alluring style. Blend a healthy smoothie with different ingredients of your choice to get a nutritious treat as well as to save some money. Apart from your regular fruits and vegetables, try to add proteins and healthy fats such as peanut or almond butter, avocados and a handful of nuts to help you feel full.
Baked Masala Papad
Microwave papad and garnish it with finely chopped tomatoes, onions, coriander leaves, red chili powder and squeezed lemon juice to make an instant snack.
A Miniature Meal
Snacks can sometimes be a smaller version of healthy meals prepared at home. A whole-grain sandwich toast made with banana and honey, oatmeal with low-fat milk and berries and besan (gram flour) cheela with mixed vegetables are sure ways to satisfy your mid-morning or mid-evening hunger pangs. If you are interested in planning a healthy meal plan to suit your calorie requirements, please get in touch with a registered dietitian nutritionist at www.firsteatright.com who can help you with healthy snacks and nutritious meals.
When we prepare snacks at home, it is in our hands to use ingredients creatively to dish up interesting recipes. Try to use colorful fruits, vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats as much as possible to make a delightful and nutrition-packed snack recipe.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.