Healthy Snacks For Healthy Life


Healthy Snacks For Healthy Life

Here I am going to tell you about some snacks which are healthy one’s and you can easily take them while travelling like in your office, school, college. All of you are already familiar with these foods. But it is all about combining them in the right way so that your snack becomes balanced and your body feels satiated. Take apple for an example. If you eat one apple that might not be enough to suppress your hunger. Now, if you eat two apples that would actually be an overdose of carbohydrates. Now, combining this apple with peanut butter or roasted peanuts will actually make you satiated very easily. Psychologically and scientifically, when we combine two or more foods our body feels more satiated. 

All the snack options that we are going to discuss today are on the same lines. Moreover, these foods are cheap and easily available in the market throughout the year. Now, these snack options are for one and all. It doesn’t matter if you workout or not,you are a man or woman, young or old. It is for everybody. Most importantly, these snack options will help you stay away from the unhealthy food outside. 

Now, If we talk about India, then mostly in India no snack is complete without a chai or Indian tea. And I promise, you can include Indian tea or green tea with any of the snack options that we are going to discuss today. Just make sure that you keep sugar to minimum. If possible, use natural sweeteners like stevia. So without any further delay, let’s get started. 

First is Makhane, also known as Phool Makhana Lotus seeds. Now my mother is head over heels in love with makhane. She takes them to her workplace everyday and she tells me that these are so filling, so crunchy that it feels like having popcorn. Now lotus seeds are very healthy. They are low in calories and rich in minerals. They are also high in fibre and have some amount of protein as well. They are super low in sodium. So it becomes a great snacking option for somebody who is suffering from high blood pressure. You can just roast them in a kadhai with a pinch of salt or microwave them for a few minutes. Trust me, you will love them. In my opinion, makhane are satiating in itself but if you want you can have one handful of unsalted roasted peanuts along with them. 

Next is my all time favourite, bhuna chana roasted chickpeas. Now, they are also extremely filling and very tasty. Roasted chickpeas are a great source of complex carbohydrates and also have some amount of protein. Even after consuming 2 large handfuls of roasted chickpeas, you will hardly get 15 grams of carbohydrates but your stomach will be full. So you can combine them with one handful of unsalted roasted peanuts to get healthy fats and some amount of protein.

Next option is fruits and nuts. Now, you can use any fruit like apple, banana,orange or whatever seasonal fruits that are available around you. And combine them with one handful of nuts like badam, cashews, walnuts, peanuts etc. Now you are getting carbohydrates from fruits and healthy fats and protein from the nuts. All in all it becomes a well balanced, filling and nutritious snack option. This takes me to my next snack option which is banana peanut butter roti. Now take one whole wheat roti and apply one tablespoon of peanut butter on it. Add one banana to it and you can just roll it and have it. It is a very tasty, filling and nutritious snack option.

Next is carrots and cucumbers. Now only carrots and cucumbers may not be enough to fill your tummy. So you can actually add two handfuls of roasted chickpeas and one handful of unsalted roasted peanuts along with it. Now you are getting vitamins and minerals from carrots and cucumbers, carbohydrates and some amount of protein from chickpeas and healthy fats and again some amount of protein from peanuts. This is how you combine the foods to make your snack filling and balanced. 

Next is again one of my favourites, boiled chana chaat. Now, it is very easy to prepare it. All you need to do is, boil the chana. Add onion, tomato, cucumbers and season it with salt, pepper, tomato ketchup and lemon. Just mix it well and it is ready to go. You need not boil chana everyday. You can boil it in bulk and store in the refrigerator for 7 days. There can be a lot of variations to this chaat. 

Instead of using black chana, you can evenuse chhole, rajma or sprouts. This takes me to my next snack option which is very similar, egg white chaat. Replace black chana with egg whites and your egg white chaat is ready. This is a great way to get over the bland taste of egg whites. Now because egg whites are a source of lean protein so you can even add one roti to it. 

Next snack options could be egg white bhurji egg white omelette. Now, you might be thinking that should we have egg whites in summer? Definitely. They won’t cause you pimples. It is a myth. 

So friends, these were some healthy snack options. I would suggest you keep them handy with yourself, always. So friends I hope you found this article helpful. 

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