Are you someone, who loves to have healthy snacks or munching all the time? That’s great!
Making your snack a healthy one is really a good idea. Even the nutritional studies show the benefits of having healthy snacks and advice to have them. What are all those benefits?
Benefits of Healthy Snacks :
- Increased Focus and Good productivity
- Decreased Stress
- Weight control
- Cleared cravings
- Elevated mood
So, you are searching for the best topic ever. You can gain all these benefits by choosing the right healthy snacks. How to choose?
How to choose Healthy Snacks :
- Always try To avoid the Packaged or Processed Snacks as they are loaded with preservatives, saturated Fats, high sodium, artificial food Additives.
- Avoid Soft drink and colas as the best replacements to them are tasty fruit juices.
- Choose high fibre foods, to help you in digestion and weight loss.
- A combination of Carbohydrates and Protein is the best to fulfill your nutritional needs.
- Always check the nutritional list at the back of the product and never forget to avoid the fried or deep fried snacks.(Take them very rarely)
- Natural foods are to be your first choice.
So, let us now go into healthy Indian snack or munching ideas, which are
- Very easy to make
- Less time consuming
- Storable and
Let’s know about the Two types
1. Made or cooked once and can be stored for many days
2. Can have immediately even without cooking
I am gonna discuss about both of them here.
Healthy Snack Ideas:
1.Regi vadiyalu :
These are also called Jujube vada. Made of mashed jujube fruit, Salt, jeera(cumin seeds)and chilli powder which are mixed to form a paste and sun dried as Vadiyalu. Make it just once in the season and enjoy them throughout the year. This is a perfect spicy munching to have.
Benefits: Potassium, Calcium, Phosphorus, Fibre, Iron, Vitamin B6, Zero Fat and Zero Cholesterol.
Medicinal uses: Aids in good digestion, Weight loss, bone health, osteoporosis.
2. Nuts bar or laddoos:
Also called the Protein bar or Energy bar which is easy to carry. This Crunchy, tasty bar is usually made with all the Seeds, Dry fruits and Nuts. Cashew nuts, almonds, walnuts, pista, flax seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds etc.
Are mixed together with jaggery or physillum husk and are made into cubes or laddoos.
Benefits: Rich in protein, vitamins like A, B, E and Minerals like iron, calcium and many. It’s list is never ending.
Medicinal uses: cardiac, skin, hair, digestive, nervous, circulatory, bone health get improved.
You all know that Soybeans are very high in Protein, but it’s not always possible to take it in our curries. Then this is the way to have.
These are usually made in steps like baking, roasting with salt and chilli powder. There can be other flavours like pepper. You can prefer buying these online.
Benefits: they are the powerhouse of protein and fibre.
Medicinal uses : Heart, bone, reproductive health, weight loss and muscle mass gain. They have Phytoestrogens that mimic the estrogen on the body and are good.
Excess eating may cause bloating or flatulence. So, take them calculatively. But you will love eating these crispy nuts.
5.Wheat crackers :
These are the most healthy and favourite option of health freaks. There are many type of crackers, but the suggested one is made with whole wheat, seeds like sesame, flax, pumpkin, sunflower, salt, pepper, baking soda, water and oil.
All are mixed and baked (or roasted like chapati) which form into crispy Crackers. Best for breakfast and snack time. Cheese, yogurt, peanut butter are used for dipping options.
Benefits : Good at protein, iron, fibre, calcium, omega3fattyacids.
Medicinal uses: Weight loss, heart health, skin and hair health, helps in joint pains, bone density issues.
Moong, Chana, Ragi and other pulses can also be sprouted. Soak them in the water tonight and place them in a cloth wrap for germinating.
Benefits: Sprouting increases the Vitamin B6 amount in the pulses, this is why they are always preferred over the usual ones. They are rich in protein, fibre and vitamins.
Medicinal uses : Almost every type of diet includes these Sprouts. They help in weight-loss, diabetes, digestion and many.
But the only case, where you need to avoid these is kidney failures or chronic kidney diseases, where the protein intake need to be reduced, to avoid load on kidney function.
7.Laddoos like coconut, sunnunda :
These are the best snacks of the olden days but the most needed snacks even for these days. We all know the various advantages of Coconut, when it is combined with jaggery and ghee, it gets enriched with Iron and Calcium.
Tip: Coconut sugar can be used as a replacement for jaggery.
Sunnunda is a famous sweet item of Andhra pradesh.
Benefits: Which is considered the best food mainly to adolescent girls and pregnant women, to make them strong. Thanks to all the nutrients in it and for the taste.
Medicinal uses: Used for improving bone health, anemia, menstrual issues, hair and skin health.
This is the paste like substance made from the soaked Chickpeas. As chickpeas are the bestest legumes to have, this has got a lot of importance in diets.
Soaked chickpeas are ground into paste by adding garlic, pepper, Salt, chilli flakes and little bit of olive oil to it. It can be stored in a deep freezer for a month.
Tip: As Hummus is rich in Iron, it is better to mix it with lemon juice, as vitamin C helps in better absorption of Iron.
Benefits: Protein, fibre, vitamin c, zero cholesterol, iron and a lot of minerals.
Medicinal uses: Anemia, weakness, heart diseases, skin, hair and joint pains.
Now, let’s look at some ready to eat options which are easily available at our home.
Ready to eat options:
The best ever source of Nutrients. Except the Vitamin C, it has all the vitamins, minerals, carbs, protein and fats. Which is really advisable to almost every diet. Boiling it is the best form to have it.
2.Yogurt Salad or Sandwich:
Do you know? Curd is the best source of Probiotic bacteria which are very much needed for our Digestion and Immunity.
Your tummy feels too cool, after having curd in any form like making a vegetable salad or sandwich.
Trail mix is the combination of all the Nuts. It is readily available online and is very healthy to have it as Snack.
4. Fruits :
This is the most expected one, I know. But let me tell you, choose the fruit according to your need.
Diabetics need to replace Bananas, Mangoes and any other fruit with Guava, Papaya, Java plum (Neredu). Always prefer local seasonal fruits over exotic.
5.Dark chocolate :
Dark chocolate is our favourite and the healthiest option. Although it can’t really make your tummy full, it satisfies our cravings. Lifts the mood, improves brain function, heart function, and is rich in antioxidants.
6.Apple + Peanut butter:
As Apples are rich in fibre, vitamins and peanut butter in protein, your tummy can really feel full for a good time.This way it becomes a tasty and healthy snack option.
If you are working out these days or doing a good physical work, you must undoubtedly take a Protein shake to meet your body needs. Even the growing children, need it badly.
Vegetables like Carrot and Tomato are really good, when taken raw. Tomato being very rich in Lycopene, Vitamin C and Carrot rich in Vitamin A,Vitamin K,Potassium,Antioxidants can aid in good health.
Tip: Sundried tomatoes and Kale chips are good options.
Grab any of these from your Table or Fridge and have a good healthy and tasty Snack time.
Hope you enjoy these simple Munchings or Snack Ideas.
Happy Munching chums!😃