There are many options for snacking for those who are weight-watchers or diet conscious.
Do you tend to get hungry and reach for unhealthy snacks such as cookies, chips, biscuits or chocolates? That’s the problem with snacks. Snacks that are easy to find are either sugary or deep-fried, which can harm your health. Healthy snacks don’t have to be boring, but who says they are boring? Many low-calorie snacks can satisfy your hunger and improve your health. You can choose your favorite from the list below.
Are you trying to give up fried snacks but don’t know what to do? You can switch to low-calorie makhanas, with only 111 calories per cup. You can roast one cup of makhana with 1/2 teaspoon of ghee. Makhanas can be perfectly roasted once they are golden in color. Add salt, black pepper powder, and chaat masala to the makhanas. Sprinkle oregano, red chili flakes and salt on the roasted makhanas.
Peanut butter and apple
Slice 1/2 of an apple into thin slices. In a bowl, mix 1 tablespoon peanut butter. Dip each apple slice into the peanut butter, and then enjoy. The creamy mixture will provide 135 calories, and it will also be very filling. This combination can be used as a pre-workout snack to provide instant energy.
If you’re on a diet, puffed Rice is the best snack option. Puffed Rice is an oil-free snack rich in fiber, which can aid in digestion and weight loss. Puffed Rice has only 30 calories per cup. Season puffed Rice by adding salt, chaat masala and mixed herb powder to enhance its flavor. Make a delicious chaat using puffed Rice. Combine 1 cup of puffed rice with 1 tbsp mint sauce, 2 Tbsp chopped onion and 2 Tbsp chopped tomato. Add 1 tbsp minced green chili, 1 tbsp coriander leaf, half a lemon juice, salt, chaat masala, mixed herbs, and 1 tbsp chopped garlic. Mix well and serve.
Strawberry sundae with chocolate
Did you know that a single piece of chocolate-coated strawberry has only 10 calories? This snack is perfect for those who have a sweet tooth or crave chocolate. To make chocolate-coated strawberries, dip strawberries in dark chocolate. Put them on parchment paper-lined baking sheets and let cool in the refrigerator until the chocolate sets. Your chocolate strawberries will be ready for you to serve once they have been set.
The summer season is upon us, and we can find relief from the heat with refreshing popsicles. Instead of buying sugary popsicles in the supermarket, you can make your fruit popsicles. You can use any fruit you like: mango, strawberry and blueberry, watermelon, guava and grapes. Blend the fruit with coconut water in a blender. You can add stevia to sweeten your popsicles or skip this step if you have enough sweet fruit. Place the mixture in ice cream molds and freeze until firm.
Popcorn is a great alternative to deep-fried snacks when craving something crunchy and salty. Make your popcorn with corn kernels instead of buying ready-to-make popcorn packets at the supermarket. Ready-to-make popcorn packets usually contain oil and sodium. However, popcorn made with corn kernels can be controlled in terms of butter/oil and salt. A cup of plain salt popcorn has 32 calories.
You will need 1/4 cup of the raw corn kernels that you can find at the market; in a pressure cooker, heat 1 tbsp butter/olive oil. Add the corn kernels and pink Himalayan salt to taste. Cook the popcorn by covering the cooker with a lid. The popcorn will start to pop after a while. After the popcorn stops popping, turn off the flame. You are now ready to serve your homemade.