Everyone loves snacking. But it can be rather challenging to find healthy and yumilicious options that you can actually gorge on without piling on calories and poking your guilty conscience. It’s a piece of cake to grab any scrumptious junk-laden fried or processed foods when your hunger pangs and cravings kick in. Your hands automatically reach out for snacks such as chips, roasted peanuts, vada pav, samosas, pastries, biscuits, chocolates, and more. Because they are literally everywhere and they taste so good, right?
Sadly, these junk food options are spilling over with unnecessary fatty substances and sugar. These nutrient robbers give you an instant sense of gratification and pleasure rush due to such high sugar levels, but in essence are empty calories. These fried, sweet, and processed foods make you crave for them even more and you end up putting on weight and worsening your health and work performance.
Trust me, these unhealthy snacks are not filling and won’t help you meet your fitness and nutrition goals. It is advised to altogether skimp on the deep-fried, sugar-laden and morbid snacks, and opt for some healthier options. Because healthy snacking prevents you from overeating later in the day and actually boost your metabolism, which in turn triggers weight loss and keeps your energy levels high.
Here, I have rounded up some wholesome and delicious Indian snacking options that will make you feel more satisfied and stave off the hunger pangs.
Idli is a low-on-carbs and healthy snack option, especially for diet conscious people. You can make steamed idlis by using some roasted oats, grated carrots, chopped chilies, and fresh coriander. Being rich in proteins, vitamins, and minerals, oats enrich the nutritional value of this delicacy, without comprising on the taste.
These are the healthiest form of muffins that you can eat to satisfy your cravings. The batter of bran whole wheat muffins are prepared from bran cereal, whole wheat flour, low-fat milk, and brown sugar. Substituting the fat part with freshly made apple sauce makes this treat truly wholesome.
You can create a highly-nutritious snack by tossing up some kidney beans, chickpeas, and green beans together. Drizzle with a light dressing of olive oil, chaat masala and lemon juice, topped with chopped onions, green chilies, and cilantro, and the yummy chaat is ready to treat your taste buds.
It is the perfect healthy and nutritious option that you can eat your fill of without putting on pounds. Toss some charred broccoli and a handful of fresh sprouts with a sweet and tangy olive oil dressing. Throw in some beans and potatoes, and the chaat is ready to eat.
A delicious and nutritious snack that you can delve in any time of the day. Banana oat bread is low in carbs and packed with nutrients. It is made up with oats, all-purpose flour, white sugar, mashed bananas, milk, chopped raisins and walnuts, with a wafting aroma of ground cinnamon. In fact, it is the perfect alternative to regular bread which is rather fattening.
If you find it difficult to keep your hand out of the cookie jar, don’t worry, now you don’t need to. You can try healthy ragi cookies and make them your best friend. These crunchy, calcium-rich and crumbly cookies should be your go-to snacks whenever you hear the tummy growl.
If you think the sweet corn seasoned with chat masala that you get at roadside stalls is tantalizing, wait till you get a wild roller coaster ride with these fresh corn bhels. Corn is spruced up with potatoes, tangy chutney, chopped onions, lemon juice and fresh coriander, to create a mouth-watering chaat. A delicious and nutritious evening snack that you will surely love indulging in.
It is one of the most famous, healthy and low-fat Indian snacks that has the goodness of ragi and millets. You can add roasted peanuts, ragi flakes, puffed rice flakes, boiled potatoes, tomatoes, onions and green chilies. Enhance the taste by sprinkling chat masala and black sesame, and garnish with coriander leaves.
A flavorsome and nutritious Indian snack that is rich in energy, and prepared with walnuts, oats, raisins, cardamom, and sweetened with honey and brown sugar. The Elaichi granola bar is rich in fiber and proteins. You should try this energy bar especially in breakfast to replenish your body for the day ahead .
Enjoy this light, delicious and healthy snack that is easy to cook and highly scrumptious. The healthy jowar medley is filled with veggies and packed with a delightful blend of flavors. Take a cup of jowar seeds and mix them up with green chilies, curry leaves, mustard seeds, ginger, corn, red pepper and cooked jowar. Garnish it with coriander leaves.
From sweet to salty to savory, you will find many great and healthy Indian snacks recipes that you can eat to satisfy your evening munchies. Try these snacks recipes at home or if you don’t have the time to make one of these recipes, simply visit any desi Indian restaurant in St. Kitts to fulfill all your snacking needs.