As the New Year unfolds before us, and we start planning and preparing for it with new enthusiasm, zeal and of course a set of Mandatory Resolutions, it’s always a good idea to keep your health check on the list.
Whether a late night New Years House Party or a laid-back Sunday noon, snacks are an unavoidable part of life. And you cannot let these occasionally frequent cravings ruin your health mantra!
So, it’s best to have some healthy snacks handy that can be used for substituting the otherwise adulterated ones:
1) Muesli with Milk:
What can be better than starting the day with a bowl full of nutrition? Muesli is the power-packed king of healthy snacks. Just pour some warm milk in this single bowl of oats, nuts, fruits and cereals, and you’re good to go for the day.
2) Multigrain Porridge:
As tasteless as it may sound, a porridge, with the goodness of oats, cereals and other grains is a superb source of fibre and minerals. With a simple prep, you can have a wholesome meal on the go.
- 1 cup mixed grains (oats, quinoa, millet etc.), preferably soaked overnight in water and drained
- 4 cups water
- ½ – 1 cup unsweetened skimmed milk
- In a saucepan, combine the grains and water. Bring to a boil.
- Simmer and cook for about 25-30 minutes (depending on the amount of time for which they were soaked) until all the grains are tender.
- Stir in the milk according to the desired consistency.
3) Sugar-Free Shakes:
Instead of carbonated drinks, try going for Juices and Shakes. They’re healthier, will make u feel fuller, and frankly, even taste better. Just pick any seasonal fruit and juice it or shake it. And yes, no added sugar, please.
4) Yoghurt Dip and Spreads:
Yoghurt or even simply hung curd can turn into heavenly dips and spreads. Just a mix some finely chopped garlic, salt and a paste of coriander, mint and green chillies, and Tada!
Leave behind the tempting high caloric cheesy dips and switch to one of these. You can snack on veggies with these dips or simply spread them on multigrain bread, that’s on you.
5) Sabudana Khichdi:
One of the easiest and most popular Indian recipes is the Sabudana Khichdi. A simple yet beautiful dish cooked with peanuts and potatoes and topped with coriander and chopped green chillies can give you a meal rather than just a snack.
- 2 cups Sabudana
- 2 cups water
- 2 tablespoon oil
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 3-4 curry leaves
- ½ tablespoon grated ginger
- 2 green chillies finely chopped
- 2 medium sized potatoes peeled and cubed
- Roasted peanuts
- Salt to taste
- 1 tablespoon Lemon juice
- Wash and soak the sago for at least 5-6 hours, or overnight.
- Drain and keep aside.
- Add oil to a heavy bottom pan.
- Once warm, add in the cumin seeds followed by the cubed potatoes.
- Add curry leaves, ginger, chopped chillies and cook for a minute more.
- Add the sage and cook until the sago is translucent.
- Garnish with coriander leaves and some lemon juice and serve hot.
6) Amla Candy:
Gooseberry or Amla is an excellent source of Vitamin C, very vital during the cold weather. It boosts your immunity and prevents bacterial and viral infections. It even aids in weight loss. The list is endless. So, with some effort, you can either make it yourself at home, or even get it ready-made from the market, but once it’s there you can store and snack on it for the months to come.
7) Spicy Chickpeas:
Baked or boiled, chickpeas are high protein beans that are the easiest to snack on whenever you feel hungry. Morning or evening, just flavour these with a mixture of spices and they’ll always be the first to strike you whenever you want to feel full.
8) Banana and Nut Muffins:
Yes, a banana muffin can be a low-calorie delight. Just include multigrain flour, walnuts, raisins (your favourite nuts) and healthy ripe bananas. The potassium and magnesium-rich banana recipe, with the crunch of nuts, is just the thing you need when you’re serving a subtly sweet and healthy party snack.
9) Whole-Grain Bread:
What is a meal or even a snack without bread to snack with? Bread is the handiest thing one can think of when hungry. But not all bread is healthy! So, while picking be sure to choose the one with whole grains, and not just multigrain, because it won’t do any good if it’s made of refined multigrain. Otherwise, you can always just bake a loaf at home, it’s not rocket science.
10) Keeros Multigrain and Multiseed Roasted Supersnacks:
Feeling too lazy to move a bone? We have the most effortless snack ready made just for you. Just grab a bowl of either of Keeros Multigrain or Keeros Multiseed Roasted Supersnacks whenever you are not in a mood to cook. Filled with amino acids, minerals and fibre, these mixed grains and seeds can prove to be the healthiest and handiest snacks ever. Happy munching!
With so many new ideas in hand, start this New Year afresh with snacking healthy and staying healthy.
Have a healthy and snuggly winter with Keeros Superfoods!