We are all guilty of snack time bingeing, whether it is gorging your favourite chips during TV time or wolfing down that entire pack of cookies when midnight hunger strikes. Unfortunately, the ultimate bliss of chocolate melting in your mouth is short-lived and soon replaced with feelings of remorse and you keep berate yourself for giving in to your senses.
Now what if this snacking could be made healthy? Better still, what if it was delicious? Sounds too good to be true? Read on for some easy yet nutritious snacks which are yummy to tummy!
- Roasted peanuts: One of the easiest ways to get in your healthy fat, proteins and fibre is the humble peanut. Classified as a nut but actually being a part of the legume family, peanuts have more protein than any other nut (7g per serving) and contain more than 30 essential nutrients and minerals. So just toss some in your pan and have them as your mid meal snack and voila! You have a wholesome and flavoursome snack ready in minutes! Want to spice it up? Maybe add some curry leaves and chilli while at it. Just remember to keep salt to minimal. Have a sweet tooth? Toss in some jaggery powder, cinnamon and cardamom powder. Tastes yummy and satisfies your sweet cravings.
- Coconut chunks: Another nutritious snack is coconut chunks. Coconut actually contains MCTs which is the kind of fat that helps you lose excess body fat. Talk about win-win! Whoever heard of getting a flat stomach thanks to snacking! It also contains proteins along with many essential minerals like manganese, copper, iron and selenium. So cut up that coconut into bite sized chunks for a chewy snack on a lazy afternoon. Crave for something chocolatey? Add in some cocoa powder and mashed dates to make coconut-chocolate truffles. Yummmm!
- Foxnuts: Do you love the crunch of popcorn? Missing your favourite bag of tangy chips? Fear not, foxnut is your go-to. This superfood is rich in proteins and fibre and low in fat. It is also a great source of calcium, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus. Roast with ghee and black pepper for a scrumptious evening tea time companion. Like it spicy? Maybe add some mint powder and chilli flakes while at it. Foxnuts can be made into any flavour you relish – tandoori, Mexican salsa, sweet-chilli – you name it!
So, with these easy yet tasty mid-meal recipes, keep your winter snacking healthy to waltz your way into the New Year with a flat tummy! Happy snacking!