When Hunger Pangs Hit You At Odd Hours, Try These Healthy Snacks
Stock your pantry with makhana, trail mix and roasted black chana to fight mid-meal cravings
Makhana or Fox Nuts
These roasted and popped seeds, which belong to the water lily family, make for a light and healthy snack. Packed with antioxidants, makhana is often recommended as a healthy snack by nutritionists as it is rich in protein and low on calories. You can buy packets of raw fox nuts and roast them in a little ghee with salt and pepper at home or go for the packaged variety that comes in exotic flavours such as piri piri and wasabi.
Roasted Black Chana
One of the most popular snacks in the country, roasted kala chana is filling and delicious. They are packed with protein and fibre and are also an incredible source of iron. You can have it as a nutritious tea-time snack or make a chaat with chopped onions and tomatoes, chilli, coriander, chaat masala and lemon.
Delicious and filling, these pre-packed bars, usually made of rolled oats, dry fruits and honey, are the perfect on-the-go snack. Popular with people of all ages, these protein, fibre and nutrient-rich bars provide an instant boost of energy. However, some granola bars can have high sugar content. Make sure you check the label and choose one that’s low on sugar and contains heart-healthy fats from nuts.
A combination of fibre-rich nuts, antioxidant-rich berries, and nutritious seeds, a trail mix is the perfect healthy snack to fulfil your mid-meal cravings. Most trail mixes contain a combination of walnuts, almonds, cranberries, sunflower and melon seeds and dry dates. And, they are delicious too, so you can add them to salads, breakfast cereals and desserts.