Do you enjoy munching on snacks but feel that they are unhealthy and you need to avoid them in order to lose weight?
But I have a piece of good news for you… NOT all snacks are unhealthy. If you think creatively, you can come up with numerous healthy snack ideas, that would not only fill you up when you are hungry but can also assist in your weight loss.
I help people to lose weight by focusing on their eating habits and advising them to adopt a healthy lifestyle and losing weight in the process. A very important part of this is meal planning, which means planning for the meals and also the snacks, in advance, so that one does not end up eating unhealthy stuff, which normally happens when nothing else is available.
I am sure you would agree with me that planning for your main meals i.e. breakfast, lunch or dinner is not that much of an issue, as deciding for the healthy snacks can be. And so in my post today I would give you a few options that I prepare myself. Some of these are readily available in the market, some you can cook and store for later use and other can be cooked and instantly eaten.
My intent with giving you these options is to let you know that thinking about healthy snacks is not that much of a big deal. You just need to be creative and plan in advance so that you can stock the ingredients for when you really need them.
1. Boiled Corn:
Ingredients: Raw Maize or alternatively use frozen boiled corn easily available in the supermarkets; Salt, Chilli and lemon juice.
Preparation: Boil the corn and drain all the water of it. Put all the spices and lemon juice into the corn and they are ready to eat.
Serving: Have one cup of this as your snack. It is very healthy.
2. Slice of Bread with a cheese or a spoon of any Sabzi available with you
If you have nothing prepared at home, the easiest thing to do is to take a slice of bread, top it with half a slice of cheese and eat. If you don’t have cheese, you can even put a spoonful of any sabzi (curry or cooked veggie) in your bread slice and eat it. Now again it is your preference in whether you want to toast your bread or eat it raw.
4. Cheese Cube
Keep a stock of Cheese cubes in your refrigerator for super hungry times. Just eat a cube of cheese and you’ll survive. ☺☺ I take a cheese cube with me when I go shopping. It is very handy to eat and gives instant energy to me.
This is my favourite snack. Just a handful of Peanuts as your snack and it’ll leave you so satisfied and full, until your meal time. It is healthy too.
You can either buy the roasted peanuts from the shop or can bring raw peanuts and roast them yourself. Just remember only a handful at one time.
7. Roasted Almonds or Soaked Almonds
You can roast the Almonds following the same method I gave you or lotus seeds, and store it to eat them when you want. Or you can soak the almonds overnight and eat it any time the next day. Soaked Almonds are definitely healthier among the two, and having 10-12 soaked almonds daily is one habit which you should start in any case.
8. Chholey (Black Roasted Chickpeas)
The Black Roasted Chickpeas are again a great snack, mostly available in the Indian Stores or at times in the snack section in the supermarkets. Find them, these are very good and a very healthy snack to get your hunger under control.
I keep these on the side of my office and just have a handful if I am hungry or before entering into a long meeting.
9. Yoghurt with Green Apple
Do you like yoghurt? If yes then this snack can be perfect. Take a medium bowl and fill it half with curd and cut a green apple into it. That is it. It is ready to eat. Green apple is very good for Blood Pressure and all of us know how healthy yoghurt is.
10. Carrot & Cucumber
Just peel the skin of the carrot and have it raw. If you want you can also have a cucumber with it. You can have carrots on the go. Take your time to chew them and so they last longer. Good for eyes and skin. 😁😁
11. Sprouted Beans
From our childhood, we have heard how healthy the sprouted beans are. Everyone knows how to sprout the beans, but for those who don’t know how to make sprouts. Here is the procedure.
Wash the pulses and soak it overnight. Drain the pulses. Take a wet muslin cloth and put the pulses into it. Tie the muslin cloth with the pulses tied tightly inside it. Keep it in a dark place for 1-2 days. That’s it! Untie the muslin cloth to get your sprouted beans.
Some people like to eat it raw. But I add little salt and lemon juice into it before eating.
12. Peanut Jaggery Bars
We call it Chikki in India. These bars are made with only two ingredients: Roasted Peanuts and Jaggery. These can be very easily made at home.
Put jaggery and 1/2 cup of water into the pan and put it to heat. After bringing it to boil, simmer the gas and let it cook, till it thickens. Put the peanuts into the jaggery, mix well and then immediately pour the mixture into an oiled flat cake tin and flatten it.
While it is hot, divide the flattened mixture into 1.5-inch rectangular bars with the help of a knife. Now let it cool down properly. Your Peanut Jaggery bars are ready to eat.
Good news is that these are very easily available in the market. Just take care to buy good quality ones only.
13. Boiled Egg
One boiled egg is all you need to get your hunger under control. If you want you can have a bread slice with it to make it even more filling.
In my past posts, I have given recipes for many kinds of fritters: Corn Zucchini Fritters, Chana Dal Fritters, etc. I generally prepare the fritters in advance for the whole week. Just 2 fritters and a cup of tea and my 11 am meal is sorted. .
15. Cottage Cheese (Paneer)
I just love cottage cheese. If someone gives me a kg of cottage cheese to eat, I can eat it all in one go. To me cottage cheese in any form is awesome. But for your handy healthy snack, just cut the cottage cheese (about 100 gms) in bit size cubes, sprinkle chat masala and lemon and have it as your snack.