Snacking between meals is a good way to remain healthy and lose weight. Here are simple to carry and healthy snack options.
Choose the right foods
Keeping long gaps between meals can lead to hunger pangs which in turn leads to making wrong food choices at meal times. Snacking between meals is a good way to remain healthy and keep your energy levels high. Mid-meal snacking helps to lose weight by keeping the metabolism high. The trick to snacking healthy is to choose the right foods.
Puffed whole grains
Eminent Nutritionist Mitalee Doshi from Oomph Nutrition says, “Puffed whole grains like Nachni / Barley / Jowar / Foxnut also known as Makhana is a better choice than puffed rice or kurmura. They are more fibrous and have a good amount of minerals, calcium iron, vitamins especially vitamin D and are low in calories. They can be easily prepared and stored just like puffed rice.”
“Roasted Chana or roasted gram is very nutritious and an ideal mid meal snack. They are high in proteins and free from trans fats. Proteins provide a high satiety level and keep you full for long, says Mitalee Doshi.”
Nutritionist says, “Fresh fruits is the easiest to carry and can be had any time of the day. Fresh fruits contain all the essential nutrients that include vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which help to improve immunity and improve skin conditions. Fresh fruits are also low in calories which make them a handy and healthy snack option.”
Mitalee says, “Recent study suggests that one whole egg a day is safe even for people with heart diseases. More threat is from sugary foods, trans fats and refined foods. Having one whole boiled egg as a snack is nutritious as it contains vitamins and some amount of cholesterol which is required in the body and which is good.
Curd or yogurt is healthy. The expert nutritionist Mitalee Doshi says, “Its probiotic nature is beneficial to increase the immunity and aids digestion. It is high in protein and calcium. Curd can be had with vegetables in the form of raita or with fruits as a smoothie as a mid-meal snack. Buttermilk is another popular mid meal snack which is easy to prepare and store.
Mitalee Doshi says, “Dry fruits is a highly nutritious mid meal snack but it is important to control portion size. Having 7-8 nuts which includes 1-2 almond, 1-2 walnuts, 1or 2 dates and a cashew nut or Pista makes for a nutritious mid meal snack .
Khakra is an easily available snack and should be considered over roadside junk food. They are filling and highly nutritious as it is also another form of roti.
Mitalee Doshi says, “Sprouts can be had boiled or in the form of bhel with added vegetables and curd. Sprouts are good in nutrients and fiber and have a high satiety level. They are a complete package with Vitamin B, Vitamin C and minerals like zinc, iron, potassium, phosphorus and calcium.