Everyone loves to munch on snacks. Eating a snack in between the meals helps control the hunger pangs while also maintaining nutritional requirements of body.
Eating healthy snacks boosts the energy levels that are imperative during the day and also keeps the over-eating habit at bay. However, it is important to watch what you consume while maintaining a controlled portion size. To eat a snack between meals for consistent energy levels, it is important to consume calories less than that of a typical meal i.e. 100-150 calories.
Here are lists of useful information on healthy snacks that can be enjoyed anytime during the day without worrying about over-eating.
Fresh fruits –
Fruits are an excellent snack that can be munched on during the day to meet daily requirements of vitamins and minerals. Fibrous fruits like Orange, Mausambi, Guava, Pomegranate, Apples or Papaya are good options for snacks as they’re filling and contain a lot of good fibre. Blend yoghurt to make a delicious smoothie.
Nuts are the best source of proteins and hence are a very good option for snacking. Various nuts like peanuts, hazelnuts, walnuts, almonds, pistachio combat hunger pangs. They are good sources of essential fatty acids which help in maintaining good heart and brain health.
Salads are ideal snack for people who are trying to lose weight but do not want to starve. Choosing low calorie vegetables like lettuce, spinach, celery, and other vegetables like broccoli, cucumber can make a very healthy filling meal. Sprout salads are also rich in proteins as well as in other essential nutrients and serve as a good mid-morning or evening snack.
Low calorie snacks -
Low calorie steamed snacks like Khandvi, Vegetable Momos, Idli, Dhokla are good for snacking. The snacks made with Chana dal or Besan like Dhokla always have a good nutritional value plus taste. A variety of options like a brown bread sandwich with healthy vegetables can be very filling when hunger pang strikes at work but it is important to keep a check on the portion size as it helps in regulating calorie intake.
Low calories beverages:
Healthy beverages like soups or lemon water not only hydrate the body but also provide vitamins and minerals. Soups with a lot of veggies are an ideal snack. Spinach, broccoli, corn, celery, carrots work well soups. In summers make up for the loss of electrolyte and fluid by the intake of cool beverages like Lemon water, Chach, Jaljeera instead of unhealthy high calorie colas.