by Shanice Miranda, Cora Health.
Could you imagine a world where you put on the movie you have been looking forward to, but there are no snacks to munch on!?! We surely couldn’t. After a long, hard day of toil, a hearty snack is something we could all use to wash our blues away. It is regrettable that the majority of the quick bites we find are crammed with refined flour, sugar and chemical additives that are injurious to our health. How can we keep up our fitness regime AND still find quick and easy snacking options? We are here to tell you that it is possible- be it for work, on-the-go, for your school lunches or for your travelling friends, there are low-calorie options for us all!
Here is a list of healthy snack ideas that you can take with you on your weight loss journey:
1. All Sorts Of Nuts
This is an easy solution to your mid-meal cravings. Nuts like almonds, walnuts and hazelnuts are ideal to grab a quick bite when you are in a hurry. They are enriched in vitamins and minerals that keep your heart healthy. These crunchy snacks have plenty of antioxidants, monosaturated fats and fiber that maintain wellness.
2. Hello, Yoghurt
You can get creative with this low-fat, creamy treat- Greek yoghurt is also full of protein and to pack in a punch, you may add chia seeds, flax seeds and berries as well. You can even add the nuts we previously discussed. (Yummmyy!!)
3. Healthy Puffs
Missing crispy potato chips? Don’t worry, we have something that is better for you- Jowar and Bajra Puffs. They are low in fat and high in fiber, with essential nutrients like iron. These tasty alternatives are perfectly sweet and salty and are sure to tingle your taste buds!
4. Dark Chocolate
Don’t we all crave that rich, chocolate-y bliss that melts in the mouth? Dark chocolate is a good source of antioxidants that curbs your sweet cravings. The flavanol in it can help reduce the risk of heart conditions and risk of diabetes.
5. Poppin’ Popcorn
Who doesn’t love popcorn? This goodie is an integral part of our theatre experiences. The best part is that it is low in fat and high in fiber. It also keeps you fuller for a substantial amount of time.
6. Crispy Namkeen
You do not have to give up on your comforting desi nibbles when there are healthier options out there. Get the sweet and tangy union you desire with bhel mixes and namkeen made from natural ingredients. These are digested smoothly and are packed with protein too!
7. Rich Dates
These chewy fruits are amazing in terms of the benefits they impart. They are naturally sweet and brimming with antioxidants and nutrients that prevent dangerous diseases. One secret recipe we have up our sleeves is combining dates with almond or peanut butter for some sweet-savoury bliss!
8. Trail Mix
Trail mixes have amazing components like dried berries and cacao as well as crunchy ones like nuts, seeds and granola. It makes a brilliant snack for people of all ages as it provides and sustains energy levels throughout the day. You can reap the benefits of all these superfood elements at once.
9. Wholesome Oatmeal
Expand your horizons with your own homemade recipes using oats. Beyond breakfast, you can use it for when you need something filling to eat. Natural oats have a low glycemic index and those that are unsweetened bring fiber for digestive health. Add some cinnamon, seeds and dried berries to it and indulge guilt-free!
10. Whole Grain Crackers
Opting for whole grains over refined wheat is a nourishing alternative. Multiple crackers in the market are made with seeds and real ingredients that are superior for overall health. Whole grains possess complex carbs that are more suitable for weight loss.
11. Nature’s Goodness
Fruits and vegetables are nature’s candy- they are overloaded with nutrition that is vital for the normal functioning of your body. Innovate with various mix and matches as well. Some of these are tomatoes with mozzarella, carrots and hummus, celery and nut butters. Give it a try- it might surprise you!
Being healthy is a lifestyle choice that is truly a balancing act. It takes some patience to get it right, so don’t be too hard on yourself. Focus on the things that make you happy like small snacks that make you feel good from within!