Making Healthy Snacks at Home
Biscuits, chips and chiwdas are probably among the first foods that come to mind when we think of snacking. These packaged foods might be convenient, however, they are not the healthiest options for you and your family. Here we’ve put together some quick and easy recipes for healthy snacks at home.
Yogurt Fruit Bowls and Smoothies
The less processing that’s involved in preparing your food, the better. Fresh fruit and yogurt is not only a healthy snack to have at home, but a delicious combination too. To prepare your fruit bowl, take half a cup of yogurt with a little bit of water and beat until smooth. You could also add a spoonful of honey or Tata Nx Zero Sugar to the yogurt if you’d like some extra sweetness. Top this with your favourite fruits, diced, sprinkle with slivered nuts and dig in. You could also choose to throw all the ingredients into a blender with about half a cup of water to make a yummy smoothie.
This snack is a perfect protein and fibre combination. You can also add in some roasted seeds like pumpkin, sunflower or chia to increase the nutrient value and enhance the taste.
Due to its high protein, fibre and micronutrient content, Kabuli chana makes a great snack ingredient. To make this quick snack at home, soak and par-boil about 1½ cup of Kabuli chana. In a large bowl, combine the prepped chana with 2-3 tbsp olive oil, 1½ tsp chilli powder, 1 tsp chaat masala, 1 tsp jeera powder, 1 tsp garlic powder and salt to taste. Cook this mixture in a non-stick pan for 15 minutes on medium heat. Stir intermittently so the chickpeas cook evenly. Serve warm.
Masala chana is a great protein-rich snack which is not only healthy but also keeps you satiated for a longer time owing to its protein and fibre content. It also suitable for diabetics as it can help keep their blood sugar levels in check.
Spiced Ragi Cookies
These yummy cookies are a healthy snack to keep at home, and are sure to be a hit with young and old alike. Ragi cookies can be a healthy alternative to regular refined flour cookies as Ragi is not only gluten-free and contains more calcium and potassium than most other grains.
Mix 1 cup ragi flour with ½ tbsp green cardamom powder. Gently roast this mix on a tawa for 2 minutes until the colour darkens slightly. In a bowl, whisk one egg, add the ragi mix and mix well. Next, incorporate ¼ tsp ginger powder, ½ tbsp salt and ½ cup rice bran oil. Make the dough into small balls and flatten them to form the cookies. Preheat the oven for 7 minutes and line a tray with butter paper. Arrange the cookies with enough space between them and bake at 180°C for about 8 minutes. Voila, your spiced ragi cookies are ready!
Moong Dal Halwa
This protein-packed halwa is another healthy snack to have at home and is great for when you’re hungry between meals. Wash and soak ½ cup moong dal for half an hour. Next, drain the water and blend to a coarse paste. Heat some ghee in a non-stick pan and fry ½ tbsp rava for about a minute. Incorporate the moong dal, stirring intermittently on medium flame. When the mixture starts to form crumbly clumps, reduce the flame and continue to fry until it turns a nice golden brown. Mix ½ cup milk with ½ cup water and a bit of saffron and slowly, add this to the mix while stirring to ensure there are no lumps. When the mixture thickens, add a bit of rose water and some more ghee if needed. Cook until the halwa starts to leave the sides of the dish. Transfer to a dish and garnish with nuts before serving.
Cucumber sev puri
This is a refreshing and filling snack. Chop cucumber to medium sized slices. Use this as the base instead of the usual refined flour puri, add some boiled potatoes slices, onion and tomatoes as toppings. Add some date chutney and mint coriander chutney for flavour and sprinkle some sev and chaat masala over it. Not only is this healthy as it replaces the fried puris but cucumber is also hydrating in summers.
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