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Late-night cravings or mid-day cravings we all love to snack on something crunchy, sweet, sour, spicy, hot, or cold. We usually resort to something that is either easy to cook or right out of the bag. Snacking is considered a very unhealthy habit but it's a good practice if you follow portion control. We usually have three meals a day, breakfast, lunch and dinner, at times, the intervals between the three can be long and tiresome it can be either due to our busy schedules or sleeping patterns so when we sit to have any meal either midday or at the end of it we usually end up eating it at supersonic speed and forget the fact that it can further lead to indigestion. Snacking helps curb that cause you are fueling your body with food in small quantities throughout the day, it in turn helps you to enjoy your meal rather than consuming too much too soon.
Snacking healthy has its benefits
It keeps you moderately full
Keeps your hunger pangs at bay
Boosts your energy
Helps maintain your blood sugar levels
Provides mental clarity
Here are 20 healthy recipes that are easy to make, some can be made in batches and used for up to a week/month, some are quick fixes and some take about 20 minutes tops!
Dry Roast the cashews, almonds, and oats in a pan over med flame.
In a bowl add 2 tbsps of flaxseed powder with enough water to make it into a paste and let it sit for 2mins.
Add the honey, vanilla extract, salt and cinnamon powder.
While that sits, chop up the roasted nuts, dark chocolate and mash up the dates.
Add all the above ingredients to a bowl of oats
Mix in well and form into balls
This will stay fresh in the refrigerator for a week. Your homemade ready to go high protein snack is ready!!
19) Hummus and Veggies
Health benefits: Plant-based protein, high in fibre, a superfood.
Boiled Chickpeas (kabuli chana) (2 cups)
- Roasted sesame seeds (1 tbsp)
- Garlic (6 med pods)
- Olive oil (2tbsp)
- Chilli flakes (1tsp)
- Salt (½ tsp)
- Lime (1tsp)
Heat some olive oil in a pan and roast some finely chopped garlic, till golden brown
In a blender, add the boiled chickpeas along with all the other ingredients and the roasted garlic, with a little water to loosen it up.
Blend till it has been nicely incorporated, the consistency should be thick.
Serve with vegetables like carrots, zucchini, bell peppers etc. You can even spread this over a toast of whole wheat bread or any bread of your choice and sprinkle a little chilli flakes and a dash of olive oil for that added zing.
20) Banana and Vanilla mug cake
Health Benefits: Potassium, protein, antioxidants
Wheat flour (1cup)
- Banana (1)
- Egg (1)
- Roasted Nuts ⅓ cup nuts of your choice
- Vanilla (½ tsp)
- Milk (½ cup) or until the batter resembles cake batter
- Baking soda (½ tsp)
- Honey (1tsp)
- Dark chocolate ⅓ cup (personal preference)
In a blender add all the above ingredients except the roasted nuts and dark chocolate.
Pour this golden batter in a mug, alternating it between the roasted nuts and the dark chocolate
Put this in the microwave on a med-high temp for 5mins or until baked!
Serve warm with black coffee or eat it as a healthy dessert!
Ending the snack recipes on a sweeter note, So reach out for these healthy options rather than reaching out for that bag of chips or a box of cookies, it's okay to indulge in unhealthy treats at times but constantly making unhealthy choices over a healthy one will make you lethargic mentally and physically.