Healthier Versions Of Crunchy Snacks

This article is authored by Dr. Shweta U. Shah.      .

There are scores of store-bought healthy snacks readily available but nothing can beat fresh and wholesome homemade snacks. Having some go-to snacks present in the kitchen can be a real saviour. What’s more, along with squashing those hunger pangs, you can give your nutrition intake a mammoth boost too. With these easy and simple recipes, you're just a few minutes away from satisfying crunchy snacks!

Here are some healthy snacks to munch on when hunger strikes. These are super quick to make and are a nutrition powerhouse. Salty, savoury, spicy, crunchy or sweet - whatever you are craving, we have got you covered!

• Spicy nuts: Throw in a combination of nuts – cashews, almonds, and peanuts in to a bowl. Sprinkle some chaat masala, chili powder, pepper and rock salt. You can also add a smidge of butter or drizzle some olive oil on this. Toast this in the oven for 5 minutes. Here’s a delicious and irresistible healthy snack! Nuts are jam-packed with nutrients and antioxidants – they stabilize blood sugar levels, bring down levels of bad cholesterol, give you lots of fibre and quell your hunger. Nuts hold a remarkable proportion of amino acids, which are the building blocks to protein. The amino acids in cashews can help rein in symptoms of anxiety, stress and depression. They enhance the uptake of serotonin, and keep you happy. Almonds pack in loads of vitamin E and biotin which can help improve your skin and hair. Almonds also give you monounsaturated fats, which keep the heart happy. Peanuts are brimming over with leucine which is in charge of muscle protein synthesis. What’s best is that all these nuts taste so great!

• Roasted kabuli chana: Chickpeas are a fantastic source of fibre and good quality protein. The fibre as well as the protein promote satiety and keep you feeling fuller for longer. Roasted chickpeas are especially ideal when you’re craving something salty and crunchy, and want to stay away from that irresistible bag of potato chips! Try Tata Sampann Kabuli Chana which is sourced from the farms of Maharashtra, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh, which are known for their high-quality produce. This kabuli chana is bold in size, which makes it prefect to make roasted snack.

• Sweet potato chips: Having sweet potato baked chips has double benefits! It fights off your hunger and also proffers a ton of powerful phyto-nutrients and antioxidants. Toss in finely sliced sweet potatoes on a baking tray, cover with some oil, salt, and pepper. Bake for 10 minutes and you’re done! 1 sweet potato gives 4 grams protein, loads of fibre and your RDA of vitamin A. The sweet potato sure is a dietary champ!

• Date bites: When you long for something that’s sweet and crunchy, these minuscule date bites are just perfect! They are gooey, crunchy and sweet; without any added sugar. A scrumptious combination of dates and nuts, this snack promises you lots of protein, fibre, and keeps you fuller for longer. They are contain nuts and are really filling, so you’ll feel super gratified with about 2 of them. Additionally, the dates can also satisfy your sweet tooth in a healthy way.

Try this list of satiating healthy snack options, instead of reaching for packaged chips and biscuits to subdue your hunger. Packaged and refined snacks do not provide you with any nutrients and cannot ward off hunger for too long either. Wholesome, nutritious, and filling homemade snacks are packed with essential nutrients without any added preservative or additional sodium or sugar. Do give them a try.

Roasted kabuli chana


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