Making Snacks Healthy With Dal
Dr. Shweta U. Shah

Dr. Shweta U. Shah
18 October 2019

This article is authored by Dr. Shweta U. Shah. A practicing homeopath, she follows a patient-centred perspective, emphasizing the benefits of natural remedies and herbs, homeopathy and whole food nutrition.

Consuming a protein snack in between meals can help you reach wellness goals and is highly encouraged for good health. When the body feels robbed of nutrients, one is more likely to gorge on a sugary snack or just about any food that is available with complete disregard to its nutritional value. Experts say those who eat a high-protein snack have improved blood glucose levels, good weight management and a reduced risk of developing hypertension.

As is with any meal, a snack should be well-balanced and must contain a fair amount of proteins. Most of us tend not to pay much attention to what we gorge on. However, snacking on the right foods can be a real diet game changer. Incorporating dals, especially, into your snacks is a fabulous way of getting the vital element into the food in a yummy way! Having a protein-powdered munchable provides satiety as well as slows down digestion and consequently helps even out blood glucose levels. What’s more, it keeps cravings at unusual hours at bay and won’t have you reaching out for a bag of chips or a packet of cookies!

Fortunately for us, Indian snacks are packed with dals and are absolutely delectable. To name a few, handvo, dhoklas and kachoris are some dal-based snacks that come to mind that are a twin combo of deliciousness and packed with nutrients. Moreover, they are easy to make and quell hunger pangs, whilst providing us with a generous dose of choicest nourishment.

Making Snacks Healthy With Dal

Which dal is high in protein?

Protein is one of the 3 macromolecules, along with carbohydrates and fats. Age, gender and muscle mass direct one’s protein requirements, nonetheless an average adult requires about 50 to 60 grams of protein per day. Here’s a list of the various dals and the amount of protein that they have to offer.

Per 100 grams of the lentil/gram, Bengal gram (Chana dal) gives you 17.1 grams of protein; red gram (toor/arhar dal) gives 9.8 grams of protein while green gram (moong dal) as well as black gram (urad dal) provide 24 grams of protein.

While senseless munching in-between meals can upset health goals, relishing a high protein snack actually proffers oodles of nutritive benefits. Also, remember that using unprocessed and unrefined dal yields better results and guarantees most favourable nutritional benefits.

Tata Sampann Dals do not undergo undue polishing and refinement processes and the fundamental nutrients of the dal is retained. Using unpolished, pure dals and pulses is best the way of incorporating protein in your vegetarian diet.


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