There is a misconception amongst people that to stay fit and thin they need to eat less. According to them a binging snack time a complete no-no. In fact, this is unhealthy dietary habits. According to the experts in the field of diet and nutrition, instead of having three proper a meals and starving the rest of the time brings about an unhealthy body, as the body is being taxed with too much food at a time.
Then how many meals a day should one eat? Ideally one should eat something or the other every two-three hours. This is because in the time period between the meals the body tends to fill up with gases, which then leads to stomach disorders, primary amongst them being acidity. But that does not mean that every two to three hours its big meal time, or fast food time…
The in-between meals have to consist of healthy snacks, which are available in the market. But then, why spend so much when they can be prepared at home. In fact, if one experiments then they can come up with so many options. The healthiest of snacks are the roasted ones. Nothing fried, as it increases cholesterol. This leads to heart ailments, amongst others.
There are numerous healthy snack recipes that are available from various sources, but the best of the lot would be the grandmother’s recipe treasure trove. The only thing is that at their time they were generous in using the oil and ghee, which one needs to curtail and instead use other alternatives such as roasting and boiling.
Salads – vegetable and fruits – also come under the category of healthy snacks. The nutritionist would usually recommend to serving of fruit salad a day, and two servings of vegetable salad. And preferably without those mouth-watering dressings. However, one can always prepare a low-fat, low-calorie salad dressing.
Apart from the need to eat small and frequent meals, it is also important that children are given a wholesome snack in their snack-box, as well as when they return home. Nowadays children are exposed to fast foods and potato chips, and the result is a large number of health ailments, amongst them being the booming obesity and diabetes. However, with a little effort the entire situation can be changed.
Here are two healthy snack recipes – quick and easy to prepare, and delicious too, breaking the popular belief that anything healthy tastes bad…
Sweet Potato Chips
2 tablespoons of orange juice concentrate
1 teaspoon of onion powder
Salt to taste
¼ teaspoon of red chili powder
Sweet potatoes cut into sticks
Make a paste out of the orange juice concentrate, onion powder, salt and red chili powder and marinate the sweet potato sticks in this for about twenty minutes. Then place the marinated sweet potato on a baking dish and put it in the oven or microwave to bake for ten minutes.
Chana that has been soaked overnight and drained
3 cups of water
2 cloves garlic
Salt to taste
1 table spoon of olive oil
One finely sliced spring onion
2 table spoons of vinegar
Finely chopped coriander leaves
1 teaspoon of ground cumin
First mix all the ingredients, except the olive oil, and cook for about half an hour on slow gas. Then take the mixture and put it in a blender, grinding it till a paste is formed. Remove from the blender and put the paste into a serving dish. Pour the olive oil on top. This is to be served with pita bread. You could also garnish it with finely chopped green or black olives.