Did you ever think of using ‘healthy’ and ‘tasty’ in the same sentence without a ‘not’ squeezed in between? Well, we’ve picked out 5 snacks that are quick to make, healthy and most importantly, are easy on your taste buds. They are easy to make and will help you stop munching on junk.
1. Good ol’ granola bars!
Not fond of those store-bought granola bars? Well, you could try making one at home with the ingredients that you like.
To make this, all you need are:
- Honey or jaggery (for that sweet taste)
- Peanut butter or melted cooking chocolate (optional)
- Almonds and other nuts of your choice
- Flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, and chia seeds.
Lightly roast all the dry ingredients together and keep them aside. Next, heat the honey a little with the peanut butter or melted cooking chocolate. Now all you have to do is pour this mixture into the bowl of the dry ingredients while mixing it simultaneously. You should feel the ingredients bind together as they become harder to stir. Once you’re done mixing all the wet and dry ingredients, flatten this mixture onto a plate covered with butter paper and cut into rectangles. Allow this to dry and harden. This is a healthy and tasty snack to munch on before exercising or as and when you feel hungry. You can store the bars in air-tight containers and carry them to your office or gym as well.
2. Healthy vada pavs
Yes, it is possible to make this popular, tasty street food, healthy. All you need to do is replace the ladi pavs with wholesome whole wheat pavs. Make this snack even healthier by replacing the deep fried potato patty with a slightly fried potato patty or a non-fried potato patty. The other ingredients and method, however, remain the same.
3. Baked sweet potato chips
Chips don’t necessarily have to be unhealthy. Eliminate the excessive oil and voila! These turn into a tasty but more importantly, healthy snack.
To make this snack all you need are:
- 3 medium sized sweet potatoes
- 1 tsp chilly powder or garam masala
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- A drizzle of olive oil
First, peel the skins off the sweet potato and slice them into thin bits. Coat the potato with a mixture of chilli powder (or garam masala), some salt and lemon juice. Preheat the oven at170 c for 10 minutes. On the baking sheet, drizzle some olive oil and arrange the slices separately with sufficient distance between each. Bake for about 10-15 minutes, but keep a close eye on this as they tend to burn fast. Once they become nice and crisp, remove them from the oven and serve. The same recipe can be followed with beetroot slices as well.
4. 2 ingredient – Oatmeal cookies
This is a very easy recipe that you definitely need to try. It primarily includes only 2 ingredients but you can sass it up by adding other things. The two main ingredients required here are bananas and oats. Put 2 cups of oats in the blender and blend till it becomes powder-like. Preheat the oven at 170 c. Now, mix the oats with 2 mashed bananas in a bowl. You can add nuts to these or even chocolate chip cookies. Spread a little butter onto the baking sheet and place the flattened dough on it. Bake for about 10 minutes. Now take it out of the oven and let it cool before you serve.
5. Crunchy sprouts salad
Sprouts are rich in dietary fibres, proteins, vitamins A, C and K, folate, iron, calcium and zinc, and are hence a healthy inclusion in your diet plan. So let’s look at a way you can include this superfood into your diet as a yummy snack.
To make this salad, you’ll need are:
- ½ cup sprouted green grams ( moong)
- ½ cup cornflakes
- 1 tbsp chopped onions
- 1 tbsp chopped tomatoes
- ½ a green chilly, finely chopped
- Mint leaves or coriander leaves
- Lemon juice, as per taste
- Salt to taste
All you need to do is mix all these ingredients together for a tasty and healthy snack. Feel free to add more vegetables like cucumbers and carrots. Since this salad is easy to make you can quickly whip this up instead of reaching out to other junk food when you’re hungry. Some people also prefer to make the salad and store it in the fridge and eat it when it’s cold.