When our lives get busy and our mind gets preoccupied with work, our priority shifts from eating healthy foods to eating accessible and easy to prepare foods irrespective of whether it is healthy or not. It is exactly during these times that we must remember that healthy snacks can be as easy to make as any other snack. Here are some ‘grab & go’ snacks ideas that take you 10 minutes or less to prepare, keep you full, help you stay active- all without compromising your health along with the average calories per serving!
HUMMUS WITH CARROT CHIPS
✓ Vegan ✓ Low carb ✓ Diabetic friendly ✓ Protein-rich; 120 kcal energy
This protein-packed recipe is perfect for when you have boiled chickpeas handy. In a high powered grinder, blitz chickpeas with ice-cold water to obtain a creamy consistency. For flavoring, add spices and sesame seeds/tahini. For variation, you can also add beetroot to enhance the flavor as well as micronutrient profile. Hummus pairs really well with crisp, fresh carrot chips.
YOGHURT WITH OATS GRANOLA
✓ Low carb ✓ Diabetic friendly ✓ Fiber-rich, 160 kcal energy
Yogurt paired with oats granola is a dish that takes minutes to prepare and tastes so creamy and fulfilling. This dish is in fact great for those who have a sweet tooth. The crunchiness of the oats paired with the sweet tones of honey provides for a great textural combination. Top it off with fresh berries for a burst of freshness
✓ Vegan ✓ Low carb ✓ Low calorie, 100 kcal energy
When cooked without oil/ butter, popcorn is actually a very low-calorie snack. To add some flavor to it, add chopped onions, tomato, green chili, lemon juice, salt, and chaat masala and give it a mix. Enjoy this snack while working simultaneously. You can also add peanuts for some extra flavoring.
✓ Vegan ✓ Keto-friendly ✓ Essential fatty acids, 130 kcal energy
A trail mix jar full of dry fruits, nuts, and oilseeds comes in very handy when you are looking for a snack option to immediately fulfill your cravings. While eating trail mix, it is important to avoid overeating so as to not overshoot the calories. To prepare your own trail mix at home you can experiment by adding almond, cashew nut, walnut, pistachios, dried cranberries, raisins, sunflower seeds, melon seeds, dark chocolate pieces and so many more!
✓Keto-friendly ✓ Protein-rich, 150 kcal energy
The egg is known for its versatility. A simple scrambled egg can be eaten at any time of the day and along with roti, paratha, or toast. Scrambled eggs can be made with cheese to get creamy eggs, with vegetables and masala for an Indian style bhurji or with Italian herbs for a continental twist.
✓ Vegan ✓ Oil-free ✓ Versatile, 50 kcal energy
Popularly consumed in most Indian households, chidwa (rice flakes) or murmure (puffed rice) are a great snack that you can prepare and store in airtight containers. You can add curry leaves, peanuts, and Indian spices or vary the seasoning as per your taste.
✓ Vegan ✓ Oil-free ✓ Protein-rich, 60 kcal energy
Roasted chana is a protein-rich and low oil snack option. It is suggested to consume the chana with the outer brown layer to get more nutrients. While chana can be had as is, we can also add lots of different flavors to make it more interesting to eat. Chana can be stored in an airtight container for a long duration due to its shelf-life stability.
✓ Low carb ✓ Detoxification, 200 kcal energy
A simple yogurt or frozen berry-based smoothie is a great example of drinking your nutrition. It takes barely minutes to prepare and can be gulped down within seconds. You can also sip on this while working to keep yourself feeling refreshed throughout.