In this decade everyone is striving for a slimmer, fitter body. Diets have almost become a part of our lifestyles but one truth is that dieting seems easy only till you look at a bag of you favorite chips. For following a healthy diet, you also need a healthy snack plan. Now “healthy” and “snacks” together don’t really sound good, so it becomes even more difficult to practically snack healthy food. The one and the only and also the most important rule for sticking to any kind of diet is to, not get bored. Always keep a handful variety of recipes or snacks. These snack ideas not only satisfy your taste buds but also act as a snooze to you hunger alarm, which mostly rings between lunch and dinner. Here we bring for you a list of 10 healthy snack ideas to perfectly bridge the gap between two meals. They’re less than 200 calories, healthy, and most importantly satisfyingly delicious. Add them to your daily food habits and get on the track to a super healthy body.
OVEN SWEET POTATO FRIES
Well, everyone loves sweet potatoes and obviously everyone loves fries. Oven sweet potato is a very healthy and delicious recipe with only 5gm of fat and 122 calories per 200gm . It is also loaded with potassium and sodium, which are very good for your immune system. Cut and toss sweet potatoes in a bowl with a teaspoon of oil and seasoning. Spread single layer on prepared baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes till golden brown, turning occasionally. You thereby get a quick and tasty snack.
Hummus has recently gained a lot of popularity all over the world due to its nutritional value. It originally is a Turkish- Egyptian dip, made by cooked mashed chickpeas along with some tahini, olive oil, salt, lemon juice and garlic. Blended together till a thick creamy consistency is obtained. Per 100gm hummus contains about 166 calories. For a snack you may eat it as a dip with vegetables like carrots, celery, broccoli or any other veggie of you choice. For a change you may also have it with rice crackers. Hummus has quiet high nutritive value and is very good for your digestive system. It can be stored for weeks, hence once prepared you get an instant snack to satisfy cravings.
Yes, you heard it right. Dark chocolate is healthy. Now, for all those times when you are on a strict diet, but you also have a sweet tooth you have something. A healthy and yummy way to satisfy your never ending sugar cravings. Dark chocolate is proven to reduce food cravings. Thus, helping in weight loss. Rich in flavonoids and magnesium, it provides a much needed energy boost and welcome treat. It also acts as an anti oxidant, improves blood flow and lowers the risks of cardiovascular diseases. 2 blocks of dark chocolate with 70-80% cocoa contain 3.68 gm of fat and 54 calories, which is perfectly sufficient for a day. Consuming excess of it may lead to unwanted results.
HARD BOILED EGG
Eggs are no longer in the list of bad foods. Researchers have found that cholesterol in food does NOT increase blood cholesterol level- saturated fat does. One boiled egg of 50gms contains 78 calories. It is a source of high protein and vitamin-D. Hard boiled eggs therefore are a perfect snack which may also be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Toss some boiled chickpea with diced tomatoes, onion and green chilies in a bowl. Season with lemon juice and black salt or sea salt. One cup of this easy to make salad contains about 200 calories. Prepare it on the go and enjoy.
Greek salad is a very tasty and super healthy dish for all the fitness freaks. Easy to prepare, it is made with pieces of tomatoes, onion, sliced cucumbers, feta and olives, seasoned with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and oregano. Although 150gm of a traditional Greek salad contains about 400 calories, but it is has high value of vitamin A, C, along with minerals like sodium and potassium. A Greek salad is a very good option as a once in a while snack.
Feeling hungry? Go grab a banana. Nothing can get easier and healthier than a banana. With very high amount of potassium and about 126 nutrition dense calories a banana proves to be a perfect snack option for the lazy you.
Between two slices of whole wheat bread add some fat free mayonnaise and slices of avocado, lettuce and tomato. This quick and cold sandwich will fill your hunger instantly. A small sandwich contains about 200 calories along with the benefits of avocado lettuce and tomatoes. Have it as a treat in your daily diet plan.
Take some plain yogurt and drop it in a blender with some water and Banana or strawberries or mango or just any fruit of you choice for a sweet yogurt shake. You can also make a savory shake by adding cumin and salt instead of fruits. A light drink for the summers, with the benefits of yogurt.
TOMATO WITH FETA
On sliced tomatoes sprinkle some feta and salt along with olive oil. This is a very healthy and easy recipe with only 86 calories per 150gm. Tomatoes prove to be a bane to the skin. Prepare it and keep it in your purse. A healthy snack is ready on the go.
Follow these 10 easy and healthy snack ideas into you daily diet plans. While some of them may not be so low in calorie count, but contain high nutritive value and may be consumed one in a while. These 10 recipes satisfy your cravings while keeping you in a healthy diet plan and also leave your taste buds tingling for more. A perfect blend of taste and health.