Healthy afternoon snacks.

HEALTHY SNACKS RECIPES

We all know about the afternoon time hunger pangs. A dip in our sugar levels after a few hours of lunch leads to lethargy, which has us craving something sweet. So, the first thing we do is fix ourselves a cup of tea or coffee.

We then rummage through our pantry for biscuits, or cookies, after having which, we feel awake again, albeit for a short span.

Healthy eating habits

However, these kinds of snacks hardly supply our body with energy that can sustain us until dinner time. It’s best, therefore, to add to our daily diet, some healthy afternoon snacks that are savoury, tasty and also provide us with the necessary energy and vital nutrients.

Legumes such as moth-beans, black chickpeas are wonderful go-to energisers, as is the sweet corn, which I have added to my healthy afternoon snacks list. These are my little gems of nutrition. They are definitely not boring, of that I assure you. You can make them as tasty and exciting as you wish.

Sprouted, or steamed, you can add vegetables, tastemakers and spices to these to add some flavour and pamper your taste buds. Believe me, your body will bless you, too.

It’s just a matter of introducing healthy lifestyle foods in your diet to notice the improvement in your health!

So, sharing here, these easy healthy snacks recipes for you all using the above legumes and corn and also some veggies for company.

 

HEALTHY AFTERNOON SNACKS:

NUTRITIVE FACTS:

Moth beans: (Matki)

1 cup (100 gm) sprouted moth beans contain 330 calories and zero cholesterol.

They are super rich in proteins and fibre, iron, manganese, calcium, and vitamins (B- 6 & B- 12). These make for the perfect source of proteins for vegetarians.

Black Chickpeas: (Kala chana)

Black chickpeas, are low in fat and high in dietary fibre, and rich in vitamins and minerals. And, these also have zero cholesterol, so good for weight loss!

Sweet corn: 

Sweet corn has high levels of dietary fibre, vitamins and minerals in addition to antioxidants such as beta-carotene and lutein (thanks to the yellow colour of the kernels).

It is high in fibre and low in carbohydrates which makes it good for diabetics, too.

 

And, now for these simple, healthy snacks recipes using these three gems!

 

RECIPES:

Moth bean salad, or  bhel:

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup sprouted moth beans

A small onion and a tomato – finely chopped

Freshly grated coconut.

Finely chopped green chillies (as per requirement)

Finely chopped coriander for garnishing

A spoonful of lemon juice

Salt to taste.

Mix the sprouts and the finely chopped onion and tomato, and the grated coconut. Add the green chillies and salt. Mix well. Add the juice of half a lemon, or more, if you like it tangy. Garnish with coriander and serve.

And, if you wish to add some more flavour, you could add some sev (or the Indian Noodles) or even farsan to it. Isn’t that easy?  For some variation, you could use the green gram, or whole moong, instead of moth beans.

Sprout the two, wrap them in a cloth and store in an airtight container and refrigerate it. You can use as and when you wish to.

 

 

Chatpata chana:

Soak the chickpea at night (or for eight hours during the day). Drain the water and leave it in the colander to sprout. Steam in the pressure cooker once you see it sprouting.

Once cool, take the required quantity of chana.

INGREDIENTS:

1-2 onions (depending on the quantity of the chickpea) – finely chopped

1 -2 tomatoes – finely chopped

Green chillies – as per your preference

Coriander for garnishing

Juice of a lemon

Chaat masala

Salt to taste.

In a big bowl, mix the steamed chickpeas, finely chopped onions and tomatoes and green chillies. Add chaat masala, lemon juice and salt to get the perfect chatpata flavour.  Garnish with coriander and serve.

The onions, tomatoes, green chillies, grated coconut, coriander and lemon juice add to the nutritive value of the dish, thus making it healthier.

 

Steamed sweet corn:

There is really nothing to write about for this recipe! All you need to do is buy the corn, peel away the covering and the silk. Remove the kernels in a bowl and microwave, or, steam in a double boiler on the gas stove until slightly tender.

Add chaat masala, salt, lemon juice and a tiny dollop of butter (yeah, as against ghee). A little bit of butter won’t harm you. Trust me! And, that’s it. Serve hot. It tastes amazing and is so filling!

You may also add raw veggies of your choice to the steamed corn to increase the nutrients.

SOME MORE HEALTHY AFTERNOON SNACKS:

1 Yoghurt with fruits.

2 Nuts like almonds (unsalted) and cashews.

3 Roasted peanuts with jaggery.

4 Ragi Malt.

5 Fruit salad.

 

Planning a diet based on our schedule and our food preferences are really not very difficult. But, developing healthy eating habits goes a long way to improving our health.

Be it reducing weight, putting on weight or just maintaining your weight, it’s our eating habits that will help us achieve our fitness goals. You will need to work a little bit harder, but in the end, all the efforts will show good results.

So, do try these healthy snacks recipes and let me know if you enjoyed them.

Love,

SHILPA…

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HEALTHY AFTERNOON SNACKS

 

Published by writershilpa

Do you know the secret to living a happy life? Eat. Pray. Love. Or, watch what you eat, wish well for all and fill your heart with love! That's precisely what I try to do through my blogs: 'Metanoia', the wellness blogazine, and 'Fictionista', my blog for fiction and non-fiction. Welcome to my virtual homes!

21 thoughts on “Healthy afternoon snacks.

  1. Oh, I love these, Shilpa. Packed with so much goodness and are absolutely mouthwatering too! Even I make them at home, with whole green mung sprouts and the black chana. I use exactly the same ingredients except the chaat masala. Seeing the pics just reminded me I need to soak the green mung right now! 😀

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    1. They are so filling, Esha, that I don’t even feel hungry by dinner time if I have them in the afternoon. At times, we have it for breakfast, too, and then I hardly have much lunch! 🙂
      Love the tangy, chatpata flavour of these bhels! 🙂

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  2. Sprouts as in moth, sabut moong and black gram are a part of my everyday routine. After reading this post, I am thinking of experimenting a little by adding sev and murmure to my bowl of salad. A tip from my side – if one adds jaggery powder instead of sugar to the tea, it does not make one crave for something sweet or salty afterward.

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  3. Afternoon is the real culprit. It leads me to hogging on sweets after lunch and before dinner. Ultimately I end up with a free ticket to guilt trip.
    Thanks Shilpa for sharing this power packed healthy recipes! Will say bye bye to guilt trips with these…
    -Anagha Yatin

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  4. Hmmm, Good Work as you said in your post. as Title.
    “Sick of Being Healthy” you talk about health so I like it. Your work is too fab. That’s a great info for us. I’m also working on health problems. you can see it otherwise your post is too good. Keep it up…

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