Healthy snack recipes

Has it only been a few hours since you had your meal and your already craving for some snacks to munch on? let’s be realistic, we all love to indulge in snacks during the day. It is quite tempting to reach for a bag of tasty potato chips or mini pizza bits. While a bit of  indulge in these tasty snacks from time to time is not a problem, but regularly consuming these junk foods can take a toll on your wellbeing. Hence in order to stay fit and healthy, make a habit of consuming snacks that are loaded with all the essential vitamins and minerals.

Some studies have shown that not only eating healthy throughout the day, increases your intake of essential nutrients but it will also keep you energized throughout the day.

In this article, we present you with a few healthy and delicious snack recipes to try at home-

1. Homemade apple crumble- “An apple a day keeps the doctor away!” , Well it is indeed true. Apples are rich in antioxidants, flavonoids, fibre and are an excellent source of Vitamin C.  Ingredients that are used along with apples to make this tasty snack are oats, honey, dates and almonds. Oats are incredibly nutritious, as they contain antioxidants, proteins, beta-glucan fiber, iron, and magnesium. Coming to the other ingredient, honey is a good source of carbohydrates and antioxidants. It also has antibacterial and antiseptic properties. Another essential ingredient used in this recipe is almonds. Almonds are extremely healthy, as they contain lot of magnesium, protein, healthy fats and fibre.

To make this homemade apple crumble  you'll need- 2 apples, 2 cups of oats, 5 tbsp jaggery, 5 to 6 dates, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp nutmeg,  10-12 almonds, 1 tsp vanilla essence, 2 tsp honey, 1 egg, 1/2 tsp lemon juice (soak the apples in cold water and lemon juice).

Method- In a large bowl, take 2 cups of oats, 5 tbsp of jaggery, 6 chopped dates, 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder, 1/2 tsp vanilla essence, 2 tsp honey and 1 egg. Mix all the ingredients until well incorporated and add 2 apples (sliced into small pieces and soaked in cold water + lemon juice). Now melt 2 tbsp of butter, spread some butter in the baking tray and the remaining butter should be added to the mixture. Mix well and add a pinch of salt. Transfer the ingredients into the baking tray and bake for about 45 minutes at 180 degree celsius. Once its fully baked, remove from the oven and enjoy. This can be eaten for breakfast along with some warm milk  or can be eaten as a mid-day snack.

2. Homemade hummus dip with baby carrots and celery- Another great snack idea for a mid-day meal is fresh and tasty hummus dip with carrots and celery. Hummus is a popular middle eastern dip that is loaded with a whole lot of health benefits. It is an excellent source of plant based protein, Vitamin B, iron, antioxidants, and dietary fibre. This is made from chickpeas.

To make this homemade dip you'll need- 1 can of chickpeas, 3 garlic cloves, some olive oil, 1/2 tsp salt, 2 tomatoes, 1 medium sized onion, 2 tbsp fresh parsley, some lemon juice, 1/2 tsp cumin , 1/2 tsp chilli powder, and some black pepper.

Method- Take a blender, to this add 1 can chickpeas, 3 chopped garlic, some lemon juice and olive oil, 1/2 tsp salt, 2 chopped tomatoes, 1 chopped onion, 1/2 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp chilli powder, and some black pepper. Grind all of these ingredients until fine paste. Now transfer the mixture into a large bowl, and garnish with parsley. Enjoy this dip with fresh baby carrots and celery.

3. Peanut butter protein balls- This is a perfect snack for all the peanut butter lovers out there. Peanut butter contains a sufficient amount of protein, minerals and vitamins. It is a rich source of zinc, magnesium, niacin and vitamin B-6. Two other ingredients commonly used to make this recipe are flax seeds and chia seeds. Flax seeds are rich in omega 3 fats, dietary fibre, lignans, and proteins. Coming to chai seeds they are an excellent source of omega 3 fatty acids, rich in antioxidants, calcium and fibre.

To make these finger-licking protein balls you'll need- 1/2 cup peanut butter, 1 cup oats, 1/2 cup flax seeds, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 1/2 cup honey,  and 1 tsp vanilla extract.

Method- In a large bowl, take 1 cup oats, 1/2 cup peanut butter, 1/2 cup flax seeds, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 1 tsp vanilla extract, and 1/2 cup honey. Mix all the ingredients thoroughly and make a dough out of the mixture. Keep this in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, remove the dough and shape it into balls.

Other healthy snack ideas- Bananas coated with dark chocolate, frozen yogurt with berries or any fruit of your choice,  guacamole with pita chips, dried mangoes, kale chips, sweet potato baked crackers, fresh vegetables with some olive oil, scrambled eggs, edamame with sea salt, cottage cheese with baked chips, sugar free coconut bars, healthy blueberry frozen yogurt, and  simple a fruit salad.

-Akhila kakarala
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