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5 healthy snacks you can have while working from home


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If lockdown is leading to more trips to the fridge than usual, then it’s time to revamp your snack drawer to ensure you can reach for something healthy when you feel hungry.

Here are 5 healthy snack options you can turn to, whether you’re working from home or simply spending more time indoors than usual.

1. Peanut Chaat

Chop up the tomatoes, chili pepper, and coriander finely. Ensure that your tomatoes are ripe but firm as you’ll really notice their flavour in this dish. If you can’t get a hold of decent tomatoes or they are out of season, you can try 12 cherry tomatoes.

Be careful with the amount of chili pepper you use – chili peppers vary greatly in heat even among a handful from the same plant, so add less at first. Juice the lemon and add in the chopped vegetables and peanuts.

This chaat is best served immediately while all the flavors and vegetables taste fresh.

Why is it healthy?

Tomatoes are rich in Vitamin C, Potassium, Folate, and Vitamin K.
Good for: maintaining blood pressure, strengthening heart health, managing diabetes, reducing constipation, enhancing vision, and clarifying skin.

Peanuts are rich in healthy fats, protein, fibre, B vitamins, and magnesium. 
Good for: Improving digestion, nervous system, skin, heart, bones, and blood formation.

Lemons are rich in Vitamin C, B vitamins, calcium, iron and potassium. 
Good for: heart health, weight management, prevent kidney stones, protection against anemia, and digestive health. 

2. Roasted Makhana

Heat ghee in a shallow pan on full flame. Once it is steaming hot, bring the flame to a low level. Add the lotus seed pops and roast until crunchy.

Season with red chilli powder and black salt. Saute nicely until all the seed pops get coated with the spices.

Turn off the flame. Season the seed pops with chaat masala.

Why is it healthy?

Ghee contains heart healthy fats. It is rich in monounsaturated Omega-3 also found in salmon fish that promotes a healthy cardiovascular system. 

Fox nuts contain potassium, magnesium and calcium.
Good for: Managing blood pressure and kidney health problems while promoting stronger bones and teeth.

3. Trail Mix

Add all the nuts and seeds you like along with dry fruits in a pan (Cashews, walnuts, almonds, Pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds). Dry roast them or add some ghee. Add in some salt and chilli as well. Take it off the stove, put in a bowl, drizzle some lemon juice for a tinge of sourness and freshness.

Why is it healthy?

Seeds are rich in fiber and monounsaturated fats. 

Good for: balancing blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure. It also promotes brain health and keeps the heart healthy. 

4. Fresh fruit parfait

In a small bowl, combine yogurt and whipped topping; set aside 4 teaspoons for topping.

Spoon half the remaining yogurt mixture into four parfait glasses; layer with half the banana, sliced strawberries, pineapple and blueberries.

Top each parfait with reserved yogurt mixture and a strawberry. 

Why is it healthy?

Strawberries contain good cholesterol required for balancing blood pressure. They feed good bacteria in your gut and improve digestive health. 

Pineapple is loaded with nutrients and contains disease fighting antioxidants to keep infections at bay. Its strong enzymes can ease digestion and soothe your stomach. Pineapple is also known to reduce inflammation and boost immunity.

Bananas are rich in potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin C, magnesium, copper, manganese, and fibre. It helps to moderate blood sugar levels, improves digestive health and aids weight loss. It also contains powerful antioxidants and promotes kidney health. 

5. Chickpea Salad

How do you make a salad that is rich in protein without adding meat? The best way is to make chickpea salad. It is a delicious way to enjoy fresh summer produce. The recipe is so versatile, you can add as many of your favorite vegetables as you want (red pepper, green pepper, onion, tomatoes, green chillies and corn), add chickpea and toss it with a dressing and complete the dish by sprinkling some lemon juice and olive oil on top.

Why is it healthy?

Chickpea is a great way to pack protein in a vegetarian or a vegan diet. Protein is necessary for bone, muscle and skin health. It is good for managing diabetes, blood pressure, heart health, and cholesterol. It also promotes brain function, cognitive health and blood formation. It eases digestion and weight management while also promoting satiety. 

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