9 smart, easy and healthy snacks to munch on!

Healthy snacks

Snacking habit sometimes becomes a cause of worry. You need to follow a strict diet by focusing on healthy food items. It is the afternoon time that you feel to munch on something. At this moment of time, overlook your vending machine filled with puffed, unhealthy packages and plan for some nutritious, tasty and healthy snacks. This way you will still be able to see yourself in your slim pants.

Eating has gotten unfavorable criticism, because of our inclination to pick calorie-based foods like chips or candies. These foods which are not healthy are the easiest way to reach and seems to be more lucrative also. When your stomach begins snarling hours before your next supper, getting a taste of your healthy snacks is really a smart thought. It will help you in holding off hunger and in keeping your vitality levels high.

Some of the easy to prepare healthy snacks recipes

1Baked potato with tuna and onion springs

Health check-meter: This easy to cook snacks will provide you with carbohydrates to meet your day-to-day energy requirements. It is also rich in essential minerals like iron and potassium and a good source of vitamin B and C.

How to prepare:

  1. Pre-heat the oven at 1800C. Place potato in a roasting tin. Sprinkle some olive oil and salt to get a crispy one. Bake it for 60-90 minutes. Keep checking it to avoid sticking of potato skin to the can.
  2. On the other side, mix tuna chunks with spring onions using mayonnaise so that they bind together.
  3. When the potato is ready, cool the tin and place potatoes on a plate carefully. Now slice it half and mash its inside with some butter.
  4. Decorate this potato with the tuna mix prepared already and sprinkle black pepper for an added taste.

It takes 1 hour 20 minutes to prepare this healthy snacks. You can do other household stuff too while the potatoes are being roasted.

2Celery with hummus

Health check-meter: It serves to be a good source of fats with good cholesterol. It also has proteins and carbohydrates supplied with rare mineral ‘sodium‘ for your body. It only makes for 83 calories to the body so, it tops the list of healthy snacks. This will avoid one to take more water and salty things unnecessarily.

How to prepare:

  1. Trim off leaves from 2 celery stalks. Slice the celery into finger-sized pieces.
  2. Now spread hummus onto its top, evenly. You can choose hummus of your favorite flavor here. Enjoy snacking these sticks when in need to eat something.

3White kidney bean extract

Health check-meter: Beans are one of the richest sources of proteins. As per a recent study, they act as carbohydrate blocker, thereby reducing the unwanted carbs-storage in the body. This healthy snack will surely assist in your weight-loss program and also minimize the diabetes risk.

How to prepare:

  1. Soak overnight, around 250 grams of kidney white beans in water.
  2. Boil or steam cook.
  3. You can enjoy eating it as such or fry it with a little onion, tomato, and salt to add a taste to it.

4Apple stuffed roasted turkey

Health check-meter: This simple recipe will make up for your big holiday treat. It is easy to cook and rich in taste. This healthy snack is also a good source of proteins, and minerals added with a bag-full of nutrients from the apples.

How to prepare:

  1. Place rinsed and dried turkey into a roasted ‘can’ with a lid. Rub oil over the surface of turkey before placing it in the can.
  2. Stuff the body and neck of turkey with a quarter cut apple slices. Place the remaining apples also in the roasting can.
  3. Cover the roasting can and heat it for 2-3 hours. Check for browning of turkey skin. When it is light brown, remove the lid.

As per your choice of roasting, you can cook it from 2.5 hours to 3 hours. It goes best with a plate of fresh salad or a hot bowl of soup.

5Stuffed mushroom with spinach

Health check-meter: Mushrooms are a good source of fibers and essential minerals. You would love to taste this healthy snack any time be it in the morning or in the evening. You can use mushroom in a number of ways of cooking. The dish discussed below will provide you with 88 calories.

How to prepare:

  1. Pre-heat the oven at 1750 Now, clean mushrooms and chop off its stem finely. Place it with top-side down over a baking sheet. Cook these thoroughly by sprinkling some oil or cooking spray.
  2. Add chopped green onions to the cream cheese and cooked sausages. Mix it well with soy sauce.
  3. Place this mixture with your partially cooked mushroom pan and cook for 20-35 minutes.

This healthy snack will take less than 2 hours for preparation, but it is full of nutrition.Baby carrots with hummus also is a nice choice.

6Baby carrots with hummus

Health check-meter: Carrots are a good source of fibers and carotenes. When you get these in the form of fresh and soft baby carrots, it locks its mouth-watering experience for you.

How to prepare:

  1. Rinse and clean baby carrots in running water.
  2. Now peel it and dip it in warm water for an hour. Or you can partially cook it in steam. Remember not to overcook these carrots.
  3. Now cut it into pieces of your choice and enjoy eating with herbal hummus.

7Cereal based oats

Health check-meter: This healthy snacks will give you an easy skip from sugar laden foods. It supplies with fibers and vitamins. There are various ways to prepare your cereal based oats when hunger draws you. One such method is discussed here. It liberates body from the toxins and is a sure-shot way of staying healthy, for long.

How to prepare:

  1. Heat some oil in a pan. Now add some cumin seeds and curry leaves.
  2. Add cut tomatoes into it. Now add some salt and simmer the gas.
  3. Add 1-2 cups of oats and slightly cook while stirring. Add a little of turmeric powder, some coriander leaves and chili powder, as per taste.
  4. To this add 1-2 glasses of water and cook till the oats have been cooked completely. You can also cook this in a pressure cooker with 2-3 whistles to get the desired softness.

You can prepare it within 20 minutes if you are getting late for the office. Eat this with fresh fruit and yogurt to enjoy the taste. Shrimps with cocktail sauce:

8Shrimps with cocktail sauce

Health check-meter: These are considered to be a good source of protein. Shrimps are rich in good cholesterol i.e. LDL. In addition to these, it is one of the highest sources of potassium, sodium, calcium, iron and magnesium.

How to prepare:

  1. Firstly cook the shrimps in a large pot containing some drops of lemon and a little salt.
  2. Once the shrimps are just cooked, remove it and place it in a bowl of cold water. When cooled, peel and devein these shrimps.
  3. Now, prepare the cocktail sauce by mixing horseradish, ketchup, chili sauce, Worcestershire sauce and lemon juice together.
  4. Now decorate on a plate with shrimps and serve it hot.

9Konjac root’s Shirataki noodles

Health check-meter: You might be surprised at its name, but it is the root of a perennial plant ‘Amorphophyllus konjac’. Konjac roots have gained popularity for the past few years among the healthy food lovers. It is highly rich in glucomannan polysaccharide. This glucomannan can retain water 200 times its own weight. Thus, it gives a feeling of fullness with this soluble fibers. The noodles prepared from this is termed as Shirataki noodles. One can purchase the packet of this noodles from any grocery store.

How to prepare:

  1. Boil the noodles by adding oil to it and drain the water later.
  2. Prepare the noodle base or sauce of any type. One can use cheese Alfredo or tomato sauce. These are the commonly used sauces for normal noodles.
  3. Now mix it with noodles and enjoy eating.

In order to make your noodles healthier, you may prepare sauce in olive oil.

Other alternatives for your healthy snacks

Apart from the above discussed highly nutritive snacks, you can also eat these foods. They also have the same nutritive value and can be eaten as you purchase it from the market with less or zero cooking.

banana as healthy snacks

  • Banana, avocado and cantaloupe fruit salad with honey.
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Vitamuffin fudge
  • Dried nuts like roasted almonds, pistachio, and cashews.
  • Muscle-building whey protein and
  • Peanut butter

Your kitchen should always be packed with some kinds of stuff. So that instead of buying non-healthy packets from the market, you can easily prepare something new at your home. As the above discussed healthy snacks involve very less care while preparation. In this way, on one hand, you are able to save yourself from unnecessary expenditures and also snacking on kinds of stuff most favored and utilized by your body. Try eating such healthy snacks by preparing yourself and give yourself a break from your electronic gadgets i.e. mobiles, televisions, laptops or video games. As the truth says; your body deserves the best from its surrounding and nature. You are the who can try to get it, in its purest and healthiest form.

Live, Love and Eat healthy! 🙂