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Health & Fitness: Slimming and Healthy Snacks You Need To Eat!

Well, having a fat wallet and a trim waistline is perhaps a dream come true for every young thing today! If you are yearning a nibble without a big slice of guilt to go with it, you need to tuck into a healthy snack. Before you fall victim to your next snack attack and embrace nutritious, delicious snacks like never before!

Here are some ideas to satisfy your mid-morning or evening cravings. Keep hunger at bay, make these your go-to snacks to fill you. And just like that you turn fitter, radiant and sharper with smart snacking.


Here are some slimming snacks but definitely not lacking in taste, recipes from Almond Board of California.

Sweet Chilli Almonds

  • Serves: 1 cup
  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • Almonds whole -1 cup
  • Egg white – from 1/2 egg
  • Curry leaves – 2 sprigs
  • Salt –1/2tsp
  • Sugar fine grain – 2 tsp
  • Red chilli powder –1/2tsp

Method:

Place the curry leaves in a microwave and dry them completely on low heat. Crush them in a bowl and add salt, sugar, red chilli powder. Mix well.Add the egg white to the almonds, mix well. The egg white should be just enough to coat the almonds lightly. Now sprinkle the masala and mix well. Spread the almonds on a roasting tray.

In a pre-heated oven cook the almonds for 10 minutes at 120c. Remove and allow to cool completely. Keep in an air tight jar.

Nutrient Analysis

  • Calories: 1004.9
  • Protein: 34.16 g
  • Total fat: 75.285 g
  • Saturated: 5.764 g
  • Monounsaturated: 47.4 g
  • Polyunsaturated: 18.69 g
  • Carbohydrates: 64.61 g
  • Fiber: 19.97 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 1191.5 mg
  • Calcium: 455 mg
  • Magnesium: 412.7 mg
  • Potassium: 1177 mg
  • Vitamin E: 39.035 mg

Roasted Almonds

  • Serves: 100grams
  • Preparation time: 2 – 3 minutes
  • Cooking time: 10 – 12 minutes

Ingredients:

  • Almonds (unpeeled): 100 g
  • Dry pomegranate: 15 g
  • Olive oil: 3 ml

Method: Roast almonds in a pre-heated oven at 100o for 8-10 minutes. While the almonds are hot , add olive oil and sprinkle with dry pomegranate. Toss it to evenly dress the almonds with churan Cool and transfer to an air tight container.

Nutrient Analysis

  • Calories: 681
  • Protein: 21 g
  • Total fat: 62 g
  • Saturated: 4.1 g
  • Monounsaturated: 33.2 g
  • Polyunsaturated: 12 g
  • Carbohydrates: 16 g
  • Fiber: 1.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 1 mg
  • Calcium: 264 mg
  • Magnesium: 268 mg
  • Potassium: 352 mg
  • Vitamin E: 26 mg

Almond and Rice Crispy Bars

  • Serves: 4
  • Preparation time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking time: no cooking

Ingredients:

  • Rice Crispies: 200 g
  • Dark chocolate: 70 g
  • Roasted whole almonds: 100 g
  • Sliced almonds: 50 g
  • Sunflower/ melon seeds: 50 g

Method: Temper the chocolate, mix in all the ingredients, put in a rectangle mould and allow it to set.Cut in bars and serve.

Tip:  Do not store this in a fridge as it might get soggy and rice crispy could be substituted with granola, wheat flakes, al bran to make a perfect breakfast or a mid meal snack

Nutrient Analysis

  • Calories: 2320
  • Protein: 59.6 g
  • Total fat: 131.4 g
  • Saturated: 22.1 g
  • Monounsaturated: 65.7 g
  • Polyunsaturated: 38.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 255.4 g
  • Fiber: 34.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 4.9 mg
  • Sodium: 44.6 mg
  • Calcium: 530.9 mg
  • Magnesium: 846.4 mg
  • Potassium: 2245.6 mg
  • Vitamin E: 56.1 mg

Happy Snacking!

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