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Healthy and Easy Snack Recipes
Snack is one of the most neglected meal of the day. Most of the people either take junk food, unhygienic food or all together avoid it. snack is important because we cannot rely on three restricted meals for the full day especially for those people who are involved in straneous tasks. Most of the nutritionists believe that taking 5-6 small meals is better than taking three big meals.
Significance of Snacks:
- Avoid eating between the three large meals cause us to eat alot during the lunch and dinner time.
- Small meals protect us from many diseases like hypoglycemia.
- It helps replenishes the energy that you have lost during the work.
- It also boosts the metabolism
- Another advantage of snacks is that it allows better absorption of nutrients in the blood stream.
- Especially children who eat unhealthy snacks get obese so its better tyo have healthy snack.
There are certain recipes that are surely taty and nutritious too:
Oatmeal Porridge with spinach:
oatmeal is one of the healthiest, nutritious and less calory food you can top it up with spinach. Boil spinach and porridge for 5-10 minutes and it up with black pepper, saltand other herbs like oregano, thyme or other mixed herbs. To make it more appetizing squeeze a lemon. This can a very healthy meal for those people who want to lose weight. People who are on diet can take it as a lunch.
Oatmeal Porridge with Dried Nuts:
Oatmeal porridge can be made with milk and nuts. Boil porridge in milk as usual add honey instead of sugar and add nuts of your choice to it. You can also add fresh fruits to it. Cut fruits of your choice or season like Mngoes, apples, strawberries and/or banana into cubes and add it to the porridge when it is ready. This is such a nutritious diet for everyone and even it is not rich in calories; in fact it contains lots of rich minerals, vitamins and protein which is good for all of us.
Stir Fried Vegetables:
Vegetables are an excellent source of many vitamins and minerals. Nutritionist believe that one should have more than four servings of vegetables every day. these servings should contains different vegetables in different colors; because each color means different nutrients.
Most of the time we cook vegetables so long that they lose color aroma and nutrients too so its better to just cut them in large cubes and stir fry them instead of frying for several minutes. Vegetables like capsicums, carrots, cabbage, potato, leeks, celery, and broccolis are very good if you team them together.
Make vegetable stock from above mentioned vegetables and freeze it in the refrigerator or make fresh each time you have to use. This stock can be used to add flavor to soups, porridges, and other food items.
To make it just cut vegetables in large chunks and place them in water that can cover them 1/2 above the vegetables level and let it boil for ome time till vegetables are tender and they have draied all nutrients into the stock. Now add a little alt and black pepper as well as some mixed herbs and lemon.
Pumpkin in Yogurt:
Boil one pumpkin cut in large pieces in water. Add some salt to it. Place aside and now whisk yogurt and add pumpkins into it. Cut one small to medium sized onion, tomato, green chilli and add to it. To make it appetizing add some herbs ad spices. You can also add chopped celery and mint.
Mixed Herbs and Vegetables:
Cut vegetables in cubes, diamonds or longitudinal shapes and mix them together add some herbs like celery and mint too. add some salt and black pepper.
Kidney bean Salad:
Kidney beans are easily available through out the year. They are a rich source of many minerals and they are low in carbohydrates and fats. They can be combined with salad leaves, onions, tomatoes, celery, green chillies and cabbage. To make it more delicious add yogurt and spices of your choice. this can be a very healthy snack.
Chick peas Salad:
Chick peas are very energatic grains. They are a good alternate of meat products because they contain protein but are low in fats and carbohydrates.
Lentils and Vegetables Soup:
Lentils soup can be made by simply boiling the pulse in water for 10-15 minutes, add any herbs, spices or pepper of your choice to it. You can also add vegetables stock to this soup.
Dry or Fresh Fruits:
Sometimes we do not have enough time to prepare snacks for us or bring one from home especially when we are working outside. the best snacks in such situation can be dry and fresh fruits. Dry fruits like walnuts, almonds, cashew nuts, pine nuts and raisins are all very nutritious and tasty too; they are the perfect snacks for all the multitasking people. Certain fresh fruits remain fresh even for long time without refrigeration: apples, bananas, pears, oranges, and grapefruit remain fresh for long time so you can have them in your lunch box for the snack.