** In an eternal craving for those deep-fried pakoras or fritters that look mouth-wateringly appealing. **
Monsoon makes our heart tremble every time we inhale the aromas of onion pakoras or ginger tea. However, these culinary indulgences are not the best choice for your palette during monsoons. Monsoon brings out a weird mix reaction out of our body as we crave to eat everything unhealthy just when our immune systems get weaker. Not only should you avoid eating outside food but also keep your plate away from the unhealthy snacks that mess around with your gut. Here are a few of our recommendations to eat a snack that is healthy for you.
The season of monsoon is also the season of corn. So, get ready to hoard some calcium with generous servings of this healthy food. If you are tired of the usual roasted corn, try your cooking skills to make corn bhel or grilled corn with some butter. In case, you and the culinary department don’t get along just make some quick popcorn and add some cheese or butter. Who knew making healthy monsoon snacks would be this easier?
Nuts and Seeds
A handful of nuts will not only satisfy your cravings but also fix your weakened immunity. If you don’t like them plain then roast these almonds or walnuts. For those of you who have a massive sweet tooth, you might want to blend various nuts and dry-fruits and make a healthy smoothie. So, the next time you see those grey clouds looming in the sky make yourself a quick nutty smoothie!
Rich in zinc and copper, chickpeas are yet another immunity builder. And due to their Vitamin C content, they also fix your monsoon cold. Wondering how can chole be separated from the Bhaturas and yet savored delectably? However, a delicious chickpeas chat with loads of coriander will tell you that this nutrition powerhouse is a lone warrior and is capable of conquering your heart all alone without the help of Bhaturas!
Loaded with copper, Vitamin C, and Vitamin B12 is perfect for immunity boosting. Pears are seasonal fruits that come usually around monsoon season and hence, can be extremely light on the pocket as well. Toss some chopped pear, lemon coupled with salad ingredients and make yourself a healthy snack. Wouldn’t you be proud of yourself to replace a plate full of cholesterol and fats with an immunity booster like pear salad?
A chai chuski loaded with sugar is everything a heart wants when it starts pouring outside. What if we tell you that there is a healthier alternative for the good old chai as well? Yes, you heard that right! Replace your milky, sugary chai with herbal teas such as Chamomile and Hibiscus. Not only are they a change from your usual cup of tea are also power-packed with several health benefits. So, next time you crave for a steaming cuppa get some herbal teas and enjoy some healthy hot beverage on a rainy day.
Snacking is always considered synonymous to unhealthy calories. However, the truth is we never looked beyond that packet of chips or sugar-laden cookies. While snacking is not essentially a bad habit, the wrong way to snack has everything to do with that weighing scale showing some crazy numbers. Healthy snacks, consumed in moderate amounts will not only curb your cravings but will also keep your blood sugar levels stable. So, the next time you decide to take your taste buds to a paradise, watch out these above recipes and have some healthy snacks. After all, what better than gifting yourself some good health during such beautiful weather? Happy snacking everybody!
Komal Patil is a business management graduate finding purpose through words, writing stories and poems.