It is a bliss welcoming monsoon after a scorching summer. Because of the change in season, we naturally crave hot sips and crunchy snacks.
Our taste buds yearn for a cup of masala chai and mouth-watering fried snacks which go amazingly well with cold breeze and overcast skies.
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I agree that it is tough to resist the spellbinding aromas of deep-fried treats and other food cravings, but certain healthy foods too can be as relishing if you can think of interesting ways to making them.
Classic Ayurvedic foods and ingredients like Dahi, Haldi, garlic and many more boost your immune system, especially during the monsoon season.
Here Are 9 Healthy Monsoon Snacks
1.Sea Salt Popcorn with Super Seeds
This wholesome snack is great for those on the go and won’t get worse after being in your bag all day.
Toss 2 cups of air-popped popcorn .with ½ teaspoon extra virgin olive oil. Sprinkle ½ teaspoon sea salt and 1 tablespoon toasted sunflower seeds and toss again.
A roasted chickpea recipe is not just healthy but also easy to make. Here are 13 Creative Ways to Use Chickpeas.
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius and roast Chickpea for about 35 to 45 minutes, shaking the pan every ten minutes. They will be golden brown and crunchy on the inside when done, combine all the spices and drizzle with olive oil. Immediately toss with spices while hot.
This is a light snack yet very satiating. Remember, what you snack may affect your weight, more than how much or how often you nibble.
Trim one cored apple and cut it into thick rounds. Spread half the slices with 1 tablespoon crunchy peanut butter, and then sandwich them with the remaining slices. Sprinkle some powdered cinnamon on top and enjoy.
4.Sweet Potato Strips
Sweet potato strips can be made two ways: you can fry them or you can bake them. Since we like to stick to the healthier side, we prefer to bake our sweet potato fries.
Slice 1 sweet potato lengthwise into thin strips. Toss with 2 teaspoons olive oil. Roast on an oiled, nonstick baking sheet at 150oC until crisp and golden brown, for 20 minutes. Season with sea salt (store leftovers in an airtight container for up to three days).
If you are a fan of sweet and crave something sweet to eat in monsoon, this recipe is for you. Dates are sweet and also healthy. Try our Easy date recipes.
Instead of eating whole dates, you can stuff them with cheese, dry fruits such as walnuts. This is a very sweet and flavourful snack. Divide 1 tablespoon goat cheese among four pitted dates. Top them with four toasted walnuts. Delicious and nutritious!
For those who can’t get enough of corn this rainy season, here’s a street special recipe that you simply can’t resist.
Mix 2 cups of corn, boiled with salt, 1/2 onion, finely chopped,1 tsp green chilli, finely chopped, ¼ cup of tomato, finely chopped, ½ tsp chaat masala, ½ tsp black salt, ½ tsp red chilli powder, 1 tbsp lemon juice, 2 tsp tamarind (imli) chutney & coriander mint (dhaniya-pudina) chutney and toss with fresh coriander leaves, chopped.
7. Low-fat yoghurt
Yoghurt is high in vitamins and minerals, which can help you live a healthier life. Here are 10 Yogurt Based Healthy Snacks
Take 100 grams of 60-calorie double-toning yoghurt. Now add about five grams of seasonal fruits and berries, for a total of 100 calories. Enjoy a healthy bowl of goodness.
8.Roasted Soy Almonds
These snacks are easy to make and keep handy. These are super high in proteins and healthy fats. Plus, if lightly seasoned, they can satisfy cravings for saltiness and crunch.
Toss 1 cup of raw almonds with 2 ½ teaspoons of tamari. Roast on an oiled baking sheet at 180 degrees Celsius, stirring occasionally until golden brown for 10-15 minutes.
9.Grilled Fruit Skewers
If you are bored of eating regular fruits, grill them this time. This would make for the perfect snack also you would get the nutrition of fruits.
All you have to do is thread chunks of your favorite fruit (pineapple, orange, peach, plums and apples work great!) onto skewers and grill until you have a nice char mark on each side of the fruit. This happens quickly so you want to stand over the grill while you do this.