Blame it on pop culture or the nip in the weather, but the pitter-patter has already got us craving for masala chai and pakoda. The monsoon essentials may differ from person to person, but mostly they are all things greasy and good. If Rajasthan revels in its kachoris, in Delhi, you would find a peculiarly long queue next to an aloo chaat stall nowadays. If you ask most nutritionists and health experts around, they would not stop you from indulging either. After all, the weather calls for it. However, a little caution never harmed anyone. According to Bangalore-based Dr. Anju Sood, "If you must eat out, make sure the food is cooked or properly roasted. In this moisture, germs find an ideal ground to breed and multiply. High heat helps kill them and make you less susceptible to infection. Raw snacks, steamed goods or processed foods are a strict no-no this season."
Think snacking, and our mind is conditioned to imagine deep-fried, decadent snacks. The truth is that snacking can be a healthy and yummy affair too, provided you choose right. There are a plenty of healthy snacking options you can explore in this nippy weather to pair with your cup of evening tea. Protein helps keep you full for long, due to which you do not feel the urge to binge, thus preventing excess weight gain.
Here are some protein-rich snacks that you can have.
Sprouts are teeming with protein and oh-so-yummy all the time. You can sprout any legume or lentil of your choice. Chop some vegetables like tomatoes or onions and mix them up well with your sprouts and munch away.
(Also Read: 16 Benefits Of Sprouting And The Right Way To Do It)
Ditch your packaged chakli and opt for gluten-free ragi chakli/murukku instead. Ragi or nachni has a delightful coarse flavour that goes well with most dips. Profuse with protein and fibre, ragi could be an ideal addition to your weight loss diet.
(Also Read: Murukku: The Famous Tea-Time Snack from Tamil Nadu)
3. Ragi Samosa
Samosas and monsoon go hand-in-hand. These triangular puff pastries filled with a spicy aloo mix is a sensation across the country. But what if we tell you that you can give a healthy make-over to your samosa? In this recipe of Ragi samosas, the filling is made of cucumber, peas and cashew nuts.
4. Egg Chaat
Boiled eggs tossed with freshly chopped tomatoes, tamarind and lemon, this tangy and delicious chaat is so easy to make that you can have it anytime the cravings kick in.
Packed with the goodness of banana, whole wheat and oats, this bread is nutty, flavourful and guilt-free. It may be a slightly time consuming recipe, but every bite of this bread is worth it.
If you are willing to experiment and explore, there are options galore! Make these delicacies and enjoy the beautiful rains while tucking into them. Happy monsoons and happy munching!
About Sushmita SenguptaSharing a strong penchant for food, Sushmita loves all things good, cheesy and greasy. Her other favourite pastime activities other than discussing food includes, reading, watching movies and binge-watching TV shows.