While creating our weight loss diet, all of us tend to focus on the three important meals of the day - breakfast, lunch and dinner. We usually forget about those times when hunger may strike in between the meals. Since, we don't have anything planned for those meals; we end up eating whatever we can grab. So, in the middle of our neatly crafted diet, comes in bags of chips, or plates of fries, to crumple it down for us. With winters in full bloom, make use of seasonal foods to turn your winter snacks healthier and weight-loss-friendly. Peas (or matar) is an unmissable food during winters. The bright green tiny balls make their way into most of our meals, then why not snacks?
Peas have a neutral flavour, which can go well with almost all other foods. 'Healing Foods' book by DK Publishing House, states, "peas are extremely rich in fibre that help in maintaining a healthy digestive tract. As peas take long to break down, they produce a feeling of satiety for a long time, revving up weight loss." Peas are also a great source of plant-based proteins, making them one formidable winter food that is a must-have in our weight loss diet.
Winter Snacks You Can Make With Peas For Weight Loss
Bake or roast peas with your favourite spices till they change colour and turn crunchy. Garnish with some lemon juice, mint leaves or coriander leaves and munch these healthy and crispy delights any time.
Snacks and chaat are synonyms for us. We all love our favourite aloo chaat, but give this matar chaat a try too. Boil the peas till they are cooked. Mix them with onions, tomatoes, chillies, lemon juice and spices to make a lip-smacking evening snack.
Mix pureed peas with yogurt, black, pepper, salt, chilli and lemon juice to make a healthy dip. Use this dip as a spread for bread or have your cucumber or carrot slices with this dip.
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Mash boiled peas and mix with bread crumbs, onions and spices of your choice and shape the mixture into small cutlets. Bake them and enjoy this yummy and crispy snack with your evening tea.
We especially crave for these foods during winters, when we itch for some respite of warmth from our food. If you are seriously planning to stick to your weight loss diet, include these peas-based snacks in it.
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