When it comes to snacks, most of us love to indulge in greasy and delicious ones. But what we often fail to realise is that they are calorie-laden. Intake of excess calories can not only lead to weight gain issues, but also promote heart-related problems. Sugary, junk and fried foods only contribute as empty calories that are stored in the body as fat. If you wish to steer clear of excess calories, then replace those snacks with the low-calorie snacks. Healthy low-calorie snacks are sure to save those extra calories.
Here is a list of 3 easy-to-make yet low-calorie snacks that are not only pleasing to the palate, but are incredibly filling as well:
Egg lovers, rejoice! Egg is one wonder ingredient that is replete with protein content. Its versatility is such that it can be used to make variety of delicacies ranging from egg curry and egg paratha to egg toast and omelette etc. However, there is one eggy delight that is quite low on the calorie count and also serves as a filling option. We're talking about anda bhurji! This scrambled egg preparation is made using a melange of Indian spices and requires bare minimum oil for its preparation. You can add in veggies of your choice in this snack and pair it with some tea or coffee.
An excellent addition to any weight loss diet, idli is prepared using a fermented batter that promotes good digestion. The fermentation increases bio-availability of minerals in the food, making it beneficial for the gut health. What makes idli a super-light snack with fewer calories is that it is steamed and not deep-fried! You can even make idlis out of sooji or rava and add minced veggies of your choice to the batter to make it all the way more wholesome and nutritious. Oats idli is another variation that you can opt for.
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One of the best sources of lean protein, chicken can keep you full for a longer spell. When eaten as tikka, a north Indian speciality, this chicken delight serves as a perfect bet for weight loss as it is roasted. You can always replace chicken kebabs with chicken tikka to save on the calorie content.
So, the next time you plan to prepare some snacks to pair with that hot cup of chai, ditch the regular samosas and bread pakodas and opt for the ones mentioned above. Happy cooking!
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About Deeksha SarinAn eccentric foodie and a die-hard falooda lover, Deeksha loves riding scooty in search of good street food! A piping hot cup of adrak wali chai can make her day bright and shiny!