Ingested those yummy desserts of striking contrasts or that strong aromatic coffee that combines a rich blend of freshly roasted coffee beans and pungent cardamom powder in between breaks at work? Your office canteen might have on offer a variety of international cuisines. But it is also perfect in making you gain kilos of fat. The music of sizzling kebabs might make you feel like you have landed in a fairy tale. But, at the end of the day you are compromising your health to tickle your taste buds. “Health is Wealth”, remember? The generosity with food has now taken on a life of its own. I remember people shaking their heads at me in despair, at a gesture so uncivilized, as taking about eating healthy! I am in no way against splurging and devouring every bit of that delicious brownie in your plate and replacing it with bottle gourd juice. I am only suggesting a few of the healthy snacks that you can take in between office breaks, or elsewhere to stay fit and completely active. Satiate your hunger with the right fill of food that does not affect your health. Do not worry; they are delicious to the core!
10. Fruit Smoothies
They contain tons of fresh fruit and can be prepared according to your liking for a great start to your day. These healthy fruit smoothies are enough to keep you full and rejuvenated from breakfast to lunch. In addition, they provide you a slew of nutrients that help keep your body strong. Fruits also help to increase blood flow throughout your body, including your brain. Plus, they are low on calories. The benefits are endless. You can blend and make a delicious smoothie of the fruits you like such as strawberry, mangoes, bananas, yogurt-blueberry, tomato, raspberry, beet, etc.
Cucumbers have unique anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. Cucumbers are packed with vitamin K which helps in blood clotting and wound healing during injuries. They provide us with many essential nutrients as well. High in fiber, they generate a feeling of fullness when consumed. Toss diced cucumbers with tomatoes, green peppers and onions to make a tasty soup. You can also make cucumber bread rolls along with low fat cheese to munch on for the day.
8. Apple and Peanut Butter
Very natural, very healthy, very tasty! Apple along with peanut butter proves to be a mouthwatering snack which deserves to be consumed once a day. Low in calories and high in fiber, it can leave you gasping for more. It is full of protein and can boost your immune system. It is perfect if you want to try natural dishes rooted in tradition. It lives up to its succulent cheesy and exceedingly tender reputation. It definitely sweeps the culinary vote for good.
There is much more to oatmeal than just a bland food that your doctor told you to have. It can treat acne and neutralize body odor. It is considered one of the healthiest meals. It is central to all the breakfast meals across the world. It takes brisk charge to keep your body in flow and you will love to have it each morning after it keeps you radiant and vivacious the whole day. It is light as a feather and is elaborately cooked.
6. Chocolate Milk
Chocolate milk is all fresh ingredients and generous quantities. The one drink I can never leave behind without tasting. Chocolate milk is in fact healthy contrary to the incessant myths surrounding it. It is the best drink to take post working out as it has a lot of carbohydrate and protein content required for muscle replenishment. Nutritionally, it is rich in calcium and keeps our blood pressure levels in check. A feeling of satiation stems from this good beverage. So, quell your inner cocoa monster!
This savory and appetizing fruit is the most common berry in the world. Fragrantly sweet, it is rich in phytonutrients, vitamin C and manganese. In addition to regulating blood sugar levels, it prevents cardiovascular diseases and cancer of certain types. Enjoy it with salad, or make a strawberry smoothie. Strawberry with yogurt and cake is also evokes the appetite. Have it guiltlessly with a little bit of yogurt or whipped cream. If scented candles could be made out of strawberry, the candles would smell of an enticing mix of juicy, succulent swish of berries.
4. Granola Bar
Light, absolutely filling and easy to carry, Granola bars are the perfect grab and go snacks. This peanut bar surely signifies that the time has come to eat graciously. Granola bars are a perfect mix of the right quantities of sugar, apricots, whole wheat oat and peanuts. It is sweet, but does not cause diabetes. It is rich but does not have thigh inflating effects. It seems every bit perfect. It helps you resist the lure of the high calorie, sweet ice cream. Give it a shot!
Yogurt is produced by bacterial fermentation of milk. It is replacing milk and some of the traditional milk products. Yogurt is here to rule due to the different varieties and flavors in which it comes and also because of its probiotics nature. This bone building product prevents osteoporosis and provides calcium and vitamin D. It helps the gut, regulates high blood pressure and makes you feel fuller. What can be better than this?
2. Plain Popcorn
Nibble in mindlessly as popcorn is HEALTHY. It contains more antioxidants than fruits and vegetables. Surprised? There is more. High in dietary fiber, rich in complex carbohydrates and low in fat it is way better than any other snack in the world. Popcorn has been enjoyed for years and will continue to stay. So, next time when you are munching on popcorn while watching a movie just shove aside that dreaded thought of gaining weight. Shove aside your dietician’s strict diet chart and have popcorn popping in your mouth. But, remember plain popcorn it should be.
1. Homemade Muffins
This vitamin rich fudgy treat provides you with the best thing in the world. Homemade muffins are low in fat and full of dry fruits and essential oats, vitamins and minerals. Picking them up from a fancy bakery or a store is a big no. Seamlessly chocolaty, embarrassingly short lived and especially favored, muffins delight you once in your mouth. Your tongue craves for more but your stomach is full to its last notch. That is what muffins do to you without any harmful effects to worry about. Muffins clearly make the experience full, more than the sum of their parts.