Quarantine, Food And Healthy You!!!
We all are going through this pressure of COVID-19 and now that we have surpass a month, we are getting very much used to it. As it is said it take 21 days to make or break a habit.
As we all lie in our lounger wears all day reading, chilling , watching shows on Netflix and keep munching on all the food we stocked at home.
We are taking this quarantine period more as a summer vacation and our eating is no more dependent on our physical hunger but on our "mental hunger" - where we end up having more in between small meals inspite of our 3 major meals!!
Snacking can be tricky, but it can actually help you keep your weight and fitness on track.
1. Baked sweet potatoes with With greek yogurt & walnuts
Microwave a small or medium sweet potato for 3-5 mins(until it is tender and soft). Once it is cooked, split it open and add 2 tbsp. of greek yogurt and 1 tbsp. chopped walnuts.
2. Cucumber sticks and almond/peanut butter
So simple yet so delicious !!!!! Cooling and fibrous cucumber with yummy and healthy peanut butter that will keep you full and energised for a long time.
Portion size : 1or 1.5 cucumber sliced + 2 tbsp. unsweetened almond/peanut butter.
Makhana are handy, light and easy to store snack. You can have them in between the meals or uneven works perfect as mid-night snack.
You can either roast them in masala ( red chilli, tumeric and little salt) or just have it plain.
4. Grilled paneer/ tofu with pesto sauce
Grilled 4-5 sticks of paneer tofu cubes (15 grams each) and add home-made pesto sauce. Making it an easy and yummy snack.
Home made pesto :
1 cup spinach
1-2 tbsp. basil
5 walnuts/ 7-8 almonds
1tsp. lime juice
1-2 tbsp. olive oil.
salt and pepper to taste
5. Fruit + Nuts
This is a very easy and a lazy mans healthy snack. You can have an apple + few almonds or 2-3 slices of papaya with few walnuts or 2 oranges with few pistachios. They are loaded with fibrous carbs, good fat and protein.
6. Sprouts chaat
Yummy, healthy and so filling!!!!
Take around 3-4 tbsp. of sprouts. Add veggies like: onion, tomatoes, cucumber, bell peppers and green chilli. Top it with little lime juice.
7. unsalted popcorn with nuts
Late night bing watching of movies generally makes us crave for our classic - popcorn.
Have a handful of unsalted and unflavoured popcorn with few nuts (5-6 almonds, 5 walnuts or 10-12 pistachio) to keep you full physical and mental hunger.
Bottom line is:
When you crave for your next snack, aim for whole food than aiming for highly processed and fattening snack.
Have a healthy and nutrition food combination of Carbs, protein and good fat to keep you full for longer. Keeping your taste buds in mind :)
Do let us know in the comments if you have more healthy options to add to this list!