As the winter chill sets in, our cravings for warm and comforting snacks tend to increase. However, it's essential to meet those cravings with healthy choices. Instead of giving up on samosas, bhajiyas and other fried snacks, you should try healthy snacks that are low in calories too. If you are interested in some recommendations, here are a few delightful winter snacks under 100 calories, perfect for munching while keeping your diet on track.
Chickpeas are an excellent source of plant-based protein and fibre. These can be go-to snacks for road tripping and while working in the office.
Simply toss them with your favourite spices and roast them until they become crunchy bites of goodness. These roasted chickpeas are not only flavorful but also packed with nutrition.
Steamed or boiled corn kernels are a classic favourite. These are rich in fibre which helps your stomach to feel full for a long time while boosting digestion.
To make masala corn, sprinkle boiled corn kernels with a dash of chaat masala and a squeeze of lemon for that delightful tangy twist. You can experiment with seasoning to enjoy different flavoured masala corn. These can include peri peri masala, cheese powder, dried mint powder, to name but a few.
Embrace the seasonal fruits by preparing a colourful fruit chaat. It is anyway recommended by health experts to add seasonal fruits to your diet to provide your body with essential nutrients.
Dice seasonal fruits like apples, pomegranates, oranges, strawberries, guavas and other fruits of your choice. Add a pinch of black salt, chaat masala and lemon juice(optional). This refreshing snack is loaded with essential vitamins and antioxidants.
Also Read: 5 Low Calorie Fruits For Weight Loss
Cucumber & Carrot Slices with Hummus
For a refreshing and hydrating snack, thinly slice cucumbers & carrots and pair them with a side of hummus. The crunchy vegetable sticks complement the creamy hummus, making it a satisfying high protein and low-calorie snack.
You can also have nachos with hummus as nachos are traditionally made up of maize flour which is healthier than chips and other ready to eat snacks.
Moong Dal Chilla
If you're in the mood for something savoury and fulfilling, moong dal chilla is the way to go. Prepare a batter by grinding overnight soaked moong dal, green chillies, ginger and your favourite spices. Cook thin pancakes on a non-stick pan. These protein-packed chillas are not only delicious but also keep you feeling full. You can also put stuffing of paneer to make it a complete meal. This is a great option for dinner if you are aiming at weight loss.
In a nutshell, these snacks not only help you stay within your calorie goals but also provide essential nutrients to keep you energised and healthy during the winter months. So, indulge in these guilt-free treats and enjoy the winter season without compromising your wellness journey.
(With inputs from Mr Abhishek Gaggneja, Founder & Health Coach, Goodveda)