When it comes to Indian snacks, the first thing that pops into someone’s mind is deep-fried samosas, sugary sweets, fritters, and everything that has a dominant use of oil and fat in it, but we know, that is not true as there are many healthy, nutritive, and diet suitable foods in the cuisine, so we present to you the best “21 healthy Indian snacks to add in your diet” that you’ll enjoy.
Snacking is an integral part of a healthy eating plan. A balanced diet not only consists of the three major meals but also includes mindful snacking to lead a fit and active life, which is necessary for people of all age groups.
It not only prevents overeating during meals but also helps in maintaining good blood sugar levels and mood while reducing stress and providing enough energy to get through the day.
21 HEALTHY INDIAN SNACKS
Healthy doesn’t have to be boring. India, being a culturally rich and diverse country, has a wide variety of dishes that are packed with nutrients and are meant for snacking, but due to the new trend of a “crash diet lifestyle”, Indian snacks are greatly disfavoured as healthy foods, so here’s a compilation of the most simple, flavorsome, yet healthy Indian snacks for kicking your food cravings to the curb.
Almonds are a good source of vitamin E and are filled with dietary goodness, which makes them a healthy mid-morning snack. It can be consumed raw or roasted in spices to add a kick to its naturally delicious taste. We at Kashmirica, provide 100% authentic almond kernels that are obtained from a single tree so that you can enjoy the best of wonderful food, right in the comfort of your home. Also available in shells.
Walnuts are a superfood that is good for immunity, weight management, and, gut health. Walnuts are highly versatile for they can complement a variety of dishes. The nut is easily accessible making it a quick and ready-to-eat snack. Akhrout / Walnuts, at Kashmirica, are a must-buy for their premium quality. Add to your cart now.
3. Besan khandvi
It is a Gujarati delicacy that is Gluten free and high in protein, making it a low-fat snack. It is served with various seasonings like mint or chili chutney and sprinkled with spices which contribute to its delectable taste.
Yoghurt is packed with nutrients and is considered a great late-night snack. It is highly flexible and can be paired with anything, for instance, as a spread in a sandwich, or combined with vegetables to create a delicious raita. You can also mix a spoonful of honey for a sweet and savory treat.
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Also known as “cottage cheese”, paneer is a good source of protein and calcium which feels light and yet very fulfilling. It is a perfect snack for afternoon cravings and various dishes can be made from it, like paneer wrap, sandwich, or even a salad. The best thing about paneer is that it can be easily made in your kitchen.
It is the staple food of Gujarat which is gluten-free, has zero cholesterol, and serves iron, potassium, and magnesium in the tastiest of ways. This sweet and tangy snack is deeply loved across the country and can be found in any region.
Idlis are a south Indian breakfast that is made with steamed rice batter and is low in fat, making it a perfect snack for weight management. It also keeps blood sugar levels maintained.
8. Foxnut chaat
Foxnuts are inarguably an excellent choice for an evening snack that is high in protein and low in fat. It can be eaten raw, roasted, or fried in a spoonful of ghee with mixed herbs to make a perfect and quick salad. It is ideal for weight loss.
9. Baked samosa
Don’t give up your samosas, instead turn them into a healthy baked snack which is a good alternative to the deep-fried one but equally tasty and fulfilling. It is a great tea-time snack and easy to make. The Filling of the samosa can be customized as per the preference.
This south Indian dish is rich in carbohydrates and protein. Dosa being a sugar-free and gluten-free food is good for weight loss and is also very light and fulfilling. There are many varieties of dosa but a plain dosa with a side of coconut chutney qualifies as a good snack.
11. Puffed rice (Murmure)
Puffed rice goes by different names in different parts of the country and is high in dietary fiber, making it good for gut health. It also aids in bone cell growth and regeneration. This lightweight ingredient can be infused in a chaat with peanuts to make a light, tasty, and healthy snack.
12. Chana/Moong chaat
Chickpeas or chana is a food that is rich in protein and abundant in fiber. Sprouts are said to help in weight management due to their high nutritive values. Boiled chickpea and moong, combined with some vegetables like onion, tomato, and coriander, garnished with a dash of mixed spices can create a flavorsome snack
Pistachios or “pista” as called by the Indians, are easily accessible and said to have a positive effect on gut health by aiding in good bacteria. It also promotes mindful eating as it is highly fulfilling which condemns you to overeat. It’s a delicious snack with a hint of saltiness and contains healthy fats. Buy our pistachios for the best taste.
14. Raisin mix
Raisins are good for hemoglobin as it is a rich source of iron. Sweet and tangy in taste, this snack is best to satisfy those sugar cravings. It can be paired with fresh fruits, oats, or even chocolates to give a more rich and more amusing flavor. Try the highly admired range of Kashmirica’s raisins, they are an absolute delight.
Apricots are a nutrient-dense healthy snack that promotes skin health and eye health, as well as boosts digestion which might aid in weight loss. It can be eaten as fresh fruit or dried. The tangy yet sweet taste of dried apricots is to die for. The dried apricots by Kashmirica are naturally dried and have a long shelf life, enjoy them today with one click.
“Chilla” is the Indian version of a pancake with a twist of saltiness and spice. Originally made in Rajasthan, this is an exotic treat that can be made with a batter of your choice from chickpea flour to semolina or wheat flour, there’s nothing that can’t turn into a wonderful chilla. It is a homely, unique, and quick recipe that keeps you full for longer and has a high amount of fiber as well.
17. Dry figs (anjeer)
Figs are a low-calorie and filling snack that is best eaten as fresh fruit or dried. They are ideal for weight loss and promote healthy digestion as a natural laxative. The many benefits of fig or anjeer are also mentioned in the Islamic holy book of the Quran. Try Kashmirica’s naturally dried Anjeer for an authentic experience.
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Cranberries usually have a sweet and tangy taste and the best part is that they can be infused with other ingredients to create several healthy dishes. They are a lowkey nutrient powerhouse that also prevents the risk of respiratory problems and are rich in antioxidants. Kashmirica has the best quality dried cranberries in store for you. Check them out.
- Dried Cranberries₹940.00
Also called flattened rice, poha is a breakfast that is also consumed as a snack by many. It is rich in taste, scrumptious, and a very quick recipe that is best served with tea or coffee. It is a fulfilling evening snack. Poha is sometimes garnished with sev, roasted peanuts, and coriander to give add a vibrant and appetizing appeal to it.
Cashews are Naturally Creamy, sweet, and also a good midnight snack as it helps to relax and calms the mind. It is can be consumed raw or roasted in spices for extra flavor. Its low-fat content makes it healthy for the heart. It is complimentary with tea making it a good evening time snack. Cashews at Kashmirica are a must-have, try now.
Dates or “Khajur” can be your all-time favorite snack as they are very convenient to store, eat, and obtain. They are high in fiber and sugar which helps in keeping you full and energized. They are also good for the immune system and reduce sugar cravings as well while promoting overall good health. Kashmirica’s Ajwa Khajur are of the best quality with premium taste, try them today.
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Snacking can be fun and healthy at the same time only if you know the right way to do it. It not only curbs unnecessary cravings but also, helps in maintaining weight because it prevents you to overeat during meals.
By choosing certain snacks, such as fruits like apples, papaya, apricots, cranberries, etc. one can provide themselves some extra nutrients to stay energized for the entire day. Mindful snacking can have a great impact on overall health.
We are living in a time where diseases like diabetes, thyroids, blood pressure, and high cholesterol are prevalent and to prevent them, we must be careful about what we put in our bodies because a healthy body leads to a healthy mind and happy life.
So, Which snack out of these are you trying today?
Let us know in the comments.
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Intrigued by the crafts of his birthplace, he decided to bring the art on the Global Connoisseur through the internet. A polyglot who speaks English, Arabic, Urdu & Koshur, Mir loves traveling, reading, writing, and spending time on the cricket field – a passion rekindled just recently.