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Healthy Indian Snack Alternatives


Obesity is at an all-time high. There are many reasons for this, one of the biggest of which is the snacks people eat. Candy and potato chips may taste good, but they pack on the pounds like few other foods on Earth. Therefore, there are people who are looking for a healthier alternative for their snacking needs. Ideally, they want a low-calorie food that tastes good and provides them with that extra boost of energy they need to get them though the day. People are now beginning to choose various Indian snacks to give them something that is tasty and healthy to eat at the same time. Let’s take a look at some of the best Indian snacks to add to your diet:

1. Crunchy seasoned peas

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Crunchy seasoned peas are an all-natural snack that combines a blend of aromatic spices with crunchy green peas. It may contain traces of seaweeds, sesame, almonds, soy, cashews and peanuts. The spices typically included are paprika, cumin, chillies, coriander and tumeric. It contains zero trans fat, cholesterol and gluten. It is made with sunflower oil with no added MSG.
2. Bhuja nut mix
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Bhuja nut mix is a wholesome blend of green peas, peanuts, cashews, crispy multigrain noodles and almonds. It is all-natural and contains no trans fat or cholesterol. This gluten free snack is an excellent source of fiber and protein.
3. Khaman
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Khaman is a vegetarian food item made with a fermented batter of chickpea flour. Along with being a good snack, it is also filling enough to be a main course.
4. Paneer
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Many people call paneer the vegetarian’s chicken. It is made from milk, but it is surprisingly low in calories. However, the amount of calories it contains will depend on if toned milk or full cream milk is used to make it. Toned milk is the way to go if you want to cut calories.
5. Idly
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Idly is made from a dal mixture and fermented rice with steaming used in the preparation process. This snack contains a healthy amount of protein. It is also easy to digest and low in fat.
6. Rajma
Rajma is a snack that is traditionally served in the northern part of India. Red kidney beans are served in a gravy with a variety of spices. One of the best things about this snack is that a serving of 110 grams only contains roughly five grams of protein and 115 calories.
7. Spinach and chickpea curry
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Spinach has the reputation of being an extremely healthy food, no matter how it is served. This snack combines it with chickpeas, making it rich in fiber.
8. Raita
Raita is easily prepared by taking beaten curds and adding pieces of various vegetables and fruits.
9. Lobhia
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Lobhia is yet another healthy snack originating from the northern part of India. Black-eyed beans are soaked and cooked thoroughly. After this is finished, a tangy tomato gravy is used to boil the beans. Spices are then added to suit the particular taste of the person eating it.
10. Aloo palak paratha
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This is a flatbread that is usually stuffed with leafy greens, chopped spinach or mashed potatoes.