• Garima Gaur

10 Healthy Snacks That Are Perfect For Mid Meals

Be it mid-morning or a few hours after lunch, a food craving hits and we reach out for the convenient food options, but don’t let a sneaky snack fail all your health and fitness goals. Snacks can be healthy too and we should stick to them to maintain the perfect body. Nutritious choices are perfect as they can also help you stay active throughout the day.

"A little bit of preparation can help as there are lots of recipes that you can make ahead of time so you can always have a go-to snack. Whether you are a sweet tooth person or you like savory, here are some amazing options which are tasty, quick, and ideal for a healthier you."

1) Homemade Granola Bars

We often reach out for the granola bars easily available over the counter, but they might be full of sugar or food additives. But, now you can make your granola bars at home. You need 2 cup oats, ½ cup desiccated coconut, 30 grams chopped walnuts, juice of half an orange, ½ cup natural honey, 2 tbsp peanut butter, 1 tsp vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt. To make it, toast the oats, coconut, and walnuts in a pan. Simmer the orange juice, honey, peanut butter, and salt together. Blend all the ingredients well and spread them in parchment paper. Cut into a rectangular shape and your granola bars are ready to eat.

2) Chocolate-Orange Oats

Overnight oats are quite popular as a breakfast but they can be good for mid-morning cravings. Take 120 gm oats, 250 ml low-fat milk, 2 tbsp honey, 2 tbsp cacao powder, 1 tsp vanilla essence, and orange juice in a bowl and mix until well combines. Cover with cling film and place in the refrigerator for overnight. To serve, you can add a layer of yogurt, orange zest, and choco chips.

3) Vegetable sticks with hummus

Vegetable sticks with hummus is another amazing option that can kill your cravings between meals. Cut the vegetables like carrot, cucumber, beetroot into thin slices and place them on a plate. To make hummus boil 100gms of chickpeas, add garlic, lemon juice, and tahini or sesame seeds paste and blend everything. Enjoy!

4) Boiled eggs

Boiled eggs are a perfect mid-meal as they are rich in protein. Boiled some eggs the way you like them. Peel the shell and cut it in half. Add some salt, black pepper, or even oregano and binge.

5) Watermelon Smoothie

There is nothing more refreshing than watermelon in summers. Watermelon smoothie is the best way to beat the heat as well as rehydrate yourself. Cut the watermelon pieces into cubes. De-seed the pieces. Add it to a blender. Squeeze half a lemon. You can also add mint as per your taste. Blend everything together and relish.

6) Quinoa Chivda

Quinoa is great for a healthy body. To make Quinoa Chivda, heat oil in a pan, over medium heat, add mustard seeds and fennel seeds. Add green chili and fresh curry leaves. You can add chopped nuts of your choice for the crunchy effect. Add puffed quinoa, puffed rice, and rice crispies. Add turmeric, salt, and red chili powder, mix well. Keep roasting for 4-5 minutes and your quinoa chivda is ready to eat.

7) Spiced roasted nuts

Nuts are great for health and this recipe can help you stay prepared for a quick snack. In a pan, add little bit of oil and heat. Add a cup of nuts (cashew, walnuts, pecans, almonds, pistachios), salt, black pepper, and any other masala or herb to taste. Mix well. Roast for few minutes until the nuts start to look golden. Take off the heat. Cool completely.

8) Walnut Balls

If you crave something sweet, then walnut balls are a perfect addition to your snacking. Take 1 cup walnuts, half cup oats, and cinnamon in a food blender and blend until they turn into rough flour. Add the rest of the ingredients to the blender and continue the process until everything sticks together. If it doesn’t, you can add 1 tablespoon of oil. Make balls with your hands and roll in desiccated coconut.

9) Strawberry yogurt

Berries are rich in antioxidants and are low in calories. To make something healthy out of it, you can take 4-5 strawberries and blend them smooth. Add the strawberry puree into yogurt or curd and add nuts or raisins as per your taste.

10) Hung curd with roasted papad

Papad not only goes well with lentils but also a great evening snack. Take curd and hang it in a muslin cloth for 2 hours. Add finely chopped capsicum, garlic, salt, and pepper to enhance the taste of the hung curd. Roast your papad on your burner until crispy. And enjoy with your hung curd dip.