In today’s fast and rushing life, one forgets to take care of their health. Due to that, everyone faces different health issues. The fast food available in the market becomes the only choice for the consumers, healthy snacks alternative are not available. A healthy meal is full of nutrients, vitamins, and carbohydrates; it’s a balanced diet according to what your body needs.
Fast foods and their healthy snack alternatives: –
• Burgers- Ingredients potatoes or chicken or beef, tomatoes, onions, lettuce, pickles and sauce (tomato, chili, mustard) & bread. Alternative the patty used in burgers are very oily instead of eating burgers you can eat baked potatoes or baked chicken, salads and homemade bread and crisped baked veggies.
• Soda – These drinks are high in calories and sugar, instead of drinking a soda choose chilled homemade juices. Juices available in the market are not the best quality.
Healthy snacks for kids-
Kids eat whatever they want and are very choosy. Mothers are always confused because they don’t want to eat a home-cooked meal.
a) Change their fast food with a healthy snack in disguise. If your child wants to eat fries you can easily change them with crispy baked potato sticks & dry fruits.
b) Soda & juices can be easily replaced by milk shakes.
c) Chips can be replaced with fruits.
(Recipe of kid’s healthy snack)
Spiced oven baked/ fried potatoes: – Ingredients- Potatoes 3 large, salt, 2 tablespoon vegetable oil/Olive oil, chili powder, finely chopped ginger and garlic (not necessary).Cut the potatoes into wedges and in a bowl mix oil & salt, chili with the potatoes. Roast in preheated 450 degrees F oven for 30-35 min.
Healthy snacks for heart, oily food and food high in carbohydrates and fat is a red flag for your heart, red meat and dairy products like cheese and butter are harmful to your heart. Food for heart patients or to keep your heart healthy switch to less oily food, including green and purple vegetables is a healthy option, instead of meat eating fish; fish is rich in Omega3 which is good for your heart.
(Recipe for healthy heart) Baked fish and crispy greens:-
Ingredients- Fish (salmon) 4 pieces, beans 100 gm, salt to taste, Olive oil 2-3 tablespoons, freshly ground black pepper to taste, basil leaves 4-5 and parmesan cheese grated 2 spoons.
Heat oven on 425 ℉, on a large baking sheet, put some beans and brush them with olive oil, add salt and pepper to taste, garnish with parmesan cheese and bake it for 12 min. In a large pan or skillet medium heat, the remaining oil put the well seasoned (salt & pepper) salmon and cooks for 3 minutes each side. Garnish your dish with basil leaves. A healthy dish is ready.
Snacks for work, while you’re working we all want to eat something that does not makes us sleepy and full but still, want nutrients; Sprouts(lentils, grams, carrots, lemon, and tomatoes) are best for a short break. You can also keep different sliced seasonal fruits in small Tiffin. Stuffed (vegetables) parathas, sandwiches, vegetable cutlets are always the best choice. Divide your meal into three parts which will keep you energetic throughout your day.
Healthy snacks for Road Trip:
Healthy snacks for road trips, while traveling always keep your stomach light and hydrated. Small snacks like peanut butter sandwiches, baby carrots, grapes, pasta salads and wheat chips. Increase your fruit consumption to stay hydrated instead of drinking more water.
Healthy late night snacks:
Late night cravings are small hunger which can be crushed by, homemade popcorns or sweet potato chips or fingers.
Sweet potato chips or fingers: – Ingredients- sweet potato 1 or 2 big, pepper, chili, salt, and olive oil 1 teaspoon. Cut sweet potato in thin chips or wedges. Take a bowl and mix salt, chili, and pepper mix it thoroughly with sweet potatoes. Preheat the oven and bake the sweet potatoes for 9-11 min on 180 degrees C.
Quick and healthy snack ideas: –
It is always appreciated when you lead a healthy lifestyle. Eating less oily food is not the only option. Vegetables are a good choice if you want to lead a healthy lifestyle, red meat (mutton, beef) are not considered as a healthy food option. Chicken and fish are rich in omega 3 and have good proteins, if you are a non vegetarian you should choose these.
Banana oatmeal walnut cookies (Quick healthy recipe) for kids and adults
Total Cooking Time: 25 min
Ingredients: Ripe bananas 3, 1 cup of uncooked oatmeal, ½ cup crushed walnuts or any other dry fruit.
Directions: mash the bananas in a bowl, now add the oatmeal and make dough, add walnut and keep a small teaspoon for garnishing too. Now on a greased baking paper keep a small quantity of the dough 1 tablespoon, garnish the cookies with walnuts. Bake the cookies in the oven for 19 min at 250 degrees C.
Chocolate wrapped fruits: (Quick recipe) for kids
Ingredients: dark chocolate bars medium -1 fruits like strawberry, banana, toothpicks.
Directions: melt chocolate in a bowl, wrap strawberries and banana in chocolate and put the toothpicks to it. Freeze the fruits for 40 min. Kids will love this, and will get all the nutrients of the fruits. This can be made with strawberries, all berries, banana, dry fruits.
A healthy alternative for ice-creams:
We all know how much everyone loves ice cream. It is not healthy at all the preservatives and dairy is just an extra calorie intake. You can make ice-cream from different fruits like strawberry, papaya, banana, and even grapes. Strawberry and grapes will make popsicles.
Method: – Freeze the fruits; make a puree of strawberries and grapes. Put the puree in the Popsicle stand and freeze it for 3-4 hours, a healthy tasty Popsicle is ready. Peel the banana and freeze it in a Ziploc bag, make a fine paste and let it sit for half hour in the refrigerator. Banana and papaya have the same consistency like ice-cream.
Choose a healthy lifestyle and eating and be healthy.