With all those happy and overwhelming jitters of being a bride-to-be, what tags along simultaneously is the onset of your pre-bridal salon sessions, a fitness routine and a set regimen to achieve and ace that bridal glow. And of course, your ultimate bridal shopping and wedding preps. And, if you're a busy one with truckloads of work, boy we understand that paranoia of trying to get everything done perfectly.
For that matter, some of you would be even struggling with your added fitness and diet routines, juggling between your junk food cravings and clean eating. Not to forget, how amidst all of these tasks to be taken care of, untimely hunger pangs, stress evoked sugar cravings and the forever ticking taste buds are going to make you jump into a pool of unhealthy foods. Which apparently, you should be avoiding for a while to prevent acne breakouts and unexpected weight gain (well, okay not always 'cuz desserts and junk do deserve a little space in our lives).
With that said, if you're wondering on how to maintain that perfect balance between eating healthy and satiating your taste buds with those delectable snacks then, fret not! We've enlisted some delicious-cum-healthy snack ideas that would make for great late night munching options and a perfect snack for the "food lifts up my mood" brides.
These tasty yet healthy and easy snack ideas would not only make for good diet food but also, won't put you on that guilt trip of eating junk ('cuz you aren't). So go ahead take note of this list of snacks and savor them while keeping fit!
Made with oats (or rice cereal), nuts, berries, dry fruits, seeds and chocolate with healthy sweeteners like honey, peanut butter, date syrup, etc., granola bars are a great alternative for chocolates. One of the best things about granola bars is the fact that they can be made with whatever ingredients you like and you can put in what you'd prefer. Of course, a variety of bars are available in the market that you can choose from but, if you want to go absolutely healthy with this and make it yourself with ingredients that suits your likes then, check out this amazing and easy youtube tutorial.
Rich in fiber and protein, low in fat and calories, makhanas are the perfect stomach filling snack for in-between the meals. With a variety of flavors available from salt and pepper to garlic and peri-peri, there are a lot of options to satisfy your taste buds and cravings. If you don't want to go for the ones available in the market and want to make them at home then, saute them in a tad bit of oil or butter and sprinkle salt and pepper over them. To add different flavors you can mix them in garlic powder or peri-peri powder that's also easily available in the market. It's undoubtedly one of the quickest snack recipes ever.
Available in different brands and mixtures, trail mixes are yet another go-to for healthy munching. A scrumptious mix of berries, dry fruits and seeds, these make for a great 'anytime munching snack' for everybody. They're healthy, filling, and of course, super tasty. You can also make these at home by mixing in whatever you want amidst nuts, berries and seeds. And oh, do mix in a bit of salt for that extra flavor.
If you're too tired of eating raw fruits or even fruit chaat for that matter, how about using peanut butter or almond butter as a dip? They're not only a unique delicious twist to your usual fruits but, also healthy. Dip those apple, pear or banana slices in these flavorful butter and you can thank us later! Just make sure you aren't allergic to either of the two kinds of butter.
A rich source of vitamins, minerals, and fibers, sweet potatoes make for an amazing healthy snack that's both yummy and appetizing. Perfect for a mid-day meal, the best way to include sweet potatoes in your diet is a 'sweet potato chaat'. To make one simply boil, peel and then cut sweet potatoes in a bowl and mix in chaat masala and lemon juice and voila, you're good to go.
Brideys, always carry a pack of healthy biscuits made of oats, multi-grain, fiber or wheat in your bag. They are a healthy go-to that would calm down your raging hunger pangs instantly while you're on the go or simply want something to eat along with your evening tea or coffee.
Being a good source of protein and absolutely flavorsome, yogurts in different flavors would be an apt choice for when you're hungry or craving ice-creams.
A healthier alternative for those pack of chips and munchies with fats are packs of soya and diet chips or mixtures. These days, a lot of varieties of these soya chips and mixtures are hitting the confectionery stands and they are what you really should be munching on!
With outnumbered health benefits, chickpeas and chanas are something that should undoubtedly make it to your diet list when you're trying to keep up with your fitness. One of the great ideas to include them in your diet in a finger-licking way is to prepare a yum chana chaat. Simply mix in the boiled chanas with chopped tomatoes, onions, coriander leaves, lemon juice, and some chaat masala and salt to taste and you're done. The best part about this is the fact that it can be eaten both cold and hot and tastes equally amazing.
Benefits of dark chocolates aren't unknown and to satisfy your chocolate and sugar cravings, ditch those normal chocolates a piece or two of dark chocolates. Don't binge eat tho!
With tons of nutritional values and beneficial wonders, they are a key element of a balanced diet. So don't forget to make some space for raw sprouts or a sprout chaat (made just like the chickpea chaat) in your diet. They're super tasty, filling and a great quick snack idea.
Fresh smoothies are yet another healthy option for everybody basically. If you're bored with fruits and fresh juices keep switching to a glass full of fresh sugar-free smoothie every other day. To add a little bit of sweetness, instead of sugar try using natural sweeteners like date syrup, maple syrup or honey. They will not only be a good sugar substitute but also add a unique taste to your drink.
Yet another offbeat chaat idea if you're bored with sprouts or chana chaat is the 'sweet corn chaat'. Boiled or steamed sweet corns mixed with cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, chaat masala, salt and lemon juice tastes unbelievably yummy. Adding a bit of red or green chili would give in a perfect spicy tangy twist to your corn chaat while not compromising with your health.