On World Food Day, which is observed every year on October 16, we are here to tell you a few important things related to our snacking habits.
Snacking is not always unhealthy. With right tips and the right food, snacking can add nutrients to our daily diet which we often missed out on.
To incorporate the valuable nutrients via snacking, be a smart snacker and munch on healthy snacks including kala chana, nutritious cookies, nuts like almond or cashews, granola bars and other food items of the same kind.
So, to help you in your new healthy snacking mission, opt for the following smart snacking rules!
Ditch fried food, opt for baked items
It is always better to opt for truly baked, healthy and wholesome snacks as they are actually good for you. In fact, one of the best ways to lower fat consumption is to switch from deep fried snacks to baked snacks as they will help you keep both the calories and fat consumption down easily.
Join the olive oil revolution
Pick up snacks made in olive oil, as this is the smartest way to ensure omega 3 and to correct the good vs bad fat imbalance in our diet. A snack made with whole grains like ragi, wheat, oats, jowar, amaranth, and bajra is the best way to add nutrition to our diet and stay full for longer too.
Also Read -Olive oil revolution, 5 reasons to join the tribe
Shop for your snacks mindfully
Make an ultimate grocery list and shop for your snacks mindfully. Because it is essential that we not only snack smart but we also pick and select our snack smartly. So, wizen up to the misleading marketing messages and avoid snack packs that don’t deliver what is promised on the face of their pack.
Tip: To ensure that the nutrients we need are added to our diet, check for the ingredients on your snack food item while shopping!
Labels like ‘low-calories’ and ‘fat-free’ are important
Look out for promises and phrases like Fat-Free, Low in Calories and Lite Snacks. Don’t take them on face value. All it takes is flipping the pack to the back and reading all ingredients, their proportions, style of making etc. to understand the health and calorie quotient of the snack you are picking up.
Put a full stop to random food cravings
Eating healthy snacks isn’t anything extra. But it is important to focus only on healthy bites and put a full stop to random junk food cravings. Make some smart healthy eating choices that deliver some extra nutrients. This way, you add value to your daily diet via the snacks and score some healthy points as well!
So, choose some nutritious food and promise a good health to yourself this #WorldFoodDay
For latest Lifestyle updates, check out our Facebook page!
Also Read -Replace your oily snacks with these 6 healthy alternatives
Also Read -From Sabudana vadas to dessert, 3 recipes for special Navratri vrats
Also Read -9 ways to keep nutrients intact in food