Quick healthy tea snacks are every persons worry. With the health gurus and internet diets going crazy over the funda of 6 meals a day, I think the most worrisome meal is tea time. It’s that time of the day when inevitably energy levels are running on a low and you need a perk up.
If you are at work, you have already begun to think food by the time you have made yourself that so called last cup of tea for the day. If you are at home then the sheer boredom of waiting for the next meal or the thought of what you can have, can get those digestive juices moving. Reaching out for a marie/oats biscuit or that packet of kurmura as the dietician advised could be the most healthy thing to do and yet the most boring. Your mind would have already placed the various options before you of why and how you can chuck the advice and do what your stomach desires. And that is the reason of fatâ€™s existence and diets failing!!
No, no itâ€™s not the marie/oats biscuit or the kurmura thatâ€™s going to make you fat but the fact that you are not going to be able to sustain that as a snack option day after day. If it doesnâ€™t appeal to your tastebuds that require that zing and spice then by the time you sit for a cooked meal, you are going to want to grab all you can. So, whats the option?
I am going to suggest 5 healthy tea snacks for that workday week that you can carry with you to work on your tastebuds to keep them happy till the next meal.
1. Rajma galoti kebabs: Soak the 50g rajma beans overnight in lukewarm water. Cook in a pressure cooker. Churn in a mixey into a paste. On a low flame, put a spoonful of ghee, and saute green chillie, ginger, coriander and the rajma paste. Add salt and seasoning to taste. Prepare into bite sized patty and store in the fridge. Easy to carry to work or have at tea time at home. 2 small pattice is both nutritious and filling, along with flavor to tingle your taste buds.
2. Boiled egg sandwich: A single boiled egg crushed gently with a fork, add salt and pepper and half spoon of green chillie sauce and few boiled soya granules. Make a single bread sandwich and seal with clingwrap. Chewy, tasty and healthy. You can make a couple and store overnight in the fridge.
3. Chole salad: Soak 50g chole overnight and boil with a pinch of salt. You can either saute them with ground spices to carry to work or mix them with a cold salad mix of cucumber tomatoes, chillie and onion. Either which way they are delicious and filling too.
4. Oats uttapam: Grind oats into a fine powder and store for instant use. Mix this into a batter consistency and then garnish as desired, either with ground spices or a mix of onion and chillie. Can be easily taken to work as a roll that doesnâ€™t spoil.
5. Moongdal dhokla: Soak 1 bowl of moongdal overnight and then grind into paste. Add a teaspoon of oil, ginger, spinach finely cut, few kernels of boiled crushed corn, chillie and salt to taste. Put a pinch of soda/eno and steam cook for 15mins. Refrigerate them. Can be used over 3days as they wonâ€™t get spoilt.
Ofcourse there are better and fancier options, but the above are what I would think practical and economical for most people. Processed foods which are touted as healthy options with â€œfat-freeâ€ or â€œ0% cholesterolâ€ labels often have other ingredients that arenâ€™t nutritious. So, if one has to make a lifestyle change to continue a healthier way of eating for a long time itâ€™s always better to have home-made options. They are always better and tastier. The right balance of protein, carbs and fat will always be a perfect meal to curb wrong food cravings and keep you in a happy mood. Do try the above and let me know if it made a difference. Happy eating.