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Shiva Shakti

Shiva Shakti is a popular Indian restaurant in Phnom Penh, Cambodia with over two decades of rich legacy. It offers authentic Indian food and has served notable personalities like King Sihanouk and Angelina Jolie. The restaurant promises a unique experience with every visit. Customized catering services are also available on request. Call now to embark on a flavorful journey.

Introduction

What do we do when we feel hungry or have cravings? We often grab a snack. But do we ever think about the health factors like the calorie content or the fat content or the spice content in those snacks. I guess we don’t. So, let’s talk about some of the healthy Indian snacks that you can have when you have hunger cravings. In this blog, we will also talk about the best time to have these snacks. Healthy snacks will give you energy when you are hungry and also look after the health factors of your body that help you to maintain a proper diet if you want to.

Top 8 Tasty & Healthy Indian Snack Options

1. Dhokla 

One of the most popular Indian snacks, a dhokla has its origin from the state of Gujarat. It is a light breakfast snack that is made up of a mixture of fermented chickpeas and battered rice. It has a calorie content of 283 and it has zero cholesterol with a very low percentage of protein but rich in iron and calcium.

2. Yogurt Sandwiches 

Curd sandwiches are loved by everyone and it is very easy to make it at home. It has a lot of ingredients in it including thick curd, a variety of fresh vegetables and whole wheat bread slices. With 200 calories, this delightful snack has very low fat content but high in fibre and iron. Yoghurt sandwiches are also rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin C along with calcium.

3. Kathi rolls 

One of the most mouthwatering Indian snacks with tasteful flavours, Kathi rolls are classic Indian snacks from Bengal. It is technically a street food item but when made at home with home ingredients, it has a lot of nutritional benefits. It is usually a non-vegetarian dish. It ranges from 260 to 350 calories. A non-veg kathi roll has benefits of rich protein from the meat while a veg kathi roll has much more benefits like Vitamin A, C and E from the various fried vegetables present in the dish.

4. Idlis 

A South Indian delicacy that can be had in breakfasts, lunch or evening snacks. It is made from battered urad dal and fermented rice and it is an extremely healthy Indian snack option. Idli consists of 35-45 calories approx. It is well known for keeping your blood sugar levels under control and also being rich in calcium and iron.

5. Dosa 

Another South Indian delight that is very popular and is one of the best Indian snack options. Its recipe is similar to that of an idli but it has different variations. Talking about its health factors, a plain dosa has 133 calories along with being rich in potassium, iron and calcium making it an allrounder Indian snack. 

6. Baked Samosa

 Samosa is also referred to as the king of Indian snacks. It has many forms throughout India. If you have the fried version then it is not so healthy for you, having a high calorie content, But baked samosas can satisfy your hunger without any fat content. Baked samosas have rich nutritious content including Vitamin C and plenty of fibre having a calorie content of 120.

7. Bhel Puri 

A bhel puri is a snack with tasteful flavours, made of mixed spices and puffed rice along with a lot of vegetables served with tamarind chutney on top. For a guilt-free snack, you can exclude the chutney and still it will be a very healthy choice of snack while you are hungry. Bhel puri is a perfect blend of rich proteins and carbs with also a low calorie content of 60 calories. 

8. Makhana 

   Having a very less fat content and rich in protein, makhana is a mouth watering evening snack for you. With some added salts and paprika sprinkled with delightful flavours it is an excellent choice for an Indian snack to include in your diet.

The Best Time to have your Snacks

What is the best time to have snacks? Well, this depends on a lot of factors and usually varies from person to person based on their preferences, daily schedules and nutritional intakes. Here are some of the tips that you may consider in order to find the best time to enjoy your snacks.

  • Know the timing of your main meals or principle meals and then space out a specific time to have your snacks in between those mail meals.
  • Take good care of your hunger levels. This is because when you are feeling hungry and craving for a snack, actually eating the snack can prevent you from overeating on your next meal.
  • Always try to choose healthy snacks that have rich nutritious content rather than opting for snacks having high calorie content and fat.
  • Snacks also help to boost your energy levels. So before hitting the gym or doing any physical activities you can always enjoy a snack and fuel your body.

Conclusion

So far, we have learnt about the various types of Indian snack options that are not only tasty and appetising but healthy at the same time. It is always advisable to choose a healthy snack that is rich with nutrients and not harmful for your body. Also, we should take good care of our hunger levels and if you want to avoid overeating then just grab a snack and enjoy its tasteful delights.

FAQs

Q 1. What is a good snack to keep you full?

Answer : A baked samosa is a very good choice of snack when it comes to keeping your belly full.

Q 2. What is the most satisfying snack?

Answer : You can have one single fruit and that can be called the most satisfying snack.

Q 3. What are the 5 smart snacking strategies?

Answer : The smart snacking strategies include : 

  • Store healthy snacks in your fridge
  • Practise mindful reading
  • Carry healthy snacks with you
  • Treat sweets and packeted chips as an exception 
  • Before buying a snack just be double sure that it has healthy nutrients.

Q 4. What is the healthiest low calorie snack?

Answer : Oats are a perfect low calorie snack with various healthy nutrients in it. 

Q 5. What is the healthiest Indian snack? 

Answer : Baked Samosa is the healthiest Indian snack

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