When we say the word SNACKS, images that pop into our head is of those tasty Alloo Tikkis, Samosas, Burgers, Pizzas and the list can go on and on and on. But if you are trying to shed those extra pounds, all these fried foods are your enemy. And along with that If you are also a foodie as I am, avoiding these oily foods is nearly impossible. As the greed of our tongue always dominates the need for shedding those extra kilos.
I know it is very tough as I am also a die heart food lover trying hard to maintain a healthy weight So, here is the solution. I don’t want you to compromise even a little bit with your tastes buds thus here I am mentioning different oil free snacks for you. Keep reading to know more about these delicious and healthy alternatives.
Delicious and Healthy Oil Free Snacks
Dhokla is the staple food of Gujarat and almost every Gujarati knows how to prepare it. The regular dhokla is not oil free. So here is a healthy trick, Substitute the besan or gram flour with powdered oats and skip the oil.
Served with chutney and soup, momos are one of the favorite food items for people living mostly in the north-east part of India. Momos are steamed dumplings and they require no oil. The dumplings are filled with the filling of choice. One can go for either vegetable as well as chicken momos.
South Indian famous dish Idli requires no oil. Idli is simply steamed rice. Idlis are served with chutney and sambar and are consumed by people living in every part of the country. Preparing idli is very simple and fast as well.
Tangy Bengal gram chaat
Bengal grams when mixed with various vegetables like onion, tomato and cucumber taste heavenly. Adding a little amount of lemon juice to the mixture enhances the taste even more. This is a very popular roadside snack and can be spotted at every market. It can also be easily made at home and one of the best oil free snacks.
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This is my personal favorite. As it is tasty and also makes your tummy full. Tasty tip: Cut the boiled eggs and sprinkle a pinch of salt and pepper over it and it will taste awesome.(Your can also add chopped onion if you want).
Sprouted Bengal grams and green grams mixed with chopped onions, tomatoes, green chili and a dash of lemon juice. This option is nutritious and fat-free. It also helps in the process of weight loss.
Easy to make and tasty to eat. Just cut fruits of your choice in a bowl and sprinkle some chaat masala over it. You can also have fruit juice if you want. It is the best replacement for daily evening snacks.
Mixed Vegetable Raita
Raita is a very popular Indian side dish and people enjoy raita with mostly any rice dish. Preparing raita requires no oil. Simply chop some vegetables and put them into a bowl of beaten yogurt or curd. We can have this cooling dish as evening snack as well.
Preparing soup is easy and it also requires no or very less amount of oil. Most soups do not require oil at all. Spinach soup, carrot soup, and tomato soup are very healthy and tasty at the same time. If you don’t like veg soup you can also add chunks of chicken into your soup and make it taste even better.
Milkshakes and smoothies
Whenever we feel thirsty, we pop open a soda can without even thinking twice about its high calories. Replace that can of soda with a glass of milkshake. Milkshakes or smoothies not only taste good, they are filling at the same time as well. You can make a wide variety of them with whatever is present in your home. Simply blend the fruits that you like with milk and a little amount of honey in a blender and you are done.
Also well known as American corn, or Boiled Corn. Basically it is boiled corns mixed with black salt and lemon juice to add more taste. It is a healthy snack to go for.
Just replace your favorite fried Papad with roasted paper topped with chopped onion, tomatoes and additional spices of your choice. I bet you this is tastier than the old fried version of papad.
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These are some delicious oil free snacks for maintaining a ‘healthy you’. So next time when you order any oily snack, remember these alternatives. Try these out and do not forget to share your experience with us.