Lockdown. Pandemic. Work from home. Always hungry and most of the time digging into unhealthy snacks. This picture is what our forced homestay looks like. From watching DIYs to recipes online, that phase of the lockdown has long gone. The unhealthy weight gain, coupled with pandemic scares, harm your mind and body.
Binging on healthy and energy-rich snacks is the best way to care for your body and mind while being in the confines of your home. Savory, sweet, or salty, there are tons of healthy options to choose from without worrying about the taste factor.
Here Are Some Super-Healthy Snacks That Will Make Sure You Stay Healthy and Energetic While You Spend Your Hours Working from Home:
1. Nuts Galore!
Nuts are super healthy and perfect snack buddies for maintaining a healthy body and mind. Instead of munching on biscuits, wafers, and chocolates- nuts are the healthier option. You could make an assortment of cashews, walnuts, almonds and also add in some muesli to the mix, making it an excellent, easy-to-grab snack option while you’re busy working. Boosts your energy and makes you more predictive while you work.
Pro Tip: Add in some yummy Goji berries or blueberries to the mix and make it a superfood snack box.
2. Avocado ‘N’ Eggs
Avocado is not just food for the body and mind but also the soul. This fruit is perhaps the healthiest there is in the world of healthy foods. Avocados have monounsaturated fats, basically, fats that are very good for your body and easily digestible. Pairing freshly sliced avocado slices with hard-boiled eggs is such an easy and effortless way to keep your tummy satisfied and for hours! You could also make a bulls-eye or poached egg, whatever way you like your eggs.
Chef Tip: Once you slice an avocado, squeeze a decent amount of lemon juice over it- this makes it taste better and prevents it from going bad for long periods.
3. Fibrous, Fruity, and Fabulous Yogurt Parfait
Take some yogurt in a glass or a bowl, layer some muesli, cereal, and some freshly cut strawberries and bananas. Add in some extra berries if you’re in the mood! You could refrigerate this lovely bowl in the fridge for about an hour and enjoy it as an afternoon or an evening snack!
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4. Your Choice Of Melon Stuffed With Feta Cheese
This snack may sound fancy, but we promise! It is super easy to make. You could cut a watermelon, take out the seeds, scoop out some and add in feta cheese, sprinkled with a hint of pepper, salt, and herbs! It’s the perfect salad-snack. Sweet and cheesy. You can use squash, muskmelons, or other juicy fruit you like!
5. Banana and Date Smoothie
The ultimate healthy and easy smoothie is the banana and date smoothie: no added sugars, no artificial sweeteners, just a laid of good health in a shake. Take a couple of ripe bananas, chop them up, add 3-4 deseeded dates into the blender, add in some almond milk and mix!
Yummy Tip: Once your smoothie is blended, pour it into a glass, and drizzle some cinnamon powder and mix! Your healthy smoothie will keep your fill till the next meal.
6. Baked Sweet Potatoes
Sweet Potatoes are high in fiber, nutrition, and vitamins. They help improve your immune system and also have cancer-fighting properties. What’s not to love? You can work from home and increase your resistance to the virus with this super quick and easy recipe. Bake some peeled and boiled sweet potatoes in the oven. Drizzle with olive oil, oregano, rosemary, and other herbs in your kitchen. Take a fork and dig in!
Bonus Tip: Add some almond or peanut butter on the side and use it as a dip!
7. Stir-Fried Mushrooms
This snack is super simple and very tasty. Stir fry some mushrooms in a pan. Add in some cut shallots, spring onions, a little soy sauce, and sprinkle with chili flakes and salt. You could also add some walnuts and stir them all up. You could eat this as a snack or add in some sticky boiled rice and enjoy a meal!
Chef Tip: Instead of draining the water from the stir fry, allow the jus to act as an accompaniment to the rice!
8. Stuffed Celery With Cream Cheese and Walnuts
For this easy recipe, you will have to cut celery stalks into 2 (3-inch) pieces. In a bowl, stir together cream cheese, walnuts, honey, salt, and cinnamon until combined. Spoon the mixture into celery pieces. Sprinkle with chives and dig in! You could also chill it in the fridge and binge on it while you’re in a team meeting 😉
Pro Tip: If you have the time, add the mixture into a piping bag, and then you can fill in the cheesy dip into the celery.
9. Apple Chips
All you need is Apple slices and cinnamon. You will never rely on unhealthy store-bought chips ever again! It may be time-consuming, but it’s worth it! Cut the apple into skinny slices, or you could use a mandolin to slice each apple into 1/16-inch thick rings—Preheat the oven to 225°F. Place the apple slices on a coated baking sheet in the oven for about 1.5-2 hours at the proper temperature. Add these crisp rings/ slices in a bowl and coat with cinnamon powder!
10. Dark Choco Nuts
Now for some store-bought healthy snacks! The most delicious and binge-worthy snack- dark chocolate covered nuts. Readily available in stores and online, this snack is the ultimate tasty and healthy option compared to binging on a mars bar. You could also buy some baked nachos, feta cheese dip, and make it a 2-course snacky meal!
10. Smokin’ Salmon on Wheat Crackers
Salmon is super-rich in omega 3 fatty acids that help in burning the fat we already have. This fish is rich in minerals, vitamins, and ladies; it is GREAT for hair care. Smoke some salmon at home and pair it with some wheat or whole-grain crackers. Add in a healthy tahini or hummus dip, and you’re good to go for the next 3 hours!
Chef’s Tip: Drizzle some olive oil, add in some feta cheese and sprinkle with herbs. You’ll have a gourmet meal with minimal effort!
Eating healthy while being trapped inside the home requires severe conscious effort! With the will to eat healthily and lose weight, the pandemic can be a blessing in disguise! The most important ingredient to losing weight is a continual effort. Make these delicious snacks and stay fit throughout the day, week, month, and year! Happy Snacking!
BONUS TIP: Half a papaya makes for a full meal!