The most difficult part of switching to a food with low carbohydrate and fat content is the hunger pangs that ensue.
It is very difficult to resist the urge to binge eat between meals. It might seem like an impossible task to replace your crunchy delicious fried snacks such as potato chips and french fries.
Not only is it difficult to replace the addictive taste, but it can also be very challenging to find a healthy alternative with the same texture to replace your movie night snack.
There are, however, several snacks that can be prepared quickly, have high nutritional value and can provide the crunch that you keep craving for. Several vegetables can be eaten raw with a tasty dip to add flavour. You can try one of these delicious dips.
These make great simple snacks that can curb your hunger pangs and keep you feeling full for longer spans. Other simple snacks can be prepared every morning, to make sure you don’t stray from your daily targets.
Crunchy Healthy Snacks
Here are some of the best crunchy healthy snacks that you can try to curb your hunger.
- Persimmon Rounds
- Rosemary and Olive Oil Roasted Cashews
- Glazed Edamame
- Harrisa Spiced Chickpeasv
Persimmon is a sweet fruit that looks like a large orange tomato. It is mainly of two types fuyu and hachiya. This recipe is made of fuyu persimmons that do not need to be peeled or cooked to be consumed. This makes a tasty and crunchy snack for mid-day hunger pangs.
All you need is six medium-sized fuyu persimmons.
How To Prepare:
Preheat the oven to 250F. Cut the persimmon into thin slices, each with crosswise into quarter-inch rounds. Divide the persimmons between two wire racks and set them atop baking sheets. Bake until the centres of the slices look dry and the edges begin to curl up. This should take about one or one and a half-hour. Once they are baked, store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Rosemary and Olive Oil Roasted Cashews
Cashews contain healthy fats, potassium and magnesium that help in reducing high cholesterol levels. They are roasted in olive oil to avoid adding many saturated fats in the mix.
- two cups of raw cashews
- one tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- one tablespoon fresh, finely chopped rosemary
- half teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
How To Prepare:
Heat the oven to 350F. In a bowl, mix the cashews, oil, rosemary, and pepper. Toss them together to mix them well. Spread the cashews onto a baking sheet lined with parchment. Roast them for fifteen minutes. Make sure to stir them every five minutes. Remove from the oven and cool before handling.
Edamame is the name given to immature soybeans. Much like soybeans themselves, edamame is rich in proteins. It also has low FODMAP content and hence it is the best options for people who are advised to consume low amounts of oligosaccharides.
- Twelve ounces of frozen edamame pods
- One tablespoon toasted sesame oil
- One teaspoon spicy sesame oil
- One tablespoon peeled, grated ginger root
- One tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
- One tablespoon rice vinegar
- One tablespoon packed light brown sugar
- Quarter teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
How To Prepare:
Boil two quarts of water in a saucepan. Add frozen edamame and return the pot to a boil. drain the edamame pods into a colander and rinse them with cold water. Let them cool in some time.
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, warm the oil. Add ginger and saute, stirring frequently, until the ginger begins to brown. Add the soy sauce, vinegar, and brown sugar, and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add the edamame. Reduce heat to medium and stir using a silicone spatula until the sauce caramelizes and reduces to form a glaze on the edamame pods.
Scrape the sauce off the sides and bottom of the skillet periodically during the caramelization process. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes and serve warm.
Harrisa Spiced Chickpeas
These crispy and crunchy snacks are a great way to tackle your hunger pangs and give you a low sodium alternative to eating chips and salted snacks. Chickpeas have high protein and fibre content and hence are a healthy snack to have.
- One can of drained and rinsed chickpeas with no added salt
- Two teaspoons peanut oil
- Three teaspoons harissa seasoning
How To Prepare:
Heat oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment. Use a paper towel to dry the chickpeas and add them to a bowl and toss with peanut oil. Spread evenly over the baking sheet in a single layer.
Roast chickpeas for twenty to twenty-five minutes. Remove them from oven and place the chickpeas back into a bowl. Toss with harissa seasoning until evenly coated. Spread back onto a baking sheet to cool. Squeeze some lemon juice over the mixture for more taste.
These crunchy healthy snacks do not contain unhealthy fats, carbohydrates and do not have a high amount of sodium in it. The crunch and texture make them great substitutes for chips and other such snacks.
Try these recipes today to make drastic changes in your diet. Make sure that you follow your diet regime to the dot without compromising on time and nutrients as well.