Winters are a time when many people experience unintended weight gain. Give these healthy winter snacks a chance, they won’t make you deviate much from your winter fitness goals
New Delhi: Nature is abundant, and one instance of the fact can be seen during the winter season when we see so many fruits, vegetables and different food items around us. While some of these are healthy and make for great additions to our diet, others may not be as healthy. It is important to draw the line and understand the benefits of various foods available during the winter season, in order to ensure health.
People usually see an unintended weight gain during the winter season, mostly due to reduced physical activity. The adverse cold conditions can make it difficult for you to go out and exercise. Meanwhile, our eating habits also shift, sometimes for the worse.
Importance of healthy snacking during the winter season
Snacks play a very important role in keeping us healthy and fit. They comprise of smaller meals we have in between the main meals of breakfast, lunch, and dinner. One must ensure that these snacks are healthy, and only contribute in some way or the other to the larger health goal. If you do not consume healthy snacks, no amount of exercise or diet plans can help you lose weight and be healthy. Snacks should also be filling, which helps you avoid overeating when you have your main meals, which is one of the primary causes of weight gain. Snacks are an absolute essential for those with diabetes, as small, frequent meals help to keep your blood sugar managed and help to keep you healthy.
Healthy winter snacks to add to your diet
“As the temperature continues to drop, our appetite increases because of a change in metabolism and energy level. Winters mean woollen clothes, warm foods and drinks. But increased appetite does not mean that we have to satisfy it with unhealthy foods. There are ample of healthy foods to enjoy during the winter season which can easily be included in our diet to stay warm,” says Mr Aman Puri, Founder, Steadfast Nutrition, even as he shares 5 winter snack foods that will help you maintain your health during the cold weather.
Sweet potatoes – Sweet potatoes are incredibly healthy and packed with nutrients like vitamins A, C, dietary fibre, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin and potassium. Sweet potatoes are a boon for diabetics as well due to their high dietary fibre content and low glycemic index. They help maintain blood sugar levels preventing their sudden spike. Winter season makes us more susceptible to common cold and coughs. Vitamins A and C content of sweet potatoes support our immune health, keeping infections at bay.
Peanut brittle/ Chikki – Made with roasted peanut and jaggery, peanut chikki is one of the healthiest snacks one can opt for. Chikkis are also ideal to satisfy sweet food cravings. Peanuts are packed with good fats, protein and dietary fibre and in combination with jaggery, they give us an instant energy boost along with various micronutrients.
Sesame / til chikki – Sesame chikki is another healthy winter snack to grab. Made with sesame or til seeds and jaggery, both the foods have warming effects on the body. Sesame seeds are packed with good fats in the form of MUFA and PUFA. In addition, they have two compounds – lignans and phytosterols, which support our heart health by exerting a cholesterol-lowering effect.
Gond laddu – Gond laddus are not only delicious but healthy too. Made from whole wheat flour, gond (edible gum), ghee, jaggery, nuts and seeds and flavourful condiments, Gond laddus are popularly consumed during winters because the edible gum added produces a lot of heat in the body.
Vegetable soup – Soups are a great way to stay warm along with providing a healthy dose of nutrients to the body. Soups offer great variety like tomato soup, sweet corn soup, mushroom soup, dal soup, etc. so you can not get bored of them. Soups not only keep us warm but they are good for digestion, keeps us satiated for long, rich in vitamins and minerals and a great way to stay hydrated too.
Give these healthy winter snacks a chance, they won’t make you deviate much from your winter fitness goals.