Friday, July 17, 2015

Healthy Snacks!

What snack to give today for kids is a day to day thing for moms like me.   I dont rely upon any packaged snacks for our family including chips, cheese pops or whatever fancy snacks on the shelves!   I do not prefer to give them full meal after school!  I just do not understand that!   I truly believe that right food has to be fed on the right time.   Lunch is an important meal of the day where we need the most carbs of the day!   What it means is high carb food should not be eaten during snack time.   Hence, We need to make conscious snack decisions and choices.   Kids like things that are crispier.    Even junk made at home is much healthier than the store bought one.   Yes, itz true.

Simple Filling Snacks:

Traditional Oven Roasted Peanuts:

There used to be and still available in few places, small shops where they roast peanuts with sand.    Yes, with sand.   How many kids of the current generation will accept that they are healthy!  These are the most healthy snacks which are ever ever green!   How many of the adults still continue to eat these!   Ofcourse, you will find people like us.   I used to roast them in oven when in US while getting the traditional one imported from various places like Kumbakonam and Chennai to Bangalore now!   I am yet to find a place here where they roast it like this.

Popcorn:

I am not talking about the prepacking popcorn which pops in Microwave in secs.   I dont consider them healthy due to the high fat content and salt in them.   Traditional popping over the iron pan works very well.   Once I found a popcorn maker in Macys during thanksgiving sale, it was very good but it worned out so had to let it go!

Time required to make:  

    less than 15 mins.

What you need?

Popcorn kernels - 1/4 cup
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Red chilli powder - 1/4 tsp (variable)
Salt-1/2 tsp
Sugar-1/2 tsp
Coconut oil - 2 Tbsp  


How to make it?

Heat the iron pan and add about 1/4 cup of corn at a time and cover the pan, otherwise popcorn would be all over the kitchen!  Once the popping sound diminishes, switch off the stove and collect all the popcorns in a container.

In a small container, add salt, sugar, red chilli powder,  turmeric powder and a pinch of asofoedita if using. Mix everything and keep it ready.

Heat coconut oil in another pan and pour it over the mix.     You will get the flavour of the store bought popcorn if you use coconut oil.  Coconut oil is a healthier choice too.

Pour this over the popped kernels and ask your kids to give a good shake!   My kids really enjoy the activity and love home made fresh popcorns.

Happy Healthy Snacking!  

Think about the snacks that you give and share the healthier choice ideas!

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