Snacks Of Nuts

Snacks of Nuts—Foxnuts, Peanuts, Almonds

Sonal ShrivastavaLast Seen: Apr 16, 2024 @ 8:57am 8AprUTC
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Healthy Roasted Snacks of Nuts

A handful of snacks gives you a feeling of fullness. It keeps you satiated. Now that people have a very fast lifestyle, they don’t have enough time to cook. Even if they prepare meals two times a day somehow, they can’t prepare snacks two or three times. Further, hunger pangs can’t be avoided. In such a situation, you often tend to eat ready-to-eat or market-based crunchy snacks, often roasted using palm oil and with excessive salt, which are often unhealthy. Yes, you start following an unhealthy diet pattern. That’s why I have come here with healthy snacks that can be stored in an airtight container for more than a month.  Please don’t say you can’t spend time preparing my snacks, even once a month. After all, it’s your health. Please show some dedication. Without good health, one can’t enjoy life. Anyway, let’s know about the ingredients.

The three main ingredients I have used in my recipe are fox nuts, almonds, and peanuts. Let’s know why I chose them.

Foxnuts

Makhanas are also known as fox nuts, lotus seeds, or the Gorgon nut. They are obtained from the lotus flowers. The dried lotus seeds are popped like popcorn. Makhana is a non-cereal food grown in the stagnant water of ponds, wetlands, tanks, lakes, and ditches. Foxnuts are popular as fast food; their health benefits are superior to those of dry fruits such as almonds and walnuts. This recipe is so simple, delicious, nutritious, and hygienic. Roasted Makhana with a combination of peanuts and almonds has a great taste if a little spice and salt are added.  Foxnuts are rich in carbohydrates, calcium, protein, phosphorous, thiamine (vitamin B1), iron, and zinc. Being highly rich in potassium and low in sodium, foxnuts are a healthy choice to have for hypertensive patients as well as for obesity management due to their low glycemic index. 

Peanuts 

Peanuts are popular and common foods worldwide. Peanuts are a very rich source of protein, healthy fat, and fiber. They are also a rich source of vitamin E and contain a good amount of folate. They are functional foods that are beneficial for the heart. They are good for malnourished children and help with growth. 

Almond

Its popularity is increasing and it counts as a healthy snack. It is a good source of essential nutrients. Kernal is the edible part of almonds. It contains an ample amount of protein, healthy fat,  vitamin E, vitamin B2, and dietary fiber. Kernal is associated with the benefits of cardiovascular health. It is also a very rich source of minerals. It helps in reducing bad cholesterol.

Better than other snacks:

  • They are homemade. So you know what ingredients you have used and of what quality.
  • They are free from excessive preservatives and salt, which are not beneficial for health.
  • These snacks can be easily prepared.
  • Not only in taste but also in nutrition, the snacks are very rich. So, the ‘trio’ in snack is amazing. These snacks are tasty, crunchy, munchy, healthy, and yummy! Believe it or not, this is a very nice snack option for kids and a good choice for evening snacks too.
  • They can be consumed with any beverage of your choice like tea, milk, etc.

So try and have fun! The recipe for your favorite snack is mentioned below.

Recipe

  1. Preparation time: 5 minutes
  2. Cook time: 10 minutes
  3. Ready in: 15 minutes
  4. Yields: 2 persons

    Ingredients

    • 50 grams of fox-nuts or puffed lotus seeds 
    • 50 grams of peanuts
    • 50 grams of almond
    • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, ground
    • 1/4 teaspoon black salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon common salt
    • 1/2 tablespoon ghee (clarified butter)

    Instructions

    1. Heat 1 tablespoon of ghee in a pan.
    2. Add foxnuts to it. Roast for 5 minutes.
    3. Add the almonds and peanuts after that. Stir well.
    4. Add nutmeg powder, black pepper powder, black salt, and common salt.
    5. Stir well, then continue to roast all of the ingredients for 5 minutes on medium heat.
    6. You can check if the moisture has gone and remove the pan from the heat source, or if you feel the snacks are not crispy, you can roast for two more minutes.
    7. Serve it with any beverage of your choice, such as hot tea, coffee, or milk.

     

    Nutritional value  in the recipe (approx.)

    Nutrition

    Vitamins In Snacks

    Protein And Minerals

    Try with other variations of taste too

    1. Edible gums can be a fun addition to snacks. Before adding gum, ghee must be heated in a pan until it is very hot. Pop it (like popcorn) and fry it over a medium flame until it’s a light brown color. Add it to the aforementioned snacks.
    2. You can also add roasted coconut flakes. It will surely be tasty.
    3. You can vary the flavor by adding other roasted nuts, such as cashews, walnuts, etc.
    4. The addition of fried curry leaves is yet another way to enhance the flavor of your snacks.
    5. You can season it with rock salt if you’re on a fast or vrat (as per Hindu tradition), or you can substitute a few drops of lemon juice and some finely chopped fresh coriander leaves for the salt. In the absence of a fast, any salt and a few drops of lemon juice will do. To that, sprinkle some toasted coconut flakes and poppy seeds. You can expect it to be lovingly more delicious than the standard “Indian Bhel Puri Chaat.”

    Precautions

    1. Avoid any salt If the patient is hypertensive, add only a minimal amount of ghee (it can be avoided too), and the snacks will still be tasty. The main thing is that they must be crispy, so they must be properly roasted.
    2. Drink plenty of water if you consume such dry snacks in excess.

References:

  1. Liaquat, M., Pasha, I., Ahsin, M. et al. Roasted fox nuts (Euryale Ferox L.) contain higher concentration of phenolics, flavonoids, minerals and antioxidants, and exhibit lower Glycemic Index (GI) in human subjects. Food Prod Process and Nutr 4, 1 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1186/s43014-021-00081-x
  2. Arya, S. S., Salve, A. R., & Chauhan, S. (2016). Peanuts as functional food: a review. Journal of food science and technology53(1), 31–41. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13197-015-2007-9
  3. Barreca, D., Nabavi, S. M., Sureda, A., Rasekhian, M., Raciti, R., Silva, A. S., Annunziata, G., Arnone, A., Tenore, G. C., Süntar, İ., & Mandalari, G. (2020). Almonds (Prunus Dulcis Mill. D. A. Webb): A Source of Nutrients and Health-Promoting Compounds. Nutrients12(3), 672. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu12030672

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