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5 Snacks & Their Recipe To Fuel Your Workout

Workout is a must-to-do thing for our bodies. But food plays a crucial role in this entire process. Have you ever thought about why it is always said to eat healthy food every time, especially during a workout? It’s because food is the fuel of our body, just like petrol/ diesel is the fuel for your four-wheeler. So, here are the top five snack options to fuel your workout session, and would take it to the next level.

Why Is Snacking Important?

Snacking is an important part of the diet plan. Usually, a normal person has four diets in his entire day- breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner. It is observed that snack time is generally done in the evening, during 5- 7 pm.

This is a time when surprisingly one faces incredible hunger. And this is a vulnerable time when the person is bound to eat anything. And the list includes healthy and unhealthy snack options.

By chance, if the person goes out for unhealthy options and lays their eyes on them, then this could mess up with their body system. Hence, snacks are important, but healthy ones are acceptable. One should make snack options plans beforehand as it is really impossible to plan at the peak moment.

Top Snack Options To Fuel Your Workout

There are a variety of snack options that one should try when they are dedicated to workout. However, from this large list, we have picked the top 5 snack options to fuel your workout. Our snacks are focussed more on practicality, keeping in mind less preparation time, more benefits, and highly nutritious.

CHICKPEA SALAD

A highly nutritious salad with a lip-smacking taste and vibrant appearance, chickpea salad is very common among fitness enthusiasts. Chickpea, commonly known as Kabuli chana, is a common legume found in every household. It is widely used in making curries, popularly known as chole.

Chickpea is highly nutritious and proteinaceous in nature. It has an abundance of nutrients such as sodium, potassium, manganese, and various types of vitamins. A delicious snacking option, it is definitely worth giving a try.

INGREDIENTS

Chickpea seeds, spices such as black salt and black pepper powder, vegetables such as onion, tomatoes, and green chilies, freshly squeezed lemon juice, finely chopped coriander, and mint leaves

RECIPE

  1. Take a bowl and add some chickpea seeds (raw). Add water to it and let it stay overnight.
  2. After that, strain the soaked seeds in a bowl. Strain out the extra water from it.
  3. Now in the bowl of chickpeas, add finely chopped vegetables such as onions, tomatoes, and green chilies.
  4. To that, add spices such as black salt and black pepper powder. Give everything a quick and good mix.
  5. Before proceeding further, don’t forget to taste the salad to know if it’s according to your taste. Then adjust accordingly.
  6. Lastly, add the fresh lemon juice on the top along with garnishing it with freshly chopped coriander and mint leaves.
  7. Serve it as it is.

SPROUTS TOAST

Sprouts are another popular food option among workout geeks. But do you know that you can have a variety of sprout recipes in your daily life? Undoubtedly, it is a rich source of vitamins, minerals, roughage, and dietary fibers. There are a variety of sprouts available in the market, but the common type and easily available sprout option are moong sprouts. From eating it as it is to incorporate it into a variety of recipes, it is a versatile healthy snacking option. Everyone can do much to get its numerous benefits.

INGREDIENTS

2-4 brown bread slices, moong sprouts (raw), spices such as black salt, black pepper powder, oregano and red chili flakes, vegetables such as onions, tomatoes, green chilies and carrot, low-fat eggless mayonnaise, low-fat butter, green chutney

RECIPE

  1. Take a bowl and pour raw moong sprouts into it. Add water to it and let it stay overnight.
  2. Next, separate the soaked and bulged sprouts from the water and strain the extra water from it.
  3. Place them in a bowl along with all the vegetables. Remember that vegetables such as onions, tomatoes, and green chilies should be finely chopped. On the contrary, carrots should be grated properly.
  4. Now add all the spices such as salt, pepper powder, oregano, and chili flakes. Give everything a quick mix.
  5. Then add the mayonnaise. Here’s a tip for you: if you want a creamy toast, then don’t forget to add more mayonnaise into the bowl.
  6. Mix everything properly and then taste it. Adjust the consistency and taste according to your choice.
  7. Now take a bread slice and spread the mixture evenly on it. Don’t form lumps and also don’t leave any space empty.
  8. Meanwhile, heat up the Tawa on low mode.
  9. After you are done with the bread slice, apply a little amount of butter on the Tawa using a brush.
  10. Now carefully place the toast on the Tawa.
  11. Cover it with a transparent glass lid.
  12. Let it sit for about 10- 15 seconds. If you want to make your toast crispier and darker, then you can let it sit for more time as well.
  13. After that, take it out on a plate.
  14. Serve it with green chutney and mayonnaise.

BOILED EGG CHAAT

Eggs are bodybuilders’ best friends. Moreover, the people who are very much into working out diligently, then take eggs very often, especially the boiled ones. Have you ever wondered why? This is because eggs contain an abundant amount of proteins, manganese, sodium, potassium, and many other nutrients that facilitate the smooth flow of energy into the body. Moreover, they are good energy as well as LDL (Low-Density Lipoprotein- a type of cholesterol) source, which is good for our body.

And have you ever thought of chaat being a workout snack? Next time if your friends say that chaat is junk food, then do share this recipe with them. Trust me, it helps every time and is a great snacking option for those who love eggs.

INGREDIENTS

Boiled eggs (3- 4), vegetables such as onions, tomatoes, and green chilies, spices such as black salt, red chilly powder, garam masala, and chaat masala, freshly squeezed lemon juice, sev, green chutney, freshly chopped coriander leaves

RECIPE

  1. Take the boiled eggs on a plate. Cut them into small cubes.
  2. Now, add the finely chopped vegetables such as onions, green chilies, and tomatoes to it. Give it a quick mix.
  3. After that, add green chutney and spices such as garam masala, salt, and red chilly powder.
  4. Then garnish it with freshly and finely chopped coriander leaves, lemon juice, and chaat masala.
  5. Serve as it is immediately.

GRAM FLOUR PANCAKE

Gram flour, commonly known as besan, is a common ingredient of every Indian household. It is prepared by grinding the Bengal gram seeds, into a fine yellow powder. It is a staple ingredient for making fried snacks such as pakoras, cheap, and many more. Do you know that gram flour is abundant in nutrients such as zinc and protein? Additionally, it also contains a good amount of cobalamin, various types of vitamins, sodium, potassium, manganese, magnesium, and many more such nutrients. And the specialty of gram flour pancakes (also called besan ka chilla) is that it isn’t only restricted to snack options. One can have it in breakfast, and dinner as well.

INGREDIENTS

Gram flour, vegetables such as onions, carrot, tomatoes, and green chilies, spices such as black salt, turmeric powder, red chilly powder, and garam masala, freshly chopped coriander leaves, vegetable oil, water, green chutney

RECIPE

  1. Take a bowl and pour an adequate amount of gram flour into it.
  2. Add all the spices such as salt, red chilly powder, turmeric, and garam masala.
  3. Then gradually pour water into it while constantly mixing the slurry with a whisk.
  4. Don’t pour too much water. Make it a smooth paste. Keep in mind that the slurry should neither be vicious nor be in thin consistency.
  5. Now taste the slurry and manage it according to your taste and preference.
  6. After you have prepared the perfect slurry, it’s time to add the vegetables.
  7. Add the vegetables such as onions, tomatoes, and green chilies finely chopped. However, add the carrot in the grated form.
  8. After that, give everything a quick and good mix.
  9. Let the mixture sit for about 15- 20 minutes.
  10. Meanwhile, you can prepare your Tawa for making pancakes.
  11. After 20 minutes, give the slurry again a quick and good mix.
  12. Now, spread a little oil on the Tawa with a silicon brush.
  13. Take a spatula and take a small amount of slurry. Slowly pour it on the hot Tawa and then gradually spread it evenly on all sides into a round shape.
  14. Pour a few drops of oil from all sides.
  15. After 2 minutes, you will notice that the upper portion of the pancake is dry. This is when you have to flip it.
  16. Take a turner and flip the pancake gently.
  17. Again pour a few drops of oil from the sides and wait for a minute or two.
  18. After that, take it on a plate. Serve hot with green chutney.

PANEER FRANKIE

A great dairy product and an amazing snacking option, paneer or cottage cheese is a proteinaceous food. Whether you eat it raw or incorporate it into some gravies or semi-dry forms, it stands out every single time. Primarily being a dairy product, paneer has two varieties of proteins, precisely called milk proteins. These are casein and whey protein. Since whey protein is immensely used by fitness enthusiasts to build their body and be in shape, hence it is a favorite dish among them.

INGREDIENTS

Paneer cubes (4- 5 per Frankie), 3-4 chapatis, green chutney, spices such as salt, red chilly powder, turmeric powder, garam masala, coriander powder, black pepper powder, and cumin powder, vegetables such as onions and capsicum, sweet corn, low-fat butter

RECIPE

  1. Take a bowl and add the paneer cubes to it. Add all the spices in it, along with a little butter. Give everything a quick mix.
  2. Let the marinated paneer sit for about 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, it’s time to prepare the veggies. Cut thin slices of onions and capsicum.
  4. Take a pan, add butter to it.
  5. When it gets partially melted, add the veggies. Sprinkle some salt and pepper powder. Saute them for 2 minutes in medium-high flame. Keep them aside.
  6. After that, heat up the Tawa. Take butter and then spread it with a silicon brush.
  7. Now place the paneer cubes and let them sit till they turn golden in color. Keep them aside.
  8. It is time now to prepare a Frankie roll.
  9. Take a chapati and then apply green chutney all over it. Spread it evenly, trying to not leave any spot.
  10. After that, put the sauteed veggies on one side of the chapati. Put 3- 4 panner cubes on the veggies.
  11. Then roll the chapati in such a way that it gets into the shape of a roll.
  12. If you want, you can wrap it with clean, white paper.
  13. Serve it with green chutney.

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