Snacking is not a mindless pursuit. And unlike universally thought, it is not devoid of benefits.
In fact, if done right, it can be a perfect way of incorporating important, often missed out nutrients to our daily diet. But for that to happen you need to become a smart snacker. Its a skill easily learnt, as long as you master and follow the two essential smart snacking rules.
Kavita Devgan, a renowned nutritionist, weight management consultant and health writer based in Delhi, lays down the rules of healthy snacking:
* Ensure that you choose to eat only those snacks that are made from right ingredients. This, in fact, is an accurate way of ensuring that the nutrients we need are added to our diet. A few of my favourite ingredients include nuts like almonds, cashews and seeds, olive oil and whole grains.
* Kala Channa (black chickpeas), a nutrition powerhouse, delivers a lot of fibre that helps regulate our blood sugar and is also loaded with nutrients that help save us from seasonal disorders by boosting our immunity.