5 low-fat snacks approved by your favourite celebrities
Master that 4pm binge like Kareena Kapoor Khan and Alia Bhatt
You may not be able to purchase Kareena Kapoor Khan’s tunnel vision-ed dedication for fitness, but her healthy dietary decisions? Up for grabs. The new momma, along with Alia Bhatt, Jacqueline Fernandez and more, is heralding in a new wave of celebrities who aren’t afraid to fess up to the amount of trial-and-error that goes behind their healthy diets and the fruits of their labour once they get there.
Jacqueline is that gal pal who will immediately share her new dietary finds with you, and Shraddha Kapoor will detail out her DIY recipes, no sweat. If you’re looking to break up with that evening junk food appointment, here’s the first step. Take notes from the tried-and-tested recipes that work for Bollywood’s fittest names and thank them later.
5 healthy snacks celebrities swear by
Likewise, Jacqueline swears by dry fruits to keep her vitals up during gruelling outdoor shoots without making frequent trips to the food truck. Peek inside her tiffin and you’ll find a healthy mix of dry fruits and til laddoos that help keep the hunger pangs at a distance.
We thought that her roster of back-to-back movie shoots served as her own personal treadmill, but even superheroes need to refuel. The Dear Zindagi star’s inclusive diet means that she isn’t constantly begging off for cheat days though. Snack hour calls for lightly roasted kurmura, or puffed rice, and one idli with sambar.
While the supermodel does admit that potato chips are her kryptonite, she fights back with smarter dieting decisions. Her favourite healthy recipe? Shrimp roasted in lemon butter, red chilli and smoked paprika. And you thought healthy eating was about kale smoothies?
The humble superstar of Kareena’s post-pregnancy health is regular doses of makhana, or lotus seeds, every few hours. In a recent Facebook Live session with her dietician Rujuta Diwekar, she admitted that her vegetarian diet calls for generous helpings of lotus seeds to keep the hunger pangs away.
Binge-eating can’t get the better of this sprightly 30-year-old. Shraddha keeps her internal food clock satiated with a DIY recipe of her own: One handful of sprouted moong, diced cucumber and beetroot served with a dash of red pepper, coriander and lemon juice. Cook lightly in ghee and munch on for a healthy alternative to that 4pm samosa run.
9 low-fat snacks to kill hunger pangs
For those days when you’re chained to your desk, allow these fuss-free munchies to play saviour and guide.
A small can of chickpeas
Chickpeas are a simple, plant-based protein and a fibre-rich snack, which will help reach your daily fibre target. Blend chickpeas with good quality olive oil, a pinch of turmeric, some crushed garlic and salt and pepper for a healthy plant-based dip. Chickpeas come in 95g cans, which is an optimal single serving size for work.
Small carton of coconut water
Coconut water is a healthy alternative to soft drinks when the 3pm sugar cravings hit. It also helps maintain your hydration, which is so important for concentration.
Can of wild salmon
This snack counts towards your daily omega-3 fatty acids intake and is packed with protein, which is sure to fire up the metabolism and control 3pm cravings. If you have skimped on protein and healthy fats at lunch, this snack will make up for it.
Brown rice crackers + mashed avocado
Whole grains contain zinc, and adequate zinc intake is essential to support a healthy mood. Fresh avocados contain vitamin B6, which also helps tackles stress, making this combo the perfect afternoon pick-me-up.
Fresh figs and a handful of cashews
This snack is not only balanced in terms of carbohydrates, proteins and fat, it's also rich in magnesium. Adequate dietary magnesium may help support stress levels, making it a great afternoon snack option when you’re on deadline.
Fresh fruit and nut butter
Fruit is a great source of vitamins, minerals and fibre and the addition of nut butter helps to slow the absorption of sugars in the fruit and increase satiety. Nut butter’s also easily stored in your desk. If you’re prone to entering lunch in a state of starvation, this is a good morning snack choice.
Raw nut and seed mix
This fuss and mess-free snack offers a source of plant-based protein, antioxidants and healthy fats that are sure to curb that appetite until your next meal. A handful may also reduce sugar cravings. Walnuts in particular are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, and as the brain is approximately 60% fat, they’re linked to improved mood.