Healthy Snacking

By Nmami Agarwal     18-Oct 2018

Healthy Snacking

Unhealthy snack or junk food is a treat to our “taste buds” yet it has huge side-effects over our body. And snacking on regular basis often contributes to various health problems like obesity, heart-related problem, diabetes etc.

Unhealthy foods (snacks) are so addictive that it usually asks our body and brain to consume more. This gives us temporary satiation but soon creates uneasiness in our body. Sugar, bad fats, processed carbohydrates are the dietary devils that makeup all the unhealthy foods. Foods like processed white carbs, packaged cookies, potato chips, sugary sodas, high-fat burgers, and fries not only increase your weight but also make us look physically unhealthy.

The more we consume such unhealthy snacks the less we intake essential nutrients and vitamins. Calories consumed without accompanying nutrients aids in their assimilation and metabolism lead to build up of toxic substances in the cells that promote cellular ageing and disease.

Snacking isn’t a bad thing but an act of eating several unhealthy small meals throughout the day that curb our hunger and prevent us to eat properly when we finally sit to eat a meal. Therefore, snacks should be full of nutrients that offer sufficient power between the meals stretches.

Foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, low-fat dairy products, whole grains, and legumes are packed with nutrients, fiber, and proteins that your body needs. You can hop on to baked beetroot and kale chips instead of deep-fried potato chips. Smoothies and yogurt topped with sliced fruits can be a good alternative to curb your sugar rush.

There are various other healthy alternatives for snacking you can find on our recipe section. Preparing healthy snacks in advance can be a best-snacking strategy you can enjoy on this #15DaysHealthySnackingChallenge.

What role do you play?

Do you have a habit of grazing all day? Or do you eat junk when bored and lazy? And tends to eat whatever fried and unhealthy comes in handy then take our #15DaysChallenge for healthy snacking that will not only fill your energy tanks but also keep you going healthier and stronger.

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Pinaca is a traditional Goan sweet dish. This dish is made by Goan rice, jaggery and plenty of coconut. Pinaca are usually made into sweet balls and can be consumed all year long. This simple sweet dish is easy to make yet high in nutrient value.

Nutritional value
Pinaca balls are high on nutrition as they contain jaggery, which is good source of iron, naturally occurring B vitamins, minerals like phosphorus, zinc, calcium and copper. Coconut contains lauric acid, which helps to increases good HDL cholesterol, also cytokinin’s present in coconut have showed anti-ageing, anti-carcinogenic effects.


40 grams Goan rice flour
¼ fresh coconut
1 tablespoon Jaggery
1 tablespoon desiccated grated coconut
Pinch of cardamom powder
Nuts (optional)
Coconut water (optional)

Calories- 217 kcal
Carbs- 28.6 grams
Protein- 1.9 grams
Fats- 10.3 grams

Course- Dessert


First take the Goan rice and dry roast it on a tawa or pan.

Cool the rice and later powder them in a grinder.

Now take jaggery, crush it and grind it along with coconut, also add pinch of cardamom powder. Grind them on a round grinding stone if possible, otherwise just use a grinder.

Take this mixture out and keep adding flour, a little at a time and just mix it well with your hands. Add coconut water if needed.

Mix well and form small balls out of this mixture.

Nuts can also be added to the mixture. (optional)

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Pinaca recipe is easy to make and come out with sweet results. So, make this nutritious recipe for your near and dear ones.
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