Healthy snacks improve your general well-being and make you more productive through workdays. Healthy snacks have a balance of proteins, carbohydrates and healthy fats. Moreover, they improve your cognitive and brain function, especially those rich in omega-3 fats. Furthermore, healthy snacks boost focus, especially those rich in antioxidants and healthy fats. As such, it is evident that consuming healthy snacks will generally improve the health of your body. Therefore, below, we have highlighted five healthy snacks you can prepare at home and carry to work to get you through the day.
Banana fritters are good, sweet and healthy snacks. Bananas are rich in vitamin C, manganese, which is good for your skin, and potassium which is good for your heart health and blood pressure. Additionally, bananas provide energy that will sustain you through the workday.
4 ripe bananas
1/2 cup all-purpose wheat flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
2 tablespoon oil
1/2 cup milk
Oil, for deep frying
- Remove the bananas peels and cut them into half.
- Afterward, mix the maize meal, all-purpose wheat flour, sugar, salt and cinnamon powder.
- Then, separately mix the egg, milk, oil and vanilla essence and add into the dry ingredients mixture until it forms a slightly runny batter.
- Subsequently, dip the bananas into the smooth batter and then deep fry until golden brown.
- Garnish with chocolate sauce and snack them through the workday.
Tuna Fish and Brown Rice Cake
Tuna is rich in high levels of omega-3 fatty acids. These omega-3 fatty acids reduce the level of cholesterol that can accumulate inside the arteries of the heart. Moreover, brown rice lowers cholesterol, promotes fullness, prevents the formation of blood clots and is rich in fiber. Therefore, these nutritional benefits make tuna fish and brown cake a healthy snack.
1 cup cooked brown rice
½ kilo of tinned tuna
Tablespoon of lemon juice
Tablespoon of onion powder
3 tablespoons of finely chopped coriander leaves
1 head of steamed broccoli
Salt to taste
Cooking oil for frying
- Combine all your ingredients well in a bowl.
- Afterward, create oval balls with your hands.
- Then, shallow fry the balls until golden brown with cooking oil.
- Let them cool and snack them through the workday.
Potato croquette is rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Therefore, potatoes improve blood sugar control, reduces heart disease risk and boosts energy levels.
2 cups all-purpose flour for coating
6 cups mashed potatoes
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 medium chopped onion
Sufficient oil for shallow frying
1 teaspoon black pepper
Salt to taste
- Boil your potatoes in salted water until they are soft and mashable.
- Add onions as you mash them.
- Afterward, add milk, pepper, beaten egg yolks and three tablespoons of flour.
- Then chill and shape them into balls.
- Add salt and black pepper into your breadcrumbs, flour and eggs.
- Subsequently, dip the mashed potato balls in the eggs, roll through the flour then roll through the breadcrumbs.
- Shallow fry in pre-heated oil until it browns on all sides.
- Serve and enjoy.
Home-made Roasted Peanuts
Peanuts are crunchy and healthy snack ideas for the workday. Peanuts are rich in healthy fats, phosphorous, magnesium, and vitamin B. These nutrients boost your energy and health throughout the day as you work.
200 grams salt for roasting
2 ½ liters hot water
3 tablespoons of salt for the peanuts
- Soak the peanuts in hot water for 5 minutes. Then, place them on a cloth, sprinkle salt and rub the peanuts.
- Let them dry for a couple of hours.
- Afterward, put 200 grams salt in your pan then add the peanuts about seven handfuls at a time.
- Keep stirring the peanuts on low heat for 15 minutes until they are nicely and evenly roasted.
- Turn off the heat and remove them from the pan.
- Let them cool and enjoy snacking.
Beef samosas are nutritious and healthy snacks that will get you through the workday. They are rich in proteins and vitamin B. Additionally; they will provide you with the energy you need as you work.
½ kilo boiled and tender minced beef
1 tsp garlic, grated
Oil, for deep frying
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Chopped coriander leaves
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 tsp chopped green chilies
Salt to taste
Tablespoon of cumin powder
2 cups flour and some extra for dusting and kneading
Teaspoon of salt
3/4 cup water
One juiced lime
- Heat oil in a pan and add the boiled mincemeat then let it cook until the meat has turned brown.
- Afterward, add the garlic, ginger, green chilies, cumin powder and salt.
- Stir then cook it on low heat for 5 minutes.
- Subsequently, put off the heat and add onions, coriander leaves and lemon juice.
- Then, mix the flour, lime juice, teaspoon of salt, and water to prepare the dough.
- Divide the dough into small balls and then roll them into small discs.
- Further, brush some cooking oil onto the small dough discs.
- Then, heat the dough discs lightly on the pan you use to cook chapatti with.
- Once all the discs have been precooked, stack them together and cut them into half.
- Take one half of the disc and bring the end furthest away from you to form a triangle.
- Next, apply some sticky wheat flour dough then fold over to seal the pocket to help form a cone.
- Afterward, add the filling into the cone samosa pocket and apply more pancake dough on the hanging flap.
- Fold over to seal the samosa and deep fry for approximately five minutes until it turns crispy golden brown.
- Let them cool and you can pack them for snacking.