When one plans to stay fit and healthy, deciding upon the meal plan becomes important so that one can follow through with the diet. While one may be following a healthy meal routine, intermittent snacking too becomes important in the long run. Highly nutritious and rich in healthy fats, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, almonds can be a healthy option for some intermittent snacking.
Speaking about snacking in-between meals and almonds, nutritionist Ritika Samaddar says, “A handful of almonds may have satiating properties that promote a feeling of fullness, which may keep hunger at bay in between meals. They are also an excellent source of vital nutrients like vitamin E, calcium, good fat, dietary fibres and plant protein.” To maintain dietary resolutions, planning what to eat, before venturing out, is also important.
When venturing out of the house, one has to ensure that they do not compromise on meal plans. Whether at home, work or on the go, a handful (30 grams/23 almonds) of almonds are a convenient snack that can be eaten anywhere, any time of the day and through the year. Nutritionist Madhuri Ruia says, “Always keep some almonds handy in a tiffin box so you'll always have your perfect daily portion. Pair them with fruits or include them in other snacks. This way you will always have something healthy with you while on the go.”
Avoiding overindulgence in high-calorie food when at a get together is important to maintain the diet. “Coming together as a family is what adds to festive celebrations and gatherings. I make it a point to bring everyone in my family together to celebrate important festivities. It helps us all connect and relive and enjoy memories. And as we get together, we usually snack on our favourite masala almonds. It's a tradition that has been carrying on for a long time,” shares Dr Madhu Chopra, actor Priyanka Chopra's mother.
“If you are throwing a party, a good snack will be tossing almonds in your favourite herb. My favourite for this season is jaggery coated almonds. They make for a healthy option and are a huge favourite with the guests too,” chef Manish Mehrotra further adds.