Hi healthy peoples! Hope you’re all staying home, staying safe and cooking all the healthy recipes you always wanted to try. We know you’ve been craving all the fast food and street spices. You must be tempted to try to cook them at home, but compromising on your health is a NO. So, your wait is over! We bring to you a list of absolutely delicious, healthy, and easy to make low-calorie everyday food ideas! Head forward for the revelation!.These low calorie food ideas are easy to make and full of nutrition.
Low Calories food that will help you in weight loss
Besan or Gram Flour, is used in almost every Indian kitchen. A very multi-purpose ingredient and surprisingly, very healthy! Let’s cook an easy to make cheela with it. Take some Besan, add a little water and salt to taste. You can add some chopped onions and chillies too. Mix well to make batter. Heat a pan or tawa, apply some cow ghee (preferably) and pour the batter on it. Cook both sides and there! Your chilla is ready. Takes not more than 5 minutes and guess what? One besan chilla only contains 110-130 calories! Try replacing your wheat roti with Besan chilla and you’ll know the difference.
Sprouts are rich sources of proteins and are low on calories. Plus they’re yummy! The preparation process is easy too. Take some green moong dal beans in a container or bowl, wash them in water for 3-4 times, soak them properly in an ample amount of fresh water. Keep the container in a corner for overnight. You’ll notice the next day that the beans have swollen.
Throw away the remaining water and let the beans rest in the same container for about two days. During these days, the beans will sprout. After they’ve sprouted fully, take them out and don’t forget to remove the sterile beans. Chop some tomato, onion and chillies; add salt, red chilli powder, lemon and sprouts. It only contains about 50-80 kcal per 30 gms. Mix well and have a taste. You’re welcome, in advance!
Lentils are the storehouse of proteins, extremely healthy and delicious. There are lots of lentils available like Beluga Lentils, Regular Green or Brown Lentils and Red Lentils. All of them are prepared in their own different way. Some are prepared dry and some with curry. But the common thing in each of them is that they require boiling in a pressure cooker and later adding a little sautéed cumin (jeera) along with spices for taste. Lentils have about 350 kcal per 100 gms.
Next up in the list are easy to make Boiled Veggies/Pulses. You can have kidney beans or chickpeas, soak them overnight and boil them the next day. You may eat them as masala chaat or mix with sautéed onion and tomato. They’re a wonderful source of proteins and only have a calorie count of 350 per 100 gms. There you go!
Then comes the good old salad. Chop a couple of raw onions, tomato, capsicum, cucumber, green chillies & corns; and sprinkle some salt, desired spices, lemon and naughtiness to make it lovely on the tongue. It is clearly very easy to make and contains about a 100 calories per bowl. Bravo to that!
Did someone say Eggs? Well eggs are so multi-purpose, easy to make and healthy all round. You never lose with eggs at your side! The healthiest of all forms are the beautiful boiled eggs. Take some eggs, toss them in water and heat’em lads for about 10 minutes! They’re a great source of proteins and have about 75 kcal per egg. Sounds like a fair deal to me!
We introduce to you the delectable, Poha! This can be eaten as a whole meal or as a healthy snack in between meals. Here’s what you gotta do-Rinse and clean some dry poha in a dish for a few times. Meanwhile, heat up a pan, add only little ghee, black mustard seeds, cumin and curry leaves. Sauté some onions and green chillies in it too. Then add the spices, and at the end, add the rinsed raw poha to the dish on flame. Heat it up for 5 minutes and Voila! Poha is ready. And guess what? It has calorie content of about 250 counts per bowl.
Caramelised Fox Nuts
Who doesn’t like a midday snack! And it becomes even more tempting when the snack is nutritious and healthy. Let’s make caramelised fox nuts, that have less than a 100 calories a bowl. Amazing, right? Start with heating up a pan and lever it with one small spoon, or less, or cow ghee. Now, add one bowl of fox nuts to it to roast, on low flame. You’d know they’re done when they turn golden brown. Next, take these roasted nuts out & put aside. Add two spoons of water in the same pan, add one medium sized piece of jaggery and melt it down on slow flame. As the final step, coat the caramel over fox nuts thoroughly and sprinkle a pinch of salt. There you go! Enjoy the goodness of jaggery and fox nuts in your tasty snack!
Moong Dal Cheela
Next up, let’s talk about the goodness of Moong daal beans. Indians are accustomed to including pulses in their food menus and it is quite interesting to know the variety of their uses. The nutritious value and calorie & fibre count of pulses is indisputable. To make Moong Dal Cheela, make sure to soak the beans in water overnight first. The next day, wash and blend them with water. The resultant paste should be consistent and not very thick. Add salt and spices of your choice and mix well. Heaton up a pan, lever it with cow ghee and pour the paste onto it. Cook on medium flame until both the sides are ready. What is better than an easy to make healthy meal! There are only 347 calories per 100 gms of moong dal. Impressive, isn’t it?
The last in the list is Yogurt! It is incredibly rich in good bacteria and is utterly fulfilling. It also has a calorie count as low as 61 kcal per 100 gms! Let’s make a healthy bowl for your grumbling tummy. Take a glass bowl or mug for the sake of your Instagram feed (because why not!). Pour two spoons of yogurt in the bowl and top it with chopped pieces of your favorite fruit. Now, add another two spoons of yogurt to layer the fruits and top it with bits of another fruit. Add some honey and sprinkle some flax seeds and muesli. Even the thought of it makes me swoon. Try for yourself!
Pro Tips: Try replacing your white bread with brown bread. Use exclusively cow ghee in place of all other oils. Avoid adding potatoes to food items.
Hope you have a healthy and tasty meal, always!