We are inclined to fast foods nowadays. These fast foods are considered to be junk food basically. But, we should keep in mind that all fast foods are not junk foods.
Junk foods are processed foods consisting of high calories, but that is considered only as a broad umbrella. These foods are prepared in a way that they look appealing and are enjoyable so you are chemically programmed to ask for more. Though not all fast foods are junk foods, but a great number of them are. For instance, a salad may be fast food but is definitely not junk food. Some foods like burgers, pizzas, and tacos may alternate between junk and healthy categories depending on the ingredients, calories and process of manufacturing.
We often puzzled the junk food and processed food with each other while these two are quite different.
1. Bhel Puri
If you’re counting your calories then a hygienic portion of Bhelpuri will fill the hole in your heart and stomach. With a standard portion at only 320 calories and 6 gm fat, you can pick a plate right now, guilt-free. For a further drop in calories, ditch the fried toppings and add fibre with things like seeds and nuts to boost the healthy quotient. Benefits: Vegan, low calorie and fibre-rich
2. Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate by its definition must have a higher cacao content than fat content and low cacao butter with no added milk and low sugar, so beware of the deceptive candy bars disguised as Dark chocolate. Although the benefits of dark chocolate have been all over the media, we’ll tell you the key points – they are rich in anti-oxidants, reduce blood pressure (by producing endorphins), may prevent the formation of blood clots, contains theobromine, high in iron, magnesium, copper. Benefits: Vegan, low calorie and diabetic-friendly.
3. Idli & Sambar
This delicious duo is a match made in food heaven! It’s not just good because the Idlis are fermented, but also because the Sambar can be made very nutritious with drumsticks and other veggies being traditional a part of it. You can easily find these near you, no matter where you are. So, now you’ve got no excuses. For diabetics, we suggest adding more dal and grains instead of rice in the batter. Benefits: Vegan, low calorie and fermented
The companion to cinemas can now be indulged in, try light salt and olive oil as a dressing for your popcorn instead of the traditional over-salting and butter as the toppings. You’ll end up with a light stomach and a lean figure. And if you can skip the toppings all the way, then nothing like it. Benefits: Vegan, low calorie, diabetic–friendly and fibre-rich
Who said Indian street food is always unhealthy, this Gujarati snack along with others like khandvi and khakhra has been the sole companion for people on diet through many family events. Be it breakfast or a light snack for people with sensitive stomachs, dhoklas have always been a familiar friend. Benefits: Vegan, low calorie, fermented and high in Protein
We’ve all cried with a tub of ice-cream and/or peanut butter, some of us did so when we broke up, and others when Trump got elected; nevertheless, we’ve all done this. Try different nut kinds of butter, we suggest Almond Butter and Tahini to latch onto next. Benefits: Vegan, diabetic-friendly and high in Protein
7. Tandoori Tikka
This Grilled desi street food staple can be as healthy as you want, with healthy oils for greasing and extra veggies on the side you can indulge as you please. And when stuck in a Sticky situation at a dhaba in the middle of a diet then tikka’s are your safest option, you’ll also have plenty of options from Chicken to Fish to Paneer tikkas. Benefits: Low calorie, diabetic–friendly, fibre-rich and high Protein
8. Guacamole & Baked Nachos
Another oldie, but goldie is the epic combination of creamy guacamole with crispy baked nachos, with all the healthy fats and nutrients. Avocados are any health freaks best friends. Each cup of guacamole is rich in Vit. A Vit. B, Vit. D, Calcium and will have around 310 calories. Benefits: Vegan options, low calorie, diabetic–friendly, fibre-rich and rich in nutrient
9. Bubble Tea
Usually any beverage, apart from green teas, has some drawbacks, but if you’re not a hot beverage person and crave a cool relief then go for a bubble tea for sure, just make sure no artificial sweeteners are added. Another lesser known fact about these bomb bubbles is that they are AKA sabudana. One standard serving of bubble tea will have 160 cal/cup and the bubbles will enrich the tea in Iron and Calcium. Benefits: Vegan options, low calorie, high Protein, fibre-rich and rich with nutrient
10. Thegai Payasam
Yes, we’ve got a kheer/pudding option even on a limited diet, guess it’s not that limited, after all. With Jaggery instead of sugar and plant milk instead of an animal, you’ll get the best of both worlds. But we suggest not making this a staple, as coconut milk has more saturated than unsaturated fats. A standard bowl of Payasam will be rich in iron (jaggery). Benefits: Vegan options, fibre-rich and rich with nutrients
So, you can take all these mouthwatering delicious dishes without worrying as it is fast food but not junk.