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Healthy Snacks For When You Have To Shop Till You Drop!



A lot of people snack while they shop. Eating while shopping is something that we do almost unconsciously and hence, it can be pretty bad if you’re on a diet. Waiting for long hours outside the trial rooms, selecting the right fit and color of your clothes and trying to find something that’s in your budget, can all be pretty exhausting after all, especially if you’re someone who likes to go shopping once every few months and shop together in bulk.Usually, while shopping one tends to eat a lot of fatty foods like chips, crisps, cookies, etc, simply because these are available everywhere; cheap and easy to eat mid-shopping. But it’s not a very good habit, especially if you’re trying to lose weight and/or maintain a healthy diet. So here are a few healthy snacks for when you need to ‘shop till you drop’:

1. Roasted Nuts

Take a cup of walnuts, almonds, cashews and pistachios and dry-roast them on a non-stick pan for some time. Keep them aside to cool and pack them up in an air-tight box to munch on them on-the-go! (5 Best Nuts To Consume While On A Weight Loss Journey)

2. Roasted Flaxseeds or Sunflower Seeds

Flaxseeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds are some of the healthiest snacks out there. Seeds are satiating, fulfilling, all-natural and extremely nutritious. They give you the necessary energy boost and keep you full for longer, without feeling guilty.

3. Healthy Baked Fruit/Veggie Chips

Vegetables like beetroot or chukundar and sweet potato or shakarkandi can be easily baked into chips that can be carried around as healthy snacks. Same goes with fruits like apple and banana. However, beware of packaged banana chips that are available everywhere, as these are packed with excessive amounts of salt.

4. Home-made Snack/Protein Bars

Protein or granola bars made at home from oats, dried fruits, berries and nuts are the perfect snacking foods for your shopping sprees. They’re power packed and devoid of any unhealthy sugars or preservatives and hence, keep you from straying from your diet.

5. No-Salt Popcorn

Pop yourselves some healthy popcorn without butter or salt and your shopping snack is ready! It’s healthy and delicious and doesn’t leave you craving for something sugary or salty.

Besides these, a snack of cut fruits and vegetables boxed up in air-tight containers in also another healthy snacking option. But make sure your containers aren’t leaky. So the next time you have to spend an entire day at a mall, make sure you carry these healthy snacks to keep you from falling prey to those fatty culprits calling you from all around!

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