Guilt free snacks for the mid-hours
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Guilt free snacks for the mid-hours

For me it’s 12 noon and for my kids it’s 4pm, the two times when hunger pangs strike again in spite of having hearty breakfast and lunch. So we think about feasting on unhealthy snacks which are evergreen popular with young and old alike. Add the ubiquitous samosas and jalebis to the list of snacks and the plans to not indulge in binge eating goes for a toss. After all, junk food is any day more tempting than fruits and salads (for my kids they come under boring- snacks category).

Until, one fine day (it happened in my  30’s when I  started worrying about my  kids eating habits and my growing girth as well) you wake up to the fact that it’s high time you take care of your health, start eating better and shed those extra layers of fat from your body.  Besides, it also dawns upon you that you have to become a food role model for your child so that he/she switches from crap to clap-worthy eating habits.

So nowadays we mothers either experiment with the food to discover healthier snacking choices or search for readily available options. My hunt for the same lead me to an aisle of the supermarket where I discovered Greek yogurt sitting pretty in the frozen section.  This prompted the question – what is it? Turns out that it is a thicker and more creamier yogurt which is a good source of proteins and calcium, besides being yummy in taste.

Since the contents of this little cup can be consumed like that, it makes a great snack item for kids. Also it goes well in a fruit smoothie or you can top it up with fresh fruit as a snack. I tried a dip using Greek yogurt with cucumber, mint and olive oil and I am sure I won’t go back to store-purchased dips anymore.

My search for more recipes on the internet using Greek yogurt as an ingredient lead me to some interesting finds, of which following are the three recipes worth sharing. (I did some adjustments though and you too feel free to experiment)

Greek Yogurt fruit combo: This one is no-fuss, super easy recipe made in a jiffy. My kids and I are totally hooked on to it.  Once they are back from school, we chat over a cup of this scrumptious snack.

Ingredients

  1. One cup Nestlé a+ Grekyo, plain or flavored
  2. Fruits of your choice cut in slices (I love strawberries but any seasonal fruit will do)
  3. Crunchy granola bar of your choice (crushed)
  4. Chocolate chips (optional)

 Method

  1. Take any medium-sized glass-tumbler. For each serving, put 1/3 cup yogurt into the bottom of each glass. Top it up with the layer of chopped fruits.
  2. Continue layering yogurt and fruits alternatively until you get at least four distinct layers. For neatness you can use back of the spoon to spread the ingredients evenly, filling all gaps and corners. Although it doesn’t matter if some amount of fruits and yogurt overlap.
  3. Now put pieces of crunchy granola on the top.  Give a finishing touch to your preparation by sprinkling some chocolate chips.
  4. Serve immediately

Greek Yogurt-Banana cake: A slice of this cake will sure put your in-between meals hunger pangs to rest (though you will still want more) I sometimes add finely chopped toasted pecans and walnuts in the batter to give the recipe an extra zing!

Ingredients

  1. 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (Maida)
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  4. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  5. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  6. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  7. 1 cup plain Nestlé a+ Grekyo
  8. 3/4 cup mashed ripe banana
  9. 1/4 cup vegetable  oil
  10. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  11. 1 egg, lightly beaten
  12. Cooking spray

 Method

  1. Sieve all-purpose flour in a big bowl. Combine next five ingredients in the flour and mix it properly with a spoon.
  2. In another bowl combine yogurt, banana, oil, vanilla and stir until well blended. Add yogurt mixture to the flour mixture in large bowl, stirring until moist.
  3. Coat the 9-inches square baking dish with cooking spray and pour the prepared mixture in it. Bake at 180° in a pre-heated oven for 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Serve with loads of love.

Apple oat Greek Yogurt Muffin: No oil, no butter, just the magic of Greek yogurt makes these muffins ridiculously soft and yummy.

Ingredients

  1. 1 cup all-purpose flour. I use half cup Maida and half cup whole wheat flour to make them more nutritious.
  2. 1 cup rolled oats
  3. 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  4. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  5. 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  6. Pinch of salt
  7. 1 large egg
  8. 1 cup plain Nestlé a+ Grekyo
  9. 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  10. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  11. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  12. 1 medium-sized grated apple
  13. 1/2 cup raisins (optional)

 Method

  1. Preheat your oven and prepare a muffin tray by lining them with paper liners. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Lightly beat the egg in a separate bowl. Blend in the greek yogurt, applesauce, brown sugar, vanilla, and grated apple, stirring until well-combined.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mixing gently until just combined. Fold in the raisins.
  5. Divide the batter evenly among the 12 muffin cups.
  6. Bake the muffins for 20-22 minutes at 180, or until the toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow the muffins to cool before storing them in an airtight container.

 Hope you enjoy the above given recipes. Share in the comments below the ways you use Greek yogurt in your kitchen.

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