Friday, 23 January 2015

Healthy and Tasty Street Foods

Idli sambhar: Idli is a steamed dish made from rice and black lentil. It can be eaten with chutney, vegetable stew, or sambhar. This street food is good for you as it contains no or very low saturated fat and absolutely no cholesterol. Also, 1 idli (20-25 gram) contains just 39 calories.  

Adults need 50g of protein and 225g of carbohydrate daily.

Bhutta (steamed or roasted corn): 154g of corn gives 132 calories, 29g carbohydrate, 1g fat of which 390mg is saturated fat, 5g protein, 117g water, and various types of vitamins and minerals. It contains no cholesterol. 
Corn has about 86 calories per 100 g of weight.

Fruit salad: Many of the fruits are rich antioxidants that work hard to protect our body from aging and disease. Fruits are rich in fiber that can help lower cholesterol levels and prevent constipation. They are low in calories and high in vitamins and minerals.

Some fruits are high in sugar and thus diabetics should avoid high intake of such fruits.

We should be selective about where we are buying our salad from, as many street vendors don’t take care of the hygiene that can give rise to stomach infections.

Litti Chokha: It is roasted food. You can ask the seller to avoid Ghee if you want to make healthier for you.

Litti is made from sattu, which is a blend of balanced nutrients and is prepared by roasting gram or lentils. Also, sattu is high in fiber content. It has low glycaemic index and thus, it is good for diabetics. Sattu is known for its cooling property.

Other ingredients of litti are: ginger, green chili, onion, garlic, salt, lemon juice, wheat flour.
Chokha: It is made from smoked brinjals (potato optional) and tomatoes.

Baked sweet potato:  A baked medium-sized sweet potato provides 438% of your daily value of vitamin A, 37% of your vitamin C, and a quantity of calcium, potassium, and iron. Its calorie count is just 105. Also it gives 4g of dietary fiber, which is 16% of the daily value required by our body. It has no fat. Many experts call it the ‘nutritionist’s dream’.

Just go for baked sweet potato whenever you see it selling on the street. 

Steamed sprouts: Steamed sprouts are big on nutrition.

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