Munch on nuts, dry fruit to stay fit
TREAT yourself to dry fruits and nuts for better health.
Purba Kalita, co-founder of SaleBhai.com, an on-line marketplace for regional sweets and handicrafts, and Priyatama Srivastava, dietician at UrbanClap, a mobile services marketplace, suggest a list of dry snacks.
- Almonds: This is a healthy substitute for conven-tional snacking options, which are generally high in sugar, and can be enjoyed anytime. Almonds are rich in anti-oxidants and have zero cholesterol. They are known to provide relief from constipation, respira-tory issues and heart disorders, besides being great for hair, skin, and teeth.
- Cashews: These nuts are loaded with health benefits and are a rich source of Vitamins E and B6. They can also be used to bring a rich texture and flavour to various dishes.
- Raisins: The dehydrated grapes are used in both sweet and savoury food preparations. They are good for health and have been known to reduce acidity and aid in digestion.
- Walnuts: This shelled nutty delight is extremely nutritious. It is loaded with vital Omega-3 fatty acids, dietary fibres, proteins, anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals.
- Pistachios: They are good for the heart as they help in lowering bad cholesterol levels. They also help prevent diabetes and boost immunity
- Dates: They are used in different types of sweet dishes and can also be consumed on their own. The dry fruit is rich in vitamins, proteins, minerals, and natural sugar and is believed to provide relief from constipation, apart from treating anaemia
- Apricots: Apricots have 47 per cent of your daily Vitamin A needs in a single serving and are a good source of potassium, Vitamin E and copper. Vitamin E, like all anti-oxidant vitamins (A and C), is vital in protecting the cells from damage caused by free radicals. This is especial-ly important in the summer months when the sun is at its strongest. It contributes to healthy skin, eyes and immune system