It’s tea-time and the tummy’s rumbling. But do a cup of tea and a snack spell good news for those on a diet? Why not, if both are smart and sensible choices.
The Best Tea for You
Opt for green tea/white tea, both which are minimally processed and are “in” these days. The two varieties are high in antioxidants and are said to possess weight reduction properties. Perhaps that’s why the milk-water-tea brew, the most processed and high in caffeine, has taken a backseat these days. Remember that the calcium in milk has no benefits when taken in a preparation like brewed tea as it does not get absorbed by the body. Opt for green or white tea in combinations such as ginger or lemon.
Preparation: Steep your tea leaves or tea bag in warm water – not boiling water as most people do. Warm water helps retain antioxidants and the good properties of this tea. Stay away from sugar and sweeteners.
The Best Snack for You
Corn and sprouts come together to create this protein-packed snack. It’s healthy, filling and keeps you going for hours. You can also create varied combinations with different vegetables
Corn and Sprout Chatpata
1 cup moong sprouts
1 cup sweet corn
1 small chopped carrot
1 tsp lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste
Boil the sweet corn till it softens a little. Drain and set aside. In a bowl, mix all the remaining ingredients. Add the boiled corn and toss. Check seasoning and serve.
Calorie count for 1 bowl: 60kcal; 2.7 g protein and 0.5 g fat