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

Ingredients

1 cup moong sprouts

1 cup sweet corn

1 small chopped carrot

1 tsp lemon juice

Salt and pepper to taste

Method

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

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Written by Neha Jain

Neha Jain

She may have multiple degrees to back her expertise, but Neha Jain believes there’s nothing complex about nutrition. There is no magic formula for a healthy diet – the trick lies in balancing a variety of food groups and ensuring you’re eating the right portion size. With an MSc in Food and Nutrition from Delhi University and diplomas in naturopathy and yogic sciences, Neha is also a certified diabetes educator with extensive experience in endocrinological disorders and weight reduction, having worked with renowned endocrinologist Dr Ambrish Mithal in Delhi. Her goal is to help people find easy ways to make healthy choices, and believes HealthifyMe has simplified her task with its technology. Neha’s made the right choices for her family – she’s helped her husband control his high cholesterol levels and borderline diabetes by changing the meal plan at home, and introducing him to regular exercise – and now she’s hoping to ‘healthify’ you too.

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