Whoever said snacking was bad? If you are wearing the healthy halo, the right kind of snacks can actually aid your diet. As Indians join the bandwagon of healthy eating and beyond, home grown companies are breaking the stereotypical Indian snack options and offering more variety than ever before. Available at gourmet stores and online avenues, you can curb your cravings with our pick of grazing options that are trending for all the right reasons.
Strawberry Wasabi Roasted Peas @ Snackosaur
With a passionate interest to get Indians snacking healthy, Ankita and Vinayak Mehta came up with India’s first snacking subscription theme, curated by in-house nutritionists. Available pan-India via a la carte options or through subscription boxes, their range includes Dehydrated Fruit Trail Mix (with Goji berries, kiwi, cranberry and papaya), Roasted Edamame Beans or strawberry wasabi-flavoured roasted peas and even traditional Indian munchies with a twist like jalapeño seasoned peanuts and wasabi-flavoured green moong gram. Priced from Rs 299 onwards.
Fig Flaps @ Nibble Box
Approved by international nutritionist and a Bollywood favourite Luke Coutinho, Ishita Sharma and Peeyush Gupta’s Nibble Box makes subscription snack boxes that include over 100 varieties of baked snacks. Deliverable pan-India, pick up to four snacks every week, and make sure you include the bestsellers like Pumpkin Pie breakfast cookies, spicy trail mix with an exotic spice blend or even their no-sugar natural Choco-Hazelnut Granola Bar and Date bars. Their magnum opus, however, is the soft, chewy, Fig Flaps made of Sorghum flour, figs and cranberries. Priced from Rs 999 onwards. Details: thenibblebox.com
Amla Bar @ Nourish Organic
Available at the store in Gopalapuram and online, an array of organic snacks features forgotten seeds, oils and ingredients. Their Amla bar provides a daily dose of Vitamin C, complete with honey, almonds and pumpkin seeds. We particularly like the Ginger-Clove bar sweetened with dates and spiked with nuts and cinnamon. Also try the Puffed Brown Rice mix. Priced from Rs 70 onwards. Details: nourishorganicfoods.com
Amaranth & Chia seeds Energy Bar @ YogaBars
Anandita and Suhasini Sampathkumar’s YogaBars come in six variants, claiming a profile of natural ingredients that set them apart from the rest. Filled with amaranth and chia seeds, nuts, oats and more superfoods, there is no trace of sugar or artificial colours and preservatives. With only about 150 calories per 40gms, the coconut-cardamom variant is a top choice as a snack or a low calorie meal replacement. Other indulgent flavours include vanilla-almond and chocolate brownie. Priced from Rs 30 onwards.
Kale Chips @ Green Snack Company
Yes, kale can be lust-worthy. And you can thank Jasmine Kaur’s Green Snack Company, for introducing this US staple in lip-smacking flavours. Dehydrated in special imported machines, the kale and its powerhouse of nutrients are kept intact, and the versatile vegetable gets a makeover in handcrafted dressings like Cheese and Onion, Thai Sweet Chilli and SeaSalt-Vinegar. The air-dried chips showcase the leafy wonder, sans sugar, additives or preservatives, and have a comfortable shelf life of two months. Priced from Rs 200 onwards. Details: thegreensnackco.com and delivered via thegourmetbox.in
Brown Tree: This Chennai chain is a treasure trove of low calorie snacks that include roasted Jowar, Bajra and Ragi sticks, Flaxseed Chikki and more. Details: browntree.in
Nature’s Basket: Best pick include Mangajo’s Goji or Acai Berry-Green Tea Iced Tea, Healthy Alternative’s Roasted Sunflower Seeds and even salted and roasted Watermelon Seeds. Details: naturesbasket.co.in