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10 Fast Foods made Healthy
Last Updated : Jul 13,2018
Fast Foods minus the Fear of Fat
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could indulge in all your favourite ‘fast foods’ and yet maintain a perfect figure? Sounds like a dream, but it is well within your reach! Everywhere around you there are fast foods. From pizzas and burgers to French fries, Healthy Vada Pav, rich curries, calorie-laden sweets, and what not, these are foods that are so tasty that they can easily cause the tethers of self-control to snap! Eventually, we tend to forget our dietary goals and culinary ideals and indulge in these treats, repenting the calories gained in hindsight.
Don’t worry, you are not alone. Many of us succumb to temptation. But, the good news is that we have found ways to enjoy all these delicacies at a much lower calorie count. And interestingly, the low-cal versions are as tasty as the regular fast foods. Sometimes, there is no difference in taste, and surprisingly in some cases the low-cal versions are even tastier than the high-cal fare! Try recipes like the Whole Wheat Vegetable Burger, Sprout and Fruit Bhel, Chat-pati Sprouts Frankie, Low Calorie Sev Puri and many more such treats, which we have listed in this mailer and on our website.
Over time, you too can master the art of making foods more healthy, making it a regular practice in your kitchen. That would be an ideal way to pack off those extra calories and fat, while still treating yourself to all your favourites. However, do always keep in mind that even when fast foods become healthy, it is important to exercise moderation and avoid overdosing!
Top Fast Foods Made Healthy
Here's a healthy alternative to regular calorie-laden bhel. I've added mixed sprouts in this bhel as they are easier to digest and also abound in nutrients like protein, calcium, iron and vitamin C. Mixed with fruits like apple, orange and pomegranate and flavoured with lemon juice it makes a tantalizingly chatpata snack that’s sure to lift your spirits.
The Sun may rise in the west but Fries cannot be low-fat; that is what many people think! Sshh… we will tell you a secret today, so you can savour French Fries
occasionally without adding too many inches to your waistline.
With a bit of patience, and just two teaspoons of oil, you can make Low-Fat Fries, which when served with a sprinkling of chilli and cumin seeds powder tastes even better than the original! But, do hold your horses and have small portions because potato is still a starchy nightmare.
Low Fat Fries make a truly wonderful combination for Whole Wheat Vegetable Burger
and Nutritious Paneer Tikki Burger
or any other Burger
Spicy cutlets made with broken wheat and vegetables are stuffed between nourishing, fibre-rich whole wheat buns, to make a low-fat treat packed with nutrients like protein, calcium, iron and vitamin A.
The cutlets in this Whole Wheat Vegetable Burger are cooked on a non-stick tava with minimal oil, and mayonnaise is replaced with low-cal Thousand Island dressing, to give you the same pleasurable experience in a guilt-free package.
Serve with Low Fat Fries
and a Low Cal Beverage
This dish is specially prepared for calorie conscious North Indian
food fans. Take our word for it - these steamed koftas in a nourishing gravy are finger licking! Serve it with whole wheat parathas
to make a satisfying meal.
The innovative twist here is the use of red pumpkin and low-fat milk to impart a creamy and thick mouth-feel, very close to authentic makhani fare, without using any butter or cream.
Yummmmm, Vada Pav
! It is now possible to prepare Mumbai’s favourite street food in a healthy form that has less than half the fat and much less calories than the authentic vendor-made version.
This is made possible by modifying the cooking method slightly, avoiding deep-frying, and replacing the refined flour Laddi Pav with a wholesome whole wheat one.
Now you can relish Healthy Vada Pav with much less guilt. Just take care to serve immediately to preserve the texture of the vadas and enjoy them occasionally.
A glass of Kokum Sherbet
is very refreshing after snacking on vada pavs.
For most people, urad dal based Medu Vada
is a must-have with breakfast. However, the extra calories that come out of deep-frying the batter could be troublesome.
In that case, you can try this Low-Calorie Medu Vada cooked in an appe mould with minimal oil. Keep some hot, steaming Sambhar
ready, and dunk the vadas in them as soon as they are ready. This is very important, because vadas cooked with less oil tend to harden over time.
Serving them fresh with sambhar however is doubly delightful and for chutney try Healthy Coconut Chutney
it is equally tasty.
The Chat-pati Sprouts Frankie is a superb example of how you can relish your favourite snacks in a low-cal way without compromising even a wee bit on taste and experience!
By replacing the maida-based rotis with whole wheat ones, and using protein and fibre rich sprouts instead of starchy potatoes, your favourite Frankie transforms from a calorie-laden dream into a weight-watcher’s delight!
This low-cal version tastes just as delicious as the original, thanks to the pungent masala water and onion mixture.
Discover a new way to make a creamy, flavorful and low-calorie gravy. Packed with delicate seasonings and spices, this Low-Calorie Nawabi Curry makes a wonderful fare especially when served hot with rotis
Apart from being a low-calorie recipe, this curry has a wealth of nutrients like vitamins A and C.
, topped with crunchy vegetables, laced with spice powders and pepped up with lime and coriander always feels light and refreshing, but is laden with hidden calories, especially in the deep-fried savouries it contains.
Here is a lighter version of the ever popular Sev Puri
, made using Baked Papdis
topped with spicy rajma topping and nourishing tamato chutney. You can stock up a larger batch of baked papdis, sev and tomato chutney, to whip up not just Low Calorie Sev Puri but also other favourite chaats any time you are hungry.
Luscious and creamy rabri is one irresistible dessert, with a lingering taste that taunts you for long after the cup is empty!
Sadly though, it is loaded with fat from milk and sugar. How about giving the traditional recipe a fruity twist that is not exciting but low-cal too?
This quick, easy and delicious Pear Rabri is made with low-fat milk and grated pear, which not only pools in ample nutrients but also imparts a rich texture to this spice-laced dessert.
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