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01/6Trying to lose weight
Mid-day snacking is the most challenging thing for people trying to shed kilos. This is where most people tend to lose track of their calorie count and indulge inunhealthy food, sabotaging their weight loss goal. To keep yourself from drifting away, snacking between meals should be planned very carefully. Munching on snacks between the meals helps to balance your blood sugar level and keep you satisfied for longer. The trick is to include food items that are low in calories and promote satiety. And for this reason, fox nuts and makahans can be an ideal snacking option.
02/6Fox nuts or Makhanas
Also known as puffed-up lotus seeds, makhanas come from the Euryale Fox plant that grows in the ponds in eastern Asia. Low in cholesterol, fat and sodium, makhana makes for an ideal snack for untimely hunger pangs. The benefits of makhana are not limited to this. This light puffed snack is also gluten-free. It is versatile and you can add them to yourdietin multiple ways.
03/6Fox nut nutritional value
100 grams of fox nut contains:
04/6Makhanas and weight loss
Fox nut is an excellent snack option as it is low in calories. It helps to keep your calorie count in check, which is one of the key rules of the weight loss process. They can keep you fuller for longer, all thanks to the presence of protein and fiber. Protein intake can prevent you from overeating and unhealthy cravings. Besides, they have a negligible amount of saturated fats andcholesterol.
05/6Other health benefits of having makhanas
For nuts are also rich in iron, calcium, potassium and phosphorus. Regular intake of makhanas can help you in a number of ways. It can help keep severalhealth issuesat bay and manage symptoms.
Being a rich source of calcium, makhanas are great for bone and teeth health.
The astringent properties of the nuts can help reduce kidney problems and keep them healthy.
Fox nuts have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that are excellent for managing chronic inflammation and oxidative stress in the body.
They also inhibit anti-ageing properties due to the presence of several enzymes.
Magnesium present in makhanas keeps your heart healthy.
06/6How to have makhanas
You can have makhanas in different ways when trying to shed kilos. Either dry roasted them or add a teaspoon of ghee or coconut oil to add more flavours. Sprinkle some salt and black pepper and enjoy it when you feel hungry. Just be a little cautious about the quantity of makhana you are having. It is indeed healthy, but you can not have them as much as you want.