Lose Weight With Makhanas Or Fox Nuts

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How To Lose Weight With Makhanas Or Fox Nuts?

Have you been hearing a lot about makhanas or fox nuts lately? Right from the day it has been labeled as a health snack, its value in the market has increased a lot. For the uninitiated, these are puffed-up lotus seeds that are now being sold by so many healthy food brands. This desi snack has made a comeback and I am really glad! The current trend of food companies selling flavoured makhanas is attracting a lot of health conscious people. This is also because the country is witnessing a change in lifestyle. Most people want to follow things that are ancestors did, like using glass and metal water bottles or cooking in clay pots. I have seen people walking in malls carrying copper water bottles and this certainly seems to be a welcome change!

Now coming back to makhanas…

Are Makhana really helpful in weight loss?

Well, the answer to that is yes, but only if you eat them moderately and in the right way. They are sure to be your best buddies in your weight loss journey. It is better to stick to the makhanas that are roasted at home rather than going for the ones that are artificially-flavoured as they have high salt content and unhealthy trans-fat.

How many calories are there in makhanas or fox nuts?

The reason why makhanas are such a popular evening snack is that they are really low in calories. One serving (50 g) of dry-roasted makhanas has 180 calories and zero fat and sodium. Dry-roasted fox nuts are best for you as there has been no use of oil or grease.

What is the nutritional value of Makhanas?

They are rich in proteins and good carbs. Plus, they are gluten-free and contain a flavanoid – kaempferol which possesses anti-ageing and anti-inflammatory properties. Makhanas also have a high level of magnesium which is important for your heart and the regulation of calcium, potassium and sodium levels in the blood. Even though fox nuts or makhanas have a good amount of carbs in them, the GI is quite low when compared to foods such as rice or bread. A rich source of iron, fox nuts are great for the formation of hemoglobin in the blood.

Ways to consume makhanas for weight loss

You might want to know the right way to consume makhanas. Being naturally low in calories and sodium, the calorie count of your makhana snack depends on how you cook it. Here’s how you can go about it,

1) Dry roast them

2) Roast them with desi ghee or coconut oil

3) Roast them with natural spices such as mint leaves, curry leaves, turmeric powder, green chillies, coriander powder, garlic flavour and the like.

Best way to eat Makhanas to lose weight..

Remember to eat makhanas in moderation and have it as a mid-meal snack to handle untimely hunger. Always control portions. Don’t make makhanas a complete meal and go overboard because excess of everything is bad!

Hope now you have some idea about adding makhanas or fox nuts to your daily diet to lose weight!

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