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This Underrated Low-Calorie Snack is A Game Changer


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When it comes to healthy snacking alternatives, one often seeks a combination of nutrition, taste, and convenience. Enter fox nuts, an underrated snack that has been quietly making waves in the health-conscious community.


Native to the northern part of India (locally known as Makhana), fox nuts have long been enjoyed as a staple snack, prepared by toasting them with spices and enjoyed like popcorn. They are derived from the seeds of prickly water lilies, specifically from the Euryale ferox plant.


However, it is only now that these little powerhouses of nutrition are gaining recognition worldwide as game-changing snacks.


Little did I know that while they were a staple snack in my region, they hadn't received the recognition they deserved in other parts of the world. It's fascinating how certain foods can have such deep roots in certain cultures and regions while remaining relatively unknown elsewhere.


These humble yet versatile seeds offer a satisfying crunch, a range of health benefits, and the ability to transform your snacking experience.


 

Why Should I Make the Switch?


In recent years, with the rise of health-conscious brands and the growing demand for alternative snack options, fox nuts have started gaining well-deserved exposure. These little powerhouses of nutrition are finally being recognized for their incredible qualities - both in terms of taste and health benefits.


Makhanas possess a wealth of nutrients, making them an abundant and potent reservoir of manganese, potassium, magnesium, thiamine, protein, and phosphorus.


Here's why you need to switch to fox nuts as a healthier snack option -


  • Fox nuts pack a nutritional punch, offering a range of health benefits making them an excellent choice for those seeking a nutrient-dense snack.

  • If you're watching your calorie intake, fox nuts are a godsend. They are low in calories and fat, making them a guilt-free snack option that keeps you feeling satisfied and full for longer.

  • The beauty of fox nuts lies in their versatility. They can be enjoyed in their natural form or seasoned with various spices and flavors to suit your taste preferences.

  • One of the most convenient aspects of fox nuts is how easy they are to prepare and store. Whether you choose to roast them at home or purchase ready-to-eat packs, they are an effortlessly accessible and portable snack option that can be enjoyed on the go or at home.


 

My Favorite Fox Nut Recipe


All you need is a few ingredients to whip up my favorite version of spicy toasted fox nuts.


* This recipe is Gluten-Free, Vegan, and Vegetarian


Ingredients

  • 2 cups fox nuts (makhanas)

  • 1 tablespoon ghee or butter

  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds

  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

  • Paprika - based on spice preference

  • Salt to taste


Instructions

  1. Heat the ghee or butter in a pan over medium heat.

  2. Add the cumin seeds and let them sizzle for a few seconds until fragrant.

  3. Add the fox nuts (makhanas) to the pan and toast for about 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until they become crisp and golden brown.

  4. Reduce the heat to low and sprinkle the spice blend along with salt. Mix well to coat the spices evenly.

  5. Continue toasting the fox nuts for another 2-3 minutes, allowing the spices to infuse and enhance their flavor.

  6. Remove from heat and let the toasted spices fox nuts cool completely.


Other fun recipes -

  • Fox nuts with salt, pepper, and lime

  • Salted caramel fox nuts (healthy take on caramel popcorn)

  • Fox nuts with tajin for a Mexican twist


Note - Make sure to store makhana in an airtight container and away from any moisture



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From savory to sweet, there are endless possibilities for creating delicious fox-nut snacks. So, if you're looking for a healthier alternative to traditional snacks - now's the time!


Love,

Rae

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