Makhana, also called fox nuts or lotus seeds, is a non-cereal grown in the stagnant water of wetlands, tanks, ponds lakes and ditches. Popular as a fasting food, its health benefits are superior to many dry druits. Grown in the wetlands of Asian countries, they are also known as phool makhana (because of their flowery appearance) and lotus seeds.
Makhana got its due attention when Kareena Kapoor revealed that snacking on this super food helped her reach her weight goals. Makhana, which is also known as fox nut or lotus seed comes from a plant called Euryale Fox that grows in stagnant water.
They are low in calories, fat, and sodium. Makhanas are therefore the perfect in-between-meal snack. They also make you feel full, so further cravings for binge eating are reduced. So, for people who want to lose weight, makhanas are super food! These seeds contain proteins, carbohydrates, and various other nutrients, plus have a low glycemic index.
Calories In Makhana
Makhanas are quite low in calories, which is why they have become so popular as evening weight loss snacks, which you can munch on happily. A 50gms serving of dry-roasted makhanas has 180 calories and no saturated fat or sodium at all. Dry-roasted means that no grease or oil has been used in roasting the makhanas.
Nutritional Value Of Makhana
* They are rich in good carbohydrates and proteins.
* Makhanas are also gluten-free and contain a flavonoid called kaempferol, which has anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing properties.
* They are also high in magnesium, which is important for heart health.
* Makhanas also regulate of calcium, potassium and sodium level in the blood.
* Their glycaemic index is significantly lower than foods like rice, bread, etc.
* Makhanas are also rich in iron, which is important for haemoglobin formation in the blood and for optimum transportation of oxygen (through blood).
Just in case you’re wondering how to incorporate them into your diet for weight loss!
– The seeds are actually tasteless and so whether it is salt or sweet, they take on the added taste
– Roast the seeds with a little ghee on a light flame. Sprinkle salt, and the yummy snack is good to go
– Other spices like cinnamon or oregano can be added to suit one’s taste
– They can also be used in sweet dishes like kheer and other desserts.
– Roast them in a little butter and add to soups.
– Make makhana chutney by blending a handful of it along with peanuts, and spicing it up. Isn’t that like the most nutritious dip ever?
– Replace your popcorn tub with popped makhanas. Don’t forget to add rock salt for the flavour.
– Soak makhanas in milk and blend them to make a paste. Now add a little to a glass of warm milk and drink it up each night, before bedtime.
– Add spices like pepper and turmeric that aide weight loss to your roasted makhanas
Now no more excuses! Include them in your diet starting today.
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Note– If you want to lose weight in a healthy way, it is recommended to never skip your meals. Always consult a health practitioner before beginning any natural health routine.