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They say tea isn’t just a beverage but an emotion. In fact, one of my fondest memories from college is bunking classes as we sat in the college canteen and downed endless cups of tea and all the fried and sinful, carb rich food that tasted like heaven!

Truth !

Post diagnosis, I was relieved to hear that I didn’t have to give up on my daily dose of tea. There is no such thing as too much tea!

While I have learnt to control my cravings for sinful food, the love for tea remains. And while at work, I struggle to not indulge in the yum food that my colleagues devour with their evening tea. In a recent conversation with a T1 friend, we shared our common concern about the lack of healthy tea time snacks for us. While there are tons of  low carb recipe options available online, as a vegetarian I struggle.

So today on #Club1Kitchen I am putting together a list of 3 low carb vegetarian tea time snacks that T1s can also relish without guilt. Depending upon your requirements, please bolus accordingly, if required.

Roasted papad and salsa


The salsa dip is an easy to make and really fresh and healthy. It tastes great with nachos. However I substitute the nachos with one (dal) papad. And there you have it, a perfect tea time snack with limited carbs.

Time

Serves

: 10 Minutes

: 1 People


Ingredients

1.5 cup chopped onion
1.5 cup chopped cucumber
½ cup chopped and deseeded tomatoes
½ tsp chilli powder
½ tsp oregano powder
1 tbsp chopped coriander
½ lemon
salt to taste


Preparation

  1. For Salsa:
  2. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl .
  3. Add a squeeze of lime and a little salt if required. It's really that simple.
  4. Roast a papad. In case you are at work, you can put the papad in a microwave for 30 seconds on each side and it's ready.
  5. Crush the papad over the salsa or enjoy it with the dip as it is!


Macros per serving

2.9P | 9.2C | 32.4F

Sauteed french beans with sesame seeds


This easy to make french beans recipe is packed with flavour and is super filling too!

Time

Serves

: 10 Minutes

: 2 People


Ingredients

250 grams Green beans
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 onion finely chopped
2 tbsp ginger garlic paste
2 tbsp sesame seeds
½ tsp soya sauce
½ tsp oregano powder
Salt & pepper to taste


Preparation

  1. Boil some water in a pan and add some salt to it. Blanch the french beans.
  2. In a pan, add olive oil, ginger garlic paste, onions and cook for a while.
  3. Add in the green beans. Toss well with two flat spatulas so the beans are coated with oil.
  4. Cover the pan and let it cook on medium low for about a minute as the beans are already blanched and they wouldn’t take very long to cook
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Add ½ tsp of soya sauce and oregano powder.
  7. Lastly, add the sesame seeds and toss well.
  8. Take it off the pan and transfer to a plate or bowl.
  9. Garnish it with toasted sesame seeds and it's ready to serve.


Macros per serving

3.6P | 8.4C | 3.2F
French beans with sesame seeds.

Pan roasted salted almonds


These yummy roasted almonds can be made and stored for upto a week and make for a perfect tea time snack.

Time

Serves

: 15 Minutes

: 1 People


Ingredients

150 gms unsalted raw almonds
2 tsp olive oil
½ tsp Salt
½ tbsp garlic powder
½ tsp black pepper


Preparation

  1. In a bowl, mix all the ingredients and combine them well.
  2. Roast the almonds in a flat bottom pan or frying pan for about 5 minutes over medium heat.
  3. Once they are golden brown, remove from the pan and serve it hot or cold. It’s a great option as your evening tea accompaniment at work. It can be stored in a sealed container for a week.


Macros per serving (1 tbsp)

2.3P | 2.4C | 1.2F
Roasted almonds.

Another one of my favorite low carb snacks is Madhura's grilled paneer and veggies.

And a side of low carb snacks too !
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