When you were growing up in India, you must have seen a common sight throughout the winter: road vendors selling boiled or roasted peanuts. But have you ever wondered why peanuts are associated with this season? Or why are peanuts one of the most popular foods at this time of year? Well, the reason is that peanuts are a powerhouse of nutrients and have several health benefits. They are high in proteins, good fats, micro- and macronutrients and protect us from a variety of diseases. Also peanuts, unlike almonds, walnuts and cashews, are not that expensive.
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Here are 5 benefits of having peanuts in the winter:
1) Weight loss:
You can eat peanuts while trying to lose weight as they can suppress your appetite. But ingest in moderation.
Peanuts have about 25.8 grams of protein per. 100 grams. As it is a good plant-based protein source, it is beneficial to consume in the winter.
3) Heart health:
This crispy snack can help you deal with various factors that increase the risk of heart disease. It helps lower bad cholesterol.
4) Blood sugar levels:
Peanuts can be included in a diabetic’s diet in small amounts, as their low glycemic index makes them a good choice for diabetics. However, include in moderation.
5) Minerals and vitamins:
Peanuts provide several nutrients at once. They are a great source of minerals, vitamins, protein, omega-3, omega-6, fiber, copper, folate, vitamin E, thiamine, phosphorus and magnesium.
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Here are a few recipes that you can make with peanuts:
1) Chocolate peanut slice
Chocolate and peanuts seem to be a marriage made in heaven. To make it at home, all you need is some honey, oats and peanut butter.
2) Peanut butter
Make it in just two minutes. Then combine it with jam, whip a smoothie or butter it on your toast for the ultimate comfort snack.
3) Peanut Chikki
There can be no better snack than the peanut chikki recipe made with jaggery in the winter. Besides being delicious, it helps keep the body warm.
4) Peanut Sundal
If you’re in the mood for some chat, you can quickly whip up a peanut sundal. It is filled with South Indian flavors that come from mustard and curry leaves and grated coconut. Enjoy it with tea on a cold evening.
5) Peanut Butter Biscuit
We have already told you how to make peanut butter. Now this is one of the ways you can use this buyer to great benefit. Peanut butter biscuits are easy to make and are another great snack for tea.
So which of these recipes do you want to choose? Salty or sweet? Let us know.