Product Code : 214 - II
Origin : India
Minerals: By consuming 100 grams of Lotus seed one would get 350 calories and there is around 63-68 grams carbohydrates, 17-18 grams of protein, and only 1.9 - 2.5 grams of fat; the remainder is water, about 13%, and minerals (mainly sodium, potassium, calcium, and phosphorus.
Health Benefits :
Commonly associated to fasting, fox nuts are popular as ‘Makhana’. Used since centuries as a snack food, fox nuts have myriad benefits. Such are their beneficial properties that Chinese use it as a medicine. Fox nuts help to strengthen spleen and kidneys. Almonds, walnuts, cashews and other dry fruits pale in comparison to fox nuts when it comes to nutritional value. Indian cuisine makes ample use of these. They can be had roasted with a sprinkling of spices and condiments to provide a tasty treat.
How to Consume :
Place your makhanas on a non-stick pan or griddle and roast them on a low flame until they appear slightly brown. Be careful to moderate the flame, so as to not burn the fox nuts. Once they are roasted transfer the fox nuts in an air-tight jar or container and place the container in a dry place.
2. Makhanas Roasted With Ghee/Coconut Oil:
If you're not averse to a bit of healthy fat, then you may add a tablespoon of ghee or coconut oil to your pan, before placing the fox nuts in it. You may add a bit of salt or chaat masala but avoid adding to many artificial or salty flavourings and seasonings.
You can also add ripe bananas mashed in milk, makhana roasted in ghee added to it with some honey to make a delicious and healthy home-made healthy dessert.
3. Healthy Flavoured Makhana:
If you just can't eat plain makhanas, you may make flavoured makhanas at home in a healthy way. All you need to do is roast the fox nuts in ghee and flavour them with naturally spices and condiments like mint leaves, curry leaves, coriander powder, garlic powder, turmeric powder, green chillies, etc. You may also add peanuts or cashews and almonds to the mix to add a bit more crunch and nutrition to the snack.
Make sure you add spices like pepper and turmeric that aide weight loss to your roasted makhanas. Although fox nuts are quite healthy for weight loss, you may want to control the portion that you eat in a day. Treat makhanas as mid-meal snacks to take care of untimely hunger pangs only and not as an entire meal. If you want to lose weight in a healthy way, it is recommended to never skip your meals. If you are on a low-carbohydrate diet, you may want to have them sparingly.