If you find it tough to take out time to sit down to a proper meal during a busy day, these vitamin-loaded energy boosters are the perfect pick-me-up for men on the go.
Not for nothing is channa-chaat the most popular street food in Karachi. Full of flavour and packed with protein, chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are good for your digestive tract because of their high fibre content. They contain manganese and folate, beneficial for bone development and wound healing. You can concoct a variety of salads with them – or for something a little more simple just add spring onions, cilantro and lemon.
Fruit or Veggie Chips
Home-made fruit and veggie chips are a much healthier way to snack than gorging on potato crisps and then marvel at how fast the pounds are piling on. They are easy to make at home (the mass-produced ones are often deep-fried and any health benefits they may have had disappear long before they even reach you).
Combine a quantity of walnuts, peanuts, almonds, cashews with dried fruit bits, sultanas or raisins and carry them for a quick energy shot when you need it most. Just eating half a cupful everyday raises your chances of having a longer life. Packed with dietary fibre, protein, omega 3 fats and antioxidants, they will do wonders for your brain and brawn.
No-Bake Cereal Balls
In a bowl, just mix dried cereal like oats, barley, crushed Weetabix, muesli or granola together with raisins or sultanas, or sprinkle with chopped nuts if you prefer, then blend in some peanut butter or chocolate spread. Form into balls and put on a tray. Leave it in the freezer for 15 minutes. After that, you can store them in the fridge for up to three weeks.
Sweet Potato Treats
Who doesn’t love potatoes? Available at street corners across the city, the baked ‘shakarkundi’ is an excellent source of beta-carotene and antioxidants. It has a considerable amount of Vitamin C. Buy it ready baked and store in the fridge. Add cinnamon, peanut butter, lemon, feta cheese or just chat masala and enjoy!