Who doesn’t like to Netflix and Chill? There are countless shows and movies that each of us loves to binge-watch, especially over the weekend. But you know what makes a good movie perfect? The Munchies! Our personal favourites are chips, candy, samosas and of course, the classic—popcorn! While popcorn is not the most unhealthy snack option, there’s something that’s an even healthier option. Yup, it’s our very own desi snack—makhana!

Also known as the fox nuts, lotus seeds, or gorgon nuts, makhana comes from a flowering plant grown in Asian countries and is actually considered a superfood. In other words, it’s really good for your health! Here are a few reasons you should be snacking on makhana often.

1. Makhanas Are Gluten-Free

This delish snack is absolutely gluten-free! Which means if you’re is gluten-intolerant or just prefer to avoid it, you can enjoy makhana without worrying about any unwanted reactions.

2. They’re Low In Calories

Makhanas are low in calories and also contain tons of fibre. They help in increasing your metabolism and help you lose weight faster.

Pregnant Women Eating Food | Image Source: www.shutterstock.com
Pregnant Women Eating Food | Image Source: www.shutterstock.com

3. Makhana Is A Great Snack To Consume During Pregnancy

This little superfood is packed with fibre and other nutrients that help energise a mommy-to-be.

4. They’re An Aphrodisiac

According to Ayurveda, there are properties in makhanas that increase the libido in men as well as women and can help in increasing fertility. Use wisely!

5. They Strengthen Your Bones

Makhanas contain a lot of calcium that helps in strengthing bones,  and is also helpful for people who suffer from arthritis.

Strong Bones (Image Courtesy: Shutterstock)
Strong Bones (Image Courtesy: Shutterstock)

Makhanas are low in calories and fat, and they’re really tasty to munch on. Just toss them in a touch of ghee and add your favourite spices or flavourings and you’re good to go! We personally love mint and chaat masala as flavours for this snack. Which is yours? Tell us in the comments below.

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