With moods elevated for the festive season, the rounds of unlimited gatherings with friends, family and relatives are sure to keep you busy. Amidst all festivities it becomes difficult to escape snacks, which are an essential part of almost every Diwali party. These snacks and finger foods, are small in size but can be very high in calories as most of them are either deep fried or consumed in large quantities. It isn’t uncommon for people to consume approx 800-1000 calories extra in one evening. And that too of food that’s typically made from refined carbohydrates like maida, loaded with fat & sugar. These extra calories are stored as fat and they reverse any weight loss that you might have achieved especially for the festive season.
We are not saying that all the snacks that we eat are unhealthy, but most of them are made using ingredients like cheese, refined flour, oil, etc. and many of them are even deep fried. Even the dips that add flavor to your snacks can be unhealthy if their ingredients include high salt, sugar or high fat content.
To be healthier, there are plenty of & delicious & healthy snack options. These are simple to prepare and taste great. Here are 4 great options:
Fresh Vegetable Platter: A healthy vegetable salad platter can be made in several ways using a variety of vegetable options. You can even add fruits to add in some extra flavors to your salad without any heavy dressing. Simple salad with tomatoes, cucumber, radish, carrots, bell pepper, beet root and other cruciferous vegetables, which are easily available, makes for an excellent party delicacy. Lean meat and cottage cheese can also be used to add variety to it. Even the combination of boiled or scrambled eggs can add flavor to your salads. Vegetables are perfect nutrient-dense snacks as they are low in calories and are packed with dietary fibre and vitamins, thus making an ideal healthy snacks option.
Whole Wheat Pita Bread: Pita bread is a great substitute for chips to be served as snacks. It has complex carbohydrates, fiber and protein in it that helps you get fuller faster and for longer. Having pita bread also prevents you from nibbling on other unhealthy snacks like chips. The salt in chips is highly addictive, which makes you keep munching. Before you realize it you have finished a large packet of chips all by yourself.
Barbecued Chicken: Everyone loves Barbecue chicken and vegetarians can opt for barbequed veg platter. Chicken is rich in protein, that helps you build muscle & stay full for longer. Get the low fat cuts of chicken to be healthier. Grill your chicken in the open and with some spices and dips. Enjoy eating it while you play cards and make some money.
Dry Fruits: A variety of healthy dry fruits can be an interesting snack option as well. Having dry fruits as snacks will add nutrition to your diet. Keep the consumption of dry fruits moderate and avoid adding salt to them as it may increase your sodium intake. A handful of dry fruits like almonds and walnuts that are loaded with protein, antioxidants, vitamins, healthy fats and fibre that keeps you fuller for longer.
Some Healthy Dip Options
Hung Yogurt Dip: Hung yogurt or Greek yogurt is a healthy option as it is rich in nutrition and keeps a check on calorie intake. To make this dip all you need is shredded garlic cloves, table spoon olive oil, chopped coriander and peppermint, some chilly flakes and salt to taste. Combine all the ingredients with Greek yogurt. It tastes delicious and is a great substitute for cheese dips, mayonnaise or other fattening dips.
Hummus: Chickpeas is the main ingredient in the recipe, which is an excellent source of protein and important vitamins and minerals. Rich soluble and insoluble dietary fiber content in chickpeas makes it excellent for weight loss too. Mash the chickpeas in a blender, mix chopped garlic (optional), sesame paste, olive oil, lemon juice and garnish it with coriander or peppermint leaves. This is a great dip that can be enjoyed with breads, cereals, pita bread, etc. and is filling too.
Green Chutney: This is a common dip in Indian menus and compliments all the snacks. You can prepare green chutney in a variety of ways. You can make it in combination of coriander leaves, peppermint leaves, raw mango, lemon juice and salt for taste. If you want to experiment, you can add onion and garlic paste in it to further the taste. all the ingredients used to make green chutney are well known for their several health and weight loss benefits like coriander helps in lowering blood glucose levels.
So, at your next Diwali party, follow these suggestions. And stay healthy & fit during the festive season. As always, party your heart out, but don’t forget to exercise, even it is for just 10 minutes.- Articles, data, text, image or video content posted on this site is checked by the Fitho team of nutritionists & fitness experts, or by research/studies, and opinions are based on our wide experience in helping thousands of people get fit, lose weight & manage their health.