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. Snacks, also known as 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. They impact the waist line and reverse any weight loss that you might have achieved especially for the festive season.
Not considering all snacks to be unhealthy but most of them are made using cheese, refined flour, oil, high carb ingredients and many of them are 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.
There are plenty of healthy snack options available to appease your taste buds during the festive season. Using some culinary skills and keeping out the unhealthy ingredients, you can prepare some really healthy snacks and dips for better health and taste.
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. 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. Green chutney is a delicious companion to all sorts of Indian Snacks.
Healthy Snacks 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.
Whole Wheat Pita Bread: Pita bread is a great substitute for chips to be served as snacks. It has 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 a nutritious food option rich in protein and low in fat if removed properly. 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: Different variety of healthy dry fruits that you can casually munch while concentrating on your game can be an interesting choice. It will add nutrition to your body, is small in portion and can be eaten directly. Offer almonds, pistachios, walnuts, cashew-nuts etc. Peanuts or peanut salad can be a healthy option as well.
Make your Diwali parties healthy yet appetizing with these delicious dips and snacks options. Remember this Diwali #BurnCaloriesNotCrackers.- 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.