Make Healthy Christmas a Reality
Holiday season is always considered to be a time of indulgence. These few days end up being the time when diets crash, fitness classes are missed, and each meal ends with a calorie-rich dessert. Many of us put on kilos and resort to making drastic new year resolutions which are hard to sustain. While the beginning of the year is supposed to be a fresh, new start, the party season kilos end up feeling like unnecessary baggage.
Christmas cakes, New Year’s Eve feasts and many other spirited evenings leading to these events, are tempting reasons to give up your healthy diet. At the same time, it is possible to continue living healthy in these festive days by making smart choices while you party.
If you are throwing a party for your friends and family this year or attending a party, here are some easy ideas to make each bash successful yet healthy one.
Plan Healthy Snacks
All of us enjoy munching on something while we mingle at parties. As we catch up with friends, we tend to consume more snacks than we usually would, leaving us with little appetite for the actual dinner. If you are a host, plan snacks that are nutritious as well as tasty. Use colourful fruits such as strawberries and kiwis to make fruit sticks. Sprinkle a little Tata Rock Salt on them to enhance the taste. If you are going the traditional way, make pakoras, tikkis and other starters using Tata Sampann Low Oil Absorb Besan. Grilled starters such as paneer or chicken tikka are also excellent protein-rich options. Make dips by adding kasuri methi or mint leaves to hung curd. This dip will pair well with roasted vegetables and cucumber or carrot sticks.
Replace the Soft Drinks
Carbonated and energy drinks often contain high amounts of sugar and caffeine. These drinks are consumed in large quantities at parties by themselves or as a mixer for alcoholic drinks. Whether you are the host or a guest, you can opt for traditional beverages as shikanji, aam panna and coconut water instead. Replacing the sugar with honey in drinks is also a great way to reduce calories in a natural way. If you still prefer a fizzy mixer, the classic plain soda is a great option. There are lots of choices available in the market when it comes to juices without added sugar. While these add a dash of sweetness to your drinks, they contain only natural sugar making them a healthier alternative in comparison to carbonated drinks.
Focus on Filling
While planning your feast for the party, choose dishes that include ingredients that promote satiety such as beans and lentils along with meat dishes for the non-vegetarians. Use vegetables that are high in fiber. As these ingredients are filling, they will help in keeping hunger at bay while providing essential nutrition to keep you going through the party season. Incorporate protein and fibre rich kabuli chana (chickpeas) by making hummus and grilled vegetable salads. Whole wheat pasta or a baked dish made with a lot of vegetables is also a great option for main course.
Make Desserts Healthier
Desserts such as cakes and cookies are on everyone’s mind during this time of the year. It is possible to make desserts healthier by making desserts such as pies, crumbles and cakes with sweet fresh fruit and stevia as a replacement for the sugar. Stevia such Tata Nx Zero Sugar is a completely natural alternative with zero calories which will make your desserts comparatively healthier. Using whole wheat, almond or coconut flour instead of refined flour will also make your desserts healthier. A garnish of toasted nuts such as almonds, cashews, walnuts etc. will also increase the health quotient of your dessert. Make sure you choose colorful and attractive fruits in desserts such custards and frozen fruit sorbets to attract the young guests.
Whether you are a guest or a host, party smartly to celebrate the end of another year. Choose the best long-term alternatives for your health and begin the new year on a positive note.
This article is authored by Bonny Shah
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