Whether it is an impromptu get-together with friends or a formal cocktail party, whether you are hosting them or being hosted, parties are an important part of our lifestyle. They are like mini-vacations for celebration, fun and laughter with family and friends. While get-togethers and parties are a great way to unwind, especially after those tiresome work hours, we do tend to indulge in all kinds of unhealthy food items.
What you snack at these get together parties, matters more than you think.Healthy snacking is a great way to combat hunger in between meals. They tend to add too many calories for too few nutrients.And if you are someone who is trying to watch calories and lose weight then you are likely to dread either hosting or going to these parties.
However, you can change this misconception of people wherein snacking equals unhealthy by serving snacks made from fresh fruits, vegetables and dry fruits such as almonds at parties.
Almonds, in specific, make for an easy snack option.Here are a few healthier options for you to try or recommend for the next party so can nibble, guilt-free!
· Grilled fruit, vegetable or chicken skewers:
Every party needs a platter of finger food to nibble on. A skewer dish, be it with fresh fruits, greens or chicken, makes for a great party snack. They are fresh, grilled and super tasty. And since, presentation is as important as taste when it comes to enticing guests, you can try a rainbow fruit skewer platter with fruits of different colours and shades. Easy on the eyes and super easy to make
· ‘Chaat’ party:
A delight for chatpata or spicy food lovers, this is an ideal party snack when you are in a mood for something different and a lot more casual.From sweet-potato chaat to fruits chaat, people love these bite-sized savory snacks, as most of its ingredients are not only fresh but also healthy. You can try these incredibly yummy snack recipes for your next chaatparty: Bhuni Shakarkandi aur Badam Ki Chaat, Almond, Sweet Potato and Pomegranate Chaat, White Pea Ragda.
A snack recipe with open ingredients on top of a piece of butter toasted white bread. For a healthier version, you can pick a whole wheat or multigrain bread, brush itwith olive oil instead of butter and top it with juicy cherry tomatoes sprinkled with basil leaves and chopped up garlic, for a delicious slice of good health.This recipe can be great party snack that barely takes any time to make
· Home-made Tomato Salsa with pita chips:
Served with baked pita chips, this tangy salsa is sure to please any crowd. By pairing these baked chips with tomato based salsa, you can not only satisfy your taste buds but also be rest assured about not adding too many calories. Try this low fat and healthy snack at your next party or family gathering
· Bring on the kebabs:
Kebabs can be a nutritious alternative to highly processed fast foods. They are not deep-fried and may also include salad or a yogurt dip. Kebabs are a great way to keep an eye on portions too, and an easy way to include more vegetables into your diet. One can add deeper green vegetables to increase the nutrient content of the dish. Recommend the Badam Papitae ke Kebab with pineapple salsa recipe to your friend throwing the next party
· ‘Salt & pepper’ Almonds
Almonds are a source of 14 essential nutrients and fibre that help you live a healthier life. This versatile dry fruit can be consumed raw, roasted or even as an ingredient, making almonds a healthy snack option. You can try the very tasty Almond and Peach relish or the ‘hot n spicy’ Sweet chilli almonds.
Snacks with the right ratio of nutrients and the caloriesis definitely a smarter way to party. Having said that, just because you are looking for healthier options to eat or serve at a party does not mean you have to compromise on taste. You can try so many easy recipes with healthier ingredients; you just need to put your thinking cap on. For the next few parties, try the above recipes and entertain your guests the smart way with these healthy snacking options.