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10 Healthy Foods To Treat Your Guests With This Diwali!

10 Healthy Foods To Treat Your Guests With This Diwali!
Posted by: Pooja Pandya (October 15th 2014)  |  No comment  |  Under: General

Come Diwali and your house is most likely to be filled with guests. From cleaning and decorating the house, to preparing delicious food to satiate your guest’s appetites, festival time invariably means “busy time” for everyone in the house. While the coming of Diwali is definitely a cause of celebration for all, we understand what a trying time it is, on the other hand, for all those who are striving hard to lose or maintain their weight and stay fit. More so because, we know how difficult it is to refuse the countless varieties of sweets and foods that are offered at every friend or relative’s place you visit to offer your good wishes, ultimately throwing your diet plan for a toss! While it is unreasonable to expect all your hosts to serve you healthy food when you visit them, you can certainly start the trend of serving healthy appetizers and desserts before and after meals, when they visit you this festival season. To help that cause, here are 10 healthy food treats you can indulge your guests in, during this Diwali!


1) Sushi

One of the most popular Japanese dishes, Sushi can act as the perfect healthy appetizer. While its main ingredient, which is vinegared sushi rice, remains unchanged, there are many variations of the dish which use different ingredients as per individual preferences. You can create your own variation using different fruits, sauces and condiments to go along, and serve your guests a healthy and tasty appetizer before a heavy meal.


2) Salted & Spiced Nuts

Here’s one appetizer idea that is bound to work, no matter who your guests are! Just take some cashew nuts, almonds, walnuts and any other nuts you wish to add, mix them with salt, cumin and pepper and roast them in the oven. Your guests will go ‘nuts’ and wont stop munching on these till they are over!


3) Hummus

A staple Middle Eastern dip, Hummus is gradually gaining popularity among Indian patrons as well. While a lot of people argue about its calorie content, overall, Hummus is a very healthy dip to be paired with brown bread, as it is made of chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, lemon, garlic and other common condiments, all of which have excellent nutritious properties.


4) Roasted Tofu

Tofu is one of the healthiest alternatives to cottage cheese for vegetarians, and to chicken in case of non-vegetarians. Although, it does not have any distinctive taste, it can be cooked or in this case, roasted in the oven, marinated with olive oil or vinegar and then seasoned with condiments, to give you a healthy and perfect appetizer for your guests.


5) Sprouts Platter

Sprouts are one of the healthiest foods to consume, especially if you are on a diet plan. They can be marinated or cooked in a number of different styles and served as tasty and healthy appetizers.



1) Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

A simple and non-fussy substitute to traditional extra rich desserts, chocolate dipped strawberry is probably the best dessert to satisfy your guest’s, as well as your sweet teeth.


2) Yogurt With Fruit

Although commercially produced fruit yogurts are readily available in the market, you can still opt to go the natural way by serving your guests a healthy dessert of fresh yogurt topped with mixed fruits, and leave them wanting more and more of this delicious fruity dish!


3) Broiled Fruits

This is one of the best means to serve fruits as desserts, as broiling enhances their sweetness quite efficiently. Just cut slices of fruits like peach, pineapple or mango, broil them in the oven and serve them with low-fat cream. Alternatively, you can also spray them with lemon juice and enjoy this delightful sweet-and-sour treat with your guests.


4) Caramel Popcorn

Surprised to find this one here? Dont be! Caramel popcorn can serve as an amazing, crunchy dessert option which will suit your health and at the same time, satiate your taste buds wonderfully!


5) Smoothies

Another fruity gem, a smoothie is a perfect way to end a meal! All you need is an assortment of fruits like watermelon or some berries or bananas, yogurt or low fat milk and lots of ice! Smoothies are loved by both children and adults, so you simply cant go wrong with this one.


These are some of the best healthy but tasty food options that can be prepared within no time, especially during the busy festival period. Got any ideas of your own? Drop in your suggestions in the comments section below and we foodies will forever be grateful for your contributions. Hope you have a happy, safe and healthy Diwali!

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