It’s that time of the year again when presents and fun abound and you find yourself hopping from one party to another.
Remember how you eagerly awaited the arrival of Christmas as a child, well that excitement doesn’t really abate even with the passage of time.
So, of course, Christmas isn’t just a time for nostalgia but also offers temptation in the form of rich holiday snacks that can seriously derail your health regime in the blink of an eye.
So let’s explore some healthy evening snack options that help you maintain your diet and make you the star chef of the evening:
1) Deviled Eggs:
Eggs aren’t just for Easter. You can welcome Christmas too with a twist of an egg or two and simultaneously avail a whole host of health benefits. Just replace the heart of the hard boiled egg with a mixture of the yolk, yoghurt, mustard, salt and pepper. Simple!
Garnish it with coriander, salt and pepper alongside a spicy coriander chutney for a healthy snack serve.
2) Banana Oatmeal Pancakes:
Christmas is also a time for indulgence in sweets; however, indulging in puddings, pastries and cakes one after the other can seriously derail your fitness regime. That’s why these healthy oatmeal pancakes are the perfect morning treat and can even be served as a light and healthy sweet dish at your Christmas dinner.
3) Walnut Cookies:
Just like chipmunks treasure their winter store of nuts, so can we if we realise how essential nuts are for these cold months. Walnuts are rich in Vitamin E and omega 3 fatty acids. The natural oils in dry fruits help fight off the dryness of the weather. Grab a pack of these and turn them into an evergreen healthy snack.
4) Green Tea Mocktail:
The first thing any dietician recommends for weight loss is The Great Green Tea!
With a twist and punch of fruits, and with little or no sweetener, just imagine all the goodness of Green Tea turning into an exotic evening drink for Christmas!
We even have a handy recipe for it.
5) Cauliflower Soup:
The crown of winter vegetables, cauliflower, is full of antioxidants, boosts immunity and reduces the risk of heart diseases. You can get all the goodness in a single bowl of this deliciously subtle cauliflower soup. Bon appetit!
6) Chicken salad:
Chicken, in itself a lean protein, combined with the goodness of veggies makes the perfect nutritious salad.
Carrots, cabbage, onions add in the vitamin A, beta carotene, vitamins C and K, and antioxidants. Plus the dressing adds just the right amount of crunch for your guests.
7) Chicken Curry:
Winner Winner Chicken Dinner! Yes, that’s what we have for dinner when we celebrate; Chicken! An Indian meal is incomplete without a curry, and the nutritious chicken curry for your Christmas dinner is just the thing to make your guests’ mouths water.
8) Makka/ Ragi Roti:
Breads are a must have for any meal to be fulfilling. But mostly, they bring in a lot of calories along with them. Try switching the regular breads or chapatis with a different grain roti like that of Ragi (Millet) or Makka (Corn). That’ll not only give a unique element to the dinner but also a different and healthier flavor.
9) Orange Cake:
Winters seem incomplete without the tang of oranges, and so does Christmas without a cake. Forget the conventional high caloric chocolate cakes and try incorporating the fruit of the season, Orange, instead. The mild, sweet, and tangy flavour would surely win hearts at dessert or even with an evening tea.
10) Keeros Multiseed and Corn Chaat:
When all the Christmas dinner is done, and you just need a little something for your guests to snack on while chatting, Keeros is your best option. Without having to cook and miss out on the fun, simply grab a jar of Keeros Multigrain Roasted supersnack. The crunch of the roasted healthy snacks with the chewiness of the corn is just what they need.
Now that’s one complete list of all the must haves for this festive eve. So jot down all the goodies that are going to make your Christmas healthier and merrier!