Whether it’s an impromptu get-together with friends or a formal cocktail party, whether you’re hosting or hosting them, parties are an important part of our lifestyle. They are like mini vacations of celebration, fun and laughter with family and friends. While gatherings and parties are a great way to unwind, especially after those tedious hours at work, we tend to indulge in all kinds of unhealthy foods.
What you eat at these gatherings matters more than you think, healthy snacks are a great way to combat hunger between meals. They tend to add too many calories for too few nutrients, and if you’re someone trying to control calories and lose weight, chances are you’ll dread hosting or going to these parties.
However, you can change people’s misconception that snacking is unhealthy by serving snacks made with fresh fruits, vegetables, and dried fruits like almonds at parties.
Almonds, in particular, are an easy snack option. Here are some healthier options for you to try or recommend for the next party so you can snack guilt-free!
· Fruit, vegetable or grilled chicken skewers:
Every party needs a snack plate to snack on. A kabob platter, whether with fresh fruit, vegetables, or chicken, makes a great party snack. They are fresh, grilled and super tasty. And since presentation is just as important as flavor when it comes to enticing guests, you can try a rainbow fruit skewer platter featuring fruits of different colors and shades. Easy on the eyes and super easy to do.
· Chaat Party:
A delight for lovers of chatpata or spicy food, this is an ideal snack for a party when you’re in the mood for something different and much more casual. of its ingredients are not only fresh but also healthy. You can try these amazingly delicious snack recipes for your next chaat party: Bhuni Shakarkandi aur Badam Ki Chaat, Almond, Sweet Potato and Pomegranate Chaat, White Pea Ragda.
An open-ingredient snack recipe on top of a piece of buttered toasted white bread. For a healthier version, you can choose a whole grain or multigrain bread, spread it with olive oil instead of butter, and top it with juicy cherry tomatoes sprinkled with basil leaves and minced garlic for a delicious healthy slice. This recipe can be a great party snack that hardly takes any time to make.
· Homemade Tomato sauce with pita chips:
Served with baked pita chips, this hot sauce 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 make sure you don’t add too many calories. Try this healthy, low-fat snack at your next party or family gathering.
· Bring the kebabs:
Kebabs can be a nutritious alternative to highly processed fast foods. They are not fried and can also include salad or yogurt sauce. Kebabs are also a great way to control portions and an easy way to get more vegetables into your diet. Deeper green vegetables can be added to increase the nutrient content of the dish. Recommend the recipe of Badam Papitae ke Kebab with pineapple sauce to your friend who organizes the next party
· Almonds ‘Salt and Pepper’
Almonds are a source of 14 essential nutrients and fiber that help you live a healthier life. This versatile nut can be consumed raw, roasted, or even as an ingredient, making almonds a healthy snack option. You can try the very tasty Peach Almond Relish or the ‘hot and spicy’ Sweet Chili Almonds.
Snacks with the right nutrient-to-calorie ratio are definitely a smarter way to have fun. That said, just because you’re looking for healthier options to eat or serve at a party doesn’t mean you have to compromise on taste. You can try so many easy recipes with healthier ingredients; you just need to put on your thinking cap. For upcoming parties, try the recipes above and entertain your guests the smart way with these healthy snack options.