Diet & Nutrition Last updated on 2021-11-03 17:50:16
12 Healthy Diwali Snacks To Enjoy
- Dr. Sreelekha Daruvuri
- 3 Min Read
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Diwali is celebrated every year with lots of light and laughter, with of course, Diwali sweets being the epitome of joy. Food is one of the most expressive ways to celebrate the festival of lights, and while the Diwali snacks are tasty, this year, we encourage you to be healthy. Everything, including sweets, should be eaten in moderation, but are there any healthy diwali snack recipes? Yes! There are always alternative healthy snacks that are tasty and will for sure satisfy your cravings. Here are 12 healthy Diwali snacks that you can enjoy this year!
(1) Potato (Aloo) samosas: This snack is a staple in Indian culture, and even though there is too much oil, it is a healthier alternative to most sugary snacks. Healthier alternative is to bake those samosas. 2 samosas with tamarind chutney is a perfect starter that can also be filling. Make sure to go easy on the oil while making these - with some masala potatoes and all purpose flour dough, you’ll have a snack in minutes.
(2) Baked chaklis: This yummy snack is usually deep fried, but the baked alternative is a lot healthier. Instead of indulging in the deep fried mess, opt for the baked option. Make chaklis using a combination of different grams.
(3) Dry Fruit ladoos: Of course, we didn’t forget the ladoos, but the traditional ones come heaped with a lot of sugar. A better alternative is to add in some dry fruits and enjoy! This could include dates which don’t need additional sugar to be delicious.
(4) Healthier cookies: This worldwide favorite comes packed with lots of sugar - regardless of the ingredients used to make the cookie. But, in moderation sugar is fine, as long as we can add in some healthy alternatives. Instead of eating sugar or salt cookies, try some dry fruit, almond or even coconut cookies!
(5) Whole wheat jalebis: This orange sugary snack is yet another staple during Diwali. The sugary syrup is what most are addicted to, but there is an alternative way to enjoy this snack. Instead of using all purpose flour, use whole wheat flour, with yoghurt and leave that to ferment for 1 day. Deep fry the result and add in some sugar syrup. With no refined flour, whole wheat jalebis are still very easy to make and are as crispy and juicy as it's sugary counterpart.
(6) Moong dal halwa: This delicious snack is healthy because it uses moong daal which is known to be packed with protein. Instead of using sugar in the recipe, you can use jaggery.
(7) Carrot kheer: This dessert is already healthy in itself, because it doesn't have any added sugar. Carrots are not only healthy but are also naturally sweetened. Mashed carrots, milk and cardamom powder is a simple combination for this yummy delicacy.
(8) Coconut barfi: This snack uses nuts, seeds, coconut and a bit of brown sugar and is usually eaten after heavy meals. It's not only healthy but definitely satisfies your sweet tooth
(9) Shrikhand: This Gujrati and Marathi dish is made from strained yogurt, with 50gms being only 130 calories. It also has a lot of proteins and carbs that we all crave during the festival season!
(10) Kalakhand: This sweet, made from Khoa is packed with calcium and proteins with one piece sitting at 100 calories. That's guilt free indulging!
(11) Kulfi: Ice Cream tempts us with its various different flavor combinations, but nothing beats Kulfi. Packed with Vitamin A, protein and pistachios, you can't go wrong with this one
(2) Ariselu: This sweet, also called, Arisa or Kajjaaya from Andhra Pradesh and Orissa is 103 calories of rice, jaggery and sesame seeds. This makes for a healthy, sweet and easy snack
Happy Diwali! We hope you enjoy the festival of lights and indulge in the above tasty yet healthy Diwali snacks!
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