Whether it’s an impromptu gathering with friends or a formal cocktail party, whether you host them or become a host, parties are an important part of our lifestyle. They are like mini vacations for partying, fun and laughter with family and friends. While gatherings and parties are a great way to relax, especially after these tiring work hours, we tend to indulge in all kinds of unhealthy foods.
What you snack on at these gathering parties matters more than you think. Healthy snacking is a great way to fight hunger between meals. They tend to add too many calories to too few nutrients.
However, you can change this misconception of people where snacking equals unhealthy by serving snacks made from fresh fruits, vegetables and dry fruits, such as almonds for parties.
Almonds, specifically, provide an easy snack option. Here are a few healthier options you can try or recommend for the next batch so it can be fooled, guilt-free!
· Grilled fruit, vegetable or chicken skewers:
Every party needs a platter of finger foods to fool on. A skewer dish, be it with fresh fruit, greens or chicken, provides 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, try a rainbow fruit skewer with fruits of different colors and shades. Easy on the eyes and super easy to manufacture
· “Chaat” party:
A delight for chat patrons or seasoned food lovers, this is an ideal party snack when in the mood for something different and much more casual. From sweet potato chaat to fruit chaat, people love these bite-sized spicy snacks, as most of its ingredients are not only fresh but also healthy. Try these incredibly delicious snack recipes for your next chaat party: Bhuni Shakarkandi aur Badam Ki Chaat, almond, sweet potatoes 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 choose whole wheat or multigrain bread, brush it with olive oil instead of butter and fill it with juicy cherry tomatoes sprinkled with basil leaves and chopped garlic, for a delicious slice of good health. This recipe can be great party snack that hardly takes any time to make
· Homemade Tomato salsa with pita bread:
This tangy salsa is served with baked pita and is sure to please any audience. By pairing these baked chips with tomato-based salsa, you can not only satisfy your taste buds, but also be sure not to add too many calories. Try this healthy low fat and healthy snack at your next party or family gathering
· Take the kebabs with:
Kebab can be a nutritious alternative to highly processed fast food. They are not fried and can also include salad or a yogurt dip. Kebabs are a great way to keep track of parts as well, and an easy way to include more vegetables in your diet. You can add deeper green vegetables to increase the nutritional content of the dish. Recommend Badam Papitae ke Kebab with pineapple salsa recipe to your friend throwing next party
· ‘Salt & pepper’ Almonds
Almonds are a source of 14 essential nutrients and fiber to help you live a healthier life. This versatile dry fruit can be consumed raw, toasted or even as an ingredient, making almonds a healthy snack option. You can try the very tasty almond and peach tasty or ‘hot n spicy’ Sweet chilli almonds.
Snacks with the right nutrient-calorie ratio are definitely a smarter way to party. That said, just because you’re looking for healthier options for eating or serving for a party doesn’t mean you have to compromise on taste. You can try so many light recipes with healthier ingredients; you just have to put your mind to it. For the next few parties, try the recipes above and entertain your guests in the smart way with these healthy snack options.