Party the healthy way!!

Party the healthy way!!

By Neha Ranglani  on: 19 December 2014
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We all love attending parties. Don’t we? With summer vacations on we need even more reason to meet our friends and loved ones, relax, enjoy and have a good laugh. Throwing a house party is the easiest way to have a good time with the people you love. But what happens to your health when you overdo on these party outings. The fat laden food, creamy dishes, mouth watering fried starters, sugary desserts etc negate all the efforts you put during the day to maintain your slim and trim figure and you can’t do much to change that. But you can be the one to bring in the change. 

You be the trend setter. How? When you are the host, be a good one. Plan a healthy theme party. Make sure you choose healthy food options. People think that healthy food is boring and cannot be delicious. You can change their mind set by actually preparing some yummy delicacies. You never know they might be so impressed that they actually follow your footsteps. So here are some options for a 5 course meal menu:

Soups/drinks: watermelon sorbet , sharbat-e-sehat, tomangee, red chilli rasam, velvet chicken soup, tomato soup, mushroom soup, chicken herb soup, litchi lassi, oats soup, potato spinach salad, peas soup, grape apple juice, fresh smoothie, mango lassi, pineapple slush, avocado gazpacho soup, ginger chicken soup, minty buttermilk.

Salads: barley salad, stir fry veggies, chana bhel, quinoa salad, stuffed egg salad, paneer corn pepper stir fry, summer tomato fun, gado gado salad, red radish spread, paneer pepper salad, cucumber salad, marinated carrots, broccoli mushroom stir fry, tofu salad, corn chatpata, sprouts bhel.

Starters: paneer in pita pockets, healthy chicken burger, lemon chicken, fish with citrus marinade, kerela steamed fish, stuffed tomatoes, paneer hara matar, chicken veggies aflatoon, masala idli, open face sesame toast, black pepper fish, sitr fry envelope, soya tikkis, stuffed mushrooms, yoghurt dip, roasted fish.

Main course: chicken stew, cinnamon brown rice, stir fried brown rice, low cal chole, murgi komla, oats thepla, egg in palak, dalia pulao, dry chicken curry, bajra paratha, paneer babaycorn masala, brown rice chicken pulao, ragi roti, whole wheat pizza, whole wheat tagliatelle, whole wheat pasta in white sauce, palak paneer.

Desserts: apple crumble, peanutty cake, flaxseeds peanut laddo, oats banana muffin, chickoo halwa, shrikhand, biscuit pudding, almond walnut bites, chocolate strawberry phirni.

All these above dishes are low in fat, high in nutrients, filling and deliciously yummy. You plan out your menu like any 2 soups, 2 drinks, 2 salads, 3 starters, 2 main course dishes, 2 dessertsot as many number of dishes as you wish to serve.

Now your guests to binge to their heart’s content without any health or figure worries. Party not only hard but SMART!!

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