The festive season is here; while we all enjoy the positive atmosphere and the eating that will ensue over the next several days, we can't deny the influence that it will have on our waistlines shortly afterwards. It can be challenging to eat a healthy diet during an Indian celebration because there is so much excess. However, Founder of Diet Podium and Holistic Nutritionist Shikha Mahajan shares that you may have all the festive (and food) joy by simply substituting a couple of ingredients in particular delights with their healthier alternatives.

Try sugar substitutes

Without a sweet dish, no festivity would be complete. Furthermore, overindulging in sweets during festivals may put your health at risk. Not only does gaining weight may make you vulnerable to diseases like diabetes, but so can consuming many sugary foods. Use jaggery in place of sugar. Dates, cardamom, anjeer, and saffron can all be used to give your cuisine a naturally sweet flavour. Kheer, halva, fruit salad, and rawa sheera can all be made using these replacements. 

Instead of full cream milk, use skimmed milk

When it comes to making sweets, milk is another essential element. Milk is a critical ingredient in a variety of desserts, including kheer, rasgulla, ras malai, cham-cham, and a slew of other delectable treats that are sure to expand your waistline. When making the sweets, use low-fat milk to make them seem lighter in your stomach. 

Instead of frying, try roasting

It's tough to say no to tantalizing grilled dishes, especially during festival season. But, are you one of the people that refrains from eating fried meals all year? Here's an idea. All of the foods you would have imagined to fry should be roasted instead. Roasted foods are not only delicious, but they also provide several health benefits. 

Healthy Main Course Option

You can get tandoori dishes or prepare a vegetable-loaded biryani at home. Green veggies, daal, or paneer should all be cooked. Then, add coriander leaves, onions, garlic, spices, and chillies to make your dish more appetising. Don't forget to have a bowl of curd with your main course. 

Swap the salty nuts with raw nuts

Not only should you keep an eye on your sweet craving, but you also need to keep an eye on your salt carving. Reduce your salt intake by replacing salted nuts with raw nuts high in protein, fibre, and heart-healthy fats.