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Happy and Healthy: Smart Food Swaps for a Guilt-Free New Year | health news

Instead of calorie-rich snacks, celebrate this New Year with joy and vitality, opt for air-popped popcorn made with herbs. New Year’s party season is upon us, and while it’s time to celebrate and indulge, that doesn’t mean you have to give up on your commitment to healthy eating. With a little creativity and some clever food swaps, you can fully enjoy the festivities while staying true to your health goals.

Choose sparkling water with a splash of fresh fruit juice over sugary sodas. Indulge in dark chocolate-covered fruit for a sweet treat that won’t derail your resolution. Trade fried appetizers for baked options and enjoy the guilt-free taste of crunch. Prioritize lean proteins like grilled chicken skewers over processed meats. By embracing these smart meal swaps, you can welcome the new year happy, energized and committed to a healthy lifestyle.

In an exclusive interview with Zee News English Mr. Abhishek Gagneja, Founder and Health Coach, GoodVeda shares some simple yet smart food swaps that can effectively jump-start your health fix.

Healthy food swaps for your New Year’s resolution

Let’s explore some inspiring food swaps that will keep you on track with your wellness journey while enjoying the rich flavors of Indian cuisine.

1. Guilt-free dips

Swap the creamy and calorie-rich dips available on the market with Greek yogurt-based options. Greek yogurt brings a delightful tanginess and creaminess to your favorite dips. Serve them with crunchy vegetable sticks for a twist, like carrots, cucumbers and tandoori vegetables.

2. Baked, not fried

Consider baking them instead of deep-fried snacks like samosas or pakoras. Baked versions retain the crispy texture you love and use less oil. Try baking spicy potato wedges, crispy chickpeas or vegetable fritters for healthy snacking.

3. Fruit chaat

Mix an assortment of fresh, seasonal fruits with chaat masala and a squeeze of lemon. Skip the sugary sweets and make a delightful fruit chaat to enjoy an explosion of flavors. It’s a healthy way to satisfy your sweet tooth.

4. Whole grain roti and bread

Choose millet roti and roti with your favorite Indian curries and dishes. Whole grains provide more fiber and essential nutrients, pair with a lean protein source like grilled chicken or cheese for a balanced meal.

5. Lean Protein Tandoori Delights

Choose lean protein options for tandoori preparation. Marinate grilled chicken, fish or cheese in aromatic spices for a tasty and healthy option. The smoky flavor of the tandoor will still delight your taste buds.

6. Fresh mocktails

Instead of sugar-laden syrups, enjoy mocktails that combine fresh fruit juice, soda water and aromatic Indian spices. Sip on refreshing drinks like virgin mojitos infused with mint and spices.

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