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New Year 2024 and a feast of flavours: Guilt-free holiday celebrations with smart swaps

Published on Dec 28, 2023 07:00 AM IST

Make your New Year 2024 feast a guilt-free affair from desserts to drinks with these flavourful alternatives that won't make you regret those extra helpings

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The holiday season is a time for joy and let's face it, a time for indulging in delicious festive feasts but fear not because we've got your back with some clever swaps that will make your New Year 2024 feast a guilt-free affair. In an interview with Zarafshan Shiraz of HT Lifestyle, Nupuur Patil, Nutritionist at Nupuur Patil Fitness, suggested the following flavourful alternatives from desserts to drinks that won't leave you regretting those extra helpings - (Photo by cottonbro studio on Pexels) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Dec 28, 2023 07:00 AM IST

The holiday season is a time for joy and let's face it, a time for indulging in delicious festive feasts but fear not because we've got your back with some clever swaps that will make your New Year 2024 feast a guilt-free affair. In an interview with Zarafshan Shiraz of HT Lifestyle, Nupuur Patil, Nutritionist at Nupuur Patil Fitness, suggested the following flavourful alternatives from desserts to drinks that won't leave you regretting those extra helpings - (Photo by cottonbro studio on Pexels)

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1. Indulge Wisely: Guilt-Free Desserts - The dessert table at New Year parties is a temptation no one can resist but you can still satisfy your sweet tooth without the guilt. Instead of diving into calorie-laden pies and cakes, opt for a refreshing fruit salad that embodies the essence of the season. Picture this: juicy pomegranate seeds, crisp apple slices and succulent oranges, all drizzled with a hint of honey and a sprinkle of cinnamon. It's a guilt-free sweet treat that not only satisfies your cravings but also adds a burst of colour to your holiday spread. (pinterest) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Dec 28, 2023 07:00 AM IST

1. Indulge Wisely: Guilt-Free Desserts - The dessert table at New Year parties is a temptation no one can resist but you can still satisfy your sweet tooth without the guilt. Instead of diving into calorie-laden pies and cakes, opt for a refreshing fruit salad that embodies the essence of the season. Picture this: juicy pomegranate seeds, crisp apple slices and succulent oranges, all drizzled with a hint of honey and a sprinkle of cinnamon. It's a guilt-free sweet treat that not only satisfies your cravings but also adds a burst of colour to your holiday spread. (pinterest)

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2. Stuffing Makeover: Nutrient-Rich and Delicious - Stuffing, a beloved side dish, can be a sneaky source of excess calories. Swap out the traditional bread stuffing for a nutrient-rich quinoa or wild rice base. Toss in cranberries, chopped nuts and a medley of herbs for a stuffing that's not only satisfying but also a healthier option. Your guests will be asking for seconds and you'll feel good about serving a dish that's both delicious and nutritious. (Instagram/@noviceshilpa) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Dec 28, 2023 07:00 AM IST

2. Stuffing Makeover: Nutrient-Rich and Delicious - Stuffing, a beloved side dish, can be a sneaky source of excess calories. Swap out the traditional bread stuffing for a nutrient-rich quinoa or wild rice base. Toss in cranberries, chopped nuts and a medley of herbs for a stuffing that's not only satisfying but also a healthier option. Your guests will be asking for seconds and you'll feel good about serving a dish that's both delicious and nutritious. (Instagram/@noviceshilpa)

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3. Bubbling Bliss: Festive and Lighter Drinks - Don't let sugary sodas and heavy cocktails weigh you down during the festivities. Opt for a lighter alternative that still brings the bubbly bliss to your celebrations. Infuse sparkling water with slices of citrus fruits, a handful of mint leaves, or a splash of cranberry juice for a refreshing twist. It's the perfect way to toast to the season without the added guilt of excess sugar. (Freepik) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Dec 28, 2023 07:00 AM IST

3. Bubbling Bliss: Festive and Lighter Drinks - Don't let sugary sodas and heavy cocktails weigh you down during the festivities. Opt for a lighter alternative that still brings the bubbly bliss to your celebrations. Infuse sparkling water with slices of citrus fruits, a handful of mint leaves, or a splash of cranberry juice for a refreshing twist. It's the perfect way to toast to the season without the added guilt of excess sugar. (Freepik)

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4. Veggie Vibes: Crunchy and Colourful Appetizers - Kick off your New Year's eve feast with a burst of freshness by swapping out deep-fried finger foods for a vibrant veggie platter. Crunchy carrot sticks, crisp cucumber slices and colourful bell pepper strips paired with a yogurt-based dip create a guilt-free pre-feast nibble. Not only is it a healthier option but the vibrant colours also add a festive touch to your table. (Getty Images/iStockphoto) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Dec 28, 2023 07:00 AM IST

4. Veggie Vibes: Crunchy and Colourful Appetizers - Kick off your New Year's eve feast with a burst of freshness by swapping out deep-fried finger foods for a vibrant veggie platter. Crunchy carrot sticks, crisp cucumber slices and colourful bell pepper strips paired with a yogurt-based dip create a guilt-free pre-feast nibble. Not only is it a healthier option but the vibrant colours also add a festive touch to your table. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

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5. The Balanced Feast: Savouring without Regret - In the end, a guilt-free feast is all about balance and making smart swaps that enhance flavour without compromising on health. Incorporate these savvy alternatives into your holiday spread and relish the season without the nagging guilt. So, go ahead, eat, drink and be merry—this New Year's eve where your taste buds and your waistline can both leave the table satisfied.(Representative Image (Unsplash)) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Dec 28, 2023 07:00 AM IST

5. The Balanced Feast: Savouring without Regret - In the end, a guilt-free feast is all about balance and making smart swaps that enhance flavour without compromising on health. Incorporate these savvy alternatives into your holiday spread and relish the season without the nagging guilt. So, go ahead, eat, drink and be merry—this New Year's eve where your taste buds and your waistline can both leave the table satisfied.(Representative Image (Unsplash))

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