#HealthyHoli: Healthy food options for Holi

Holi is all about colours, but it’s also an excuse to eat foods that awaken the senses and keep your spirits high. Not only for the bevy of colours, we love to be immersed with but also for the mouth-watering delicacies like puran poli, sweet gujiyas, crisp papads, masala kachoris and so on. With variety of deep fried food dishes and sweets in front of you, it is really difficult to control yourself. So, if you cannot lose weight, at least try not to put on extra pounds. Here, experts list out what to eat and avoid


  • Don’t make Holi an excuse to binge on unhealthy calories and invite health risks.
  • Just make them in a healthier way which does not affect your waistline or disrupt your weight loss plans.

Dr Ankita Ghag, Clinical Nutritionist, Vacchan Aarogya and Diabetes Care 365 said:

  • Instead of bhang consume milkshakes, aam panna, jal jeera, thick lassi, veggie smoothies, lemon water, fruit juice shots, coconut water and dry fruit shakes.
  • Replace sweets with natural food sweeteners like dates, cocoa ladoo or barfi, apricots barfi and anjeer barfi.
  • To make sweets healthy, add rolled oats, wheat flakes, flax seeds, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, etc.
  • Opt for baked, grilled or sauteé food items, instead of deep fried foods
  • Eat flavoured hummus with veggie sticks, steamed kothimbir wadi, steamed veggie handvo, steamed muthia, steamed patra and baked soya/ragi sev.

As per Rutika Murudkar, clinical nutritionist at Naraindas Morbai Budhrani:

  • Add less sugar or jaggery in sweets.
  • Eat sweets and savouries in controlled proportions.
  • Consume masala milk with nuts like almonds, pistachios, kesar, cardamom and elaichi.
  • In water, add pudina, coriander, black salt and  drink.
  • Grind cucumber and watermelon, make a juice and add sabja and drink. This will cool your system.