Diwali is that time of the year when gorging on those ghee-laden desi sweets is both, a given and forgiven! But hey, just because it's Diwali time doesn’t mean those mouth watering delights are going to affect you any less. Now we aren’t asking you to give up on your sweet tooth this Diwali; we know that will be wrong on too many levels. That’s why the easiest thing to do is to choose healthier sweet alternatives will retain the festive sweetness without being too unhealthy. Here are your choices…
 

Healthy Halwa

Healthy Halwa

A healthy halwa? Sure, that sounds unreal but there are ways in which you can turn your halwa into a healthier dessert. All you need is to ditch the moong dal and do away with the cooking in ghee. Opt instead for a sweet fruit so you can cut down on the sugar or pick alternatives like rawa, sooji, doodhi or carrot so you can go with baking your halwa. Use sweeteners like orange juice, condensed milk and bake the mix in a microwave for a healthier version of the dessert.

 

Jowar laddus

Jowar laddus

Jowar laddus might sound like an oxymoron but they make for a yummy, healthy laddu alternative. Jowar has everything in the right proportion; it is low on sugar and cholesterol, high on fibre and calcium, rich in vitamins, iron, minerals and protein. Phew, that’s a lot of healthy! Considering all of these properties, jowar is a completely gluten-free dietary option that helps control diabetes, heart diseases, cholesterol.

 

Roasted Chikki

Roasted Chikki

Eliminating sugar eliminates calories to a great extent and that is precisely why chikki makes for a healthy alternative! Using jaggery in roasted nuts makes for a nutrient rich low calorie dessert that will serve as a much tastier and convenient desert.

 

Fruit salad

Fruit salad

Well if you need to absolutely watch your weight and keep those inches consistent, the best option is to opt for fruit based desserts or just fruits. Switching your Diwali desserts for fruits is an absolutely guilt free and healthy way to indulge. Generous servings of fruit salad with various combinations like melted chocolate or custard will still make healthier options as compared to the other sinful Diwali delights.

 

Healthy Barfi

Healthy Barfi

Barfi is that one versatile Indian sweet that we all unanimously love in one flavour or the other but truth be told, barfis are high on calories and cause more harm than you think. Precisely why you need to opt for the healthier barfi alternative this Diwali, which is the anjeer or dates barfi. Packed to the brim with irons and minerals, both dates and figs are naturally sweet and will need no added flavours, which means no sugar. The absence of sugar alone eliminates half the health hazards.

 

Bran muffins

Bran muffins

If you want something unconventional, you can try these muffins that are made in 100% whole grain. You can mix oat and wheat bran together for the muffin dough and stick to using only brown sugar and bake batches after batches of these bran muffins. Low on fat and cholesterol, high on fibre, iron and protein; this is your safest sweet bet at Diwali binging.