Wedding buffets are a treasure trove of delicious food and exotic cuisines. But you need to remember to think with your head, and not with your stomach! Ensure your diet stays on track this wedding season by making these healthy and smart wedding dinner choices!
1) Before the Wedding
Most people tend to starve them before indulging in a heavy meal in the hope of keeping the kilos off. But starving only slows down metabolism and increases your chance of gaining weight! The best thing to do before heading out for a wedding is to snack on something healthy and light. This will help keep you feeling full until you reach the venue and prevent you from stuffing yourself with unhealthy appetizers. Also, eat a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the day and keep your meals light.
2) Go for Grilled!
While those fried wedding starters may be quite delicious and tempting, be aware of their nutritional value before you start bingeing on them!
Foods tend to absorb more fat when they are fried and even lose their nutritional value. Therefore, eating deep-fried and oily foods can obstruct smooth blood flow, lead to an increase in body weight and increase the risk of your arteries getting clogged! Grilling foods, on the other hand, helps the food retain more nutrients and absorb less fat, hence making them a healthier choice!
3) Say YES to Salads!
Salads are one of the healthiest foods available at a wedding, so why not take advantage of them?! Even if you’re not a salad person, ensure you allocate at least 1/3rd of your plate to some fresh fruits and veggies. Since the rest of the food on your plate is bound to have at least some spicy and oily food, salads will help balance acidity levels in the body and save you from that horrible heartburn.
A word of advice; dodge the chaat! While you may argue that chaat does contain raw veggies and just chutneys, the fact remains that chaat items usually have a lot of sugars and spices added into them. Also, most varieties of chaat include either potatoes or maida-based puri which have been deep-fried to give them that crunchy texture.
4) Go for BROWN!
Wheat flour is obtained by simple grinding all three parts of the wheat grain, namely the bran, the germ and the endosperm which contains a good quantity of protein. When wheat flour is further refined to separate the husk and bran, it is known as maida or all-purpose flour. This flour has lesser nutritional value than whole wheat flour as a majority of its nutrients are lost during the refining process!
Dinner rolls, tandoori rotis, romali rotis, and puris; all these yummy-looking foods are made from maida! Opt for brown bread or a small chapatti, because these foods will contain fewer calories and are not as unhealthy as the rest of the options!
5) The Day After Detox
A healthy detox is a great way to clean out your system after all that eating! So start your day off with our detox concoction!
How to prepare:
- Prepare 1 glass of water
- Add 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
- Add in 1 tsp cinnamon powder
- Mix the ingredients well
- Consume the drink warm
Now that you know these easy and effective tips, you can enjoy the wedding season without worrying about gaining weight!