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Eid is something you have been looking forward to for quite some time now, isn’t it? All the celebration, get-togethers, delicacies – who doesn’t dream about them from months in advance? Greeting your family, preparing the delicacies, celebrating with neighbors, wishing relatives, distributing the sweets, enjoying together; all the merriment of this festival is inexpressible in words.

But not to forget that while these dishes harbor an abundance of taste, their effects on our health can be the very opposite of the spirit we eat them with. So here are a few ideas to make sure your Eid is as joyous as ever, and doesn’t neglect health too. Go for these options instead of unhealthy food items:

Low fat/Non-fat milk: To add to the fact that you will be spared of the unnecessary fat, is the advantage that skim milk contains more calcium than whole milk as calcium is found in milk solids, not in milk fat.

Beverages: After a long eventful day, you will surely crave for a peaceful sleep. Herbal drinks are supposed to assist with that, apart from helping in weight loss and staving off colds.

Hibiscus tea can easily be prepared by bring water to light boil, adding the hibiscus flowers (3 tbsp) and cinnamon sticks (2 tbsp), covering it for 20 minutes and finally straining it to the desired container to add sugar and orange slices.

Chamomile Herb Tea can be prepared by mashing 2 apple slices in boiling water with a wooden spoon, and then adding rinsed chamomile flowers (2 tbsp). To finish, cover it for 3-5 minutes and add honey to taste.

Masala Lemonade is one of the easiest and tastiest drinks to cool off the heat. A glass of water, half a lemon, black salt and a spoon of honey is all you need and your masala lemonade is ready!


Yogurt: Yogurt is the ultimate pro-health product, with a vast number of uses. It is high in protein, vitamins and calcium, prevents cold and blood pressure and its probiotics fight infection causing microorganisms.
The best way to enjoy yogurt is to mix ½ cup yogurt, 1 ½ cups peaches, water and 3-4 mint leaves with a blender and serve chilled, garnished with extra peach fruit pieces and a spring of fresh mint. Yogurt can also be consumed as dahi chutney, which makes it fit to be used as salad dressing.


Another great use of Dahi is marination. Now you can ditch the unhealthy corn flour and use dahi instead to marinate your meat and veggies. This is a great way to keep your health in check.

Brown Rice Biryani: Nothing is more fulfilling than a plate of hot steamy biryani. Replace white rice with brown and you have multiplied the health factor. Brown rice is rich in selenium and naturally-occurring oils, which reduce risk of cancer and normalize body cholesterol respectively. They are also rich in fiber and anti-oxidants, and promote weight loss.

Brown Rice Biryani

Buttermilk: Enjoying buttermilk at the end of a meal can have numerous advantages. It fights acidity, soothes the stomach after a spicy meal and improves digestion. And most importantly, even lactose intolerant people can enjoy it. Buttermilk can also be consumed in different forms.
The first way is to add oats to plain butter milk, mix and let rest for 30 minutes. Then add mint, chili, and ginger to a blender, add the oats-buttermilk mixture and blend until a smooth mixture forms. Add this to a mixing bowl along with the water, salt and squeeze some lemon juice. Your oat spiced buttermilk is ready!
For a buttermilk smoothie, combine ice, strawberries, blueberries, buttermilk, honey, vanilla, and banana in a blender and puree until smooth.


Easy tips to keep a check on health

While these food items are sure to provide you a fulfilling, tasty and healthy Eid experience, there are some other things too that you must keep in mind that will add to both the flavors and health. Below are a few pointers.

  • Opt for small and frequent meals throughout the day rather than heavy meals.
  • Adopt healthy cooking methods like grilling, sauté, roasting or barbeque rather than frying.
  • Skip the use of sugar and go for honey or maple syrup instead. Best way is to use natural sugars such as fruits or dried fruits.
  • Avoid using salt on cooked food. It can be substituted with herbs and spices such as parsley, thyme, rosemary, coriander powder and oregano.
  • Avoid red meat and use of hydrogenated foods like margarine and Vanaspati if possible.

Eid is a day to celebrate the joy of life with family and the best of health is every family’s prayer. Show your care for your family by adopting these health-friendly measures and live a disease-free life. Eid Mubarak to one and all!