NAVRATRI… The Festival of Colors, Blings, Dandiya, Puja, Feasting and for some it is fasting. Fasting is prolonged as it is continued for 9 long days.
Sensible fasting during this period will give a great detox effect along with helping in nourishing the body. Having small meals at regular intervals will keep your metabolism in top shape.
Quick and handy healthy options to nutrify yourself during this season :
* Have 6 – 8 small frequents meals with controlled portions.
* Opt for healthy carbs such as rajgira / singhada / sabut dana / potato / sweetpotato / 4 – 5 serving of fruits
* Plain Curd / fruit and yougurt / roasted potato or sweet potato with curd dips / cucumber or ghia raita / paneer / pumkin soups are healthy options along with keeping your hunger pangs at bay.
* Soaked / Roasted nuts upto 2 handfists can be taken for rich protein options and are good replacements in place of namkeens and pakodas.
* Stay Hydrated : Have 10 – 12 glasses of water along with upto 4 glasses of healthy natural beverages such as coconut water / lemon water / infused water / fresh juices / soups / buttermilk.
* Vegetable and fruit juices made out of bottle gourd, tomato, beetroot, apple, pomegranate and a little bit of ginger, provide mega shots of vitamins A, B and C, serving as antioxidants.
* Replace your normal sugars with natural sweetners such as honey and jaggery.
* Steam / boil / bake and grill for food instead of frying.
* Opt for rajgira flour to make chapattis instead of using kuttu ka atta. It’s lighter and low in calories.
* For those who do not fast but enjoy their late night munching post garba, try and avoid heavily spiced and deep fried foods such as vada pau / bhajiya / chips / fried falahar etc. Opt for some light snacks like boiled or roasted corn or pop corns or makhanas and fluids as lemon water / milk shakes with honey or dates and avoid sugars in that.
* Try making idli and dosa from the samak rice.
* Use skimmed milk or double toned milk for dishes which require milk for cooking.
* Trying new nnovative navratri recipes such as kadhi, Thalipeeth and cheelas, yogurt dip, makhane or sabudana kheer. These dishes use minimal oil and are delicious to eat too.
* Replace your normal grain ata like rice / wheat flours or suji / maida and besan items with singhare ka ata (water chestnut flour),
Kuttu ka ata (buckwheat flour)or Rajgiri ka atta (amaranth flour).
* Deep fried and starch loaded preparations.
* Late night snacking.
* Complete fasting.
* Avoid fried potato, falahari chivda, vadas, chips, farsan they are high in sodium and unhealthy fats.
* People with medical conditions should avoid fasting for longer hours and consult a dietician for tailor made menu plans.