It’s Navratri !! Many people fast during this festival. But starving yourself or gorging on unhealthy fried foods is not the healthy way to fast. Here are some tips for healthy fasting.
# Do not starve yourself. Having small meals at regular intervals helps in maintaining the blood glucose levels and energy levels through the day.
# Keep yourself hydrated. Drink adequate amount of water and other fluids like coconut water, green tea, buttermilk, and lemon water.
# It is better to adopt healthier cooking methods like baking, roasting or grilling instead of deep frying.
# Combining carbohydrates with protein and fibre is the mantra for a balanced diet. Commonly used food items during fasting like potatoes and sabudana should be combined with fibrous vegetables like capsicum, tomatoes, spinach, cabbage and protein sources like curd and peanuts.
# Kuttu is also a kind of flour used commonly during fasting. Use it to make rotis, dosa, kadhi or other nonfried options instead of puris.
# Amaranth (rajgira seeds) can be included in the menu during fasting as porridge with milk or savoury daliya with lots of vegetables.
# Eat concentrated sources of energy like nuts and dry fruits to keep getting the energy throughout the day. Eating whole fruit is always better than juice as it will give you the required fibre and make you feel full.
# People having a sweet tooth can curb their craving by indulging in samak rice kheer, dates, fruits raita, apple kheer.
# Indulge in healthy snacking by having roasted makhana / dry fruits / roasted peanuts / baked chips instead of namkeen packs.
# Avoid refined sugar and substitute it with healthier alternatives like jaggery or honey.
HAPPY NAVRATRI !!!!
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