This Navratri treat yourself the healthy way. Keep your hand off that plate of pakodas and devote yourself to these -
â€¢ The magical liquid, water , It is always advisable to have as much of it as possible. Maybe more than what your intake would be on non-fasting days. Also drink a lot of fluids like milk and fresh juices. These help you cleanse your toxins and maintain an optimum fluidity flow.
â€¢ Fasting could be tedious especially for your stomach. Long gaps between meals and very few options to eat could lead to acidity and your metabolism goes astray. Have roasted makhanas or dry fruits for your mid-meal snacks.
â€¢ Sabudana is a pure source of carbohydrates and gives a quick boost of the much-needed energy during fasts. Opt for a healthier sabudana khichdee or kheer.
â€¢ Curd helps to cool you down and make you feel fresh. So dote on a bowl of yogurt and bung in your favourites to make it more filling.
â€¢ Rock salt or sendha namak is a pure form of salt that is not chemically processed. It is rich in potassium and very helpful in digestion, relieving gas and soothing heart burns.
â€¢ Eating fruit salads can actually help you curb your cravings. Fruits contain healthy sugar fructose that fuels your metabolism. So, pump up your fruit intake.
â€¢ Most importantly, do not starve yourself. you really don't have to give up on your favourites. The key is to create a balance. Do not deprive yourself of the nutrition that you need.
â€¢ Itâ€™s hard to resist those crispy fried delights, but maybe you can switch to techniques like steaming, grilling or baking and taper off your guilt trips.
â€¢ Paneer: Like it or not, you cannot ignore it. It is light, easy to digest and a great source of calcium
Curb those evil sugar cravings by eating a lot of fruits raita, dates, apple kheer
Combine high carbohydrates like potatoes and sabudana (widely used in fasting) with other fibrous vegetables like spinach, cabbage, tomatoes, capsicum, bottle guard, etc. Also try to bake, roast or grill vegetables instead of deep-frying them.
. Amaranth is the best protein source you can include during fasting. Make amaranth porridge with milk or cook it as namkeen dalia with lots of vegetables.
. Kuttu is a brilliant combination of carbohydrates (70-75%) and protein(20-25%). Use it to make chapatti instead of gorging on puris.
. Samak rice are extremely easy to digest and can be consumed in any kind of quantity.
. Substitute sugar with jaggery or honey.
. Use skimmed milk instead of full cream milk.
The Well Balanced Vrat Diet
Breakfast options (choose any one) -
Fruits with skimmed milk
Amaranth porridge with nuts
Fruits shake with five to six soaked almonds
Mid-morning options (choose any one) -
Lemon water with fruits
Coconut water with fruits
Green tea with water
Lunch options (choose any one):
Grilled vadas with mint chutney
Kutyu chapatti with vegetables and salad with raita
Baked sabudana tikkis with veggies and curd
Samak rice with vegetables and salad
Drink a cup of hot green tea
Green tea/tea with baked chips/roasted makhana/baked namkeen
Dinner (choose any one):
Paneer tikka with vegetables
Milk with fruits
A bowl of vegetables and salad
Pumpkin and bottle gourd soup with vegetables