The season of festivals is here all lined up and a big challenge for all beauties out there is to look perfect while munching on the feast and delicacies. Navratri, food and fast are what bothers most of the girls. While playing garba is a priority, following the rituals of keeping fast is also on the mind and it is also difficult to resist festive food dishes!
Is it challenging? Well, not so when you have your diet routine smartly planned with my help!! Believe me, I can guide you to keep yourself fit even while enjoying food during Navratri and then in Diwali.
Most of us would be fasting during Navratri and mostly end up gaining weight, unfortunately, even though food eaten during fast is Saatvik and faraali. So I’ll be discussing the foods we should and should not have during fast.
1. CARBONATED DRINKS / FRUIT JUICES: Just because they contain natural fruit extract does not label them healthy. Either packaged or fresh, fruit juices do no good to you besides increasing your sugar levels. All the vital nutrients & fibres are out of it when your fruit is liquid.
2. FRIED FOOD: Only potato fries are not the culprits. We have many types of puris, pakodas and chips of what not faraali ingredients. Even if the source of food is healthy, if you are frying it, that food is not good for your body.
3. SHAKES & SMOOTHIES: Yes!!! They are a quick fix and comes in “healthy” trend nowadays. Just add up all the ingredients and blend. You are ready to go! But it’s always better to avoid it (unless you are super busy). Because just like fruit juices, the shake/smoothie is going to lose its nutritional density during processing.
1. WHOLE FRUITS: Bananas are not going to make you fat if you are physically active during fast. Instead, it is going to provide you with a lot of energy to dance your feet off on garba numbers.
2. SAMA: Even though it looks like broken rice, Sama is something everyone must have while fasting considering the satiety it provides during “no grain” days (because it’s not a grain but seed). There is no starch in it like rice, hence your risk of gaining weight due to having sama is just a myth. Enjoy it to fullest in different forms of dishes.
3. VARIETY OF FLOURS: Most commonly used are,
- Kuttu (Buckwheat)
- Singhara (Chestnut)
- Rajgira (Amaranth)
These flours are made to use the variety of items like uttapams, dosas, upma & puris. If you avoid puris (keeping calorie count in mind), these foods are a real treat to your body. These pseudo grains are high in protein and many micronutrients which we miss out in the daily diet.
4. POTATOES, SWEET POTATOES & SAGO: These are considered “fattening foods”. They are not high in fats but in carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are going to make you fat only if you have them in excess, the wrong way, wrong time. Potatoes & sweet potatoes (of course boiled, roasted or baked) are going to provide you energy and keep you full for longer. Sago does the same if you are having Sabudana khichadi instead of Sabudana vadaa. (Again calorie count!!!)
5. NUTS & DRY FRUITS: Many people might have been calling Cashews & Almonds dry fruits until you read it here; almonds, cashews, pistachios are nuts. Dates, anjeer, raisins are dehydrated/dried fruits. And yes, if you are looking for weight loss/ maintenance, NEVER have dry fruits because they are concentrated form of fructose sugar basically. Whereas, nuts are high in protein and completely fine to have in advised quantity.
6. DAIRY: Have milk, curd, paneer every day because that is the only form of complete protein you can consume in fasting.
So start your festive season in a healthy way so you are in shape to flaunt your slim waist in garba outfits!!!
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