March 29, 2017

Some Quick Tips to Manage Weight During Navratri Fasting

Amid the entire hullabaloo of going lighter and eating less during the Navaratris, we often go overboard and stuff our lunch packs with all the wrong stuff. The perception that substituting roti (carbohydrate) with endless servings of vrat ka khana, characterized by fried potatoes, sabudana papads, crispies, sweets, fruits etc will help in losing weight is a myth

Navratri food is generally starchy and needs a lot of oil to be cooked, which leads to constipation, since the body is not used to so much of starch. So, the solution lies in changing the way you cook and how you eat.

Follow these simple steps and enjoy the benefits of the nine days of detoxification!
Here are some cool tips to follow to feel lighter by the end!

- Substitute fried potatoes and chips with grilled potato cutlets, potato mash and aloo chaat. One can add veggies like cucumber, tomato, mint and coriander to add taste and volume.

- Kutu or singhara is the most favoured food of the season. Rather than having it in the form of those oil dripping puris, make vegetable chillas (pancakes) out of the same. This will require far lesser amount of oil. 

- you can eat makhana and peanuts roasted in sendha namak as snacks.

- Vrat rice made in desi ghee tastes yummy but are a big source of calories. Instead, try eating them cold with curd and they can be a oil free treat for the season.

- Indulge more on nuts like cashews, almonds, raisins, anjeer

- Avoid sweets.Instead Indulge in Natural Sources of Sweetness Like Grapes, Date Palm. Add them to your salads or curd

- Sweet potato can be roasted and eaten as chaat.

- Paneer is another healthier option if taken grilled rather than fried.

- Keep a track of your water intake. Remain hydrated with water in different forms like soups, nariyal pani, butter milk, nimbu pani and fruit shakes.

- you can add more roughage to your meal by making salad of cucumber, grated beetroot, green chillies, peanuts and grapes.

- Eat more fruits like watermelon, strawberry, oranges, papaya

Ayurveda & Health