This Navratri, consume lots of fruits and vegetables, unsweetened lemonade, coconut water and herbal teas to wash away toxins,detox and rejuvenate your body. Here are our few tips for smart eating during navratris:
1. If you are fasting, eat small meals at regular intervals to keep your glucose levels steady and metabolism healthy.
2. Keep yourself well hydrated by including more of lemon water, lassi, chaas, coconut water, green tea etc. which will not only keep you full but maintain optimum level of fluids in the body.
3. Instead of calorie rich fried puri or pakodas made from Kuttu atta, make Kuttu ki roti. These deep fried fattening foods contain saturated fats which can clog your arteries resulting in cardiovascular diseases.
4. Dishes which require whole milk should be prepared with skimmed milk or double toned milk.
5. Replace kheer with mixed fruit curd.
6. Substitute sugar in sweet dish with a low calorie sweeteners or natural sugars like stevia.
7. Avoid aloo sabzi and replace it green veggies for their fiber and chlorophyll content.
8. Rajgira flour can be used to make chapattis or porridge instead of using kuttu ka atta. It is an excellent source of calcium and iron.
9. Avoid binging on potato chips, namkeens etc and go for unsalted nuts or fresh fruits and salads. Just because you are on a fast, does not mean you have the right to stuff yourself with fried fast food. Do not overeat. Fresh fruits and vegetables contain various minerals and antioxidants that help us fight diseases.
10. Exercise portion control. Choose healthy food and keep your portions under control.
11. There is no need to struggle with your hunger during fasting. Include small amount of carbs in your diet otherwise you will get withdrawal symptoms.