Navratri Foods That You Can Eat During Fasts.
The grand fasting time of the year, Navratri, has already started which is celebrated hugely in many parts of India. This is celebrated for nine days with immense pleasure. This time is also perfect to detox since it avoids the entry of certain unwanted substances into your body. It is also beneficial for people looking out to shed their calories. This is the time of the year where people can have a control on their weight which otherwise, on normal days, they are unable to. With so many delicious recipes that you can create, celebrate Navratri this year, on a healthy yet tasty note.
Below is the list of some delicious fasting foods you can consume during Navratri:
Potatoes are a great source of complex carbs, which can keep you satisfied for a long time and can be a great snack option as well as a meal. If you do not want to eat anything unhealthy, you can opt for boiled potatoes or cooked potatoes. Opting for potato chips which are processed is not a good option for fasting because it does not truly support detoxification.
While you are fasting, there is usually an alteration in the intake of protein due to certain restrictions in foods. Cottage Cheese can be a great option to level up your protein intake. Consume it in the form of a sabzi or just sprinkle some Sendha Namak and coriander and enjoy the nutritional treat.
Lauki, being a rich source of dietary fibre along with vitamin C, iron and magnesium, can be cooked in minimal oil and consumed during meals. It also has a high content of water which is good for hydration.
Rich in fibre, protein and vitamins, Kaddu or pumpkin is a great food for your heart. Add sugar and ghee to it to consume it as a dessert or just consume it raw along with other meals.
This is almost a favourite food of all Indians, which is famous during Navratri. It is a healthy, underrated food which can be cooked in many different ways. Sabudana can be consumed as Sabudana khichdi, Sabudana kheer, Sabudana chaat, etc. It is a good source of calcium, vitamins and fibre which can be ideal for fasting to keep you active and energised.
Kuttu, which is known as buckwheat, comes into the limelight only during the days of fasting. Since it is not possible to consume chapattis made out of wheat flour, it can be replaced with Kuttu ka atta. Kuttu atta rotis can be the best replacement to wheat chapattis during Navratri. You can have it fried or just smear them in a pan. Also add ghee on top of it to avail more benefits of the fibre, antioxidants and protein content in it.
If not kuttu, you can readily opt for Singhada which is also known as water chestnut. It is a rich source of vitamins and minerals and it is also used as a thickener in various foods.
During fasts, it is natural to crave for snacks and junk because of the low intake of other foods. Hence, makhanas can come to your rescue. These are a low-calorie snack which can be consumed as a ready-to-go snack in office while working or at home. They are a rich source of calcium. You can consume it raw or just roast them with Sendha Namak and store it in a container.
People who are fond of rice and find it difficult to give up on rice during fasting, they can opt for Samak rice. It is a healthier substitute for rice and consists of the right amount of fibre and complex carbs.
These are the essential foods to fill up your bellies by maintaining your weight. Due to the high nutritional content in fruits, they can be consumed raw or can be added to smoothies for a fruity treat. You can even add it to kheer while satiating your sweet cravings. For a quick glowing skin, you can also add fruits like blueberries and cranberries, both of which are high in antioxidants and vitamin C.
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