The festive season is upon us and our enthusiasm is at an all-time high. After celebrating Navratri, Durga Puja, Karva Chauth, we are now ready to mark the festival of lights – Diwali. One of the most important festivals among Hindus, Diwali (or Deepawali) is celebrated with great fun and enthusiasm all over India. And food plays an important role in the celebration. While it’s hard to say no to festive dishes, healthy eating often goes for a toss during this time of year. However, don’t be upset! You don’t have to completely give up your favorite treats during the festivities—instead, just replace them with something healthier.
Make your festive eating healthier with these easy diet tips
Here are 9 food tips that you can try during the festive season:
Consider Sugar Alternatives
Festivals are not complete without sweet delicacies, no matter how many. Consuming delicious sweets can definitely affect your health, making you vulnerable to weight gain and more vulnerable to diseases like diabetes. Add natural sweeteners like dates, cardamom, figs and saffron to kheer, halwa, fruit salad and rava sheera.
switch to plain soda
If you’re out to drink, substitute sweet syrups, sweetened carbonated drinks and fruit juices for plain soda or sparkling water. In addition to significantly reducing calories, this will help you reduce your overall sugar consumption.
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Consider Roasting Instead of Frying
Here is a solution to avoid over-consumption of fried foods during the festive season. Consider roasting all the foods you would normally fry. Roasted food not only tastes good, but also offers some promising health benefits. It improves texture and deepens the flavor profile of what you’re cooking. Instead of frying all the vadas, samosas, bhajias, spring rolls and cutlets, fry them to make a healthy meal during Diwali.
Eat fried food instead of fried
Introduce real food-based dips
If you are used to dipping your kebabs and cutlets in mayonnaise, try dahi (curd) based dips that are low in calories and fat and healthier for you. Yogurt is packed with protein, loaded with calcium, and packed with probiotics. Opt for other famous Indian chutneys, be it the spicy green coriander chutney or the sweet but tangy tamarind chutney.
Swap White and Milk Chocolate
While it can be fun to get yourself a whole bar of chocolate, eating too many puts you at risk of gaining weight. Try switching to dark chocolate instead of gifting white and milk chocolates this season. While white chocolate actually contains no cocoa and therefore does not provide any health benefits, the cocoa in dark chocolate contains antioxidants, which may help prevent excess weight gain.
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reach for cinnamon tea
It is easy to consume too much sugar during the festive season, so if you feel that you are drinking more water than you need, go ahead and make a cup of cinnamon tea. Casual tea may also help lower blood sugar due to cinnamon’s effect on blood sugar.
Swap Salted Nuts With Raw Nuts
Keeping a watchful eye on a salt craving is as important as keeping an eye on a sweet tooth. reduce salt intake; Swap salted nuts for raw nuts because they are packed with heart-healthy fats, fiber and protein.
swap with fruit
Choose fruits instead of snacking on Indian sweets. Fruits are rich in essential nutrients and have many health benefits. Plus, they’ll satisfy your sweet tooth as well. It may also provide anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Unlike sweets, fruits are generally low in calories and high in fiber. Keep sweets for rare occasions.
make sweets at home
Instead of buying sweets for festivals, try preparing them at home with a healthy choice of ingredients. Some options you can try are coconut barfi/laddoos, ghiya katli, energy balls with dry fruits, carrot cake and whole grain cookies. Make nut-based sweets or chikkis (original Indian energy bars). Nuts are a powerhouse of carbohydrates, proteins, fiber and good fats, which give you instant satiety.
Author Bio: Simrun Chopra is a veteran health coach and founder of Nourish With Sim
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