With the festival around the corner, it is difficult to resist the temptation of eating delicacies like ladoos, shankarpalis, kaju katli, karanji, namkeens and chaklis etc. Nutritionpotli finds out how you can gorge and yet keep check on your weight.
Below are a few tips that will help you to enjoy a guilt-free Diwali without compromising your health:
Keep up with the Exercise Routine
Everyone knows the benefits of exercise. Motivate yourself during festive season to stick to your exercise routine to feel good the entire day.Start your day with some kind of exercise like walking, jogging, gym, surya namaskar, power yoga etc.
Moderation should be the rule
Most Diwali parties are in evening; try balancing calories by eating light during the day. Before leaving for a party, make sure you eat something nutritious. This may include a fruit salad, handful dry fruits, roasted channa or a cup of soup. These fillers will keep your hunger pangs at bay, preventing you from binging on junk snacks in the party.
Opt for healthy options
Ready-made Diwali sweets available in the market are mostly found to be over-sweet, high on fats and blended with artificial flavours, sweeteners, preservatives, colours and taste enhancers. Its always healthy to prepare traditional sweets at home as we can opt for natural sweeteners like dates, jaggery and figs. Skimmed milk and honey can be uses for making desserts.
Go easy on alcohol
Shift to white wine or red wine as they are less in calories as compared to whisky, beer or other alcoholic drinks. However avoiding alcohol completely is the best option.
During the festival season, snacking on mithai’s, chivdas etc all the time makes you feel dehydrated as you forget to drink enough water. Low fluid intake can make you feel weak or tired, but make sure to replace all aerated drinks with healthy options like water, coconut water, lime juice, green tea or buttermilk.
High fibre meal
Consume plenty of vegetables and fruits. This will ensure good digestion and a high energy level.
Good gifting options
This festive season set an example by sending hampers of fruits and dry fruits to your relatives. Fruits are low in calories and dry fruits make a good option as they are good sources of protein and minerals such as zinc, potassium and magnesium which are not present in those sweets.
Prevention during gifting in diwali
For eating as well as gifting sweets, avoid milk based ones like mava pedha and barfi. They cause the maximum number of food poisoning cases due to bacterial overgrowth. Go for fruits, chocolates and dry fruits instead.