By Bindiya Sharma
It’s that time of the year again! You’re either fasting or you’re feasting. And if it isn’t you, then someone you know definitely is.
This Navratri, figure out a way to be healthy. Fasting can be as healthy as you’d like it to be. Think of it as a detox and go ahead and heal your body. The idea is to eat easily digestible food so that the mind can focus on invoking positive energy and the body is cleansed or detoxified at the same time.
We at BetterButter find that the best kind of Navratri is a healthy one. So here are some suggestions:
1. Eat Healthy Snacks
Try and snack on homemade low fat paneer/ cucumber and carrot sticks with a yogurt-based dip instead of potato wafers/chips.
2. Eat lots of fruits
Fruit chat/salads made with papaya, pear, apple, watermelon, pomegranate will keep you fresh and energetic throughout the day.
3. Stay Hydrated
Drink a lot of fluids like fresh fruit juices, tender coconut water, mixed vegetable soups, fruit and yogurt smoothies, and shakes, etc. Besides providing energy, they also maintain the fluid levels and cleanse the toxins from your body.
4. Cook in Sendha namak
Use of Sendha namak (rock salt) instead of common salt, for cooking aids in digestion and is prescribed as a laxative. It improves appetite and helps inhibit cravings.
5. Avoid fried foods
Replace fried potato with boiled/grilled/baked potato, raw banana or sweet potato. Use healthy cooking methods like roasting, baking, boiling, steaming and sautéing.
6. Eat dry fruits moderately
Limit the amount of dry fruit consumption as it is very dense in calories.We’ve also gone the extra mile and figured out two diet plans – one without salt and another with just a cereal a day to make these nine days happy days:
Here is a list of 50 Fasting/Vrat Recipes that you can nibble your way through.
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