It’s that auspicious time of the year!
The festival of Navratri signifies the victory of good over evil and thousands of people across the country observe fasts to honor this occasion. It is always important to keep yourselves healthy even while you fast. The idea is to consume easily digestible food so that the mind can focus on invoking positive energy and the body is cleansed and detoxified at the same time.
We at BetterButter believe that the best kind of fasting is always a healthy one. So here are some suggestions that you can follow to keep yourself energized and hearty even while fasting!
1. Switch to Healthy Snacks
Who says snacks are always unhealthy?
To keep yourself energized and charged up all day you can prepare your mid-day snacks without compromising on your health. Make a healthy swap by switching to snacks like homemade low-fat paneer/ cucumber and carrot sticks with a yogurt dip instead of your regular potato wafers/chips.
2. Load up on Fruits
Fruits are a vital part of any healthy diet. During fasts, the importance of consuming fruits is even more to prevent fatigue and general body weakness. Fruit chat/salads made with nutritious fruits like papaya, pear, apple, watermelon, pomegranate will help keep you fresh and energetic throughout the day.
3. Stay Hydrated
Keeping your water intake in check is of utmost importance while fasting.
You can also try sipping on drinks like fresh fruit juices, tender coconut water, mixed vegetable soups, fruit, yogurt smoothies, and shakes. Fluids play a great role in providing energy, maintaining the fluid levels and flushing the toxins out from your body.
So, remember to hydrate yourself after regular intervals!
4. Cook in Sendha namak
Sendha Namak (Rock Salt) is considered as the purest form of salt and is famous for its numerous health benefits. The use of Sendha Namak while cooking during fasts instead of common salt aids in digestion and is prescribed as a laxative. This type of salt contains properties that are great for digestion, help boost your metabolism and strengthen your immunity.
Also, it improves appetite and helps inhibit cravings.
5. Avoid fried foods
Consuming fried food items during fasts is a big no.
Food items like such as fried potatoes contain a high percentage of daily sodium and carbohydrates which can have multiple negative health impacts.
Replace fried food items with boiled/grilled/baked items like raw banana or sweet potato. Also, you can opt for healthier cooking methods like roasting, baking, boiling, steaming and sautéing.
6. Eat dry fruits moderately
Excess of everything is bad and consumption of dry fruits is no exception.
Having dry fruits in large quantities can result in high levels of sugar and calorie intake. This, in turn, can give rise to a number of health issues especially when observing a fast.
Hence, it is important to limit the amount of dry fruit consumption can reach out for more fruits and fluids to keep yourself full.
These small changes in your diet can go a long way in maintaining the quality of your health. So, try on these suggestions by incorporating them in your fasting routine and we’re sure your body will thank you for it!