The festival of Navratra is celebrated through the country with full devotion and wherein the main attention is on fasting and feasting for all nine consecutive days. One needs to be cautious in selecting the foods to be eaten during this time. Your selection can result in some additional numbers added to your weight on weighing scale or it can reduce as well. Choice is yours!
The typical navratra food including potatoes, kheer, sabudana, pakodas which are not only fattening but can also cause complications like acidity, gastric trouble etc. That is why, overindulgence must strictly be avoided.
Here are few dietary recommendations which should be kept in mind while having food during this festival time.
- Avoid long breaks; in fact maintain the short frequent meal pattern for Navratras. This helps in maintaining the metabolic rate of the body.
- Avoid fried preparations like puri or pakodas. Go for less oily options like paranthas or rotis.
- Include green vegetables in your diet for these nine days. Use pumpkin, bottle gourd, cucumber, tomatoes. They are not only less in calories but also good source of healthy vitamins.
- Avoid very high calorie desserts like halwa, kheer.
- Fruits and juices like coconut water, lemon water should form the main component of fasting diet. They not only help in flushing out the toxins but also contribute in lowering the cholesterol because of their antioxidant composition.
- Avoid using full cream milk; instead go in healthier alternatives like skimmed milk, curd, yoghurt. Thin buttermilk with coriander and ginger is very filling for this time.
- Use yoghurt in dough instead of oil. Also, avoid using desi ghee.
- Herbal tea or green tea can be a very good option. Green tea not only helps in weight loss but is also very good for skin and digestion.
- Hypertensive patients must keep a check on the salt consumption level.
- Limit the intake of potato to one in a day for only 3 days at this time. Also, avoid frying it as it unnecessarily adds those extra calories to the diet. Instead of making aloo bhaji in oil, boil potatoes and add some spicy green coriander chutney.
- Remove all the starch of sabutdana by soaking in water for 3-4 hrs before using it for any dish preparation.
- Samak ke chawal can be utilised in the diet during fast in the form of ghia pulaov, in making idli, dosa, and cheela.
- Use microwave to reduce the consumption of oil in cooking.
Most importantly, please do not forget to control your portion size. Also, follow your exercise regime on daily basis for these nine auspicious days. Dancing in satangs can be fun and a good way to burn those extra calories.