News By/Courtesy: Varsha Subramaniam | 11 Nov 2020 20:07pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • We give you some healthy tips for a healthy Deepavali.
  • Diwali festival is all about the sweets which are hard to resist.
  • We give you 11 simple tips for healthy eating during Deepavali festival.

11 Tips for a Healthy Deepavali

Here are a few important tips to enjoy the Deepavali celebrations without compromising on health:

11 Tips for a Healthy Deepavali

Here are a few important tips to enjoy the Deepavali celebrations without compromising on health:

We give you some healthy tips for a healthy Deepavali. Read on to know more

                                          

  1. Exercise early on

Ways to stay healthy during diwali: Exercise early on.

Begin the day with a walk in the park or by doing a few asanas. Suryanamskar is the best way to fight exhaustion. Yoga is definitely one of the ways to stay healthy during Diwali.

  1. Healthy breakfast is important

Have a high fiber/healthy breakfast to ensure high energy throughout the day. This means you do not start indulging in the Diwali sweets and snacks early on in the morning.

  1. Balance what you eat through the day

Since we eat and drink the Diwali special recipes mostly in the evenings, it is best to balance it by eating less throughout the day.

  1. Make water your best friend

Drink a minimum of 3 litres of water per day. It keeps you hydrated and prevents unnecessary snacking and food cravings.

  1. Healthy alternatives are the order of the festive day

Diwali festival is all about the sweets which are hard to resist. With the variety of colourful Diwali sweets around, it becomes even harder.  

Preparing these indulgences at home and that too with healthier options is the way to go.

We give you 7 simple tips for healthy eating during Deepavali festival below:

Healthy eating during the Deepavali festival: Prepare healthy sweets

1] Go nuts on nuts: Add more of almonds, walnuts, dry apricots, raisins, sunflower and sesame seeds while making the sweets. 

2] Spice is the variety of festivals: Spices like cinnamon, cardamom, saffron, black peppercorn can liven up both savory and sweet foods. Spices have shown to jack up a slow metabolism too, so indulge in them.

3] That sweet source: Buy organic jaggery or honey as a refined sugar substitute. You could also opt for unrefined sugar as well.

4] Salads and fruits during Diwali: Fresh fruit salads can be one of the Diwali special dishes. Whip up some low-fat milk unsweetened radbi to add protein and taste to it.

 5] Latoo over laddoos: You can have healthy super foods like flaxseed and sesame laddoos, protein-rich granola laddoo, granola bar almond and coconut, and apple and cinnamon bars as substitutes for the Diwali sweets.

You can also whip up innovative Diwali special recipes with these super foods and serve them to your guests as well.

6] High on nutrition and taste kind sweets: Diwali and weight loss becomes easy when you swap refined Maida for wholesome flours like multigrain atta or. Use them for making Diwali special halwas.

7] Healthy Diwali festival drinks:  Who says you have to serve up colas or sweetened fruit juice. Add high-protein shake with a fruit and make a milkshake or an ice-cream etc. Delight your guests with this healthy decadence.

8] Diwali snacks no worry: You can make healthy snacks using protein crispies/chana zor / khakra etc.

  1. Diwali party code

Celebrating Diwali with lavish parties will be a norm. It is advisable to never turn up for a Diwali party on an empty stomach.

You could have a light snack with buttermilk or Shake-A-Day before going. This will prevent overindulgence of the food served at the party.

You could try to have most of the meal at home and just go with light snacks in the party.

  1. Festivities and alcohol

Diwali and alcohol may not go hand in hand. Keep drinks to a minimum

This Diwali festival, avoid drinking more than 2 medium drinks of wine or other alcoholic beverages. 

Alcohol stimulates the appetite and is primarily a source of empty calories as these calories are stored preferentially as fats. Women should limit their intake to 1 medium drink.

Prefer dry wine instead of sweetened wines. If you have to go through a long evening over drinks, dilute your drinks or else take water or soda intermittently. People with diabetes should watch their alcohol intake as it can lead to hypoglycaemia.

  1. Salads and fruits during Diwali

Include healthy salads and fruits during Diwali as a part of the main course.

  1. Diwali special dining tips

Can’t wriggle out of Diwali festival related dining invites? Ensure you eat mostly vegetables with less or no gravies as they are loaded with fats and calories.

Try grilled, sautéed or lightly fried vegetables. If you are non-vegetarian, chose light roasted or grilled dishes.

  1. Yay to healthy desserts 

Skip desserts if possible or go with a light one without much cream. Fresh fruits are a good option. Read on to know some healthy dessert options and Diwali recipes.

  1. An important post-Diwali festival tip

Try to balance out the extra calories in the next 3-4 days by doing a detox diet.

Diwali is a celebration of lights as well as a variety of sweets. And it becomes very difficult to stop yourself from the lure of this festive feel.

However, we can all be a little and prevent gaining those extra unnecessary pounds that we would be guilty about right after the festival.

So, follow the above steps and enjoy Diwali in a healthy way.

 

Read on to know more

                                          

  1. Exercise early on

Ways to stay healthy during diwali: Exercise early on.

Begin the day with a walk in the park or by doing few asana. Suryanamskar is the best way to fight exhaustion. Yoga is definitely one of the ways to stay healthy during Diwali.

  1. Healthy breakfast is important

Have a high fiber/healthy breakfast to ensure high energy throughout the day. This means you do not start indulging in the Diwali sweets and snacks early on in the morning.

  1. Balance what you eat through the day

Since we eat and drink the Diwali special recipes mostly in the evenings, it is best to balance it by eating less throughout the day.

  1. Make water your best friend

Drink a minimum of 3 litres of water per day. It keeps you hydrated and prevents unnecessary snacking and food cravings.

  1. Healthy alternatives are the order of the festive day

Diwali festival is all about the sweets which are hard to resist. With the variety of colourful Diwali sweets around, it becomes even harder.  

Preparing these indulgences at home and that too with healthier options is the way to go.

We give you 7 simple tips for healthy eating during Deepavali festival below:

Healthy eating during the Deepavali festival: Prepare healthy sweets

 

1] Go nuts on nuts: Add more of almonds, walnuts, dry apricots, raisins, sunflower and sesame seeds while making the sweets. 

2] Spice is the variety of festivals: Spices like cinnamon, cardamom, saffron, black peppercorn can liven up both savory and sweet foods. Spices have shown to jack up a slow metabolism too, so indulge in them.

3] That sweet source: Buy organic jaggery or honey as a refined sugar substitute. You could also opt for unrefined sugar as well.

4] Salads and fruits during Diwali: Fresh fruit salads can be one of the Diwali special dishes. Whip up some low-fat milk unsweetened radbi to add protein and taste to it.

 

5] Latoo over laddoos: You can have healthy super foods like flaxseed and sesame laddoos, protein-rich granola laddoo, granola bar almond and coconut, and apple and cinnamon bars as substitutes for the Diwali sweets.

You can also whip up innovative Diwali special recipes with these super foods and serve them to your guests as well.

6] High on nutrition and taste kind sweets: Diwali and weight loss becomes easy when you swap refined Maida for wholesome flours like multigrain atta or. Use them for making Diwali special halwas.

7] Healthy Diwali festival drinks:  Who says you have to serve up colas or sweetened fruit juice. Add high-protein shake with a fruit and make a milkshake or an ice-cream etc. Delight your guests with this healthy decadence.

8] Diwali snacks no worry: You can make healthy snacks using protein crispies/chana zor / khakra etc.

  1. Diwali party code

Celebrating Diwali with lavish parties will be a norm. It is advisable to never turn up for a Diwali party on an empty stomach.

You could have a light snack with buttermilk or Shake-A-Day before going. This will prevent overindulgence of the food served at the party.

You could try to have most of the meal at home and just go with light snacks in the party.

  1. Festivities and alcohol

Diwali and alcohol may not go hand in hand. Keep drinks to a minimum

This Diwali festival, avoid drinking more than 2 medium drinks of wine or other alcoholic beverages. 

Alcohol stimulates the appetite and is primarily a source of empty calories as these calories are stored preferentially as fats. Women should limit their intake to 1 medium drink.

Prefer dry wine instead of sweetened wines. If you have to go through a long evening over drinks, dilute your drinks or else take water or soda intermittently. People with diabetes should watch their alcohol intake as it can lead to hypoglycaemia.

  1. Salads and fruits during Diwali

Include healthy salads and fruits during Diwali as a part of the main course.

  1. Diwali special dining tips

Can’t wriggle out of Diwali festival related dining invites? Ensure you eat mostly vegetables with less or no gravies as they are loaded with fats and calories.

Try grilled, sautéed or lightly fried vegetables. If you are non-vegetarian, chose light roasted or grilled dishes.

  1. Yay to healthy desserts 

Skip desserts if possible or go with a light one without much cream. Fresh fruits are a good option. Read on to know some healthy dessert options and Diwali recipes.

  1. An important post-Diwali festival tip

Try to balance out the extra calories in the next 3-4 days by doing a detox diet.

Diwali is a celebration of lights as well as a variety of sweets. And it becomes very difficult to stop yourself from the lure of this festive feel.

However, we can all be a little and prevent gaining those extra unnecessary pounds that we would be guilty about right after the festival.

So, follow the above steps and enjoy Diwali in a healthy way.

 

This Article Does Not Intend To Hurt The Sentiments Of Any Individual Community, Sect, Or Religion Etcetera. This Article Is Based Purely On The Authors Personal Views And Opinions In The Exercise Of The Fundamental Right Guaranteed Under Article 19(1)(A) And Other Related Laws Being Force In India, For The Time Being.  

 

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 12 Nov 2020 23:26pm IST


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