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Celebrate Diwali Guilt Free

21 Aug 2015
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Diwali, the festival of light is indeed the most awaited and celebrated festival. The main highlights of this festival are the lights, fireworks, decorations and varieties of traditional Indian sweets and dishes. 

Our area of concern begins when the richly prepared sweets and dishes start appearing making it very difficult to keep weight in check during this season. Online diet plan for weight loss during festive season will make you starve and you end up consuming extra calories and it becomes very difficult to shed those kilos later on. Eating right is the solution.


HERE ARE A FEW SIMPLE AND SMART WAYS BY WHICH YOU CAN CELEBRATE DIWALI GUILT FREE

  • Cut down on calories where ever you can. E.g. Instead of regular heavy breakfast like puri bhaji, pakoda, samosa have something light and low calorie like muesli with milk or poha with sprouts so that you can eat festive food at get together in controlled portions.

  • Instead of 3-4 cups of tea/coffee / thandai have only one cup a day. Opt for green tea and coconut water/lime water / infused water for easy digestion of high-calorie snacks.

  • Prepare nutritious versions of your sweets and savoury like baked samosa instead of fried samosa, low-fat chivda instead of sev, farsan, chakali, shakarpali etc. You can also consult Balance Nutrition which is one of the best Nutritionist in Mumbai for more details.

  • Choose your starters wisely. Opt for dahi vada, masala khakra, chana chaat, cereal chivda instead of deep-fried snacks.

  • Keep a Fresh fruit bowl along with nuts instead of mithai / fried farsan to offer guests.

  • Choose moderate calorie sweets in proper portion size. Pick 1 tbsp. shrikhand, phirni, kheer or 1 piece of rasmalai, sandesh instead of gulab jamun, jalebi, Laddoos.

  • Avoid aerated drinks like Colas & Sweetened sharbats, Canned juices as these are empty calories. Stick to Fresh Lime water / Soda without sugar at get-togethers.

  • Include high fiber foods like raw salad, sprouts, vegetable raita, Palak raita, fruits before a heavy meal or a party which saves you from frequent hunger pangs. And you can control yourself eating junk.

  • If you have already consumed a lot of calories during the day, make sure you cut some amount of calories during dinner. It's absolutely fine to skip dinner & have a glass of buttermilk or try some low carb fat-free food, soups or only salad the day you have indulged in wrong food throughout.

  • Have infused water instead of normal water. This will help to boost your metabolism & burn your calories.

  • Gift dry fruits or fruit baskets which are a healthy substitute and rich in antioxidants instead of laddus, barfis, and other high-calorie sweets.

  • Try to include all your supplements in the day. Avoid eating anything 2 hours before you go to sleep.

  • Eating your snacks and sweets, without gobbling down in a hurry, can save you from excess calorie intake. Conversing with friends while you are enjoying those sweets can also control the intake of the same.

  • Adopt methods like grilling, roasting, steaming instead of frying.

  • Instead of eating one entire portion of dessert, share it and thus, control the portion size.

  • Take a smaller plate as we end up eating more in a larger plate.

  • Plan a family outing for a walk after dinner.

 

EAT THIS INSTEAD OF THIS
SALAD / RAITA's: Green salads with lemon dressing, vegetable raita, palak raita, sprout salads, plain yogurt. Boondi raita, salads with mayonnaise & cheese dressings, extra added oil.  
STARTERS VEG: Mushroom/Paneer tikka, Paneer chillie, Steamed Momos. NON VEG: Chicken / Fish tikka [no basa fish], Chicken/fish grilled or barbeque.   VEG: Fried rolls, Samosas, Pakodas, ready to eat fried snacks. NON VEG: Chicken nuggets, Spring rolls, fried snacks.
MAIN COURSE: Roti's like Tandoori roti, Missi roti.  VEG: Tava veg gravy, mushroom/ Paneer tikka masala, Veg jalfrezi/Kolhapuri.    NON VEG: Chicken /Fish tikka Masala/ Handi / Saagwala. MAIN COURSE: Butter naan, Roomali roti, Kulcha.  VEG: Kofta curries, Moghlai preparations.     NON VEG: Chicken /Fish made in rich gravies using coconut, butter, ghee.

 

HEALTHY RECIPES 

FRUIT YOGURT PARFAIT:

INGREDIENTS:

Low-fat yogurt:-3/4 bowl Apple:- 3 tbsp chopped Papaya:- 3 tbsp. chopped Banana:- 2 tbsp chopped Walnuts -1tsp. [crushed Strawberry / blueberry crush:- 1 tsp.

METHOD:

 Step 1   Layer 1/3 cup of low-fat yogurt into the bottom of a tall glass.

 Step 2   Put a layer of chopped apple, banana, papaya alternately with yogurt until glasses are filled to the top.

 Step 3   Add crushed walnut on top & pour 1 tsp strawberry or blueberry crush.

 Step 4   Serve parfaits immediately to relish the yummy taste.

 

NUTRITIVE VALUE: PER SERVING

Energy (kcals) 155
Protein (g) 3
Fat (g) 3
Complex carbohydrate (g) 20

 

KHYATI'S HEALTH-O-METER SAYS: Papaya, apple & banana offer not only the luscious taste but is rich sources of antioxidant nutrients such as beta-carotenes, vitamin C and flavonoids, the B vitamins, folate and pantothenic acid' and the minerals, potassium, copper, and magnesium, and dietary fiber. Together, these nutrients protect the heart, helps to relieve constipation. Crushed walnuts add vitamin E & omega -3 fatty acids. Yogurt is an amazing source of protein and calcium and these ingredients together makes this parfait tasty as well as healthy.

 

 

BAKED WHEAT BRAN CUTLETS:

INGREDIENTS:

Wheat Bran -1 tbsp Wheat Flour -1 tbsp Cottage Cheese, grated-1 tbsp Spinach, chopped- ¼ bunch Onion, finely chopped- ¼ medium Ginger, finely chopped -1 tsp Garlic, finely chopped -1 tsp Green Chilli, finely chopped-1 tsp Salt to taste Olive Oil- 1 tsp

METHOD:

 Step 1   Pre-heat oven.

 Step 2   Mix wheat bran, gram flour, cottage cheese, spinach, onion, green chilli, ginger, garlic and salt in a bowl.

 Step 3   Mash all these ingredients together. Shape the mixture into cutlets.

 Step 4   Heat little bit of oil in a pan. Bake cutlets till golden brown on both sides.

 Step 5   Serve hot.

 

NUTRITIVE VALUE: PER SERVING

Energy (kcals) 160
Protein (g) 5.1
Fat (g) 8.4
Complex carbohydrate (g) 17

 

KHYATI'S HEALTH-O-METER SAYS:

Wheat bran is an excellent source of fibre which helps lose weight, keeps blood glucose levels under control and improves gut health. Spinach is rich in potassium that helps in the proper functioning of muscles and nervous system. Cottage cheese or paneer provides protein and calcium important for the muscles and bones. This whole recipe is very nutrient-rich and healthy

 

 

HEALTHY PUNCH:

INGREDIENTS:

Bottle gourd peeled and chopped:- 1 katori Spinach, parboiled - 1/2 katori Carrots, roughly chopped:- 2 medium Ginger:- 1-inch Mint leaves - 3 Lemon juice:- 1 tsp Jeera powder:- ½ tsp Salt - to taste

METHOD:

 Step 1   Blend all the ingredients in a blender until smooth, adding 1 cup of water to make a fine puree.

 Step 2   Transfer to a decanter, add 1 more cups of water, add more or less to suit your desired consistency.

 Step 3   Adjust the salt levels to your taste and stir.

 Step 4   Serve the juice immediately. It is best to have early in the morning to help detox.

 

NUTRITIVE VALUE: PER SERVING

Energy (kcals) 40
Protein (g) -
Fat (g) -
Complex carbohydrate (g) 10

 

KHYATI'S HEALTH-O-METER SAYS:

Carrot, spinach and bottle gourd juice is a healthy juice made high in naturally found nutrients in these vegetables. The juice, being high in detoxifying and antioxidant properties, is a great way to help cleanse one\\\''s digestive system and feel refreshed throughout the day. Also, adding jeera powder which is considered to be an anti-oxidant spice is best known to relieve digestive disorders.

 

 

APPLE CUCUMBER JUICE:

INGREDIENTS:

Cucumber:- 2 Green/red apple - 1 Salt:- as per taste Pepper powder:- as per taste Lemon juice - 1 tsp (optional)

METHOD:

 Step 1   Mix ingredients well and chill for half an hour before serving.

 

NUTRITIVE VALUE: PER SERVING

Energy (kcals) 75
Protein (g) -
Fat (g) -
Complex carbohydrate (g) 75

 

KHYATI'S HEALTH-O-METER SAYS:

This powerful anti-ageing immunity booster juice is high in vitamin A and quercetin. It also improves the body's ability to produce collagen, thus keeping the skin healthy. Also being high in vitamins and minerals, this is the perfect juice to cleanse and detox along with other beneficial properties such as preventing constipation, fighting acne and high blood pressure, cholesterol, dehydration and also appetite reduction.


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