Popularly known as the festival of lights, Diwali brings immense joy. However, this happiness turns into guilt after having festive sweets and savouries mindlessly. “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. We end up consuming extra calories and it becomes very difficult to shed those kilos later on,” said Khyati Rupani, Founder and Head of Balance Nutrition.
Below, Rupani gives some stealing tips and tricks to celebrate Diwali in a healthy way:
- Cut down on calories where ever you can. E.g. Instead of regular heavy breakfast like puri bhaji, pakoda or 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 to 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 savory like baked samosa instead of fried samosa, low fat chivda instead of sev, farsan, chakali, shakarpali etc.
- 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 or laddoos.
- Avoid aerated drinks like colas, sweetened sharbats or 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 or fruits before a heavy meal or a party which saves you from frequent hunger pangs. And you can control yourself, when you eat 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 and 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 and burn calories.
- Gift dry fruits or fruit baskets which are healthy substitute and rich in antioxidants instead of laddoos, 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.