Navratri is a Hindu festival dedicated to Goddess Durga, Saraswati, and Lakshmi. It is largely followed in the northern part of India. During the nine days of Navratri, devotees fast while restricting themselves from intake of certain foods. Some dietary considerations during the festival can help you lose extra muscle mass from the body. During the festival, most non-vegetarians switch to vegetarian foods, which is again an opportunity to restrict high-calorie foods for weight loss. We tell you about 10 top tasty and healthy Navratri food items and how they help you get healthier and fitter. Try and include these delicious foods in your diet starting this Navratri and watch with joy how effective they are!
Top 15 Tasty and Healthy Navratri Food Items One Must Try During Fasting
The low-calorie but an effective energizer can be tried during fast. Wash apple, banana, guava, and papaya, thereafter cut these into small pieces. Add grapes and pomegranate later to the bowl. For spice taste, sprinkle chaat masala, black pepper, and salt to the salad.
Kuttu atta or buckwheat flour is packed with high fiber that helps in detoxification of the body. Also, these fibers help to keep hunger pangs at bay thereby, making us crave less while fasting. It is also rich in proteins, B-complex vitamins and minerals like phosphorus, magnesium, iron, zinc, copper, and manganese. The essential fatty acids in buckwheat reduce the risk of diabetes by lowering glucose, blood pressure, cholesterol and reduce hemorrhage caused by high blood pressure.
If you are a foodie and cannot resist having rice, make a pulao out of the Sanwa rice. Also known as barnyard millet, this is no grain but a wild seed. Enjoy the rice with curd or raita. Alternatively, you can make its idli, dhokla or kheer.
“Aloo” is the king of vegetables when navratras come. And Aloo Chaat is like the king’s right hand- we all relish it a lot, Navratras or No Navratras. Want to eat aloo chaat but worried it might give you those extra calories? Bake the potatoes or Air Fryer them instead of deep or shallow frying. Add your favorite masalas and lemon juice and have it as a meal in itself.
We all love the basic tomato soup since childhood but never really have it during navratras. Have 1-2 bowls of homemade tomato soup with a bowl of roasted makhanas as a proper meal. Healthy and tasty with negligible calories, all at the same time.
Technically makhanas are the seeds of lotus flower (not many of us know this) and thus are very rich in antioxidants. Makhanas is also one of the natural richest sources of calcium. These can be eaten just by roasting them for 3-4 minutes in your microwave oven and sprinkling common salt for taste. Eat them in evening or as mid-morning snacks, instead of going in for the vrat ki Patti or laddoos.
Green Coffee is a super duper wonder food. It is packed with antioxidants which help from oxidative stress. It protects the heart, brain, and detoxifies the body. Green Coffee improves physical performance and reduces stress levels. It also protects the body from various types of cancer and the brain from snags related old age.