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Here’s how you eat smart this festive season

THE ASIAN AGE
Published : Nov 9, 2018, 12:35 pm IST
Updated : Nov 9, 2018, 12:35 pm IST

To avoid any digestive discomfort, it is better to eat safe and go for healthy choices.

Here are a few tips on surviving overindulgent eating this wonderful time of the year without feeling stuffed. (Photo: Pixabay)
 Here are a few tips on surviving overindulgent eating this wonderful time of the year without feeling stuffed. (Photo: Pixabay)

With the onset of the festive, families are all geared up in preparing delicious and rich sweets for their loved ones and homes. Binge eating is another common phenomena this season which in turn leads to issues such as gastric acidity among all age groups. To avoid any digestive discomfort, it is better to eat safe and go for healthy choices. Your timing in food- patterns is crucial, during this festive galore and it is a good idea to minimize your food portions and eat slowly.

Here are a few tips on surviving overindulgent eating this wonderful time of the year without feeling stuffed:

Mind your portions: You can't expect to avoid your mother’s special moti-choor ladoo preparation this season. It is okay to enjoy sweets, but it is also important to limit how much you eat. You can build your own plate/meal – which includes nutritious food in your meal along with food that gives you all those additional calories, but keep them minimal.

Eat your dessert responsibly: There is nothing wrong in enjoying something sweet during big celebrations, but you need to keep it reasonable and have them in small amounts.

Healthy Homemade-snacks: This festive season opt for healthy homemade sweets made with jaggery, honey and date sugar instead of white sugar as consumption of white sugar even in minimal amounts can harm your body. Nothing like homemade sweets, they are tasty as well as healthy if prepared in right proportions.

Alternative foods:

It’s good to look at certain alternative when it comes to sweetener in food, so this Diwali, let’s look at date sugar, jaggery, honey, ghee, buckwheat etc to substitute our overly used white sugar, all purpose flour etc

Date sugar is a grounded form of whole dried fruits, it contains nutrients vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber that is beneficial for blood sugar control. It looks similar to brown sugar and nowadays easily available on an online market place.

Honey is a great sweetener for deserts and has antibacterial and antiviral properties. It helps in improving cholesterol and lowering down blood pressure. But don’t go beyond a certain amount as it can shoot your diabetes. In comparison to honey its a little high in calories should be consumed in adequate quantity. It also helps in relieving constipation, detoxification of liver and boosts immunity.

Instead of using condensed milk or khoa use Coconut flour, Quinoa flour, Ragi flour (Nachni) along with milk for a wholesome and guilt free experience.

To celebrate the festival in a healthier way you can prepare ragi halwa, moong dal barfi, coconut laddoo, ragi malpua and much more at home to indulge in festivity celebrations. 

The article has been authored by GOQii Coach.

 

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