NAVRATRI FASTING: VRAT FRIENDLY FOOD/DISHES-OPTIONS-GUIDELINES
Happy Navratri everyone! The joyful atmosphere of festivities has already begin. On food front, while some are completely relishing the festive food, others are observing fasting.
The tricky thing about fasting is that most vrat- friendly dishes are carbohydrate, and/ or fat based, thus high in calories. Fruits can’t help you stay full more than a short time, leaving you hungry. With only a handful of food items allowed to eat during fasting, you are not left with many protein sources to include in your diet. So would you starve, or fall to nutritional deficiencies? No! It’s the time to choose right, eat nice and detoxify yourself.
See, I am not an expert in fasting or in developing vrat special dishes. But if I had to, I would certainly take a closer look into the nutrient content of my meals and go for the most balanced ones. A few points to ponder upon:
- Picking amaranth (rajgira) or buckwheat (kuttu) having better nutritional values (typically proteins) as compared to other vrat flours, is a smart decision.
- Even more important than picking the right flour is the method used to cook. Rather than deep frying these flour doughs into poori, go for making roti/ parantha/ dosa/ uttapam/ dhokla/ idli out of them with very little/ no oil.
- For desserts, try to replace the refined sugar with brown sugar/ jaggery/ dates syrup/ fresh naturally sweet fruits where possible. Also go for fruit and/ or vegetables based desserts.
- Consider including vegetables [like boiled potato or colocasia (arbi) or shredded radish] to the flour dough.
- Go for the whole variety of food items allowed, rather than restricting to a few. This ensures a healthy mix of nutrients in the diet.
- Soups, fruit shakes and smoothies are very good options to fill you up and to avoid dehydration.
- Coconut water, fruit/ vegetable juices and buttermilk are other good fluid sources.
- Go a little easy on cottage cheese (paneer). Yes it has milk proteins, but comes at the cost of fats.
- Consuming dry fruits is another good option to gain energy with very little amount. Time to try out my Granola Bars. Only replace oats with roasted and popped amaranth seeds.
- Last but not the least: Have small frequent meals and plenty of water throughout the day.
On my friends’ demand I have shortlisted a few (very few) relatively healthier vrat-friendly recipes here:
- Aloo Posto (Click to view recipe)
- Papaya Halwa (Click to view recipe)
- Granola Bars (Click to view recipe): Only replace oats with roasted and popped amaranth seeds
- Buckwheat (Kuttu atta) muffins (Click to view recipe) : Only replace whole wheat with buckwheat flour.
- Coconut chutney (Click to view recipe)
- These lip smacking healthy recipes from 98 Fit
- Helpful tips and recipes from trueweight.in
- Farali Dhokla – Kuttu Ka Dhokla Recipe (Buckwheat Flour/Sama Flour Dhokla Recipe) from Archana’a kitchen:
- Sago Yogurt Parfait Recipe (Creamy Tapioca Pearls With Assorted Fruits) from Archana’a kitchen:
- Vrat ke chawal ka uttapam from Vegrecipesofindia
- Dahi arbi from Vegrecipesofindia
Dive in the true spirit of Durga Pooja, have fun and enjoy to the fullest 🙂