The festival of lights is around the corner. Diwali is celebrated to acknowledge the triumph of good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. Many of us get blinded by the festivities and end up eating an excess of sweets, fried snacks and more. Only a saint could exert control over not ending up eating such delicious food. Instead of painfully avoiding Diwali specialities, tweak them to make them healthier. Here are 5 tips that can help you make your Diwali binge-eating healthier.
Store-bought sweets are packed with an insane amount of sugar. By making sweets at home one should replace sugar with jaggery or gur. Ayurveda labels gur to be useful in therapeutic and pharmaceutical purposes. It is loaded with calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium and more. It improves one’s immunity, digestion and prevents anemia.
Diwali is incomplete without snacks. From shakkarpare to chakli to chivda, Diwali without snacks is dull. We need these binge-worthy food items to enjoy in between our meals. One can tweak these fried items to become healthier by baking them. One can bake chakli to 180°c for 20 - 30 minutes. Similarly, shakkarpare can be baked at 180°c for 10 - 15 minutes.
Honey coated nuts
Honey coated nuts are a great option to both snack on and be given to guests as sweets. Stir honey and nuts together and lay them on a baking tray. After baking them, you will have golden nuts that will be a delight to both your health and taste buds. Honey is rich in antioxidants and has more advantages than sugar. Similarly, nuts like almonds, pistachios, walnuts and cashews, are loaded with nutrients, fibre and antioxidants.
Other options are Healthy ladoos made with oats and raisins mixed with jaggery. One can also make a seed chikki with pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, sesame seeds, flax seeds and more. The goal here is to be innovative and creative with your snack and sweet options. This will make you enjoy your Diwali by not worrying a lot about your health.