Nutrition alert: here is a simple and healthy fasting plan from Navratri
The nine-day Navratri festival is celebrated all over the country with a divine spirit. During the auspicious nine days, many people also observe a fast.
“During the navratri, those who fast refrain from eating cereals or ‘anna‘, and eat seasonal produce. Foods like sweet potato, arbi, raw banana, potatoes, yam, dudhi / lauki or gourd are eaten. These vegetables bring a sense of rootedness, helping the body to maintain calm, stability. These vegetables are full of micro-nutrients, fibers, complex carbohydrates, essential for the body during this fasting phase. Before the onset of winter, it is also a way to cleanse and rest the body, and to heal, ”said Karishma Shah, nutritionist and holistic wellness coach.
She added that millet, fruit and nut flours are commonly used for making traditional breads, halwas and chutneys. “Rajgira Atta (Amaranth flour), Singhare Ka Att (Water Chestnut Flour), Raw Banana Flour, Kuttu Atta (Buckwheat Flour), Sago are incorporated into fasting meals. These are called ‘upwas ka khaana‘. These foods are rich in vitamins and minerals, easy to digest, and lighter on the stomach. Himalayan salt or sendha namak is also part of the meals during Navratri as it contains trace elements and helps cleanse the body, ”she explained.
A mini meal plan is here to guide you this Navratri season.
– 5 cashews + 1 banana
– Kuttu dosa with chutney
– Dried fruit milkshake (choice of your milk)
– Rajgira thepla with dudhi / lauki sabzi
– Sama khichdi
– Coconut water
– Roasted makhana
– Sabudana khichdi
– Steamed sweet potato chaat
– Dudhi thalipeeth
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