New Delhi: Holi, also known as the festival of colours, is here! It is also a time for fun, togetherness, and of course, indulging in delicious foods. And most people have already started preparing to celebrate the festival in all its glory – be it calling our friends to play Holi, be it finding out the best skin and hair care tips from experts at home or friends to prevent damage due to colours. While playing Holi is great fun, there are certain things one needs to keep in mind, including the diet, which many people tend to ignore and give in to binge eating. One doesn’t need to have boring food but can use some tips to make the foods as special as the festival itself. Nmami Agarwal, Nutritionist of Manushi Chillar (Miss World 2017), and Founder, Nmami Life, gives some healthy tips to help you enjoy the flavours of Holi without any guilt:
Instead of going for rice kheer, gajar or suji ka halwa opt for fruits. Fruits do not only have better nutritional value but act as a natural sweetener for your desserts. So, this Holi, buy lots of apples, pears, oranges, pineapples, bananas and grapes for preparing desserts. You can also have yummy and nutritious sweets like beetroot halwa, fruit smoothies and makhana kheer (all sweetened with jaggery instead of sugar).
Holi is incomplete without the delicious Holi drink- Thandai. It has every spice and ingredient required by our body to maintain good health during the season change and helps us to stay away from indigestion and catching a cold around Holi. Add honey instead of sugar and dry fruits to make it healthier.
Baking over deep fry
Bake snacks rather than deep frying them. Be it chips or gujia, you can bake all, fill your stomach without adding extra calories that might result in weight gain or other conditions, such as heart disease.
Anything that you cook at home is healthier as you have an option to replace all unhealthy ingredients with healthy. You can add lentils like Moong in your snacks, with onion, tomatoes, coriander leaves with healthy and delicious chutney.
Hydrate yourself and do not skip your workout: Definitely, Holi is a day to celebrate, enjoy and be happy but there are some essential tasks of the day that one cannot ignore. Hydrating body and exercise are among those tasks that one needs to follow even on Holi so that the body retains the energy and remain fresh and active throughout the day.
Hope these tips will help you celebrate a healthy, happy Holi!