‘Navratri’ literally means nine nights where nine forms of Durga Devi are worshipped. These nine days of Navratri are celebrated by Hindus all over India and abroad with much pomp and grandeur. Most of us even fast on all the nine days. However, this festival could be a starting point for a healthy change towards a low-fat, plant-based diet. Here are some deliciously healthy recipes you can savour this Navrati.
Stuffed Peppers with Squash, Black Beans, and Rice: If you have some leftover rice and black beans, this recipe can come in handy. You just have to take an extra effort to slice up some bell peppers and add some lettuce. Bell peppers add more than just colour to your dishes. They are a good source of essential nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants.
Navratan Kurma: The navratan kurma is a low-fat, cholesterol-free dish. The addition of a lot of vegetables, nuts and seeds makes this dish very nutrient-rich. The soy yoghurt used is a rich source of calcium and protein.
Sprouted Lentil Salad: The combination of lentils and sprouts make this salad an excellent source of fibre, iron and vitamin C. The lentils also contain sufficient carbohydrate and protein which can keep you energised.
Methi Paratha with Sweet Potatoes: The fenugreek leaves and sweet potato combine to make this dish fibre-rich. Fenugreek leaves are therapeutic with numerous health benefits. They are recommended for people suffering from high cholesterol and constipation. Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of good carbs.
Curried Rice: Enjoy this flavoured rice with all the goodness of fibre, vitamin B, magnesium, iron and selenium. Wholegrain rice reduces the risk of heart disease, aids in weight loss and prevents constipation. The dietary fibre found in wholegrains can reduce the risk of developing coronary heart disease.
Punjabi Rajma: A popular dish from North India, this dish is a good source of lean protein and dietary fibre. The fibre in red kidney beans keeps digestive disorders at bay. Fibre also helps support weight management as it makes you feel full and maintains satiety longer.
Protein Brownies: The beans in the brownie add fibre, calcium, and protein making these brownies a nutritious indulgence. They are free of saturated fats and trans fats. The dates added in this deliver minerals and vitamins that are necessary to maintain optimum health.
Minted Fruit Kebabs: This fresh fruit kebab is a refreshing and light dessert. Fruits are a naturally sweet treat that make healthy addition to any diet. They are rich in antioxidants and can help you reach your daily needs of magnesium, iron, copper vitamin K and B6.
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