One really wants to gorge on those gujiyas?, irresistible sweets, chocolates and alluring snacks during holi festival. But does that mean diabetics cannot enjoy all these when everybody else is on a spree?
Certainly not! Diabetics just need to be more watchful about what they eat during festivals and yet enjoy those delicacies with certain alterations or substituting those food items with more diabetic friendly options.
Let?s explore those alternatives that can help you maintain your blood sugar levels and give you a feast to enjoy this festival to the fullest!
Chocolates: For those who have cravings for sweet and cannot refrain from chocolates, a healthy choice of chocolates that have low fat / calorie content can be a tempting option. Maniarr?s chocolate khakhra, Mojo bar (with wholesome goodness of protein, Anti-oxidants and fibre) and Yogabars may be the best for you.
Biscuits: Fiber-rich contents like oats and whole grains help lower cholesterol levels. You can choose those yummy Slurrp Farm, Healthy Oaties and?Sunfeast Farmlite Oats and Almonds?with a mix of wholegrain wheat flour and Ragi flour to satisfy your urge to have something substantial.
Desserts: A fruit-based dessert or a low calorie yogurt layered with nuts and watermelon may give a boost of antioxidants and vitamin C. And if you?re a fruit lover, adding fruit to your meal plan that are lower in natural sugars, such as berries, melon, and apples can be even more captivating.
Sweets with alternative to Sugar: Replacing sugar with natural sweeteners such as jaggery and dates in home made sweets can give you the best of taste and enjoyment. Chikki Til Gud can be a good alternative for sweets made of jiggery.
Holi is incomplete without those traditional Gujiyas, made with semolina, khoya, dry fruits and powdered sugar. This deep fried sweet recipe is world famous, but, one can opt for non sugar coated, homemade gujiyas that can have sugar free instead of sugars in it.
A delicious phirni is too sinful to appear on a diabetes-friendly menu, but it may again be made with sugar free instead of sugar at home.
Power-packed nuts: Reach out for a mix of dried fruits and nuts such as almonds (that help in limiting the blood sugar spike and also keep you full), raisins (Sattviko Pan Raisin), walnuts, cashew, hazelnuts, Pista (Satvikk Green Pista kernels), but no peanuts if you feel a snack attack coming your way. You may even try True Elements Healthy Roasted seeds that includes the goodness of flaxseed, watermelon seed and sunflower seeds.
Drinks: Try to stay away from drinks such as thandai, alcoholic beverages and other sugary drinks and replace with the traditional kanji or salted lemonade. Oolong Tea or Hot chocolate drink with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top can also be a good option.
Dips:?Fresh veggies rich in minerals and vitamins such as carrots, celery or broccoli pair perfectly with fresh yoghurt dip or tossed with Zucchero Peanut Butter Chocolate offers fiber and nutrients.
?A healthy diabetic diet is all about balance. So, diabetics should try to cut down on foods and drinks high on sugar as a general rule, but shouldn?t keep themselves devoid of those pleasures of variety in food. All you have to do is limit your portions and choose wisely?
Kawaljit Kaur: Kawaljit is a healthcare professional with an experience of over 15 years in healthcare operations. Her last corporate position was Vice President-Operations at Centre for Sight. As a writer, she has an expertise in writing medical contents and those related to present healthcare scenarios for various platforms that include medical professionals, healthcare companies, web health portals, hospitals and at present also heading the healthcare magazine.