When it comes to festivals, they are incomplete without sweets. Diwali is one such festival where your taste buds are treated with delicious sweets. At the same time, one should be careful while indulging in these sweets, as they may cause elevated blood sugar levels, which could result in weight gain. People suffering from diabetes, especially, should consume them wisely and enjoy the festival without compromising their health.
This Diwali lets binge on some healthy options to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Wheat and Flaxseeds Laddoo
Make this healthy yummy laddoo using whole wheat flour, jaggery, ghee and Dalia. Simply dry roast Dalia and flaxseeds separately. Heat ghee and then add Dalia, melted jaggery, roasted flaxseeds and some chopped nuts. Make small balls or laddoos from this soft mix. Let them cool and enjoy this healthy dish with your loved ones. They are also easy to store in any container.
Chia seeds kheer
Give your traditional kheer a healthy twist by adding some soaked chia seeds in milk and freshly grated apple. Not only will it taste delicious but also comes with the benefits of dietary fibre and omega 3 fatty acids.
Instead of opting for refined flour or maida to make laddoos, use multigrain flour including whole wheat, ragi, jowar, bajra, til or sesame seeds and sunflower seeds. Cook them in desi ghee and add jaggery for sweetness. You can also add chopped almonds, walnuts, pistachios, cardamom for the crunchiness.
Phirni is another healthy dish which is liked by most of us. To boost the nutritional value, add quinoa instead of rice to make phirni. Quinoa is one of the healthiest cereals one can opt for, as it rich is in nutrients like dietary fibre, magnesium, manganese, folic acid, phosphorus, etc. Also, quinoa is a plant source of complete proteins as it contains all 9 essential amino acids.
Halwa is also one traditional Indian dessert which is a part of almost every home during festivals. This year, enjoy halwa without any guilt along with the benefits of pumpkin. Pumpkin is excellent for eye and digestion as it is rich in vitamin A and dietary fibre. It also helps boost our immune system, protecting us from the polluting effects of Diwali crackers.
During festivities, the chances of adulteration in sweets rises due to increased demand. Try these recipes this year without any fear of consuming dessert which might be adulterated. These are quick, convenient and easy to prepare and most importantly, hygienic and healthy.