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Lighten up on the sugar

brunch Updated: Oct 26, 2013 17:27 IST
Shikha Sharma
Shikha Sharma
Hindustan Times
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You don’t have to stop yourself from digging into sweets. Just choose these low-fat options for a healthy time

No festival is complete without mithai. But sweets are loaded with calories, oil and sugar syrup, making it hard to bounce back to health after the festival season. Make the right choices to avoid gaining weight and other health hazards.

Use low-fat ingredients and natural sweet substitutes to make healthier desserts like apple smoothie, carrot kheer, fruit custard.

There are some delicious sweets made of anjeer, dates and raisins – good sugars that are also good for you.

Use saffron to flavour your mithai. Saffron helps with insomnia, indigestion, flatulence, asthma, cough, menstrual cramps and vomiting.

Use besan to make ladoos. Its protein content controls blood sugar and cholesterol. Besan also has one of the lowest glycemic indices among all foods.

At parties, avoid sweets rich in ghee and butter. Substitute them with healthier, low-calorie alternatives, sweets made with yoghurts or dark chocolate. Some Indian sweets, which are rich in nuts and seeds, are good news for you – good fats and calories, protein, minerals, antioxidants and fibre.

There’s temptation in the air, here’s how to stay sweet and safe!

Go easy on the artificial sweeteners

Do not overdose on sweets made with artificial sweeteners because they may still be rich in fat.

Limit cooking oil

Try baking, not deep-frying your food. If you can avoid oily food every day, you can avoid it during the festive season.

Drink water
Drink a glass of water before consuming sweets. It will fill your tummy and minimise your calorie intake.

Read labels closely
Before buying snacks for your party, look at the calorie content and nutrition chart.

No aerated drinks
Avoid serving aerated drinks and serve fresh juices without sugar. Make sure you hand around glasses of water after sweets have been consumed.

Use jaggery
Replace sugar with jaggery while cooking. Use honey to sweeten your drinks.

Remember to…
* Use dry fruits as fillings for sweets.
* Try spray frying your food if baking is not an option.
* Limit overconsumption of sugar and salt.

From HT Brunch, October 27

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