The best thing and the worst thing about the festive season is the food. It’s both – literally a feast of happiness and the ultimate diet destroyer. And the people worst off in this season of sugar and carbs are those with diabetes.
Here are some smart ways to enjoy the season without blood sugar anxiety:
1. Dhokla, khandvi, cheela
Besan, a flour made from black gram, is the base for dhokla and khandvi, which are both festive in nature. Jazz up your cheela with a filling of onion or grated lauki, and serve with amla and mint chutney.
Why: Black gram has a low glycemic index, helps control blood sugar and has a high satiety value, leaving you feeling full for longer.
2. Quinoa paratha stuffed with palak
Make a flour out of quinoa dalia, then make parathas stuffed with boiled palak. Brush with white butter and serve hot.
Why: Quinoa has a low glycemic index, while spinach is high in fibre and a good source of minerals.
3. Spicy peanut salad
Add chopped onions, some pomegranate, chopped tomatoes and a little chopped green chilli to a cup of roasted peanuts. Top with coriander leaves.
Why: This salad has a low glycemic index and is rich in natural proteins and natural oils. It also has a high satiety value.
4. Oats and egg spicy pancake
Make a batter of oats flour, adding a little besan for crispness. To this batter, add chopped green chilli, chopped onions and crushed ginger. Fry on a non-stick pan with very little sesame seed oil, and once cooked, top with sliced boiled egg.
Why: This combination is rich in proteins and beta glucans, and the egg adds vitamin B12. The satiety value is also high.
Ensure that you follow this routine in the festive season:
1. On waking up, drink a glass of warm water with lemon juice.
2. Before breakfast, take 1 tablespoon aloe vera juice, 1 teaspoon tulsi juice and 1 teaspoon amla juice, mixed together.
3. At bedtime, take 1 teaspoon of triphala powder in warm water with 3 tablets of triphala guggulu.
From HT Brunch, October 23
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