The most auspicious festival of India, Navratri, has already begun. It's the best time to treat your body and soul and take it to the next stage. Fasting during the nine days of Navratri, is considered to be the best practice of devoting your time to the ultimate divine. Also, fasting ensures numerous benefits to your body. But preparing a plan for your fasting can be a little tough task. Here we have listed a day routine that includes gluten-free, dairy-free, and sugar free foods to make your fasting easy without damaging your health.
Spinach, kale or Collard greens smoothie
A good smoothie is recommended for breakfast , as it is quite filling and you don't need to snack in between. Green smoothie ( Spinach) is highly nutritious and healthy when consumed raw. And green smoothies can be taken during fasting also. Spinach is a green leafy vegetable that has numerous benefits. It is extremely rich in iron content and cures constipation. Spinach controls hair fall and calcium present in the spinach can be easily absorbed by the body.
Quinoa chilla with chutney/Amarnath/Chestnut roti With bottle gourd
Quinoa is a nutritious lunch with all the essential amino acids present in it. It is gluten-free and so it can also be taken by people who are sensitive to gluten. It helps in blood sugar control of the whole body. Considerably, it has beneficial effects on your body's metabolism.
Benefits of Quinoa: It contains plant compounds Quercetin and Kaempferol that have high fiber content. It provides important minerals such as iron and magnesium. Aids weight loss
Nuts are rich in protein and good fats which can be taken to balance the cravings. You can go with Brazil nuts, walnuts, peanuts and almonds.
Soup and fresh veggies
If you have been taking potatoes for dinner, try to avoid it. Replace it with carrot/pumpkin soup and a bowl of fresh vegetables. Soup and veggies go smoothly on your stomach and support the digestion process. Vegetables are loaded with soluble fibre, that maintains blood sugar on track. Adding to that, intake of veggies reduces the risk of heart disease and hypertension. Most vegetables have low calories which is very helpful in losing weight. End your dinner with a glass of warm almond milk.
Important tips to follow during fasting:
- Don't take potato tikkis, rather go with vegetable tikkis.
- Take only 1 low carb fruit once a day.
- Keep your vegetable portions larger as they are the best sources of Vitamin C.
- Try to avoid sweet potato and makhane or consume it once a day.
- Stay hydrated throughout the day with normal water, warm water , coconut water and fresh juices.
Fasting can do wonders on your health, if done properly. Infact, fasting is not only meant for spiritual purposes, but also recommended by doctors for the improvement of health. Try out this plan and strictly avoid fried and packed snacks.
Navratri Diet Plan
|*||Day 1||Day 2||Day 3||Day 4|
|Breakfast||Carrot and apple smoothie||Beetroot Strawberry Smoothie||Ash gourd and green apple Smoothie||Cucumber Kiwi Smoothie|
|Brunch (Drink should be without sugar source)||1 glass of lemon water||1 glass of coconut water||1 Glass of Amla drink||1 Glass of Aloevera drink|
|Lunch||1 portion of Fruits with handful of nuts and seeds||1 bowl of vegetable and sprouts chat||1 big bowl of Boiled or steamed or sautee vegetables + handful of nuts||Fruits with nuts and seeds|
|Post lunch||Jeera and fennel concoction||Jeera and fennel concoction||Jeera and fennel concoction||Jeera and fennel concoction|
|Evening snacks||Nuts and seed trail mix + herbal tea||1 glass coconut / Almond milk with 2 Brazil nut and 1 tsp pumpkin seeds||1 cup Makhana + 1 cup of Herbal tea||1 cup of puffed rajgira with 1 cup of herbal tea|
|Dinner||1-2 small Kuttu Roti with daal and bhindi masala||1 cup of quinoa dal khichdi + 4 slices of Cucumber||1-2 small Singhada roti with moong dal and tomato curry||5 slices of carrot and cucumber + 1 cup of kuttu dal khichdi|
|*||Day 5||Day 6||Day 7|
|Breakfast||Spinach kiwi smoothie.||Moringa and kiwi Smoothie||Pumpkin and apple smoothie.|
|Brunch (Drink should be without sugar source)||1 glass of jeera drink||2 dates and 2 apricots||1 glass of kokum drink|
|Lunch||Vegetable tikki (2. no.)||1 bowl of cooked or steamed Sweet potato and vegetable||1 Bog bowl of vegetable stew.|
|Post lunch||Jeera and fennel concoction||Jeera and fennel concoction||Jeera and fennel concoction|
|Evening snacks||1 cup of puffed rajgira with 1 cup of herbal tea||1 cup of makhana with 1 small cup of almond milk||1 small cup of sweet potato and kala channa chat|
|Dinner||1 bowl of vegetable soup with sabhudana khichdi||2 small Rajgira roti with lauki kofta and dal tadka||1 big bowl of Quinoa salad or Buddha bowl|