Homes and hearts light up in a sublime way during Diwali. Kitchens are bursting with all kinds of goodies. Celebration is in full swing, sumptuous dinners are in the making, and card parties with yummy snacks are being planned.
For those with high cholesterol levels and diabetics, Diwali is a time when indulgence is followed by excessive guilt and worry. For many, it may also mean complete abstinence from all the traditional sweet and savoury treats.
This Diwali, reduce the guilt and dread by understanding your condition and making dietary modifications to ensure that you don’t go overboard.
Kiss the boring and bland foods goodbye. Say hello to delicious recipes, which are delectable and mouth-watering. These recipes will also help you monitor your sugar intake and keep a watch on your calorie consumption.
Finger-licking good recipes with a twist
These recipes are sure to make cooking delightful for you! What’s more, all the recipes use ingredients that offer wholesome nourishment, blended together in a delicious manner. The result being healthy food, that is so delicious that even the non-diabetics will relish them!
Baked Pakodas: As appetising and tasty as their fried cousins, these onion and capsicum pakodas are baked in the oven and not deep fried! Make thin slices of onions and capsicums and seasoned them well with naturally rich spices and coat them in a besan-rice flour batter. Drizzle some oil on the pakodas and bake them till cooked. The key is patience! It does take slightly longer for the fritters to cook in the oven, but it’s definitely worth the wait. To make this healthier, you can also use besan from the Tata Sampann range which is made from unprocessed and unpolished chana dal.
Hara-bhara kebabs: These soft, melt-in-the-mouth kebabs are a healthier version of the usual hara-bhara kebabs. Spinach lends sodium, so you need to add very little salt. Instead of the usual bread crumbs, use nutrient-dense cornflake crumbs to coat them. Bake or fry them. Pair them perfectly with pudina chutney.
Honey-chilli potatoes: These fabulously crispy potatoes are sure to put everyone in the festive mood. A bonus, this scrumptious dish is really easy to make. The potatoes with a drizzle of oil are baked till crispy and tossed in a sesame-chilli-honey sauce which is sharp, spicy and sweet, hitting all the right notes!
Diabetic friendly desserts!
Indulge in some delicious low-calorie sweets this Diwali while avoiding sugar.
Date and apple kheer: Kheer has always found a special place in our meals. This healthy version is made from dates, apples and skimmed milk. It is sweetened with stevia. Dates and apples provide a nutrient overload and almonds add a wonderful crunch to the dish.
Coffee and walnut mousse: A ground-breaking way to dig in to chocolate! Low-fat milk, cocoa, coffee and walnuts blend together immaculately to create this mousse. It can also be made with a low-calorie sweetener like Tata Nx to add extra sweetness.
Oats and carrot rabdi: Try this brilliant recipe and you are sure to forget the original high-calorie rabdi edition! This dish is made from cholesterol-lowering oats and sweetened with Vitamin A-rich carrots. Add a sugar substitute and you can keep your blood sugar levels in check.
Enjoy sweets without adversely affecting the blood sugar profile by using sweeteners like stevia. While the market offers you a large number of sugar substitutes, Tata NX Zero Sugar is a fantastic option as it is completely natural. It is made from stevia and lactose. It has a low Glycaemia Index and is absolutely ideal for those who have been recommended low-sugar intake.
It is very crucial that as a diabetic, you do not have oscillations in the blood sugar level during festivals such as Diwali. Controlling blood sugar and keeping it consistent is vital to stave off the severe complications of diabetes, such as cardiac arrest and nerve damage. Using natural sweeteners is a prudent way to stay on track while celebrating. Confer with your doctors to understand your health needs and celebrate worry-free.
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