Nandita Iyer’s Food Resolutions For A Better Year
Nandita Iyer

Nandita Iyer
23 March 2020

This article is authored by Nandita Iyer. Nandita is the author of the book The Everyday Healthy Vegetarian and blogs at The Saffron Trail. She has studied medicine and nutrition.

A new year and the start of a new decade is upon us. While anytime is a good time to make positive changes to our lifestyle, the start of a new year gives us an extra boost to take steps towards a better life. Eating healthy is one of the most important aspects of a healthy lifestyle. Here are some small but significant steps one can take towards eating healthier and better in the new year.

Start your day
  • Start your day with a glass of water. It is good to hydrate yourself first thing in the morning, and start making a contribution towards the total water intake for the day.
  • Make sure breakfast has some kind of protein component - be it dairy, egg or lentils / beans in some form. Even a handful of boiled kabuli chana or kala chana can add a decent amount of protein and fibre to an otherwise carb rich breakfast like upma or poha. Chillas can be made in minutes using a chilla premix for are a protein rich vegetarian breakfast. Try the Tata Sampann Moong Dal Chilla Mix for fluffy, nutritious chillas prepared without hassle.
  • Eat a seasonal fruit for a mid-morning snack. Fruits are a rich source of antioxidants, which provide a host of health benefits from better immunity to cancer prevention.
  • Pack lunch from home for work or college. Ordering lunch from restaurants or delivery kitchens can be a back-up plan, but relying on it on a daily basis is not good in the long run. Commercially prepared food tends to be high on salt and calories with no guarantee of freshness or hygiene. It also adds to the plastic waste generated. Prep for one of these salads, dry vegetable curries wrapped in roti rolls, sandwiches with healthy fillings like mashed spiced kabuli chana, or rice mixed with dal that can be heated up at the work place.
evening snacks
  • Keep a couple of ideas for evening snacks handy. This is the time we tend to reach out for pre-packaged foods like chips or namkeen to tide over the pre-dinner hunger pangs. Choose from homemade popcorn, few pieces of dhokla, handful of nuts, oven-roasted crispy dal and khakhra.
  • You will be surprised at how much sugar we end up consuming from our casual cups of tea and coffee in a day. If you miss the sweetness in beverages like tea or coffee, substitute sugar with a natural stevia-based sugar substitute.
  • Having idli/dosa batter prepared from a mix of rice and urad dal gives enough options to make a quick and healthy dinner. Serving it with a vegetable-loaded sambar makes it a complete meal. Khichdi premixes, like Tata Sampann Multigrain Khichdi Mix, can also be used to make a quick one-pot dinner in the pressure cooker adding a whole lot of chopped seasonal vegetables and served with a cup of dahi.
  • If you have a sweet tooth and crave for something sweet after dinner, go with a piece of chikki or a square of dark chocolate or a few chocolate coated nuts.

Hope these meal resolutions come in handy all throughout the year. The key here is to take small, but firm, steps and keep walking on. Till those resolutions are achieved.


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