Navratri has arrived, and so have the fast and the Garba celebrations. The auspicious 9 days of Navratri are filled with joy and celebrations. To enjoy the festivities, it is vital to balance your energy levels while fasting. Generally, eating food is the best way to give yourself a shot of energy in the middle of the day. A few healthy diet tips can keep you energised even when you're fasting. Here are some of these tips that can help you boost energy levels while fasting.
Navratri fasting 2021: Tips to maintain energy levels
Dehydration is a sneaky cause of fatigue. Sipping fluids like water, juices, coconut water, etc. will provide you satiety and boost your energy levels by deterring dehydration and loss of minerals from the body.
A small nap will re-energise your system. A 15-20 min nap is enough to give your body adequate rest. Also, ensure 7-8 hours of sleep at night.
3. Devouring nuts, dried foods and seeds
Nuts are a great option to snack on. Most nuts like almonds, walnuts and cashews have high-calorie density and abundance of proteins, carbs and healthy fats which furnishes steady and sustained energy boosts. Remember, do not overconsume.
Seeds are rich in plant-based omega-3 fatty acids, fibre and proteins.
4. Incorporate bananas
Having this potassium and vitamin B6 rich fruit is one of the best ways to maintain your energy levels.
You can have it mashed with avocados or sprinkled with chopped walnuts, raisins and cranberries. You can also cherish it in the form of a smoothie. Blend bananas, yoghurt, milk and honey for potassium and calcium-rich sweet smoothie.
5. Sweet potato
It is one of the traditional go-to fasting foods. Sweet potatoes are delicious and nourishing. You can enjoy them in the form of a tikkis or roasted finger chips.
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This little red piece is a storehouse of carbohydrates and fibre. The rich content of natural sugars and fibre makes it a source of slow and sustained energy release.
Milk and milk products are an important part of a fasting diet. Yoghurt is an incredible snack to fuel your day. It can be used in the form of smoothies or lassi.
You should opt for small meals at regular intervals to keep your metabolism going and have the sustainable release of energy rather than consuming a large heavy meal.
(Garima Goyal is a Ludhiana-based dietician)
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