Navratri Recipes for Weight Loss – Day 6
Navratris is a time when many people celebrate by observing fast and only consuming foods which are permitted during Navratri . Many people observe the fast for an additional reason where they wish to not only do it for religious reasons but also improve their self discipline and make their body healthier . The fasting period offers an excellent opportunity to not only lose weight but also detoxify the body , which supports the mind to become calm and have more clarity .
The benefits of the special weight loss recipes over regular recipes are as follows
Helps detoxify the body , which helps people reduce high cholesterol.
Helps improve skin texture and bring a glow to the skin.
Helps control diabetes.
Helps reduce weight and lose inches measurably ,if done sincerely all nine days.
Brings focus and clarity and calmness to the mind
The special recipes with an objective to get multiple physical and mental benefits have been designed by a team of Allopath Doctor , Ayurvedic Doctor and Nutritionists to be scientific and medically verified .
Break fast :
Recipe Name: Makhana Almond Smoothie
1 cup makhana (fox nuts or lotus seeds)
1/4 cup almonds, soaked and peeled
2 cups milk (or almond milk for a dairy-free option)
1 tbsp Jaggery Powder (adjust to taste)
1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder
A pinch of saffron strands (optional, for garnish)
4-5 ice cubes (optional)
Start by roasting the makhana: Heat a pan over low to medium heat and dry roast the makhana until they become crisp. It should take about 5-7 minutes. Stir occasionally to ensure they cook evenly. Set aside and let them cool completely.
Once the makhana have cooled down, transfer them to a blender. Add the soaked and peeled almonds.
Add the milk (or almond milk) to the blender. If you prefer a thicker smoothie, you can start with 1.5 cups of milk and add more later if needed.
Add cardamom powder, and ice cubes (if using).
Blend everything until smooth and creamy. If the smoothie seems too thick, you can add more milk to reach your desired consistency.
Pour the Makhana Almond Smoothie into serving glasses.
Garnish with a few strands of saffron if desired.
Serve chilled and enjoy your delicious Makhana Almond Smoothie for Navratri!
This nutrition value is approximate and may vary based on the specific ingredients and portions used.
Calories: Approximately 250-300 calories per serving
Protein: Approximately 8-10 grams
Carbohydrates: Approximately 25-30 grams
Dietary Fiber: Approximately 3-5 grams
Healthy Fats: Approximately 12-15 grams
Calcium: Approximately 200-250 mg
Iron: Approximately 3-5 mg
Makhana (fox nuts or lotus seeds) are low in calories and high in fiber, making them a healthy snack option.
Almonds are rich in healthy fats, protein, and essential nutrients like vitamin E.
Cardamom is known for its digestive benefits and aromatic flavor.
Saffron, if used, can add a touch of luxury and its potential health benefits, including antioxidant properties.
This smoothie is a source of calcium and iron, which are important for maintaining bone health and preventing anemia.
The smoothie is a good source of energy and can be consumed during Navratri fasting to keep you satiated and nourished.
Recipe Name: Roasted Paneer Chaat
250g Paneer (cottage cheese), cut into cubes
1 cup cucumber, finely chopped
1 cup tomato, finely chopped
1/2 cup green bell pepper, finely chopped
1/2 cup red bell pepper, finely chopped
1/4 cup fresh coriander leaves, chopped
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
1 green chili, finely chopped (adjust to your spice preference)
1 tsp roasted cumin powder
1/2 tsp black salt
1/2 tsp rock salt (sendha namak, for Navratri)
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 lemon, juiced
1 tsp honey or sugar (optional)
1 tsp chaat masala (check ingredients to ensure it’s suitable for Navratri)
Preheat your oven to 200°C (392°F).
Place the paneer cubes on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
Roast the paneer in the preheated oven for about 15-20 minutes or until it turns golden brown, flipping them halfway through.
While the paneer is roasting, prepare the chaat mixture. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cucumber, tomato, green and red bell peppers, coriander, mint, and green chili.
In a small bowl, mix the roasted cumin powder, black salt, rock salt, black pepper, lemon juice, and honey or sugar (if using) to create a dressing.
Once the paneer is roasted, let it cool for a few minutes and then add it to the bowl with the chopped vegetables.
Pour the dressing over the paneer and vegetables and toss everything together until well combined.
Sprinkle chaat masala on top and give it a final toss.
Serve immediately, garnished with more fresh mint leaves if desired.
Serving Size: 1/4 of the recipe
High Protein: Paneer is a good source of protein, which is essential for muscle health and repair.
Rich in Vitamins and Minerals: Cucumber, tomatoes, and bell peppers are rich in vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, which supports the immune system.
Low in Calories: This chaat is relatively low in calories, making it a suitable option for those looking to manage their weight during Navratri.
Digestive Aid: The addition of roasted cumin and other spices can aid digestion.
Hydration: Cucumber is hydrating, providing necessary fluids during fasting.
Recipe Name: Navratri Pumpkin Carrot Soup
1 small pumpkin, peeled, deseeded, and diced
3 large carrots, peeled and sliced
1 tablespoon ghee (clarified butter)
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon rock salt (sendha namak)
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 cups water
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, for garnish
In a large pot, heat the ghee over medium heat. Add cumin seeds and let them sizzle for a few seconds.
Add the diced pumpkin and sliced carrots to the pot. Sauté them for 5-7 minutes until they start to soften and turn slightly golden.
Season the vegetables with rock salt, black pepper, and ground cinnamon. Stir well.
Pour in the water and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the vegetables are completely tender.
Allow the mixture to cool slightly, and then blend it in a food processor or with an immersion blender until you achieve a smooth soup consistency.
Return the soup to the pot and reheat it over low heat if necessary.
Serve the Navratri Pumpkin Carrot Soup hot, garnished with fresh cilantro leaves.
Nutrition Value (per serving):
Dietary Fiber: 3g
Vitamin A: 223% DV
Vitamin C: 22% DV
Calcium: 4% DV
Iron: 6% DV
High in Vitamins: This soup is a rich source of vitamin A and vitamin C, both of which are essential for maintaining good vision, healthy skin, and a strong immune system.
Low in Calories: With only 95 calories per serving, this soup is a low-calorie option that can support weight management.
Fiber: The soup contains 3 grams of dietary fiber per serving, aiding in digestion and helping you feel full.
Low Fat: The minimal fat content makes it suitable for those following a low-fat diet.
Mineral Content: It provides essential minerals like potassium, which is beneficial for heart health and maintaining electrolyte balance.
Digestion-Friendly: The cumin seeds in the recipe can promote digestion and reduce bloating, making it a good choice during Navratri fasting.