Fast Friendly Grains To Eat During NavratriBy Harshita Sehgal - 25 March 2020
Navratri festival comes during the season of change, it is a good time to reboot our systems. Though it has a religious significance but there is a scientific reason as well. Navratri falls in the season when it is great to take a break from the regular foods. In today’s time when our diet is highly packed with gluten, eating grains like Kuttu, Singhara, Samai, and Quinoa which are gluten-free is something healthy. Observing fast during the change of season is good for our immunity and it is a great practice to keep our digestive system healthy. So check out the list of grains that you can eat during Navratri:
Buckwheat is one of the most popular and extensively used cereal in Navratri. It is a power-packed product that contains proteins, phosphorus, magnesium, fiber, and a low glycaemic index of 49-51. Rutin, a flavonoid present in buckwheat, is associated with lowering both BP and LDL. As it is gluten-free it is light on the tummy and good for digestion.
It is another nutritious Navratri cereals. It has high fiber content among all cereal grains. The phenolic compounds of Samai give antioxidant benefits to our body. The single serving of Samai contains 16% of iron that is the daily requirement of one’s body. Being gluten-free makes it easy to digest.
Quinoa is an interesting meal for Navratri. It is a rich source of protein that contains all nine essential amino acids, fiber, phosphorus, and folate. It is also cholesterol-free and gluten-free. Quinoa is also known as the powerhouse of antioxidants and is a great source of Vitamin E. This Navratri try quinoa in your meals.
• Water chestnut
It is a single seed fruit from an aquatic plant which is loaded with protein, phosphorus and fiber. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory makes it healthier. As it is full of Potassium and low in Sodium, it helps with water retention as well.
Don’t just stick to one meal through the nine days rather shift and try other meals as all have their health benefits. Also remember that Navratri fast is a time to give your routine a break, so don’t overindulge yourself in food. Eating healthy is the best way to keep yourself active during Navratri.