Festivals are the time when people consume special food items which they usually do not. In India, it is an unspoken rule that when it comes to healthy eating and diet the rules are slightly relaxed in cultural festivals.
As we celebrate Ganesh ChaturthiSome people may think that it is okay to indulge in a variety of sweets and call it ‘cheat-day’. But, instead of doing so, they can opt for nutritious and healthy food and foods in abundance, which will give them the taste they want without compromising on health.
Minal Shah, a senior nutritionist at Fortis Hospital, Mulund lists out various foods that one should have and which should be avoided during this Ganesh Chaturthi. read on.
* Ukdiche Modak can be made with variations like Coconut/Cucumber/Beetroot/Chana dal. This is definitely a must for Ganesh Chaturthi.
*Rishi Bhaji made on Rishi Panchami is a mixture of all seasonal vegetables and is an extremely healthy festive food to eat with chapati or rice.
* thalipeeth There is also a nutritious festival special made of multi-grains such as chana dal, urad dal, rice and wheat flour, over which some ghee or butter or curd is poured over it.
* The Panchadhaya that is distributed during Ganapati Visarjan is made from puffed jowar, puffer boiled rice, chana dal, jaggery and dried coconut; It is also a healthy food to try.
* Aloo Chhe Phadhad, made from potato leaves, white corn, pumpkin, red mutt stem (deth) and groundnut, is a vegetable offered to Lord Ganesha, and a must-eat.
*Kelphulachi Bhaji made of banana flowers, black vatana and coconut is a delicious dish offered to God, and can be consumed on this festive occasion.
During the festive season, some people fast till the puja and then eat a light meal, which includes soup, sprouts and salad, to balance the day.
Ganesh Chaturthi is a festival of sweets given in the form of ‘Prasad’. It is important to avoid bingeing, especially if they are prepared desserts.
Avoid fried food like papad, fried karanji, fried modak etc.
If you are fasting then avoid oily foods like Sabudana Vada, Aloo Wafers. You can include fruits, buttermilk, lemon juice and milkshakes as fillers.
Avoid aerated drinks/sugar drinks.
Try to avoid visiting your relatives, friends or too many places this year so that the chances of getting infection are less. Try not to consume roadside food items to prevent the risk of foodborne infections.