Karwa Chauth 2018: 5 superfoods to keep you glowing and energized all day
On Karwa Chauth, 'sargi thali' is an essential part of fasting. 'Sargi thali' is basically a collection of delightful foods. It is a traditional act while also a really important way to maintain your energy levels throughout the day. Some of the superfoods listed here are going to release energy slowly throughout your body, in order to keep you feeling fuller for longer.
Here is your guide to some of the best pre-dawn meals for you to enjoy, in order to stay energized all throughout your fast.
A good source of calcium and protein, yogurt also contains live cultures called probiotics. These “good bacteria” can protect the body from other, more harmful bacteria.
How to include it: Try eating more yogurt, but watch out for fruited or flavored yogurts, which contain a lot of added sugar. Buy plain yogurt and add your own fruit to pack up on more nutrients. You can eat yogurt as a side dip with your main meal.
2) Green Vegetables
Dark green leafy vegetables are an excellent source of nutrients including folate, zinc, calcium, iron, magnesium, vitamin C and fiber.
How to include them: Try varieties such as spinach, swiss chard, kale, collard greens, or mustard greens. Throw them into salads or sauté them in a little olive oil. You can also add greens to soups and stews.
are a nutritional powerhouse of vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. The strong antioxidant capacity of berries is associated with a reduced risk of heart disease, cancer and other inflammatory conditions.
How to include them: Raspberries, Strawberries, Blueberries, Blackberries or Cranberries can be enjoyed as a part of your early meal, or even as a dessert after you break the fast for a quick dash of energy. Berries make for a great salad ingredient and a smoothie, the health benefits of berries are as versatile as their culinary applications.
Legumes, or pulses, are a class of plant foods made up of beans (including soy), lentils, peas, peanuts and alfalfa. They earn the superfood label because they’re loaded with nutrients and play a role in preventing and managing various diseases. Legumes are a rich source of B vitamins, various minerals, protein and fiber.
How to include them: Add to salads, soups, and casseroles. Make a chilli or a bean-based spread like hummus.
All nuts including Hazelnuts, walnuts, almonds are a good source of plant protein. They also contain monounsaturated fats, which may be a factor in reducing the risk of heart disease.
How to include them: Add a handful to oatmeal or yogurt, or have as a snack. But remember they are calorically dense, so limit to a small handful. Try the various types of nut butters such as peanut (technically a legume), almond, or cashew. Nuts are also a great accompaniment to cooked veggies or salads.