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The festival of Navratri has begun and so many of us are observing a fast during this auspicious time. In such a case, it is natural for the body to feel lethargic due to change in eating patterns and limited food choices.
To replenish your energy levels, you could choose from a variety of food options. These foods should be rich in nutrients such as vitamins, fiber, and proteins, as they will revitalise you, and boost overall wellbeing and health.
1. Sabudana khichdi
Sabudana is gluten-free, prevents digestion issues and helps manage blood pressure levels as well. Sabudana contains dietary fibre, that makes you feel full for longer durations of time, leading to a boost in energy levels, and also helping with weight management.
2. Nuts and dried fruits
Nuts and dried fruits are a healthy option with a good balance of all three macronutrients (carbohydrates, fats and proteins). Moreover, nuts and dried fruits are loaded with fiber that can help keep you full between meals. These properties make them the perfect go-to snacking option, as they will increase energy levels, and improve your overall health.
3. Green vegetables
Green veggies such as spinach and broccoli are highly nutritious food sources that improve overall health. There are a number of dishes that can be made with them, from soup, gravy, to savoury preparations. These vegetables are a rich source of iron, vitamin C, and antioxidants that boost energy levels and improve immunity.
4. Vitamin C rich fruits
A study done by the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Department of Neuroscience in Nashville, revealed that vitamin C deficiency can cause mood changes and dip in energy levels. So, giving your body a boost of vitamin C through citric fruits such as orange and kiwi, and revitalise your energy levels.
5. Munch on makhana (fox nuts)
As per Journal of Food Processing & Technology, makhana contains a good amount of carbohydrates in each serving and is also rich in several micronutrients, including calcium, magnesium, iron, and phosphorus. Also, munching on this delicious snack will help you satiate your hunger, and increase your energy levels, due to protein and fiber present in it.
So, ladies, this Navratri, consider including these foods in your diet to stabilize your energy levels!