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Here are 6 low-calorie Diwali desserts you can eat without guilt

Published on:12 November 2020, 12:00pm IST
Ditch those regular mithais this Diwali as we have for you nutritionist-recommended desserts that you can nosh on without worrying about weight gain.
Nikita Bhardwaj
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Healthy sweets are a real thing. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Diwali is the best time to feed yourself some amazing mithais and desserts. Plus, you also get the bahana of festivity to satisfy your sweet tooth. 

Although, a day of noshing is not going to make you a diabetic, but when it comes to weight gain then definitely you’ll see a dent. Also, it is always better to dig in something which is yummy but also low on calories. 

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That’s why we’ve got for you these six desserts that you can totally eat this Diwali without any guilt.

1. Lauki-based sweets

From lauki halwa to barfi, you can get them all. Lauki or bottle gourd is one of the healthiest vegetables out there. Plus, it’s light on the gut too. And if you haven’t tried sweets made of this veggie yet, then you are definitely missing out on something.

Lauki-based sweets are easily available for diabetics and people who are conscious about their calorie intake.

2. Dry-fruit-based sweets

“You can never go wrong with dry fruits,” says nutritionist, Amreen Shaikh, a dietitian and nutritionist from Wockhardt Hospital, Mumbai. “But there are a few things that you need to keep in mind while selecting these sweets. Look for sweets that have whole dry fruits, particularly ones that have more almonds and walnuts. These nuts will make the mithai healthier and more filling,” she adds.

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Nuts are a powerhouse of nutrients. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

The best part? There will be fewer chances of you gaining any weight as dry fruits don’t come with empty calories and loaded with nutrients.

3. Paneer kheer

This might sound strange, but this is the best dessert you can make for diabetics at home. According to Shaikh, cottage cheese or paneer kheer will help you save on some calories. And if you replace sugar with a healthy substitute, then nothing like it. “Paneer kheer will not increase blood sugar levels as it is low in carbohydrates,” she says.

4. Sweets made from chenna or curdled milk

Chenna is mostly used in Bengali sweets and is any day better than khoya- and mawa-based sweets. Chenna is a byproduct of milk and is low on calories.

5. Frozen fruit ice-cream

“There are many healthy fruit-based options available in the market, but you can make frozen fruit based ice creams at home as well. Just freeze the fruits that you want to add in this ice-cream, churn it in a blender, freeze it again, and serve. There is no need to add sugar or sweetener in this, instead you can use fruits like bananas for natural sugar,” Shaikh recommends.

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6. Mithai with seeds

Just like dry fruit laddus, seeds are a healthy option to make your desserts with. Seed-based sweets are great for people dealing with inflammatory diseases like skin allergies and arthritis. Also, seeds like sunflower, flax, sesame, and pumpkin are great for your skin as well.

“All these sweets are very easy to make at home. You can easily Google the recipes. I think this will be a much better and more healthier way to celebrate Diwali this year. Also, baked sweets are very much in trend, so you can totally try them too,” Shaikh concludes.

So ladies, scrap the mithai list that you have curated as you have just got this one which is healthier and yummier.

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Nikita Bhardwaj Nikita Bhardwaj

Six-pack abs are all that Nikita needs, along with her daily dose of green tea. At Health Shots, she produces videos, podcasts, stories, and other kick-ass content.