If most festivals are about sinful indulgence, some are also about penance and detoxification! In fact there is a scientific explanation to most rituals. If praying, chanting mantras calm the mind and soul, fasting cleanses the body from within!
Fasts are the best way to get rid of not just the toxins your body has stored through the years, but also a time to do away with those ugly bulges you so very much detest.
However, while fasting, if we indulge in food high on carbohydrates and calories, the entire purpose is defeated. Fried, oil dripping food will not just harm the body, but will also impact your concentration and hence your meditation and prayers.
A smart choice would be to snack wisely while fasting. Snacking on almonds instead of consuming unhealthy snacks through the day can make a healthy difference to one’s life. A handful of these nuts have protein, vitamin E, fiber, riboflavin and other essential nutrients that not just keep you satiated for long but also do away with wrinkles.
According to celebrity nutritionist and dietician Ritika Samaddar, “Almonds are rich in vitamin E, dietary fibre, protein and other essential nutrients. They have shown to promote heart health and contribute towards diabetes and weight management when consumed as a part of one’s daily diet. In addition to significantly improving LDL cholesterol, snacking on almonds also reduces central adiposity (belly fat) and waist circumference, all well-established heart disease risk factors. Hence instead of gorging on fried puris and potatoes, it is advisable to snack on almonds.”
“Almonds are best when eaten raw, however you can also dry roast them if you want. Also, almonds are not fattening, instead, they are an ideal food for weight watchers because they keep you filled up for long.” she adds.
Almonds are also traditionally considered saatvik food and hence can be used in various vrat-recipes. Remember, fasting can only serve its purpose of cleansing if it is done in a healthy manner!
Some Almond recipes you can try this festive season
Almond Milk: Soak a handful of almonds overnight. Grind them to a fine paste. In a blender add one cup milk, almond paste and honey to taste.
Almond Burfee: Soak almonds overnight. Remove skin and grind to a fine paste. Add some milk if needed. In a deep bottomed pan add the almond paste, one cup powdered sugar and cook till the mixture browns a bit. Grease a plate, spread the mixture over it and refrigerate. Cut into squares and serve.