The festival of Gudi Padwa celebrates a new beginning of a new year. Apart from dressing up, preparing delicacies,especially sweets, is an essential part of this celebration.
One would imagine celebrating this auspicious day gossiping with your cousins and relatives and of course – the food. And while everyone around you is enjoying the yummy delicacies, you would be tempted to grab a few as well, right? But what about your never-ending worries about blood sugar fluctuation? Well, here I am with diabetes-friendly menu for you so you can enjoy yourself without the guilt
Diabetes-friendly Kesar dry fruit shrikhand:
What you’ll need:
|Full-fat curd (dahi) – 1 ½ cups|
Cardamom (elaichi) powder – ½ tsp
A few strands of saffron (Kesar) soaked in 1 tbsp warm water
Almond (badam) slivers – 1 tbsp
Pistachio slivers – 1 tbsp
- Soak the saffron strands in 1 tbsp of warm water and keep it aside.
- Place the curd in a muslin cloth and squeeze the cloth to remove all the excess water.
- Transfer the hung curd into a deep bowl, add the sugar-free drops and give it a good it mix using a whisk.
- Add cardamom powder and saffron-water mixture and remix it.
- Pour the shrikhand into a serving bowl, garnish it with almond and pistachio slivers and refrigerate for at least an hour.
- You can serve the Kesar dry fruit shrikhand chilled.
Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Try to avoid eating sweets at dinner time and enjoy it during lunch instead.
- Try to stay active for at least 30 minutes in spite of the festivities.
- Make sure to consume a glass of hot water before each meal to enhance your digestion which would eventually help in managing your blood sugar levels.
- Instead of making your sweets authentically try to give it a modern touch for example:
- Swap maida/refined flour in Puran Poli with whole wheat flour.
- Swap your good, old sugar or jaggery with sugar-free.
- Swap your puris with chapatis.
5. Avoid using simple carbs for your sweets and opt for complex carbs for example, dal, veggies with chapatis and shrikhand instead of dal, rice and shrikhand with puri.