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Have A Diabetes-friendly Diwali

Dr. Shweta U. Shah

Dr. Shweta U. Shah
06 October 2020

This article is authored by Dr. Shweta U. Shah. A practicing homeopath, she follows a patient-centred perspective, emphasizing the benefits of natural remedies and herbs, homeopathy and whole food nutrition.

Immune Boosting Foods

Diwali can be a very tricky time for diabetics trying to sustain normal blood sugar levels. From trays piled up high with besan laddoos and mava ghugras, to sugar-laden kheer and halwa and deep-fried irresistible snacks, it’s fairly easy to fall off your health track! Nevertheless, constructing a diabetic-friendly Diwali sweets menu is totally possible – we promise you, your Diwali sweets (Mithai) will be decadently delicious, devoid of sugar and loaded with wholesomeness! You don’t need to panic about your blood sugar levels going through the roof! Sounds too good to be true, right? Celebrate Diwali with these sweet treats that guarantee you all this as well as rave reviews!

Gorge on these Diwali sweets!

For a diabetic, the best food choices are those that are high in protein, low in sugar, and chockfull of fibre; so, let’s dig in to these yummy sweet treats!

1. Date fudge: The awesome combination of being high in fibre and having no sugar makes this dessert completely diabetes-friendly. Packed with dates, almonds, cashews and pistachios and dusted with cardamom powder, this one is a big show-stopper! Dates lend the dish a natural sweetness and give it a chewy texture, while the nuts give it a crunch. Beta D glucan in dates is a fibre that helps stabilise blood sugar levels and keeps you feeling fuller for longer. An added bonus is – dates are brimming over with antioxidants too, and these fight free radicals and also reduce the formation of fat cells. This gooey fudge is sure to rally a swarm at your table. And there is not a smidge of sugar that goes in to the recipe!

2. Gajjar halwa: How to Increase Immune SystemCarrots are super healthy and low in calories. This root veggie is crammed with beta carotene, vitamins C and K and robust anti-oxidants. Fresh, red carrots add a wealth of flavour and sweetness to the halwa, while keeping the sugar content to a minimum. You could opt for brown sugar when making this halwa or include a natural sweetener to add sweetness.

3. Badam ice cream: Magnesium in almonds improves insulin sensitivity, while the healthy fats keep your heart happy. This sweet treat has plenty of protein and few carbs and these two control blood-sugar levels well. Use skimmed milk for the recipe along with some pure honey replacement and you have yourself a wholesome ice-cream!

4. Apple and anjeer kheer: Apples and figs join forces for a creamy kheer and do immense justice to this scrumptious dessert! These two fruits promise to ward off oscillations in the blood sugar levels and keep them steady. They are naturally very sweet and you can add a mere dash of sugar to the recipe or skip the sugar altogether. Sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon on top; its powerful antioxidants – the polyphenols enhance insulin sensitivity and assist in sustaining normal blood glucose levels.

5. Rose sandesh: Loaded with satiating protein and hardly any sugar, this gratifying sweet will be the rock-star of your meal. Rose and paneer is truly a match made in heaven! Cottage cheese makes it creamy and melt-in-the-mouth, while rose gives it a richness and freshness. The best part about this dessert is that it is subtle and you can control the sweetness involved while you make it at home. It is an extremely easy recipe. Garnish the Sandesh with some pistachios or almonds to make them look festive.

6. Moong dal laddoo – Immune Boosting FoodsMoong dal laddoo is a healthy combination of protein and indulgence. It can be made with very little sugar and is proper wholesome Indian sweet for a festive time like Diwali. As the sugar and ghee content in it is low, it is also good for weight watchers. Check out an moong dal laddoo Diwali recipe

A deprivation of sweets can result in greediness and your blood sugar levels will be off the charts, so the entire purpose is defeated. Having a sweet treat occasionally and especially one that is made at home is perfectly okay. Don’t deprive yourself of the food you love; all you need to do is be careful about how much you consume! Reduce the amount of sugar you use in the Diwali sweets recipes; use natural sweeteners such as dates, figs and jaggery. You could include a sugar substitute, and essentially, practice portion control. More often than not, mindfully relishing a little piece of your much-loved dessert is all it takes to have a wonderful experience.


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