Making Use Of Diwali Dry Fruits
On the Diwali morning, if you aren’t beginning your day with a plate of traditional snacks and sweets, you’re doing it all wrong! Even if you aren’t a pro at whipping up a marvellous batch of yummy Diwali mithai, there are still a host of easy and nutritious dessert recipes for you! If you are an ardent dessert lover, but are diabetic or are trying to lose all those undesirable kilos, we've got you all covered.
When making desserts, the fewer the ingredients – the better; and it’s also a lot less mess and fuss! What’s more, with all the numerous gifts comprising of dry fruits and nuts that you receive during Diwali, it makes so much sense to incorporate them into a Mithai (Diwali sweets) – they are wholesome and you can brush up your culinary skills too.
The remarkable health benefits of dry fruits
Dried fruits gratify your sweet tooth, whilst proffering a multitude of fabulous health benefits. Almost all dried fruits contain with fibre, vitamin A, vitamin K and robust antioxidants. Consuming 3 to 5 dried fruits per day promises to battle oxidative damage and staves off chronic diseases. When you consume dried fruits in place of a sugary treat, you are satisfying your craving for sweet, without adding too many calories, and are giving yourself an antioxidant, vitamin and mineral punch.
The outstanding health benefits of nuts
Having delicious flavour and rich texture, nuts proffer bags of nutrition. They are a good source of magnesium, phosphorus, and calcium; they are also teeming with vital vitamins and help regulate your immune mechanism and support brain function.
5 wholesome Diwali sweets
If you’re looking to make some luscious sweet treats, these five boast of being delightful, calorie-controlled, and are brimming over with nourishment!
• Chocolate cashews: Bring together cashews, cocoa powder, butter, powdered cinnamon, and brown sugar, and you're all set! Heat the butter, stir in the cashews and cinnamon, add a sweetener as per your preference and cocoa and bake till fragrant! 10 cashews provide loads of vitamin E, magnesium, and protein. 1 serving can help you bring down blood pressure levels and keeps you fuller for longer. Cashews have been touted to be effective enough to deal with muscle cramps, insomnia, and headaches; they also contain significant quantities of biotin, which can help you get gorgeous, shiny hair. Cocoa on the other hand is chockfull of formidable flavonoids, which boost the immune system drastically. This dessert helps you reap wonderful nutritional benefits and gives you a healthful treat!
• Apricot sandesh: Add a lovely twist to your regular sandesh by incorporating pureed apricots to the crumbled cottage cheese. A few unexpected ingredients and they truly take the sandesh to a whole new level! This dessert integrates delectable and somewhat different flavours. It is packed with protein from the paneer, and has plenty of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Apricots are an excellent source of polyphenols that promote heart health as well. Top off the sandesh with slivered almonds for an amazing crunch!
• Almond clusters: Cocoa-coated and honey drizzled almonds are a super crispy way to squash your craving for something sweet and chocolaty. Almond, dark chocolate, sugar, a dash of butter, and grated coconut combine beautifully in this decadent, but healthy treat. This treat is crammed with protein, healthy fats, and vitamin E. You could go the extra mile and skip sugar altogether; instead a Stevia-based replacement to sugar or skip the sweetener completely if you prefer the taste of dark chocolate.
• Date cake: This sticky date cake is absolutely perfect for after-dinner. A noteworthy mention is that it has very few calories, so it's fantastic for the weight watchers! Furthermore, beta glucan in the dates is a fibre that helps steady blood sugar levels, making it just what the doctor ordered for diabetics! It wards off oscillation in your blood sugar profile, keeps you feeling full for longer and also protects your heart. This cake beats all desserts, given its nutrient content, and also because it contains no sugar at all. In addition, it’s unbelievably delicious. It also stores well; you can cut the cake into well-portioned slices, (so that you don’t go overboard!) and store it in the freezer.
• Pista ice-cream: Ice cream is sweet, cold and satisfying and this one is low in calories too! Alongside, it provides protein, calcium, and crucial vitamins and minerals. The fresh green colour of this ice cream has tremendous eye appeal! Importantly, pista can help lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels appreciably and keeps your heart happy. This ice cream is unquestionably a healthy dessert option.
• Besan Barfi: While besan laddoos are quite the staple during Diwali, another way to use your dry fruits like badam or kaju is to powder them and add to them to this traditional dessert. If you are in a mood to give it a twist, instead of making laddos, you can turn the cooked besan into a barfi and top with a thick layer of almond, pistachio and cashew slivers. These will add a cruch to the sweet while contributing to nutrient value. Make sure you use pure Tata Sampann Besan which is made out of 100% unpolished chana dal and does not contain any other flour or powder.
You are bound to love these Diwali sweets recipes. Keep a few of these in your fridge at all times, not just while celebrating Diwali. They are the most wholesome way to battle sweet cravings and to annihilate the afternoon slump.
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