One of the most auspicious occasions of the year, Navratri begins from September 29 this year. Celebrated with great fervour in the entire country, one of the major parts of Navratri is fasting being observed by people. While devotees offer prayer to goddess Durga for nine days during this time, they also limit their diet to strict vegetarian food. They get back to their normal diet only after the tenth day of Navratri. During this time, the entire space is filled with the aroma of various delicious food. Those who fast for nine days, eat food that may lack some of the most important nutrients. Also Read - Durga Ashtami 2019: Know The Significance, Date, Puja Timings, Kanya Pujan Muharat And Importance of 8th Day of Chaitra Navratri
So, it is significant to choose the right food while you are on a Navratri diet to prevent yourself from being deficient of important vitamins, minerals, etc. This is essential as being deficient of major nutrients can make you likely to develop health ailments like weakness, heart problem, skin issues, defective bone growth, etc. Also Read - Navratri Special: Treat Yourself to These Delicious Recipes
Considering the above-mentioned side-effects of fasting, here we give you a list of some of the commonly available snacks that you can add to your daily diet. Read on to know about them.
As mostly animal-based food are rich in iron, fasting can make you deficient of this essential nutrient. But you need not worry. Chiwda can help you maintain its level in the body. Notably, iron is required for the formation of haemoglobin, which is further required for the circulation of oxygen-carrying red blood cells to the lungs.
You can opt for Sabudana to fulfil your protein requirement. It is essential for the growth of muscles and the nourishment of your body. Also, protein is also helpful in maintaining the health and flexibility of bones.
Makhana is a good source of carbohydrates, which our body requires for energy. Also known as Fox nuts, these are low in fat content and jam-packed with magnesium and potassium. During Navratri, you can have Makhana as Kheer.