Healthy Eid Recipes to Make Your Eid-ul Fitr Sweeter

Healthy Eid Recipes to Make Your Eid-ul Fitr Sweeter

Healthy Eid Recipes to Make Your Eid-ul Fitr Sweeter

We cannot keep calm because Eid ul-Fitr is here. Although it depends on the sighting of the moon when Eid is celebrated. But we must prepare for it with our best Eid outfits and don’t forget to take out a list of tasty Eid recipes.

The word Eid ul-Fitr literally means ‘fast-breaking festival’. Since the festival is all about feasting and greeting, people celebrate Eid by eating traditional dishes and sweets. However, like any other festival, Eid can also be challenging for people with diabetes due to various dietary restrictions.

Looking for healthy and diabetic friendly Eid recipes? Health Shots got delicious recipes curated by Chef Yogank Pranav, BeatO Food Lab.

Delicious healthy Eid recipes that are also diabetes friendly:

1. Anjeer Shahi Tukda with almond milk

Ingredients:

Almond Milk 200ml
Anjeer (figs) 40g
multigrain bread 8 u
almonds 50 g
sweetener 1 teaspoon
Rose essence 1 teaspoon
Saffron 1 gr

Shahi TukdaAmong a group of Eid recipes, this Shahi Tukda recipe is a winner. Image Courtesy: Beat O Food Lab

Method:

  1. Soak almonds overnight in warm water. Mix them with a little almond milk and figs to make a smooth paste.
  2. Cook the rest of the almond milk with the almond and fig paste over low heat until slightly thickened. Add rose water.
  3. Cut and toast multigrain bread until crisp.
  4. Add the saffron threads to the warm mixture.
  5. Put the toasted bread on a plate and pour over the almond milk mixture.
  6. Refrigerate for a few minutes and serve cold garnished with a few almond or walnut flakes of your choice.

Nutritional Benefits:

  1. Almond milk is a non-dairy vegan product that has fewer calories. It is a rich source of calcium and vitamin E.
  2. Figs have a low glycemic index and have anti-diabetic properties. They are rich sources of antioxidants, flavonoids and minerals.
  3. Multigrain bread is high in fiber and lower in calories compared to white or whole grain bread; therefore, the LGB peak is lower.
  4. Almonds are rich in healthy fats, protein, magnesium, and fiber. Maintains the health of your heart by increasing HDL (good cholesterol)
  5. Saffron is rich in nutrients like potassium, manganese, magnesium, zinc, selenium, etc. It is also rich in antioxidants, therefore it protects our body from oxidative stress, cancer and infections. All these qualities make it one of the healthiest among these Eid recipes.

2. Brown Rice Zarda Pulao

Ingredients:

Brown Rice 100 gr
butter 2 teaspoons
olive oil 1 teaspoon
almonds 5 g
Cashews 5g
walnuts 10 gr
Nail 4 pieces
Kessar 1 gram
dry coconut 2 tablespoons
Figs Dates 25 gm
Cardamom pods 2 pieces
sweetener 1 teaspoon

Zarda PulaoTry this easy to prepare Zarda Pulao recipe for diabetics. Image Courtesy: BeatO Food Lab

Method:

  1. Heat the ghee and olive oil mixture in a pot and toast the nuts; keep toasted nuts aside.
  2. Add the cloves and lightly crushed cardamom to the same pot and lightly sauté. Add 2 cups of water and saffron threads.
  3. Bring this mixture to a boil and add soaked brown rice (soaked for at least 30 minutes) to it.
  4. When the rice is half cooked, add the fig/date puree and mix well. Taste and add sweetener if needed.
  5. Add the toasted walnuts. Cover and cook.
  6. Serve hot garnished with some nuts.

Nutritional Benefits:

  1. Brown rice is rich in fiber and antioxidants. Improves heart health and helps control cholesterol levels. It also helps prevent obesity.
  2. Ghee is rich in butyric acid, vitamin K and E. It has anti-cancer properties, stimulates hair growth and restores hair health. It also helps strengthen bones.
  3. Olive oil is rich in MUFAs and antioxidants. Apart from this, it has a modest amount of vitamin E and K.
  4. Walnuts are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, have anti-inflammatory properties, reduce the risk of cancer and help maintain intestinal health and weight control.

3. Whole Grain Seviyan with Foxtail Millet

Ingredients:

Seviyan Whole Wheat 50 gr
Foxtail millet 30 tsp
Low Fat Skimmed Milk 500 ml
butter 1 teaspoon
Almond milk 200ml
Cashew 5g
walnuts 10 gr
dried coconut 2 teaspoons
Kessar 1g
Rose essence 1 teaspoon
Cardamom pods 25 g
apple 2 pieces
sweetener 1 teaspoon

seviyanCraving for Eid seviyan? Here is an easy recipe to make. Image Courtesy: BeatO Food Lab

Method:

  1. Heat the ghee in a pan and toast the whole wheat seviyan and set aside.
  2. Heat the milk in a heavy-bottomed saucepan/pot and add the soaked and washed foxtail millet together with the almond milk. Cook over low heat.
  3. When the millet is half cooked, add the seviyan along with the walnuts and the essence of roses and grated apple to sweeten.
  4. Add a little water; if the kheer seems too thick, cover and simmer until the millet is fully cooked.
  5. Serve hot or cold, garnished with some chopped nuts.

Nutritional Benefits:

  1. Millet is an excellent source of calcium and iron. Promotes cardiovascular health and the nervous system. It lowers LDL, controls diabetes, helps reduce weight, promotes digestion, and boosts immunity, making it one of the healthiest Eid recipes.
  2. Apples are a rich source of soluble fiber and malic acid. It helps reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and improves gut health by increasing the good bacteria in the stomach.

After a month-long fasting routine in Ramadan, you may feel exhausted and want to eat whatever is available. However, to keep blood glucose levels under control, it is recommended to check blood sugar levels at daily intervals.

Maduparna Pramanick, diabetes educator and health coach at BeatO, says, “Always check your blood glucose levels before eating food. Always stick to the serving size, which helps you keep your BGL in check. Get in the habit of walking for 15 to 20 minutes after eating.”

Increase how often you check your blood glucose levels. Changes in routine and dietary habits, as well as medication modifications, during Ramadan can have unforeseen consequences. If your blood glucose levels stay high, see a diabetes expert for guidance on how to control your blood sugar levels.

Eid Mubarak!

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