Snacking right pays

Wednesday, 30 January 2013 - 2:52pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

Nutrition fads come and go but the simple key remains the same — eat lots of nuts, avoid sugar and curb those sinful sweets.

As the weather changes, we tend to be less active in the winter. Not only do we need to revamp our wardrobe but also make amendments in our diet. Nutrition fads come and go but the simple key to eating well remains the same. So here are a few tips for eating right this winter, festive season when you cannot stick to your fitness regime.

Nutrionist Ishi Khosla says, “If you know you are to dine out, then under-eat during the day. Remember; don’t go starving to the party.” She advises to snack smart. Go for nuts, seeds, fresh fruits,dry-fruits, non–fried, grilled or bar-be-qued snacks.

She says,“Pop-in a few nuts every two-three hours to keep hunger pangs away and energy levels high. Other healthy snacks include roasted gram, yogurt, roasted whole grains and cheese. Due to their richness in fiber, protein and high quality of fat, almonds make a high nutrient and high satiety food for weight watchers.”

Save yourself from calories and avoid drinking sweetened beverages. Go in for sugar free substitutes, diet sodas or fruit juices diluted with soda. Limit intake of sweets: Honey, jaggery, chocolate coated nuts, dark chocolate, squeezed rasgulla, sandesh or fruit yogurt make good sugar-fixes.

Shraddha Gadit, nutritionist, says that we do tend to eat more during the winter months, with the average person gaining at least one to two pounds and those who are already overweight, likely to gain a lot more. The body needs to burn more calories to keep warm and hence there is a need to eat more. She suggests we should eat the following to keep our body warm — leafy vegetables, garlic, carrot, beetroot and protein rich food.

So stay healthy this winter! Eat sensibly, and don’t let the cold dampen your mood! Eat your way through all the foods that are good for warming you up, and avoid the others, and there will be no chance of you getting sick and grouchy in the weather !

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