India is the land of festivals. Every month Indians have an occasion to celebrate. It is now time for Holi, the festival of colors. But as with festivals, celebrations in this beautiful country remains incomplete without the vast array of tasty delicacies and sweetmeats served. From the yummy Motichoor Laddu to those deep-fried Gujiyas, Mapluas to Kulfis, Holi is well-known for its rich and sugar loaded mouthwatering delectables.
And sugar is lethal to those who have diabetes. So, what do they do? Worry not as there are some interesting and simple ways diabetics can be taken care of. Read out to know more about those tips and a simple, lip smacking diabetes friendly recipe for this Holi!
10 Effective Tips For Holi Diabetic Care
1. Never Miss Out The Routine Blood Sugar Check-Up!
Keeping track of blood sugar levels is quintessential to ensure that they could get along through the celebrations without compromising on the festivities. Do it at your doctor’s place or check it at home and keep noting the levels as per your routine to avoid unnecessary complications.
2. Take Them Into Consideration While Cooking!
Do not forget that you have a diabetic person at home. Along with preparing the traditional delicacies replete with sugar and oil, make sure that you prepare something that they can also enjoy. Instead of using artificial sweeteners, choose to prepare sweetmeats flavored with honey or jaggery.
[ Read: How Is Jaggery Good For Health ]
3. Help Them To Eat Clean!
It is holiday season, but ensure that they are not overdoing. Overloading themselves with carbohydrates could actually trigger a uncontrollable spiraling up of sugar levels, which would have a severe negative impact on their overall health. Try to include foods rich in whole grains and proteins as well as fruits and veggies so that they will be able to maintain their eating habits without temptations.
[ Read: How To Lower Blood Sugar With Diet ]
4. Refrain From Using Clarified Butter!
Indian sweetmeats get their taste from the use of clarified butter. But, alas, it only adds calories and could prove to be harmful for the diabetics. If you are serving them any deep-fried delicacy, make sure you use olive oil for the same. This could prevent them from overdoing, in terms of calories as well.
5. Strike A Balance Between Sweeteners And Fat!
This is equally important. Instead of buying a sugar-free delicacy from the shop that is rick in khoa, you can prepare something at home that has the right sweetener-fat balance. Choose a sweet that contains either fat or natural sugars. A good option would be rasgulla prepared using honey.
6. Watch Out Their Portion Sizes!
Since holi is a time of family get together, people often do not take care of how much they eat. Make sure that they are eating consciously. Encourage them to eat smaller portions, irrespective of what they eat. Try to give them a diet that is low fat and low carbohydrates. Eliminate coffee and tea altogether from their diet. Instead, serve them salads. This will ensure that their blood sugar levels are under control.
7. Do Not Allow Them To Skip Their Exercise Regimen!
All of us have a tendency to skip our exercising regimen during festival days. But make sure that they do not skip. In fact, encourage them to exercise a little more to ensure that they are not storing any excess calories. A little walk of 30 minutes or climbing the stairs would also do the job.
[ Read: How Yoga Can Help Your Diabetes ]
8. Cut Down On Alcohol!
Bhang should not be a part of a diabetic-friendly Holi celebration. Refrain from using any type of alcohol as it interferes with the potential of the body to synthesize carbohydrates, leading to hypoglycemia. It also masks the symptoms when a person experiences hypoglycemia including sweating, palpitation, and hunger.
9. Make Sure That They Take Their Medications On Time!
Being careless about medications could also invite undesirable impacts. Hence make sure that they are strict about their medicines as well. Keep a reminder or download diabetic-friendly apps to keep them reminding about their medicines and timing. This would prevent the sugar levels from surging up and leading into unwanted complications.
10. Allow Them To Rest Sufficiently!
Diabetic people have a tendency to tire out pretty fast. Hence make sure that they party smart while taking rest adequately. Try to avoid late night gatherings and overindulge during the play times. It is also advisable to refrain from staying awake pretty late as it could upset the entire metabolism levels. 6 to 8 hours of rest – that should be the target to keep them healthy!
A Diabetic Friendly Holi Sweet Recipe
This is the baked version of Gujiya that is prepared using dry fruits. It is soaked in honey and is thus completely safe for diabetics.
- Whole wheat flour – 2 cups
- Salt – 1/4 tsp
- Water – as required for kneading
- Ghee – 2 tbsp
- Dry fruits – ½ cup almonds, roughly crushed + ½ cup raisins
- Cardamom – 2 pods, roasted and finely crushed
- Honey – for soaking
How To Prepare:
- In a large bowl, mix salt with whole wheat flour. Heat the ghee and pour on top of the flour. Knead the mixture, adding water, if necessary, into a smooth, shiny dough. Cover with a moist cloth and keep aside for 30 minutes.
- In another bowl, mix dry fruits with powdered cardamom and keep aside.
- After half an hour, make small balls out of the dough and roll into small pooris of about 4 to 6 inches.
- Place about 1 tbsp filling in one end of each of the puris. Fold the puris, sealing the edges, so that it looks like a crescent moon. Use water or a little oil to seal the edges.
- Preheat the oven to 180 degree C. Grease the baking tray slightly with cooking oil and arrange the gujiyas on them. Bake for about 25 to 30 minutes, turning sides halfway through, until both sides turn slightly brown.
- Dip in honey and serve.
So are you ready to celebrate Holi!? Share your recipes with us in comments.