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Saswat Singhdeo

Festive season has finally arrived and many of us are still wondering how to make the best out of it while fasting. While this may appear like an uphill task, there is no need to worry at all as we bring you a list of five foods which will keep your hunger pangs at bay.

There you go:

1: Sabudana (sago/tapioca pearls)

Rich in carbohydrates and low in fat and protein, Sabudana acts as an energy booster during fasts. It is also easy to digest and can be eaten as khichdi, payasam, kheer or with vegetables.

Nutritionists believe it gives a cooling effect to the body.

2: Kuttu ki puri

Made using buckwheat flour or kutta ka atta, these crispy delights are generally eaten with curd. Unlike normal puris, these are considered healthy as buckwheat flour is rich in proteins, B-complex vitamins and minerals like magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, iron, zinc, and copper.

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It also considered an essential supplement for diabetics.

3: Lassi

Curd based drinks are always considered as the best health drinks. For example salted lassi and chaach keeps you full and provide the required amount of liquid to the body while keeping a check on weight gain.

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4: Kaddu ki sabzi (pumpkin curry)

This widely grown vegetable is one of the very low-calorie vegetables. Sans saturated fats or cholesterol, 100 g fruit provides just 26 calories and is rich in dietary fiber, anti-oxidants, minerals, and vitamins.

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Highly recommended by dieticians pumpkin is effective in cholesterol controlling and weight reduction programs.

5: Makhana (fox nuts)

Considered to be a popular food item during fasting, its high-fibre content avoids constipation, helps the body to flush out the waste preventing accumulation of toxins.

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While the antioxidants acts as anti-ageing food, with low saturated fat and sodium content but high in magnesium and potassium, these nuts help in controlling diabetes and high blood pressure, according to a rediff.com report.

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