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A healthy navratri – top 10 foods

Navratri is a great time to start good and positive habits. Eating the right kind of food is the best way to do that. We tell you about 10 ingredients and how they help you get healthier and fitter. Try and include these delicious foods in your diet starting this navratri and watch with joy how effective they are!


  • Yogurt – probiotic paradise - Yogurt is probiotic in nature and has healthy bacteria which strengthens the digestive system. Apart from this, it also boosts body’s immune system protecting the body from various types of infections. A bowl of yoghurt along with lunch is a good option or use it in a smoothie – skip sugar add honey instead.


  • Blueberry – fight the C word - Blueberries are superfoods in the truest sense. The anti-oxidants in blueberries prevent people from cancer. The potassium in blueberries manages blood pressure and keeps it under control. It also protects you from heart disease and heart attack as it helps to keep your lipid profile under control and prevents plaque formation in the arteries thereby maintaining good blood flow to the heart.


  • Oats – slim down with each spoon - Oats are a good breakfast option for anyone and everyone. It is rich in fibre and helps you feel fuller and avoid the tendency to overeat – it helps greatly in weight management. Also good for diabetics and in managing blood sugar – oats can give you an energy boost instantly.


  • Beans- For a healthy heart - Beans are plant based protein and also rich in iron and fiber. It provides decent amount of protein to vegetarians maintaining a good protein status in the body.  It also brings down cholesterol as it is high in fiber and protects heart.


  • Pineapples - for porcelain skin - Pineapple is an amazing fruit. It is rich in vitamin C and it also has a component called bromelain that improves your immunity. It also protects heart as it is rich in antioxidant and keeps your heart healthy. For those who want to have a good and healthy skin, and an undefeatable digestive system they should be adding this fruit in their diet.


  • Pomegranate – lower your blood pressure - Pomegranate has certain polyphenols that protects you from various heart diseases. It also helps in reducing blood pressure. Pomegranate juice also provides a lot of anti-oxidant that protects your body from various oxidative damage also reducing stress levels.


  • Walnuts – brain food - They are good for the brain and the heart. The only nuts with omega 3, walnuts enhance the cognitive and motor functioning of the brain. It is also rich in antioxidants which protect the cells from free radical damage. It also improves lipid (good fat) profile.


  • Green tea – sip away your stress -  It is a super duper wonder food. It is packed with antioxidants which help from oxidative stress. It protects the heart, brain, and detoxifies the body. It improves physical performance and reduces stress levels. It also protects body from various types of cancer and the brain from snags related old age.


  • Broccoli – pump up the iron This green vegetable like others is an excellent source of vitamin C, Vitamin A, potassium and folate. It helps in building your immunity and also strengthens your digestive system. It is also known to fight cancer. It is rich in Vitamin K which in turn maintains bone health. Remember - the darker the broccoli the more nutritious it is.


  • Tomatoes – diabetes fighter - Tomatoes are rich source of Vitamin A, C, folic acid and most importantly lycopene.  It is known to reduce the risk of various types of cancer. It is a good source of potassium which helps in lowering blood pressure. For a peachy complexion and healthy nourished skin, tomatoes are your go to! It is also a good source of fibre which can benefit diabetics and those who suffer from constipation.

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Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal www.sanjeevkapoor.com is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.