When you think of the desi-Indian diet, images of ghee-infused chapati, fried pakoras, and halwa probably come to mind. We Indians do indeed have a high-calorie diet, from parathas for breakfast to cream-loaded lassi for lunch.
But the body’s required caloric intake varies from person to person. If you think you have a hyperactive lifestyle that is leaving you exhausted and burning a lot of calories, a little extra chewing won’t hurt. On the other hand, if your physical activity is close to zero and you are still taking in excess calories, it can lead to rapid weight gain.
When it comes to weight loss, people usually prefer non-desi foods like quinoa, oats, and Greek yogurt, which are also not readily available. But not many people know that even our Indian diet contains a plethora of low-calorie food options. Not only do these light foods facilitate weight loss, but each of them has its own benefits.
Let’s take a look at some of these Indian dishes you can eat guilt-free.
Poha is the go-to breakfast for many Indians, and it’s not only delicious, but it’s also low in calories. Made by flattening parboiled rice, a bowl of poha can only contain 180 calories. In fact, Poha is quite easy to digest for your system and will keep you full for longer thus contributing to your weight loss journey.
Chickpeas or Kabuli chana in Hindi is another food that is low in calories and super nutritious at the same time. Being high in fiber and protein, it also supplies your body with essential nutrients while keeping your weight loss plan on track.
Bajra Khichdi is a popular food in the western region especially the state of Rajasthan. Packed with nutrients such as iron, magnesium, protein and fiber, Bajra is exceptionally low in calories and high in nutritional value, making it an ideal weight loss food.
Being a popular street food, Bhel is often considered unhealthy, but surprisingly if you ditch the extra sauces and chutneys, Bhel can be an effective weight loss snack. It is basically puffed rice that is very light and can be prepared in a variety of ways to taste.
Upma is another popular low-calorie breakfast mostly eaten in the southern regions of India. Upma, made with semolina, can be an excellent choice for weight loss because it is digested slowly and steadily and provides you with energy. Meanwhile, it is also rich in various vitamins and minerals.
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