Dried-fruits are highly nutritious and excellent for snacking. Contrary to popular belief, dried-fruits don't make you fat. Snacking on dried-fruits doesn't mean having a big bowl of it. Excess of anything is bad for health. This navratri don't forget to include them in your "fasting food" list to keep yourself energized all day.
There are lot of ways to include dried-fruits in your everyday diet:-
Add to your bowl of cornflakes, muesli and even oatmeal in the morning.
Add in baked goodies like cakes, muffins, breads.
Nuts and dried-fruits are great in salads. My personal favorite are walnuts and sticky raisins.
Lightly roasting and salting nuts like almonds, cashews and walnuts makes a great snack and enhances the flavour too. I like to add tiny bit of red chili powder to make them spicy.
Add in traditional Indian sweets, kulfis and ice-creams.
Use in making chocolates.
Though figs(anjeer) are seasonal, they are available through-out the year in dried form. I love biting in the sticky and fudgy figs which gets stuck to the teeth. More particularly, I love figs because of nutty seeds which crackle in mouth.
Milk- 1 glass
Anjeer - 2-3
Honey- 1 tbsp
Walnuts - 5
Pre-soak figs in water.
Blend milk, honey and soaked figs (anjeer) using a hand blender.
Add chopped walnuts.
This milkshake is filling and energetic. Its great for people who are fasting and even makes for a good breakfast on a usual day. You can also serve it as a welcome drink to your guests.