Traditional Lohri Treats and its health benefits
The first festival of the year, Lohri marks the end of chilly winters and start of spring. It’s the time people in Punjab await to indulge in delicious snacks and celebrate with friends and family around a cosy bonfire. The farmers harvest rabi crops and as the sun sets, the evening bonfire is arranged. After the parikrama or fire worship, winter savouries such as gajak, popcorn, til ke ladoo, rewari and moongfali are served around.
Eating these traditional sweets is considered auspicious. But did you know besides a delectable taste and a religious connection these yummy treats hold great nutritional value? Take a look…
Glow with Gajak
A very healthy and delicious Indian sweet, “Gajak” is made of peanuts and jaggery. It is a combination of vital vitamins, proteins and iron. This Lohri treat manages cholesterol levels and prevents coronary heart disease and strokes. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, vitamin E, zinc and magnesium which give your skin a natural glow. A healthy alternative to chocolates, the amino acids present in gajak help in growth and development.
Popcorn for the Diabetic
Popcorn is a very popular snack. Around Lohri time, kids get super excited because they get to eat it in plenty. It is a healthy snack because it improves digestion, lowers cholesterol level and also prevents cancer. Rich in fibre, this air-popped food controls blood sugar levels. It reduces fluctuations in blood sugar that is surely a major bonus for people suffering from diabetes.
Stronger Bones With Til Ke Laddoo
High in nutritional value, til ke ladoo are consumed largely in India during Lohri festival. Sesame seeds used to make this delicacy have heart-healthy unsaturated fats that can lower cholesterol levels and reduces the risk of heart disease. Til is also a good source of dietary fibre that is best known for keeping bowel habits normal. Eat ‘til ke ladoo’ every day to promote red blood cells production. Also helps in maintaining bone health.
A Lohri treat that is loved by all is none other than Rewari. The bite-sized snack comprises of essential minerals such as manganese, copper, phosphorous, iron, zinc and calcium. Regular consumption of Rewari promotes bone health, lowers bad cholesterol, reduces hypertension and stress.
Peanuts (Moongfali) for the Diet-conscious
Everyone’s favourite winter snack “moongfali” contains a good amount of folate. Peanuts are also helpful in preventing gallstones. Filled with vitamins, nutrients and anti-oxidants moongfali is a rich energy source. But there’s a good news for the ladies. Consuming peanuts twice a week helps in reducing weight. Isn’t that great?
I’m sure you must be surprised by these amazing health benefits of Lohri treats. Enjoy these snacks and make the most of this beautiful and warm festival.