‘Tis the season of indulgence and sweets galore— presumably the most awaited time of the year! As a new mum, it is even more special to celebrate this with your latest addition to the family. But amidst all the merrymaking is an extremely overwhelming thought at the back of your mind - “I NEED to get back in shape”. Suddenly, you find yourself staying away from all these yummies or passing on any sweet treat offered to you. And by now, you’re probably on a mission to find ‘healthy’ versions with artificial sweeteners and fat replacers—not just for your own benefit, but for the sake of your munchkin too.
You’ll be surprised and mostly excited to know that, contrary to popular belief, most of these age-old, heirloom recipes are in-fact healthy! All our halwas, ladoos, and wadas were designed keeping health in mind. So now, you really have no reason not to go all out, guilt-free! Here, we examine how a few cult favourites that have been misconstrued as ‘unhealthy’, are actually filled with all the goodness you can get
GAJAR KA HALWA
This halwa is a tonic for a new mum and an excellent food for your baby. It is loaded with vitamin A, protein, gut-friendly short-chain fatty acids, and calcium. Your vitamin A requirement is doubled postpartum, mainly for two reasons—
a. If you are breastfeeding, the growing baby needs vitamin A for cell development and for building immunity.
b. Delivery can cause acute inflammation. This leads to change in availability and utilisation of vitamins and minerals. In the weeks and months after your delivery, increasing your vitamin A intake can be a great way of safeguarding your child and yourself. Keeping this thought in mind, gajar ka halwa becomes a good option for you because carrots, milk and ghee are all good sources of vitamin A. A small cup of the halwa will give you about 40-50% of your daily requirement. What are you waiting for? Time to dig in to this big bowl comfort, mums!
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