Making a smart choice on healthy foods during Hari Raya celebration is vital to avoid overindulgence of high-calorie foods. Nevertheless, the food fiesta should not sideline our healthy diet and eating habits especially after a month of fasting. Let us be in control of our appetite before it controls us with these 7 tips to feast your Raya food healthily.
#1 Always choose smaller plates
This trick is useful when there are ketupat, lemang, rendang and lontong on the table tempting you. Using a smaller plate or bowl will limit the dishes that can fit into it and appear bigger.
Smaller plates or bowls create an illusion that your plate is already full while ensuring that you will take each of the dishes in a smaller amount.
That way, you won’t go overboard with the portion while still enjoying your favourite dishes. A bonus tip for you: limit yourself to a few bites if you’re visiting several houses, rather than eating multiple plates of food.
#2 Reduce intake of oils and fats
Among the many must-have Hari Raya delicacies, some foods are oily, fatty, and contain coconut milk, such as lemang. These foods are high in calories and should be eaten only in small amounts.
Choose low-calorie foods instead of oily and fatty foods. Keep your calorie intake in check with those substitutes:
A) Eat fresh fruits over dodol and wajik
B) Eat ketupat or nasi impit over lemang
C) Eat soto over curry mee
Are you on the calories watch? Check out Alvin Netto’s nutritional guide about Raya food and learn how to burn those “lemak” from each of these Raya delicacies.
#3 Indulge in some fruits & vegetables
Kuih, dodol and wajik are often a choice for snacks and desserts for Hari Raya. These delicacies tend to be high in fat (from butter, oil or santan) and sugar.
Aside from all the carbs remember to include fresh fruits and vegetables. They are packed with high water content. They will keep you hydrated throughout, and also regulate your body functions and allow your muscles to work properly.
Hence, you are recommended to choose fresh fruits as snacks and desserts instead.
#4 Limit the soft drink intake
Most houses serve carbonated drinks and sweetened drinks during Hari Raya. Don’t underestimate the ability of sugar in soft drinks to make you pile on the kilos or ruin your teeth. You should not be chugging down fizzy drinks even if you’re opting for the diet variety.
Instead, replenish yourself with lots of water. Water is crucial in our daily lives as it helps to flush out toxins and cleanses the body system.
Try not to consume caffeinated drinks. It is a stimulant that can be found in soft drinks such as coke, coffee and tea. As caffeine is diuretic, which causes your body to be dehydrated.