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Holi can be a great day for festivities. The colours which come in different forms are thrown about without a care, which is possibly the highlight of this festival. Nonetheless keeping in mind the possible hazards that colours present to you, it would be a prudent to take necessary precautions.
If dry colour gets into your eyes then rinse it with water. On the day of Holi washing your eyes regularly with water is advisable. After washing the colour from your eyes, put some rose water in your eyes and lie down. This will relax your eyes.
Although the majority of colours found today are safe, chemical colours are ever so often used. These chemical colours are dangerous and should be avoided as they cause skin problems.
Some colours are prepared from harmful substances like acids, glass and strong chemicals which are hard to remove. The following are a few home remedies which will help in removing these strong chemicals.
To play it safe, it is important to use non-synthetic colours which are not harmful for your skin. Here is a list of recipes for herbal colours:
Food is an essential part of the festivities, we have highlighted some healthy food preparations to keep in mind this holi.
Holi is incomplete without gujiya. This Holi have gujiya but make a healthier selection of the stuffing. Add lots of dry fruits to the stuffing which will not only make it healthy but will maintain the tasty festive delicacy as well.
Besan ke laddoo is another wonderful holi preperation. The trick is to make the ladoos out of roasted yellow chana. Not only does it add on to the protein but it also does not require too much of ghee and still can be the best besan laddoo. Using natural sweetener like stevia is also advisable for a low sugar diet.
If kachodi does it for you, try baking a green chana and peas kachodi to add on to the ethnic yet exotic touch. Health is still given a priority with the baked and not deep fried version of this spicy holi dish.
Tikki chhole is another favourite item of Indians, esp. north Indians, on Holi. Prepare the tikki chhole, making changes to the stuffing. Use minimal potatoes, for binding with loads of carrots, beetroot and paneer added to it, cover the stuffing roll with healthy oats and stir fry instead of deep frying. Add in yoghurt and cooked chhole and the taste won’t be compromised but it would definitely get healthier.
Barfi especially kaju katli and kaju pista rolls are mostly bought from the shops during Holi to serve our guest and gift our relatives, Barfi however, is very easy to prepare and you can keep a track of your health by ensuring you use nothing but the best ingredients here. When it comes to nuts and health, cashew isn’t really a healthier option of the lot, hence, choose your ingredients wisely and prefer Pistachio, Almond, Figs, Dates as they do justice to both the nutrition and taste. Pista barfi, badam barfi are better than kaju barfi in the health aspect.
Bhaang and thandai are loved and enjoyed by almost all holi lovers. Ita fact that bhang isn’t healthy for our body and hence, it’s best to avoid. Opt for the alternative of thandai without the bhaang. A low calorie thandai prepared at home is the perfect intersection of tradition and health provided you ensure its made using slim milk, has more of almond as the thandai ingredient and there is no bhang goli added to it in any form.
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