Maha Shivratri is one of the most auspicious and well celebrated Hindu festivals. It is celebrated in the honor of Lord Shiva. Maha Shivratri means the 'Great night of Shiva'. The festival falls in the Indian calendar month of Phalguna. Prayers are carried out throughout the night of this Devine festival, but what makes the festival special is its distinctive fasting. People observe this special fasting to mark their devotion for their beloved deity. This fasting is not for all. Children, pregnant women, sick people and elderly are advised not to keep the fasts.
Many people observe tough fasting in which they will not consume water or food throughout the day. However, only a few can do this tough form of fasting. So most of the people observe a fast where they can have milk, fruits and non-grain items.
Here are the three superfoods you can have while observing Maha Shivaratri fast this year :
Dry Fruit Milkshake :
Dry fruits milkshake is a healthy, nutrient rich and tasty milkshake packed with the nourishment from super foods that include nuts and dried fruits like almonds, cashew nuts, pistachios, dates and figs. Dry fruits milkshake is filling enough.
This milkshake is low on fat and high on flavor. You can add any nuts or dry fruits of your choice based on availability and taste. People who want to add an extra flavor of sweetness can add bananas to it. Dry fruit milkshake acts as an instant energy source and helps in beating sleeplessness.
Fruit salad :
Fruits are an integral part of every puja and a good source of energy during Shivaratri fasting. Making a fruit salad is easy. It can be made by mixing either fresh or frozen fruits together.
It can be made by mixing apples, bananas, grapes, papaya, or any other fresh fruit of your choice. Fruit salad is rich in nutrients like vitamin B6, potassium and iron and helps in providing enough energy in less time.
Nut & Dry fruits :
Dry fruits are one of the super nutritional foods which help in supplying a good amount of antioxidants to our body and enhance the intakes of fiber and nutrition. Dry fruits are best to quench your craving. Almonds, cashew and walnuts are some of the healthy nuts.
Dry fruits are like energy-bombs loaded with high nutrition and minerals. Hence consuming dry fruits provides a good amount of energy during shivaratri fasting.
Nature Refreshed wishing you all an auspicious Maha Shivratri!