Aloo, methi, gobi, mooli – all these veggies taste so delicious and make for a delightful meal when they are rolled out into a paratha form. Parathas are so versatile that they can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or even as a snack with evening chai. Additionally, parathas don’t require elaborate side dishes; they pair wonderfully with simple accompaniments like yogurt and pickle. But those who want to lose weight and are considering going on a diet might wonder if they can still indulge in their favorite paratha. The answer is yes, but you would have to make a fewtweaks. In this article, we list out on how to make your paratha weight loss friendly and nutritious.
1. Try Making It with Different Flours:
Bajra, makki (corn flour), ragi (nachni or finger millet), jowar – these are some nutritious options with fiber and minerals that boost metabolism, that you can consider to roll out parathas. If you like the traditional variety – stick to whole wheat or opt for multi-grain flour.
2. Add the Protein Factor:
Increasing daily protein intake is an effective strategy while trying to lose weight. Protein not only keeps you fuller longer and aids muscle growth, it also cuts down cravings and boosts metabolism, making it a vital macronutrient in transforming your body when paired with exercise such as strength training. Experts suggest ensuring that there’s a protein source at each meal. So, make your paratha diet friendly by adding protein-rich ingredients like paneer, sattu, matar, sprouted moong dal either by incorporating them into the dough or as fillings. You can also eat plain paratha with omelette to increase protein intake. Also read: “7 High-Protein Paratha Breakfast Options.”
3. Lace the Paratha with Ghee:
Clarified butter, also known as ghee, contains healthy fats that can aid in weight loss. Healthy fats curb cravings, boost metabolism, and support various body functions including hormone production, and are necessary for absorption of fat-soluble vitamins like A, D, E, and K. But be careful because ghee albeit beneficial, demands cautious use due to its calorie density because 1 tablespoon of ghee has about 120 calories! So, use ghee sparingly!
4. Make Paratha Nutrient Rich:
Include ingredients like spinach, carrot, cauliflower, cabbage to get loads of nutrients like vitamin A, K, iron, calcium, magnesium, fiber, antioxidants, etc. These ingredients also add so much flavour and texture to plain parathas and so many nutrients that boost metabolism as well. Also read: “Is It Okay To Eat Palak Paneer During Weight Loss?”
5. Add a Twist:
There are a lot of ways in which you can have paratha as a filling yet weight-loss friendly meal, here’s one for example: Make yourself a yummy roll with hummus spread, grilled paneer, and salad in between, and you would absolutely love this variation – it is healthy, has veggies from the salad, protein from hummus and paneer, and paratha of course acts as a delicious base.
In conclusion, with these tweaks, you can savour your favorite paratha without derailing your diet. Most importantly, if weight loss is on your mind, subscribe to the Rati Beauty app to access all our diet plans to lose extra pounds and inches.