We all love food shows and wait for our favorite chef to whip up some delicious, tempting treats on every episode. We may or may not try to make them but we like the way the chef makes it. The food these chefs make looks so delicious and tempting that we wonder how they manage to resist the temptation and stay healthy despite being surrounded by delicious foods. So, we asked celebrity chefs Maria Goretti, Shipra Khanna, Rakhee Vaswani and Pankaj Bhadouria about how to stick to a healthy diet. Read on to know their answers. They also shared some useful tips for healthy eating and how to eating right when you are a busy, working woman. (ALSO READ Enjoy Special Women’s Day Offers at These Restaurants).
How do you manage to stick to a healthy diet when you are surrounded by delicious foods?
Chef Pankaj Bhadouria: Moderation is the Key! I love to eat so I take small portions of whatever I want to eat and then try to burn some of it away on the treadmill. For Lunch, I prefer having a bowl of oats with honey whenever I can. Sipping green tea throughout the day also helps. So a little bit of this, a little bit of that put together helps to try and stay healthy.
Chef Rakhee Vaswani: I try to eat at regular intervals and I make sure I eat good carbs. I don’t avoid carbs or sweets in-case I crave but I make sure that my quantities are limited – that’s the trick! I eat home-made comfort food because it suits my body and is all easily digestible which helps me lose weight eventually.
Chef Shipra Khanna: I don’t compromise on food, I try to eat right and exercise to keep fit no matter what I eat!
Maria Goretti: Well, I have to make well informed choices, it’s not that you are able to eat bowl full of everything, but I think all the yummy and tasty stuff in moderation, mixed with some kind of exercise and choosing to eat healthy at least 75% if the time, keeps me fine .
Name one unhealthy ingredient (like sugar) that you could easily replace with a healthy alternative?
Chef Pankaj Bhadouria: I am not too keen on substitution. I’d rather not eat an unhealthy ingredient than look for its substitute. Yes, I definitely do like to switch over to some healthier cooking techniques if possible.
Chef Rakhee Vaswani: Sugar is easily replaceable by dates and prunes. These are the two things I always munch on when I’m craving something sweet. They have plenty of health benefits, which is why I add them as a part of my diet, even in cakes and desserts to replace refined sugar!
Chef Shipra Khanna: Sugar can always be replaced by honey or naturally sweet fruit for shakes or smoothies for example!
Maria Goretti: Instead of sugar in my day to day life I actually use pure jaggery, yes the taste is not the same, but you get used to it, in fact I think, it does have better flavor. And when I bake, especially when it’s a fruit infused cake, you can bring down the sugar content and add a little extra fruit
Which is your go-to dish when you crave something sweet?
Chef Pankaj Bhadouria: People say they have a ‘Sweet Tooth’, I have 32 ‘Sweet Teeth’!! I have strong sugar cravings after every meal. Usually, a piece of chocolate satiates the craving but if not available, a piece of jaggery also works for me.
Chef Rakhee Vaswani: I love Gulab Jamun, Rasmalai and definitely Jalebi!
Chef Shipra Khanna: Energy bar or a chewing gum
Maria Goretti: Dates
A tip for working women to eat healthy
Chef Pankaj Bhadouria: Never skip Breakfast! Always begin your day with a good solid breakfast. It keeps you going throughout the day. Eggs and milk or yogurt should always be a part of the breakfast. And of course, try and keep dinner light, the earlier the better.
Chef Rakhee Vaswani: I think eating smart is the only way to go here on. Especially for people like me who don’t have the luxury of time to cook/eat time-consuming meals, they need to replace ingredients in a clever manner. For example, I’d replace normal rice with kolam rice which is much lighter to digest and keeps me satiated as well.
Chef Shipra Khanna: You should always carry some dried fruit with you in a box to kill those untimely hunger pangs. It keeps you energized as well!
Maria Goretti: You will have to plan your meals so that you can shop for your ingredients on the weekend, and hence have all that you need for the preparation of a healthy meal, also carrying dry fruit is a great quick tiny snack. (ALSO READ Recipes For Working Women: How to Make Chimichurri Grissini Breadsticks, Flavored Makhana and Banana Oatmeal Cookies).
Which is the best (easy) breakfast in your opinion?
Chef Pankaj Bhadouria: I swear by eggs, brown toast and a cup of coffee (with sugar) to begin my day. Even if I do not get another meal throughout the day, it matters not for it is good enough to carry me through the day.
Chef Rakhee Vaswani: Daliya upma is the quickest and easiest breakfast to cook and eat. Daliya is a great substitute for Suji and this is what makes it a good carb. Everyone should replace their bad carbs with good carbs. Rule is – Do not eliminate carbs! Eat everything you have always been eating but in smaller quantities and more smartly. That is my mantra.
Chef Shipra Khanna: Eggs undoubtedly and Endless ways to prepare it.
Maria Goretti: Eggs and dry fruit
We hope these ladies have inspired you to eat right and stay healthy!