Give your Diwali gift a twist for better family health
Medikoe Wellness Expert
80 feet road indira nagar, Bengaluru Oct 21, 2020
Diwali is the brightest and most significant festival in India when it comes to celebrations. On this day, we seek hope, prosperity, mindfulness and family health. The whole country unites to celebrate the victory of good over evil, usually marked by lighting, fireworks, food, sweets, shopping and the best of all gifts!!.
Diwali is the time for new beginnings, especially when it comes to family living patterns and what better than starting a new year with the gift of good health for your family and friends. Gifting, when done right, is quite a powerful channel for motivating and inspiring others. It might end up creating an incredibly positive impact on your loved ones rather than something useless which sits in the dusty corner of the storage room.
Swap the old-style traditions with healthier, wellness-oriented, eco-friendly and modern alternatives.
Great Gifting, more than anything, is directed by intuition and observation. To get it right, you need to make an effort to understand the person and their personality and inclinations.
Little actions, big Impact! Make it your Diwali slogan and think of gifts which might bump the family towards being wholesome and keeping well with better control over their health? While considering your family's health, is there something from the gift department which can help your loved ones in overcoming their barriers and embrace a healthier, wholesome and stress-free lifestyle?
Here are some great gift suggestions to combine happiness with health
Gift of a healthy long life
- Fitness bands- Fitness bands or trackers have become increasingly popular lately. Not only do they look cool but they have amazing benefits for our body and goals. These trackers help in Monitoring heart rate monitoring breathing, tracking calories burnt, watching cardio fitness levels, sleep tracking, silent alarm and are smart like your phone. From children to old people, everybody's health can be benefitted from a gift so great. That way, they can burn those calories, drop those pounds, and watch their progress along the way!
Pulse oximetry- Pulse oximetry is a non-invasive and painless examination which measures your oxygen saturation level or the oxygen levels in your blood. It can quickly detect even the smallest changes in how efficiently your oxygen is being carried to the extremities from the heart, including the arms and the legs. You can gift this to someone who needs to take care of their health and well being.
BP machine- A medical device like a digital BP machine can come in very convenient for someone who is suffering from high blood pressure. It indicates your blood pressure levels and for routine monitoring, this home-use device can be used by everyone very conveniently.
Glucometer- A glucose meter or glucometer is a device for monitoring the approximate condition of the level of glucose in a person. This portable electronic device is the best gift for anybody suffering with diabetes and it provides you with feedback about your blood sugar level. Gift it to your loved ones and show them how much you care about their health.
A full body checkup
Add Years to Life & Add Life to Years of your loved ones by giving them a full body checkup. A health checkup can ring an early bell in case there are any symptoms of fatal diseases. It is a complete health checkup or diagnostic scan of the entire body including heart, lung, liver, kidney to assess your prevailing health status and to screen you to know, in case you have any apparent warning signs or abnormalities lying inside your body. Show your concern for them by making sure they are completely safe and healthy.
Online Medical Consultation
With a pandemic threatening the entire globe, taking care of you and your loved ones is the biggest gift you can give them. An online health consultation is that gift for you. It takes only a bit of your time but a lifetime of relief. You can consult trained medical professionals regarding any kind of health problems from the comfort of your home. It is the safest way to avoid the virus and keep your friends and family safe. Try booking them health consultancies with the best doctors in the field.
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Gift of detox and tranquillity
You may wonder if a spa treatment can make for a healthy gift choice, but the truth is that a massage can help you relax the body and release all the stress and tension from the mind as well. This is an amazing way to show how much you care about their all-round wellness and makes for a wonderful Diwali gift. Pick a spa which is convenient for them and get them a gift voucher which is valid for at least a few months.
Nothing is more relaxing and rejuvenating for our body than a weekend getaway at a wellness retreat where you can be pampered in a healthy way. From spa sessions to activities including meditation, yoga, swimming, and meals which are not filled with calories, these retreats have endless perks to offer. Gift your family and friends the perfect getaway to detox your soul by scheduling a stay for them at a retreat which is closest to them.
Pampering Salon Session
There is no better way to gratify the festive spirit of your friends and family than a pampering salon session. This is a fitting gift for someone who needs a break from their hectic lives and can use a little pampering and de-stressing. All the festive exhaustion can be taken care of with a relaxing session of a makeover.
Gift your favourite people a fragrance that would fill their homes and hearts with warmth and good vibes. Get organic products or bottles of scented oil with a mild natural aroma for them as gifts. You can choose from a wide range of aroma soaps, bath salt or diffusers which are used in aromatherapy for rejuvenation and relaxation of the body. A readymade basket, including all these products, is the best pick.
Shopping itself is therapeutic for most people, and with Diwali around the corner, gifting a set of candles and diyas sounds just about right. Shopping for candles and diyas from small local vendors will not only help them but also bring you a sense of accomplishment and happiness. You can go together with your family and shop for various creative and artistic diyas.
Gift of good health with great taste
Exotic "all-natural" Fruit Basket
A fruit basket is by far the 'healthiest', and 'fibre-rich' gift one can think for their loved ones. Pack your basket with several seasonal fruits and perhaps even some truly exotic fruits like avocado and kiwi, which are loaded with nutrients and goodness. Olives and avocadoes are rich in unsaturated fats.
Mangoes, pineapple, oranges and strawberries are wonderful sources of vitamin C which helps in building up our immune system as well as in keeping our teeth and gums in a healthy state. To boost your potassium intake, add bananas, melons, prunes, apricots, dried peaches and honeydew in.
Nuts and Dried Fruits
Nuts and dried fruit are always a great and healthy present idea. Prepare a beautifully decorated basket thali or a tray with a generous collection of mixed nuts like almonds, walnuts, brazil nuts, macadamias or others. Nuts are an excellent source of protein and unsaturated fats. Dried fruits are an excellent source of fibre, as well as an ideal replacement for desserts and sweets. Exotic dried fruit, including dates, peaches, dried apricots, dried apples or pitted prunes are perfect to be your festival gift basket.
Assortment of Herbs
Several assorted herbs such as basil, cilantro, lemon verbena, thyme, pineapple sage, oregano planted in pretty pots are also good gifting alternatives. Someone who likes growing plants or gardening may find these gifts exciting and useful. Your family and friends would love to utilise it in their daily cooking. This would also be an inspiration for them to develop the habit of growing herbs at home and eating organic.
Tasty Diet sweets
Indian sweets and desserts commonly rely on dairy. But for someone who wants to look out to avoid dairy and still love all the festive treats, there are some really great non-dairy sweets out there to give.
Sabudana Vada- Also known as sago vada, this is a traditional snack from Maharashtra. It is made with our all-time favourite sabudana (tapioca pearls)- savoury and crispy. You can serve it with green chutney, red chutney or ketchup. It makes the perfect accompaniment for your Diwali celebration.
Besan Barfi- Also known as Indian-style fudge, it is a delightful sweet, made with besan (chickpea flour) and dates. This barfi melts in your mouth and has a nutty flavour with dates as its unique addition. It is dairy-free and can be customised with your choice of nuts for a crunchy flavour.
Vedic sesame ladoos- Ladoos are usually made from a mixture of flour, minced dough, sugar and milk. These Vedic Sesame Ladoos, on the other hand, are not only raw and dairy-free, but also made from dates, walnuts, superfood seeds, and spices, which are super nutritious for us. Since sesame seeds are meant to play a big role in all the rituals or auspicious occasions in India, they’re the perfect treat for your Diwali celebration!
Just because you’re following a gluten-free diet, doesn’t mean you can’t be a part of something sweet and delicious on Diwali! Most Indian sweets contain gluten in them, but all of your favourites can easily be made completely without the protein. You can find these sweets in the market and enjoy this Diwali.
Mango cheesecake- If your love for mangoes and cheesecake is true, then a gluten-free Mango Cheesecake will surely blow your mind! Sweet mango blended with a custard-like cream cheese filling and baked in a crushed cardamom and pistachio crust is the best way to enjoy the special occasion.
Gulab Jamun- A gluten-free gulab jamun made with coconut flour is no less than the normal gulab jamun but a lot healthier. You can gift your loved ones a box full of these sweets without compromising any part of its taste.
Jalebi- Jalebi is a spiral-shaped juicy and crisp sweet made with the mixture of all-purpose flour, gram flour and sugar syrup. For a healthier alternative, gluten-free jalebis are available for you to enjoy with great taste and no guilt.
Nobody can resist deserts during Diwali, and nobody should have to! Whether you are cutting low on sugar to look out for your diet or are diabetic, you can still enjoy some sugar-free mouth-watering sweets this festive season.
Grilled almond barfi- A three-ingredient Indian sweet, this grilled barfi with its goodness of almonds is the perfect combination of healthy and tasty. Made with the mixture of crushed and roasted almonds, grated khoya and sugar alternative cooked together and baked to perfection- this will not fail to bring a smile on your loved one's face.
Chocolate And Coconut Mousse Cake- Nothing better than a cake to celebrate your happiness with. And what better than a ganache of chocolate and coconut milk combined with chocolate, coconut mousse and whipped cream. It is the perfect sugar-free desert to get for your loved ones without losing control over their sugar levels.
Malai peda- It is a traditional Indian sweet made with low-fat and full-fat milk which gives it a grainy texture. For a diabetic-friendly alternative, the sugar substitute is used to cut down the calories and give it a health twist.
Gift of physical fitness
It's a trend lately to follow workouts from famous celebrities through their CDs. This can give the viewers an opportunity to exercise in the comforts of their homes. A gift like this can be beneficial for a child, a youngster, adults or even elderly people. Even better-doing it with their favourite celebrities will motivate them to do better.
Yoga mats are an amazing gift for people who do yoga or work out. These mats are available in a lot of different colours, thicknesses as well as price range. It will be a fun way for your loved ones to workout with the pop of their favourite colour.
Everyone who hits the gym likes to hit it in style, and a cool gym bag completes it. Select a gym bag with their choice of colour, taste and size, and you can even add sipper, deodorant and hand towel to it if your budget allows.
If you are looking for a gift for someone who will never hit the gym or join a fitness class, the next best thing they can do to stay in shape is to go for a run or a brisk walk. Motivate them to do so by gifting them a pair of running shoes this Diwali.
Nothing tops in keeping your body, mind and soul healthy than working out. Gym accessories like weights, gloves, belts and resistance bands are a great option for everyone who loves to exercise. These gifts can encourage your loved ones to get out of the bed and keep themselves in good shape.
Healthy homemade sweets
No celebration in India is complete without a touch of sweet. Diwali comes once a year, and there is nothing wrong in wholeheartedly enjoying Diwali sweets. And when a sweet is homemade, it carries special meaning. It shows you put your time and effort to make the dish truly extraordinary with all your love. Here are the healthier versions of some of your favourite sweets to offer your loved ones this Diwali with a healthy twist.
Every Indian relishes Kaju katli, and it remains one of the favourites and safest gift choice. Choose a healthier version where the secret ingredient of this sweet is honey. Replace sugar with honey in the recipe, and there you go!
Including chakli in our Diwali snacks is a must as it is associated with this festival. These deep-fried chaklis are not suitable for you if you are watching your weight. But don't worry, you don't have to your favourite snacks up when we have the perfect healthy alternative for you- go for backed chaklis instead and munch all you want, it won't harm you a bit.
Dry Fruit Ladoos
If you love dry fruits, this one's for you. Ladoos that drip in ghee and sugar can only tick your calories off the charts. Rather, go for a sugar-free version and eat it all with no guilt.
Whole Wheat Nankhatai
Nankhatai is our all-time favourite sweet and what better than a healthier version of it to eat. Instead of using all-purpose flour which is quite unhealthy for you, go for whole wheat flour. Yes, you will have to add a little sugar, but you can always workout to burn a few extra calories.
Coconut ladoos is a popular sweet, specially in southern India. These ladoos melt in your mouth and are all nutritious if you use jaggery instead of sugar to sweeten it. Use freshly grated coconut to get the most amazing taste out of this.
Roasted poha chivda
Poha chivda is a greatly enjoyed snack in almost every Indian household during Diwali. Your diet plan won't be ruined with this as the amount of oil used in making this appetizing snack is very less. You can make it at home in no time, and it will only make your tastebuds happy!
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