Weight loss diet: Methi (or fenugreek) has a wide range of benefits for weight management. We discuss different ways to make it a part of your diet.
Methi (fenugreek) leaves and seeds are good for health
They can also give your weight loss journey a boost
Find out how and why you should consider consuming methi
Green leafy vegetables are among the most nutrient-rich food items you can add to your diet. Different types of these veggies have long been part of Indian cuisine. As a result, there is much variety in terms of recipes when it comes to consuming these leafy greens. If you want to lose weight, experts suggest that you have these veggies on a regular basis. Today, we’re going to discuss how and why you should make methi (fenugreek) a part of your weight loss diet. Interestingly, its leaves as well as seeds (methi dana) come with a wide range of benefits. Find out more below.
How Can Methi (Fenugreek) Support Weight Loss?
Fenugreek is known to be high in fibre. It can hence curb your appetite and promote satiety, aiding your weight loss goals. If consumed in the right way, methi can also help control blood sugar levels. While this has a direct benefit for diabetics, it can also be useful for those on a weight-loss diet. An imbalance in blood sugar can trigger untimely cravings. In the long run, it can also have other complications. Methi is a good source of iron and other minerals too, which can boost your overall health.
How To Have Methi For Weight Loss? 6 Healthy Ideas For Adding Fenugreek To Your Diet
1. Make methi tea your morning drink
This nourishing drink is made using methi seeds. Methi tea is a wonderful way to start your morning, as it’s said to have a detoxifying effect. You can easily brew it at home. Methi tea can benefit dieters as well as diabetics. Read the full recipe for it here.
2. Sip on methi water
This is another way of ‘drinking’ the benefits of methi seeds. Rather than boiling them for tea, this concoction uses a homemade premix that also contains other spices. For the nutritionist-approved recipe, click here.
3. Have methi dana salad
You can also consume sprouted methi seeds as part of your diet. An easy way to do this is to make a special methi dana salad. You can choose any fresh veggies and low-cal dressing of your choice. Then simply mix them well with the sprouted methi seeds. Find a quick recipe for one such salad here.
4. Have theplas for any meal
Theplas are among the most popular as well as healthiest Gujarati delicacies. They are like a methi paratha but have a distinctive combination of flavours. Thepla is considered a satiating and wholesome meal in itself. It can be relished for breakfast, lunch, dinner or as a snack. There are different ways to further enhance the nutritional value of thepla too. Click here to know more.
5. Cook different types of methi sabzi
Like other leafy greens, methi is used in a variety of sabzi preparations. As long as you control the use of oil, malai (cream), ghee, butter or any other high-calorie ingredients, most of these traditional dishes can be added to your weight loss diet. If you want a delicious dish to start with, we recommend lasooni methi. Find the full recipe here.
7. Add methi to other dishes
You can also incorporate methi into other food items that are already a part of your diet. Methi can be added to dishes ranging from idlis and bhurji to chhole and pulao. Some people also use it while preparing chicken dishes. That’s how versatile it is! Adding methi leaves or seeds not only gives a unique twist to the recipe but can also make it healthier. Here’s a recipe for methi moong idli to give you a better idea.
NOTE – This article was originally published in NDTV Food and can be viewed here