Potato and Veggie Pancakes
Rinse grated potatoes in cold water, squeeze out as much liquid as possible & pat dry. Combine all veggies (potatoes, carrots, green onions, coriander leaves and green chillies). Add salt, pepper, ground cumin, garam masala in the given quantities & mix well. Add milk and lightly beaten egg to the mixture and mix well. Step 3 : Now, add the besan and maida to the given quantities and mix thoroughly. The mixture will be slightly runny but once cooked, the pancakes will come out nice and crispy. Step 4: Drop 2 tablespoons of mixture for each pancake into a large, lightly greased, non-stick frying pan & cook over medium heat for about 5 min on each side or until golden brown & carrot is tender. Repeat the cooking process for the remainder of the mixture. Microwave for a minute to reheat before serving. Serve with ½ cup of sour cream or plain greek yoghurt.
Rinse grated potatoes in cold water, squeeze out as much liquid as possible & pat dry. Combine all veggies (potatoes,…
Banana & Oatmeal Pancakes (Gluten Free, Dairy Free & Refined Sugar Free)
To make dairy free buttermilk, mix the coconut milk with vinegar and set aside for 5 minutes. Whisk the oat flour, almond flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon together in a bowl. Make sure it is blended well. Step 2 : In another mixing bowl, beat your eggs till they are frothy. Then add in the banana, coconut oil or butter, dairy-free buttermilk and honey or maple syrup. Mix together. Step 3 : Combine both the dry and wet ingredients together. Stir until it is just mixed. DO NOT OVERMIX! Your batter should be thick but pourable at the same time. It is a good idea to let it sit for 10 minutes before making the pancakes. In case your batter gets too thick, thin it out with a little water. Step 4: Heat your pan over medium heat. Melt a little butter or oil in the pan and wait for it to become hot. Pour in the batter using a 1/4 cup for an ideal pancake size. Let it cook until bubbles form on the outer surface of the pancake. This should take approximately 2 to 3 minutes. Flip it with a spatula for another 90 seconds to ensure an even golden brown on both sides. Serve the pancakes immediately!
To make dairy free buttermilk, mix the coconut milk with vinegar and set aside for 5 minutes. Whisk the oat…
Spicy Egg & Vegetable Bhurji
Warm-up oil in a pan over medium heat. Add jeera and once it splutters, put in the ginger garlic paste and fry. Then add tomatoes, onions and chillies and sauté till soft. Sprinkle in the chilli powder and turmeric. Fry until the spices smell cooked and fragrant. Add in your vegetables (Broccoli, capsicum and zucchini) and sauté for a minute till they are slightly cooked but still retain some crunch. Break your eggs into another bowl and beat until frothy. Lower the heat and then pour the eggs into the vegetable mixture and scramble them by slowly stirring them. When it is just cooked and still soft, remove from the heat. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve.
Warm-up oil in a pan over medium heat. Add jeera and once it splutters, put in the ginger garlic paste…
Roasted Almond Butter & Honey Oat Breakfast Bars
For Almond Butter Roast 1/2 cup of almonds for 3 minutes in a pan till they are golden brown, and then blend them in a high-speed mixer till a paste form. For Breakfast Bars Blend the dates together so that they form a ball. You may need to add a teaspoon of water in case your dates are too hard. Roast the oats and mixed nuts for 2 minutes till they are toasted. Let the breakfast bars cool down, so you can store them in the same bowl as the blended dates. Measure out 1/4 cup of almond butter and mix it in with honey, salt and the date/oat mixture. After mixing all the ingredients thoroughly. In a parchment paper-lined tin (8”X8”) take the mixture and press it down firmly on the parchment paper until it is even and flat. Cover with more parchment paper and let it become firm in the fridge for about 20 minutes. Once it's firm, remove from it the pan and cut them into bar-shaped pieces. Store in an airtight container for up to one week. Packed deseeded dates: 1 cup Gluten free rolled oats: 1 and 1/4 cups Almonds: 1/2 cup Honey: 1/4 cup Mixed nuts: 1/4 cup Pinch of salt
For Almond Butter Roast 1/2 cup of almonds for 3 minutes in a pan till they are golden brown, and…
Dalia Porridge (Vegan)
In a pressure cooker add oil and when the oil becomes a little hot, add dalia and sauté it till it is well-roasted. Add in the water, close the lid and cook for 4 whistles. Remove the pressure cooker from the heat and allow the pressure to be released slowly. Remove the lid once all the pressure has been released. Step 2 : Melt the jaggery with 4 tablespoons of water and pass it through a sieve. Place the dalia pan back on the heat, add coconut milk and the jaggery. Heat till the dalia has completely finished cooking, and you get a porridge-like consistency. Remove the pressure cooker off the heat. Sprinkle in the cardamom powder and serve warm.
In a pressure cooker add oil and when the oil becomes a little hot, add dalia and sauté it till…
Coconut Milk Yogurt
Shake the coconut milk well. Then pour into a clean, sterilised, dry glass jar or bowl. Empty the probiotic capsules into the coconut milk and use a wooden or plastic spoon to stir. Step 2 : Stir until creamy and smooth, pushing the probiotic up against the side with a spoon to evenly disperse. Cover the mixture with cheesecloth or a very thin, clean dish towel. Step 3 : Let the mixture be for at least 24 hours and up to 48 hours in a warm place. The longer it rests, the tangier the yoghurt will become. Step 4: Once the yoghurt has reached the right amount of tanginess and thickness for your liking, cover securely with a lid and refrigerate until cold. After cooling, you can add maple syrup and/or vanilla extract. UR yoghurt is now ready to enjoy!
Shake the coconut milk well. Then pour into a clean, sterilised, dry glass jar or bowl. Empty the probiotic capsules…
Guide To A Six-Meals-A-Day Plan On A Budget!
Six meals a day might sound a lot in terms of weight management and maintaining energy levels, but when done right and within a budget (now that’s a bonus), it will benefit you in the long run! According to a study shown in 2017 at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes, a six-meal diet plan showed effectiveness in controlling blood sugar levels in the obese that had prediabetes or Type 2 diabetes. According to the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for 2015-2020, the average adult woman needs between 1,600 and 2,400 calories per day and the average man 2,000 to 3,000. We Indians are used to eating three or maximum four meals every day. But what if we divide these in six small but effective meals, that is not only affordable, but is easy to cook with readily available ingredients? Here is the plan that will do you wonders. Thank us later! To cater to your palate, we’ve also made the plan on the MWF (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) and TTS (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday) basis to offer you some variety! Pre-breakfast On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays you should have warm water with turmeric and honey. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties whereas honey is a superfood that helps to boost your immune system. This natural healing substance also has antibacterial and antiviral properties. For Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, replace turmeric with lemon and get their uncountable benefits! Breakfast For MWF, eat idlis, tea or coffee and jaggery. Idlis are very light to eat. They are low in calories and high in nutrition. This steamed breakfast food is packed with carbohydrates, protein and fibre and contains no fats or cholesterol. When combined with vegetables, idlis not only tastes better but also becomes healthier! To make vegetable idli all you have to do is add some finely chopped seasoned vegetables to your regular idli batter. Vegetable oats upma is another super-healthy breakfast food. This dish packs a powerful punch of vitamins and antioxidants. To make this enjoyable dish just add rolled oats to chopped vegetables that are seasoned with spices, add water and cook for a few minutes. Opt for jaggery in your TTS mornings as it is healthier than sugar and contains more minerals and lesser calories. All of these ingredients are very affordable and easily available in every Indian household! Mid-morning snack Even on a healthy diet, it is easy to sneak in a bunch of calories through mid-morning snacking. This short interval between your breakfast and lunch could cost your health and weight loss plans. Here is how you can snack without worrying. First, let's answer your question about why ABC smoothie and muskmelon smoothie? For a smoothie that is around 250ml, all you need is half an apple, beetroot, a whole carrot, and a cup of water and a tbsp. of honey. Blend them all and your smoothie is ready! The same goes for yoghurt, muskmelon and sabja seeds smoothie. If all these ingredients are bought in bulk, it will cost you less than approximately seven hundred rupees for an entire month as these are abundantly available. The benefits include detoxing of the kidneys, liver and pancreas, nourished skin and better immunity to name a few. Lunch On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays you need to eat millets bisebelibath, a traditional Karnataka recipe, with khakhra. These superfoods and their ingredients are loaded with proteins, fibre and complex carbs that are needed to maintain our energy levels on an everyday basis. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, what you need to go for is raagi sangati (again a staple food in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh), mixed vegetable curry and raita. These foods contain minerals, nutrients and antioxidants that are known to make us stronger. What’s really interesting is that all the ingredients of these meals are readily available in markets all around, they are budget-friendly and most of all, they are packed with vital nutrients that keep us going! Evening snacks Healthy snacking is more important for UR well-being. Many people avoid snacks as they are afraid that they will gain more weight. Nevertheless, a healthy snack can offer a lot of health benefits. Evening snacks can also be included in a weight loss plan. There is a trick to choose a snack with about 100 calories and a mix of all the essential nutrients, carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats. Strive to eat your snack between UR meals and dinner, to keep UR energy levels consistent. A healthy snack keeps UR hunger at bay and allows you to stick on to a fair amount of food. Try out this superb evening snack of 2 rotis and a cup of chana dal, as it is loaded with vitamins and minerals. It is rich in B-complex, which plays a major role in glucose and extracts energy from the food. Paneer is another good option for an evening snack as it is rich in protein. The high protein component of paneer also helps in the slow release of sugars into the blood and prevents abrupt hikes and drops in blood sugar levels. All these are easily available at UR home and are very affordable. Dinner We are all familiar with the adage, ‘eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.’ It’s time we follow this advice with some responsibility to see our targets being met with ease! To hit the bull’s eye, go for one bowl of cauliflower rice with yogurt on MFWs. With high fibre, B-vitamins, proteins and calcium content for dinner, it will keep you full for the night so that you can avoid mid-night snacking! On TTS, indulge in a bowl of aviyal, which is made of drumsticks, fansi (beans), red pumpkin, carrots, brinjal, coconut and spices. From vital vitamins to nutrients and from antioxidants to minerals, a bowl of aviyal carries disease-defying ingredients that we eat on an everyday basis. Diet Options M/W/F Breakfast: overnight soaked oats Lunch: Khicdi with onion chutney Dinner: Vegetable stew with multigrain bread toast Tue/Thu/Fri Breakfast: Vegetable upma with lemon pickle Lunch: Mint rice with vegetable poriyal Dinner: Lauki soup/pumpkin soup with multigrain bread toast
Six meals a day might sound a lot in terms of weight management and maintaining energy levels, but when done…
The Sense In Eating Seasonal
Seasonal fruits and vegetables produced in local farms are fresh as the nutrients are retained due to less transport time. We all like to eat mangoes all-year-around and the best time to eat them is in the summer with a scoop of yoghurt or ice cream! Crops that are picked at the peak of their ripeness are full of flavour and taste. The joy of eating fresh produce can keep you high as you relish the freshness and flavour of the seasonal foods. Eating seasonal foods is a simple food philosophy, which should become a part of your health goals because of their innumerable health benefits! Seasonal Must-Haves To Add To Your Diet. Make a grocery checklist of the local fruits and veggies with the seasons. Buy from a local farmer; choose fresh and locally sourced vegetables and fruits. Add two different seasonal fruits a day to your snacks. Insane Nutrients You Can Get From Eating Seasonally. Melons in the summer are a must-have. They contain 92 per cent water, which prevents dehydration, balances electrolytes and keeps your skin on point. Oranges in winter can be comfort food. They are low in calories, provide satiety with its fibre and are rich in Vitamin C. Oranges are loaded with flavonoids that fight inflammations and infections in the winter. Skin becomes dry and rough in winter; eating oranges regularly can make your skin soft because of the collagen properties. Pumpkins in monsoon are a rich source of vitamin A and fibre. Eating them during monsoons provides satiety and vitamin C helps ward off colds and cough too. Secret Health Benefits Of Eating Seasonally. Seasonal must-haves support and encourage local farming, reduce the environmental damage caused due to non-seasonal foods which are transported, exposed to irradiation and hothouses. Freshly produced seasonal foods retain their pigments and anti-oxidants and provide essential nutrition. Seasonal foods are low in pesticides and other contaminants. They are fresh and easy to grow. Seasonal foods can be bought in reasonable quantity and stored for later use to prevent any contamination. Nature has provided us with seasonal foods with lots of benefits like winter has many comfort foods to keep us warm and vitamin C-rich foods prevent colds and infections. Same way, summer foods hydrate us and avoid heatstrokes Eating only seasonal foods may not be possible every time, still making sure to have them in your seasonal grocery checklist can be a boon to your health. Freezing seasonal foods is a good idea so you can use them at any time of the year. You can add them in soups, smoothies and even curries.
Seasonal fruits and vegetables produced in local farms are fresh as the nutrients are retained due to less transport time….
Make The Most Of Intermittent Fasting
Make the Most of Intermittent Fasting For millennia, we have been fasting for many reasons. Some of these choices are either influenced by our religions or personal gains like losing weight. While fasting has always been around, it has now gained more momentum. Fasting has become more of a necessity and a way of life for millenials, because intermittent fasting fits the bill perfectly for losing weight. Let’s take the festivals or spiritual months we celebrate in India. Well, intermittent fasting is no different. During Shivratri, Ramzan, Karvachauth or Lent many of us fast, as a token of UR spiritual devotion or to give back in some form of way. What Is Intermittent Fasting? Intermittent fasting is basically an eating pattern/style which cycles between the period of fasting and eating. This has rapidly become a phenomenon globally among millennials, as they are always on-the-go. This style of fasting is less of a diet plan and more of a lifestyle choice for many. Following an intermittent diet can help you reap incredible health benefits, and lose weight simultaneously! Many research-based studies prove that it can help with weight loss, improve your metabolic health and help you live a wholesome life if you do it right. Intermittent Fasting & The Binge Eating Connect Yes, it is possible to overeat when you aren’t used to fasting for long hours or when UR unaware of how to do it correctly. This is another reason for you to consult our nutritionist. Peer pressure can also be one of the reasons why you or someone you know might want immediate results. But, it is extremely important to consult a nutritionist before changing UR diet. This type of fasting can be tough to adapt to if you have diabetes, thyroid or had an eating disorder in the past. Variations of Intermittent Fasting Circadian rhythm - This fast starts at sunset and lasts till morning. 16:8 - A 16 hour fast with an 8 hour feeding window. 18:6 - An 18 hour fast with a 6 hour feeding window. 20: 4 Intermittent - A 20 hour fast with a 4 hour feeding window. 36 hour fast - A single 36 hour fast, otherwise known as ‘Monk Fast’. Custom Fast - Create UR own fast up to 7 days long with the help of our nutritionists. Before starting any variation of intermittent fasting above, we suggest you consult our nutritionist to find out the most ideal diet plan for you. Pros Of Intermittent Fasting ● Helps with weight loss by improving UR metabolic rate ● Promotes cellular repair processes ● Increases longevity and slows down early ageing ● Enhances memory and brain function ● Makes UR body cells more resilient Restrictions for Intermittent Fasting Sometimes adapting to a new dietary pattern could be challenging for someone who eats every few hours (e.g., snacks in between meals), which is perfectly normal if you control UR food portions, smartly. Not eating for long hours or semi-starvation can make you vulnerable to health risks or cause you to overeat when you break-your-fast. Who Should Avoid Intermittent Fasting ● Individuals with diabetes and thyroid ● People with eating disorders such as; anorexia or bulimia nervosa ● Anyone who is on medications who requires food intake should avoid intermittent fasting as per their doctor's advice ● During active growth stage in adolescents ● Pregnant women and breastfeeding women ● Post-surgery patients ● Individuals with a Body Mass Index of less than 18.5%
Make the Most of Intermittent Fasting For millennia, we have been fasting for many reasons. Some of these choices are…