Friday, 6 April 2018

10 Myths About Eating Healthy


The way we look at nutrition is constantly changing (rather evolving), leading to more confusion
about what is healthy and what is not. With so much information out there, there are a lot of food
myths and villainizing of good foods happening constantly. This World Health Day, we want to make
sure you get your facts right and start eating healthy, for real. How many of the myths are you
believing and deceiving yourself with? Keep reading and be surprised!

1. Low Or No Carb Diets Are Good For You

Reality: The ‘fewer the carbs the healthier you are’, stands true only if you are a heavy consumer of
refined and processed carb-rich foods like pasta, doughnuts, and white bread. Eliminating good
carbs from whole grains, quinoa, millet, fruits, vegetables, and beans means missing out on fuel,
fibre, and essential nutrition that provides you with energy. Drop the processed foods and start
looking for fibrous carbs like whole wheat, black rice, quinoa, etc. The trick is to choose your carbs
wisely instead of eliminating them. Everything has a Healthy Alternative, and in the case of carbs,
there are plenty out there!

2. Eating A Late Dinner Is Unhealthy

Reality: It’s not about when you eat, but rather what you eat. Eating a heavy dinner that has more
calories than your body needs will be unhealthy for your body even if you eat dinner at 6:00 PM. The
reason why eating late is generally seen as the cause for weight gain and health problems is because people who eat late are more often than not hungrier than usual, and hence end up overeating. If
you keep your diet in check even at 11:00 in the night, you can go to sleep feeling as healthy as ever.

3. Eating Fat Will Make You Fat

Reality: This myth has been going around for the longest time. Consuming fried foods and junk food
which have high levels of saturated and trans fats can not only make you fat but also cause health
problems. However, eating foods like olive oil, nuts, and avocados which have a lot of healthy fats
(which your body needs) can aid weight loss because they regulate your appetite. Also, they help
regulate the hormones and assimilate all the vitamins from the food. You need fat in your body,
what you don’t need is saturated and trans fat. So add those avocados fearlessly to your diet.

4. Nuts Are As Bad As Junk Food

Reality: Unless you are nuts, you must never give up on nuts. Junk foods like chips have added
preservatives, salts, and trans fats which are not only unwanted by the body but are also zero on
nutrition. Nuts, on the other hand, are high in calories but are also high in nutrients like protein,
calcium, and zinc. When consumed in small quantities between meals, nuts can even help in weight
loss by reducing hunger pangs which ultimately lead to less ‘binging’ and healthier eating. Grab your
almonds, Brazilian nuts and hazelnuts from the Healthy Alternatives exclusive selection and go
nuts! Okay, we’ll stop with that pun now before it drives you nuts. Oops.

5. Chocolates Are Bad For Your Body

Reality: Oh, how you want to believe that a balanced diet is literally dark chocolate in both the
hands. And it is! Full of antioxidants and yummy to eat, adding a piece of dark chocolate to your diet
can offer a lot of health benefits. Unlike milk chocolate, dark chocolate is primarily made of cacao
which has nutrients like zinc, magnesium, and iron. Since it has flavanols it improves the overall
blood circulation and health of the heart as well. Get all the benefits with the L'Exclusif selection of
dark chocolates.

6. Juice Detox Boosts Metabolism

Reality: Drinking juices is never a bad idea because it fills you up with essential vitamins and
minerals. But most commercial and packaged juices are void of proteins – the thing that truly boosts
metabolism. You need protein to jumpstart your metabolism and steady your blood sugar levels, and
that’s not possible when you rid yourself of all other meals and survive only on juices for a detox
week. A healthier way to do this would be to replace one meal a day with juice, and add a scoop of
Greek yoghurt or your favourite protein powder to your drink.

7. Less Calories Means Less Weight Gain

Reality: Stop counting calories. Eating 100 calories worth of French fries, cupcakes, and chocolates is not the same as eating 100 calories worth of vegetables, fruits, and pulses. The number of calories don’t matter – what matters is where you’re getting the calories from. Healthy calories that give you
the vitamins, proteins, and minerals you need will in fact aid weight loss by helping your metabolism
and overall health. Eat your heart out, but eat healthy.

8. Natural Sugar Is Better Than Added Sugar

Reality: Sugar is sugar is sugar. When broken down to a molecular level, the sugar in a fruit is the
same as the spoon of sugar you add to your coffee. How our body breaks the sugar down depends
more on what comes along with the sugar – dietary fibre, vitamins, proteins, etc. So if you have a
fruit then yes, the sugar will be healthier but not because the sugar is healthy, but because it’s
combined with other nutrients in the fruit. When you squeeze out the juice and drink it, or eat
maple syrup or honey or agave syrup, your body will react to that sugar the same way it would react
to all the sugar in a bottle of coke.

9. Salads Are Automatically Healthy

Reality: We hate to break your bubble, but just picking a salad at Subway doesn’t make you healthy.
All the add-ons piled on top of the greens can make the sugar, fat, and calorie content just as high as
the foot long sub you’ve been resisting. If you truly want a healthy salad, make sure you watch out
for what’s being added as the dressing. Creamy, bottled dressings; cheese; bacon; sweetened dry
fruits, etc. are a big no. Look out for salads with leafy greens, lean proteins (nothing fried), small
serving of healthy fat like avocados, and an oil based dressing (preferably olive oil) on the side.

10. Microwave Radiation Is Dangerous

Reality: ‘Radiation’ may directly take your mind to the horrors of the nuclear power plants, but in
reality it simply refers to energy that travels in waves and spreads out as it goes. Microwave, radio
waves, and energy waves are all types of radiation. The microwaves used to cook foods are many,
many times weaker than the x-rays and gamma rays that we generally are warned about. The
changes that occur in microwaved food as it heats are due to the heat generated inside the food and
not because of the radiation of microwaves. Microwave cooking is no different than cooking your
food on a stove or an induction. What you should take care of is the containers you use to heat your
food in the microwave. Certain plastics, even if microwave safe, can leech harmful compounds into
your food. So pop that left over food into the microwave without worries and save the extra utensils
you’ll use to reheat your food on a stove.

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There’s one last myth we need to break before you go on your ‘factually correct’ health regime –
‘healthy food is expensive’. We’ve all said this or heard this, right? Wrong. Eating Healthy On A
Budget Is Possible and you can read exactly how. No more excuses to skip the healthy diet!

Healthy Indian Breakfast Recipes


Breakfast is undeniably the most important meal of the day. You may want to skip breakfast for a few extra minutes in bed – but trust us you’re doing it wrong. The body needs nutrients to help you kick-start your day and breakfast is the fuel your body needs. As they say, eat breakfast like a king, and that’s exactly what we’re going to help you with. Indian spices, grains and lentils are wholesome, nutritious and extremely delicious. We have 3 simple and healthy Indian breakfast recipes to give your mornings a healthy boost.

1. Oats Idli

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Healthy, feather light idlis with the goodness of oats – now that’s the kind of motivation you need to get out of bed early! Idlis are a breakfast favourite for all Indians and can be made even healthier with oats! Oats are a great source of fiber, minerals and antioxidants and the best part about oats is that they keep you feeling full for longer, making it less likely for you to overeat during the day.

Ingredients

• 1½ cup Healthy Alternatives – Rolled Oats
• ½ cup semolina fine
• 1 cup yoghurt
• 1 cup coriander leaves (finely chopped)
• ½ tsp. fruit salt
• 1 pinch salt
• 1 tsp. cooking oil
• ½ tsp. mustard seeds
• 1 sprig curry leaves
• 2 green chilies (finely chopped)
• ¼ tsp. asafetida (hing)
• 1 tbsp. urad dal
• 1 cup carrots (grated)

Instructions 

1. In a pan, dry roast the oats till they change colour to a light brown. Blend the oats once cooled, to get a powder-like consistency. In the same pan, dry roast the semolina till it changes colour to light brown.
2. In another pan, add oil, mustard seeds, curry leaves and the green chilies. Let the mustard seeds splutter. After this, add the grated carrots to the pan. In a large mixing bowl, mix the roasted oats powder and semolina and combine the carrot mixture with it. Add in the yogurt and mix well.
3. Grease the idli steamer with oil and pour in the batter into each section. Steam the idlis for 15 minutes. To know if the idli is cooked, poke it with a knife and if it comes out clean, it is well cooked and ready to eat! Serve hot with some coconut or mint chutney.

2. Quinoa And Lentil Dosa

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Who ever thought that quinoa and lentils would make such a magical combination? Perfect for the carb conscious – this quinoa and lentil dosa is perfect for a healthy morning breakfast. Quinoa is a powerhouse of proteins and is rich in iron and magnesium. You need this in your daily diet! Let’s have a look at this genius quinoa and lentil recipe –

Ingredients 

• 1 cup quinoa 
• ½ cup urad dal
• ½ cup moong dal
• 1 tsp. salt
Healthy Alternatives – Pure Olive Oil

Instructions 

1. Rinse the quinoa several times in water till the water runs clear. Soak the quinoa, moong dal and urad dal in water for 5-6 hours.
2. Drain the water from the lentils and quinoa. Add this mixture to a blender and keep adding water little by little till it makes a smooth batter. Add salt and mix well.
3. Grease a wide, non-stick skillet with cooking oil. Pour a ladle of batter and spread in a circular motion. Cook until golden brown. Serve with a side of coconut chutney. Repeat the same with the rest of the batter.

3. Mixed Sprouts Poha

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A nutritious breakfast in the morning makes sure you have enough energy to get through the rest of your day. Poha is rich in iron and energy and will help keep your hemoglobin in check. Add a nutritious twist to the traditional poha with some protein-packed sprouts.

Ingredients

• 1 ½ cups Healthy Alternatives – Organic Poha
• ½ cup Healthy Alternatives – Organic Moong Dal Whole (boiled)
• ½ cup black chana (boiled)
• 1 tbsp. Healthy Alternatives – Pure Olive Oil
• 1 tsp. mustard seeds
• 2 green chilies (whole)
• 1 onion (finely chopped)
• ½ tsp. turmeric powder
• ½ tsp. salt
• 1 tsp. sugar
• 1 tbsp. lemon juice
• ¼ cup coriander leaves (finely chopped)

Instructions

1. Place the poha in a sieve and wash lightly. Drain and leave aside. Heat the oil in a non-stick pan and add the mustard seeds. Once the seeds start crackling, add the green chilies and onions and sauté on medium flame till golden brown.
2. Add the mixed sprouts and sauté on medium flame for 1-2 minutes. Add turmeric powder, sugar and salt, add ¼ cup water, mix well and cook on a medium flame.
3. Add the poha to the pan and cook for 1 minute. Mix well, stirring continuously. Serve hot and garnish with lemon juice and fresh coriander.


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Wondering how to treat your child to something wholesome and nutritious? Check out Easy Healthy Snacks For Kids.

Everyday Recipes Turn Gluten-Free


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Rewind the time to a few years ago and you would find that most people didn’t even know what ‘gluten-free’ meant. But now, with more awareness about celiac disease and a growing popularity of gluten-free diet even otherwise, the market is flooded with gluten-free options for every kind of food. Why should you compromise on your favourite daily food items just because you’ve chosen to go gluten-free after all? Keeping up with the times, we’ve got 4 everyday-food recipes for you with a gluten-free twist. Now you can enjoy everything you love to eat in a healthier way – 

1. Gluten-Free Jowar Roti

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Roti is a staple food in every Indian house and if you’ve chosen the gluten-free life or have celiac disease, it can be tough to suddenly ditch this basic item from your everyday diet. But don’t worry, everything has a gluten-free substitute, and roti has plenty of them in fact! Jowar, quinoa, ragi, corn flour – the list goes on! Jowar roti is an easy replacement for your regular wheat roti, and even has more health benefits. It’s a high end source of protein, fibre, and essential minerals. The presence of iron and copper in it helps regulate proper blood circulation, fueling cell growth and enhancing overall functionality of the body. Check out the simple recipe –

Ingredients

• 1 cup Healthy Alternatives – Organic Jowar Flour
Salt to taste

Ingredients

1. Heat ¾ cup of water in a deep non-stick pan, switch off the flame, add the jowar flour and mix well. Keep it aside to cool slightly.
2. Transfer the mixture into a deep bowl and knead into a soft dough using 1 to 2 tbsp. of water if needed. Divide the dough into 7 equal portions. Take a portion of the dough, flatten it slightly and place it on a dusted rolling board and roll it out with a rolling pin into circles.
3. Heat a non-stick tava (griddle) on a medium flame and when hot, place the roti gently over it. Cook it till small blisters appear on the surface. Turn over the roti and cook for few more seconds.
4. Cook it on an open flame till it puffs up and brown spots appear on both the sides. Serve immediately.

2.  Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread

Picture Courtesy: Amy Green

Once again, a breakfast staple that just can’t be avoided! Bread is that essential item that definitely needs a gluten-free replacement if you’re trying to avoid gluten. Lucky for us, there is a substitute out there which is easy to bake and delicious to eat. With millet flour, you also get important organic compounds that can significantly boost your health in various ways. Read on for the recipe –

Ingredients

• 3/4 cup warm water
• 1 packet instant/rapid rise yeast 
• 1 1/2 cups Healthy Alternatives – Organic Pearl Millet Flour 
• 1/2 cup cornstarch 
• 2 tbsp. Healthy Alternatives – Organic Sugar
• 4 tsp. psyllium husk
• 1 tsp. salt
• 1/2 tsp. baking powder
• 3 large Healthy Alternatives – Free Range Organic Eggs (whisked)
• 2 tbsp. Healthy Alternatives – Pure Olive Oil
• 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar

Instructions

1. Whisk the water and yeast together in a small bowl. Allow it to stand for five minutes.
2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine millet flour, cornstarch, sugar, psyllium husk, salt, and baking powder. Whisk to combine. Fit the stand mixer with the flat paddle attachment. Add the yeast mixture, eggs, oil, and vinegar. Mix on medium speed until smooth. Dough will be thin.
3. Spray a loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray. Spread the dough evenly into the pan. Spray a piece of plastic wrap with nonstick cooking spray and place plastic wrap loosely on the pan. Allow the dough to double in size. This takes about one hour.
4. When the dough has doubled in size, preheat oven to 350°F. Remove plastic wrap from the top of the pan. Bake until the internal temperature of the bread reaches 210°F, about 45 minutes. (If the crust gets too dark before the internal temperature reaches 210°F, place a piece of foil onto the bread. This prevents the crust from burning.)
5. Remove the bread from the oven and allow it to cool for two minutes. Transfer the bread to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.

3. Gluten-Free Fresh Pasta

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Got a gluten condition but love Italian food? Well, your gluten-free pasta substitute is there to save the day. It’s healthier than the traditional white wheat pasta, and tastes just as amazing. It has a high protein content and is a great source of dietary fibre. Who said gluten-free food can’t cover all the essential nutrients? Check out the recipe and enjoy your healthy homemade pasta –

Ingredients

• 1 1/2 cups Healthy Alternatives – Organic Brown Rice Flour
• 1/4 cup cornstarch
• 2 tsp. psyllium husk
• 4 large Healthy Alternatives – Free Range Organic Eggs
• Kosher salt

Instructions

1. In a large bowl, whisk together brown rice flour, cornstarch, and psyllium husk. Add the eggs. Switch to a wooden spoon and stir until a dough forms. Generously dust your counter with brown rice flour. Turn dough out onto counter and knead a few times until fairly smooth.
2. Divide dough into four equal pieces and work with 1 piece at a time, keeping the rest covered. Press the dough to flatten it slightly. Using a pasta machine set at the widest setting, run the dough through 2 times. Continue rolling dough through successively narrower settings until you reach the second-to-last setting.
3. Cut the dough sheet in half horizontally and pass each through the fettuccine cutter. (The spaghetti setting is too thin for this gluten-free pasta.) Dust pasta with brown rice flour and place on a rimmed baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough pieces.
4. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta until tender, about 5 minutes. Serve immediately with your choice of sauce.

4. Gluten Free Pancakes

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Going gluten-free doesn’t mean you give up on your favourite foods! Pancakes are a breakfast favourite for everybody, no matter what age. Once again, rice flour to the rescue when you need a gluten-free pancake option without compromising on the taste. Delicious and healthy pancakes are just an easy recipe away –

Ingredients

• 1 cup Healthy Alternatives – Organic Brown Rice Flour
• 1.5 tbsp. cornstarch
• 1/3 cup potato starch
• 4 tbsp. dry milk powder
• 1 packet stevia natural sweetener
• 1 ½ tsp. baking powder
• ½ tsp. baking soda
• ½ tsp. salt
• ½ tsp. psyllium husk
• 2 Healthy Alternatives – Free Range Organic Eggs
• 3 tbsp. Healthy Alternatives – Pure Olive Oil
• 2 cups water

Instructions

1. In a bowl, mix or sift together the rice flour, cornstarch, potato starch, dry milk powder, stevia sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and psyllium husk. Stir in eggs, water, and oil until well blended and few lumps remain.
2.Heat a large, well-oiled skillet or griddle over medium high heat. Spoon batter onto skillet and cook until bubbles begin to form. Flip, and continue cooking until golden brown on bottom. Serve immediately with condiments of your choice.

With these everyday gluten-free recipes available, you never have to worry about your diet again! Get your essential gluten-free ingredients now at the Nature’s Basket  store.

Want a wholesome and delicious gluten-free recipe for a perfect lunch or dinner? Check out this Gluten-Free Aglio Olio Pasta  recipe.

Gourmet Egg Dishes at Home



When it comes to breakfast – eggs are the most obvious choice. They’re protein packed, full of vitamins and rich in minerals. They are easy to make, cheap and taste egg-cellent! However, just because they are easy to make doesn’t mean you stick to the basics. Once in a while, it is fun to turn the yumminess factor up a notch, especially with so many options to choose from. Let’s bring gourmet home with simple, easy, decadent egg recipes you can make at home for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

1. Chorizo And Quinoa Scrambled Eggs 

Picture Courtesy: MJ and Hungryman

Fancy eggs for breakfast? Yes, please! Embrace breakfast’s fancy side with this yummy quinoa breakfast bowl with chicken chorizo. Eggs and quinoa, both powerhouses of protein curb hunger pangs and keep you feeling full till lunchtime. We’ve heard of many breakfast bowl recipes but this one is not only healthy but also simple to make!

Ingredients

• 6 Healthy Alternatives – Free Range Country Eggs
• 1/4th cup plain curd
• 1/2 tsp. fresh garlic
• ½ tsp. salt
• ¼ cup cherry tomatoes (halved)
• ½ tsp. pepper
• 2 chicken chorizo sausages
• 2 tbsp. Healthy Alternatives – Pure Olive Oil
• 100 gm. spinach
• 1 cups Healthy Alternatives – Peruvian Quinoa White (cooked)
• 1/2 cup feta cheese

Instructions

1. In a large skillet heat olive oil and add the garlic and chorizo. Cook for 3-4 minutes on a medium flame. Set it aside. In a large bowl whisk together eggs, curd, salt, and pepper. Set it aside.
2. In a well-greased pan, add the spinach and sauté. Add the sausages to the pan. Stir in egg mixture and cook until the eggs are set for about 3-4 minutes. Stir the eggs as they cook so they turn out scrambled.
3. Once the eggs are cooked, stir in the feta and quinoa and cook until heated through. Serve hot! This recipe serves 3.

2. Asparagus And Spinach Frittata

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What’s better than a traditional frittata? A green veggie frittata! This frittata is a hearty, wholesome and flavorful combination of eggs, spinach and asparagus. The best part about this recipe is that you can have it any time of the day – breakfast, lunch or dinner! Perfect for egg lovers, this recipe screams pure gourmet!

Ingredients 

• 4 Healthy Alternatives – Free Range Organic Eggs (beaten)
• 1 cups spinach (cooked)
• ½ cup asparagus tips (blanched)
• ½ cup goat cheese
• ¼ tsp. salt
• ¼ tsp. pepper
• ¼ breadcrumbs

Instructions

1. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, spinach, asparagus, goat cheese, salt and pepper. Mix well. Spray a non-stick cake pan or spring form pan with cooking spray. Add the breadcrumbs to the bottom evenly to coat the base of the pan.
2. Pour the egg mixture into the oven pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes in the oven at 175 C. To check if cooked, poke a toothpick in the frittata and if it comes out clean it is ready.
3. Invert the frittata onto a plate and flip it onto a serving plate. Garnish with some crumbs of goat cheese and serve hot.

3. Bacon, Egg And Cheese Strata

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Bacon and eggs are a match made in breakfast heaven. Eggs are known as superfoods as they are loaded with nutrients and antioxidants. Why not take this traditional combination and turn it into a gourmet special?  This bacon, egg and cheese strata is something your whole family will relish for brunch.

Ingredients

• 6 Healthy Alternatives – Free Range Organic Eggs (beaten)
• 6 slices bread (cut into 1-inch cubes)
• ½ cup smoked bacon cubes (cooked)
• 1 cups cheddar cheese (shredded)
• 1 cup milk
• ½ tsp. mustard
• ½ tsp. salt
• ½ tsp. pepper

Instructions

1. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, breadcrumbs, milk, bacon, cheese, mustard, salt and pepper. Cover the bowl with a plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight for the flavours to set in.
2. Preheat the oven for 5 minutes to 175 C. Spray a non-stick cake pan or spring form pan with cooking spray.
3. Remove plastic wrap and pour the mixture onto a baking dish. Grate some cheese generously. Bake for 45-50 minutes in the oven. Serve hot.

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Want some more delicious egg recipes? Check out these 6 Easy Egg Recipes.

Easy Recipes With Chia Seeds


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Chia seeds have been the talk of the town for quite a while now, cropping up as an ingredient in every other healthy food recipe these days. They’re known to be one of the world’s oldest sources of nutrition, documented to have been eaten by the Aztecs and Mayans as early as 3500 BC. Now, after millions of years, they’re resurfacing as a superfood trend. How cool is that! Are you wondering what’s so special about them?

Chia seeds are a powerhouse of protein, antioxidants and fibre. Being the highest combined plant source of omega 3, protein and fibre, chia seeds make for an excellent detox ingredient. One tablespoon of chia seeds can provide 100% of our daily requirement for omega 3 ALA. They’re also gluten-free, making them suitable for everyone. If you’re planning to go on a weight-loss diet, chia seeds will be your best friend. They’re low-carb, and their high fibre content makes sure you stay full for longer, curbing hunger pangs.

We can go on and on about the benefits of chia seeds, but we bet you’re convinced already. Chia seed is the food hero our body deserves, and the one it needs. Lucky for us, they’re very versatile and can be added to a variety of delicious recipes. Check out some of them below –

1. Chia Oat Super-Bowl

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What happens when the best of food comes together? A super bowl recipe! Have this breakfast bowl in the morning and you’ll be charged up all day. The healthy oats will reduce cholesterol and blood sugar levels, along with numerous other nutritional benefits. You already know the magic of chia seeds.

The spirulina powder, a popular super powder and known to be one of the most nutrient dense foods in the world, will help in removing blood toxins and boost the immune system due to its high chlorophyll content. The health benefits of this recipe don’t end just yet. The dragon fruit is a beautiful and delicious tropical fruit, a great natural anti-ageing agent, being a rich source of antioxidants. It also helps in boosting immunity and metabolism. Can you think of a healthier breakfast? Check out the recipe below –

Ingredients

• 1/3 cup Healthy Alternatives – Rolled Oats
• 3 tbsp. Healthy Alternatives – Organic Chia Seeds
• 1 cup coconut water 
• 1 banana
• 1 dragon fruit (pulp)
• 1/2 cup frozen raspberries and blueberries
•  1 kiwi
• 1 tbsp. psyllium husk (optional)
• 1 tsp. Healthy Alternatives – Spirulina Powder

Instructions

1. Soak the oats and chia seeds in coconut water overnight.
2. In the morning, mix them with all the other ingredients and blend until smooth.
3. Top it with some raspberries, blueberries, goji berries and flax seeds.
4. Have it at room temperature or cold.

2. Banana Cake with Chia Seeds

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Who doesn’t love a slice of scrumptious banana cake in the morning? Not only is it extremely delicious, but also super healthy! Bananas are packed with nutrition. They are a great source of potassium, and their natural sugar balanced with soluble fibre can give you a slow, stable energy release, lasting for a long time. This combined with the super powers of chia seeds is the best food you could have for a healthy diet! Check out the recipe –

Ingredients

• 2 cups Healthy Alternatives – Almond Flour
• 2 tbsp. cornstarch
• ¼ cup flaxseed meal
• 1 tsp. baking soda
• ½ tsp. salt
• 1 tbsp. Healthy Alternatives – Organic Chia Seeds
• 1 cup bananas (mashed)
• 2 Healthy Alternatives – Free Range Country Eggs
• 2 tsp. vanilla extract
• ½ cup coconut milk
• 1/3 cup Healthy Alternatives – Organic Honey
• 4 tbsp. Healthy Alternatives – Organic Cold Pressed Coconut Oil

Instructions

1. In a large bowl mix the almond flour, cornstarch, flaxseed meal, baking soda, salt and chia seeds. In a separate bowl, cream together coconut oil (not melted) and honey with a hand mixer.
2. Add in the eggs one at a time and continue mixing. Add in mashed banana, vanilla extract and coconut milk. Mix it until fully incorporated.
3. Pour wet ingredients in with dry ingredients and mix together with hand mixer to form a batter. Line an 8×8-inch baking pan with parchment paper, covering two sides. Pour the mixture evenly in the pan. Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
4. Set the pan on a wire rack when removing it from the oven and allow it to cool.

3. Coconut Chia Seed Protein Pancakes

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Did someone say healthy pancakes? Yes, you can have this breakfast favourite without compromising on your nutritional needs now! All you need to do is switch to healthy ingredients! This recipe gives you a way to have your daily dose of chia seeds in an easy and delicious way. It’s super simple and super nutritious! Best of both worlds, right? Try the recipe now –

Ingredients

• 5 Healthy Alternatives – Free Range Country Eggs
• ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
• 1/3 cup vanilla protein powder
• ¼ cup coconut flour
• ½ tsp. salt
• ½ tsp. baking powder
• 2 tbsp. stevia sweetener
• ½ tbsp. Healthy Alternatives – Organic Chia Seeds

Instructions

1. In a small bowl, mix egg whites and almond milk with a wire whisk. In a larger bowl, mix the remaining ingredients with a fork. Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients and mix well.
2. Using a 1/4 C. measure, pour pancake batter onto preheated griddle. Let it cook for a couple of minutes and then flip. Cook on other side until done and then transfer to a plate or cooling rack.
3. Top it with anything you like; nut butters, fruit, agave, honey, maple syrup, etc.  Enjoy!

So what are you waiting for? There’s no reason to not add this superfood to your daily diet now. Go to the Nature’s Basket  store and enjoy the benefits of chia seeds!

Want more of such ingredients that can boost your health? Super seeds to the rescue ! Check them out.

Easy Healthy Dessert Recipes With Blueberries


 
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Blueberries are one of those fruits that just go well with everything. Be it healthy breakfast recipes or sweet and scrumptious desserts. This very berry is loved by all, even your doctor! Blueberries are a rich source of antioxidants, super rich in fibres, vitamin C, vitamin B and essential phytonutrients that support heart health and help in maintaining blood sugar levels. But most of all, they taste absolutely delicious, and when added in dessert dishes, they can put your sweet-tooth in heaven! Check out some of our favourite easy blueberry dessert recipes here – 

1. Blueberry Crumb Bars


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These blueberry crumb bars are perfect for snacks or desserts with its sweet and tangy taste, and crumbly texture. Use up your blueberry-picking haul on these delicious bars filled with juicy berries and enjoy the fresh fruit in a unique way! Check out the recipe below –

Ingredients

• 1 lemon
• 2 1/2 c. Healthy Alternatives – Organic Wheat Maida
• 3/4 c. Healthy Alternatives – Organic Sugar
• 1 tsp. Healthy Alternatives - Ground Cinnamon
• 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
• 1 c. (2 sticks) butter (cut up and cold)
• 2 tsp. vanilla extract
• 4 c. fresh blueberries
• 1/2 c. brown sugar
• 2 tbsp. cornstarch

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking pan with foil and grease the foil. Grate 1 tsp. lemon zest and squeeze 2 tbsp. lemon juice.
2. In a food processor, pulse the flour, granulated sugar, cinnamon, grated lemon zest, and salt until combined. Add the butter and vanilla and pulse just until dough resembles crumbs. Transfer half of the dough to the prepared pan. Place the remaining dough in a refrigerator. Firmly press the dough in a pan into an even layer. Bake for 15 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, toss the blueberries, brown sugar, cornstarch, and lemon juice. Spread the berry mixture over the crust. Firmly squeeze chilled dough into small clumps and scatter all over the berries.
4. Bake 50 minutes to 1 hour or until topping is golden brown. Let it cool completely on a wired rack. Cut it into squares and serve.

2. Blueberry Focaccia

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Don’t pinch yourself, because yes there’s a version of Focaccia bread out there with blueberries and it’s not a dream. This delicious Italian baked goodness when mixed with blueberries goes to another level of taste heaven. Try out the recipe yourself to find out just how amazing it tastes. Your breakfast is never going to boring again!

Ingredients

• ½ cup Healthy Alternatives - Organic Sugar
• 1 tbsp. grated lemon zest
• 3 cups Healthy Alternatives – Organic Wheat Maida
• 1 packet rapid-rise active dry yeast
•  ¾ tsp. salt
• 1¼ cup whole milk
• 1 Healthy Alternatives – Free Range Organic Egg
•  ½ stick unsalted butter
• 2 cups fresh blueberries

Instructions

1. Pulse sugar and lemon zest in a food processor until zest is finely ground and incorporated into the sugar. In a large bowl, whisk 1⁄3 cup of the lemon sugar, 3 cups of the flour, the yeast and salt until blended. Heat milk in a 2 cup measure in microwave on high for around 1 and 1⁄2 minutes; add to flour mixture with egg and butter.
2. Mix with a rubber spatula until a soft, sticky dough forms; scrape dough onto a floured surface. Using a dough scraper to assist, knead with some of the remaining 1⁄2 cup flour to form smooth and pliable dough, for about 2 minutes. Cover the dough with the mixing bowl; let it rest for 10 minutes.
3. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Divide the dough in half. Working with 1 piece of dough at a time, stretch and pat out on parchment into a 12 inch free-form rectangle, about 1⁄4 inches thick.
4. Scatter with half of blueberries and half of the remaining lemon sugar. On a floured surface, pat out and stretch the remaining dough slightly larger than the first piece and place it over the bottom dough. Press the edges together and tuck them under the loaf. Cover it with a sheet of greased plastic wrap.
5. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. With floured fingers, dimple the surface of the loaf. Scatter the remaining blueberries and lemon sugar on top of the loaf and bake for 25 to 30 minutes until golden brown. Slide the Focaccia onto a wired rack and let it cool slightly. Serve it warm.

3. Blueberry Orange Summer Pudding

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This summer pudding is all you need to give yourself a fresh, juicy pick-me-up. Packed with all that vitamin C from the blueberries and oranges, we can assure you it’s berry delicious. It doesn’t require a lot of ingredients, but a bit of patience will be rewarding! Try this recipe for a great summer dessert!

Ingredients

• 6 cups fresh blueberries (rinsed and dried)
• 1 medium orange
• 1-1/3 cups Healthy Alternatives - Organic Sugar
• 2 packages soft ladyfinger biscuits

Instructions

1. Set aside a few of the blueberries for garnish, if desired. Lightly grease a small (4-cup) bowl with cooking spray. Line with 2 long pieces of plastic wrap, letting the excess hang over the sides. Make room in the fridge.
2. Finely grate 2 tsp. zest from the orange. Squeeze 2/3 cup juice from the orange. Put the juice and zest in a medium saucepan with about 2/3 of the blueberries and the sugar.
3. Bring it to a boil over medium heat, stirring. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring, until the berries are soft and the liquid is syrupy, for about 3 minutes. Slide the pan from the heat and add the remaining blueberries. With the back of a spoon, press on the fresh blueberries until lightly crushed. Set it aside to cool slightly.
4. Arrange one row of ladyfingers top side down and slightly overlapping (keep attached, if possible) to cover the interior of the bowl completely. Fill the gaps with smaller pieces. Spoon the berries (with as little liquid as possible) into the bowl.
5. Cover it with the remaining ladyfingers, and then pour the juice on top. Wrap the excess plastic over the bowl. Put a flat plate large enough to cover the pudding on top and set a 2- or 3-pound weight (think large can of tomatoes) on it. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours or up to 2 days.
6. To serve, unwrap the mold and invert onto a shallow serving bowl or plate. Gently pull on the plastic while lifting off the bowl. Cut it into wedges. Garnish with the reserved blueberries, if you like.

Get the freshest blueberry haul from the Nature’s Basket store now and treat yourself to one (or all!) of these amazing blueberry desserts!

Want to add blueberries to more of your daily food? Check out these vegan blueberry breakfast recipes for a healthy and tasty start to your day!

What Kind of Tea Person Are You?

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In India, tea is so much more than just a mere beverage to help you kick-start your day. Every tea lover has a different way of enjoying their tea and with the market flooded with new varie-teas, one can get confused about their preferences. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered there. Read on to find out whether it’s your cup of tea or not –

1. The Kadak Chai Lovers

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Chai is not your average beverage – it is an elixir that boosts your energy after a long, stressful day! If you are a kadak chai lover, you like it strong, sweet and brewed to absolute perfection. The spices are extremely important and if you consider yourself a true chai specialist, the deep brown colour is your way of knowing whether it is the perfect cup of tea or not. The Tea Culture – English Breakfast Loose Tea is your best friend when it comes to a perfectly brewed kadak chai.

2. The Obsessive Health Benefit Seeker

If you’re always lurking in the health section of the grocery store and will settle only for something that gives your health a vigorous boost, including tea – you fall under this category. The Healthy Alternatives - Immunity Tea is perfect for you with the nutritious blend of green tea, mint leaves, basil and cinnamon. The benefits of green tea have been the talk of the town for a while now, but did you know that cinnamon is a high source of antioxidants and that mint is one of the best remedies for all stomach related problems? This cup of wellness is definitely your way to improved immunity and health.

3. The Weight Loss Fanatic 


Several studies have shown that tea can help boost metabolism and reduce the fat content in the body. If you are the kind that counts calories for every morsel of food – you are the weight loss tea drinker. The Healthy Alternatives – Slimming Tea detoxifies the body and aids weight loss. It has the added benefits of boosting your energy levels so that you can work out even better. So all of you health freaks out there, who can’t stand an extra calorie, include this tea in your diet to stay healthy and happy!

4. The Milk Baby – Masala Tea

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If you like your tea most parts milk, then you are the milk baby. You like your tea milky and sweet. Not only does it give you a boost of calcium from the wholesome cup of milk but also tastes absolutely delicious. The Tea Culture – Ginger Tea is the perfect tea for you.

5. The Traditionalist

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Like your tea fuss-free, simple and all black? You are the traditionalist tea drinker. The Tea Culture – Earl Grey Loose Tea is made for you. Not only does the Earl Grey Tea boost digestion but also fights depression and anxiety. A true stress reliever, this tea will help you relax and unwind after a long, stressful day.

So what kind of tea person are you? Head to the Nature’s Basket  now and pick your tea now!

If you’re the kind that doesn’t steer away from experimentation, check out these 4 Unique Brews  that you can try at home to enjoy your tea.