Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Organic Chocolates - The Healthy Way To Indulge


We have all heard about the aphrodisiac effects of chocolates and that dark chocolate is so much better for you than milk chocolate. Well, the word on the street these days is that there’s a bigger player in the candy world A.K.A organic chocolate. Wondering what the big deal is about going organic with your favourite comfort food? Don't worry, sit back and relax, because we have got all the answers right here.

1. The Full Scoop About Organic Chocolates


First things first, let’s get our facts right here. So, what exactly is organic chocolate made of? Cocoa beans straight from heaven? Not quite, though close enough. Organic chocolates are made from cocoa beans that have not been treated with any synthesized fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides but it doesn’t stop there. True organic chocolates are made of everything organic whether it’s milk, nuts, fruit, spices or cocoa butter.

2. Organic Chocolates Vs. Regular Chocolates



Let’s get to the real question, now. Does it really make that much of a difference whether your guilty pleasure snack is organic or not? Well, here’s a news flash for you. Conventionally grown cocoa has the second highest use of pesticides outside of commercial non-organic cotton. Not to mention that non-organic chocolates block the antioxidant and health benefits of chocolates as they are full of dairy, sugar, fat, wax, chemicals. So, which one would you prefer?

3. Health Benefits of Organic Chocolate


An organic chocolate bar contains as many antioxidants as a glass of red wine. It can help to lower blood pressure and contains very little caffeine. It also contains a high level of magnesium which can help your heart. Though, that doesn’t mean that you can go all out on them. Remember, moderation is key. Swap regular chocolate for organic dark chocolate or organic milk chocolate in those sinfully delicious baked goods and uplift the health quotient of your desserts!

4. Organic Chocolate Flavours You Must Try


Bite into these organic chocolates for some sinfully good fun! For a smooth and nutty texture, try the L’Exclusif Rose Almond Dark Chocolate. Get a zesty blast of flavours with the L’Exclusif Sea Salt Dark Chocolate or go all out on cocoa with the L’Exclusif 72% Dark Chocolate. Give your taste buds a fruity surpire with the L’Excusif Blueberry Walnut Dark Chocolate or refresh your palette with the tangy taste of the L’exclusif Lemon Ginger Dark Chocolate. So, which one do you crave?


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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Classic Thanksgiving Recipes


T’is the season to be thankful! This occasion is a heart-warming celebration of the fortune and love we have received over the past year. So how about a wonderful surprise for your family and friends with some festive joy? A wholesome, perfectly roasted turkey and some melt-in-your-mouth, mashed potatoes sounds pretty delicious too. Join us as we drum up a classic Thanksgiving dinner. What’s the key to a great Thanksgiving Dinner? That’s right, the Tur-KEY, and we’ve got the juiciest Turkey recipe coming up! Even better, it’s not half as hard as you think!

1. Classic Roast Turkey

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A thanksgiving dinner without turkey is simply unheard of. This roasted marvel of a turkey is tender, juicy and oh so delicious! This thanksgiving, crave into some meaty, fall-off-the-bone fun and breathe in the steaming, hot flavours.

Ingredients 

• 2 tablespoons of dried Parsley 
• 2 tablespoons of freeze dried Rosemary
• 2 tablespoons rubbed dried sage
• 2 tablespoons of dried thyme leaves
• 1 tablespoon of lemon pepper
• 2 tablespoons of salt 
• 1 (15 pound) whole turkey, neck and giblets removed 
• 2 stalks of celery, chopped
• 1 orange, cut into wedges
• 1 onion, chopped
• 1 carrot, chopped
• 1 can of chicken broth (300-450ml)
• 1 (750ml) bottle of champagne (this is not a joke, we repeat, this is not a joke)

Instructions

1. Pre-heat the oven to 175 Degrees Celsius. Line a turkey roaster with long sheets of aluminum foil.
2. Stir together the parsley, rosemary, sage, thyme, lemon pepper, and salt in a small bowl. Save a tablespoon of salt for the mashed potatoes. 
3. Rub the herb mixture into the cavity of the turkey, then stuff it with the celery, orange, onion, and carrot. Do it with passion!
4. Place the Turkey into the roasting pan. Pour the chicken broth and champagne over the turkey, making sure to get some champagne in the cavity.
5. Bring the aluminum foil over the top of the turkey, and seal. Try to keep the foil from touching the skin of the turkey breast or legs.
6. Bake the turkey in the preheated oven for 2 1/2 to 3 hours until it’s no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear. Uncover the turkey, and continue baking until the skin turns golden brown, 30 minutes to 1 hour longer.
7. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone should read 180 degrees F. Remove the turkey from the oven, cover with a doubled sheet of aluminum foil, and allow it to rest in a warm area 10 to 15 minutes before slicing. 
8. Allow yourself a moment to gaze at the delightful turkey you’ve made!

2. Perfectly Mashed Potatoes


This recipe is all about those good, old-fashioned mashed potatoes! It’s a simple, must-try 3-ingredient dish that you cannot go wrong with. 

Ingredients

• 8-10 potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters.
• 1 tablespoon of butter
• ¼ cup of hot milk

Instructions

1. Now, onto the mashed potatoes. Place the potatoes in large saucepan; add enough water to cover
2. Add 3/4 teaspoon of the salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover loosely and boil gently for 15 to 20 minutes or until the potatoes break apart easily when pierced with fork.
3. Drain the saucepan. We’re almost there, relax!
4. Shake the saucepan gently over low heat for 1 to 2 minutes to evaporate any excess moisture.
5. Mash the potatoes with potato masher until no lumps remain. Add the margarine, the pepper and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt
6. Continue mashing, gradually adding enough milk to make potatoes smooth and creamy.
7. Place the delicious dish on the table full of thankful people!

3. Classic Thanksgiving Gravy

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Add lots of flavour and spice to your thanksgiving with this simple yet lip-smacking gravy recipe. Pour it over the succulent turkey meat and the creamy mashed potatoes and your taste buds will thank you for it.

Ingredients

• 3 tbsp. butter
• 3 tbsp. all-purpose flour (Maida)
• 1 c. Pan drippings (from the turkey)
• 1-2 c. low-sodium chicken stock (or turkey)
Salt
• 1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves, minced
• 1 tsp. fresh sage leaves, minced

Instructions

1. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. 
2. Whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute until the mixture is golden. 
3. Whisk in the pan drippings. (If you have more than a cup, use it and reduce the amount of broth!)
4. Bring the mixture to a boil and simmer gently until it has thickened slightly. Stir in the fresh herbs. Whisk in 1 cup of the broth and return the mixture to a simmer. 
5. Season with salt and pepper. Simmer to 10 minutes, gradually adding more stock if the gravy is too thick. Check for seasonings.

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Easy Healthy Snacks For Kids



Some kids go nuts for candies, some kids only have eyes for pizza. But if there’s one thing that kids of all ages hate, it’s eating healthy. But don’t worry, with these wholesome, healthy delights, you can say goodbye to those mid-meal tantrums.

1. Spiced Apple Crisps

These all-natural apple crisps are way better than the store-bought, preservative-induced potato chips! Just a sprinkle of cinnamon on top, and your kids will gobble up these fruity delights like there’s no tomorrow.


Ingredients

• 2 green apples
Cinnamon powder, for sprinkling

Instructions

1. Heat the oven to 160C gas mark. Core the apple and slice through the equator into very thin slices, about 1 - 2mm thick.
2. Dust them with the cinnamon powder and lay them flat on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
3. Cook for 45 minutes – 1 hour, turning them halfway through and removing any crisps that have turned brown. Continue cooking until the apples have dried out and are light golden.
4. Cool the crisps and store them in an airtight container for an everyday snack.

2. Dried Fruit Energy Nuggets



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These dried fruit healthy bites can provide oodles of energy. You can make a whole batch at home and pack them as mini snacks in your kid’s daily lunchbox.

Ingredients

• 50g of Healthy Alternatives Turkish Apricots
• 100g of Healthy Alternatives Saudi Dates, seedless
• 50g of L’Exclusif Whole Dried Cranberries
• 2 tsp. coconut oil
• 1 tbsp. Healthy Alternatives White Sesame Seeds, toasted

Instructions

1. Whizz the apricots with the dates and the cherries in a food processor until they are very finely chopped.
2. Tip them into a bowl and use your hands to work in the coconut oil.
3. Shape the mix into walnut-sized balls, then roll them in the sesame seeds.
4. Store in an airtight container until you need a quick energy fix.
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3. Pita Pockets

These pita pockets make the ultimate after-school snack! Delicious, healthy and wholesome, you will turn to this quick-fix recipe every time you are in a time crunch.


Ingredients

• ½ of L’Exclusif Pita Bread
• 25g of chicken breast, cooked
• ¼ cucumber, cut into chunks
• 4 cherry tomatoes, halved
Seasonings according to taste

Instructions

1. Fill the pitta half with the chicken breast, cucumber and the cherry tomatoes.
2. Top with your favourite seasonings.

4. Healthy Chocolate Hummus


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If you are looking for a way to get your kids to eat their fruits and veggies, search no more! This healthy chocolate hummus can make even the fussiest picky eater’s mouth water.

Ingredients

• 2 cups of cooked, unsalted chickpeas
• 3-4 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
• 2 tablespoons of Healthy Alternatives Peanut Butter/ Healthy Alternatives Almond Butter
• 1/4 cup of maple syrup
• 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Instructions

1. Add all the ingredients into the cup of a large food processor, and puree until the mixture turns smooth.
2. Serve it with fresh fruit, crackers, or some pita chips.

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Monday, 13 November 2017

Buckwheat Cookie Recipe That Will Change Your Life

This winter, fill up your Christmas cookie jar with these healthier alternatives of chocolate chip delights! Made from gluten-free buckwheat flour, they are nutty and earthy in texture and light and crispy on the outside. Now, you don’t need to wait for a cheat day to indulge in a little cookie fun!




Ingredients

• 150 grams of Healthy Alternatives Buckwheat Flour 
• 1 tbsp. baking powder
• 1 teaspoon of salt
•  3 tbsp. unsalted butter
• 80g of Healthy Alternatives Organic Brown Sugar
Vanilla extract 
• 1 large egg
L’Exclusif Chocolate Chips

Instructions

1. In a bowl, mix together the flour, brown sugar, salt and the baking powder.
2. In another bowl, whisk the butter using an electric whisk.
3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the egg and the sugar.
4. Beat this mixture with an electric mixer on high until it’s light and fluffy. Add the butter and beat it on high until it’s combined.
5. Add all the dry ingredients and mix everything together until it’s combined. Add the extract and mix together.
6. Stir in the chocolate chips and scoop the mixture out on a baking tray using an ice cream scoop.
7. Preheat the oven to 375° F / 190° C and bake for 15 minutes.

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Thursday, 9 November 2017

The Buzz About Clover Honey


The whole world seems to be buzzing about this marvel of a honey that’s good enough to drizzle over just about anything! Produced from the nectar of clover blossoms, clover honey is widely known for its mild flavour and sweet aftertaste and of course, its amazing health-boosting properties. If you seemed to have missed the B-news, don’t fret, read on to find out everything you need to know about clover honey and its health benefits.

1. Helps In Healing Wounds

Because of its anti-inflammatory effects, clover honey can be a wonderful remedy for slow-healing injuries. Due to the high amounts of minerals such as iron, potassium, copper, and vitamins such as Vitamin-C, it can help in faster wound healing. It also works wonders against antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

2. Can Regulate Blood Pressure

Regular intake of 1-2 teaspoons of clover honey, early in the morning, every day can help keep high blood pressure under control. However, it shouldn’t be used as an alternative to blood pressure medications or a prescribed treatment suggested by an authorized medical professional. You can amp up the health benefits of clover honey by indulging in some regular exercise and a balanced diet.

3. Goodbye Bad Cholesterol

Raw clover honey that has not been subjected to heat can be used to effectively curb bad cholesterol. That’s why it can also help to prevent diseases that are caused by the accumulation of bad cholesterol in blood vessels. But that doesn’t mean that it is okay to go all out on that all-you-can-eat red meat buffet and top it off with some clover honey as a precaution. Always, try to avoid eating foods high in bad cholesterol as possible.

4. Best Natural Sweetener

As it contains simple sugars, compared to the complex ones found in refined white sugar, it can be used as an excellent natural sweetener, especially for kids. Due to its mild flavour, it can be used to sweeten your daily dishes or a delicious spread for your bagels and toasts. Drizzle it over your pancakes for a blast of natural flavours!

5. Can Prevent Aging

Due to its high anti-oxidant properties, clover honey can protect your skin cells and help in maintaining their health. That’s why clover honey is used in a lot of moisturizing products. But to harbor in on the benefits of clover honey, try and go for raw and pure forms of clover honey as possible.

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Wednesday, 8 November 2017

How To Make The Perfect Watermelon Feta Salad At Home

Give your palette a jolt of flavours with this light yet filling watermelon, olive and feta salad. The succulent taste of watermelon combined with the tangy nature of olives and the crumbly texture of the feta cheese make for quite a delectable, healthy meal.





Ingredients

• 250 gm of watermelon, chopped
• 1 stalk of spring onions, chopped
• 6-7 black olives
• 50 gm of feta cheese, chopped into chunks
Salt to taste
• 1 tsp. of parsley, chopped
• 3-4 cherry tomatoes, halved
• 1 Tbsp. Healthy Alternatives Pure olive oil
• 1/3 tsp. oregano leaves
• 1 tsp. lemon juice
Spinach Leaves

Instructions

1. Place all the ingredients in a big bowl.
2. Be sure to add the salt, lemon juice and olive oil in the end.
3. Mix all the ingredients properly and serve.

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Sunday, 5 November 2017

Easy Fruit Bliss Ball Recipe

Being a fitness freak with a sweet tooth can be so frustrating! But fret not, try this fruit bliss ball recipe to take care of all your dessert cravings. You can whip up this power-packed energy snack in just a few minutes for a pre or post-workout snack and your taste buds will definitely thank you for it!





Ingredients 

For fruit bliss balls with nuts:

• 100 gms. Of Healthy Alternatives Cashews
• 150 gms. Of Healthy Alternatives Turkish Apricots
• 75 gms. Of coconut powder (for coating)
• 80 gms. Of white chocolate
• 150 gms. Of Healthy Alternatives Almonds

For nut-free fruit bliss balls:

• 150 gms. of Healthy Alternatives Dates
• 100 gms. of Healthy Alternatives Prunes
• 100 gms. of L’Exclusif Dried Goji berries
• 150 gms. of L’Exclusif Dried Cranberries 
• 1 tablespoon of Healthy Alternatives Raw Chia Seeds
Cocoa powder for coating

Instructions

1. Roughly, chop all the fruits then place them in a strong food processor with all the other ingredients.
2. Blend until all the ingredients are combined.
3. Scoop out each ball and roll them into a round shape.
4. Coat them in coconut/ cocoa powder and garnish with nuts.

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