Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Healthy Holiday Eating Guide

Holiday season is about family and food and all too often, adding a few extra pounds to our waistlines. But why not take a healthier approach to what we eat during this holiday season? People say it’s hard for them to eat healthy because they don’t want to stop eating their favorite foods. Here are some tips that will help you eat healthy.

healthy holiday food

•Don’t skip meals, eat small portions at regular frequency instead. Skipping meals can lead to overeating.
•Have a healthy breakfast. Crunchy Muesli with Soy milk and baked beans on multi grain toast makes for a great start to the day.
•Keep your energy levels up and curb your hunger by eating small meals and snacks every three to four hours such as Strawberry Greek Yogurt or a Granola Bar.
•Start your meal with a bowl of soup and salads. This is a great way to balance out calorie-rich foods.
•Style your veggies, leafy green salads, and fruits to add a fun element to your meal. You can even pair your food with some guacamole or yogurt dip for some extra flavour.
•Don’t deprive yourself of your favorite foods. Enjoy special holiday foods like shortbread cookies, crackers, turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, falafels, muffins and more but keep your portions in check by using smaller plates.
•Calories from drinks can add up quickly. Keep a check on all those fizzy and sugary drinks.
•Opt for healthy juices and smoothies instead of fizzy beverages.
•Balance out those extra holiday calories with some activity such as trekking and playing games, going for a swim to the pool, cycling through the park with kids.

Give your favourite holiday foods a healthy twist with these simple substitutes

•Use sweet potatoes instead of regular potatoes for more fibre.
•Make stuffing using whole grain bread, wild rice, or quinoa, instead of white bread.
•Substitute half the white flour with whole wheat flour.
•Use the flavorful brown bits in the pan instead of the fatty drippings. Try lower sodium broth instead of regular broth.
•Replace half the butter or oil in a recipe with apple sauce, pureed prunes, or mashed bananas.
•Use fresh vegetables and serve roasted carrots and parsnips, steamed green beans with lemon and herbs, herb-roasted mushrooms, or a spinach rather than breads.
Sticking to your healthy eating plans can be challenging during the holidays. With parties and endless temptations, it's easy to let healthy habits slide during the holiday season, but now your healthy holiday guide is there to help you out!

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Monday, 26 December 2016

Late Night Munchies That Don’t Make You Fat

It’s 11pm and you’re watching TV. A fast-food commercial comes on and WHAM! It hits you. An appalling and almost irresistible craving for something delicious. So you just rummage through your kitchen, but find only junk y food to munch on. We suggest you try our Healthy Alternatives snacks which are healthy as well as delicious.

Healthy late night munchies

Instead of bingeing on buttery popcorn, grab a handful of our snacks and munch guilt-free.

1)Makhana Pops also known as Lotus Seeds, which are high in anti-oxidants. Makhanas are nutritious and come in a variety of tangy flavours such as Masala, Cheese and Pepper. They are light, tasty and healthy snacks which will come in handy as great alternatives to those late-night cravings.
2)Protein rich Healthy Alternatives Chana Dal works as a great substitute for fried snacks. Made from roasted chana, this snack provides you with high quality nourishment without compromising on taste. Now enjoy this late night snack in flavors such as Chilly Lime and Masala.
3)High in fiber, Healthy Alternatives Soya Nuts are perfect to munch on. Packaged with care, they are made from soya bean, soya bean refined oil, common salt, and garlic. They come in two flavours - Roasted Garlic and Roasted Tomato & Mint.

Got a sweet tooth? We’ve got a solution which even your dietitian wouldn’t mind. Eat guilt free with our Healthy Alternatives range of Black Currants and Saudi Dates that are good for your bones and also your heart.

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Sunday, 25 December 2016

Know Your Chicken

Unsure about how to store, cook and clean chicken? Here’s a few simple tips to help you know your chicken.

Storage & Preparation:  

•Use moisture proof pouches or bags to freeze chicken.
•Always mark the pouches with the date of freezing.
•Freeze fresh chicken immediately to keep it fresh.
•Fresh chicken should be stored in the refrigerator at 5°C or lower. It should be used within two days of the date on the package and if it is not going to be used within that time, it should be frozen.
•Never thaw chicken at room temperature. Keep the chicken in a bowl of water with the pouch intact and keep changing the water after 30 mins or you could put it in the fridge for defrosting.
•Wash the chicken with filtered water.
•The best way to remove chicken fat is to trim the visible fat with your hands.
•Marinate the chicken with your hands and then put it in a zip lock bag to refrigerate for 6-8 hours.

Chicken Preparations

How To Cook Chicken:

These are some valuable tips that could come in handy while cooking chicken.

•Cooked chicken should never be pink on the inside. Always check the temperature of  the meat. It is safe to eat if the internal temperature is approximately 75 degrees.
•If you are cooking a whole chicken, slice a part of the chicken thigh to check if it is cooked, since it is the thickest part of the chicken and takes maximum time to cook.
•If you are reheating cooked chicken, make sure the chicken is piping hot throughout. This is especially important if you are reheating it in a microwave, which doesn't always cook evenly.

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Saturday, 24 December 2016

Warm Breakfast Drinks

Winter is here and all you need is a warm drink to give you that essential boost for the day.  Here are some recipes which are easy to make, delicious and perfect  for your winter morning beverage.

Banana walnut smoothie
No time for breakfast? Have this banana walnut smoothie for a quick fix which is high in antioxidants and will also keep you full.

Banana walnut smoothie

Ingredients:

•1 cup hot milk
•1 peeled ripe banana
•2-3 Healthy Alternatives Walnuts, chopped
•¼ teaspoon cinnamon powder
•½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions:

Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and process until smooth.



Ginger Pear Smoothie

Fight that sore throat and nausea with a ginger honey milk drink.

Ingredients:

•1 pear chopped
•2 tablespoons maple syrup
•2 tablespoons almond butter
•1 small piece of ginger

•1 ½ cup hot almond milk

Instructions:
Blend all ingredients until smooth and enjoy.


Hazelnut Mocha

Start your morning on a happy note with this delectable Hazelnut Mocha.

Ingredients:

•50gms L’exclusif Dark Chocolate
•1 cup hot brewed coffee  
•2 tablespoons heavy cream
•Healthy Alternatives Sugar
•½ teaspoon cinnamon powder
•2 tablespoons hazelnut syrup

Hazelnut Mocha

Instructions:
1.In a small saucepan, add cream and bring to a boil.
2.Add sugar and cinnamon and stir until sugar is dissolved.
3.Add chocolate and stir with a whisk until smooth.
4.Add the hazelnut syrup and stir.
5.Cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally.
6.Add coffee, stir and enjoy.

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Friday, 23 December 2016

Perfect Post Workout Smoothies

Tired after an hour-long workout? Torched at a spin class? Nothing is more satisfying than a wholesome smoothie. Not only are smoothies delicious, they also give you the nutrients and quick energy that your body requires. Here are some simple and delicious recipes you can follow for a ‘smooth’ day ahead!


Berry Blast Smoothie 

Berries are high in calcium and are a good source of antioxidants.

Ingredients: 

•1 bowl of strawberries and raspberries
•Half a banana
•1 cup of low fat milk

Blend all ingredients until smooth and enjoy.

 Berry Blast Smoothie



Do the Tango Smoothie

Beet roots are high in folic acid & manganese and oranges are an excellent source of Vitamin C and dietary fiber.

Ingredients: 

•½ orange, peeled
•2-3 pieces of pineapple  
•½ lime, peeled
•2-3 pieces of beetroot

Blend all ingredients until smooth and enjoy.




Coco-Gurt Smoothie

Yogurt is loaded with vitamins and helps in preventing high blood pressure and coconuts are packed with antioxidants, amino acids, enzymes, vitamin C and minerals like iron and calcium.
In terms of calories, coconuts contain no saturated fat or cholesterol, and are a good source of dietary fiber and bananas contain several essential nutrients and benefits for heart health and weight loss.

Ingredients: 

Coconut water
•½ cup plain yogurt
•½ banana
•½ peach

Blend all ingredients until smooth and enjoy.

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Thursday, 22 December 2016

Party Food Ideas for Kids

Struggling to come up with innovative party food ideas your children will love? Here’s a few simple ideas that will get your kids excited.

Cheesy Meatballs

Ingredients:

•1 brown onion, grated
•1 medium carrot, peeled and grated
Tomato sauce
•1 tablespoon barbeque sauce
•1 cup grated cheddar cheese
•¼ cup plain flour
•1 cup breadcrumbs
•500gms lean lamb mince
Vegetable oil

Cheesy Meatballs for kids parties

Directions:

1)Mix the lamb, onion, carrot, tomato sauce, barbecue sauce, cheddar and flour into a medium bowl with your hands.
2)Roll the mixture into balls and cover with breadcrumbs. Place them on an oven tray.
3)Cover the tray with a plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 30 minutes, until firm.
4)Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Add a few meatballs and cook, until golden brown.
5)Serve the meatballs with Nature’s Kitchen Guacamole dip and enjoy.


Smoked Salmon Bites  

Ingredients:

•100g smoked salmon, cut into strips
•250g spreadable cream cheese
•24 ready-made mini pastry shells
•1/2 cup fresh dill

 Smoked Salmon Bites

Directions: 

1.Take pastry cups and fill with cream cheese and smoothen over the top.
2.Curl the strip of smoked salmon and place them over the top so that it can stand.
3.Garnish with a few dill leaves and serve.


Cookies and Cream Sundaes

Ingredients:

•1litre vanilla ice-cream
•100gms mini marshmallows
•200gms milk chocolate, finely chopped
•¾ cup thickened cream
•1 packet of Oreo, finely chopped
•colored sprinkles, garnish

Cookies and Cream Sundaes for kids parties

Directions:

1.Place the ice-cream in a large bowl and keep it out for 10mins until it softens.
2.Fold the Oreo cookies in the ice-cream.
3.Pour the ice-cream and Oreo mixture in a 7cm-deep, 14cm x 20cm airtight container which has a smooth surface and cover the surface with plastic wrap.
4.Freeze the ice-cream mixture overnight or until firm.
5.Take a medium sized saucepan and cook half of the marshmallows with thickened cream over low heat for about 10mins till the marshmallows melt.
6.Place the chocolate in a heat-proof bowl and pour the marshmallow mixture over the chocolate.
7.Stir the mixture until the chocolate melts and then set it aside to cool down.
8.Place 2 scoops of ice-cream mixture into each bowl. Drizzle each bowl with 2 tablespoons of marshmallow chocolate sauce. Place the reserved marshmallows and sprinkles over the top and serve.

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Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Simple Eggnog Recipe

This holiday season, let's skip the store-bought cartons and ready made jugs, and have our eggnog the old-fashioned way with real eggs.

simple Eggnog

Ingredients:

•4 tablespoons of Healthy Alternatives Organic Sugar  
•2 cups light cream
•¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
•½ teaspoon ground Healthy Alternatives Cinnamon
•6 Egg Yolks
•1 teaspoons vanilla extract
•¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
•2 cups milk
•2 whole Cloves

Instructions:

1.Combine 2 cups milk, 2 whole cloves, ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract and ½ teaspoon cinnamon in a saucepan, and heat over the lowest setting for 5 minutes.
2.Slowly bring the milk mixture to a boil.
3.In a large bowl, combine 6 egg yolks and 4 tablespoons of sugar.
4.Whisk together until fluffy.
5.Whisk the hot milk mixture slowly into the eggs and pour the mixture into the saucepan.
6.Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly for 3 minutes, or until thick. Do not allow the mixture to boil.
7.Strain to remove cloves, and let it cool for about an hour.
8.Add in the cream, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and ¼ ground nutmeg and stir
9.Refrigerate overnight before serving.

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Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Last Minute Party Appetizers

Last minute party plans and don’t know what to serve to your guests? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with some amazing recipes which are quick yet delicious.

Bacon-Wrapped Apricots with Sage

Ingredients:
•24 large dried apricots
•24 small fresh sage leaves
•2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
•8 slices bacon, cut crosswise into thirds
•toothpicks, for serving

Bacon-Wrapped Apricots with Sage

Directions:

1.Heat oven to 190ºC.
2.Place a sage leaf on each apricot, wrap it with a piece of bacon, and place it seam-side down on a baking sheet.
3.Bake for about 6-8 mins per side until the bacon is crisp.
4.Remove it from oven and brush with maple syrup.
5.Serve with toothpicks and enjoy.



Bacon Deviled Eggs

Ingredients:   

•12 large eggs
•1/3 cup mayonnaise
•3 slices bacon
•2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
•1 tablespoon chopped scallions
•Some thinly sliced scallions for garnish
•2 tablespoons melted butter (if needed)
•Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Bacon Deviled Eggs

Instructions:

1.Place eggs in a large saucepan and add water.
2.Bring to a boil, cover, and remove from heat.
3.Let it sit for 10 minutes and then drain.
4.Transfer eggs to a bowl of ice water and let it cool completely for 10 minutes.
5.Peel the eggs, halve lengthwise and remove the yolk.
6.Coarsely chop bacon and cook the bacon in a medium skillet over medium heat until brown and crisp.
7.Transfer bacon to paper towels.
8.Strain drippings through a fine mesh into a small bowl.
9.Finely mash reserved yolks, bacon fat (and/or butter), mayonnaise, mustard, and chopped scallions in a medium bowl; season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
10.Add 2 tablespoons of molten butter if required.
11.Transfer to a large re-sealable freezer bag, then cut ½ " off 1 corner.
12.Pipe into whites, garnish with thinly sliced scallions and reserved bacon.








Creamy Dill Cucumber Toasties
Ingredients: 

200gms packed cream cheese
Salad dressing mix
½ cup mayonnaise
1 L'exclusif baguette cut into ½ inch thick slices
1 cucumber sliced
1 teaspoon dried dill weed

Creamy Dill Cucumber Toasties

Instructions:

1.In a medium bowl, mix cream cheese, salad dressing mix and mayonnaise.
2.Spread a thin layer of the cream cheese mixture on a toasted slice of bread, top it with cucumber slices and sprinkle with dried dill weed.

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Monday, 19 December 2016

Healthy lunch ideas

Dreading the treadmill time you’ll have to clock to burn off those holiday calories? Worry no more, go the healthy way with these quick recipes and keep your health regime on the right track.

Quinoa Salad  

Ingredients:

•100gms Healthy Alternatives quinoa
•300gms tomatoes, diced
•100gms cucumber, diced
•75gms parsley, chopped

 Healthy Quinoa Salad  for lunch

For the dressing:

•2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
•1 tablespoon Healthy Alternatives olive oil
•2 tablespoons lemon juice
•A pinch of Himalayan pink salt
•½ garlic clove, crushed
•1 drop of vanilla extract
•1 tablespoon rice syrup or agave
•50gms salad leaves (garnish)

Instructions:

1.Add 2 portions of water to 1 portion of Healthy Alternatives quinoa and boil for 10-15 mins until cooked and set it aside.
2.Make the dressing by adding the Healthy Alternatives Olive Oil, vinegar, lemon juice, vanilla extract, rice syrup, pinch of salt and garlic into a jug and whisk until smooth.
3.Add this to the quinoa and mix together with tomatoes, cucumber and parsley.
4.Serve on a bed of salad leaves.

Red lentil and carrot soup

Ingredients:

•1 white onion, finely sliced
•2 tablespoons of Healthy Alternatives olive oil
•3 garlic cloves, sliced
•2 carrots, diced
•85gms red lentils
•500ml water
•300ml vegetable stock

Red lentil and carrot soup

Instructions: 

1.Put the water (add quantity) to boil.
2.Heat the oil in a medium pan, add onions and fry for 2 mins.
3.Add garlic, cloves and carrots to the pan, and cook briefly on a low flame.
4.Pour 500ml of the boiling water, stir in the lentils and add the vegetable stock.
5.Cover the pan and cook over medium heat for 15 mins until the lentils are tender.
6.Take off the heat and add parsley.
7.Pour it into the number of bowls needed and enjoy.


Asian Chicken Salad

Ingredients:

•1 boneless, skinless chicken breast
•1 tablespoon fish sauce  
•1 tablespoon lemon juice
•1 tablespoon caster sugar
•100gms kale or lettuce leaves
Coriander, chopped
•¼ onion, thinly sliced
•½ chili, deseeded and thinly sliced
•¼ cucumber, halved lengthwise and sliced


 Asian Chicken Salad

Instructions:

1.Put fresh chicken in a pan and cover it with cold water. Then bring the water to boil and cook for 10 mins.
2.Remove the chicken from the pan and tear it into shreds.
3.Stir it with the fish sauce, lime zest, juice and sugar until the sugar dissolves.
4.Place the leaves, kale or lettuce leaves and coriander in a container, then top it with the chicken, onion, chili, and cucumber. Place the dressing in a separate container and garnish the salad with it right before serving.

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Sunday, 18 December 2016

Cold Cut Recipes

Cold cuts are probably the most ignored heroes of lunchtime. When you think of cold cuts, you probably imagine sandwiches, but there is way more that you can do with them. Here are some dishes with cold cuts you are sure to enjoy.

Spinach salad with warm onions and crispy salami

 Spinach salad with warm onions and crispy salami

Ingredients:

•2 tablespoons Healthy Alternatives Olive Oil
•1 tablespoon L’exclusif Whole Grain Mustard
•2 bunches spinach, thick stems removed (about 8 cups)
•Healthy Alternatives kosher salt and black pepper
•½ red onion, sliced into rounds
•¼ pound hard salami, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
•2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
•1 tablespoon Healthy Alternatives Honey

Instructions:

1.Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a medium skillet over medium heat.
2.Add the salami and cook, stirring occasionally, until brown for 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel–lined plate.
3.Add vinegar, mustard, honey, the remaining tablespoon of oil, and ¼ teaspoon each, of salt and pepper to the skillet. Whisk to combine.
4.Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until it begins to soften (approximately 3 to 4 minutes.)  Then, add the salami.
5.Divide the spinach into 4 individual plates and place the onion and salami over the top. Serve with the eggs, if desired.



Cold cut and cheese calzone

Ingredients:

•kneaded dough
•shredded mozzarella cheese
ricotta cheese
salami
prosciutto
oregano & chili flakes
•fresh garlic

Cold cut and cheese calzone

Instructions:

1)Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2)Take the kneaded dough and roll it out using plenty of flour on a flat surface with a rolling pin to the size 12” x 16” approximately.
3)Place the Mozzarella cheese in the center of the dough followed by ricotta, salami, prosciutto, oregano, chilli flakes and garlic.
4)Fold the dough over each side till the middle and fold it in the ends.
5)Lightly coat with olive oil on both sides and flip over onto a cookie sheet.
6)Put it in the oven to bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until golden.


Cold cut cheese rolls

Ingredients:

•3 pepperoni strips, cut in half lengthwise
•2 slices of Cheddar cheese, cut into 4 strips
•3 ham strips cut lengthwise
•3 strips bologna

Instructions:

1)Make a tight roll with the ham.
2)Roll the bologna strip around the ham.
3)Roll the cheese around the bologna.
4)Roll the pepperoni strip around the cheese.
5)Pierce with a toothpick to hold the roll together and enjoy.

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Saturday, 17 December 2016

ChristMUSTS Dishes

Every Christmas, there are a few dishes that make it a truly special day. It’s not just about the food, it’s about the memories you create with your loved ones while enjoying these delicious dishes. So here’s to those few ChristMUSTS dishes:

Green Beans With Mushrooms and Bacon

Green Beans With Mushrooms and Bacon

Ingredients:

•8 bacon slices
•¼ cup chopped shallots
•¼ dried crushed red pepper
•½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
•3 cups sliced shiitake mushrooms
•1kg fresh green beans, trimmed  
•¼ teaspoon salt

Instructions:

1.Cook the beans in salted boiling water for 10mins
2.After boiling, put the beans in the oven over medium heat for 4 minutes or until crisp and then drain.
3.Plunge the beans into ice water to stop the cooking process, drain and set it aside.
4.Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium-low heat until crisp.
5.Remove the bacon and drain on paper towels, reserving 1 ½ drippings in the skillet. Discard the remaining drippings and crumble the bacon.
6.Sauté mushrooms and shallots in hot drippings over medium heat for 5 minutes or until shallots are tender.
7.Add green beans and crushed red pepper and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated.
8.Stir in crumbled bacon, add ½ tsp. black pepper, and salt as per taste


Christmas Pudding

Ingredients:

•1 cup sultanas
•1 cup Healthy Alternatives Sugar  
•1 cup milk
•1 cup raisins
•1 teaspoon ground mixed spice
•1 cup L’exclusif Mixed nuts, chopped
•1 cup self-rising flour
•1 cup finely grated Healthy Alternatives almond
•1 cup fresh brown breadcrumbs
•1 teaspoon ground Healthy Alternatives cinnamon
•1 large egg
Butter (for greasing)

For the butterscotch sauce

•200ml double cream
•100gm Healthy Alternatives Sugar
•85gms butter
•1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Christmas Pudding

Instructions:

1.For the pudding, add the sultanas, raisins, flour, butter, breadcrumbs, sugar and nuts into a mixing bowl with the spices
2.Add milk and egg to the above mix and stir
3.After the mixture is combined, pour it into a buttered 1.5 litre pudding bowl.
4.Cover it with a double layer of buttered foil and make a pleat in the centre to allow the pudding to rise.
5.Tie the foil securely with string and then place it in a steamer or large pan containing enough water to come halfway up the sides of the bowl.
6.Cover the bowl with a lid and steam for 2 ½ hours. Check the water level during cooking, top up as necessary.
7.If you are preparing this pudding later then remove the foil, let it cool slightly, then wrap in cling film followed by fresh foil. If you are serving it immediately, unwrap the pudding and invert it onto a deep plate.
8.For the sauce, put all the ingredients to in a pan, boil and stir.
9.Allow it to boil for 2-3 minutes and keep stirring until the sugar dissolves, the sauce thickens and the colour becomes pale brown.
10.Remove the sauce from the heat and pour the sauce over the pudding. Decorate with the whole mixed nuts before serving.

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Friday, 16 December 2016

Bridal Detox

Every bride wants to look her best on her big day and all brides these days follow a detox diet to get the perfect glow. But what is detox and how does one go about it?

What is Detoxification?
Detoxification refers to the body's natural and constant process of getting rid of waste and harmful toxins.

perfect bridal detoxing drinks

Simple ways to Detox? 

1) No More Junk Food:  Give up all the fizzy drinks, fried, sugary, and cream-laden treats that you love secretly indulging in. These foods are heavy to digest and cause bloating.
2) Fresh Juice: Avoid ready-made packed juices which are filled with sweeteners and preservatives but low in nutrients. Opt for fresh juices instead to stay hydrated.
3) Smoothies: Add a freshly made juice or smoothie to your daily diet will increase your energy, cleanse your skin and soothe your eyes.
4) More Water, Less Caffeine: Have a bottle of water instead of soda. Avoid alcohol and caffeinated drinks such as tea, coffee, or any other energy drinks that are highly acidic. You should also squeeze some drops of lemon, or add a slice of lemon or cucumber to your regular glass of water which will also help cleanse your system.
5) Veggies Are A Must: Apart from fruits juices, add some green vegetable juices to your daily diet.
6) Avoid Tea, Stick To Green Tea: Include at least 2-3 cups of green tea in your diet. Not only does it help fight disease by boosting immunity, but also enhances the detoxification process.
7) Wheat Pasta and Quinoa: Replace regular flour with wheat pasta and quinoa which are healthier and digest easily.

Detox Drink Recipes

Ingredients:

•1 cup of water
•2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
•1 tablespoon Healthy Alternatives Cinnamon and Clove infused Honey
•1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
•2 tablespoons lemon juice

Instructions:

1)Boil 1 cup of water and add 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon and 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.
2)Pour the water in a mug and add Healthy Alternatives Cinnamon and Clove infused Honey along with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice.


Detox Green Tea

Ingredients: 

•Healthy Alternatives Detox Tea
•Healthy Alternatives Cinnamon and Clove infused Honey
•1 tablespoon of lemon juice
•1 cup hot water

Instructions:

1)Add 1 tablespoon of detox tea in the cup
2)Pour hot water over the tea and let it brew for 3 minutes
3)Add Healthy Alternatives Cinnamon Honey and lemon juice to taste
4)Stir and enjoy

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Thursday, 15 December 2016

Hangover Remedies

The festive season has officially started and the dreadful hangover has arrived to town! Suffering from late night parties and a heavy head? Don’t worry we all are! Here are a few natural remedies you can find in your kitchen to help you get through the day so that you can party hard again!

perfect hangover remedy

1)Water – Keep yourself hydrated by drinking lots of water and coconut water!

2)Bread – Start your day with a piece of toast to help soak up all the alcohol in your system and give you the carbs you need to boost your energy!

3) Ginger or Peppermint Tea: Drink herbal infusions as it helps your system detoxify and get rid of any possible nausea you might be feeling.

4)Bananas and Pretzels: These may seem like an odd combination, but greatly help in curing a hangover. Both these snacks are high in salts and potassium in order to prevent your body from further dehydration.

5)Boiled Water with Honey and Lemon : Lemons replenish the vitamins you need and honey helps balance your blood sugar levels, which may have fluctuated due to alcohol consumption.

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Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Vegetarian Party Appetizers

Appetizers are a must for every get together, whether it be a casual family party or an elegant Cocktail Party. 
These vegetarian appetizers are quick and easy to prepare so that you spend less time in the kitchen and more time with your guests.


Eggplant and Mint Bruschetta 

Eggplant and Mint Bruschetta

Ingredients :

•1 eggplant, cut into 1-inch cubes
•1 medium onion, cut into layers.
•4 plum tomatoes, cut into halves
•4 tablespoons Healthy Alternatives Olive oil              
•Healthy Alternatives salt
•ground pepper
•4 slices L’exclusif bread, 1/4 inch thick
•1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
•1 tablespoon lemon juice


Directions :

1.Preheat oven to 450 degrees. 

2.Place bread on another baking sheet, and brush with 1 tablespoon oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper; bake until golden, 4 to 6 minutes.

3.Divide eggplant, onion, tomatoes, and 2 tablespoons oil between two rimmed baking sheets. Season with salt and pepper; toss to combine. Roast until eggplant is tender, 25 to 30 minutes; let cool to room temperature.

4.Transfer eggplant mixture to a medium bowl. Add mint; toss with remaining tablespoon oil and lemon juice. Divide eggplant mixture among bread slices, top with feta, and serve.


Mozzarella, Cherry Tomato and Olive Skewers 

Ingredients 

Mozzarella cheese cut into 1inch cubes
•Canned Olives       
Basil, crushed
•Healthy Alternatives Olive Oil
•Healthy Alternatives Salt

 Mozzarella, Cherry Tomato and Olive Skewers

Directions :
1)In a medium sized bowl, put together the mozzarella Cheese cubes, cherry tomatoes and olives.
2)Drizzle some Olive oil and then sprinkle some basil and salt over them. Cover the veggies in Basil and salt.
3)Take Small size skewers and assemble the mozzarella cubes with the tomatoes and olives. Enjoy your skewers with your choice of wine.


Southwest Black Bean and Avocado Tea Sandwiches

Ingredients :
•1 can black beans, drained
•1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
•1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and thinly sliced
•1/2 garlic clove, coarsely chopped                  
•Healhy Alternatives salt
•1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
•3 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
•Juice of 1 lemon
•½ bowl chopped onion
•1/8 teaspoon red-pepper flakes or jalapeno seeds
•24 slices L’exclusif white bread

 Southwest Black Bean and Avocado Tea Sandwiches

Directions : 
1.In a food processor combine beans, onion, jalapeno, garlic, red-pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Pulse until smooth and thick. Add water if necessary, to reach spreadable consistency. 

2.Transfer to medium bowl, and stir in cilantro.

3.In another bowl, gently toss avocado with lime juice to prevent browning.

4.Assemble the sandwiches: Spread black-bean mixture on two slices of bread; layer one slice tossed avocado, and place the other slice on top of it. Using a serrated knife, trim crusts and cut into triangles. Cover with a damp paper towel until ready to serve.

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Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Strawberries are here!

We all wait for winters just so that we can get our supply of delicious, juicy strawberries. They are loved by all and consumed in large quantities, either fresh or in milkshakes, desserts, ice-creams etc. Strawberries are not only delicious, but they also have a lot of health benefits.

strawberries are here!

Strawberry Benefits 
Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C and a good dose of fibre, folic acid, manganese and potassium.
They have been used throughout history in a medicinal context to help with digestive ailments, teeth whitening and skin irritations.
Their fibre and fructose content may help regulate blood sugar levels by slowing digestion.
Eating three or more servings of strawberries a week may help reduce Heart Diseases.
Eating strawberries twice a week, helps to boost memory too.


Easy & Fun recipes

Strawberry Santa

1)Cut the stem side of the strawberry to make it stand followed by Cutting the bottom of the strawberry to make a hat.
2)Make whipped cream using fresh Cream.
3)Spoon a large dollop of whipped cream on top of strawberry base for the 'face' and 'beard'.  
4)Decorate the face with choco chips or sprinkles.

 Strawberry Santa for a fun strawberry dessert

Strawberry Jam

1)Chop Strawberries in Medium Sized cubes.
2)Add the strawberries, sugar and lemon juice in a pan and stir over low heat until sugar dissolves.
3)Increase heat to a high and bring mixture to a boil.
4)Keep Stirring for about 10-15minutes.
5)Spread jam on Cookies and short Breads and enjoy.

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Monday, 12 December 2016

Innovative and Easy Dips for A party

Having a party and don’t know what to serve? Don’t worry, we got your back. We know the dreadful feeling of having to cook something special for your guests. But everything takes so much time, doesn’t it? Try these quick dip recipes and impress your guests the next time they come over!

Guacamole 

Ingredients :
•½ onion finely chopped                  
Jalapeno slices or finely chopped
•½ cup fresh cilantro
•Healthy Alternatives salt and black pepper
•2 Ripe Avocados, diced
•1 tablespoon Fresh lemon juice
•½ tomato, diced

Guacamole

Directions :
1)In a large bowl, combine the onion, jalapeno, tomato, cilantro, salt and black pepper.
2)With the back of a fork, mash all the vegetables until they begin to release their juices.
3)After mashing, add the Avocados and lemon juice to the mixture.
4)Garnish with Cilantro and serve.



Hummus

Ingredients :
•200gms Chickpea Canned or Boiled.  
•1 clove garlic
•¼ cup Healthy Alternatives Olive oil
•2 tablespoons lemon juice
•1 teaspoon Healthy Alternatives Ground Cumin
•Healthy Alternatives Salt
Paprika for Garnish

Hummus

Directions :
1)In a food processor, puree the chickpeas and garlic with olive oil, lemon juice, cumin, and salt.
2)Grind until smooth. Add 2-3 tablespoons of water to get right consistency.
3)Transfer to a bowl. Add olive oil and paprika for garnish.



Yogurt, Dill and Walnut Dip 

Ingredients :
•2 cups Greek yogurt  
•1 clove garlic, chopped
•¼ cup chopped Healthy Alternatives walnuts, additional for garnish
•¼ cup chopped dill, additional for garnish
•Healthy Alternatives Salt

Yogurt, Dill and Walnut Dip

Directions :
1)In a medium sized bowl, combine the yogurt, garlic, walnuts and dill and salt.
2)Garnish with walnuts and dill.
3)Serve with Carrots, cucumber, and blanched green beans.

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Sunday, 11 December 2016

How to make home style Hot Chocolate

There is nothing better than a big cup of hot chocolate on a lazy winter morning. It completes the scene of you sitting by the window reading a good book and sipping the most delicious drink! Here’s a quick recipe to make your own cup of Hot Chocolate and start your day on a happy note.

Ingredients :

•2 cups of milk (for vegans, use Almond or Soy Milk)
•100gms L’Exclusif Dark Chocolate bar
•2 teaspoons of powdered Sugar
•A pinch of cinnamon
Marshmallows
•Skewers/fork

home made hot chocolate

Directions :

1)Finely chop the chocolate bar into small pieces.
2)Heat the milk in a bowl on low heat. Whisk in short intervals so that the milk doesn’t stick to the bottom of the bowl.
3)Add the Chocolate, powdered sugar and cinnamon to the milk and whisk vigorously till the chocolate melts.
4)Heat for another 4-5 minutes while whisking continuously.
5)Pour the Hot Chocolate into a mug
6)Take the marshmallow and roast it on low heat till you can see it caramelize.
7)Dip the marshmallows in your Hot Chocolate and enjoy.

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Saturday, 10 December 2016

Fun Facts and Benefits of Meat

Here are some fun facts about the various kinds of meats you eat, that we bet you weren’t aware of.

types of meat

•Chinese started preserving pork bellies around 1500 B.C. which makes Bacon one of the oldest meats.

•Kobe is the World’s most expensive Beef which is produced by Japan. Cattle are given a daily massage and even fed a diet of beer and soybeans.

•Approximately half a million pounds of bacon every month is used by Burger King® in its restaurants.

•Your body does not absorb any of the milk’s calcium when you eat meat and drink milk in the same meal. Therefore, it’s best to leave 2 hours between the meat & milk intake.

•There are six levels of ‘doneness’ for a steak which are  known in the restaurant industry as: very rare, rare, medium rare, medium, well done and very well done.

•The dark meat on a roast turkey has more calories than the white meat.

•The French eat 60% more cheese, 4 times more better and nearly three times more pork than the rest of the world.

•According to researchers, a bacon sandwich can cure a hangover.

•The first meal eaten on the moon was bacon.

•Hamburgers cook faster if you make a few punctures in them before cooking. This allows the heat to circulate evenly and cook it faster.


Benefits of Meat-

   
various types and benefits of meat

All those people who thought that meats weren’t good for the body, think again. Meats are loaded with various health benefits such as :

•Meat contains a large amount of proteins which have benefits such as the repair and building of body tissues as well as the production of antibodies that will protect the body from infections, thus strengthening the immune system as well.

•Meats contains many nutrients like iron, zinc and selenium. While iron helps in forming hemoglobin that transports oxygen to different parts of your body, zinc helps in tissue formation and metabolism as well as selenium breaks down the fat and chemicals in the body.

•Vitamin A, B and D are found in meat as well. Not only do these vitamins promote good vision, stronger teeth and bones but also support the central nervous system thus promoting mental health as well.

•Meat also helps reduce the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease or Diabetes

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