Thursday, 27 October 2016

5 Common Gifting Trends & What You Can Give Your Loved One’s Instead

It’s that time of the year again, when all the Diwali gifts from last year take a full circle and land up back to you. The festival of lights or should we say the festival of endless card parties, pretentious social chitter chatter, & your living room filing up with gifts from your neighbors who you indulge in conversation with around twice a year? Well through all the Diwali formalities, we think you should make at least your loved one’s feel special by gifting them something apart from the common gifting trends.

Diwali gifting options

1. Gourmet Over Greeting Cards
Instead of the regular old passed around Diwali greeting card, gift your loved one’s something they would actually keep….and eat! Go for the gourmet indulgence box - A wide assortment of Belgian pralines, dark chocolate, jujubes, tortillas, & chips, cashews and nuts, cookies, whole strawberry conserve, chocolate coated nuts, chocolate gift box & more.

Unique diwali gifting options

2. Dry Fruits Over Diyas
Rather than gifting the same old pack of Diya’s give your loved one’s a hamper of exotic dry fruits from all over the world. It’s tasty, and healthy! Let’s be honest, those gift of Diya’s would probably pass on to your neighbor’s loved one anyways.

Dry Fruits Over Diyas

3. Celebration Over Silver Gifting
Gifting silver coins, crockery, thalis and more is more of a trend than a tradition. It’s time to stop passing on the coin, and get your loved ones to dig into something worth celebrating! Our festive celebration hamper includes a rich assortment of fine dark chocolate, chocolate coated nuts, tasty jalapeno tortilla & tangy salsa packed beautifully to bring in the warmth and richness of the festive season. Sounds more tempting than silver gifts doesn’t it?

unique diwali gift hamper

4. Healthy Over Handcrafted
It’s time to ditch the age old handcrafted d├ęcor items we tend to pass on to our friends every year and give them something that’s beneficial to them! If your sister’s husband’s mother can’t stop raving about her newly found love for a raw diet, it’s time to give her a healthy alternative! Give them a gift that keeps on giving with our Healthy Alternatives hamper comprised of yummy roasted high protein roasted snacks, 100% natural fruit crisps, floral honey, detox tea, seeds, super grains, gluten free pastas & much more.

Healthy Alternatives diwali gift hamper

5. Mexican Mix Over Mithai
Think out of the box (of ladoo’s) and give your loved ones something with a little more zest! Our Mexican delight with all the Mexican gourmet essentials containing Mexican beans, fresh Avocados, seasoning mix, spicy Mexican salsa, jalapenos & nachos, flour tortillas, sour cream & fresh corn on cob.

Unique mexican diwali gift hamper

Gifting is a custom, not what you gift. So break this Diwali tradition and give gifts, you’d actually want to receive. Visit to view our range of festive gifts.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Flax seeds for the perfect flex

Flax seeds, also called linseeds are one of the most underestimated gluten-free superfoods. It has completely been neglected for the protein value it has, and is often replaced by other less nutritious foods that are more popular. Did you also know that flax seeds are the richest source of plant based Omega 3 fatty acids? So if you’re a vegetarian, they are the perfect option for you to keep your heart healthy. Besides this, it has a ton of other benefits that’ll surely make you want to switch to #HealthyAlternatives.

Flax seeds

Benefits of Flax Seeds

The perfect fiber-carb ratio
Flax seeds are high in fiber, helping you to improve your digestion system and prevent constipation. In case you’ve had too much Coffee, remember that your way out of this is Flax seeds.  It also has a low carb count and helps you satiate your hunger for a longer time so that you can stay fit.

As mentioned earlier, Flax seeds is a food, Good-For-Your-Heart because it is high in Omega 3 Fatty Acids that is needed to maintain a balanced diet. It doesn’t have any cholesterol and helps to naturally reduce your cholesterol levels.

Weight Loss
If you’re looking at starting a weight loss diet, Flax seeds should definitely be a part of it. Since it is full of healthy fats and fiber, it helps to keep your hunger satisfied for longer thereby reducing your calorie count. This way, you can use Flax Seeds as an excuse to miss out your gym sessions once a while.

Healthy Skin & Hair
Your beauty sleep is not enough for you to have the perfect skin and there is no shampoo that’ll ensure silky and smooth hair. If you’re looking for a remedy, Flax seeds are the perfect option. It is high in B vitamins and other essential fats that reduce dryness and flakiness. It can also improve the symptoms of acne and eczema. You could also use flax seed oil as a natural skin moisturizer.

Now that we’ve convinced you about why you should switch to #HealthyAlternatives like Flax seeds, here’s a quick recipe for a breakfast smoothie bowl that’ll help you start of your day energized!

healthy vitamin filled food

2 Tbsp Healthy Alternatives flax seeds
1 cup milk
1 cup chilled strawberries (sliced)
1/2 cup chilled bananas (sliced)
2 tsp Healthy Alternatives floral honey
Bowl of Healthy Alternatives almonds
Garnish: 2 strawberries and 2 bananas slices

1. Add strawberries, bananas, flax seeds and floral honey in milk, blend in a juicer till the mixture is smooth and frothy.
2. Pour equal quantities of the smoothie into 2 individual bowls.
3. Serve garnished with a strawberry and banana slice.

If you ever have a difficulty in finding anything healthy, just visit a Nature’s Basket store near you or log on to and pick your favourite #HealthyAlternatives. Also, you can shop from a wide range of Indian grocery online.

Elephant Rice Idli, a healthy treat for your kids

Kids love a bit of colour in everything. The same old boring food can get monotonous, especially if your child is familiar with its look and taste. Therefore, experimenting with their food, using Healthy Alternatives like Elephant rice, that is high in protein, minerals and keeps their bones healthy, should definitely be a part of your daily routine. Here’s how you can add a healthy twist to their food which will definitely grab their attention.

Elephant Rice Idli

1 cup Healthy Alternatives Forest Elephant Rice
1 cup Healthy Alternatives Brown Rice
½ cup Healthy Alternatives Urad dal
½ tsp Healthy Alternatives Fenugreek seeds

1.Wash and soak the Forest Elephant Rice and whole Urad dal with fenugreek seeds separately for atleast 4 hours.
2.Grind as bit coarse slightly as thick batter with enough water in a grinder.
3.Add enough salt, mix well and keep it for fermentation overnight.
4.The next day while making idli, give a stir to the fermented batter.
5.Pour enough fermented idli batter to the greased idli plates and cook in idli cooker for 10-15 minutes.
6.Serve healthy idli with any sort of spicy chutneys or sambar.

The next time you visit a Nature’s Basket near you, do stroll past our Healthy Alternatives range for the healthiest choices in food. Also, you can shop from a wide range of Indian grocery online.

Buckwheat Garden Salad

Your salad could get much healthier, just by adding one more ingredient! Buckwheat, also known as ‘Kuttu’ is a Gluten-free superfood that gives your salad a super touch! It is high in protein and natural fiber, supports weight loss and controls blood sugar levels too. Buckwheat also has potassium that is good for your heart. The best part, you can practically add it to any dish and boost your health!

Buckwheat Garden Salad

Here’s a recipe for Buckwheat Garden Salad that’ll do your health good:

1 cup Healthy Alternatives buckwheat groats
2 cups water
½ tsp salt
½ chayote, finely dices
12 large green olives, pitted and quartered
1 small yellow bell pepper, diced
1 cup broccoli florets, chopped
¼ cup red onion, finely chopped
50g Healthy Alternatives walnut, chopped
½ cup fresh dill, chopped
2 tbs fresh mint, chopped
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 tbsp Healthy Alternatives olive oil
½ tsp salt
½ tsp black pepper

1.In a small saucepan, bring water and salt to a boil. Add buckwheat groats, reduced heat, cover and cook until all water has absorbed, about 10 minutes.
2.Remove lid and allow to cool for at least 30 minutes. You can also cook your buckwheat groats the previous day and let them cool overnight.
3.Add all ingredients, including cooled buckwheat to a large mixing bowl. Mix until well combined.
4.Serve immediately or refrigerate for a few hours (or overnight) to allow for flavours to develop.

You can get lazy when it comes to exercise, but healthy eating is probably the easiest way to get fit. Visit and view our range of Healthy Alternatives so that you can change your bad-for-you-lifestyle with good-for-you-food! Also, you can shop from a wide range of Indian grocery online.