Wednesday, 18 October 2017

How To Stay In Shape During The Festive Season


The festive season is here and it is the easiest time to pack on all those extra pounds you have been working so hard to burn. You can say no to all those carbs throughout the year, but come Diwali, not even the strictest dietician can keep you away from those soft, succulent gulab jamuns and those crumbly, rasgullas! After all, a little festive indulgence couldn’t hurt, right?

Don’t worry, follow these simple, easy, healthy indulging tips to stay in shape, this festive season. Learn how to detox like a pro after giving into your most sinful, sweet cravings.

Easy-To-Follow Healthy Binging Tips For The Festive Season

1. Portion Control

We don’t seem to realise how important portion control is and often end up binging once the first barrier is broken. Remember that eating one sweet is way healthier than stuffing your face with five.

2. Keep Your Dinner Light

If you cannot avoid an unhealthy meal, try eating it in the day and not in the night, so that, your body has enough time to burn off those extra unhealthy calories.

3. Say No To Carbonated Drinks

Colas and other carbonated drinks are full of empty calories and must definitely be avoided. Don’t give into these drinks as these calories will be the hardest to burn of in the end.

4. Choose Dry fruits Over Fried Snacks

If you absolutely don’t have a choice, try eating dry fruits instead of deep fried sweets and snacks. Dry fruits are also high in calories but at least they don’t contain empty calories like fried snacks. Munch on some Healthy Alternatives Walnut Kernels or some Healthy Alternatives American Almonds for those hunger pangs in-between meals.

5. Don’t Start Slacking At The Gym

Just because it’s holiday time, don’t start slacking at the gym. You may not realise but all that exercise is essential during the festive season to burn those extra calories from those scrumptious Diwali sweets and treats.

Genius Hacks To Ace That Post Festive Season Detox

1. Cut Down On Carbs 

Try cutting down on carbs for a few weeks after the festive season so it is easier for your body to burn those excess calories. Go for some low-carb foods to keep your energy up post Diwali.

2. Consume Foods Rich In Protein

Protein helps our body to build muscle, so consume foods that are protein-rich to stock up on nutrition and burn some fat.

3. Your Essential Morning Ritual

Make this tip your essential morning ritual. So, what’s the secret to getting back in shape post Diwali? Lemons, lemons and lemons. They are a great detox agent and can help to boost your metabolism. Starting your day with a glass hot water infused with some tangy lemons can give your body’s metabolism system the boost it requires to get in shape post Diwali.

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Goji Berry Health Facts You Need To Know



Word on the street is that goji berries are all the rage! Though, they made their mark in ancient Chinese medicine a long time ago, health experts and fitness freaks around the world have started appreciating goji berry benefits as well. So, what exactly can these dried fruits do for you and more importantly are goji berries really good for you? Let’s get our facts straight here.

1. Load Up On Antioxidants

Antioxidants are great for your body as they protect your cells from free radicals. And guess what? Goji berries have an Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity score (This scale indicates the antioxidant quantity of certain foods) of 3,290.  So, if you are looking for some antioxidant-rich foods, goji berries are your calling.

2. It’s All About Beta-carotene

Here’s another must-know goji berry health benefit, they have got lots of beta-carotene, a pigment that can work wonders for your skin and your vision as well.

3. Packed With Fibers

Boost your weight loss process by feasting on some goji berries. They are low in calories, fat-free and high in fibers, A.K.A all things good for your body!

4. Vitamin C Protection

Load up on some L’Exclusif Dried Goji Berries to raise your Vitamin C game. Can’t shake off the cold lately? Vitamin C can help you fight those cold symptoms.

5. Not For Everyone

As great as they are, goji berries are not meant for everyone. People who have low blood sugar, low or high blood pressure, use blood thinners should avoid eating them. Goji berries are also not recommended for pregnant women and the ones who breastfeed.

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Your Diwali Dinner Party Menu Under A Budget


Planning a Diwali dinner party can be quite a daunting task. Especially, if you don’t want to end up burning a humungous hole in your pocket. So, what do you do when you have to feed a house full of hungry guests who expect a decadent feast?

Don’t fret, we have a scrumptious 3-course Diwali dinner party menu that will stay light in your pocket and that your guests won’t stop raving about! The recipes, below, yield 3-4 servings, you can just replicate the measurements depending on the number of guests you expect. This festive season, be the star chef at your party with these Diwali recipes!

1. Curried Tofu Kebabs

Courtesy: makingthymeforhealth.com

These tofu appetizers are the perfect way to kickstart an evening full of fun and festivity! Cook up these succulent and savoury kebabs and watch your friends and family devour them, gleefully.

Ingredients

For marinating:

For the Kebabs:

Instructions
  1. Soak, at least, 8 wooden skewers in water and mix together the ginger, the garlic, lime juice, soya sauce, turmeric, curry powder and the chili flakes in a large bowl.
  2. Add the tofu and the vegetables to the marinade and stir well to combine. Cover the bowl and marinate the vegetables for an hour or more. 
  3. Skew the tofu and vegetables onto the skewers.
  4. Grease and preheat the grill pan with oil; place the tofu and vegetable skewers on the grill and grill until the vegetables and the tofu are cooked and lightly browned. 

2. Spicy Potato Roast

Whether they are baked, fried or mashed, potatoes are everyone’s favourite festive food to dig into! Spice up your Diwali dinner party with this crispy, potato roast that you can cook under a budget.

Ingredients

To Temper:

Instructions
  1. Soak the tamarinds in hot water for 15-20, remove any seeds and mash the tamarinds with your hands. Filter out the thick pulp. 
  2. Dilute 2 tablespoons of the tamarind pulp with water and add the cleaned and washed potatoes and the salt. Pressure cook for 1 whistle. Let the pressure drop and drain the potatoes and let them cool.
  3. Peel the skins off, cut them into 8 chunks and keep them aside.
  4. Add the mustard seeds in some oil and let them crackle and then add the urad dal,the red chillies and the curry leaves to it.
  5. Add the potatoes and fry them in oil, on a high flame, for 2-3 minutes while stirring continously.
  6. Once the potatoes have browned, reduce the flame and let them roast over a low flame, for approx. 8-10 minutes, stirring continuously.
  7. Add the salt and the red chili powder and stir to coat the potatoes with all the spices.
  8. Roast for another 2-3 mins on low flame. Serve them immediately with some hot rice.

3. Chocolate- Ice Cream Tacos

Courtesy: Bettycrocker.com

No party can be planned without some sugary, candied desserts, of course! These super easy and quick chocolate-ice cream tacos are a must-make treat for any Diwali dinner party.

Ingredients 

Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 350°F. Line a cookie sheet with some parchment paper. Make 6 foil balls, and fold the tortillas over them to make taco shapes; place them on the cookie sheet. 
  2. Bake the tortillas, for about 10 minutes or until they are lightly browned and crisp. Cool. Freeze them for 10 to 15 minutes or until they turn cold.
  3. Meanwhile, microwave the chocolate chips and the oil in 30-second increments, stirring in between, until this mixture turns smooth. 
  4. Brush the melted chocolate mixture on the inside of each shell. Freeze them for another 10 to 15 minutes or until they are cold and the chocolate has hardened. 
  5. Fill each taco shell with the ice cream, carefully. Freeze the ice cream-filled tacos for 1 to 2 hours or until the ice cream is very firm.
  6. Reheat the reserved chocolate coating and pour it into a wide container. Remove theice cream tacos and, working quickly, dip each taco into the chocolate coating, being sure to seal in the ice cream completely, and add the candy sprinkles. Freeze the, for another 2 hours or until they turn firm before serving.

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Healthy Diwali Sweet Recipes To Indulge In


The festive season is here and along with it comes those irresistible sweet cravings! Juggling your Diwali dessert hunger pangs along with your fitness goals can be so frustrating! But hopefully, with these DIY, easy and healthy Diwali sweet recipes, you won’t have to face this dilemma anymore!

1. Multigrain Ladoos



These multi-grain laddoos are sure to blow your taste buds away! Filled with nutrition, they should be your go-to comfort snack over the long weekend.

Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Fry the multigrain flour lightly in ghee till it turns golden brown. Set it aside to cool.
  2. Melt the jaggery in 1/4 cup water in a pan; and filter it. 
  3. Add cardamom powder to the filtered mix. Boil till it reaches a thick consistency. To check if the consistency is right: add water in a small bowl & pour half a teaspoon of syrup in the water. After 30 seconds, if you can make a soft ball, then the syrup is ready.
  4. Switch off the flame. Mix the flour and the syrup and add the nuts.
  5. Grease your hands with ghee and make the balls while they are warm. Then, let the ladoos cool before serving.

2. Quinoa Phirnee

Courtesy: www.whiskaffair.com

What’s the best way to increase the health quotient of your daily desserts? Add Quinoa, of course! This quinoa phirnee is an unlikely yet irresistible sweet delight. No need to guilt trip over this healthy festive dessert!

Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Heat the ghee in a saucepan.
  2. Once, the ghee warms up, add the quinoa and roast it till it turns light brown. Add 1 cup of hot water and bring it to a boil.
  3. Once the water is reduced to half, add 2 cups of hot milk and then, add the saffron strands.
  4. Let the quinoa and the milk mixture come to a boil. Reduce the flame and let it simmer for 7-8 minutes.
  5. Add the powdered sugarfree tablets and the cardamom powder. Stir well and cook.
  6. Add the condensed milk. Let the mixture simmer for 5 minutes. Garnish and serve.
3. Apple Basundi


Courtesy: www.funfoodfrolic.com

This creamy marvel of a traditional dessert is just what your palette needs this Diwali!  The apples, chia seeds and the toned milk add in scores of nutrition so you can feast on as much as you like.

Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Bring the milk to a boil and then, reduce the flame and cook on a low flame for approximately 1 hour (till the volume is reduced to half), while stirring occasionally.
  2. Add the sugar free powder and cook on a slow flame for 25 minutes (or till the milk thickens), stirring continuously.
  3. Add the cardamom powder and cook on a low flame for another 20 minutes. Switch off the flame and let it cool.
  4. Heat a small pan. Add the grated apple, 1 gm of powdered and 1 tablespoon of water. Mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes. Let it cool and then, add it to the milk mixture with soaked chia seeds.
  5. Serve it chilled and garnished with nuts.
4. Cocconut Choco Truffles

Courtesy: www.pinchofyum.com

These coconut choco truffles are the quickest way to get your dose of healthy festive indulgence! Munch on these choco delights for a wholesome yet delicious dessert treat.

Ingredients
For Dusting:
Instructions
  1. Grate the coconut carefully (only the white bits). In a pan, heat 1 tbsp. of ghee and add the chopped cashew nuts, fry until it turns light brown.
  2. Boil the jaggery with 1-2 tbsps. of water/milk. Let it blend well with the milk and form a syrupy liquid of a stringy consistency.
  3. Now add the grated coconut, the fried cashews, cardamom powder and 3 tbsp. of ghee and stir well. Let it cook, by stirring it constantly, until the edges turn dry and flaky, for 10-12 minutes.
  4. Switch off the flame and add the cocoa powder and mix quickly then let it cool down.
  5. Meanwhile, mix the cocoa powder and the icing sugar and sieve it onto a wide plate to get a uniform mixture.
  6. Make balls out of this mixture, roll them in the cocoa powder mixture and place them on a dry plate and let them set for 30-60 minutes.
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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Easy Diwali Sweet Recipes That You Have To Try




Whether you are a complete dessert-fanatic or a total spice nut, the festive season is bound to get your mouth watering for some syrupy, crumbly rasgullas or some delectable, melt-in-your-mouth soft motichoor ladoos. Hungry enough? Fret not, because we have just the thing for you! This Diwali, sweeten your palate with these must-try, easy, Diwali, sweet recipes.

1. Badam Barfis

Courtesy: Udupi-recipes.com

It’s time to get nutty for Diwali! Whip up these lovely, smooth and gobble-some badam barfis in no time at all. Just one bite will have you savoring these little treats of heaven, all day long!

Ingredients

• 125 gm of Healthy Alternatives American Almonds, soaked, peeled, and ground
• 75 gm of poppy seeds, soaked in milk
• 1-liter of milk
• 125 gm of khoya
• 200 gm of Healthy Alternatives Refined Sugar
• 200 gm of Healthy Alternatives Cow Ghee
• 1/4 tsp. saffron strands
• 4 green Healthy Alternatives Cardamoms

Instructions

1.Strain and grind the poppy seeds.
2.Combine this mixture with the almonds, the cardamoms and the milk.
3.Then, blend this mixture until it is smooth and cook it on a slow flame.
4.Once, the mixture thickens, add the khoya, the sugar and the saffron strands.
5.Thicken the mixture, further.
6.Add the ghee and continue cooking until the mixture comes together.
7.Transfer this mixture into a lightly oiled tray. Cut into any desired shape and decorate the barfis with silver leaves.

2. Mawa Malpuas
Courtesy: Pinterest

These golden delights are a must-have traditional, Indian sweet for the festive season! They are fried pancakes dunked in heaps of sugar-syrup for a total explosion of flavor and fun. If you are looking for an easy, at-home recipe for Indian sweets, you have found the one!

Ingredients

• 1 and ½ cup of warm Milk
• ½ cup of Khoya, grated
• 3/4th cup of Healthy Alternatives Organic Whole Wheat Flour 
• 1 tsp. of Healthy Alternatives Roasted Saunf, coarsely grounded
• 2 tsp. of Healthy Alternatives Refined Sugar
• A pinch of salt
• A small pinch of baking powder
Healthy Alternative’s Cow Ghee for frying

For the sugar syrup:

• 1 cup of Healthy Alternatives Refined Sugar
• ¼ cup of Water
• 2-3 green Healthy Alternatives Cardamoms, grounded
• 8-10 Saffron strands

Instructions

1. Add the sugar, the cardamom, the saffron strands and water in a pan and cook until it reaches a syrupy consistency and set the mixture aside.
2. Mix half of the warm milk and khoya until the mixture is well combined.
3. Add half of the flour, too and mix before adding the remaining half. Then, mix again till it is smooth.
4. Add the sugar, saunf, salt and baking powder and mix well.
5. Add the remaining milk, mix well and set it aside for 10 minutes.
6. Heat ghee in a pan, mix the batter and pour a small ladle full of batter in the hot ghee.
7. Simmer the heat to low and fry both sides of the malpuas until they turn golden brown.
8. Remove them from the heat and dip them in the sugar syrup for 2 minutes and serve.

3. Apple Kheer
Courtesy: myfoodstory.com

No festive season is complete without a bowl full of kheer! This apple kheer recipe will, surely, prove to be a total winner at your dinner table, this Diwali! Garnish this dessert with bits of grated dry-fruits and some saffron strands along with a few, thin slices of apple and feel like a gourmet, culinary expert.

Ingredients

• 1.5 cups of full-fat milk
• 1/2 cup of apples, grated
• 2-3 tsp. of sweetened condensed milk
• A pinch of cardamom powder
• A few strands of saffron
• 8 Healthy Alternatives American Almonds, chopped
• 1 tsp. Healthy Alternatives Cow Ghee

Instructions

1. Bring the milk to a boil in a pan and let it simmer on a low flame. Stir frequently to prevent it from burning.
2. Meanwhile, in a smaller pan, heat the ghee and roast the almonds until they turn light golden brown.
3. Add the grated apple to this mixture and saute for 3 minutes or until the mixture turns dry and the apples soften a bit but still retain their crunchy texture.
4. Now, Turn back to the milk. In about 10 mins or so, the milk would have reduced to half the original amount. At this point, add the cardamom and the saffron. Mix well and let it cook for another minute.
5. Now add the condensed milk and the cooked apple-almond mixture. Mix well and serve.

4. Chocolate Kalakand

Courtesy: indianhealthyrecipes.com

We love everything chocolate, don’t you? This famous, Indian milk cake gets a chocolatey makeover for the festive season.  If chocolate is your go-to comfort food and milk sweets are your calling, then you must try this chocolate kalakand recipe for Diwali!

Ingredients

• 1 cup of unsweetened khoya, grated
• ½ cup of Healthy Alternatives Refined Sugar
• 1 tbsp. of cocoa powder
• 2-3 tbsp. of milk
• Chopped nuts for garnishing

Instructions

1. Mix the cocoa and milk to form a thick paste and set it aside.
2. Add the grated khoya and the sugar to a wide pan kept on low flame. Gently heat and mix for 3-4 minutes, until the khoya thickens and starts rolling around your spatula.
3. Take half of this mixture and pat it firmly at the base of a greased plate. Quickly, add the cocoa powder and milk mixture and stir to combine. After a min, remove.
4. Pat the chocolate mixture firmly and evenly on the layer of the remaining khoya mixture.
5. Add the chopped nuts to garnish.
6. Cool the mixture to room temperature and refrigerate for an hour before cutting it into squares.

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Diwali Gift Options Perfect For Kids




The festive season is here and it’s time to shower some much-deserved love on your kiddie siblings and cousins! But finding that one gift that they will absolutely love can be quite a task. Don’t worry, this Diwali we have got some nutty, chocolatey and savoury surprises that make the perfect Diwali gift options for the little ones.

1. Junior Mini Treats


Price: 520/-

A mini surprise for the smallest and the cutest member of the family. The Junior Mini Treats is a sure shot way to cheer up your kid, this Diwali! The sugary fruity jujubes and the gooey snickers pack are bound to make this festive season as memorable as it can be.

2. Junior Happiness Treats


Price: 794/-

Happiness is devouring a box full of candied goodness! These Junior Happiness Treats will definitely make your little cousin’s day. What makes this hamper the perfect Diwali gift for kids? The crumbly hazelnut short pastry cookies, the gooey chocolates, and the fun-filled fox fruits are just to name a few.

3. Junior Sweet Treats


Price: 1508/-

This chocolatey hamper is a must-buy Diwali gift for that candy hogger of a sibling! With fun-filled goodies like the creamy chocolate milk, the gobble-some Ferrero Rocher chocolates, and some Hershey's chocolate syrup to drizzle over everything, could any kid resist these Junior Sweet Treats?

4. Junior Mixed Treats


Price: 2839/-

A perfect blend of sweet and savoury for that naughty yet adorable little brother! The Junior Mixed Treats hamper offers some delectable delights like the crispy sour cream and onion chips, the crunchy coated almonds, the finest Belgium chocolate and more!

5. Junior Bumper Treats


Price: 3972/-

An unforgettable Diwali gift that any kid will go gaga over! The Junior Bumper Treats hamper is made up of scrumptious goodies like the savoury barbeque delights, delightful shortbread triangles, delicious dark chocolate chip cookies and so much more!

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Exotic Gift Hampers For The Festive Season


Out of unique festive gift ideas? Don't the same old almonds, cashews and sweets seem like such a bore? We have a creative solution for you this festive season! Get in the mood for some exotic fun with these premium gift hampers. A spicy feast or a cheesy spread? Whatever your loved ones crave for, you will find it here.

1. Mexican Gourmet Hamper


Price: 1953/-

Put on your sombreros and get ready to kickstart the festive season with these fiery Mexican delights! Are your taste buds always craving some spicy, exotic flavours? Then, the Mexican Gourmet Hamper is made just for you! Munch on the savoury nacho chips to satiate those comfort food cravings over the long weekend or whip up some tacos for an exciting and flavourful meal.

2. Italian Gourmet Hamper


Price: 5456/-

Buongiorno Principessa! This festive season, try giving your palette a taste for some premium Italian goodies with the Italian Gourmet Hamper. Pick your favourite from the parmesan and the cheddar cheese, the juicy sliced olives and the gluten-free pastas.

3. Thai Gourmet Hamper


Price: 2894/-

This festive season, go all out on the Thai Gourmet Hamper for a blast of exotic, Asian flavours. Trifle through the hot chilli sauce, the tom yum paste, oyster sauce, coconut cream and more for a fun-filled, fiery Diwali.

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Monday, 16 October 2017

Famous Foods Around The World



Do you have a love for food and travel? Maybe, your feet are always looking to wander or maybe, you have a peculiar taste for exotic, foreign food.

Whether, you live for sushi or for samosa,hop on to the food express for some fun and flavour from around the globe! Check out these famous foods around on the world that are bound to make your mouth water.

1. Seafood Paella From Spain



Courtesy: www.bonappetit.com

Imagine sitting in a quaint little rooftop café in a cozy little corner of Valencia, the horizon in front of your eyes, the sea breeze in your hair, and just then a steaming pot of seafood paella fills your senses with the exquisite smell of succulent mussels, shrimps, lobster and cuttlefish sitting on a bed of rice.

Breathing in the smell of aromatic herbs, oil and salt and you know that you are about to have a taste of heaven. Still there or have you already left for the airport? This is what seafood paella does to you! Just a taste of this Spanish favourite will have your taste buds saying, “Gracias”!

2. Neapolitan Pizza From Italy



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This Italian delicacy is sure to steal a pizza of your heart! Who knew that a simple concoction of raw dough, fresh San Marzano tomatoes and mozzarella cheese topped with a few sprigs of basil and olive oil could be so utterly irresistible?

Originally, from Naples, Italy, it is baked for just about 60-90 seconds in a stone oven with wood fire to bring out all those authentic flavours. Trust us, just a single bite of this exotic marvel of a dish can make you go, “mmmmmm”.

3. Massaman Curry From Thailand



Courtesy: Bestrecipes.com

This super- scrumptious southern Thai curry has a lot of influence from India. Both the vegetarian and non-vegetarian versions rely heavily on dry spices that were once carried to Thailand by early Muslim traders.

Coconut milk, bay leaves, lemongrass and nuts along with other Thai ingredients are the essence of this flavourful, spicy curry. Served over some steaming hot, fragrant rice, it’s the perfect extravagant meal for those long, chilly winter days.

4. Pho Noodle Soup From Vietnam


Courtesy: picklesnhoney.com

This hearty Vietnamese noodle dish is so meant pho you! Though, this popular street food from Vietnam seems a simple blend of clear chicken broth, rice noodles and various spices and herbs. But getting the right mix of all those complex flavours calls for some true culinary skills!

To add richness and body to the broth, the bones are shimmered for hours on low heat. The chewy texture of the rice noodles combined with the succulent meats and the crunchy bean sprouts seamlessly mingle together as one. The taste of this noodle dish is sure to remain on your lips pho-ever!

5. Macaroons From France



Make room for some macaroons! Of all the decadent French pastries, these little colourful delights are our absolute favourite!

A timeless dessert, macaroons are creamy on the inside and soft and crumbly on the outside! They are like velvety cookie sandwiches that are so gobble-some, your taste buds are definitely be craving for more.

The original macaroons were made from ground almonds, coconut, sugar and egg white among other ingredients. Today, they come in so many vibrant colours and delicious flavours, it’s impossible just to have one.

6. Butter Chicken From India



Courtesy: thekitchenpaper.com

Even the most fervent traveler knows that no places compare to home. And when you dig into a bowl full of hot, spicy butter chicken served with crusty pieces of naan (topped with dollops of butter, of course), it feels exactly like coming home.

You might be into some authentic Chinese cuisine or some subtle Italian flavours, but who can resist this desi favourite? That’s why, butter chicken definitely tops our list of famous foods around the world!

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Thursday, 12 October 2017

Unique Office Gifting Ideas For Diwali



With the festive season about to start in full swing, your annual, Diwali, corporate gifting clock is about to go off soon! How about giving your co-workers and employees a break from the same, old assortment of almonds and cashews? This Diwali, check out these unique, corporate gifting ideas that everybody at the office will fall head over heels for!

1. Wellness Mini Delights



Price: 532/-

A mini treat for the dedicated employee of the month! The Wellness Delights Hamper is full of healthy snacks like some delectable baked cheese makhana pops and roasted watermelon seeds. Give a mini surprise, this Diwali, to that fitness freak at work.

2. Savoury Celebration Hamper



Price: 753/-

A savoury celebration for that hard working junior who’s a total spice nut! Load up on scrumptious treats like the crunchy cheese and onion peanuts and the crispy sour cream and onion potato chips with this Savoury Celebration Hamper!  Now, that sounds like a perfect way to cheer up your teammate, this festive season!

3. Desi Celebration Hamper



Price: 2317/-

This Diwali, show your junior how much you appreciate their hard work and dedication with the Desi Celebration Hamper! With some delectable Indian sweets, dried prunes, honey mustard cashews and more, this hamper is the prefect Diwali gift for that team-mate who can never resist those buttery-soft ladoos and crumbly, smooth barfis.

4. Celebration Fiesta Hamper



Price: 3000/-

Shower some love on your co-workers for the festive season with the Celebration Fiesta Hamper! Let them satiate their comfort food cravings with some gooey, dark chocolate chips, roasted, sour cream and onion potato chips, spicy wasabi peanuts and more! Mmmmmm, that sounds like a great Diwali gift, doesn’t it?

5. Wellness Mixed Delights


Price: 3219/-

Load your teammates with some exciting, healthy, festive goodies for Diwali! From the crunchy, roasted sunflower seeds to the savoury, baked, cheese makhana pops, the Wellness Mixed Delights Hamper has something in store for everyone! Trust us, just one look inside this healthy hamper is enough to make your colleagues squealing over all the fascinating treats!

6. Grand Celebration Hamper


Price: 4470/-

How about awarding that colleague who has your back all year around with a grand feast, this Diwali! With loads of irresistible goodies like the sweet and savoury BBQ cashews, and the gobble-some nacho bean chips, this Grand Celebration Hamperis, sure, to raise the team spirit at the office!

7. Gourmet Italian Hamper



Price: 5456/-

Have a really important client to impress? The Gourmet Italian hamper may be your key to cracking that ground-breaking deal, this festive season! Bond with your corporate associates by gifting them these exotic Italian delights like some zesty, sliced up green olives and some flavourful parmesan cheese.

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017

How To Treat Yourself This Diwali



The festive season is here and it is time to self-pamper yourself with some lovely, lavish festive goodies! But what, exactly, should you be binging on, this Diwali? Should you start feasting on those sugary, silver-coated Kajukatris or go for those exquisite Belgian chocolates? Fret not! This Diwali, we will show you how you can treat yourself with some luxurious holiday hampers and to-die-for Indian sweets recipes.

1. Junior Mini Treats



Price: 520/-

Do you have a secret candy fetish that you never told anyone about? Then, these Junior Mini treats are bound to cheer up the inner child in you! Feast on the caramel and chocolatey snickers and the fruity jujubes to satiate your sweet cravings, this festive season!

2. Savoury Celebration Hamper




Price: 753/-

Craving some extra crispy, salty potato chips to bite into? Get your munchies on with this Savoury Celebration Hamper during those one-season-a-day, binge-watching sessions. Feast on some crunchy, cheese and onion peanuts and some crumbly, hazelnut, short pastry cookies and more!

3. Indian Celebration Hamper


Price:1589/-

Indulge in some desi-goodness, this festive season, with this Indian Celebration Hamper! Pamper your inner foodie with some mouth-watering samosas and some crumbly, silver-coated kaju katris. This holiday hamper is your ultimate binging kit for Diwali!

4. Mexican Gourmet Hamper



Price: 1953/-

This Mexican Gourmet Hamper is full of exotic, fiery delights that will definitely put you (and your taste buds) in a festive mood, this Diwali! Dip those minty protein chips in some tangy, Mexican salsa and relish every single bite. Now, that’s what we call some true self-indulgence!

5. Junior Bumper Treats Hamper



Price: 3972/-

Are you ready to treat yourself in the most lavish and the most luxurious way? Then, this Junior Bumper Treats Hamper is just what you need, this festive season! What are you going to binge on, first? The creamy, sugar crackers or the barbeque-flavoured pringles? Doesn’t matter, it’s all for you, after all!

Ready to pamper yourself with these holiday hampers? Get your self-indulging kit here.

Looking for some Unique Office Gifting Ideas? Check out these Unique OfficeGifting Ideas For Diwali.

Your Guide To Nut Butters


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Are you ready to get nutty? Because, here comes the butter half of your morning toast! Nut butters are all the rage nowadays, and why not? They are full of flavour and health. Creamy or crunchy? Sweetened or unsweetened? There are so many choices out there.

Who thought butter could be so overwhelming? But with this ultimate guide to nut butters, you can add a dollop of nutrition to your breakfast spreads.

1. All Hail Almond


Get the best of both worlds with the Healthy Alternatives Almond Butter! With its healthy monosaturated fats, protein and fiber content, it’s the perfect accomplice to your smoothies, bagels, muffins, and desserts.

It also contains numerous essential vitamins and minerals including calcium and Vitamin E.  This natural nut butter is made up only of toasted ground almonds with just a hint of honey for a wholesome, creamy treat!

Add a nutty twist to some hummus by blending in some almond butter in the dip instead of tahini or whisk it into a basic vinaigrette to make a lip-smacking salad dressing. Make your soups even healthier by stirring in a bit of almond butter, it especially pairs well with butternut squash, carrots and sweet potatoes.

Or slurp on this grape and almond butter smoothie recipe for oodles of nutrition! Check out the recipe here.

2. It’s Time To Cashew 



Add a spoonful of Healthy Alternatives Cashew Butter to your diet to load up on some antioxidants, essential minerals and vitamins. Cashew butter is smooth and subtle in taste yet full of healthy dietary fiber. Give your sauces and desserts a dose of nutrition with some cashew butter!

Being the most versatile nut butter, cashew butter can be used for making loads of mouthwatering dishes! You can even use cashew butter to make some vegan cream cheese or mayonnaise. It also tastes absolutely divine with overnight oats especially, spiced with just a little bit of cinnamon.

You can even add some cashew butter to your chocolate mousse for a nutty dessert!
Try this Cashew butter protein breakfast bar recipe for a power meal every morning! Watch the video here to whip up your wholesome, grab and go snack.

3. Pump Up On Peanuts



Who can resist a PB & J? But peanut butter is good for more than just a grab and go snack! It’s high in nutrition and low in carbs as well. Want a quick-fix, healthy snack? Spread some Healthy Alternatives Peanut Butter on some celery sticks and relish the crunchy and creamy taste!

Want to whip up some instant vegan ice cream? Just process two frozen bananas with 2 tablespoons of peanut butter and jelly and relish this super-quick PB & J ice cream!

Try adding some peanut butter to your banana pancakes or use them to make a nice filling for your crepes. You can even use it to make your very own 3-ingredient marinating sauce with some coconut milk, Greek yoghurt and peanut butter to coat your chicken skewers in!

Make these adorable protein-packed peanut butter bunny toasts for some healthy food art! Take a look at the recipe here.

Ready to explore your nutty side? Get some nut butter love for yourself at Nature’s Basket.

Looking for some more butterlicous foods? Check out these 6 Butters You Need In Life.