Friday, 29 December 2017

Traditional Christmas Desserts Around the World


While Christmas may not be a universally celebrated festival, Christmas desserts are definitely universally loved. This festival brings everyone together, and no one can resist the sweet joy of holiday treats. Every country has their own way of celebrating this beautiful holiday, which means unique desserts all around the world. The more, the merrier after all! Let’s take a small Christmas culinary journey across the world to see what everyone’s baking.

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1. The Danish Risalamande*

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This festive rice pudding, called Risalamande in Danish has been a beloved dish in Denmark for centuries. An extremely popular Christmas dessert in the region, it’s ideally served on Christmas Eve following dinner. The base is a typical rice pudding, but what sets Risalamande apart is the toppings added to the base pudding. Some chopped almonds and whipped cream, served with a topping of silky fruity sauce turns this simple dish into an elegant and delectable Christmas dessert.

2. Netherland’s Banketstaaf 

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Banketstaaf, as the name suggests, is a Dutch pastry roll typically eaten around the holidays. The pastry is meant to have a flaky exterior with a dense and flavourful interior, filled with almond paste and festively decorated with frosting and cherries. To make the most of this delicious Christmas treat, pair it up with coffee or tea on a cold morning.

3. British Treacle Tart*

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This appetizing traditional British dessert is a children’s favourite. The tart is a buttery shortbread crust filled with molten golden syrup, breadcrumbs and lemon zest. Served with a scoop of vanilla whipped cream and some golden syrup trickling down the tart, this dessert’s strength is its ultimate simplicity. Isn’t your mouth watering already?

4. The French Yule Log Cake

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This festive dessert originally hails from France, but is now a beloved item on the menu everywhere. It is made with a rolled-up sponge cake and chocolate butter-cream filling, bedazzled with mini forest critters, chocolate shavings and foliage. It’s beautiful, scrumptious, and it screams Christmas. With this holiday treat on the table, no one would want to miss your Christmas dinner party.

5. Austrian Linzer Cookies*


The well-loved smaller version of the celebrated Austrian Torte dessert, these Linzer cookies are a favourite amongst all households during the holiday season. They come with a fruit filling, traditionally seedless raspberry jam, sandwiched between two soft and buttery cookies and dusted with powdered sugar. Not only do they taste absolutely delicious, they look gorgeous as well. The best part? They’re much easier to bake than it looks!

Feel like baking some Christmas desserts on your own after reading about all these mouth-watering dishes? Find some of the recipes in our Easy Christmas Dessert Recipes article!

Get the ingredients you need to have the perfect Christmas pantry at Nature’s Basket now.

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

5 Easy Dessert Recipes for Christmas


Christmas without desserts is like a birthday without any cake. But all of us aren’t born Master Chefs, so here are 5 super-easy dessert recipes to get you into that much awaited Christmas spirit!

1. Risalamande 

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Risalamande or Risengrød is a classic Danish take on the simple rice pudding. This is a traditional dessert pudding served during Christmas dinner, and it even has a little game dedicated to itself. One typically hides a whole almond in one of the servings of the dish, and whoever gets the bowl with the whole almond gets a prize! Are you ready to serve this fun and easy Christmas dessert to your guests? We know it’s a yes!

Ingredients

• 200 g of Healthy Alternatives – Varaichi Tandul/Rice
• 800 ml. of Healthy Alternatives – Fresh Cow’s Milk
• 50 g powdered sugar
• 1 vanilla bean (scraped)
• 75 g Healthy Alternatives – American Almonds
• 300 ml whipping cream

Instructions

1. Place the rice in a heavy bottomed saucepan along with the milk and the scraped vanilla pod and seeds. Stir well to combine until the ingredients are fully incorporated. Cook for around 30 minutes over a moderate heat until all of the milk is absorbed, stirring occasionally to ensure the rice does not catch.
2. Once cooked, remove the vanilla pod and leave the rice to cool to room temperature. Meanwhile, set aside one whole almond for serving and use a sharp knife to finely chop the rest.
3. Once the rice has cooled, mix through the chopped almonds. Lightly whip the whipping cream in a separate bowl and gently fold it through the rice pudding.
4. Place the single almond in one of the bowls and spoon over the rice. Once the bowls are filled, swap them round a few times until you can no longer remember which dish contains the almond.
5. Serve the pudding cold, topped with fruit compote. Don’t forget to buy a prize for the person who finds the almond!

2. Cinnamon Bun Muffins

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Begin your Christmas morning with these mouth-watering and healthy cinnamon rolls. With this Christmas sweet on your plate, it’s sure to be a Merry Christmas!

Ingredients

Muffins:

• 1 cup blanched almond flour
• 2 tbsp. coconut flour
• 1 tsp. baking soda
• ¼ tsp. sea salt
• ¼ tsp. grapeseed oil
• ¼ cup Healthy Alternatives – Organic Honey
• 3 large Healthy Alternatives – Free Range Organic Eggs
• 1 tbsp. vanilla extract

Topping:

• 2 tbsp. Healthy Alternatives – Organic Honey
• 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
• 1 tbsp. grapeseed oil

Instructions

1. To make the muffins, combine the almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. In a large bowl, blend together grapeseed oil, Healthy Alternatives – Organic Honey, Healthy Alternatives – Free Range Organic Eggs, and vanilla extract.
2. Blend the dry ingredients into the wet and scoop a scant ¼ cup at a time into lined muffin cups.
3. To make cinnamon topping, combine Healthy Alternatives – Organic Honey, cinnamon, and grapeseed oil in a small bowl. Spoon the toppings onto the muffins.
4. Bake the muffins for 8-12 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool muffins for 2 hours then frost it with cream cheese frosting (optional).

3. Treacle Tart 

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This is a traditional British Christmas dish, loved by everyone for its sugary crusty deliciousness. The tart is a buttery shortbread filled with golden syrup, breadcrumbs and lemon zest. Serve it with a scoop of vanilla whipped cream, pour some syrup over the tart, and you’ll be everyone’s favourite Christmas chef without a doubt.

Ingredients

Pastry:

• 225 g Healthy Alternatives – Organic Wheat Maida
• 110 g butter (chilled and diced)
• 1 Healthy Alternatives – Free Range Organic Egg (beaten)

Filling:

• 450 g maple syrup
• 85 g breadcrumbs
• Pinch of ground ginger
• 1 lemon (zest)
• 2 tbsp. lemon juice

Instructions

1. In a bowl, rub the butter into the flour with your fingers until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Mix in the egg with a knife, then knead on a clean, lightly dusted work surface to form a smooth dough.
2. Use the dough to line a loose-bottomed tart tin, prick the base all over with a fork and leave to rest in the fridge for about 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 190 (C).
3. Line the pastry with parchment paper and weigh down with rice or ceramic baking beans. Bake the pastry blind for 10-15 minutes, remove the paper and rice/beans and return the pastry case to the oven for a few minutes more, until light golden-brown.
4. For the filling, mix together the filling ingredients in a bowl and pour into the pastry case. Return to the oven and bake for about 30 minutes. Drizzle some maple syrup over the tart. Serve hot or cold with vanilla whipped cream.

4. Austrian Linzer Cookies

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Always a children’s favourite Christmas sweet – this Austrian specialty has a fruit filling sandwiched between two soft cookies dusted with powdered sugar. You can bake as many as cookies as you want, in unlimited shapes and designs. All you need is these ingredients, your oven mitts, and some holiday spirit!

Ingredients 

• 150 g softened butter
• 50 g powdered sugar
• ½ tsp. vanilla extract
• 2 Healthy Alternatives – Free Range Organic Eggs
• 1 tsp. cinnamon powder
• ½ tsp. ground cloves
• ¼ tsp. nutmeg powder
• Pinch of salt
• 150 g Healthy Alternatives – Organic Wheat Maida (sifted)
• 150 g raspberry jam/preserve
• 75 g finely ground Healthy Alternatives – American Almonds
• 75 g ground Healthy Alternatives – Finest Hazelnuts
• 1 tbsp. rum (optional)

Instructions

1. Beat the butter and powdered sugar until fluffy and add the spices, egg yolks and rum (optional). Mix the nuts and flour in a little bowl and add to the dough. Combine everything and quickly shape the dough into a disc. Cool the dough in the fridge for several hours or overnight.
2. Preheat the oven to 175 degrees (C) and roll out the dough to about 3-4 mm. Cut out different Christmas themed shapes using Linzer cookie cutters. Bake the cookies for about 8 Minutes, take them out and let them cool.
3. In a little bowl, mix the jam with the rum (optional) and spread this jam on the bottom half of your cookies. Dust the lattice-part of the cookie with icing sugar. Top the jam-half with the upper half and store the cookies in metal tins.
4. These cookies get better with time and should rest at least a week in the tins.

5. Flourless Chocolate Cake

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This moreish chocolate cake will tempt even Santa to come and join in on the festive feast. The
Christmas dessert menu can never be complete without the Christmas cake. Nobody can resist a good cake, after all!

Ingredients

• 200 g of unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
• 200 g L’Exclusif Dark Chocolate Baking Bar
• 1 tbsp. strong coffee
• 6 large Healthy Alternatives – Free Range Organic Eggs
• 250 g castor sugar
• 70 g cocoa powder, plus extra for dusting

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees (C). Grease a 20 cm. spring form cake tin with a little butter and line with greaseproof paper.
2. Rest a medium heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water on a medium-low heat. Break in the chocolate, roughly chop, and add the butter, then allow to melt, stirring occasionally until smooth and glossy. Carefully remove the bowl from the heat, stir in the coffee and set aside to cool slightly.
3. Separate the egg yolks and whites between two large bowls. Whisk the egg whites for 1 to 2 minutes, or until soft peaks form. Add the sugar to the yolks and beat for 7 minutes, or until pale. Sift in the cocoa powder and 1 pinch of sea salt, then gently fold to combine.
4. Stir in the melted chocolate mixture, then gently fold through the egg whites until smooth. Transfer it to the prepared tin and place it in the hot oven for around 1 hour, or until the inserted skewer comes out clean.
5. Allow it to cool completely before serving with a dusting of cocoa powder and fresh berries (optional).

‘Tis the season of joy and desserts, and now you’re all set for a sweet, sweet December! Don’t have all the ingredients? Get them here at Nature’s Basket!

Winter calls for warm, lip-smacking drinks and a classic hot chocolate is on the top of that list. Check out our recipe for a unique Spiced Hot Chocolate and try it yourself!

Monday, 25 December 2017

Your Guide to Picking the Best Breads


While the world may be divided between coffee and tea lovers, all of us loaf some well-baked bread (bun intended). Here’s our take on the wide range of L’Exclusif Breads, to help you choose just the right one to begin your mornings with. It’s the yeast we can do for you!

1. L’Exclusif Gluten-Free Multigrain Bread



They say there’s beauty in unity, and we agree. This mix of different grains result in a delicious and super-nutritious bread that is soft, chewy and just too good to miss out on. What’s more? It’s gluten-free! No one should miss out on those healthy whole grains after all.

Enjoy it with your favourite cream cheese or nut-butter spread, or spice it up with fresh veggies, some hummus, and roasted red peppers for a wholesome sandwich.

What’s Inside?

• Gluten-free flour
• Baking Powder
Salt
Bread improver
Yeast
Sugar
Vinegar
Sunflower Oil
Neropan
Sesame seeds
Magaj
Flax seeds

Nutritional Value [Per 100 g.]

Protein – 10.5g
Carbohydrates – 49.33g
Energy – 288.83kcal
Fat – 5.5g
Added sugar – 5.3g

2. L’Exclusif – Focaccia

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Winter season calls for steaming hot soup and along with it some scrumptious focaccia bread. For the days when you want something appetizing and flavourful but still want to keep it simple, focaccia is your go-to bread.

Have it as a party snack by serving it with some Green Pesto or your choice of a creamy dip. It also works really well as a sandwich bread when paired up with fresh basil, sliced tomatoes, a drizzle of Healthy Alternatives – Pure Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar Reduction.

What’s Inside?

• Wheat
Flour
Iodised salt
Yeast
Wheat gluten
Bread improver
Water
Oil
Cheese

Nutritional Value

Protein – 7.79g
Carbohydrates – 30.81g
Energy – 259kcal
Fat – 11.61g
Crude Fibre 0.41g
Added Sugar - Nil

3. L’Exclusif Banana Bread


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This bread is what the gods probably prefer to eat. It’s the perfect combination of tasty and healthy with that moist, sweet feel and the flavour of bananas.

Relish it by itself or with your morning and afternoon tea/coffee – whatever you have it with, it’s definitely going to keep you craving for more. Host a high-tea party and all you’ll need is a loaf of this delicious bread to keep your guests happy!

What’s Inside?

Bananas
Oat flour
Whey
Yogurt
Egg
Sugar
Vanilla extracts

Nutritional Value

Protein – 3.0g
Carbohydrates – 27.0g
Energy – 170kcal
Fat – 6.0g
Iron – 2%
Calcium – 2%

4. L’Exclusif Rye Bread


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This one’s for our health freaks and the gym-lovers. Never has something so healthy tasted so good! One bite of it and you’ll fall in love with its sharp, tangy taste. Don’t be fooled by its hard crust – it’s super soft and delicious on the inside.

Because of its sour taste, it goes amazingly with hard cheese, smoked meats and cold cuts. Add some spices like fennel, coriander, caraway, etc. to bring out that additional depth of its taste and we promise you, you’ll never look away from this bread again.

What’s Inside?

• Rye flour
Iodised salt
Yeast
Wheat gluten
Bread improver
Vegetable fat
White & Black sesame seeds
Pumpkin seeds

Nutritional Value

Protein – 10.31g
Carbohydrates – 51.94g
Energy – 353kcal
Fat – 11.56g
Crude Fibre – 0.60g
Added Sugar – Nil
             

Are you tempted to get your hands on one of these exquisite breads? Head to our online store or go to your nearest Nature’s Basket store and grab your favourite L’Exclusif Bread now!

With great breads comes the need for great spreads! Check out our guide to the best nut butters to choose the ideal spread for your breads!


Seaweed Is The New Kale


Kale is out, dried seaweed is in! The hottest and healthiest trend of 2017 is here to stay. So seize the day with seaweed! Dried seaweed is a fantastic way to incorporate another healthy ingredient into your life. The buzz in health-conscious circles is all about this calcium rich Japanese staple food. This super versatile food can be incorporated into multiple dishes and diets. Time to start weeding out those toxins with some tasty seaweed! Can seaweed be delicious? You betcha!

1. In Seaweed We Trust

Where do we begin? Dried seaweed, often sold as Nori, packs a serious nutritional punch. It’s a vitamin galore, being a great source of Vitamin A,C,E and K. It also contains anti-oxidants which is highly recommended due to today’s polluted climate. One of the things that makes Nori so special is the fact that it is one of the only natural, non-animal sources of vitamin B-12. Low in fat, it is packed with soluble fibre. Saving the best for last, it has an extremely low-calorie content!

2. All Things Nori

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The first and possibly the only use of seaweed that comes to mind is in Sushi. However, the trending food is far more versatile than you think! For one, you can add a little extra crunch to your next bowl of soup or rice with Nori. Slice nori into thin ribbons and sprinkle away. You can also use it with Omelets or salads. Basically, anywhere where you want to include dried seaweed’s crisp texture! Or how about some crispy Nori crackers? Or maybe they can be used to create contemporary seasoning with Sesame seeds. The possibilities are endless! We can’t wait to show you a couple of our Nori recipe ideas!

3. Wasabi-Toasted Nori Crisps

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First off, we’ve got some simple Wasabi flavoured super healthy crisps. The portions makes 60 cracking crisps!

Ingredients 

• ¼ cup of water
• 2 tablespoons of wasabi 
• 10 sheets of Nori Seaweed
• ½ a tablespoon of salt

Directions

1. Combine the water and the wasabi in a small bowl and whisk with a fork until the wasabi is dissolved.
2. The wasabi tends to settle to the bottom, so you may need to re-whisk between batches.
3. Take one sheet of nori and fold it in half. Unfold it and lightly paint half the sheet with the wasabi water using a pastry brush.
4. Sprinkle the inside with salt and press it closed.
5. Lightly brush the top with wasabi water, as well. Using a sharp knife, cut the nori into six strips and transfer them to a baking sheet
6. Repeat this process with each sheet of nori until you have filled the baking sheet. Make sure the strips do not touch each other.
7. Bake for 10-13 minutes, until darkened, dry to the touch, and brittle.
8. Transfer the nori crisps to a cooling rack to finish crisping.
9. Repeat with any remaining sheets of nori.
10. Take a step back and ask yourself “How easy was that?”.

4. Nori Seaweed Muffins

Courtesy – Angie’s Recipes 

Nori seaweed is known to be extremely satiating. Your stomach won’t be growing for a while after you chomp down this delicious food! It’s perfect to satisfy those hunger pangs between meals. So we’ve got some crazy cute muffins coming right up!

Ingredients

• 28 grams of Nori Seaweed (10 sheets)
• 4 eggs
• 200 grams of cake flour
• 150 grams of organic sugar – Healthy Alternatives
• 35 grams of honey
• 3 grams of baking powder
• 1 gram of baking soda
• 150 grams of shortening
• 5 grams of salt

Directions

1. Soak the seaweed, drain and set aside.
2. Sift together the cake flour, baking powder and baking soda.
3. Blend the eggs, sugar, salt, and honey together.
4. Mix till all combined.
5. Add in melted shortening and seaweed to become the cake batter.
6. Spoon the batter into the greased muffin cups, 80% full and bake at 175C for 20-25 minutes.
7. Pull them out and enjoy a guilt-free evening snack!

Stop missing out! Jump on the seaweed bandwagon at Nature’s Basket.

Seaweed is not the only one taking the world by storm, read all about the charcoal food trend here.


Friday, 22 December 2017

Calling All Truffle Lovers To Truffle Land


If you are into all things truffles, we have got something special in store for you. Truffles are a culinary fungus that grow underground and are highly priced by chefs and foodies all over! Wondering how you can add a dash of truffle love to your dishes? We have got you covered. Read on because the truffle land that you have dreamt off is here!



1. Truffle Oil

Truffle oil is a delicious way to add the flavour, taste and aroma of fresh truffle to your everyday dishes. Make a lip-smacking truffle oil vinaigrette for your salads by mixing together a teaspoon or two of truffle oil with Healthy Alternatives Pure Olive Oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper and Dijon mustard.

You can even make your very own authentic tasting truffle oil by storing finely chopped fresh truffles in light olive oil or grapeseed oil. Heat the oil slight first and make sure that all the liquid is drained from the chopped truffles before you add them to the oil. Use it to flavour your favourite foods like popcorn, pizza or even a gourmet dish like filet mignon.



2. Truffle Butter

Creamy, buttery goodness with a dash of flavour and fun! Get the rich, earthy taste of truffles with a buttery twist. Truffle butter can be used to jazz up almost any savoury dish. Melt it over grilled meat or into some eggs, pasta or risotto. Here’s a quick way to get some truffle butter magic going on in your kitchen!

Mix 1 pound of unsalted butter with some white truffle oil and salt. Spoon this mixture onto a large piece of plastic wrap and form it into a log, about 1 inch thick. Wrap the log tightly and place it in the refrigerator until it’s ready to use. Now, drizzle some truffle butter love for yourself.



3. Truffle Cheese

If there’s anything better than cheese, it’s truffle cheese! Truffle cheese is any type of cheese made from milk that has been infused with truffle oil, truffle shavings or both. The earthy, garlicky, nutty taste of truffle can be added to any type of classic cheese, like gouda or cheddar. Sottocenere is an Italian truffle cheese that’s a marvel to bite into.

There are so many mouth-watering ways to devour truffle cheese! Pair truffle cheese with a slice of baguette, some plain crackers and a glass of sparkling wine. Melt it into a fondue or make a truffle mac and cheese for dinner. Now, that sounds trufflicious!

Ready for some truffle fun? Get your ingredients here

It’s time to make room for mushroom! Read up on all the exotic varieties of mushrooms here

4 Gourmet Foods To Keep You Cozy This Season


A rich cup of coffee, a cozy blanket, a warm fire crackling in the fireplace, a book you have been meaning to read and the smell of hot, warm cookies fresh from the oven; doesn’t that sound like the perfect winter wonderland? From truffle cheese to apple pies, this season calls for heavier ingredients, succulent meats and heartier textures. Is your mouth watering already? Well, you are in luck! This winter, delight your palette with these 4 gourmet foods for the season.

1. Mmmmm…Cheese


Melted cheese swirling in a fondue pot served with a side of croutons or roasted vegetables is a great way to beat those winter blues. Stock your pantry with a few melt-in-the-mouth cheeses like smoked cheddar or brie and camembert if you like creamy, earthy French cheese. Use them to lighten up the cold days with a bowl of French onion soup or a rich baked casserole.

2. Mushroom Mania



This winter, make room for mushroom! Supplement your palette with some earthy mushroom flavours like a few plump portobellos, exotic shiitakes or the winter favourite-fresh truffles! Indulge in a bit of comfort food goodness like a classic cream of mushroom soup or mac and cheese à la truffles. This white truffle flavoured extra virgin olive oil is great for seasoning bruchettas, roasted and grilled meats.

3. Drizzle Some Honey Love


Whether it’s your breakfast oatmeal or an aromatic cup of ginger tea, drizzling a little flavuored honey can add some natural sweetness to your winter dishes as well as help you stay clear of those seasonal colds. Try the Healthy Alternatives Cinnamon & Clove Infused Honey to jazz up your glazes and meat marinades. Now, how about that honey glazed ham?

4. Spice It Up With Pumpkin Spice


Fall calls for pumpkin spice and everything nice! This spice blend is going to be your winter essential! From cupcakes to lattes, all your favourite foods could use a little pumpkin spice magic. Wondering how you can do that? Here’s everything you need to know about pumpkin spice including a DIY pumpkin spice recipe.

Is your kitchen winter-ready? Get all the essentials you need to keep warm this season here at Nature’s Basket.

winter without hot chocolate is just plain wrong! This home style hot chocolate recipe will leave you wanting for more.

5 Best Wedding Flavours For Your Guests


Stressing about those gifts for your guests? We have got you covered with some out-of-this world, mouth-watering wedding goodies. These 5 wedding gift hampers are sure to impress your guests and blow their taste buds away!

1. Mini Delights


A hearty mix of healthy snacks for that health freak of a friend! The wellness mini delights gift hamper is full of exciting goodies like the Healthy Alternatives Roasted Tomato & Pudina Mix Jowar Flakes, the Healthy Alternatives Baked Cheese Makhana Pops and the Healthy Alternatives Roasted Watermelon Seeds. This healthy wedding gift hamper is sure to get your gym buddy excited for your upcoming wedding!

2. A Savoury Celebration


This delightful savoury celebration gift hamper is filled with mouth-watering snacks like some flavourful cheese and onion peanuts, crumbly short pastry cookies with cherry cream, crispy sour cream and onion potato chips and a sinfully delicious L’Exclusif Dark Chocolate Bar with Caramelized Orange Rinds. Now, get those wedding bells jingling with a savoury twist!

3. A Crunchy Celebration


Perfectly suited for celebrations, this crunchy celebration gift hamper contains scrumptious gourmet delights like some crispy nacho bean chips, cheese & onion peanuts, cherry cookies, dark chocolate wafer cubes, salted cashew & more. An ultimate blend of sweet and sour that your bridesmaids will cherish for sure!

4. An Indian Celebration


From crushed dates to scrumptious samosas to delectable kaju katris, just a glimpse inside this Indian celebration gift hamper is sure to get your chacha’s and chachi’s blood pumping for the big day. This wedding season, surprise all your desi friends and family with this box full of sweet treats!

5. An Indulgent Celebration


This indulgent celebration gift hamper is a mix of chocolates, salty chips, coated nuts, healthy candied fruit, cookies and exotic Arabian dates. Jazz up your wedding invites with amazing goodies like the Healthy Alternatives Pineapple Fruit Crunch, the L’exclusif Roasted Tangy Tomato Chips, the L’exclusif Chocolate Coated Hazelnuts and more.

Want more options? There are many more wedding gift hampers waiting for you at Nature’s Basket.

Looking for some bridal diet tips? Check out the ultimate bridal diet regime here.

Almond Vs Soy Vs Coconut Milk


It's the fight between the protein giants! Wondering which one is the healthier dairy substitute, almond, soy or coconut milk?  Well, you are in luck because we have got all the answers to your milk queries right here. Read on to find out who wins between almond, soy and coconut milk.

1. The Calorie Count

When it comes down to it, calorie-wise, almond milk takes the cake here.  Unsweetened almond milk can have as low as 40 calories per cup, unsweetened coconut milk offers about 45 calories per cup while soy milk has almost double that amount. Keep in mind that all three dairy substitutes are full of good-for-fats. So, if you are looking for a low-calorie dairy substitute, unsweetened almond milk or unsweetened coconut milk is your best bet.

2. The Power Of Protein

If protein is what you are after, soy milk is for you. One cup of soy milk contains 7 grams of protein compared to the 4 grams in almond milk.  And coconut milk is even lower in protein and calcium generally compared to almond milk. Both almond and soy milk are rich in dietary fiber, about 1-4 grams per serving.

3. Let’s Talk About Vitamins And Minerals

Both almond and soy milk are great sources of B vitamins. A higher intake of these vitamins can help improve your basal metabolic rate and that means you get to burn calories and fats more efficiently. They are also rich in essential minerals like iron, magnesium, phosphorous, zinc, copper and manganese. These minerals can help control your blood pressure, improve your blood oxygenation, and protect you against diseases.

Almond milk actually contains higher amounts of vitamin E and manganese and is more powerful when it comes to improving skin quality and protection against cancer. Coconut milk, on the other hand, is loaded with medium-chain triglycerides (an easily-digested healthy fat that helps burn fat), potassium, a host of fortified vitamins, and antioxidants.

4. The Final Word

Almond milk being lower in calories and fat and full of good-for-you vitamins and minerals is our pick. Though, people who are above 50 or the ones looking for a more protein-packed drink shall benefit more from soy milk. Expectant mothers and breast cancer patients should stay off soy milk though. Whichever one you choose, go for the organic, unsweetened, unflavoured version to get all the nutrients without the sugar.

Coconut milk is a decent milk substitute, but it’s low in protein. Although, if you want a better tasting option than just almond milk or coconut milk by themselves, try mixing a carton of almond milk with a can of coconut milk.

Ready to pick your favourite? Go all out on your dairy substitute at Nature’s Basket.

Looking for more answers? Check out Skim Milk Vs Whole Milk.

How Can Snacks Be Healthy?


Between a 9-to-5 work routine, daily commuting and the never-ending dilemma over what to eat, it’s almost impossible to not snack on something unhealthy! Do regular binge sessions make you wonder why can’t snacks be both healthy and tasty? If you find yourself in a similar boat, we have just the thing for you! Take a look at these amazing snacks that bridge both the gaps with a flavorful twist.

1. Fruity Bites




Satisfy your craving for sweetness with these crunchy bites that can be enjoyed guilt-free and on-the-move! Take your favorite fruit wherever you go with the Healthy Alternatives Fruit Crunch Mango! Delicious and succulent, these mango bites come with a surprising texture and an intense traditional flavor. Enjoy the goodness of 100% natural fruits with no additives. Take this treats in the office, to the party, on a picnic - anywhere. They are sure to add taste and nutrition to every day! Ideal for a flavorsome snack, or as garnishing on salads and yogurts, desserts and ice cream. Try the pineapple, chiku and jackfruit flavours as well!

2. Quinoa Puffs



Bite into these healthy quinoa puffs for a spicy blast! Puffed quinoa makes a healthy, crunchy addition to your everyday diet, snack on them with your daily cup of morning tea! The Healthy Alternatives Spicy Tangy Salsa Quinoa Puffs give you all the benefits of quinoa in a crusty chow! These pops are packed with high-quality protein, fiber and iron. Don’t just stop at salsa, try the jalapeno and peppy cheese flavours, too!

3. Jowar Flakes



Roasted Jowar Flakes are great to snack on in between meals. Eat healthy without compromising on taste with the Healthy Alternatives Roasted Jowar Flakes Mix Tomato & Pudina! A delectable mix of jowar, moong and masoor, it is roasted to perfection. This Healthy Alternatives roasted snack is a must-have for any health fanatic!

4. Cold Pressed Juices



Made from natural sugarcane and lemon, the Healthy Alternatives Cold Pressed Sugarcane Lemon Juice is a great way to satiate those sweet cravings with no added sugar! Sugarcane is a natural energizer and also does the job of quenching your thirst. This juice is best had in the evening, so, replace your sugary chai with this sugarcane marvel. Stock up on the Healthy Alternatives range of cold pressed juices for a blast of flavour and fun with a healthy punch!

There are many more healthy snacks waiting for you at Nature’s Basket. Log in now to give your pantry a healthy makeover.

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Worli, Experience Shopping Like Never Before


At the new Nature’s Basket Worli store, you don’t just shop for groceries. You indulge yourself and your senses in the world of food. Bringing out the best in food for all our patrons, this store is your one-stop shop for everything gourmet. Stroll through aisles full of diverse selections of fresh fruits and vegetables, our very own granary, fresh bakery, cheeses, seafood, meats and many more deli items. You name it, we’ve got it.

This flagship store spans over 3500 square feet with tons of daily food delights to offer, giving you a chance to experience the joy of food in a way you couldn’t have imagined before. Don’t believe us? Read on to find out how you can experience shopping in style at the New Nature’s Basket store at Worli.

1. Farm-Fresh Produce at your Disposal




Staying true to our name, we give you the ‘Nature’s Basket’ in our garden-fresh vegetables and fruits section. To get you some straight-from-the-farm goodness we have put together a collection of grade A quality fresh produce, sourced from local and international farms. Get some colour on your plate and take your pick from the local tomatoes and potatoes to imported asparagus and artichokes – whatever your heart desires! This section also has the special Surti range where you can find baby tender vegetables grown in the sweet waters of Surat; or if #organic is your mantra, you can choose from our range of organic produce!


2. Preservative Free Meats and Seafood from the Docks




If you’re a big meat and seafood lover, you have a wide variety of fresh preservative free meats to choose from. Be it your daily chicken or mutton to cured ham, cold cuts or sausages. What’s even more unique is the fresh seafood brought directly from docks to the store to give you the freshest offering of fish and prawns all presented on an ice bed to keep the produce as fresh as possible. No more running to the markets in the early morning. How about grabbing that smoked salmon for dinner, now?


3. Say Cheeeese






It’s time for a little cheesy magic! Cheese is that one ingredient that can perk up any dish. From regular cheese slices to sharp cheddar and chunks of exotic French cheese, we have got all your dairy needs covered! At the new Nature’s Basket Worli store, you can take home your favourite picks from our wide range of local to imported varieties of cheese for your pantry. Want to put together the ultimate wine and cheese platter? Then, look out for our upcoming wine section!


4. The Healthy Alternatives Granary




Blend your own spice mix or get a nutritious flour grind at our very own Healthy Alternatives live granary and spice counter. We’ve got the finest of grains and ample of options for you to choose from for your perfect pantry, including organic options. No need to compromise on your preferred form of nutrition anymore, because we’ve got everything you need.
Smell the aromatic glory of India as you get lost in the world of spices – from the hot red chili powder to the fruity amchur, you’ll be amazed by just how many different flavours you can add to your food! And if this isn’t enough, we’ve got something even more exciting for you – our very own live spice-mix counter where you can get your customized spice mix by choosing from our range of powders!


5. A Date with some Dates


Pick your favourite dry fruits to munch on from our Healthy Alternatives Dry Fruits section. With jars and jars full of novel nuts to choose from, we’re sure you won’t be able to resist the temptation! We’ve got Seedless Turkish Apricots, Salted Cashews, the Finest Figs, Roasted Almonds, Saudi Dates…want us to go on or are you already running to the store?


6. Baker’s Paradise




Take a turn from the Healthy Alternatives live granary and wow away your taste buds with shelves full of delicious baked goodies! From every day to specialty loaves, from artisanal to gluten-free, from sorghum to sourdough, we’ve got all the breads you need! Fill your cart up with a wide range of Lavash breads, cakes, cookies and every other tea-time delights you might crave for.

7. Haven for the Coffee and Tea Lovers




Mornings are for coffee and contemplation, and we’ve got the best of coffees at our store. Just take a walk down our coffee aisle where you can choose from the finest local and imported coffee beans and blends to have a perfect start to the day. If you choose to live the British way, we’ve got just the right products for you. Pick your favourite tea from the exciting Tea Culture range. This section has everything that you’ll need for a tea-rrific day! 

8. Hampers for every Occasion




You don’t have to worry about last-minute gift shopping for your friends anymore! Buy one of our many gift hampers specially customized for different occasions! Be it weddings, birthdays or anniversaries, we’ve got you covered. You can even put together a customized hamper to your liking!


9. Tower of Abundance




Last but not the least, our Tower of Abundance! These two big towers, stocked from floor to ceiling with all sorts of indulgent delights that you could possibly imagine, are sure to leave you swooning. At our store, gluttony isn’t a sin and you are sure to be spoilt for choice!


So are you ready to get on board this gourmet food ride now? Here’s your yellow brick road to the new Nature’s Basket store in Worli. You know you want this!