Friday, 20 January 2017

Blueberry Banana Smoothie with Chia Seeds

Kickstart your morning with a refreshing smoothie! Try this recipe with our Healthy Alternatives Greek Yogurt, Chia Seeds, Floral Honey and Blueberries to keep you energized every morning.


Ingredients:

1 cup Healthy Alternatives Greek Yogurt
1 cup milk
1 bowl blueberries
2 small bananas, chopped
1 tablespoon Healthy Alternatives Floral Honey
2 tablespoons Healthy Alternatives Chia Seeds

Instructions:

1.Grind all the ingredients together in a mixer.
2.Pour the mixture into a glass.
3.Garnish with blueberries and chia seeds.

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Thursday, 19 January 2017

Gluten Free Aglio Olio Pasta Recipe

Here’s an interesting recipe for glutenfree aglio olio pasta made with Healthy Alternatives Olive Oil that’ll ensure you get the necessary nutrients required on a daily basis. 


Ingredients:

10-15 cherry tomatoes
•Healthy Alternatives Olive oil
•3-4 cloves of garlic, chopped
•1 bowl of onion, chopped
•Sea salt
•Pepper
•Healthy Alternatives Pasta
•Parmesan cheese

Instructions:

1.Boil the pasta in 2 portions of water to 1 portion of pasta and keep aside.
2.Cut 10-15 cherry tomatoes in half and keep them aside.
3.Take a pan and pour 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil.
4.Add the chopped garlic and chopped onion in the pan.
5. Sauté the garlic and onion for 5-7mins until it turns golden brown.
6.Add salt and pepper.
7.Add the cherry tomatoes followed by the boiled pasta and let it cook for 5-7mins.
8.Serve in a bowl and sprinkle parmesan cheese.

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Spiced Hot Chocolate Recipe

Sipping on Spiced hot chocolate is the best way to spend evenings! Make your own Hot chocolate with our simple recipe.


Ingredients
•1 cup milk
•100gms L’exclusif dark chocolate
•2 cloves
•2 sticks cinnamon
•1 tsp vanilla extract
•1/4-1/3 cup whipped or heavy cream
•1/2 tbsp Healthy Alternatives organic floral honey
•ground cinnamon

Instructions
1.Add milk, dark chocolate, cloves, cinnamon and vanilla extract to a pot and bring to the boil. Stir occasionally until the chocolate melts.
2.In the meantime, add cream and honey to a mixing bowl and whip (by hand or with electric mixer) until soft peaks form.
3.Pour ready spiced hot chocolate into a big cup, top with honey sweetened cream, sprinkle cinnamon or cacao on top and place a cinnamon stick on the side for decoration.

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Tuesday, 17 January 2017

BLT Sandwich Recipe

A quick delicious BLT sandwich is all you need to settle those mid-evening hunger pangs, especially after a heavy New Year party! Here is the recipe for the classic BLT sandwich.


Ingredients:

3 strips thick-cut, naturally cured bacon
2 slices high-quality L’exclusif sandwich breads
2 tablespoons (30ml) mayonnaise
1 1/2 cups finely shredded iceberg lettuce
4 thick slices ripe tomato
Coarse sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions:

1.Place a griddle or skillet over medium-low heat. 
2.Place two slices of bacon and cook until lightly browned on first side, then flip and continue 3.cooking until bacon is browned on both sides and fat has rendered, about 3 minutes longer. Transfer bacon to a paper towel–lined plate and set aside.
4.Take two slices of bread on a work surface and spread mayonnaise on both top faces.
5.Divide lettuce evenly between both pieces of bread.
6.Layer tomato slices on one piece of bread and sprinkle generously with coarse salt and freshly ground pepper.
7.Place the cooked slices of bacon on top of the lettuce.
8.Place the second bread slice with tomatoes on top of the bacon slice.
9.Cut, serve and enjoy.

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Monday, 16 January 2017

Strawberry Chia Seeds Pudding Recipe

Strawberries are that one winter fruit we all look forward to. Here’s a tasty and healthy recipe for strawberry chia pudding.



Ingredients:

•3 tbsp Healthy Alternatives chia seeds
•1 cup coconut milk or soy milk
•1 tbsp Healthy Alternatives floral honey
•1 tsp pure vanilla extract
•2 cups fresh strawberries
•1 tbsp coconut flakes (shredded coconut if possible)

Instructions:

1.Take one bowl of coconut milk and add honey, vanilla extract and mix well.
2.Take the chia seeds and mix it in the coconut milk bowl.
3.Using a plastic wrap, cover the bowl and refrigerate for about 2 hours.
4.Take a bowl of strawberries and puree them in a food processor.
5.Mix the pureed strawberry and chia mixture together and refrigerate for 2 hours.
6.In small glasses (or dessert dishes), pour the chia pudding and top the pudding with coconut flakes and strawberries.

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Sunday, 15 January 2017

Super Foods You Should Know About

"Like superheroes swooping in to save the day, super foods are those that rescue our bodies from illness, nutritional deficiencies and the threat of obesity. There is no technical definition for the term super food, but the word is typically associated with foods that offer multiple benefits for the body without a high amount of fat and calories accompanying them."

Super foods


Greek Yogurt: Yogurt gets its "Greek" label when it has been strained to get rid of whey, which is the liquid that's left over after the curdling process. Without whey, yogurt takes on a thicker, creamier consistency with a higher concentration of protein and good-for-your-gut probiotics (another bonus: less sugar).
You can prepare a smoothie bowl filled with a variety of fruits topped with greek yogurt and honey.

Quinoa: These seeds are gluten-free, high in protein and one of the few plant foods that contain all nine essential amino acids.
There are several dishes that can be prepared with quinoa, like salads or wraps with veggies and proteins.

Blueberries:  At 84 calories per cup, a serving of these super berries contains 14 percent of the suggested daily fiber and 24 percent of the suggested daily intake of Vitamin C. One dish which you could prepare is a banana and blueberry muffin which not only tastes delicious but is also healthy.

Kale:  Kale is a fantastic source of fiber, calcium, and iron. It provides more antioxidants than most other fruits and veggies. You can make a variety of dishes like salads or pastas using kale.

Chia Seeds: They are virtually tasteless, easy-to-digest (when prepared properly and soaked), super nutrient dense, and full of energy-boosting power. Chia seeds are loaded with fatty acids along with magnesium, iron, calcium, and potassium.
 A chia pudding or milkshake make for great recipes!

Broccoli: Broccoli stands out for its exceptionally high levels of vitamin C. It is packed with vitamins, minerals and disease-fighting compounds.
You could eat broccoli in many various ways like salads, soups and stir-frys.

Watermelon: Watermelons are low in sugar and high in vitamins A and C. This low-calorie fruit potentially lowers blood pressure and reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Watermelon salads, juices and even desserts are a great source of these vitamins.

Eggs: Eggs are a great source of protein and are loaded with nutrients. A large egg contains only 77 calories, with 5 grams of fat and 6 grams of protein with all 9 essential amino acids.
The best way of having eggs are boiled, omelette, scrambled or poached.

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Saturday, 14 January 2017

Olive Oil: More than just cooking oil

Not only is olive oil great for cooking, but it also has various uses that you must have not known about. Olive oil can be used for various house chores and is great for the skin too. Listed below are some uses of olive oil which will amaze you.


olive oil

1. Remove eye makeup: Dip a cotton pad into olive oil and wipe it beneath your eyes and on your         eyelids to remove the tough eyeliner and mascara. Rinse with warm water and a washcloth and           follow-up with your face wash.

2. Soothe chapped lips: Make your own lip balm with olive oil. Mix some coarse sugar with a               teaspoon of olive oil, and add a drop of lemon juice. Apply it on your lip for 10-15 mins and               then rinse.

3. Moisturize skin: Put a thin layer of olive oil all over your skin after a shower. It will act as an             intense moisturizer to soothe extra-dry skin.

4. Get a shiny mane: Rub a few drops on the ends of your dry hair. You'll be flaunting your glossy         and shiny hair all day.

5. Get rid of stretch marks: Apply a generous amount of oil to affected areas every morning and           get rid of stretch marks.

6. Use it as a shaving cream substitute: If you're out of shaving cream use this natural lubricant           which will offer a close shave, preventing razor bumps, and burns. Plus, it will also moisturize             your skin.

7. Shine stainless steel: Rub some olive oil on stainless steel pots, pans, flatware and sinks as an             effective and safe way to make them shine.

8. Shine wooden furniture: Apply some oil to a cloth, wipe your furniture with it and see your               furniture shine.

9. Stop Snoring: Take a sip of olive oil before heading to bed. It might lubricate your throat                   muscles, and prevent snoring.

10. Stop a throat tickle: Take a sip of olive oil to stop the itchy flicker that is making you cough.


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Friday, 13 January 2017

Know Your Vitamins

Vitamins don't provide energy, like carbohydrates, proteins and fats, but they are essential compounds that help the body grow and function optimally. Thirteen essential vitamins help boost your immunity, strengthen your bones, heal wounds, bolster your eyesight and assist you in obtaining energy from food -- among multiple other functions. Without adequate vitamin intake, you may feel lethargic, be vulnerable to infection and develop other serious complications that can endanger your health and life.

vitamin packed food


Vitamin deficiency is a common problem that can be addressed by adding the below foods in to your diet:

Vitamin A is essential for healthy teeth, bones, soft tissues, and skin. It can help ward off bacterial and viral infections, prevent night blindness, and keep your hair and nails healthy.

 Foods that are high in vitamin A include: 

carrots
sweet potatoes
apricots
spinach
kale

Vitamins B-6, B-12, and B-9 are essential for proper nerve function, and the formation of red blood cells in your body. They also help one’s brain function and give the metabolism a boost.

Foods that are high in vitamins B-6 and B-12 include:

meat
poultry
fish
eggs
milk

Vitamins C is a powerful antioxidant that keeps your cells healthy. It improves your body’s iron absorption, is important for promoting healthy teeth and gums, and helps you fight infections.

Foods that are high in vitamin C include:

papaya
citrus fruits like Orange, lime, grapefruit
strawberries
bell peppers
broccoli
brussels sprouts
dark leafy greens, such as kale, mustard greens, and chard

Vitamin D is a unique vitamin because it can be directly absorbed through both food and sunlight. It is important for the health of your bones and immune system, as well as for calcium absorption.

Foods that provide vitamin D include:

seafoods such as salmon, herring, catfish, trout, and oysters
milk
eggs
shiitake mushrooms

Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant and helps protect your cells from damage. It helps the body to repair muscle cells.

Foods that are high in vitamin E include:   

sunflower seeds
almonds
spinach
bell peppers
asparagus

Vitamin K is very important as it helps in the formation of blood clots. It also maintains bone strength in older adults.

 Foods that are high in vitamin K include:

kale, spinach, collard greens, Swiss chard, turnip greens, and mustard greens
romaine lettuce
parsley
brussels sprouts
broccoli
asparagus

A diet rich in a variety of fresh vegetables, fruits, fortified dairy, whole grains, dried beans and lentils, and lean meat and fish helps you get all the vitamins you need. Whole foods, rather than a supplement, provide an optimal synergy of compounds that your body absorbs and uses.

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Thursday, 12 January 2017

Immunity Building Juices

To give your immune system a big boost, try adding one of these healthy juices once a day to your diet. The right combination of fruits and vegetables are a great way of providing your body with the required nutrients you need to help your immunity system and stay fit! For those who feel a slight cold creeping up, add a shot of fresh turmeric to any of these juices.

healthy juices

1.Carrot Apple Pear Juice  

Carrots are a great source of vitamin C as well as vitamin A . Vitamin A plays an essential role in regulating the immune system and helps the body fight off infections, helps to keep the fighter cells in circulation, and boost the activity of white blood cells.

Ingredients:


4-5 large carrots
1 medium apple
1 pear
¼ inch fresh ginger

2. Bloodymary Tomato Juice

This delightful concoction has properties that help in protecting your immunity. Tomatoes are a great source of vitamin C and vitamin A, two vitamins that play an integral part in immune health.

Ingredients:

3 tomatoes
2 medium carrots
1 cup kale
1 tablespoon cilantro
1 sweet red bell pepper
Tabasco sauce (to taste)

3.Kiwi Strawberry Juice

Strawberries and kiwis are sweet and tasty fruits that are filled with vitamin C.

Kiwi Strawberry Juice

Ingredients:

4 cups strawberry halves
1 cup quartered peeled kiwifruit (about 2 kiwifruit)
1 cup water
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 2 limes)
3 tablespoons honey (optional)


4.Pumpkin Juice 

Pumpkin is not only a delicious vegetable, but also a good source of vitamin A. Pumpkin seeds are filled with immune boosting vitamins such as vitamin E, B6, and zinc, which help to fight off infections.

Ingredients:

½ pumpkin
1 red apple
1 lemon
1 piece of ginger (without the skin)

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Wednesday, 11 January 2017

DIY Natural Skin Cleaners

Why use synthetic skin cleansers which are filled with chemicals and harmful for  your skin when you can use natural ones? Homemade skin cleansers are beneficial and extremely easy to make. Here are a few DIY skin cleaners that you can make straight out of your kitchen.

Natural skin cleaners

1.Olive Oil Cleanser
Olive oil is a great natural moisturizer for dry skin and helps to relieve irritated or sunburnt skin. It works to lighten dark spots, kill bacteria, and make your skin smooth and clear.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup of olive oil 1/4 cup vinegar 1/4 cup water

Instructions:

Mix all the ingredients together, apply and leave for 15-20 mins. Rinse with warm water.

2.Dahi Honey Cleanser
Yogurt is rich in protein and lactic acid, making it a soothing face cleanser. The compounds in yogurt help detoxify skin:

Instructions:

Gently massage a thin layer of plain yogurt and honey onto your face. Leave the yogurt mixture on for a couple of minutes, then wash off with warm water and a towel.

3.Toner au Natural
Apple cider vinegar helps restore your skin's pH levels and prevents breakouts, clogged pores, and keeps skin from becoming too dry or too oily.

Ingredients:

Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 2 parts water and mix well.

Instructions:

Apply to a clean face with a cotton ball. Once your skin dries, put on your usual daily moisturizer.

4.Honey and Cinnamon

Honey is a natural probiotic and pulls out dirt from open pores.

Ingredients:

1tablespoon of Healthy Alternatives Floral Honey
½ teaspoon of cinnamon powder

Instructions:

Mix the honey with the cinnamon and apply on skin. Rub it in a circular motion for 3minutes and wash it with warm water after 3minutes.

A healthy diet also goes a long way to keep your skin hydrated and radiant so ensure you include ample fruits & vegetables and drink sufficient water along with applying the skin cleansers.

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Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Paleo Diet 101

Do you know what a paleo diet is? The Paleo diet (otherwise known as the caveman diet) is the healthiest way you can eat because it is the ONLY nutritional approach that helps you stay lean, strong, and energetic! The Paleo Diet is an effort to go back to eating how we’re biologically designed to eat, allowing us to tap into our genetic potential and start living healthier immediately.

What’s on the menu?

Fresh  fruits, fresh vegetables, fresh meat - the paleo diet is all about eating foods straight from the Earth. Anything that comes in a box, jar, or bag should be avoided on the paleo diet. That means no grains, dairy, added salt, or legumes (including peanuts, beans, lentils, and soybeans). The Paleo Diet also almost completely eradicates sugar. Unless you’re getting your sugar from a fruit, forget it. Sugar causes an energy spike and crash in your system, turns to fat unless it’s used immediately, and wreaks all kind of havoc on our bodies.

So, no grains, no sugar, no processed foods. Many studies have shown that an incredible number of diseases and lifestyle issues can be reversed with these three simple changes.

Paleo diet isn’t just about food, even exercise is vital. Our ancestors had to hunt for their food and were constantly on the move!

Paleo Diet

Benefits of Paleo Diet:

•Healthy Brain- Omega 3 fatty acids contains DHA which is known to be good for the eyes, heart, and most importantly for brain development and function.

•Healthy Cells- The paleo diet naturally provides a perfect balance of fats because it includes saturated and unsaturated fats in healthy quantities.

•More Muscles, Less Fat - The paleo diet relies heavily on animal flesh and with it comes healthy protein.

•Get all your Vitamins and Minerals- Vegetables are a large part of the diet. The different colours of veggies are dependent on the nutrients they contain.

•Better Digestion - The paleo diet improves digestion.

•Less Allergies- The paleo diet suggests that you minimize foods that are known to be allergic to certain people.

•Reduce Inflammation- Inflammation may be the leading factor behind cardiovascular disease. The great thing about the paleo diet is that a lot of the foods are anti-inflammatory so you will me minimizing your risk.

•More Energy- With the paleo diet you strategically choose the right foods for any occasion.

•Weight Loss- The paleo diet is a low carb diet. Simply removing processed foods which will drastically reduce your carb intake to fuel weight loss.

•Reduces the Risk of Diseases- The paleo diet makes it easy to avoid junk food and it will ensure you eat whole foods which limits your risk for diseases

It’s easy to see why the paleo diet is a great diet for your health. Try the diet today to start feeling healthier.

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Monday, 9 January 2017

3 Awesome Ways of Preparing Spaghetti

Spaghetti is a classic Italian dish and everyone loves Spaghetti. It can be a great meal to have for lunch, dinner or even between meals. Why go just the Italian way when you can make so many other delicious variations.

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Ingredients:
Sauce:

•Healthy Alternatives Olive Oil
•300ml chicken broth
•1 cup finely chopped onion
•3 garlic cloves, minced
•2 tablespoons tomato paste
•1/4 teaspoon salt
•4 tomatoes peeled and chopped

Healthy Spaghetti with Meatballs

Meatballs:

•2 slices L’exclusif white bread
•200gms sausage, casings removed
•1/2 cup finely chopped onion
•2 eggs
•1/4 teaspoon salt
•2 garlic cloves, minced
•1 500gms sirloin

Remaining ingredients:
•500gms hot cooked spaghetti
•1/2 cup grated fresh Parmesan Cheese
Parsley and basil

Directions:
Sauce:

1.To prepare sauce, heat a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat and coat it with olive oil.
2.Add 1 cup onion & 3 garlic cloves and sauté for 3mins.
3.Add the tomato paste and let it cook.
4.Add in chicken broth and the chopped tomatoes and let it cook for 45minutes on low heat.

Meatballs:

1.Process the bread slices in a processor until fine crumbs measure 1/2 cup.
2.Combine the breadcrumbs, sausage, onion, eggs, salt, garlic and sirloin in a bowl.
3.With wet hands, shape the mixture into meatballs.
4.Place the meatballs on a broiler pan and broil it for 15 minutes or until done.
5.Add the meatballs to sauce and simmer for 15 minutes.
6.Serve the meatballs over the spaghetti and garnish it with parsley, basil and cheese.


Mexican Taco-Bowl Spaghetti

Ingredients:

•250gms spaghetti
•2 tablespoons Healthy Alternatives olive oil
•200gms chicken breast
•1 onion, chopped
•2teaspoons chili powder
•kosher salt
•200gms sweet corn
•400gms tomatoes, diced
•chopped avocado,
•fresh cilantro leaves
Feta
lemon wedges

Healthy Mexican Taco-Bowl Spaghetti
picture credits- Danny Kim

Directions:

1.Cook the spaghetti as per the package directions and keep it aside.
2.Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large pan over high heat.
3.Add the chicken, onion, chili powder, and ¾ teaspoon salt.
4.Cook for 5minutes until it turns golden brown.
5.Add the corn and tomatoes and cook for 5mins.
6.Add the sauce to the pasta and toss to combine.
7.Serve topped with the avocado, cilantro, feta cheese, and lime wedges.


Kimchi Chicken Noodle Soup

Ingredients

•500gms spaghetti
•2tablespoons canola oil
•4cloves garlic, sliced
•3tablespoons chopped ginger
•6cups chicken broth
•500gms boneless, skinless chicken thighs
•1cup sliced kimchi
•kosher salt:
•4 eggs, fried for serving

Kimchi Chicken Noodle Soupi
Picture credits - Danny Kim

Instructions:

1.Cook the spaghetti as per the package directions and keep it aside.
2.Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat.
3.Add the garlic and ginger and cook for 2mins until fragrant.
4.Add the broth and chicken and bring to a boil.
5.Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through for 20 to 25 minutes.
6.Shred the chicken, reserving the broth.
7.Add the chicken, broth, kimchi, and ½ teaspoon salt to the pasta and stir to combine.
8.Top it with fried eggs and serve.

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Sunday, 8 January 2017

Changing Food Habits

You are what you eat! A more relevant statement has never been made. It’s important to eat fresh & healthy to maintain a healthier lifestyle. However, it’s not always easy to make a switch in your diet and so it’s best to set small goals and change habits incrementally. Over time, small changes can make a big difference in your health.

Healthy Living

Here are some easy ways to make healthy changes in your eating habits:

Cut back on sugar:  Keep more fruits, low-fat dairy products (low-fat milk and low-fat yogurt), vegetables, and whole-grain foods at home and at work. Avoid processed or packaged foods like canned soups, frozen dinners, or low-fat meals that often contain hidden sugar. Cut down on sweet snacks such as candy, chocolate, and cakes. Instead, eat naturally sweet food. Substitute sugar with jaggary or honey in your tea or coffee.

Munch on healthy snacks: Snack on nuts and seeds instead of chips. Always keep a bag of mixed nuts handy which will give you instant energy. Replace baked dessert with Greek yogurt.

Replace processed carbohydrates with protein rich food: Protein gives us the energy to get up and be active. Eat plenty of fish, chicken, or plant-based protein such as beans, nuts, and soy.

Don't skip or delay meals, and eat on time: Eating right and eating on time are both very important for your body. Relax and enjoy your meals, and don't eat too fast. Try to make healthy eating a pleasure, not a chore.

Drink healthy drinks: Infuse your water with fresh fruits and vegetables, and opt for fresh juices instead of high-sugar fizzy drinks. Flavoured water helps in motivating you to drink more while also satisfying your craving for a nice drink to go with your meals.

Changing your food habits is not about strict dietary limitations, staying unrealistically thin, or depriving yourself of the foods you love but it’s about making small healthy changes in your daily diet. Focus on adding healthy food to your diet, rather than just taking unhealthy foods away.

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Saturday, 7 January 2017

Granola Bar Recipe

Always hunting for that healthy snack for your evening hunger pangs? Why not make this simple granola bar which you can carry around all day for instant energy. Granola bars are rich in fiber, a good source of minerals and vitamins and hence make for a great snack to munch on.
Here is a simple recipe for making your own granola bar.

Granola Bar Recipe

Ingredients:

•2 cups rolled oats
•¼ cup Healthy Alternatives sunflower seeds
•½ cup Healthy Alternatives almonds
•½ cup Healthy Alternatives floral honey
•½ cup Healthy Alternatives peanut butter
•1/8 teaspoon salt
•1 tablespoon butter
•¼ cup L’exclusif choco chips

Instructions:

1.Preheat the oven to 180-degree C.
2.Spread the oats, sunflower seeds, and almonds onto a half- sheet pan and toast for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3.In the meantime, combine the honey, peanut butter, salt, butter and choco-chips in a medium saucepan and place over medium heat.
4.Once the oat mixture is ready, remove it from the oven and combine it with the liquid mixture.
5.Pour the mixture onto the buttered baking tray, spread it evenly and bake for 25mins.
6.Remove the mixture from the oven, allow it to cool completely and enjoy.

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Friday, 6 January 2017

Protein Rich Food for a Vegan Diet

Proteins are known as the building blocks of life. There are two main types of proteins; Animal Protein and Vegetable Protein. Animal products like meat, eggs and dairy are good sources of protein but they can also be high in saturated fat and cholesterol.
Vegan’s and Vegetarians can be rest assured that they can get enough protein throughout the day as long as they incorporate the below foods into their diets.

healthy protein rich diet

Legumes/Green Peas: Foods in the legume family are a great source of vegetarian protein, and peas are no exception. If you don’t like peas in your food, try blending them into a pesto or hummus.

Quinoa: Most grains contain only a small amount of protein, Quinoa on the other hand is known for its high protein content. The seeds contain 8grams of protein per cup and pack all nine essential amino acids into your body. Quinoa can be added to soup, made as a pulao, be used as a rice substitute, be served like oatmeal with fruit as a hot breakfast, or be incorporated into a refreshing salad.

Nuts: All nuts contain both healthy fats and protein, making them a valuable part of a plant-based diet. They give vegetarians a guiltless protein source that rivals any meat! Nuts are a healthy and nutritious snack to munch on between meals. Almonds, Cashews, Walnuts and Peanuts contain large quantities of protein.

Beans: There are many different varieties of beans like black, white, pinto, heirloom and more, but one thing they all have in common is their high amounts of protein. Beans can be cooked in different ways and can be had as a side or main dish.

Chickpeas: Chickpeas are also very high in protein which help to boost digestion and control blood sugar levels. They can be tossed into salads, roasted as a crispy snack, or pureed into a hummus.

Tofu: Foods made from soybeans are some of the highest sources of protein. They're highly nutritious, and can be delicious too. They can be used in multiple ways like a veggie stir fry or served with gravy.

Leafy Greens: Vegetables don't have nearly as much protein as legumes and nuts, but some do contain significant amounts such as broccoli, spinach, asparagus, Brussel sprouts. Leafy vegetables can be eaten raw in a salad or cooked to make various dishes.

Chia Seeds: Chia seeds are a store house of protein and provide energy boosting power. Chia seeds can be sprinkled over salads, stirred into yogurt or oatmeal, blended into smoothies, or they can take centre stage with a chia pudding.

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Thursday, 5 January 2017

Why You Shouldn’t Skip Breakfast

Everyone has heard the old saying, ‘eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dine like a pauper’ – this definitely could be the best way to lose weight and stay healthy! A major review of 28 recent studies has concluded that keeping calories down late at night is the secret to combating obesity.
Breakfast is the first and most important meal of the day, it is the meal that ‘breaks’ your nights recommended 12 hour ‘fast’.

healthy breakfast

Here are the many reasons why you shouldn’t skip breakfast.

1. First meal of the day
Breakfast is the meal that the body uses to top up its glucose levels after eight to twelve hours of fasting.  Glucose is vital for the brain and it’s the main energy source for the body. As well, it also fuels the muscles that are necessary for physical activity through the day.  If you skip breakfast, you will have a shorter attention span, be less alert, take longer to react, have low blood sugar, and decreased productivity. To keep your metabolism working at its optimum level, you need to eat a nutritious breakfast in the morning.

2. It helps to maintain weight
Eating breakfast has proven to be a better and faster way of losing weight.  While you might think the easiest way to cut calories is to skip a meal altogether, eating throughout the day helps maintain and speed up your metabolism. If you eat a healthy whole grain breakfast paired with fruits, your body will feel more satisfied and you will not feel the urge to reach for that mid-day snack to help curb your hunger.

3. Keeps the heart healthy 
If you don’t have the first meal of the day you are going to be hungrier later in the day and eat more food than necessary. Those meals mean the body must process a higher number of calories in a short span of time, which can lead to clogged arteries and cause a spike in blood sugar levels.

4.Helps You Concentrate
It’s easier to focus after you have eaten a healthy breakfast. Hunger affects your mood, concentration, and alertness, which can often lead to frustration and irritability. Eating a healthy and balanced breakfast allows you to stay productive throughout the day.

5.Improves Your Memory
Eating breakfast boosts your memory. Carbohydrates are the preferred energy source for the brain. Choosing complex carbohydrates like oats or other whole-grain cereals, which provide fiber and nutrients at breakfast may improve memory due to the increase of glucose available to the brain. So, try a blend of healthy carbohydrates and lean protein along with healthy fats like flaxseed and nuts for the perfect first meal of the day.

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Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Low Carb Foods

Carbohydrates are energy providing nutrients. Most people associate all carbs with being unhealthy but this is not true. There are two types of carbs; high and low. High carb diets involve foods which are high in fiber, sugar and starch and the low-carb diets involve foods which are high in protein. Here are some health benefits and various low carb foods you can include in your diet to get the right nutrients.

Healthy low carb foods

Health Benefits of low carbohydrates diet:

•May help you lose weight.
•Helps in keeping your cholesterol under control.
•Helps reduce blood sugar and insulin levels.
•Helps control blood pressure levels.
•Helps against metabolic syndrome.
•Lowers the risk of heart diseases.


Low Carb Foods Include:

Eggs: Eggs are among the healthiest and most nutritious foods on the planet. They are high in protein and rich in vitamins like Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D.
Eat right after a workout to repair the broken muscle tissues.

Meats/Seafood: Lamb, chicken, pork, turkey, salmon, trout, tuna and lobsters. These are high in B12 and low in carbs, almost zero carbs.

Vegetables: Broccoli, tomatoes, onions, brussels sprouts, eggplant, cucumber, bell peppers, asparagus, green beans, mushrooms, celery, spinach, zucchini, cabbage- all these vegetables are low in carbs and are a good source of vitamins, proteins, and fiber.

Fruits and Berries: Avocados, olives, strawberries, grapefruits, apricots, kiwifruits, oranges- all these delicious fruits are high in iron and instead of being high in carbs, are loaded with nutrients like fiber, vitamin C and folate which help in digestion and in maintaining blood pressure. Munch on fruits and berries between meals and keep yourself healthy and prevent hunger pangs.

Dairy Products: If you tolerate dairy, then dairy products are excellent low-carbohydrate foods such as Greek Yogurt and cheese. For breakfast or right before your workout, make a smoothie with Greek yoghurt which is high in in calcium, vitamin B12 and potassium.

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Tuesday, 3 January 2017

High Fibre Foods

Fibre is an essential dietary requirement for proper digestion and it also helps you feel full. It helps prevent heart diseases, diabetes, and weight gain.  A deficiency of fibre can lead to elevated levels of cholesterol and sugar in the blood. It’s a common misunderstanding that one can only get fibre through leafy vegetables, in fact you get it from many sources such as:

High fiber Foods

Beans/Lentils
•Soy Beans- protect against birth defects and reduce the chances of diabetes 
Kidney Beans- anti-aging and energy booster 
Lentils- stabilize blood sugar and lower cholesterol 

Seeds/Grains/Nuts
Nuts- Antioxidants and help in weight loss 
Chia Seeds- high in proteins and keep your heart healthy 
Quinoa- high in iron 

Vegetables:
Broccoli- known to help prevent cancer and help reduce cholesterol
Cabbage- ideal for weight loss and improving concentration 
Mushrooms- boost immunity and are a good source of vitamin D
Brussels Sprouts- improve DNA stability and prevents cholesterol 

Fruits
Oranges- known to prevent kidney diseases and protect against cancer 
Pears- contain nutrients such as potassium, magnesium, folate and vitamins C and K.
•Berries- lower blood pressure and are known to prevent Alzheimer’s 
•Figs- strengthen bones and help reduce acne 

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Monday, 2 January 2017

DIY Food Facials

Maintaining clear and flawless skin can be a lot of work. It needs to be a combination of a good healthy diet, use of right products and maintaining a skincare routine, which is not only time consuming but also expensive. Here are some Do-It-Yourself facials that are simple and quick.

For Dry Skin

During the winter season our skin tends to dry up a lot more than what it normally would. Add hydration back into rough, dry skin with this moisturizing mask:

Ingredients:

•1 avocado
•2 tablespoons plain yogurt
•1 tablespoon Healthy Alternatives Olive Oil
•1 tablespoon Healthy Alternatives Floral Honey

Healthy Food Facials

Instructions:

Mash the avocado and mix it with yogurt, olive oil and honey. Apply liberally to face and leave it for 15- 20mins, then rinse it with warm water.
The omega fatty acids in avocado and olive oil help seal cracks between skin cells. And thanks to the soothing ingredients, like honey and yogurt, your skin will feel incredibly soft and plump.



For Acne-Prone Skin

Acne, caused by dirt getting trapped in the pores of your skin. To reduce these blemishes on your face you might want to incorporate this mask into your regular routine.

Ingredients:

•1 mashed banana
•1/2 teaspoon baking soda
•1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder

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Instructions:

Mash the banana and mix it with baking soda and turmeric powder. Apply liberally to face and leave it for 15-20mins, then rinse it with warm water.

Bananas are packed with vitamin A, which helps in increasing cell count and pores clean. And while the turmeric powder wards off acne-causing bacteria, the baking soda absorbs the excess oil in your skin.

For Oily Skin

Excess skin oil causes oily skin. To get rid of this oiliness you could try out this home remedy:

Ingredients:

•1/2 cup cooked oatmeal, cooled
•1 egg
•1 tablespoon lemon juice

Instructions:

Mix the oatmeal, egg and lemon juice together. Apply liberally to face and leave it for 15-20mins, then rinse it with warm water.

The acid in the lemon juice goes to work removing excess oil and dead skin cells whereas the oatmeal soothes the skin and calms any patches of redness.

Skin healthy foods:

In addition to the packs, make sure you drink ample water, munch on fresh fruits and vegetables for antioxidants and natural minerals intake and dry fruits which have good oils to keep your skin hydrated and fresh.

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Sunday, 1 January 2017

Detoxing after New Years Celebrations

Your health might take a detour after a long week of party celebrations. The morning after overindulging, get your health and wellness back on track. Start your new year on a healthy note.

Drink Lots Of Water 
Drinking water is one of the simplest ways to detox after a long week of partying. Water intake helps to flush out toxins, hydrates the body, and helps in muscle recovery as well.

Eat Light food 
You often tend to overeat in parties. Fried & fatty snacks and lots of sweets are the flavors of every happening party. So go light on your diet, add healthy foods like fresh fruits, and green leafy vegetables to your daily intake. Have different kinds of healthy salads sprinkled with seeds and light dressings instead of your regular meals.

Healthy Detoxing foods

Drink Fresh Juices
Parties often involve lots of fizzy drinks which are fattening and acidic. Drinking juices made from fresh fruits and vegetables will make you feel energetic and fresh and can be a great way to detox.

Start Meditation And Yoga
Meditation and Yoga have been known to be very helpful in leading a healthy lifestyle. Start a basic routine of meditation and yoga which will help in restoring your energy levels and will make you feel light and healthy after an exhaustive week of partying.

Start An Exercise Regime
After indulging in all the fried and fatty food, an exercise regime is necessary. A regular exercise schedule will not only help you burn all those extra calories but will also help you feel fresh and healthy.

Get A Good Night’s Sleep
Having a good night’s sleep is very important for the body. This is the time when your body works on clearing impurities and digestion. If you have trouble sleeping, try a comforting foot massage or sip on some soothing herbal tea. Avoid television or working on your laptop at least 2 hours before it’s time to sleep.


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