Thursday, 31 August 2017

3 Classic Recipes for Every Cheese Lover


There is nothing in life that a little cheese can’t fix. From pizzas to pastas to burgers, all our favourite comfort foods taste incomplete without cheese.
If you are looking to brighten up your day,take some time to indulge and go overboard with our cheesy recipes!

1.Margherita Pizza




Entice your taste buds with this all-time favourite Margherita pizza, topped with a rich layer of mozzarella cheese and fresh basil leaves. This meal is sure to give you the much-needed break from your everyday boring meals.
This pizza is ready in just about 25 minutes so, you don’t have to wait long to satiate your comfort food cravings.

Ingredients

L’ exclusif Pizza Base
Tomato puree
•1 cup of grated mozzarella cheese
•Handful of basil leaves
Healthy Alternatives olive oil
Ground Healthy Alternatives Organic Black Pepper Whole

Instructions

1.Preheat the oven to its highest mark and roll out the dough and place it on the tray.
2.Spread a thin layer of tomato puree on the pizza base and add mozzarella cheese on top and sprinkle some basil leaves over it.
3.Put the tray in the oven for 10-12 minutes.
4.Once the pizza is baked, drizzle extra virgin olive oil and some pepper on top.
5.Garnish with fresh basil on top and serve.

2.Cheese Fondue

Dive into this decadent pot of creamy goodness with this amazing Swiss cheese fondue to enjoy a cheesy surprisein every single bite. With a mixture of Emmental and Gruyere cheeses, this fondue is sure to keep you wanting more.

Ingredients

•100 gm Emmental cheese, shredded
•100 gm Gruyere cheese, shredded
•2 tbsp.Healthy Alternatives Corn Flour
•1 tbsp. lemon juice
•½ tbsp. of dry mustard
•A pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
•1 broccoli, chopped
•6 baby corns, chopped

Instructions

1.Mix the corn-starch and the shredded cheese in a bowl. Set this mixture aside in the fridge.
2.Chop some broccoli and baby corn, blanch them in hot water and then transfer them into some ice water.
3.Add the lemon juice to the pot, and bring to a low simmer on medium heat. Bit by bit, slowly stir in the cheese. Stir constantly.
4.Please make sure that the mixture does not boil by regulating the temperature. Cook just until the cheese is melted and creamy.
5.Once the mixture is smooth add the grain mustard and grated nutmeg. Keep stirring.
6.Transfer the cheese to a fondue serving pot, set over a low flame to keep the cheese warm. Serve with some bread and vegetables.

3.Mac and Cheese




Enjoy this irresistible bowl of mac and cheese made with a variety of flavourful cheeses that will really cement your love for cheese!Add a dash of extra fun to your family time by relishing a big bowl of mac & cheese at the dinner table.

Ingredients 

•1/2 stick butter, cubed, plus more for greasing
•2 tablespoons of sea salt 
•1 tablespoon of vegetable oil 
•1 pound of elbow noodles
•1 stick of unsalted butter, melted
•3 Healthy Alternatives Free Range Country Eggs, whisked
•1/2 teaspoon of Ground Healthy Alternatives Organic Black Pepper Whole
•1/2 teaspoon of seasoned salt
•1/2 cup of shredded mild Cheddar
•1/2 cup of shredded sharp Cheddar
•1/2 cup of shredded Monterey Jack cheese 
•1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella
•1/2 cup of shredded Muenster cheese
•1/2 cup of shredded pepper Jack cheese
•1/2 cup of shredded provolone
•1/2 cup of processed cheese product, cubed
•1 cup of cream 

Instructions

1.Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Grease a 9-by-13-inch pan with butter.
2.Cook the elbow noodles and place them in a large bowl. Pour the melted butter over the pasta. Add 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper and 1/4 teaspoon of the seasoned salt and mix well, then add the eggs.
3.Add the mild Cheddar, sharp Cheddar, Monterey Jack, Mozzarella, Muenster, pepper Jack and provolone, and mix thoroughly. Make sure the cheese is evenly mixed into the noodles. Transfer the noodles to the prepared casserole dish.
4.Sprinkle the dish with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon black pepper and 1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt, and top with the processed cheese product. Pour the cream over the top. Bake the Mac and cheese until it starts to bubble around the edges for around 35 minutes. Serve hot.

Ready to get your cheese on with these recipes? Buy your ingredients here.

There are many more delightful ways to devour cheese. Read all about them here.

Tofu Or Paneer? What's The Healthier Option



Fancy a delicious paneer tikka or some lovely stir fried tofu?Hop on the dairy train and ride with us through this lovely protein filled journey.
A huge source of protein in a vegetarian's diet comes from tofu and paneer.They are a part of almost every vegetarian diet across the world. Confused which one to cook with? Don’t worry! We have the perfect fit right for you.

1. Paneer




From your mother's kitchen to your favourite restaurant, this dairy deliciousness is always tempting you to reach out for just one more piece!We are talking about paneer!
Made from coagulated buffalo milk it or cow’s milk, it is creamy white in color and is widely available in the Indian market for a variety of dishes.

Pros Of Eating Paneer
•Paneer is a very good source of protein and calcium. Though it is a milk product, it is better than milk as it gives you more nutrients as well as protein. The only downside is that it gives you more calories as compared to milk.
•Paneer also has conjugated linoleic acid which is a fatty acid which helps lose weight by increasing the fat burning process in the body. So people who are into losing weight should definitely have a paneer dish in their diet.
•Paneer whether you believe it or not stops the growth of cancer cells as well as protects against heart disease by reducing the fat deposits in the arteries.
•Paneer is a great source of potassium, which acts as an important element involved in neural activities of the brain and muscles, that can help prevent muscle cramps.

2. Tofu




Tofu is known as ‘soy paneer’ or ‘bean curd’ as it is prepared from coagulated soy milk. It is very similar to paneer in appearance butunlike panner, tofu is a nondairy product with a lower calorie and fat count.

Pros Of Eating Tofu
•Tofu too helps stop the growth of cancer cells and reduces the chances of heart disease.
•Tofu has a high dose of calcium content which is required by women when they hit menopause. It helps reduce hot flashes and prevents the high bone-loss risk related to menopause.
•Tofu also slows down the aging process relatively as it helps to retain the elasticity of the skin and tones the facial muscles thus reducing aging.
•It also prevents hair loss.

3. Which One To Go For And Why?
As you can see from the above explanation, paneer and tofu have very similar advantages. Confused, are you? Read on to find out which one’s the best for you according to your personal needs.

•People who want a higher protein,calcium and energy diet should definitely go for paneer as it has a much higher protein,calcium, and energy count than tofu.
•People who are trying to reduce their weight and calorie intake should definitely include tofu in their diet as it has a much lower fat and calory count than paneer and it is a non-dairy product.
•Tofu and paneer both reduce cancer as well as heart disease, but for a lower calorieintake, people should consume tofu.
•To prevent hair loss as well as aging people should eat tofu.
•Women who have hit menopause should consume tofu instead of paneer as it has a higher dose
calcium which they need during this time.

Now, are you ready to whip up a plate of spicy paneer tikkas or out together some yummy tofu tacos? Get your ingredients here.

Click on this link for various healthy as well as exciting ways to make tofu at home.

Can You Use Cheese To Make Desserts?


Cheese in desserts? Yes, it’s true! Venture into a cheese lover’s paradise with these wonderful cheesy desserts.  Incorporating cheese in a dessert can take it to a whole other level of culinary genius!
The mixture of savoury and sweet opens up your palate to an explosion of dynamic flavours that you certainly won’t find in regular desserts. Be sure to look like a master chef when you make one of these desserts at your next dinner party.

1. Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies



 These cream cheese chocolate chip cookies are delicious, rich and decadent, making them the ideal comfort food for the weekend and a great treat for your kids! Indulge in this sinful combination of cream cheese and chocolate to create an exciting dessert!
You can bake these cookies straightaway, but we suggest refrigerating the dough for 2-3 days first, in order to truly enhance the flavours.

Ingredients
•½ cup of unsalted butter, softened
•¼ cup of cream cheese, softened (don’t use fat free, light or whipped cream cheese)
•¾ cup of Healthy Alternatives Organic Brown Sugar
•¼ cup of granulated sugar
•1 large Healthy Alternatives Free Range Country Egg
•2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
•2 ¼ cup of Healthy Alternatives Organic Wheat Maida
•2 teaspoons of cornstarch
•1 teaspoon of baking soda
•¼ teaspoon sea salt
•1 cup of L’exclusif Chocolate Chips
•½ cup of bittersweet chocolate chips

Instructions
1.Whisk together in a medium bowl the flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt. Set it aside.
2.Using an electric whisk, mix butter, cream cheese, sugars, egg and vanilla together on medium-high speed until the mixture is light and fluffy.
3.Reduce the speed to low and add the flour mixture bit by bit. After each addition mix until the flour has just been incorporated, do about 5-7 small additions.
4.Add the chocolate chips and mix briefly to distribute them evenly.
5.Refrigerating the dough for up to 3 days before baking. When you are ready to bake, proceed to the next step.
6.Pre-heat the oven to 180° and line the baking sheets with the parchment paper. Scoop the dough and place them 2 inches apart on the cookie sheet.
7.Bake for about 11-12 minutes. The sides should just be starting to brown when you take them out of the oven. Let them cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet and then move to a wire rack to cool completely.




2. Oreo Cookie Cheesecake




Give your taste buds a tingle with this crunchy and creamy Oreo cheesecake. Made with wholesome cream cheese and melted chocolate bars, this dessert will definitely go down as one of your all time favourites.
Ingredients:
•25 Oreo cookies
•4 tbsp.melted butter
•4 packets of cream cheese
•4 tbsp.Healthy Alternatives Corn Flour
•1 cup of Healthy Alternatives Organic Brown Sugar
•4 Healthy Alternatives Free Range Country Eggs
•2 tbsp.Vanilla essence
•2 bars of melted L’Exclusif chocolate
•½ cup of cream
Instructions:
1.Crush about 20 cookies and mix in the melted butter. Line the base of the baking pan evenly with this mixture.
2.Now beat the cream cheese, sugar, and corn flour together. Once it becomes creamy, mix in the eggs but do it one at a time.
3.Stir in the vanilla essence. Add the melted chocolate and cream. Break the remaining cookies into smaller pieces and mix.
4.Pour the batter over the crust and bake it in the oven at 180 degrees C for about 10 minutes. Turn the heat down to 100 degrees C and bake for 2 hours.
5.When done leave the cake in the oven to cool for 2 hours and then refrigerate overnight before serving.


3. Goats Cheese Pudding

Picture credits @Stephanie Foley

Use goat cheese in a way you never imagined! Use it to make this modern multi-dimensional dessert, the lemon and raspberries complement each other perfectly and are tied together by the rich and heavenly goat cheese.

Ingredients
•2 cups of milk
•¾ cup of heavy cream
•1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped
•¼ cup of Healthy Alternatives Floral Blend Honey, plus more for drizzling
•Grated zest of 1 lemon
•2 Healthy Alternatives Free Range Country Eggs
•2 egg yolks
•½ cup of Healthy Alternatives Refined Sugar
•2 tbsp.of corn-starch
•1 ¼ cups of fresh goats cheese
•2 tbsp of unsalted butter
•2 tbsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice
•¼ tbsp.of salt
•Raspberries for serving


Instructions
1.In a medium saucepan, combine the milk with the cream, vanilla bean and the seeds, the honey and the lemon zest. Bring to a simmer. Remove the saucepan from the heat, cover and let it stand for 30 minutes. Strain the milk, discarding the vanilla bean.
2.In a medium bowl, whisk the whole eggs with the yolks, sugar, and corn-starch until it is smooth. Gradually whisk in the warm milk mixture. Pour the contents of the bowl into the saucepan.
3.Bring to a boil over moderately high heat, whisking constantly until it is thickened, for about 1 minute.
4.Transfer the custard to a blender. Add the goat cheese, butter, lemon juice and salt and blend until it is smooth. Pour the custard into eight 3/4-cup ramekins and refrigerate until chilled, for about 1 hour. Top with some raspberries and a light drizzle of honey and serve.
Ready to experiment with these cheesy dessert recipes? Get your ingredients here.
There are loads of other wonderful desserts for you to find that are full of cheesy goodness! Click here to read all about them.

Monday, 28 August 2017

6 Gluten-Free Pastas To Binge On Guilt-Free!



Dream of ordering a big bowl of cheesy pasta at every meal, but have serious carb guilt and gluten shame? What if we told you, you could switch to a gluten-free pasta that tastes as good as the original wheat pasta and not have to worry about feeling unhealthy?

Definitely sounds like a dream come true, doesn’t it?  We have a variety of delicious gluten-free pastas, which are made entirely of vegetables, rice or legumes! Read on and discover a new world of guilt-free, gluten-free pastas available for you at Natures Basket.

1. Multigrain Pasta



A unique combination of whole grains—rice, quinoa, amaranth and more, this pasta is enriched with different nutrients from these healthy grains .Quinoa serves as a rich source of antioxidants while amaranth is richer in minerals like calcium and iron than most vegetables. No wonder, this Multigrain pasta enables coeliac and gluten intolerant pasta lovers to have a nutritionally varied diet.

Outstanding taste, consistency, and nutritive value makes this gluten free pasta tempting and wholesome. Fulfill those Italian cravings with the Healthy Alternatives Multigrain Gluten-free Pasta that’s loaded with dietary fibre and protein.

2. Quinoa Pasta



Quinoa is a popular gluten-free seed, which has become the top choice for healthy diets. It is often used as a white rice replacement and tastes delicious in gourmet salads or paired with an Indian curry. It has a delicate, nutty flavour and is extremely versatile with both sweet and savoury dishes. Quinoa is packed with protein and is a very rich source of amino acids and a nutrient powerhouse! Go the healthy way with the Healthy Alternatives Quinoa Gluten-free Fusilli Pasta!

3. Spinach Pasta



You may not enjoy eating spinach but it sure has a lot of benefits. Now, you can enjoy the benefits of spinach without sacrificing on taste with the Healthy Alternatives Spinach Gluten-free Fusilli Pasta. Both gluten-free eaters and gluten enthusiasts will love this spinach gluten-free pasta. Replace the white pasta in your favourite dishes with this spinach goodness!

4. Beetroot Pasta



Add a pop of colour to your pasta dishes with a nutritious twist! Beetroot can liven up your meals by giving them a deep, nutritious, luscious reddish tinge. At the same time, it is high in immune-boosting vitamin C, fiber and essential minerals like potassium and manganese.

It fights inflammation and is good for boosting stamina, so, all in all, beetroot is a win-win when it comes to gluten-free pasta. Enjoy the wholesome taste and wellness every day with the Healthy Alternatives Beetroot Gluten-free Pasta that has been carefully developed from handpicked natural ingredients specially for you! 

5. Green Pea Pasta




Enjoy all the benefits of legumes with this pasta made with 100% natural green peas and rice. It’s free from maida, wheat and preservatives as well. This chewy, flavourful gluten-free pasta will amaze and please any pasta buff, in addition to offering those who are intolerant to gluten the pleasure of tasty, wholesome pasta! The whole family can enjoy their favourite pasta dishes with our Healthy Alternatives Green Pea Gluten-free Pasta! 

6. Buckwheat Pasta



Buckwheat has a rich, nutty taste and a very high nutritive value. Considered a seed, it is a suitable grain substitute for people sensitive to wheat or other grains that contain protein glutens. Buckwheat contains a significant amount of fibre, protein, and calcium. Eating foods high in fibre, such as buckwheat, fill the stomach and suppress appetite, aiding weight loss. Use the Healthy Alternatives Buckwheat Gluten-free Fusilli Pasta to enjoy a gluten-free treat

Add these healthy pastas to your kitchen shelf from Nature’s Basket and try these Gluten-free pasta recipes!

Desserts You Can Eat On A Keto Diet


When someone says they’re dieting, we immediately assume they’re talking about salads and bland boiled vegetables. Well, not if they’re on a keto diet! A ketogenic diet, commonly known as a keto diet, is a low-carb, high-fat diet that has been getting a lot of attention recently. The drastic reduction in carbs puts the body into a metabolic state called ketosis.
 This diet has proved to be beneficial against epilepsy, heart diseases, strokes, and cancer to some extent. The best part? You can treat yourself to these quick, sugarless, low-carb, high-fat desserts any time you’re craving something sweet! They are so delicious even after your diet is over you will only want to eat these desserts!


Lemon Cheesecake Mousse

Indulge in this cream cheese delight on a keto diet! Who doesn’t like a good old cheesecake? Try this 10-min recipe any time of the day!


Ingredients:

·        Around 250 grams of cream cheese
·        1/4 cup of lemon juice
·        1 cup of heavy fresh cream
·        1/2 teaspoon of lemon liquid stevia  (lemon drops)
·         A pinch of salt to taste

Instructions:

1. Add the cream cheese and the lemon juice to a mixer blender.
2. Blend the mixture until it is creamy and smooth.
3. Add the heavy cream, the lemon drops and a pinch of salt. Blend this mixture again until it looks whipped.
4. Serve in some shot glasses or some small serving glasses and grate some lemon zest for garnish.
Note: Manage quantity of salt and lemon drops according to your taste. If you’re not eating it immediately, then freeze it until you serve.

Peanut Butter Fudge 

What can ever go wrong with peanut butter? This recipe will make you a peanut butter connoisseur. This peanut butter fudge can perk up those mid-week blues with its candied goodness!


Ingredients:

·        1 cup of unsweetened peanut butter
·        1 cup of coconut oil
·        1/4 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
·        A pinch of salt only (optional)
·        2 teaspoons of vanilla liquid stevia or any other sweetener of your choice (optional)
·         Chocolate Sauce as topping (optional)

Instructions:

1. Mix the peanut butter with some coconut oil and melt it in an oven or a pan.
2. Blend this mixture along with the rest of the ingredients. Blend until the mixture becomes smooth.
3. Take a loaf pan and line it with butter paper. Pour the mixture into this and settle it into the pan.
4. Refrigerate it for two hours.
5. Take it out and cut to pieces.
Note:  You can serve it directly or add chocolate sauce for presentation. Make sure you’re using a low-calorie sauce. You can refrigerate the leftovers for further use.

Keto Brownies

Don’t let your keto diet keep you away from your favourite brownies with this easy flourless recipe! Bake a bunch on a lazy Sunday afternoon and bite into this healthy treat with your loved ones!


Ingredients:

·        6 eggs
·        150 grams melted butter
·        60 grams cocoa (preferably unsweetened)
·        1/2 tsp baking powder
·        2 tsp vanilla syrup/extract
·        120 grams cream cheese
·        4 tsp sweetener of your choice

Instructions:

1. Take a mixing bowl. Put all the ingredient in this bowl and blend them using a hand blender. Do this until they blend into a smooth mixture.
2. Line a baking dish with a parchment. Pour the mixture into it and let it settle.
3. Oven-bake it at about 180 C for a maximum of 25 minutes. Check if it is cooked in the middle.
4. Take it out, slice and serve. You can add fruits as garnish.


Ready to try these keto desserts? Get all your ingredients here.
Are these desserts making you want to go on a Keto diet? Read more about low-carb foods here

Friday, 25 August 2017

4 Game Of Thrones Inspired Recipes

4 Game Of Thrones Inspired Recipes


Picture Credits: Refinery29.com

We know you’ve been binging on Game of Thrones a lot these past few days. What if we told you that you could binge on Game of Thrones recipes as well? Amp up your fan game with these quick and easy recipes!

Totally psyched for the finale this weekend? Why not arrange a GOT themed screening party for your friends and family and get lost in a word of pigeon pies, snow, dragons, sourdough bread, and wine with these Game of Thrones inspired dishes?

 1. Breakfast at Winterfell 


The long night is coming, and you must be well-fed for it. Ring this traditional, filling Winterfell breakfast in while watching Game of Thrones and be the ultimate fan. 

Ingredients

6 strips of bacon

Instructions

1.Toast your bread and butter it or add jam or honey, as per your preference. 
2.Cook your bacon as per your preference. Once done, keep it warm in a foil paper. 
3.For your eggs, bring water to boil in a pan. Boil the eggs for 4 minutes and take them out.Run them through cold water to stop the egg from cooking more.  Take out the egg and cut it in half. 
4.Put water in a kettle and bring it to a boil. Let the mint tea rest in it for a few minutes. 
5.Start serving on a plate. Put the bread on one side, bacon on another and eggs and a block of cheese on the side. Serve the hot tea in a rugged glass and keep the winter away.

2. Sansa’s Lemon Bites

We all know Sansa loves lemon cakes, but ever wondered what the hype is all about? Dig into this easy sweet treat for an evening or a late-night snack to solve the mystery.

Ingredients

3 tsp butter, heated
•A pinch of saffron
Juice of one lemon
Zest from one lemon
•1/2 Tsp baking soda dissolved in 1 tsp of hot water
•1/4 Tsp each salt
•1/4 Tsp of cloves and nutmeg
2 sliced lemons for garnish

Instructions

1.Take the butter and sugar in a bowl. Whisk them until the mixture becomes smooth. Put the egg  yolks in and beat some more. Add the dissolved baking soda, lemon zest, salt, cloves, and nutmeg. Stir again and add the flour. Knead gently and make a ball of dough. 
2.Spread the dough evenly on a surface with a baking parchment on it, be sure to keep it evenly sized. Now cut the spread dough into pieces and poke some holes in the dough. Transfer the dough along with the parchment into a baking dish and bake in a preheated oven for 15-20 minutes. Do not let them brown. Take the dish out and let it cool. 
3.Put honey and lemon juice in a low heat pan. Let it cool. Brush it on top of the baked lemon cakes to give them a fresh flavour. 
4.Serve on a plate with some lemon pieces as a garnish. 

3.Kale-eesie Chocolate Chip Cookies


Picture Courtesy: chocolatecoveredkatie.com

What better way to pay homage to your favourite TV show than to bake some delicious smelling, hot-from-the-oven cookies? These crumbly kale-eesie chocolate chip cookies taste shockingly good! Trust us, these are bound to become your comfort food munchies for those unexpected spoilers.

Ingredients

1 cup Oat flour, loosely packed (125g)
1/2 tsp. baking soda
•1/4 tsp. salt
•1/2 cup of organic raw sugar
2 tbsp. milk of choice
2 tbsp. oil (24g)
1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup of raw kale, no stems

Instructions

1.Preheat oven to 325 F and process the kale or dice it extremely fine. 
2.Combine all the dry ingredients except kale in a medium bowl, then stir in the remaining ingredients to form a dough. 
3.It will be dry at first, so keep stirring until a cookie-dough texture is achieved. (Add 1 additional tbsp milk of choice only if needed.) 
4.Roll the dough into balls. Place on a cookie tray, and bake for about  11 minutes. They will look underdone. 
5.Remove from the oven anyway, and let them cool for about 10 minutes, during which time they will firm up. 

4.Winter Is Coming Cocktail



Winter is coming and when you will run out of ale, so better keep rum on hand! Try this simple, icy evening cocktail to gather up the courage for the next episode.

Ingredients

Crushed ice
•One part coconut rum
Lemon to squeeze

Instructions

1.Take a martini glass and fill it halfway with 2-3 ice cubes. Pour one part of the coconut rum in it. 
2.Add two parts pineapple juice. Stir it. 
3.Fill the entire remaining part with crushed ice. Squeeze lemon on top.

Winter is coming – stock up on all the food you can! Find your ingredients here.
Looking for some hot recipes for cozy binge-watching? Find easy soup recipes here.

Thursday, 24 August 2017

5 Types Of Milk Your Kids Will Love


Children and milk–a longstanding of crying, intense persuasion and nose pinching.It’s time for you to take control and reunite your kids with the calcium their body needs.
You cannot compromise on milk, nor can you substitute it with something else. So what do you do? Here are five ways you can meet the required milk content in your kid’s diet and be the super parent at the same time.

1.Buttermilk/Chaas


This classic drink made by churning curd is the perfect way to include more dairy in your child’s diet. Make it a tradition to have one glass of this after your meals and you will no longer have to worry about your little one’s calcium intake!

Bring a carton of Chaas home and see your child finish it religiously. Adding just one glass of buttermilk in your child’s everyday diet can boost your little one’s calcium intake by 350 mg. So, when combined with other sources of calcium and nutrition, you can ensure that your kids get their required amount of calcium for the day which is:

•1 to 3 years old—700 mg of calcium daily
•4 to 8 years old—1,000 mg of calcium daily
•9 to 18 years old—1,300 mg of calcium daily


2.Milkshakes And Smoothies



Nothing will hype up milk for your little ones than milkshakes and smoothies. A favourite cold drink among everyone, it is your golden chance to include all nutrition into one power packed drink as long as it's yummy! Go crazy with fruits –mangoes, bananas, chikoos, apples, strawberries.

You can also add some nuts and veggies but make sure you cover up the taste. Make your milkshakes and smoothies are colourful and attractive, serve it with a funky straw and you’re bound to get an empty glass back.
Already planning on experimenting with smoothies? We have 4 smoothie recipes for you that are full of fruity goodness! Click here to learn how to make Smoothie 4 Ways.

3.Frozen milk 


The bland taste of boiled milk is a real nightmare for kids. Go for cooler drinks – frozen and mildly flavoured.
You can crush 7-8 ice cubes in a glass of vanilla milk for a perfect summer drink. Alternatively, you can also make homemade milk popsicles!
 To be that super parent in the kitchen, be creative with your dishes and your little ones will relish it within minutes!

4.Flavoured Milk


When just the thought of milk brings a frown to your kid’s face, you will need to up your milk game. The best way to make them drink milk is to make it not taste like milk, at all.

Just add chocolate sauce or strawberry syrup to the milk. You can make it more interesting as well by adding bananas, vanilla, caramel or  Healthy Alternatives almonds.
There are ready-to-drink chocolate milk and strawberry milk available for those quick fixes.

5.Lassi 


This traditional yoghurt based drink could be your kid’s next big favourite if you play your cards right! Depending on the season, you can add fruits like mango, strawberry, saffron, almonds as yummy options that will grab your child’s attention.
You can also find ready-made Indian Lassi to ease your job.

Are you ready to perk up your kid’s glass of milk? Get your ingredients here.
Looking for more kid-friendly food inspiration? Check out this Kids' morning toast food art.



How To Pair The Perfect Meat And Cheese Board


If you have guests coming over for a dinner party and need an easy appetizer – go for a meat and cheese platter. You cannot go wrong with this tray – it’s all about the pairing and plating. Read on to find out more about how you can create the perfect meat and cheese tray!
  1. Choose Your Meat
The most common choices of meat for a platter are salami, pastrami, prosciutto, and chorizo. Don’t go for sausages and chicken legs – they are just not meant for platters. Platter meat needs to be cured/smoked and thin, it should be easily consumable. If you want to place more variety, opt for this predefined Meat Platter.

      2. Choose Your Cheese

Go super classy on your cheese selections! Your cheese needs to be a good mix of soft, medium hard and hard cheese. The most preferred choices of cheese for a platter presentation are Gouda, Smoked Cheddar, Stilton, Brie, Monterey Jack and also the Traditional Blue Cheese. Go for minimum 3 types of cheese on your platter.

The reason why you need these is that some cured meat may even be on the sweeter side, and the flavour of these cheeses will complement it well. For example, turkey goes well with Havarti, ham with Cheddar, salami with Provolone and chicken with Pepper Jack.Let your cheesy side take over.
Remember that your platter should represent variety so that your guests can choose what they like according to their tastes.

      3. Choose Your Sides

A cheese and meat platter cannot stand alone, especially when you have vegetarians in the house. You need to have a mix of fruits, veggies, bread, and dips. Go for classic sides like L'exclusif Olive Focaccia Bread,Healthy Alternatives Floral Blend Honey, traditional olives, sliced apples and pears, nuts, roasted peppers, pickled veggies, crackers, breadsticks and so on. You can use stuff you commonly keep in the refrigerator as well.

      4. Complete Your Platter

Any platter that involves cheese is incomplete until it has wine! Even though white wine goes with a wider array of flavours, it is not a common favourite. Provide both red and white wine with the platter and let your guests take their pick!



     5.  Plate It

What really makes a platter such a preferable party dish is the way it is presented. The big shared platter is a great conversation facilitator.Plate it properly and in good quantity so you don’t have to keep replenishing it.

Follow these simple tips for a perfect aesthetic platter:
  • Place your crackers and bread in the middle. 
  • Separate your meats and place them on the opposite sides. In the remaining space, insert the cheese blocks and cubes. 
  • Fill in next to your meats your cheeses and have a few slices already cut. Place a cheese knife next to each selection of cheese offered.
  • Strategically place olives and nuts wherever there’s space, but not next to each other.
  • Fill all the empty space with a rosemary garnish.
  • Have 2 to 3 cheese knives and a honey stick.
  • Serve the cheese at room temperature always. 
This platter is an easy masterpiece where every element complements another. You can find all your platter ingredients here.

Experiment further with the Fruit and Cheese Platter.


Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Which dairy products are actually healthy for you?

Which dairy products are actually healthy for you? 

Word on the street is that dairy is unhealthy. Well, we are here to prove that theory wrong! How many times have people told you that you shouldn’t eat cheese on a diet? Even though we have been led to believe otherwise, cheese does have many health benefits.
Dairy products contain many nutrients as well as vitamins which are essential for healthy living. They are known to prevent heart disease as well as cancer. Dairy products have various benefits and if consumed in the right quantities can certainly boost your health. Let’s find out how to do that!

Hard Cheese

Hard cheese

Hard cheese is basically aged cheese. This cheese is crumbly and dry, but not shriveled up. It's great for crumbling as well as grating.
Some of the most popular types of hard cheese are Italian, like Parmigianino, Grana Padano, and Pecorino Romano. Parmigiano-Reggiano, in particular, can be grated on top of pastas and soups to add a nice salty flavour.
Pros Of Eating Hard Cheese:
This cheese is high in protein as well as calcium and is very low in fat.
It has a large concentration of vitamins and minerals which include calcium, vitamin B12, sodium, and phosphorus.
These minerals have a variety of functions such as strengthening bones, protecting your heart and maintaining your blood pressure.
Hard Cheese is very versatile and can be added to most dishes.

Can’t get over cheese? Watch this parmesan penne arrabiata recipe.

Yogurt

yogurt

Fat-free or low-fat yogurt is a really healthy option to have during a meal or as a snack as it is packed with probiotics. Yogurt can also be used to satiate your sweet cravings. For a healthy indulgent dessert, use Healthy Alternatives Probiotic Greek yogurt as a frosting for cakes and cupcakes.
Pros Of Eating Yoghurt:

•Yogurt May Help Prevent Osteoporosis as it has calcium as well as vitamin D which are the essential nutrients that are involved in the osteoporosis treatment.
•Low-fat yogurt is said to reduce blood pressure by a considerable amount.
•Yogurt that contains active cultures will help certain gastrointestinal conditions, including lactose intolerance, constipation, diarrhea, colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease.
•It also helps with vaginal infections


Low Fat Milk



Low-fat milk is really healthy as a nutritious, filling beverage. Use low-fat milk in your smoothies to kickstart your day. You can also add protein powder to low-fat milk for a great post workout meal.
Pros Of Having Low-Fat Milk:
It has a very low content of fat and calories.
It has a high level of protein which reduces the risk of obesity as it boosts metabolism and helps maintain lean muscle mass.
Low-fat cow's milk is packed with bone-strengthening nutrients like calcium, vitamin D and phosphorous. It is also a source of riboflavin, vitamin B-12, and vitamin A.


Butter 

butter

Butter is an ingredient which can turn the most unappetizing meals to the most appetizing ones. Butter has been blamed for obesity as well as heart disease but in recent studies, butter has proven to be one of the healthiest dairy products around. It has many health benefits if eaten in moderation.
Pros Of Having Butter:
Butter has lots of soluble vitamins such as vitamin A, E, and K2. K2 helps with calcium metabolism and a low intake has been linked with many serious diseases, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, and osteoporosis.
Butter contains a lot of healthy soluble fats which help increase fat burning.
Butter also lowers heart attack risks as compared to Margarine.
Butter is Rich in Conjugated Linoleic Acid which increases metabolism as well as burns fat. This acid also has anti-cancer properties.

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Friday, 18 August 2017

6 Types Of Butter You Need In Life

6 Types Of Butter You Need In Life



Light, creamy and oh so delicious! Is there anything better than butter? Spread over a toast or over a steak, all your favourite dishes are incomplete without that little tinge of buttery saltiness. Satiate your taste buds with all the different kinds of butter out there!

Salted Butter



As the name suggests, salted butter contains salt in it which works both as a preservative and a taste enhancer. This is the kind of butter we use regularly at home. Salted Butter has an amazing creamy texture that will definitely liven up your meal.

Unsalted Butter



Unsalted is preferable for cooking and baking as the salt content and taste can be easily controlled. Unsalted Butter is a good option to use on potatoes or bread when you’re feeling experimental.

Light Butter



Light butter is another traditional type of butter which has more water content than other types. Light butter also has low butterfat, which means that it should be used only as a spread, and not in recipes or with hot food like popcorn. For everyday consumption, light butter is a healthier option.

Flavoured Butter



Flavoured butter can make any dinner interesting – be it pasta or a salad. The most common popular flavours are Garlic Butter and Chilli Garlic Butter. Flavoured butter is perfect for appetizers and dips, and you can make it at home too.



Clarified Butter 
As Indians, we are familiar with the hot and creamy looking buttery liquid that we use often in cooking- Yes, we are talking about Ghee or  as it is now called, Clarified Butter. So, why are people all over suddenly raving about ghee? Because it has tons of health benefits to offer. It’s rich in vitamins, lowers cholesterol and can help in weight loss as well! So, don’t skip out on that dash of ghee over your rotis next time.

Cultured Butter



Cultured butter is made by adding live bacteria to the mixture before churning it. This fermentation makes the butter creamier and tastier. English Butter is perfect for flaky pastries and with other baked products.

There is a lot more to butter, click here to find your kind of butter at Nature’s Basket.

Can’t get enough of butter? Try this bread bowl recipe that oozes with butter.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Why Is The West Raving About Ghee?


Ghee

Whether it’s a plate stacked with hot stuffed paneer parathas or a bowl full of spicy dal tadka, all your favorite Indian dishes are incomplete without ghee. For more than thousands of years, ghee has been an integral part of the Indian diet.
It has so many uses, not just in terms of cooking but also for skincare, hair care. This gem has started shining over the world recently and is soon to be a viral new health trend. But in our bid to lose weight, we often skip out on this highly nutritious supplement. If ghee only reminds you of fat and weight gain, you must read on to reiterate your faith in it!

Health Benefits
Thanks to the low-fat content of ghee, it is very easy to digest. Not just that, it is also less problematic for people who are lactose or casein intolerant. Including ghee in your diet helps you lose weight. Long term benefits include stronger bones and an even stronger immune system.
Ghee is also rich in Vitamins A, K, and E, which help reduce the risk of cancer, infertility, cancer, dementia, smoke, loss of vision. Ghee is known to reduce the risk of heart diseases and raise the level of good cholesterol. Even though ghee has a lot of benefits, it is advisable to not consume more than 2-3 teaspoons in a day.

Smooth Cooking
Ghee is an amazing alternative to oil and butter while cooking. Ghee has a really high smoke point. You can fry in it and it still won’t break down like other oils do. It does not turn brown or smoky easily. Ghee also has an amazing flavour.
 It is neither bland nor salty like butter. Just one tablespoon of ghee can replace three of oil/butter in your everyday diet. No wonder it's considered the best option for frying and sautéing.

Hair & Skin Care
Ghee is a natural moisturizer. It is miraculous for your skin and hair. Applying ghee with water or milk can brighten and hydrate your skin. Regular use can help slow down aging. It is also safe to use it to get rid of your baggy dark circles.
 It is an amazing alternative to chap stick to make your lips more fuller and regain their colour. Ghee massages will help fight split ends and hair fall. Ran out of conditioner at home? Just apply ghee overnight.

Free of Impurities
The most amazing thing about ghee is that it’s completely natural. Unlike butter, there is no use of added fats or salt in the making of ghee. Since ghee has a longer shelf life on its own, it does not even need preservatives.
The many advantages of ghee make it a must have in your kitchen. Try Health Alternatives’ CowGhee; it will be the most used ingredient in your kitchen!

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Can't get over ghee? You will love these cold-pressed oils then!