2020 is unlike any year we have seen and in parts of the country this monsoon is unlike any we have seen. Staying healthy is essential to staying happy; and while we are well versed with the power of the mind for wellness, or the "top-down" approach as some call it, however one shouldn't underestimate the "bottom up approach" either. With the rains comes the common cold and cough, flu and viral fevers, in addition we have COVID-19 to deal with as well. Our mood, health, energy and reactions are heavily influenced by our second brain; our gut, which is a result of what we eat. Try these simple recipes to help get super charged with the nutrients you need.
Overnight Chia Pudding : Chia seeds are filled with fiber, antioxidants essential fatty acids and good quality protein; add to this the humble curd and you have a good dose of probiotics, protein and fats. Fruit adds fresh sweetness and flavour along with phytonutrients and essential vitamins. Cinnamon adds flavour and you get its medicinal properties too— antioxidants and anti-inflammatory.
Ingredients: 2 tablespoons chia seeds, 6-8 tablespoons of homemade / store bought curd, 3/4 cup chopped Mango, 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder / vanilla essence (optional), 1tsp of my seed powder (optional), 6 - 7 thin slices of coconut ( optional)
Method: Mix all the ingredients together the night before and you are good to go in the morning. The yogurt / curd mixture should be runny like a milkshake or dosa batter. Store it overnight in the fridge. Before serving top with the chopped mango and the coconut slices.
Chocolate has long been known for its antioxidant properties and magnesium. This helps fight free radicals, however one can't say the same for commercial chocolate which is mostly sugar. Using cacoa gives us the myriad benefits this super food has to offer, in addition to how comforting it is to hold a hot cup of chocolate. This simple hot chocolate tastes like molten chocolate in a cup. Try this low calorie version every time you crave chocolate.
Ingredients: 1 heaped tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 inch square of jaggery (or sweetener of choice), 1 cup water.
Method: Mix the cocoa powder into room temperature water. Mix till there are no lumps remaining. Add the jaggery or sweetener and simmer on low heat for about 5 minutes. Once it starts to boil down, reduce to about 3/4 cup. Switch off when you think its thick enough. Sprinkle with Chocolate Powder and serve hot.
Super seed powder : Seeds are a nutritional powerhouse and a must include for everyone. Especially for vegetarians and vegans, due to their plant based protein and omega 3. They are a brilliant source of protein, healthy fats, fiber, minerals and vitamins. Each seed has its unique benefits.
Ingredients: 3/4 cup flax seed, 1/2 cup hemp seeds, 1/2 cup mixed seeds (pumpkin, sesame, sunflower, watermelon), 1/4 cup cacao nibs, 1 tsp turmeric (haldi), 1/2 tsp ground pepper
Directions: Mix all the seeds. Use the chutney jar of the grinder. Ensure its completely dry. Do a quick pulse, open and mix. Do short pulses to reach a powder consistency. Do not over grind or it will turn into a a clumpy mess. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. (IANS)
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