Beetroot Hummus

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Who doesn’t love hummus? The texture and the richness of flavours. Oh and the versatility- which actually got me to add beetroots and create beetroot hummus.

Last weekend, while it was pouring I decided to sit at home (read: trying to live the slow life) and whip some healthy ingredients together, with some minor tweaks which were not so minor once I saw the outcome. I had beetroot in the fridge and decided the try a variation. I was very skeptical about the idea of these vastly different flavours coming together but then this pretty pink beauty turned out crazy stupid delicious.

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I like Hummus but then the people in my life LOVE Hummus and hence get me to whip this beauty often. One batch and I can use it for breakfast, pack mid meals, use it on salads. It sorts the weekly meal plan a lot.

You can adjust the ingredients as per your liking, because it’s perfect in every way.

Below is the recipe:

Ingredients:

  1. Chickpeas (Channa)- Soaked in water overnight, drained and boiled: 1 Cup
  2. Beetroot- 1 medium sized- roasted or cooked
  3. Garlic cloves- 3-4 Minced (2 Garlic cloves would do but since I like my hummus extra garlicy, I add more)-
  4. Tahini- 2 heaping tbsps
  5. Extra virgin olive oil- ¼ cup (Keep some extra olive oil handy)
  6. Zest of 1 large lemon
  7. Juice of 2 medium sized lemons
  8. Salt & black pepper- as per taste
  9. Dry red chili- 1/Chili flakes (As per taste) (Optional)
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Beetroot Hummus being whipped

Method:

  1. Boil the beetroot till it becomes soft. If you can easily insert a fork inside it, it’s cooked.
  2. Cool, peel and cut the beetroot. Place it in a food processor and blend. Small pieces will remain, but don’t worry about it.
  3. Throw in the chickpeas, minced garlic, dried red chill whole, tahini, lemon zest and lemon juice in the blender. Blend.
  4. Sprinkle salt, black pepper, some olive oil and blend again.
  5. Check the taste and adjust.
  6. Add more olive oil if it feels dry.

And done.

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Add 1 tsp of olive oil before storing to keep it creamy.

Keeps well for 4-5 days.

It is super rich in protein, good fats and carbohydrates.

Share pictures if you try this! J

Thanks for reading.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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6 seeds you need

If there’s a super quick way to up the nutritional value of a meal, it has to be with plant based healthy seeds.

These seeds are much like accessories that you add to an otherwise boring outfit, but much better as they not only take the beauty of the dish to another level- add colours and crunch but also increase the nutritional value of the meal. They are the new #MustHaves.

High on dietary fiber- think less time on the pot every morning!
Healthy fats- think shiny hair and good skin!

The benefits are never ending. And the best part? No cooking or extra effort required. Just sprinkle them and done. Can we please get done with the ‘cooking healthy food is time consuming’ excuse already?

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Below are 6 types of seeds that have taken some pretty space in my kitchen:

  1. Flax Seeds

They are one of the best dietary sources of soluble fiber. Loaded with lignans and fiber, they improve the digestive health; lower blood pressure and help in blood sugar regulation. The standout nutrient- Omega-3 fatty acids present in flax seeds help reduce inflammation also.

How to eat
1. Sprinkled them on salads, sandwiches, etc.
2. Munch on them. (Preferably post lunch- help curb the post-lunch sweet cravings)

Things to keep in mind:
– Ensure that you chew them properly and have some water after consuming them.
– If you are a fast eater- grind your flax seeds, otherwise they pass through the digestive tract as it is without benefiting the body.

  1. Pumpkin Seeds

Did someone say Halloween? A great mood booster, pumpkin seeds help fight stress and the high levels of unsaturated fats keep your body functioning like a well-oiled machine.. They prevent kidney stone formation, improve insulin regulation and help prevent diabetic complications by decreasing oxidative stress.

They are loaded with Phosphorus, Magnesium, Manganese, Zinc, Iron, Copper, Vitamin K, B Vitamins and Protein.

How to eat
1. Eat them on their own or sprinkle them on salads, smoothies, etc.
2. Use them for baking
3. Roast and lightly salt
4. Add to sautéed veggies and fruits
5. Grind with garlic, parsley or any other herb of your choice, olive oil, lemon juice

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  1. Chia Seeds

Loaded with Omega-3 fatty acids, iron, calcium and potassium, chia seeds not only offer amazing health benefits but also fill you up.

How to eat
1. Blend in smoothies, yogurts, etc.
2. Due to their property to expand in liquids, can also be used to make puddings.

  1. Sweet Basil Seeds

Often confused with chia seeds and also called the Indian version of Chia seeds, because of their property to expand in water, Sweet Basil or Sabja seeds have high levels of omega-3 fatty acids and help boost the fat burning metabolism. Also, full of fiber, they reduce body heat, relieve constipation and bloating and treat acidity and heartburn.

How to eat
1. Great as a garnish for drinks and desserts
2. Add them to lemonade or regular water

  1. Sunflower seeds

Loaded with good fats and antioxidant-rich vitamin E, sunflower seeds promote heart health and avert inflammation. The high levels of vitamin E can improve recovery after exercise by reducing training-induced oxidative stress in the body. They are also rich in folate, a nutrient that’s vital for women. They are super-rich in fiber and keep you satiated for longer. They also add a lot of crunch to the dish.

How to eat
1. Sprinkle on your oatmeal
2. Eat them on their own as a mid meal
3. Add to curd, salads, etc.

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  1. Sesame seeds

Spotted them on burger and buns?

Sesame seeds deserve more than a random sprinkling. They are a good dairy-free source of calcium, which is essential for building stronger bones and ensuring healthy muscles function. They also contain copper, which is needed for numerous enzymatic reactions in the body. Black sesame seeds offer greater antioxidant power than the regular off-white kind. They also reduce the risk of migraines and PMS.

How to eat
1. Grandma’s good old til k laddu!
2. Can also be used for various stir fry dishes
3. Hummus

Things to keep in mind

  1. Chew the seeds properly. They are super small in size and hence have the tendency to pass to the digestive tract without benefiting the body.
  2. Toast the seeds only if the dish requires as they lose their anti-oxidizing properties.

There are infinite ways to get creative with the seeds.

Do write below how you get creative with the seeds in the comments section below.

Note: If you have an existing health problem, please consult a doctor before adding these to your diet.

Quick Breakfast Ideas: Semolina Sandwich

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and that’s the meal we are most likely to skip. Cute!

‘I can’t wake up early’ has to be one of the most common excuses! Again, whose idea was it to create a snooze button????

Considering the ratio of the number of people wanting to lead a fitter and healthier life, and the number of people skipping breakfast, I have decided to start a series of quick breakfast recipes. You don’t need to wake up early or to buy any fancy ingredients for these. And half of the preparation (Mixing the ingredients together for instance, easy isn’t it?) can be done before hand. I’m sure that most of you must have tried the recipes I’m going to put together, but the idea is to ensure that you don’t go out on an empty stomach again, and hence everything in one place, or at least that’s the goal.

All you need is 5 mins in the morning, just 5 mins. Pack it and eat it on the go! Works? Works. Then let’s do this.

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Semolina spread open sandwiches are my favorite. They are healthy and delicious, and require minimal preparation.

Recipe:

Ingredients:

For the spread:

  1. Veggies- I had corn and onions, you can add any vegetable of your choice – 3 tbsp
  2. Curd – 3 tbsp
  3. Suji/Semolina – 3 tbsp
  4. Rai – a pinch

 

  1. Whole wheat bread – 4 slices
  2. Butter

Procedure:

  1. Throw in the veggies, suji and rai in a bowl.
  2. Add curd to 1 and make a paste.
  3. Butter the bread and put the spread on it.
  4. Place it on the tava, with the spread facing downwards and let it cook for 4-5 mins on medium flame!
  5. And done.

I wanted to finish the corn and hence boiled it and sprinkled some black salt on it.

Health Benefits of Semolina- It is digested very slowly and hence keeps you energetic and prevents overeating. It has high Iron content.

What’s your idea of quick breakfast?

 

 

Skin Superfood: Shea Butter

Remember how your grandmother told you about the benefits of oil massage and ‘forced’ you to use ghee, malai/milk cream, etc.on your skin? You never paid attention, did you? I was pretty ignorant and then I regretted it. And the regret made me try different concoctions. Sharing my experience with one such natural ingredient- Shea Butter and how it has been doing wonders for me.

I’ve had a one-sided long term affair with acne and that made me try literally everything under the sun, only to settle for natural creams and lotions, mostly homemade. I’ve been whipping different butters and oils for a while now and hence decided to share my love for one of my favorite natural butters- Shea Butter. Also, when you whip ingredients at home, you at least know how you are treating your body. J

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Ready to be allured?

What’s life without a few indulgences every now and then?

When I talk about indulgence, I mean some real guilt-free indulgences that satisfy you, while at the same time leave you craving for more indulgence and taking you to a lovelier world of exclusivity. Though I am not a fan of Indian sweets, I am a sucker for desserts like cakes, pastries, tarts and much more. What if I tell you could indulge into all of this without gaining any weight?

Below are the top 5 patisseries in Delhi I can vouch for and promise that these indulgences will drive you crazy, just like the limited edition Maruti Suzuki DzireAllure.

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No Bake Chocolate Oats Bar

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I’m always on the lookout for healthy munchies that I can keep in my bag and carry to work. All thanks to hyperthyroidism which made me gain some 15 kgs in 3 months. Oh yeah! I suddenly started looking like a potato.

Instead of waking up to the smell of fresh coffee, I was forced to take a pill, which would leave me bloated for the rest of the day. But I’ve never been a fan of orders. I stopped taking all medicines after a month and joined the college gym. Soon I realized that wasn’t enough. Taking 4 eggs after my gyming season wasn’t really doing the job. I felt energy less, almost always. And since I was staying in a paying guest accommodation, I couldn’t use the kitchen for anything except for making tea. Oh, life! I started looking for healthy snacks which did nothing apart from leaving me broke.

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Chili Chocolate Bars

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“The only balanced diet you can ever have is when you have desserts in both hands.”

For the love of desserts and healthy food, let’s put a healthy and tasty twist to a classic dessert.

High Protein Chocolate Bars

Watching Vikas Khanna’s Persimmon Chili Cobbler recipe, I decided to make a healthy dessert. And no desert is ever complete without chocolate. I REPEAT, NO DESERT IS EVER COMPLETE WITHOUT CHOCOLATE.

For my #Foodventure I decided to throw in some dark chocolate, oats, my favourite- peanut butter and some chilies (YES I SAID CHILIES); and make chili chocolate bars.  Chilies and chocolate bring out each other’s richness.

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5 things you must remember for an amazing workout session!

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It’s hard to come across people who don’t work out! Among the younger generation, I can positively sense a growing concern towards staying healthy and fit. A workout session at the start of the day or at the end has become mandatory. The rigors of long hours at the office, a sedentary lifestyle, wrong diet plans and unhealthy choices are wreaking havoc with your health.

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#Foodventures- Sweet and Spicy Aam Panna

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We all love mangoes, don’t we?

And now that the season of mangoes is almost here, I can’t stop dreaming about the delicious aam panna, mango chutney and mango shake. Mango as a fruit in itself is very wholesome. It lowers blood pressure, cleanses skin (IT DOES NOT CAUSE ACNE), alkalizes the whole body and has a lot of other health benefits. Need more reasons to love them?

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Importance_Of_Breakfast

Do you know what skipping breakfast does to your body? It makes you hangry! Hell yeah!

Hangry is hungry + angry. 🙂

Also, skipping breakfast makes you gain weight! THAT’S TRUE.

People who skip breakfast consume more calories than anyone else. And since they consume these calories in the later part of the day, when the metabolism slows down, the fat starts depositing. Hence, weight gain. And thousand other health problems of course!

For all those who skip breakfast, they key to change this habit is to start with simple recipes that don’t need a lot of work.

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