9 Healthy Sandwich Spread Recipes For Your Weight Loss

For many people, bread is a dietary staple.

We eat it in the morning (in toast form), in the afternoon (to hold together a sandwich) and with the evening meal (for dipping).

Sandwiches are one of the most popular snack foods out there. They’re easy to make, are ready in minutes and are just perfect for calming your hunger pangs for a short while.

But sandwiches can add up to your daily calorie count very quickly. For one, the bread used in sandwiches, if made from processed flour, can be bad for your diet.

Sandwich

Another ingredient that may add a high amount of calories to your sandwiches is the spread. Sandwich spreads that you normally buy from the supermarket and grocery stores may have high amounts of salt, trans fats and hidden sugar.

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Not to mention, these sandwich spreads may contain artificial flavours and preservatives that could take a toll on your overall health.

If you’re on a low-calorie diet and want a way to make your sandwiches healthier, you need to ditch those store-bought spreads right away. There are several other nutritious alternatives to these sandwich spreads that you can use instead.

Here are the 9 Healthiest Spreads for Your Toast

1.Smashed Avocado instead of Margarine

This savoury fruit has a creamy texture and can be spiced with several spices and herbs. Avocado mash works as a great healthy spread for both sweet and savoury sandwiches.

Guacamole recipe

You might not be an avocado fan but you can still give guacamole a chance. And trust us you are going to love it. Guacamole is nothing but mashed avocado with some seasoning, finely chopped onions and tomatoes, and a hint of lime. All this is mixed and can be used as a spread on crisply toasted bread. Ahh, heaven!

How to make guacamole at home:

In a large bowl, combine avocados, lime juice, cilantro, onion, jalapeño and salt. Stir, then slowly turn the bowl as you run a fork through the avocados (this will ensure the mixture stays chunky). Once it’s reached your desired consistency, season with more salt if needed.

2. Hummus instead of mustard or mayonnaise

Did you know that hummus is the perfect food if you want your oestrogen levels in check? So, it’s a win-win.

Chickpea

This is another yummy spread, which is healthy as hell. There will hardly be any unwanted calories when it comes to hummus. Also, it is one of the most versatile spreads ever!

Made from chickpeas, sesame seeds and olive oil, hummus is rich in protein and good fats and is also extremely flavourful. You can layer your hummus sandwich with several veggies like cucumber, tomato slices etc.

How to make hummus at home:

Mix boiled chickpeas, tahini, garlic, and any other flavourings with herbs and spices in a food processor. Great flavour additions include roasted red pepper, cilantro jalapeño, and cucumber dill.

Also read: Creative Ways to Use Chickpeas

3. Nut butter instead of butter

Next time you’re topping your toast in the morning, go for a nut butter instead of the standard yellow spread and boost your nutrient intake.

Peanut butter

Unlike regular butter, nut butter (like peanut butter, cashew butter, walnuts butter, pecans butter and almond butter) offer healthy fats, protein, and fiber for staying power, as well as vitamins for good health.

For example, the ingredients on an all-natural peanut butter will read “roasted peanuts and sea salt” – that’s it! For some added flavour and health benefits, dust the nut butter with cinnamon.

How to make nut butter at home:

Choose roasted nuts of your choice or go for a combination of different nuts. Add to a food processor, while warm and process 4 to 12 minutes until creamy, scraping down the sides as necessary. Add up to a tablespoon of oil while processing. When creamy, add sea salt to taste. Move the nut butter to a jar.

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4. Mixed berries compote instead of jam

While your jam may have pictures of fruit on the label, reading the nutrition facts tells a different story. You would need to eat 5 tablespoons of jam to reach just one gram of fiber—and that comes along with 278 calories of sugar!

Berry compote

Using smashed fruit gives you more fiber with fewer calories: 6 large, smashed strawberries provide 2 grams of fiber with only 35 calories. For an extra touch of sweetness, drizzle some honey on top.

How to make berry compote at home:

In a medium saucepan, add the berries and lemon juice and heat for 3-4 minutes. Bring the mixture to a boil, occasionally press the berries, so they release more of their juices (though there’s no need to mash them fully). Add the maple syrup (or sweetener of your choice) towards the end of the cooking time and stir well. Remove from the heat and either serve immediately or allow to cool and use later.

5. Green mint chutney instead of Tomato Sauce

Green chutney is one of the healthiest & is used often in Indian cuisine as a side with snacks, sandwiches and also to make chaats. This chutney aids digestion & enhances the taste, aroma and nutrition of any dish.

Green mint chutney

Green chutney is a flavorful condiment made with fresh mint, coriander/ cilantro, garlic, ginger and cumin. The unique aroma of the green chutney is amazing & elevates the taste & flavour of any snack.

How to make mint chutney at home:

Mix coriander leaves (cilantro), mint (pudina), cumin seeds, green chillies, garlic cloves, ginger, lime juice and salt as needed in a food processor. Grind all ingredients together with very little water to a smooth paste. Great flavour additions include roasted gram or roasted peanuts or fresh coconut

6. Greek Yogurt instead of mayonnaise in tartar sauce

Whether grilled or deep-fried, tartar sauce is a nice, bright addition to any fish sandwich. While the original version is mayonnaise-based, you can create a lower fat, higher protein version by swapping in Greek yoghurt.

Yogurt dip

One tablespoon of plain Greek yoghurt has only 13 calories and 2.5 grams of protein, whereas one tablespoon of regular mayonnaise has about 100 calories and no protein.

How to make healthy tartar sauce at home:

Simply substitute plain Greek yoghurt for mayonnaise in the recipe. Combine Greek yoghurt with chopped capers, pickles, lemon juice, mustard and herbs to make some delicious tartar sauce. You can add other seasonings of your choice.

Also Read: Creative ways to eat yoghurt

7. Spicy peanut butter instead of Marmite

Peanut dip

This flexible spicy peanut butter recipe is unique with an intense depth of flavours. A no-cook recipe with the pantry staple ingredients. Don’t let the peanut butter trip you up.

This savoury dip still packs all the great nutrients of peanuts with an unexpected, nutty note that provides thickness, creaminess, and flavour. Top it up with roasted sesame seeds for extra crunch.

How to make spicy peanut sauce at home:

In a mixing bowl, add peanut butter, cayenne pepper, and paprika. Whisk vigorously until all the ingredients are combined. Allow it to rest for 8 hours until the butter blend with the spice mix. And serve.

8. Basil Pesto instead of sour cream

Pesto spread

This Healthy Pesto Sauce is about to become your new favourite sauce. It’s simple to make, yet packed with good-for-you ingredients. Use it with your favourite pasta, on salads, and as a savoury spread for sandwiches.

How to make Basil pesto at home:

In a food processor, combine fresh basil, pine nuts (can substitute walnuts), olive oil, grated Parmesan cheese ( can replace with Nutritional yeast), garlic cloves, sea salt & ground black pepper as per taste and pulse to your desired consistency. Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.

Also read: 6 Healthiest cheese

9. Creamy Garlic-Herb spread instead of cream cheese

creamy Garlic herb

Step away from the unhealthy Cream cheese dip and offer a homemade alternative. You can prepare this all-purpose dip up to a day ahead. Serve with cauliflower and broccoli florets, carrot and celery sticks, and bell pepper strips.

How to make Creamy Garlic-Herb at home:

In a bowl, combine hung curd, buttermilk, minced fresh garlic clove, chives, parsley, grated lemon rind, sea salt & freshly ground black pepper as per taste. Beat with a mixer at high speed until smooth.

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The Miracle Of Liquid Sunshine : Immune Boosting Orange Ginger Wellness Elixir

Give your immune system a little boost this winter season with a tasty, nutrient-packed honey turmeric vitamin C shot. It’s easy to make with simple kitchen ingredients and tastes way better than a supplement!

You guys know I’m all about a food-first approach !

Taking an Ayurvedic Approach to Winter Wellness

When it comes to boosting your mood and health during the winter, consider an Ayurvedic approach. In essence, this means emphasizing foods that are warm and oily. Just as the atmosphere becomes cold and dry, so does our skin. We need nutrients that nourish our bodies from the inside out. Like, citrus.

How Does Vitamin C Support the Immune System?

Immunity boost

Vitamin C is an important vitamin that acts as an antioxidant in the body, protecting cells and aiding in the production and function of white blood cells that fight off inflammation and infection.

Enjoying this tasty Orange Ginger Drink made with real Orange Juice, honey, and spices is so much better than choking down a powder from a packet. It’s also much more cost-effective, and I can control the ingredients.

Luckily, it’s easy to get all the vitamin C you need from real food sources, like 100% orange juice, without reaching for a supplement.

Winter Skin Foods

Carrots + oranges + lemon + ginger root + turmeric root = liquid sunshine

I mean, it’s straight goodness. An instant mood booster.

Orange – Orange Juice contains vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients to help support overall skin health.

Vitamin C

Honey – Honey has antibacterial properties, especially raw and Manuka kinds of honey, and honey may also decrease the severity and duration of coughs.

Honey benefits

Turmeric – Turmeric contains a powerful compound called curcumin, which has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. In this recipe, black pepper helps aid in absorption.

Ginger benefits

Ginger – Ginger also contains anti-inflammatory compounds, as well as antiviral and antibacterial properties.

Of all our winter wellness tips, this is the most delicious one. You’ll want to sip on this nourishing drink all winter long.

This juice recipe is sweet, tart, and with a slight “bite” from fresh ginger root. You can certainly give it more than a slight bite if you are a ginger lover. Just increase that ginger zing by adding more ginger root. Either way, you’re gonna feel better after you drink this.

Read on for the recipe!

Orange Ginger Wellness Elixir

Ingredients:

• 1 cup Orange juice

• 1 lemon, juiced

• 1/4 cup carrot juice

• 3 tablespoons freshly grated ginger

• 2 tablespoons freshly grated turmeric

• pinch black pepper

• 1/4 cup coconut milk

• pinch cayenne pepper

• 1 teaspoon honey

Wellness shot

Instructions

Add all ingredients to a blender. Blend, then simmer on the stove for 5 minutes. Drink!

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Gut Healing Turmeric Cauliflower Soup To Keep You Warm This Winter

On a cold dull day in winter, Masala Chai might not come for your rescue but a hot delicious soup worth drooling over could help you feel better. You would have to keep a count of the number of cups of tea you had but we bet, you’ll never be worried to track the number of soup bowls you might slurp in.

While the season of soups is almost about to start, let’s relish one of the warming flavours.

This creamy turmeric cauliflower soup is anti-inflammatory, healing for the gut and so delicious. It’s also naturally vegan, packed with protein and simple to make.

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Cauliflower (cabbage flower) is one of the familiar winter season vegetables. These beautiful flower heads are brimming with essential nutrients, hold numerous health-benefiting phytonutrients such as vitamins, indole-3-carbinol, and sulforaphane. Together, these compounds have proven benefits against prostate, breast, cervical, colon, ovarian cancers by their cancer-cell growth inhibition, cytotoxic effects on cancer cells.

Botanically, it is a member of the cruciferous or Brassicaceae family of vegetables and has a similar nutritional and phytochemistry profile as that of other brassica family veggies like broccoli and cabbage.

Health benefits of Cauliflower

1. It is very low in calories. 100 grams of the fresh cauliflower head provides just 26 calories. Also, it is one of the flower vegetables that are low in fat and cholesterol.

2. Its florets are comprised of several health-benefiting antioxidants and vitamins & contain about 2 grams of dietary fibre per 100 g, providing about 5% of recommended value.

3. Cauliflower contains several anti-cancer phytochemicals like sulforaphane and plant sterols such as indole-3-carbinol, which appears to function as an anti-estrogen agent.

4. Fresh cauliflower is an excellent source of vitamin C; 100 g provides about 48.2 mg or 80% of the daily recommended value.

5. It contains good amounts of many vital B-complex groups of vitamins such as folates, pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), pyridoxine (vitamin B6) and thiamin (vitamin B1), niacin (B3) as well as vitamin K.

6. Further, It is also a good source of minerals in small quantities such as manganese, copper, iron, calcium, and potassium.

Turmeric is an incredible spice that not only adds flavour and colour but also has healing properties. The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin which has been shown to fight inflammation, as well as promote joint, heart, and lung health. It’s been used in Eastern medicine practices for thousands of years!

Turmeric Latte

And that’s exactly why I’m calling this a healing turmeric cauliflower soup. Because it’s good for your body and your soul! 😃

What You’ll Need to Make This Cauliflower Soup

The base of this soup is mostly veggies which I love. It helps make this soup high in fibre and since we’re also adding in some lentils, we get a bit of protein too.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

Cauliflower: that you’ll want to chop into florets

Roasted Cauliflower

Onions: that can be chopped since we’re roasting it

Garlic: minced as that is also getting roasted!

Turmeric: we’re giving our veggies a heavy dose of turmeric which will give the soup its gorgeous colour and unique flavour

Cumin: I love pairing cumin with turmeric – it adds something a little unique and is so delicious!

Cumin tea

Red lentils: I chose red lentils since they cook quickly, and also contain proteins

Vegetable broth: just because it’s more flavorful than water and we need liquid to blend our soup

Unsweetened plant milk: a little hint of creaminess! Plant milk isn’t rich like animal milk and has a good amount of protein & vitamins, so it’s great in soups. But if you want something that’s a bit more full-bodied, swap the plant milk with animal milk!

• And then of course we’ve got some salt and pepper to round out the flavours!

How to Make Turmeric Cauliflower Soup

Roasted Cauliflower soup

Making this soup is easy. You just need one pot – and a little bit of time to let it simmer.

Roast the veggies: we start by roasting the cauliflower with some garlic, onions, oil, and spices. This gives the soup a smokier flavour, while also meaningless hands-on time for you. Just chop, toss and roast!

• Let it simmer. Once your veggies are roasted, we start to assemble the soup. Your veggies, red lentils, broth, and non-dairy milk will simmer away until the red lentils are tender.

• Blend it up! I used a high-speed blender for this one, but you could use your blender or food processor to get a smooth texture.

And in all honesty, you could also just leave it as is if you like chunky, brothier soups. Either way, it would be delicious!

What To Serve With Cauliflower Soup

Some ideas of what you can serve over your cauliflower soup or alongside it:

• Roasted or sauteed veggies

• Sandwiches

Toasted Whole-grain bread

• Bacon

• Mushrooms

Roasted Chickpeas

• Side of salad

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7 Reasons why poha deserves to be a part of your daily diet With 7 Easy Recipes

Poha is one of the most loved items in India and is available in different variants. Among many other food products, everyone agrees that poha is loved by everyone.

What is poha?

The word “poha” refers to the flattened rice itself and as well the dish made with it.

These flattened rice flakes are also known as parched rice or beaten rice. They are considered to be nutritious & wholesome as they are got by minimally processing paddy.

White poha or flattened white rice is made from white rice by pressing it. Thick beaten rice absorbs more liquids and hence retains the flavours. Very easy to cook and is convenient to make a variety of quick snacks.

Other popular names are Avalakki, Rice flakes flattened rice, beaten rice, poha, atukulu and aval.

Red poha or red rice flakes is nothing but flattened rice made from red rice. Red poha nutrition value is high compared to white rice flakes. It has health benefits in terms of having more iron content and is also easy to digest.

Brown Poha, prepared from brown rice, can yield even better health benefits because brown rice is a rich source of dietary fibre, magnesium, and iron, which can help eliminate many initial disease symptoms.

Poha

Reasons to Include Poha in Your Diet

Poha is a wholesome meal. It is a good source of carbohydrates, packed with iron, rich in fibre, a good source of antioxidants and essential vitamins and is gluten-free. It is known to be good for those who have diabetes, skin and heart problems.

• Rich Source of Healthy Carbohydrates

Poha is made up of 76.9 per cent of carbohydrates and about 23 per cent of fats. Therefore, it can easily be added to one’s diet as well as the body to carry out the necessary functions daily. It does not let the fat get stored in the body.

• Good Probiotic Content

Yes, you heard it right! Poha has a rich source of probiotics and keeps gut health in check. It is because this food item is made up of parboiling paddy and dried in the sun. The end product that remains is beaten to make poha as we see it. With proper fermentation and after it retains the microbial flora, it serves as a great probiotic.

Gut heath

• Easily Digestible

Poha is light on the digestive system as well. It is easy on the stomach and while it makes you feel full, it doesn’t bring any fat. Be it morning or evening, you can have it and it will never cause bloating or gas.

• Rich in Iron

Are you anemic?

You will be amazed to know that poha can help in preventing iron deficiency. Moreover, it will slash down your risk of getting anaemia.

This Indian snack is rich in iron and if you eat poha daily, you will never be deficient in iron. This dish is beneficial for pregnant women and even children. To add to it is health benefits, squeeze some lemon juice on it as it helps your body absorb the iron better.

• Low on Calories

Poha is the best breakfast recipe as it is low in calories which helps in weight loss. A bowl of cooked poha is just 250 calories. Of course, if you will add veggies to it, the count will increase but so will the number of minerals, antioxidants and vitamins. However, if you are eating poha for weight loss, skip adding peanuts to it.

• Controls Blood Sugar level

Poha is rich in fibre and allows you to control the release of sugar into the bloodstream. This prevents a sudden rise in blood sugar levels, as it promotes a slow and steady release of sugar into the bloodstream, which helps regulate the blood and sugar levels in the body. Thus, it is also suitable for those who have diabetes.

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• Booster for your brain

Did you know? A bowl of cooked poha contains about 250 calories, and by adding vegetables, the dish packs a punch with its host of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Beaten rice is rich in vitamin B, which can help you stay energized and improve one’s brain health.

If you are looking to battle the bulge, do not put peanuts and potatoes in the poha, as they can increase the number of calories .

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Different poha variations from across India for you to try

1.Vegan Protein Poha

Ingredients:

• Crumbled low fat Paneer/ tofu – 50gm

• Soaked Poha – 50 gms

• Few Curry Leaves

• Chopped Onion : 1 small

• Chopped Tomato : 2 small

• Chopped bell pepper : 1 small

• Green chilli and coriander leaves – 1 tbsp each

• spices as per taste (jeera, mustard seeds, turmeric powder,red chilli powder,salt)

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• oil or ghee – 1 tbsp

Instructions:

1. Heat oil in a pan. Add crumble paneer & saute it well. Take out in a bowl

2. Add 1 spoon oil again in the pan. Add cumin seeds, curry leaves and mustard seeds to the pan and let them splutter.

3. Add onion & saute till translucent. Add soaked poha, sauteed paneer. Now add salt, spices (chilli powder, turmeric powder) & stir them well.

Cumin seed water benefits

Protein poha

2.Egg Poha

Ingredients:

• Eggs – 3 egg whites

• Soaked Poha – 50 gms

• Few Curry Leaves

• Chopped Onion : 1 small

• Chopped Tomato : 2 small

• Chopped bell pepper : 1 small

• Green chilli and coriander leaves – 1 tbsp each

• spices as per taste (jeera, mustard seeds, turmeric powder,red chilli powder,salt)

• oil or ghee – 1 tbsp

Instructions:

1. Heat a pan and add oil in it. Add musturd seeds and jeera to it. Saute onion and tomato, bell peppers like you do normally for poha.

2. Add spices and salt as per taste to it and mix it well. Add eggs and cook it like scrambled egg.

3. Once its done add soaked poha to it and mix it well. Season the poha with coriander leaves and lemon (optional) according to taste !

3.Sprouts Poha

Ingredients:

• 1/2 cups beaten rice (poha)

• 1 1/2 cups boiled mixed sprouts

• 1 tsp oil

• 1/2 tsp mustard seeds ( rai / sarson)

• 1 cup finely chopped vegetables

• 1 tbsp finely chopped green chillies

• 1/2 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)

• salt to taste

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• 1 tbsp lemon juice

Sprouts

Instructions:

1. Place the beaten rice on a sieve and wash lightly. Drain and leave aside for 10 minutes. Heat oil in a non-stick pan and add the mustard seeds.

2. When the seeds crackle, add the onions and green chillies and saut on a medium flame for a few minutes or till the onions turn light brown in colour.

3. Add the mixed sprouts and saut on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes. Add turmeric powder, sugar and salt, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 minute.

4. Add cup of water, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes. Add beaten rice and lemon juice and mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes, while stirring continuously.

5. Serve hot garnished with coriander.

4.Curd Poha

Curd rice

Ingredients:

• Soaked Poha – 50 gms

• Low fat / probiotic curd – ½ bowl (50 gms)

• 1 tsp oil

• 1/2 tsp mustard seeds ( rai / sarson)

• 1 tbsp finely chopped green chillies

• 1/2 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)

• Cucumber – 1 medium size (chopped)

• Pepper & salt to taste

• Chat Masala (optional)

• Roasted Peanuts – fistful

• Pomegranate – fistful

Method:

1. Take the poha in a strainer & wash it with water, strain it & keep it aside for 5-10 mins.

2. Take a bowl, add curd whisk it. Add salt, chilli, cucumber, coriander pepper, chat masala (optional), mix it well.

3. Now add the poha, pomegranate & roasted peanuts to the curd mix. Garnish with coriander. Serve it in a bowl.

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5.Jaggery Poha

Jaggery recipe

Ingredients:

• Soaked Poha – 50 gms

• ¼ cup coconut grated, fresh

• ¼ cup Jaggery grated or powdered

• ¼ tsp cardamom powder

• 2 tbsps roasted pistachios

• 1 tbsp white sesame seeds

Method:

1. If using thin or paper thin poha, then skip rinsing them and add to a bowl. If using thicker poha rinse them quickly in enough water and drain completely.

2. Spread on a wide plate and air dry it. They should not be mushy. Add coconut, jaggery & cardamom. Mix well.

3. Set aside for 10 to 15 mins. Jaggery will dissolve on its own when mixed with coconut.

4. Add the roasted pistachios and sesame seeds just before you serve to keep them crunchy.

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6.Nuts & Seeds Poha

Nutty Poha

Ingredients:

• 1 tablespoon ghee or olive oil

• 1/2 a cup walnuts

• 1/2 a cup peanuts

• 1 teaspoon mustard seeds

• 1 teaspoon turmeric

• 5-6 curry leaves

• 2-3 green chili, sliced into halves.

• 2 tablespoon sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds

• 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds

• 1/2 teaspoon salt, per taste

• 1/2 a cup medium poha ( flattened rice)

Method:

1.In a pan, add ghee or oil. Turn on the stove on the medium-low flame all the time. 

2.When hot, add mustard seeds, and when they sputter, add curry leaves and cut green chili. Stir for a few seconds. Add peanuts, walnuts and roast them until almost brown. Add turmeric, stir.

3.Add seeds and poha. Roast until the poha is crisp and crunchy. 

4.Add salt, fennel seeds and turn the flame off. 

5.Let the mix cool down. Serve. You may store it for a week or so in an air-tight container in a cool place.

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7.Milk Poha

Poha pudding

Ingredients:

• Milk ( low fat/ plant based ) – 500ml

• Soaked Poha – 50 gms

• Few strands of Kesar (Saffron)

• Sweetner: ¼ cup Jaggery grated /fresh Dates pulp/ stevia

• ¼ tsp cardamom powder

• 2 tbsps roasted pistachios

• 2 tbsps roasted almonds

• Pinch of Nutmeg Powder

• Cashew nuts, Raisins (Optional)

Method:

1. In a pot, bring milk to a boil and then add soaked flattened-rice. Keep stirring occasionally to avoid milk from burning. (Milk starts thickening)

2. Add Saffron, Cardamom and Nutmeg powder along with nuts and sweeter. Let milk boil for another 10 minutes, stirring it in between. (Milk will thicken)

3. You can serve it hot or let it cool down completely and refrigerate for a few hours. Garnish Milk Poha with more nuts and it tastes amazing when served chilled. Enjoy!

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8 Monsoon Perfect Snacks You Can Easily Make At Home (ditch the pakodas)!

It is a bliss welcoming monsoon after a scorching summer. Because of the change in season, we naturally crave hot sips and crunchy snacks. Our taste buds yearn for a cup of masala chai and mouth-watering fried snacks which go amazingly well with cold breeze and overcast skies. I agree that it is tough to resist the spellbinding aromas of deep-fried treats and other food cravings, but certain healthy foods too can be as relishing if you can think of interesting ways to making them.

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Pick from these 8 lip-smacking ideas to satisfy your monsoon cravings sans the calories

1.Sea Salt Popcorn with Super Seeds

Toss 2 cups of air-popped popcorn .with ½ teaspoon extra virgin olive oil. Sprinkle ½ teaspoon sea salt and 1 tablespoon toasted sunflower seeds and toss again. This wholesome snack is great for those on the go and won’t get worse after being in your bag all day.

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2.Roasted Chickpeas

A roasted chickpea recipe is not just healthy but also easy to make. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius and roast Chickpea for about 35 to 45 minutes, shaking the pan every ten minutes. They will be golden brown and crunchy on the inside when done, combine all the spices and drizzle with olive oil. Immediately toss with spices while hot.

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Roasted chickpea

3.Apple Sandwiches

Trim one cored apple and cut it into thick rounds. Spread half the slices with 1 tablespoon crunchy peanut butter, and then sandwich them with the remaining slices. Sprinkle some powdered cinnamon on top and enjoy. This is a light snack yet very satiating. Remember, what you snack may affect your weight, more than how much or how often you nibble.

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4.Sweet Potato Strips

Slice 1 sweet potato lengthwise into thin strips. Toss with 2 teaspoons olive oil. Roast on an oiled, nonstick baking sheet at 150oC until crisp and golden brown, for 20 minutes. Season with sea salt (store leftovers in an airtight container for up to three days).

Sweet potato toast

5.Stuffed Dates

If you are a fan of sweet and crave something sweet to eat in monsoon, this recipe is for you. Dates are sweet and also healthy. Instead of eating whole dates, you can stuff them with cheese, dry fruits such as walnuts. This is a very sweet and flavourful snack. Divide 1 tablespoon goat cheese among four pitted dates. Top them with four toasted walnuts. Delicious and nutritious!

Stuffed dates

6.Steamed Corn

For those who can’t get enough of corn this rainy season, here’s a street special recipe that you simply can’t resist. Mix 2 cups of corn, boiled with salt, 1/2 onion, finely chopped,1 tsp green chilli, finely chopped, ¼ cup of tomato, finely chopped, ½ tsp chaat masala, ½ tsp black salt, ½ tsp red chilli powder, 1 tbsp lemon juice, 2 tsp tamarind (imli) chutney & coriander mint (dhaniya-pudina) chutney and toss with fresh coriander leaves, chopped.

7. Low-fat yoghurt

Take 100 grams of 60-calorie double-toning yoghurt. Now add about five grams of seasonal fruits and berries, for a total of 100 calories. Enjoy a healthy bowl of goodness. Yoghurt is high in vitamins and minerals, which can help you live a healthier life.

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8.Roasted Soy Almonds

Toss 1 cup of raw almonds with 2 ½ teaspoons of tamari. Roast on an oiled baking sheet at 180 degrees Celsius, stirring occasionally until golden brown for 10-15 minutes. These snacks are easy to make and keep handy. Moreover, they are super high in proteins and healthy fats. Plus, if lightly seasoned, they can satisfy cravings for saltiness and crunch.

9.Grilled Fruit Skewers

If you are bored of eating regular fruits, grill them this time. This would make for the perfect snack also you would get the nutrition of fruits. Cut fruits like pineapple, orange, peach, plums and apples into slices and cubes. Put them on the skewer or roast them on the pan.

Fruit skewers

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Here is the correct way to make chai by not damaging its health effects

In the Western world, the word chai has become synonymous with a type of fragrant, spicy Indian tea more accurately referred to as masala chai.

This article explains Why Tea Is So Healthy for You and How to Get the Most from Every Cup

The health benefits are mostly linked to 3 main bioactive compounds:

Bioactive compounds are non-essential nutrients that may impact health.

  • Catechins are a type of polyphenol, a group of chemicals with antioxidant properties.
  • Caffeine makes you feel alert.
  • L-theanine is an amino acid to be responsible for tea’s relaxing properties.
Healthy tea

Tea consumption is linked to several health benefits like heart health, digestion, controlling blood sugar levels and more. It’s thought to improve mood and cognition and reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Tea is a source of micronutrients, including fluoride, magnesium, and zinc.

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What is the Best time to have tea (chai)

Tea must never be a person’s first intake in the morning. People must avoid drinking chai on an empty stomach because it causes acidity, which in turn affects the digestive system in producing essential juices for metabolism. This eventually disturbs the body’s overall wellbeing.

Therefore, tea must be consumed at least 30-40 minutes after a big meal. Similarly, in the evening, you should accompany your snack with a cup of tea and not vice versa. Therefore, the snack must be your primary food. 

How to make healthier a cup of tea

Indians have a variety of tea. Some people have it without milk, while some prepare tea with milk and not water. Moreover, many tea lovers add masalas to it to make it tastier and healthier.

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Check out the spices that you can add to your tea and the benefits of Masala Chai
Masala
  • cinnamon
  • ginger
  • cloves
  • cardamom
  • star anise
  • fennel
  • saffron

Does Boiling tea too much is harmful

The length of time you brew your tea will vary based on the leaves. White teas should steep between one and three minutes, green for three minutes, and black for three to five minutes. Any longer and your tea will become bitter as it releases tannins. And, yes, tannins are the same compounds you find in wine.

Here’s how you should make Indian chai tea at home:

Masala chai

1. Bring water, milk and chai spices to a simmer in a small saucepan on the stove.

2. Reduce heat and add in black tea.

3. Wait for the tea to steep.

4. Strain the warm spiced mixture into a mug; this will hold back the whole spices and tea leaves.

5. Stir sweetener into your chai and sweeten to taste.

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5 side effects of tea you must keep in mind before going for that third cup of tea for the day

1.Dehydration

Excess consumption of tea may cause dehydration which calls for unwanted water retention and thus, you may feel bloated.

2.Bloating

Excess consumption of tea may cause dehydration which calls for unwanted water retention and thus, you may feel bloated.

3.Insomnia

Tea, specifically black tea, which is what is used to brew milk tea is rich in caffeine. When your body is overloaded with caffeine, especially in the second half of the day, it can cause sleep disorders like insomnia.

4.Constipation

Tea has another chemical called theophylline – when you consume too much tea, theophylline can cause extreme constipation as it dries your body and dehydrates you.

5.Anxiety and Restlessness

Tea does help in boosting your energy levels and perking you up but excessive caffeine intake can take a toll on your mental health and make you feel more anxious, restless and even sleep-deprived.

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