3 Healthy And Nutritious Navratri Vrat Recipes You Can Make at Home

The festive season of Navratri is here, and it is time for both revelry and fasting. The auspicious occasion is characterised by the indigenous cuisine especially fashioned for those who are fasting on all or some of the nine days of the festival, to invoke the energy of the mother goddess and purify the body and mind.

Try these 9 Homemade Detox Water

Navratri fasting rules vary from community to community; the basic premise is that the food should be healthy and light. The preferred ingredients include kuttu atta, singhara atta, nuts, fresh vegetables, fruit, milk, yoghurt and makhanas. Rock salt or sendha namak is used instead of regular salt since it is unprocessed.

As the festival marks the seasonal changes, the immunity levels tend to get low, so you must focus on eating healthy immunity rich foods while fasting, try our Homemade Energy Bars.

For those who have a sweet tooth, this can seem like a time with very limited options. But if you take a closer look at traditional sweets and desserts, you’ll find that simple substitution of unhealthy ingredients with healthier ones can give you sattvic dessert options which are super low-calorie and healthy as well.

Here are three healthy sweet dishes that you can try this Navratri season without worrying about gaining any extra weight in the process

1.Amaranth Porridge with Roasted Apple

Amaranth Yogurt Parfait is a delicious dessert that you can easily prepare at home. Besides being delicious, it is highly nutritional as it is made from amaranth seeds which are rich in carbohydrates, dietary fibre, protein, calcium, iron, Vitamin B6 and magnesium.

Cooked Amaranth of about 100 grams provides 103 calories. It has a moderate amount of dietary minerals (iron, manganese, and phosphorus) and high lysine and protein components.

The best part of Amaranth grains is that they are gluten-free, which allows gluten intolerant people to eat them without worries.

Amaranth porridge

Ingredients:

½ cup uncooked amaranth, 1/2 cup water, 1 cup skim milk, ¼ teaspoon fast salt, 1 large apple, 1 teaspoon honey, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, 1 teaspoon pumpkin seeds, 2 tablespoons walnut pieces.

Read: 10 Surprising Benefits of Honey

Method:

1. Drain and rinse amaranth. Combine with one cup of milk, water, and salt. Bring amaranth to a boil, and reduce to a simmer (all the way to low.) Cover and let simmer for 25 minutes until the amaranth is soft but there is still some liquid left. Remove from heat and let sit for 5 to 10 more minutes to thicken amaranth. Add a bit more milk to thin the texture out if desired.

2. Toss together the 1 teaspoon honey with the walnut pieces. Roast until the walnuts are toasted and the honey has dried, 10 to 15 minutes. Walnuts will become quite fragrant when done.

3. Along with the walnuts, dice the apple and toss with the remaining spices. Roast in a roasting pan for 15 minutes, until the apples are tender.

4. Remove the pan from the heat and let it stand, covered for 5 to 10 minutes. Divide amaranth among bowls and top with pumpkin seeds

Also try: Low cal makhana kheer

2.Puff Amaranth Parfait

Popped amaranth makes for a great cereal option. It is easy to make as well, and is not only delicious but also highly nutritional.

How to Puff Amaranth/Rajgira

Here we get the raw Amaranth grain and it is very easy to pop them at home. It is similar to how you pop popcorn in a large pot. For puffing up Amaranth all you add is a teaspoon of grain in the hot pot, shake it a bit and they start puffing up instantly. You will get a big bowl of puffed up Amaranth in a matter of minutes. Yes due to the puffing, some grains scatter all over hence it is advisable to use a high-ended pot.

Amaranth parfait

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp low-fat yogurt
  • 3 tbsp pomegranate
  • 1/3 cup chopped banana slice
  • 4-5 strawberry
  • 1 – 2 dry figs
  • 4-5 roasted almonds
  • 1 tbsp Amaranth seeds
  • Honey optional

Method

  1. Heat a nonstick pan put 1 tbsp of dry amaranth grains into the hot pan.
  1. Peel and chopped with banana, strawberry & pomegranate.
  1. Chop the dry fig, almonds and keep them aside.
  1. Layer the glass with 1to 2 tbsp yogurt
  1. Drizzle .5 tsp honey or as required on the yoghurt. Then make a layer of the fruits. Add the dry fig, almonds & layer with some of the popped amaranths.
  1. Repeat the same layers of yogurt
  1. Top with the portion of strawberry
  1. Serve the amaranth yoghurt parfait immediately.

Also try: 7 Healthy Mango Recipes

3.Sago Yogurt Parfait

Sago or Sabudana is one of the rich sources of carbohydrates, and the white globules are known for their quick energy-boosting property. Sago contains a nice amount of Iron, a tiny amount of protein with a feeble amount of Calcium, Vitamins, and other minerals. 100 grams serving of Sago can yield up to 350 Calories with 85.5 grams of carbohydrates and 0.2 grams of Protein.

Sago parfait

Ingredients

• 1 cup Tapioca Flour (Sago), soaked, boiled

• 1 cup low-fat yogurt

• 1 Ripe Banana, sliced

• 1 Apple, cubed

• 1/2 tsp cardamom powder

• 2 tablespoon Honey

• 2 tablespoon almonds, roasted, sliced

Method:

1. We begin by soaking the tapioca pearls in water for about 4 hours. Then later drain the water and boil it in water with 1/2 cup of water for about 5 minutes till it is soft and done.

2. Keep all the fruits ready and cut. Mix the boiled sago with yoghurt, fruits, and nuts in a bowl. Drizzle the honey over it.

3. Serve your Sago Yogurt Parfait ( Creamy Tapioca Pearls With Assorted Fruits) for a quick breakfast for a healthy start.

Also, try Dairy-free Pumpkin Soup

Happy Fasting!

9 Homemade Detox Water for a Flat Stomach You Must Drink During the Summers

What would you say if I told you that one of your most powerful allies when it comes to weight loss isn’t the newest cardio science or a complicated diet, but … water? That’s right. Good ol’ H2O can rev your metabolism, help you lose serious weight, and maintain that flat belly.

Also read: What is the Best Way to Drink Water for Weight Loss?

Detox water is a fantastic way to look and feel healthier, as it can wash away harmful toxins in your body and help you lose weight.

What Is Detox Water?

Detox water is any infused water recipe that helps flush your system of toxins and improves your health. Some detox water recipes have beneficial ingredients which help your body in some ways (like boost metabolism), but the main beneficial ingredient is water.

What does detox water do?

Although the jury is still out on exactly how much these drinks help remove toxins from your body, we can be sure that by drinking them, you are pumping your body full of vitamins and nutrients that will make you healthier, more beautiful and increase your energy.

Thus, it is true that some drinks will help you not only burn fat more and better, some may also help you achieve blood sugar regulation, decrease body mass index, build a balanced gut, and reduce inflammation.

Also read: Foods that fight inflammation

These are the top reasons people are looking into detox water and more about why they work:

• Helps regulate a belly fat burning hormone

• Targets the release of fat cells to break down more fat – Aids blood sugar balance

• Improves digestive system

• Includes anti-inflammatory properties

• Is a natural diuretic, preventing too much water retention

• Provide a clear skin

Combine plain water with proven fat-burning superfoods to create detox water and you’ll have an elixir that energizes you, fights bloating and helps you achieve your weight loss goals.

You may want to prepare a stock of these refreshing fruit and vegetable infused waters in advance, to carry them with you when you step out in the heat.

1.Apple Cinnamon Detox Water

Detox water
This apple cinnamon detox water recipe helped jump-start the infused water popularity! It boosts metabolism and curbs appetite!

This classic detox water recipe not only tastes delicious (the apples and cinnamon in this recipe help make any day feel like Fall), it also has a lot of health benefits. The phytonutrients and antioxidants in apples may help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease.

And the cinnamon also has a lot of great health benefits, too, making this an ideal detox water recipe.

Also read: 8 Guilt-free Diabetes Snacks

INGREDIENTS

• 1 Apple thinly sliced I like Fuji but pick your favourite (Cut away the seeds)

• 1 Cinnamon Stick

INSTRUCTIONS

• Drop ingredients in the bottom of a pitcher or fruit infuser bottle.

• Cover with ice about 1/2 way through then fill to top with water.

• Place in the fridge for 1 hour before serving.

• You can refill the container 2-3 times before it begins to lose flavour.

2.Blueberry Orange Detox Water

Blueberry detox water

This detox drink is so delicious it will help you meet your water goal each day, you’ll naturally increase your metabolism and flush your system. This fruit water recipe was made to simply make water taste more delicious, and we can get behind that. But that doesn’t mean the other ingredients don’t do their part as well.

The mandarin oranges are packed full of Vitamin C which is known to increase metabolism and help tone up skin.

The blueberries are packed full of antioxidants and fiber making them a superfood that makes you healthier, more beautiful and best of all, they naturally curb appetite.

INGREDIENTS

• 2 Mandarin Oranges cut into wedges

• Handful of blueberries

INSTRUCTIONS

• Drop ingredients in the bottom of a pitcher or fruit infuser bottle.

• Cover with ice about 1/2 way through then fill to top with water.

• Place in the fridge for 1 hour before serving.

• You can refill the container 2-3 times before it begins to lose flavour.

3.Metabolism Boosting Mango Ginger Detox Water

Mango detox water

The taste is amazing! The ginger and mango give this infused water recipe a terrific flavour while providing some beneficial ingredients to make you feel good.

Mangos are not only known to boost metabolism, but they also aid in digestion, help boost your memory and can even help increase your libido!

This Mango Ginger Detox Water will do a lot of good things for your health, so make a big pitcher today and enjoy.

Also read: 7 Healthy Mango Recipes That are Good for Your Gut

INGREDIENTS

• 1 inch Ginger Root peeled and sliced

• 1 cup Fresh or Frozen Mango

INSTRUCTIONS

• Drop ingredients in the bottom of a pitcher or fruit infuser bottle.

• Cover with ice about 1/2 way through then fill to top with water.

• Place in the fridge for 1 hour before serving.

• You can refill the container 2-3 times before it begins to lose flavour.

4. Strawberry, Mint, and Lemon Detox Drink

Strawberry mint water

Strawberries are a hugely popular detox water ingredient, and this recipe combines them with the best ingredients ever! The delicious sweetness of the strawberries is balanced with the tartness of the lemons, and the cooling mint flavour rounds it out perfectly.

This is one of my favourite detox drinks for weight loss! It’s simple and elegant, and so easy to make!

INGREDIENTS

• 1 lemon thinly sliced

• 15 strawberries quartered

• 5 mint leaves

INSTRUCTIONS

• Drop ingredients in the bottom of a pitcher or fruit infuser bottle.

• Cover with ice about 1/2 way through then fill to top with water.

• Place in the fridge for 1 hour before serving.

• You can refill the container 2-3 times before it begins to lose flavour

5. Tropical Pineapple Orange Detox Water

Detox water

This tropical drink tastes like a vacation, but acts like a fat-burning powerhouse!

Pineapple and oranges pack this drink full of Vitamin C, naturally increasing metabolism, flushing fat and toning up your skin!

I love to drink this during and after a workout, it keeps your body burning fat long after your workout is over and also helps your body repair itself, reducing muscle soreness.

INGREDIENTS

• 1 orange thinly sliced

• 1/2 cup pineapple thinly sliced

INSTRUCTIONS

• Drop ingredients in the bottom of a pitcher or fruit infuser bottle.

• Cover with ice about 1/2 way through then fill to top with water.

• Place in the fridge for 1 hour before serving.

• You can refill the container 2-3 times before it begins to lose flavour.

6.Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Water

ACV water

Apple Cider Vinegar removes toxins from the blood and liver and aids in digestion making it ideal for a detox drink.

This drink takes the super ingredient to the next level with bloat reducing cucumber, metabolism-boosting lemon and headache relieving mint.

I’m a big fan of the flavour of vinegar, but don’t let that scare you off, I recommend you start slow, adding in just a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, working your way up after you get used to its taste.

INGREDIENTS

• 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

• 1 lime

• 1 lemon

• 5-6 mint leaves

INSTRUCTIONS

• Drop ingredients in the bottom of a pitcher or fruit infuser bottle.

• Cover with ice about 1/2 way through then fill to top with water.

• Place in the fridge for 1 hour before serving.

• You can refill the container 2-3 times before it begins to lose flavour.

7. Citrus Cucumber Detox Water

Infused water

This drink boosts liver cleansing and clears the digestive tract in the vitamin C packed lemons and oranges (vitamin C also naturally increases metabolism!), along with breaking down body fat and toxins. Mint also aids in digestion and breaks down fat, all while cooling your body.

Lastly, the cucumber helps reduce bloat and works together with the mint to help you cool off naturally… so next time someone tells you to “chill out” take their advice and make yourself a glass of this refreshing detox water.

INGREDIENTS

• 2 large oranges sliced

• 1 lemon sliced

• ½ large cucumber sliced

• 1 handful of fresh mint

INSTRUCTIONS

• Drop ingredients in the bottom of a pitcher or fruit infuser bottle.

• Cover with ice about 1/2 way through then fill to top with water.

• Place in the fridge for 1 hour before serving.

• You can refill the container 2-3 times before it begins to lose flavour.

8. Lemon Ginger Detox Water

Lemon ginger

This is one of those detox water recipes that not only taste good but has some very special qualities that may help you feel better and cleanse your body as well.

The lemon provides the sweetness in this recipe, while the ginger provides a unique flavour that makes this recipe special.

Ginger is known to have a long history of providing relief for nausea, pain, inflammation, motion sickness, loss of appetite, and many more healthful benefits.

Also read: 8 Spices With Most Powerful Health Benefits

INGREDIENTS

• Juice of 2 lemons

• 2-inch knob of ginger root

INSTRUCTIONS

• Drop ingredients in the bottom of a pitcher or fruit infuser bottle.

• Cover with ice about 1/2 way through then fill to top with water.

• Place in the fridge for 1 hour before serving.

• You can refill the container 2-3 times before it begins to lose flavour.

9. Cucumber Melon Detox Water

Cucumber melon

Our Cucumber Melon Detox Drink combines these flavours along with lime and mint into light-infused water. There are so many health benefits to this drink! It flushes out toxins from our bodies, stimulates digestion, breaks down fat, and hydrates body cells.

Also read: 7 Natural Constipation Cure

INGREDIENTS

• 1 cup cucumber with peel, cubed

• 2 cups seedless watermelon

• 8 mint leaves fresh, lightly chopped

• 1/4 cup lime juice fresh

INSTRUCTIONS

• In a large juice pitcher, combine cucumber, watermelon, and mint leaves. Gently smash ingredients. Add lime juice and water.

• Allow steeping for at least one hour. Pour water through a strainer into a separate bowl or juice pitcher to remove chunks.

• Pour over ice and serve.

Different combinations of these weight loss efforts will yield varying degrees of results for everyone.
Just like, different versions of the following fat burner drinks have unique health benefits that catalyze one of the above mechanisms.

Now that you have 9 detox water recipes to choose from you don’t have any excuses not to drink your water. I recommend a gallon of water, or fruit infused water a day for optimum health benefits.

So drink up, and please be sure to comment below and tell us which were your favourite, other readers will be counting on you to share which of these 9 is the yummiest.

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5 Traditional Holi dishes with a Nutritious twist & 7 Post Holi Detox Tips

Holi is just around the corner and it is incomplete without delicious snacks and healthy traditional recipes!

We all have seen how our mothers started preparation for making various mouth-watering dishes for the festival.

It’s a stated fact that celebrating Holi would never be deemed complete without indulging in some heavenly Holi treats. Be it those festive Gujiyas, soul-chilling Thandais or general Indian snacks such as samosas, Dahi vadas and so on. Everything adds a little more to the festive vibes.

Many health-conscious people tried hard to ignore the lip-smacking dishes due to their diet chart and avoid the traditional food of Holi.

If you are also one of those health-conscious people then try out these healthy dishes that would not put a dent in your weight loss goals.

Check out super amazing healthy dishes that anyone can eat this Holi season:

1.Oats and Green Moong Dal Dahi Vada

Dahi vada

Oats and Green Moong Dal Dahi Vada Recipe are an easy to make and even easier to digest recipe perfect for Holi snack. It might require an overnight’s prep, however, the result will be super tasty and zesty. Not only the use of sprouted moong dal saved us from an entire day of regret but the presence of low-fat curd makes the delicacy hard to resist with no extra guilt.

2.Healthy Almond Milk Thandai

Getting high on sugary delight is surely not so healthy. Toppling down some fun is good enough, but not at the cost of your hard-worked fitness regime. Instead, keep it well on the fun part, just loose out the fat and fab from it. Use sugar alternatives like honey, jaggery or stevia sugar, go with almond milk, oat milk for protein and vitamin E, and ultimately use poppy seeds as the key ingredient.

Healthy thandai

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Berry Thandai

This nutty berry blast thandai is great for those who cannot have the traditional spicy Thandai. Blend it all nut milk (of your choice), fresh strawberries, vanilla essence, a pinch of a spice of your choice (cinnamon or cardamom) and natural sweetener. Finely Diced strawberries for garnish.

Check out Spices With Most Powerful Health Benefits

3.Malpuas But Healthy

Jaggery malpua

If the thought of Malpuas is making you worry about your fitness resolution, then this healthy malpua recipe which is a storehouse of gluten-free, fibre-rich oats flour will save your life. It’s fairly simple and tastes as good as the original one. Make use of soy or almond milk instead of the regular one and jaggery or stevia instead of sugar to make the delicious Malpuas. This dish is not healthier, but work brilliantly when it comes to flavour…. creates something that takes decadence to another level.

Also read: 7 Best Gur Recipes that can be your guilt-free winter indulgence

4.Healthy Besan Laddoo

Besan Jaggery Ladoo, low fat and healthy, made without sugar, oil or milk.

Besan laddo

Yes, it is a guilt-free sweet which can be enjoyed without worrying about those extra calories. Gram flour or Besan is a highly nutritious ingredient that has plenty of health benefits. It has a high amount of minerals such as iron, potassium, manganese, copper, zinc, phosphorus, magnesium as well as vitamin B-6 and thiamine.

Check the recipe here: https://detoxpri.in/2020/08/19/sweetchickpeaflourballs/

5. Vitamin Corn Salad

Corn salad

For all, you weight watchers who want to avoid all the fried treats, let’s toss-up up some healthy vitamin-rich salad for you. It is not just wholesome and nutrient-rich but also a treat to your taste buds. Throw in all the veggies in a salad bowl and then add some pulpy mango into the mix. coriander leaves. This healthy and hearty salad can cheer you up instantly.

Check the recipe here: Corn and Raw Mango Salad

With a quirky menu like this, your holi party is going to be fun enough even if you decide to skip the balloon fights and greasy synthetic colours. If you still want to indulge in them we can’t complain cause – Bura na mano Holi hai!!!

Post Holi Detox: 7 Easy Diet Tips To Cleanse And Recharge Your Body

1. Follow a diet which is low in sugar and fat but rich in protein, complex carbohydrate and fiber. Fixing a calorie goal can be a good way to exercise control.

2. Have homemade curd, buttermilk, yoghurt and other probiotic drinks to keep the gut healthy. Fill your stomach with coconut water, lemon water and fruits.

3. Avoid alcohol completely, even caffeine must be consumed in moderation(1 cup of tea/coffee in the day). Rather you can consume herbal teas like chamomile tea, peppermint tea, hibiscus tea etc.

4. Do not forget to work out or go for your walk on the day of the festival. Working out is important. Working out will not only help in the removal of unwanted toxins but will also help you in losing the water you have retained due to binge eating and alcohol consumption.

5. Give yourself a break from highly processed foods that contain high levels of sodium, sugar and unhealthy fats. Sugar-sweetened beverages, like soda, negatively affect your weight and health in many ways.

6. Substitute vegetable oils with good oils such as olive oil, coconut, and flaxseed oil, etc. Olive oil is one of the healthiest oils you can buy.

7. Drink enough water as you are looking to detoxify your body. Add flavour to your water by adding fresh fruits, lemon wedges, mint leaves and herbs. You could try combinations like strawberry and mint, pineapple and ginger, orange and mint, cucumber, lemon and mint leaves, apple and cinnamon etc.

Here are 13 types of oils: Health Benefits, Best Uses and More

Holi is a celebration of the vibrancy of life itself.

Our health is an important component of having a vibrant and happy life. We hope you have a Happy, Healthy and Colorful Holi.

Healthy Mango Recipes That are Good for Your Gut (No. 5 is my favourite)

Got mangos? We’ve got recipes!

The king of fruits – mangoes are in season again. In India, The mango period lasts from mid-march to may end.

There are many varieties of mangoes available in India Like Kesar, Badami, dasheri, langda, safeda, totapuri, chausa, Neelam, Alphonso (hapus) etc. Everyone has a favourite variety of mango.

The sweet taste of mangoes underlined with a subtle tang has created many fans across the globe. But, we tend to overlook how amazingly healthy mangoes also are.

Mango Nutrition

Mangos are packed with nutrients! Each time you eat these mango recipes, you get the following benefits:

• Low-calorie food. One mango has 100 calories. 

• Very high in vitamin C: One mango provides 100% of your daily vitamin C needs!

• Good source of vitamin A and fiber.

Also read: Why You Should Start Eating More Fibre for a Longer Life & Happier Gut

Here are 4 amazing reasons to eat more mangoes this season:

1. Lowers Cholesterol: Mangoes contain fiber, pectin and vitamin C which help in lowering the bad cholesterol. It also contains potassium which helps in controlling blood pressure and maintaining the heart rate.

2. Remedy for skin problems: Mangoes are a great source of beta-carotene which helps in promoting healthy and glowing skin.  Beta-carotene gets converted into Vitamin A in our body which protects the cells from damage.  Vitamin A also helps in improving eyesight. Mango pulp is rich in vitamin c, which can be applied to the face to make it soft and supple.

Also read: What to eat for glowing skin

3. Aides indigestion: Mangoes are rich in fiber which makes digestion easy. They also contain certain enzymes that help in breaking down the protein, ease-up the assimilation of food and elimination of waste from the body. Amchoor or dry mango powder also acts as a digestive aid.

Also read: 6 Natural Remedies To Treat & Prevent Bloating

4. Protects against heat strokes: Mangoes can protect you against heat strokes. Drinks like Aam Panna or mango lassi hydrate your body and eradicate the feeling of dryness. According to Ayurveda, mangoes energize the entire system and regulate blood flow.

7 Sweet and Savory Mango Recipes You Can Make Year-Round

1.Corn and Raw Mango Salad

This healthy and hearty salad can cheer you up instantly. A crunchy, refreshing salad to pack for a mid-day meal.

Key Ingredients

Corn kernels or corn on the cob, Onions, Spring onions, Red bell pepper, Raw mango (diced), Celery stalk (diced), Cherry tomatoes, Pineapple (diced), Parsley, Cilantro leaves, Basil leaves, Black olives, Lemon juice, Olive oil, Black salt, White pepper powder, taco shells.

Healthy salad

1. Blanch the corn in boiling salted water until tender but not overcooked.

2. Drain set aside and chill.

3. Dice the onions, spring onions, red bell peppers, raw mango, pineapple, avocado and celery to almost the same size as the corn.

4. Cut the cherry tomatoes into half and add the parsley, cilantro and basil to the vegetables.

5. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

6. Add the lemon juice, olive oil and mix well.

7. Fill into taco shells for presentation or in a bowl.

Broken Sorghum Porridge

2.Mango Lassi Cream

This stunning dessert made with fresh mangoes, yogurt and honey are low on calories and worth every bite. All your mango filled dessert cravings end right here!

Key Ingredients

Yogurt, 2 Mangoes, 1 TBSP Honey ( or stevia drop )

Mango ice cream

1. Churn together yogurt, chopped mangoes and honey in a blender.

2. Pour it in silicon moulds

3. Deep freeze it for at least four hours.

Banana Peanut Butter Ice Cream

3.Griddled Banana, Mango, and Jalapeño Sandwiches

For a killer brunch, serve with an over-easy egg.

Key Ingredients

Olive oil (or substitute flaxseed oil), multigrain bread, peanut butter, natural, banana (ripe, smashed), mango (very ripe),jalapeño pepper, feta cheese, kosher salt, powdered stevia, ground red pepper

Also read: 13 types of oil you need to know about

Mango sandwich

1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-low heat

2. Brush oil on 1 side of each bread slice. This will be the pan-contact side. Layout bread slices, oil side down, on foil or parchment paper (as a work surface)

3. Spread 1 tablespoon peanut butter evenly onto each of 2 bread slices. Evenly distribute banana over the peanut buttered bread. Shingle mango evenly over banana. Scatter jalapeño over mango. Sprinkle evenly with cheese and salt. Close the sandwiches. Press gently to adhere to all the ingredients.

4. Griddle the sandwiches for 4 to 6 minutes on each side, pressing gently to ensure that all the surface area of the bread is in contact with the pan. Be patient, and let it cook without peeking (you’ll get a more even toast that way).

5. Combine powdered stevia and red pepper. Cut sandwiches in half, and dust with powdered stevia mixture.

Guacamole Toast

4. Mango Iced Tea

Mango iced tea is a refreshing summer tea with flavours of mangoes and tea.

Key Ingredients

Alphonso mangoes, black tea or 2-3 black tea bags water, lemon juice or as required

Natural stevia sugar, mint leaves for garnishing

1. Peel and chop the mangoes. Puree them in a blender and refrigerate.

2. Heat water on a stovetop or in the microwave.

3. Remove the pan of hot water.

4. Add the black tea and stir.

5. Cover and let the tea steep in the hot water for 5-7 mins.

6. Strain and keep the tea in the fridge.

7. Once the tea is cooled, remove it from the fridge.

8. Pour the tea into a blender.

9. Add the mango puree, lemon juice and sugar to the tea.

10. Blend everything till smooth.

11. Serve the mango iced tea in tall glasses with some ice cubes garnished with mint leaves or mango or lemon slices.

Kombucha Drink

5.Grilled Teriyaki Mango Skewers

These grilled teriyaki mango skewers feature fresh mangos and a teriyaki sauce to make a sweet and savoury summer grilling recipe.

Key Ingredients

Teriyaki sauce, mangos, red pepper, yellow pepper, zucchini, red onion

Mango skewers

1. Preheat a grill to medium heat.  If using wooden skewers, soak the skewers for at least 30 minutes while preparing the recipe.

2. For the skewers: Cut the mango into large cubes (larger than a dice) so that threads onto the skewers. Chop the red pepper, yellow pepper, zucchini, and red onion into large pieces (you can cut the onion in wedges and use a few layers when threading).

3. Thread the veggies and mangos onto skewers.

4. Place the skewers on a tray and brush them with the glaze on one side. Place the skewers on the grill, glazed side down, then brush the tops with the remaining glaze. Grill 6 to 10 minutes per side until tender and lightly charred.

5. When the skewers are finished, place over rice or quinoa and serve with any remaining teriyaki sauce if desired.

6.Mango Raita

This mango raita is adapted from the book ‘Indian cookery’. I have changed the raita recipe, but only in a few aspects. I added stevia to the curd. It’s not essential but since I have a sweet tooth, I decided to add some sweetness.

Key Ingredients
Curd or yoghurt, stevia powder, ripe mangoes, diced, mustard seeds, 2 red chillies, fenugreek seeds (methi dana), ghee or oil, coriander leaves for garnish

Mango recipe

1. In a bowl, take 2 cups of curd (or yogurt) and 2 tablespoon stevia sugar powder .

2. Mix with a wire whisk or with a spoon. Mix it till the sugar dissolves.

3. Then add the chopped mangoes. Gently stir the mangoes with the yogurt.

4. Tempering: Heat 1 tablespoon ghee or oil in a small frying pan. Add 1 teaspoon mustard seeds (rai). Fry the mustard seeds till they crackle.

5. Add 2 dry red chillies and ¼ teaspoon fenugreek seeds (methi dana). Fry them till dry red chillies change colour.

6. Pour this spiced tadka on the curd mixture. Stir and mix well. 

7. Garnish the mango raita with coriander leaves.

8. Serve the mango raita chilled or at room temperature.

Yogurt Tzatziki dip

7. Mango banana papaya smoothie

An easy and tasty smoothie with the goodness of all three favourite tropical fruits in a glass. 

Key Ingredients

Papaya, mangoes, bananas, ice cubes (optional)

Mango smoothie

1. Peel and chop the fruits

2. Liquidize or blend all in a blender.

3. Pour in glasses and serve mango banana papaya smoothie immediately.

4. Add ice cubes if required.

Green Fruit Smoothie

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Make sure you try all these mango recipes this summer. Don’t just eat them raw, experiment and make most of the season of mango!

Bonus 😃

In all my recipes above I have used stevia sugar which is a natural and non-nutritive sweetener derived from the leaves of a herbal shrub native to South America. The stevia plant has been used for food and medicinal purposes for hundreds of years.

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Easy Vegan Recipes To Celebrate Plant Power Day

It’s Plant Power Day on 7 March 2021 and here’s everything you need to know about it.

Plant Power Day is the perfect solution for those trying to include more foliage in their diet while still keeping their carnivore habits.

Plant-based means food that comes from plants and doesn’t contain animal ingredients such as meat, milk, eggs, or honey.

The best way to celebrate Plant Power Day is to have an entire set of meals during the day that is completely based on plants.

Plant-based foods tend to be:

Packed with a wide range of vitamins and minerals

Fibre-filled

Heart-healthy

GOOD FOR OUR PLANET  

GO BIG ON PLANTS on March 7th and you can.

Save 1,500 litres of water (two whole weeks of showers)

Reduce your carbon footprint by 2kg (the energy needed to make 1,064 cups of tea)

IDEAS FOR THIS DAY

Think about the meals you eat on a typical day and how you could adapt them to be plant-based. By experimenting with plant-based foods for Plant Power Day, you may be surprised at how satisfying and tasty the options can be.

Plant protein

• Try swapping beef mince in a chilli or bolognese for soya mince or beans, lentils and chickpeas. Try these tasty snack recipes using chickpeas

• Add beans, lentils or tofu to stews, soups and curries. Try these Plant-based sources of protein.

• Include a sprinkling of nuts and seeds in your salads

• Try a milkshake, latte or smoothie using fortified plant-based milk. Here is a recipe to make oat milk at home.

• Use nut and seed butter on wholegrain crackers or an apple for a healthy snack like this chocolate peanut butter bars.

If you can’t manage a whole planet, just try to get more plants into your day; why not start the day with our One Day Plant-Based Diet recipe below:

Breakfast

Chia seeds pudding

Green fruity Smoothie with non-dairy milk

Chia seed pudding with fresh berries and a spoonful of almond butter

Lunch

Zoo does

Zucchini Noodles with chunky tomato sauce

Whole wheat Avocado toast

Snack

Energy bar

Homemade Energy Bars

Whole-wheat toast topped with peanut butter and berries

Dinner

Pumpkin soup

Millet porridge bowl with seasonal vegetables

Dairy-free Pumpkin Soup or Beetroot, Carrot Tomato Soup bowl

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3 Healthy Homemade Energy Bars That Are Super Delicious

Packed with oats, heart-healthy nuts, nut butter, dates, and seeds, these energy bars will keep you full and focused for hours. They’re great after a workout or when you’re in a rush and need a snack! You have to add these no bake energy bars to your to-do list.

You won’t regret it!

Plus, all of these homemade energy bars are: gluten free; refined-sugar free. and I’ve even included versions that are: vegan, nut-free and; low carb / sugar-free and keto friendly.

These no bake energy bars are absolutely amazing!

Immunity-Boosting Energy Bar

Healthy snacks
Ingredients:

  • 135g hazelnuts
  • 135g almonds
  • 50g sunflower seeds
  • 70g rolled oats
  • 5 medjool dates (pitted, soaked)
  • 70g Brazil nuts
  • 55g pumpkin seeds
  • 55g sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 2 tbsp quinoa puffs
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp maca powder
  • 90g goji berries

Directions :

Set the oven to 100C.

Put the hazelnuts and almonds in the oven for 2 mins, adding the sunflower seeds midway.

Blitz the oats, dates, nuts and seeds in a food processor.

Add to a bowl with the other ingredients. Mix by hand, then press onto a tray.

Freeze for 1 hr.

Makes 24 bars 188kcals | 3g sat fat | 6g sugar

Hunger-busting Energy Bar

Energy bar

Ingredients:

  • 140g rolled oats
  • 8 medjool dates (pitted)
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp flax meal
  • 60ml water

Directions :

Grind the oats in a food processor.

Add the remaining ingredients and mix to form a dough.

Line an 8x8in pan with baking paper, put the mixture in and press down.

Chill the mixture in the fridge for about an hour, then cut.

Makes 10 bars 187kcals | 0.7g sat fat | 13.6g sugar

Cacao-date Bar

Chocolate bar

Ingredients:

  • 12 medjool dates (pitted)
  • 200g chia seeds
  • 1 tsp raw cacao powder
  • 2 tsp cacao nibs
  • 4 tbsp coconut oil

Directions :

Pulse the dates in a processor until they form a paste.

Mix in a bowl with the chia seeds, cacao nibs and oil to form a thick dough.

Press into the bottom of a 9x9in baking tray and cut into squares.

Eat immediately for a more doughy treat or put in the freezer for

1 hour for a chewier texture.

Makes 10 bars 229kcals | 5g sat fat | 20g sugar

If you like this homemade energy bars recipe, be sure to check out my other no bake sweet treat recipes on the blog.

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Let me know in the comments below if you try this recipe. Would you like more such healthy and no bake recipes on the blog?

By Priyanshi Bhatnagar