Saturday, January 14, 2017

Cacao Nibs: Super Food That Burns Fat


cacao nibs

heard of cacao nibs?? its not cocoa nibs! its cacao nibs! they are raw chocolate chips, no processing, no added refined sugar, but you still get that chocolate flavour plus all the amazing natural benefits of chocolate and this my friends is a super food that should be included in your diet if you are a chocoholic like me.

if you are not familiar with cacao nibs, then you should continue reading. Most of us knows that cacao or Theobroma cacao, is the source of original natural chocolate. It actually comes from the seeds of the fruit of the cacao tree; I remember during my childhood on one summer holidays while playing with my cousins at Kottayam, we came across the cacao tree and we managed to pull out a large fruit and somehow opened it and found some white seeds and in my all kiddish innocence thinking it is pure cacao I tasted some and it was the most bitterest taste I have experienced and the reason why I still remember it when I think of original cacao fruit. So, the seeds of cacao fruit does not taste like chocolate at all.

Raw cocoa is a super food which contains phytonutrients, sulfur, magnesium etc. The nutrients provides some benefits like gives you more focus and alertness, keeps you in a good mood, decrease depression etc.

Cacao nibs have more antioxidants than tea, wine, blue berries, and even goji berries. Epicatechin is a flavanol found in cacoa which in the process of manufacturing dark chocolate retains, but whereas milk chocolate does not retain much.

So, to get all the benefits cacao needs to be pure, least processed etc and that makes cacao nibs special. They are cacao beans that have been roasted, separated from their husks and broken into smaller pieces.

Here is one super healthy chocolate smoothie recipe for you to try with cacao nibs.

Some benefits of cacao nibs are:
Helps to lose weight and manage weight : Pure unrefined cacao nibs has lots of fiber and makes you feel fuller plus it helps with your chocolate cravings minus the calories. Moreover, the serotonin levels are increased which will make your brain feel that you are full and suppress hunger.
Prevents Anemia and iron deficiency, reduce risk or coronary disease and stroke, is rich in antioxidant and the phytonutrients in cacao nibs helps to absorb the free radicles that cause damage to our body.
Enhances mood: Raw cacao contains natural chemicals that keep you alert, boost your mood, decrease depression, and help you focus. Depression is one cause for weight gain and feeling happy by consuming cacao means that our desire to overeat reduces.

So, need any more excuse for not including cacao nibs in your diet?

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Super Weight Loss Chocolate Smoothie



super weight loss chocolate smoothie - healthy chocolate banana shake ; is one of my favourite healthy refined sugar free breakfast smoothie and best of all it keeps you fuller and satiated for a long time...and helps you to lose weight fast. chocolate for weight loss?? yes!!

does chocolate makes you happy?? well, it does it seems it releases some good hormones which elevates our moods! so, need any more reason not to have chocolate for breakfast?

to make this a power packed, fortified with antioxidants and omega 3s, I am using some super foods plus they will also keeps you fuller for a long time.

no refined sugar?? where does the sweetness comes from? its bananas! the trick is to freeze banana once it is ripened and that gives more sweetness, try it!!

if you feel you need more sweetness; then my choice would be dates!

raw cacao  nibs! how much I love thee! if you bite into raw cacao nibs, you sure wont like the bitter taste (the more bitter the more healthier, haven't you heard?); but when you add it in smoothies and shakes, it gives a nice chocolate flavoured crunch and I love it!!

here is the video recipe on how to make super weight loss chocolate smoothie


INGREDIENTS:
banana: 1 (frozen)
pineapple chunks: 1 cup (frozen)
1 cup water
chia seeds: 1 tbsp
flax seeds: 1 tbsp
turmeric tea milk: 1/3 tsp (check above for recipe link)
raw cocoa powder: 1 1/2 tbsp
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Toppings:
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
1 tbs raw cacao  nibs
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the pineapple will give extra dietary fiber, bananas will give you sweetness and also keep your energy levels high.
flax seeds and chia seeds will give you extra omega 3 and antioxidants
turmeric tea mix will help with weight loss
cinnamon will target your belly fat
raw cacao  nibs will give a nice crunch to the smoothie and best of all this chocolate smoothie will give you a "feel good" mood, plus makes you feel fuller for a long time. Your chocolate cravings are taken care off!


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Friday, January 06, 2017

Turmeric Tea Mix Recipe For Weight Loss - Homemade/DIY (Golden) Turmeric Tea Mix


turmeric tea mix

turmeric tea mix - diy turmeric mix to make turmeric tea or golden milk. turmeric tea for weight loss, for a flat belly, stomach bloating, and for overall health.

this homemade mix is an excellent fat burner and also will boost immunity. have this on empty stomach in the morning for best results. the active ingredient in turmeric known as curcumin has powerful anti inflammatory effects and is a strong anti oxidant. curcumin is not easily absorbed by the body and that is the reason inspite of us Indians having lots of turmeric in our diet, do not get its full benefits. black pepper is the one natural ingredient that helps the curcumin to be absorbed into the body by around 2000%, wow! So, do not skip black pepper when taking turmeric. All the ingredients I used in this homemade turmeric tea mix are locally acquired and organic.

curcumin/turmeric is fat soluble so it is also a good option to have a warm cup after a heavy meal.

studies shows that turmeric can prevent cancer, helps to manage arthritic pains, respiratory infections etc

turmeric is the best natural detoxifier and it cleanses your system.



INGREDIENTS:
turmeric powder: 6 tbsp
cinnamon powder: 1 1/2 tbsp
ginger powder: 1 1/2 tbsp
Pepper powder: 1 1/2 tbsp

NOTES/TIPS:
Use a measuring spoon to measure the ingredients
have this drink on an empty stomach in the morning, for best results have one cup at bedtime.
have breakfast after 30-40 mins of this drink
you can continue this drink even after 5 days but as in every remedy it is advisable to take a break of 2-3 days
turmeric tea helps to reduce belly fat and weight loss
turmeric tea helps to reduce stomach bloating
if you are on thyroid pills then have this drink only after 30 -40 mins of taking the pill
if you have acidity problems reduce ginger and pepper powder - ie use only 1 tbsp when making the mix.
this mix can be stored for long period, try not to make in bulk.
use locally available ingredients for best results.
this tea is good for people who has respiratory issues like asthma and also a good immunity booster.


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Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Curd Quinoa - How To Make Yogurt Quinoa - Quinoa Recipes


quinoa recipes

curd quinoa or yogurt quinoa is a simple and healthy recipe which you can put together in under 10 mins if you have some cooked quinoa in your refrigerator. When it comes to eating healthy, dinner is the most crucial time; I mean you eat healthy in the morning and at lunch, but dinner time you just lose the grip, maybe because you are tired after a hectic work schedule...whatever the reason maybe, sometimes cooking an elaborate healthy meal for dinner is most often cumbersome....well, at least in my case.

this recipe is inspired from curd rice which we all love; so I thought why not make the same with quinoa for a gluten free meal and I had some pomegranate seeds (which is in season now) and that added color to this dish along with a fruity crunch. quinoa, fox tail millet and dalia are the grains I like to use for a rice-less meal. And as always for everyday meals I love easy and quick recipes.

FYI quinoa is an ancient seed grain which is completely gluten free, pls check my youtube video for more info on quinoa.


curd quinoa recipe for lunch or dinner - recipe video


INGREDIENTS:
1 cup cooked quinoa
Curd/yogurt: 4-5 and more if needed
salt: as need
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1 tsp gingelly/sesame oil
1/4 cup raw peanuts
1/4 cup pottu kadala
salt as needed
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1 tsp gingelly/seasame oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp fenugree/methi seeds
1/4 inch chopped ginger
2 green chilies, chopped
1 sprig curry leaves
2 whole red chilies
1 tsp urad dal
1 tsp chana dal
1/4 tsp kayam/hing
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1/4 tsp black pepper powder
1/4 cup of pomegranate seeds
2-3 sprigs of moringa leaves (optional)
coriander leaves to garnish.



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Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Mooli Sabzi Recipe - How To Make Mooli Sabzi


mooli sabzi

Mooli sabzi recipe, learn how to make low calorie mooli sabzi (radish dry fry). Radish which is known as mooli in Hindi is a root vegetable but has very less calories and is a healthy vegetable. If you get tender radish then you can use them in salads or even make parathas with them.

The leaves of the mooli can also be used in salads or added to the sabzi. This sabzi is made with just 1 tsp oil and is a good choice to include them to make your diet healthy. This sabzi goes well with roti and can be had as a side dish.

Do check my video on how to make mooli sabzi.



INGREDIENTS:
Radish/mooli : 500gm
oil: 1 tsp
Jeera: 3/4 tsp
Kashmiri chilli powder: 2 tsp
Turmeric powder: 1/2 tsp
Coriander leaves
Salt to taste.



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Monday, October 10, 2016

Coffee - Chocolate Meal Replacement Shake - Coffee Smoothie Recipe



Heard of meal replacement shakes? they are simple smoothies but has the power of a full meal. This coffee chocolate banana smoothie with oats is one my favourite these days. I am a coffee lover and a chocoholic, and having them both in my morning smoothie is something I like these days.

It keeps me full and satiated till my next meal as it is power packed and full of nutrients and vitamins
and the best thing is it helps you lose weight!!

I used instant coffee powder in this recipe, but you can use left over brewed coffee (your morning leftover coffee) instead. This smoothie has more of coffee flavour than chocolate.

The oats, flax seeds, and chia seeds are the meal makers. I used instant oats and did not roast them, be sure to check out my video for more tips



OTHER LOW CALORIE RECIPES YOU MAY LIKE:

How to make low fat curd/yogurt at home

Avocado mango salad recipe

Beetroot breakfast smoothie

Apple chia seeds smoothie

Golden milk/turmeric milk recipe

Dalia pulao recipe


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Sunday, October 02, 2016

How To Make Low Fat Curd-Yogurt At Home


how to make low fat curd at home

How to make low fat curd or yogurt at home? Its simple and easy to make them at home and you just have to follow some small tricks which I have shown in my video.

Low fat curd is great for smoothies and lassies especially if you are on a weight loss journey and the best thing is they can be easily made at home. So next time you reach for that store bought low fat yogurt try my easy method.

This curd can be used as a raita or for all those things with which we usually use curd, it looks and taste the same as curd with fat except it has lesser calories.



Curd or yogurt is a great source of calcium, protein and some really good bacteria for your stomach, hence I like to use them a lot in my daily diet.

When mangoes are in season, you can try this skinny mango lassi with low fat curd.



You can also try this fast diet oats breakfast smoothie with low fat curd, this is a great filling breakfast which will keep you satiated till next meal.



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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Avocado Mango Salad Recipe - Avocado Salsa


avocado salad

Avocado salad or avocado mango salsa is a quick salad which I make when avocados are in season.  This is a great filling salad and the mangoes gives an nice flavour along with the crunch of the onions. A must try recipe if you have the ingredients at hand.

This salad is a great luch option and if you are on the go and want to take it to work; just put in a mason jar and give it a shake before you have it.


You can check this salad in a jar recipe if you are looking for more filling salad recipes for lunch, the video recipe is down below.


Avocados are fruits and not vegetable and they have the most healthiest fat and they are high in fiber, potassium, Vitamin B12, Vitamin E, and they have a high concentration of mono-saturated fatty acids.

Avocados have healthy fats and cancer fighting anti-oxidants, 11 different carotenoids in avocado helps to fight heart diseases.

The highest concentration of these above mentioned compoounds are found just under the skin, the dark green portion and hence for this reason the portion just below the peel/skin is the most healthiest.

Avocados keeps you fuller for longer time and its a great option to have when you are trying to lose weight and need any more reason not to include it in your diet when they are in season?





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Monday, September 26, 2016

Beetroot Breakfast Smoothie Recipe


beetroot breakfast smoothie

Healthy beetroot breakfast smoothie is another favourite breakfast option which I love these days and beets are the best option to beat fat!

Beetroot helps to burn fat ad helps in weight loss. They are low in calories and fat and a power house of vitamins and minerals. Beets are high in fibre and may help to lower cholesterol. Eating food with low calorie density will make you feel fuller for a long time.

The betacyanin in beets helps to remove toxins from your liver, decrease the risk of heart disease etc

Regular consumption of beet juice can help to lower your blood pressure levels.

Beetroot is also rich in folic acid which make it an excellent food to eat during pregnancy, but if you are pregnant you need to avoid the pineapple in this drink.

This smoothie is an excellent way to reduce post and pre pregnancy weight..

Its an excellent post work out drink and it boots metabolic rate.

Having this smoothie for breakfast not only helps to keep you fuller for a long time but will also help to lose weight and gives you a glowing and radiant skin.




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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Apple Chia Seeds Smoothie Recipe


Apple chia seeds smoothie with flaxseeds, cinnamon, and turmeric is a power packed anti-oxidant and protein rich breakfast smoothie and it will keep you fuller till lunch time. No snacking till lunch time means, you lose weight! and yes, this protein shake will help you to knock of those extra pounds especially the belly area.

So, I like to call this an instant belly fat burning smoothie and you got to try this for sure.

Chia seeds are one of the healthiest food on the planet and they are tiny seeds which provides sustainable energy. The best thing about them is that they are loaded with fiber, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidents, and various micro nutrients.

Chia seeds and basil seeds (sabja seeds) are different.

Starting your day with a meal that contain chia seeds will help you to maintain a healthy weight as it will keep you fuller for a long time and thus prevents any snacking or binge eating.

Chia seeds absorbs water and they expand 10-12 times their original size...and become jelly like balls, so if you soak them in water they will expand and absorb the water. They do not have much flavor on their own and they have a slight crunch when you bite.

Now, I personally do not like whole chia seeds in my drink or smoothie and I do not fancy that light crunch also. So, what I do is I add this into my blender along with the other ingredients and blend it up. The result is that the drink will be come slightly thicker and I wont get to taste the chia seeds. But again, this is a personal choice. If you do like it, simply soak in water or orange juice and mix up with the apple smoothie - and Homey likes this way.

Apples are low in calories and full of fiber and nutrients they help to maintain blood sugar level and the low sodium content in apples can help prevent excess water re-tention.

Oranges are low in calorie sna is nutrient rich and they are extremely high in vitamin c, vitamin B1...did you know that this vitamin helps your body deal with stress? Orange are rich in antioxidents and gives a healthy & glowing skin.

Cinnamon suppress your appetite and keeps you feeling full.

Turmeric is a natural detoxifier and helps to clean your liver. It reduces inflammation and helps to lose weight too. To know more about turmeric pls check this post on TURMERIC.

Flaxseeds, these are my addiction, I just cannot do without them, they are full of fiber and helps in weight management.


Some Flax Seed Recipes:

Okay, now back to the apple chia seed smoothie, it is a great breakfast smoothie and it is very filling and full of fibre, nutrients and anti oxidant and the best thing is that apples are in season.

How to make apple chia seed smoothie video.



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