How was your week? I received mails from some of you about your weight loss routines and inspiration and I was very very happy that this segment motivated you to take control of your weight. Today I’m sharing 3 delicious, healthy recipes that I’ve been incorporating quite often in my diet this week.
1. Fruit Smoothie
I love fruits, I love milk and I love yogurt. Throw the 3 together and I’ve got my perfect mini-meal! I’ve been mostly having a banana smoothie after my workout and it gives me the much needed energy after exercise. I also add a few dry fruits if I’ve missed that meal of the day – mostly almonds, prunes and walnuts and occasionally raisins. Apart from bananas, I also tried out a watermelon smoothie the other day and it was delicious! This is my most anticipated and cherished meal of the day!
Recipe : Pretty simple to make – 1 banana, 3 large spoonfuls of dahi (yogurt) and half a cup of milk. Throw in some dry fruits (almonds, prunes, raisins, walnuts ) and blend the mixture in a blender/mixer for 2 minutes. You can also add ice but I prefer not too as it dilutes the consistency and I like it thick. Since the keep the milk and yogurt in the refrigerator anyway, the smoothie is cold enough for me. You can also add a pinch of cardamom powder (ilaichi) or cinnamon (dalchini) for some added flavor.
2. Cucumber Mint cooler
I love having this for dinner. I get bored with the chopped salads sometimes so this is a nice variation though I’ve been told that salads should be eaten whole (same goes for fruits). Its not actually as watery and thin in consistency as a cooler but I didn’t know what else to name it 😐
Recipe : 2 cucumbers, 6-7 mint leaves, salt/pepper/sugar to taste , 2-3 ice cubes. Blend everything in a mixer, refrigerate for some time and have it cool. Go easy on the sugar, I just add half a teaspoon for some taste. This quantity will give about 2 glasses of the cooler, you can make it more watery by adding more ice cubes but I like the thick consistency so I skip the ice cubes. You can garnish it with mint leaves.
3. Navratan Salad
Well I named it Navratan Salad when my Mum made it one day on my visit home because it had 9 components! This will require a little more effort than the other 2 recipes but its really tasty, filling and healthy!
The 9 components of this salad : Cabbage, Peas, Cucumber, Carrots, Capsicum, Tomato, Corn, Peanuts, Pomegranate.
The following components need to be boiled a bit : Carrots, Corn, Peanuts, Peas
The following need to be sauteed in rai(mustard seeds)+1/2 tbsp oil : Cabbage, Capsicum (don’t saute for more than 1-2 min)
Mix all the ingredients together (after boiling/sauteeing the ones that need it) and add some salt, fresh lemon juice and some apple cider vinegar. The vinegar gives a nice flavor to the salad.
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