The Popeye Smoothie – Green and Fruit smoothie!

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Hello my Dear Wonderful Readers!!

Happy Monday morning to all you wonderful people!! So I am still on my clean streak and this time I am back with a sweet, sour and super healthy smoothie.  “Summer” basically translates to – “time for cold and soothing breakfasts” During the cold months, I stay away from smoothies and therefore you will see how my waist line increases. But summer is when you wanna wear a nice  soft linen dress or cotton clothes right? I hate the idea of wearing denim during these hot months. I made the mistake of wearing jeans in Kerala!! OMG!! I had to peel it off my legs to get them off. LOL. A while ago I remember seeing this video of how girls/ women try to wear skinny jeans and how they look so pink and flustered at the end. So funny!! I am sure its there on YouTube. Another reason is, some mornings you just cannot get yourself to sit down and have a traditional breakfast right? After I have sent the husband to office and finished the baby boys morning chores I wish I had a nice tall glass of something cold and thats what makes smoothies just the best thing on earth. Like I have said before, smoothies are so versatile you could make any combination and it would taste remarkable!! and what’s more, they keep you full and happy till lunch time. Oh by the way you could totally do this for lunch too, but I like to sit down with my son on his chair by my side and we eat together. Separate plates, he playing with his food and me trying to teach him to eat on his own.

There are so many things you and me take for granted and so many things that you and me have to be thankful to our moms. Like how she thaught us to feed ourselves!! I mean the action of properly placing food into your mouth, without dropping a grain. Or how to hold a glass of water and place it back without spilling a drop. These are things we do every day, every time and have never stopped to think, how we developed these skills!

Ingredients :-

  1. Spinach – 200 gms ( washed and dried)
  2. Frozen Pineapple – 2 cups
  3. Kiwi – 2 ripe
  4. Coconut Water – 1 cup
  5. Amaranth Seeds – 1/2 cup ( optional)

Instructions:-

  1. Heat a pan on medium flame. Pour the Amaranth seeds into the hot pan and let them pop. They look like mini pop corn
  2. Set aside to cool
  3. In the bowl of your blender add the remaining ingredients and blend to a smooth consistency
  4. Pour into separate glass and top with the popped amaranth seeds
  5. Serve right away!!

Vanilla Grape Smoothie

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Hello my Dear Wonderful Readers!!

How are you all? So, i know it’s only February but it sure feels like summer out here and we have started making lots more smoothies and juices. So this morning we had a simple grape and yogurt smoothie.

Now I am not really sure why people do not like grapes as much as I do. I know strawberries and blueberries have their own exotic appeal, but the humble grape is a wonderfully healthy fruit. Grapes are high in antioxidants. Infact any fruit or vegetable that has a dark skin (like purple, dark red etc.) are said to be high in antioxidants and good for the heart. Grapes are excellent at regulating high blood pressure and preventing heart related diseases. They contain high amounts of fiber and potassium. Whats more they do wonders for your skin too. Today I have paired them with vanilla yogurt, oats and bananas to make it a full meal in itself.

Ingredients :-

  1. Grapes – 3 cups ( seedless, cleaned and de stemmed)
  2. Oats – 3 tbsp
  3. Bananas – 2 small ( chopped and frozen)
  4. Yogurt – 2 cups (vanilla flavoured or regular)
  5. Milk – as required ( depends on how thick on thin you like it)
  6. Honey – 2 tbsp ( optional depending on the sweetness of the grapes)

 

Instructions :-

  1. Put all the ingredients into a blender (except the milk)
  2. Mix well for 5 – 8 mins
  3. Then add as much milk as desired
  4. Serve right away

 

Health In a bowl – 2 ( Oats and passion fruit/ kiwi)

 

Hello Beautiful World!

So this is the second breakfast bowl I would like to share with you. The morning’s are still really cold and I am running out of onesies for my son. The nights are colder and our heater running all night, cause my son refuses to cover him self with a blanket or a comforter. So much that his baby ears are ice cold in the mornings and his nose is as pink as a rose. We have come to enjoy oats in any fashion. Maybe it be with apples or with just nuts or a variety of fruits.

This bowl is one such bowl. Its really easy to make and it hardly takes time to prepare. Unlike many Indian breakfasts there is no time required for “fermentation” or   “preparation”. So do try this one out.

 

Ingredients :-

  1. Oats – 3 – 4 tbsp
  2. Milk – 1 cup ( i used the low fat kind but any should work) + Almond milk is excellent
  3. Kiwi – 1 ( skin peeled off and sliced)
  4. Passion Fruit -1
  5. Almonds – 8 – 10
  6. Coconut Sugar – 1 tsp

Instructions :-

  1. In a pan, heat milk . Add oats to the milk and bring to a boil
  2. Then reduce heat and let the oats cook in the  milk. Stir occasionally to ensure that they do not settle to the bottom
  3. Once it has cooked well, pour into a bowl
  4. Cut passion fruit into two and scoop out the pulp within
  5. Now start from one side and add the passionfruit first
  6. Chopped Kiwi second
  7. Arrange almonds how ever you fancy
  8. Finally sprinkle sugar to the side
  9. Devour!!
  10. Stay healthy !! Eat Healthy

How I wash vegetables!!

 

Ok, so this post in not a recipe one but it does involve food and mostly vegetables and fruits. We live in a world where everything is genetically altered, sprayed and doused in fertilisers and chemicals that are not just harmful to you and me but to our planet as a whole!

Have you ever wondered why certain mixtures or compounds where never found on this planet? Why it took “MAN”s intelligence to make them and how all these diverse new “inventions” have only lead to the depletion of that one element that we got for free? Our wonderful planet. I believe that there was a reason why god put fossil fuels so deep into the ground. I believe there is a reason why we breath in oxygen and plants do the opposite. There is a reason why we live and we die. There is a reason why fruits are seasonal and why rice grows in such big quantities! The reason is “Balance”. Balance in every aspect is so critical!

Like the chair you are sitting in today. If that chair wasn’t manufactured or made with the balance your weight out correctly then the purpose of that chair is defeated. Like that little honey bee gathering honey and in turn help with more fruits and flower. If we didn’t have bees we wouldn’t have fruits and in turn no flowers and therefor no bees! If you did not know how to balance then you would never walk. If you did not have a job or a hobby then life would seem like a constant train of mundane activities that happen much like a robot taught to do specific deeds at set instructions. Life is a very delicate balance. And the faster we realise it, the better we can teach our children and the more they will learn to respect what they have.

While we could try and save what is left of the planet and as a foodie I try my best to do so. Some times I buy fruits and vegetable from local famers and I know they use a lot of pesticides and insecticides and fertilisers. So this is how I wash my vegetable and fruits.

What you will need:-

  1. Water – 4 lts
  2. Veggys / Fruits – 2 kgs ( in this case I used ladies fingers and 4 tomatoes)
  3. Turmeric Powder – 1 tsp
  4. Rock Salt – 1 tsp

Method :-

  1. First wash the vegetable in running water for close to 5 min ( first flush with tap open high for 60 secs and then low)
  2. Now collect 4 lts water in a large vessel like the one in the photo
  3. Add turmeric powder and mix into the water
  4. Now add your vegetable and immerse them in the water and let them remain in there for 1 – 2 hours
  5. Later drain the water out, rub rock salt over the vegetable and wash vigirously in running water
  6. Finally drain all the water and set aside to dry or pat dry