Strawberry, Pistachio and Rose Lassi

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Hello my dear wonderful readers!

Did I tell you how awful last week was? And I am still hopeful that this week will be better. I haven’t started using my new camera. These photos are from the old one but I will write about the new camera soon. For now I am leaving you with this simple recipe for the perfect summer afternoon/ evening drink.

Ingredients :-

  1. Fresh Strawberries – 3 cups
  2. Thick Yogurt – 2 cups ( cold)
  3. Water – 1 cup ( cold)
  4. Rose Essence – 2 drops
  5. Pistachio – 10 – 11 ย (half chopped fine)
  6. Sugar – 2 – 3 tbsp ( according to taste)

Instructions :-

  1. In the bowl of your blender add all ingredients ย apart from the chopped pistachio
  2. Blend for 5 – 6 mins or till the mixture is smooth and red
  3. Pour into individual glasses and garnish with chopped pistachio
  4. Serve cold

 

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Cranberry and Apple Oats Smoothie – A sour but healthy smoothie

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Hello my Dear Wonderful Readers!!

How are you all doing today? So I am back with another smoothie recipe. This time its a sour smoothie but as most other smoothies I post, this one is packed with healthy goodness. ย By the way, have you guys watched the new Kung Fu Panda? I haven’t yet, but I plan to this week ๐Ÿ™‚ Do suggest any new movies that you think are worth watching. We try watching movies that are “kid” friendly when my son is awake. We reserve the ‘Game of Thrones’ episodes and other action packed movies for when he is fast asleep.ย But half of the episodes/action movies are seen on mute (read subtitles), cause there is this constant fear of waking him up. Like they say, everything is a balance. Like when we go out, we take turns to eat, the same way at home also we take turns with who gets to change the diapersย and who feeds him! Its all a balance.

Ok so back to the smoothie.

Cranberries are a huge source of Vitamin C and Manganese. It help fight cancer and urinary infections. Apples help fight Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. So on the whole this recipe is one that helps keep you fit and healthy. You can add more sugar / honey as you like. I used greek yogurt and milk. But you could use almond milk or any kind of milk as desired.

Ingredients :-

  1. Cranberries – 200 gms
  2. Apples – 2 ( cored and cut )
  3. Cinnamon – 1/2 tsp
  4. Greek Yogurt – 1 cup
  5. Milk – 1 cup
  6. Oats – 1/2 cup
  7. Honey – 3 tbsp ( add more if required)

Instructions :-

  1. In the bowl of your blender, add the cranberries, apples, cinnamon powder, yogurt and oats
  2. Turn the blender on medium speed and add milk. Adjust the consistency as you like
  3. Finally add honey into the blender bowl and taste
  4. Serve right away
  5. The smoothie might be a little sour so add as much honey as you like

 

 

Green Monster Detox Smoothie

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Hello my Dear Wonderful Readers!

So, how are you all doing today? I am back with another ‘detox-cleanser’ smoothie. Remember how I said, my mother always says, eat your colours! This smoothie stays true to that. But before I get to that I wanna share something with you all. I have reached an important milestone as a blogger. ๐Ÿ™‚ My Instagram page has now reached 1000 followers!! How awesome is that!!

When I began blogging I never knew how rewarding itย would feel to exchange and share ideas of food with all of you. ย I turned my private Instagram page to a public page only a few months ago. So yes I am going to say cheers to that with my Green Monster Smoothie. ๐Ÿ™‚

This drink is not as filling as the smoothies that I make with oats but its more of a detox juice.

  • Spinach is good source of Vitamin K, C, A and high in iron, magnesium and Folate. Basically that translates to lush hair, strong bones, clear skin and good blood circulation
  • Celery helps to reduce bad cholesterol in the body and reduces inflammations. It is high in anti oxidants and vitamin K
  • Apple – An apple a day ….. ??

Together this smoothie is sure to make your feel brighter, fresher and will uplift your mood any time any day!

Ingredients :-

  1. Celery ย – 2 stalks (chopped)
  2. Apple -2 ( cored and chopped)
  3. Pineapple – half ( skin cut off and flesh chopped)
  4. Spinach Leaves – ย 100 gms( cleaned and steam removed)
  5. Orange 1 ( juiced)
  6. Water – 1 cup
  7. Honey – 1 tbsp (adjust according to taste)
  8. Ice Cubes – 6- 10

Instructions :-

  1. In a blender bowl, add all the ingredients except water and honey
  2. Turn the blender on and add water as required to bring to the consistency you like
  3. Taste and add honey accordingly
  4. Add ice and give it a final blend
  5. Serve right away

 

Fig, Pistachio, Rose and Almond Milk Smoothie

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Hello my wonderful readers!!

How are you all doing ? So its Monday morning and while my little monster and the love of my life are fast asleep, I am sipping hot green tea and typing out this post. Its super simple and I just made it so I am telling you, if you want an awesome start to the week ahead, you have to give this smoothie a try. This time I used store bought almond milk simply cause I did not have the time to make it at home, but making almond milk at home is really really easy. I will write up a post about that too.

How was your weekend Theย husband had to work over the weekend so we made the most of our time at home cooking and cleaning. We did manage to have a lunch outside. The food was decent and the service was alright but the ambience was the best part of the place. After having made so many kinds of medetraninan sides, I found that the place did not live up to its name. Oh well. I will give it another try some other day and even then if it doesn’t score well I might write about it. Yeah I believe in giving every one a second chance! Even a restaurant.

A long time ago, on one of my numerous drives around the country with my mum and dad, we stumbled upon a botanical garden. I can’t remember where and when, but I remember seeing these huge figs, growing in clusters over a branch of its tree. That was the first time I saw a fresh fig. Till then we would have the dried kind. My mum made sure that we always had a balance diet of fresh fruits, dry fruits, vegetables and meat. It was all a balance. Even today, when we go home, there is always a secretly balance diet on the table, not compromising on the taste or the variety of the food. Mums have an inherent powder to do that, wouldn’t you say?

Ingredients :-

  1. Almond Milk – 2 cups
  2. Oats – 1 cup (instant)
  3. Pistachio – 1/2 cup
  4. Figs – 8- 9 + 2 for garnish
  5. Rose Syrup – 2 tbsp
  6. Pistachio Slivers – just for garnish

Instructions :-

  1. In the bowl of your blender combines alomond milk, figs and pistachio
  2. Blend till you know that the fig and milk have combined
  3. Then add the oats a little at a time and adjust according to the consistency you like
  4. Now in 2 glass pour one table spoon of rose syrup around the side of the glass to get that crazy effect
  5. The fill with the smoothie but ensure you pour it directly into the middle of the glass so that the red syrup stays towards the side
  6. Finally garnish with fresh figs and pistachio slivers

Sweet and Sour Smoothie – Chikku, Banana, Raisin Smoothie with Pomegranate and Grape

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Hello My Dear Wonderful Readers!

How are you all doing today? So, I am back with another breakfast smoothie, completely inspired by left over fresh and dry fruits from the kitchen counter. But you never know how good they taste till you combine then and taste them. So I was so sceptical to mix these two flavours. Cause the brownish layer below is really sweet ( no added sugar, just the sugar from the fruits) and the brightย pink layer on top is slightly sour. But they taste really nice together!

Ingredients :-

  1. Banana – 2
  2. Chikku – 4
  3. Raisin – 3 tbsp
  4. Oats – 1/2 cup
  5. Milk – 1/2 cup
  6. Grapes – 1/2 cup
  7. Pomegranate – 1/2 cup

Instructions :-

  1. In a clean blender bowl, add banana, raisins, chikku pulp, oats and milk
  2. Blend together for a nice thick smoothie
  3. Pour into your serving glass
  4. Now clean the blender bowl and wipe with a dry cloth
  5. Add grapes and pomegranate seeds and blend to form a juice
  6. Add water if necessary to help the grapes and pomegranate blend
  7. Pour the juice over the banana smoothie layer already in the glass
  8. The consistency would be like that of an ice cream so if you like you may either add more milk or use a spoon to enjoy the smoothie

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 atย regulating high blood pressure and preventing heart related diseases. They contain high amounts of fiber and potassium. Whats more they do wonders forย your skin too. Today I have paired them with vanilla yogurt, oats and bananas to make itย 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

 

Chiku Banana Oat Smoothie

Hello Dear Wonderful Readers!!

We love healthy breakfast’s at home. So I try my level best to bring out variations to our table every morning so that we are not bored of eating healthyย everyday.ย ย I have always known about the health benefits of oats, butย it was only very recently that I decidedย to incorporateย oats as a ‘first choice’ element in my everyday breakfast ideas.ย Since you are limited to just one grain, it isย quite hard to achieve the goal of bringing about variations in breakfast as thereย is only so much you can do with just oats.

The goal, my dear friends,ย is to not use oil, sugar, processed cheese and sometimes omit dairy products all together. It’s a fallacy to believe that you need to drink cow’s milk in order to gain the required amount of calcium for your body. There are many other kinds of milk that can be easily made at home and yes it’s not as easy as buying milk from the store. Almond milk, soya milk, coconut milk, rice milk etc. The most largely used alternate to normal Cow’s milk is either Soyaย or Almond milk and the latter option is whatย  I have used in my smoothie today.

During winters, we love making Chikku/ Chikoo milkshake but I make sure the milk is at room temperature. Chikku is a wonderfully sweet fruit with various health benefits ranging from boosting your immunity to promoting weight loss and preventing anemia. It is really easy to know if they are ripe. Just press the skin of the fruit with a finger and if it is nice and soft, thenย it is ready to be consumed. Many people like to eat it with the skin on, but I prefer it without the skin simply cause it has a very “Mud” like texture. But the sweet soft pulp inside is a wonderful delight! Remember to remove the big black seeds from within before you add them in the blender.

Ingredientsย ย :-

  1. Instant Oats – 5 tbsp
  2. Banana – 3 – 4 large (peeled, cut to coins and frozen)
  3. Chikku – 5
  4. Almond Milk – 2 cups
  5. Vanilla Extract – 2 tbsp
  6. Chocolate Sauce – just for the drizzle ( optional)
  7. Almonds – for garnish ( optional)

Instructionsย :-

  • Wash the chikku well and cut into two halves. Then spoon out the pulp from within. Press the pulp between your fingers to remove the seeds
  • Once you have all the chikkus deseeded and pulp removed, add the pulp into a blender bowl
  • Add the frozen bananas, oats and half the almond milk into the bowl and turn your blender on to low
  • Slowly add rest of the almond milk into the running mixer followed by the vanilla extract. Blitz for 5 whole minutes
  • Then pour into your smoothie mugs or glasses, drizzle a little chocolate over the top and garnish with almonds

 

Noteย :-

  • I have not added sugar because the chikku and banana where sweet enough, but you may add sugar according to taste
  • I used room temperature milk cause the bananaย was cold enough
  • Increase or decrease the amount of almond milk depending on how thick/light you like your smoothie