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. Β By the way, have you guys watched the new Kung Fu Panda? I haven’t yet, but I plan to this week πŸ™‚ 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.Β 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 diapersΒ 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

 

 

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Tzatziki – Fresh dill leaves in a flavoured yogurt dip

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Hello my Dear Wonderful Readers!

How are you all doing? How has the weekend been so far? It’s Sunday and we decided to stay home so I made a quick dip and some hot pita bread to enjoy as we watch reruns of ‘The Game of Thrones’ (can’t wait for April for the next season). The recipe for my home made pita bread can be found hereΒ Home made Whole Wheat PitaΒ Bread. Dill has been in season for some time now so I made a few gyros too! I will post the recipe soon. For now this is my home made simple Tzatziki Sauce / Taziki Dip.

Ingredients :-

  1. Plain Yogurt – 2 cups
  2. Fresh Dill leaves – 1 cup (cleaned, dried and chopped)
  3. English Cucumber – 2 ( grated fine)
  4. Garlic – 4 cloves (paste)
  5. Lime – 1 (juice of one lime)
  6. Olive Oil – 2 tbsp
  7. Salt – to taste
  8. Pepper – a pinch

Instructions :-

  1. In a large muslin cloth dump all the yogurt
  2. Then bring the sides of the cloth together to form a nice ball and tie it up and hang over a small bowl. This is essential cause you really do not want a watery dip
  3. Leave this apparatus to rest for 15 – 30 mins (depends on how watery the yogurt is)
  4. Now in large strainer, add the grated cucumber and slowly press the cucumber flesh down with the back of the spoon
  5. This will help release all the water from the cucumber
  6. Let the cucumber drain for as long as 15 mins
  7. Meanwhile, combine the garlic, dill leaves, salt, pepper and lime
  8. After the yogurt and cucumber have drained out completely mix with the garlic and dill leaves
  9. Give a nice mix and add salt accordingly
  10. Your Tzatziki is ready! Drizzle a little olive oil over the top before you serve!

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

 

Chia Strawberry Parfait

Hello, My Dear Wonderful Readers!!

Ok, this is as simple as it gets! It’s like making a peanut butter sandwich. Consisting of three ingredients, this is the simplest parfait recipe ever. (Ok if you mixΒ muesliΒ and yogurt that’s just two) but any way, when you are pressed for time or running behind Β your little one yearΒ old, these parfait gives you all theΒ strength andΒ energy you need to get running. Mr R hatesΒ yogurt! And I love yogurt! MyΒ little one loves it too. So as a snack while he eats just the fruit, I have it just like this. ParfaitsΒ are really quick to make too and most of theΒ ingredients are always lying in your fridge so do not hesitate to try making them. I will share a few more parfait recipes in the next few weeks.Β 

Ingredients:-Β 

  1. Vanilla Yogurt – 1 cup
  2. Chia Seeds – soaked in milk or water overnight
  3. Fresh Strawberries – 6 – 7 (sliced)

Instructions :-

  1. In a clean glass pour half a spoon of yogurt
  2. Then add a layer of chia seeds
  3. Followed with more yogurtΒ 
  4. And finally add a layer of strawberries

It is that simple and extra healthy &Β Happy Eating!Β