Sunday, June 18, 2017

Dark Chocolate and Coffee Cake

Dark Chocolate and Coffee Cake

Oats flour – ¾ cup
Whole wheat flour – ¼ cup
Baking soda – ½ tsp
Baking powder – 1 tsp
Cocoa powder – ¼ cup (can add more if you like slightly bitter cake)
Coffee powder – 1 heaped tbsp
Jaggery powder – 1 cup
Eggs – 2
Hung curd – ½ cup
Coconut oil – ¼ cup
Orange zest – 2 tbsp
Dark chocolate sprinkles – 2 tbsp
Mix all the dry ingredients
Add orange zest
Add curd and mix
Beat the eggs well
Slowly fold into the mixture
Adjust the consistency of the batter with warm milk
Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees C for 15 mins or till done
Top with sprinkle when cake is just done
Cool in oven

Serve warm slices with steaming hot cups of tea or coffee

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Peanut Butter and Choco Chip Cookies

Peanut Butter and Choco Chip Cookies

Oats flour – 1 cup
Whole wheat flour – ¼ cup (optional)
Peanut butter – 1 1/2 cup
Egg white – 1
Cooking oil – ¼ cup
Jaggery powder – ¼ cup
Salt – ½ tsp
Choco Chips – ¼ cup

Mix oil, egg white, salt, jaggery powder and peanut butter
Add the flours
Mix well
Add chocolate chips
Shape into cookies and bake in an oven preheated to 180 degrees C
Bake for 20 to 25 mins
Let it cool in the oven

Enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Digestive Biscuits

Digestive Biscuits

Oats Flour – 1 cup
Whole wheat flour – ½ cup
Jaggery (powdered) - ½ or ¾ cup
Butter (frozen) – 3 tbsp
Salt – ¼ tsp
Cinnamon – ¼ tsp
Baking soda – ¾ tsp
Cold milk – 4 to 5 tbsp
Mix oats and whole wheat flour
Add baking soda
Mix well
Add salt, cinnamon and jaggery powder
Add butter and mix with hand to form a bread crumb like mixture
Add milk slowly to form dough
It should not be too soft or hard
Refrigerate for 30 mins
Roll out using little flour and shape with cookie cutter
Preheat oven to 180 degress C
Bake for about 12 to 15 mins
Let it cool in the oven

Serve with crispy biscuits with steaming cups of coffee or tea

Monday, May 22, 2017

Change your mind to change your body

Change your mind to change your body

This is my advice to all my personal clients and the patients I encounter at the clinic. Believe me, there are many who refuse to change their lifestyle despite health or weight issues. They want to eat the way they did in their 20s and even 30s in case of slightly older people. While I do not for a moment believe that one has grown old when one reaches 30 or 40, one must accept the fact that the body does age.. We cannot ignore this.

Genetically Blessed
Having said that I would like to add that the body ages, if, only if you allow it to age. There are a lucky few who look years younger than their age. One has to definitely give credit to good genes. But that’s approximately 10%. The rest is hard work and dedication for many. Do not overlook the fact that the person is doing something right; this can be a childhood habit or something acquired with age. But the bottom line is – they are doing something right.
I’m not talking about visiting the salon for expensive skin and hair treatments. These are just skin deep, superficial techniques. These are to be used like the cherry or chocolate sprinkles on the icing.

Somewhere Within
I’m talking about anti-ageing from within. Have you seen a man or woman in his or her 40s or 50s or even 60s with a tight, wrinkle-free skin, a fit body, a natural glow to the face and with a happy disposition? Such people exude natural warmth and positivity. It’s a pleasure to be around them. I’m not referring to those loud, boisterous old people who desperately flaunt their ‘feeling younger than my age’ status. You know what I mean.
So let us see what goes into the making of these genuine ageless wonders who display the maturity that comes with age but belie their age physically. I have observed and spoken to some of them and have penned down my observations and conversations with them (names changed of course).

Pallavi, 46 and married with two sons, 21 and 19. She is very particular about sleeping by 10.30 or 11 pm every night. She’s a morning person and follows a healthy eating and exercise regime. She likes being around positive people all the time. A worming woman, she makes time for her favourite TV shows and is passionate about cooking. Trying out new healthy recipes adds to the fun element for her.
Shruti, 54 and single. One look at her and she would pass off as a woman in her mid or late 30s. Her secret – healthy lifestyle. This involves clean eating (90% of the times), regular exercise and a disciplined lifestyle. Do the things you enjoy and surround yourself with positive people – is her advice. This reflects in your attitude towards life which reflects in your work and behavior towards others.
Ankur, 49 and married with a doting, health-conscious wife and two teenaged boys. He admits that he changed his eating and lazy ways after marriage. Fortunately for him, his kids keep him on his toes. They are sports fanatics and weekends are spent in playing with them. This is a more regular feature than chilling at the movies or eating out. So the weekend games and healthy eating sees him through. But he admits that had it not been for his wife and kids, he would have been spending a lot of his time in doctors’ clinics.

Tips on maintaining a healthy state of mind
  • Get enough shut eye
  • Drink enough water
  • Take a detox drink once in a while
  • Exercise regularly
  • Have a happy disposition

Now watch these videos. I do not need to say anything more on this subject.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Chicken Quinoa Pasta

Chicken Quinoa Pasta

Quinoa is the go to cereal these days although it has been around for almost five years now. But slowly it is becoming a household name. The health conscious and fitness freaks have suddenly woken up to its health benefits. I have used quinoa to make pudding, cake, stir-fry and lasagne too. And now I have discovered quinoa pasta. Losing weight was never so easy.

Quinoa pasta (raw) – ½ cup
Chicken (boneless) – 150 gms
Spring onions – 2 bunches (small)
Parmesan Cheese (grated) - 1/4 cup
Capsicum (small) – 1
Thai Red curry paste – 1 tbsp
Oyster sauce – 1 tbsp
Pepper sauce – 1 tbsp
Red Chili sauce – 1 tsp
Salt – to taste

Add salt and lemon juice to the chicken pieces and microwave it for 8 to 10 mins till cooked
Cool and shred it
Cook the pasta in hot water for 5 to 10 mins till done but still firm
Drain and keep aside
Chop the vegetables
Heat olive oil in a non-stick pan
Add the vegetables
Stir fry for 5 mins
Add the sauces
Check and add more according to taste
Add shredded chicken and cheese
Mix well
Add pasta and mix carefully 

Health Benefits of Quinoa
Good vegetarian protein source
Gluten free
Good fibre content
Has heart healthy fats
Rich in antioxidants
Good source of vitamins, magnesium and iron

Helps in weight loss

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Rum Balls

Rum Balls

Cake crumbs (leftovers) – 1 cup
Dark rum – 20 to 30 ml (depending on your reference)
Melted cooking dark chocolate – ½ cup
Mixed nuts – 2 tbsp
Candied orange peels – 1 tbsp

Blend all the ingredients (except the peels) in a mixie
Mix the peels and shape into balls of desired size
Let it dry for an hour before you enjoy this slightly sinful version of rum ball

Note: I used leftovers of healthy oats walnut cake

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Orange Cake

Orange Cake

Last evening, it suddenly struck me that I hadn't baked my customary healthy orange cake this season..and oranges are almost on their way out. I promptly bought a couple of Malta oranges and baked this super healthy, moist and yummy cake. It's awesome as a tea or coffee cake. I was hesitant to use Malta oranges. I wasn't sure if it would yield the same results. But I didn't have a choice. These are more easily available now. But now I will bake this cake using Malta oranges only. And do try this cake before oranges go out of the market.  

Wholewheat flour – ¾ cup
Custard powder (vanilla) – ¼ cup
Eggs – 2 or Hung curd – ½ to ¾ cup
Jaggery powder – ¾ cup
Baking powder - 1tsp
Baking soda – ½ tsp
Orange zest – ½ to 3/4th eel
Orange juice – ½ cup
Coconut oil – ¼ cup
Mix dry ingredients well
Add oil, orange zest and orange juice
Mix well
Beat the eggs
Add to the mixture and mix using cut and fold method
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C
Bake for 35 to 40 minutes

While we're all aware of the health benefits of oranges, let's look at orange zest:

Lowers high blood pressure and cholesterol

Has anti-cancer effects
Contains considerable amounts of calcium, copper, magnesium, vitamin A, folate and other B vitamins
Contains dietary fiber