Monthly Archives: September 2013

Super ChocoNut Boosters

( Glutenfree, Sugarfree, DairyFree, Grainfree , Stovefree )

After my long sermons on sugars , got many requests for sugar free desserts for both adult and kids alike. This energy dense bite is a great substitute for chocolate  or even a dessert. The dates are rich in iron and fibre and the nuts carry the healthy fat with fibre . Easy to make, store, convenient to carry and a must have in the fridge .

Making TIme : 8 mins

Makes 12 bites

Ingredients:

power of 5

power of 5

  • 1 cup  pitted ideally Medjool/locally available dark dates (10-12 large)
  • 1/4 cup soaked cashewnuts /walnuts
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla bean paste or extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1/4 cup  mini dark chocolate chips (optional)

Process

1. Add dates into processor and process until a  paste forms.

2. Add in the nuts ,cocoa, vanilla, cinnamon. Process until thoroughly combined. Pulse in the chocolate chips. The dough should be sticky when pressed between your fingers. If it’s not sticky enough to shape into balls, add a small amount of water (a teaspoon at a time) and process until it comes together.

3. Shape dough into small balls (about 12) and freeze for 20 minutes or so until firm. .

Healthy delites

Healthy delites

 PS: The vanilla flavor can be switched to an orange or lemon zest.

Heres to an energetic week ahead !!

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The Many Sins of Sugar

Sugar

Just A spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down. Really?  The point is overdose of both sugar and medicine stay in your system and leads to nothing but toxicity and dis-ease.

Sugar and Glucose are not synonymous. Sugar is nothing but  empty calories  Glucose is the end product of all foods we eat mainly carbohydrates and also protein and fat. Our brain only 2% in weight uses 70% of the body glucose  Every Body needs glucose to survive and not sugar. More importantly sugar is highly acidic to the body

Where is sugar ? Everywhere, when it comes to food and drinks. Bread and breakfast cereals, tomato and barbecue sauces, fruits and vegetables, protein boxes and fizzy drinks, desserts and alcohol .

Many forms Of Sugar

  • White Sugar
  • Brown Sugar
  • Liquid Sugar
  • Sugar Alcohols
  • Sweeteners .

So Are you addicted to sugar? Answer these

1. Do you struggle to walk past a sugary treat without taking ‘just one’?

2. Does your daily  routine work around sugar consumption –  needing a piece of chocolate to         relax in front of the television?

3. Are there times when you feel as if you cannot go on without a sugar hit?

4. do you develop headaches and get irritable often and rush for that sugar treat?

If you answered ‘yes’ to one of the questions above, you are addicted

Dr. David Reuben, author of Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Nutrition says, “white refined sugar-is not a food. It is a pure chemical extracted from plant sources, purer in fact than cocaine, which it resembles in many ways. Its true name is sucrose and its chemical formula is C12H22O11. It has 12 carbon atoms, 22 hydrogen atoms, 11 oxygen atoms, and absolutely nothing else to offer.” …The chemical formula for cocaine is C17H21NO4. Sugar’s formula again is C12H22O11. For all practical purposes, the difference is that sugar is missing the “N”, or nitrogen atom.”

Why say NO?

Sugary ills are more than you can imagine starting with

  • Low energy
  • Bowel Disorders
  • Dental Decay
  • Mood Swings
  • Hyperactivity in children and Adults
  • Obesity
  • Underweight
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Diabetes
  • Hormonal Imbalances
  • Gout
  • Polycystic Ovarian Disorders
  • Leptin resistance
  • Candida
  • Cancer

Know your Hidden Sugars and switch to more natural healthier or lesser processed forms(Look out for a sugarfree substitution recipe in my next blog-Super Choconut Boostershttps://kajalbhatia.wordpress.com/2013/09/15/super-choconut-boosters/

 

Eat Walk Cleanse- Dadar Matunga Health Food Crawl

 

‘A Diet cum Lifestyle Plan on Foot ?- Are you crazy ??’ enquired a concerned  Gul.  ‘Taking a bunch of people on the streets of Mumbai is like chaos ‘. But the  cosmos works in funny ways and soon I was with my foodie buddie Sam  out on a nippy Saturday morning along with  a bunch of Health Aspiring Foodies.  Sameer. Mushtaq, Vandana, Dr Bakshi, Iva, Patrick, Kathrin ,Tejal, Vini Kavita Jinal . And we walked.

Rustomji our friendly neighbourhood hero and his wife Freny Aunty were there to introduce us to the Parsi colony and its famous landmarks.As we glided through these unreal classics the crowning glory of it all, the Majestic Five Gardens soon stared right at us.. Green is Beautiful. Green is Life. As I outlined the health philosophy of foods and relationship between Food and Disease, Bankim the yoga expert  calmed our bodies in the best effortless way. Usain bolting we soon were !!.All ready for the adventure that lay ahead  .Jagat my juiceman welcomed and served us all monos -Neem amla adrak carrot bael -therapeutic booster shots to ensure a good cleanse each for a different ailment.

This experiential soujourn led us next to the band of boys and girls young and old led by Mr   Makhija  who escorted us through the virginal gulmohar laced bylanes. Hey! was that a World war  II tanker right here in the central suburbs .As we ate a little more of home made energy bites , good health continued its journey with us  to the glorious Kings Circle We wound our way through various eateries and food stores. So is oats too glutenfree ?asked one enthusiast and then the  health related QnA began. Tasted Kutto idli, Neer dosa, some more Green Juices , bypassed the effervescent flower Market- a riot of unique colors au naturel and pure just like the highly alkaline Natural Spring Water Mulshi we were carrying- Thank you Mr  Navin

The finale pit stop Shree Sunder served us a meal the dynamic owner Sachu was very supportive in helping me design. Panki in turmeric leaves laced with cardamom- Delicious. Pessarattu dosa –the protein dense mung chilla , idi appams- all healthy delites.. With one pit stop still pending we set off to explore the hidden jewels of Matunga veggies and fruits- all giving the perfect finish  to an enriched  Saturday morning

All food served during the entire tour was low calorie, gluten free, dairy free and low glycemic index dressed in minimal oil and salt however  tasty to invigorate all 5 senses.