In India many people observe fast during the festivals. Fasting is not only a practice meant for spiritual reasons but also for health benefits people do observe a fast. Actually, fasting helps in detoxification and cleansing of your body and keeps your mind calm and composed. This is really a good time to try different healthy refreshing drinks made of fresh fruits and herbs to keep your body active.
Take a look at these five refreshing beverages that you can have during your fast. These are not just nutritious, but also quite filling.
Watermelon Mint Juice
Slice and dice the 1 cup watermelon into small piece and remove the seeds. Take a blender and put the watermelon pieces along with 10 to 12 mint leaves, a pinch of black pepper, half tea spoon roasted cumin powder and half tea spoon rock salt to it. Also add few drops of lemon juice as per your taste in the blender. No need to add sugar as watermelon is already too sweet. Blend it well and strain. Garnish with a twig of mint leaves and serve cool.
Wash the chikoo properly to make the outer layer soft. Then peel and chop 1 cup of chikoo and remove the seeds. Put one cup of chikoo a blender along with 1 cup of milk to it. Add sugar to taste and blend it until you get a smooth texture.
Papaya Muskmelon Juice
Peel and chop half papaya and half muskmelon. Put the chopped pieces in a blender along with one tbsp. of lime juice and few ice cubes in it. Whiz it well to make a smooth texture. Pour in a tall glass and garnish with a thin muskmelon slice before you serve.
Take a cup of grapes of your preference: red, green or black. Wash them and let it soak in water in a large bowl/jar filled with water. Then in your favorite blender put the grapes and add a pinch of back salt and one teaspoon of lime juice or else you can also try a teaspoon of fruit chat masala. Blend it well and serve the tangy grape juice.
Strawberry watermelon Juice
Take 8 to 9 large or 1 cup Strawberries and 1 ½ cups of watermelon diced into small pieces in a blender and add 2-3 teaspoons lemon juice. Add half cup water and few ice cubes then give two to three long whizzes to make it smooth. Then strain the puree to obtain a glass of chilled and refreshing juice. Garnish with a slice of strawberry and serve.
Pear-Based Beverages Help to Meet Fitness Goal
Pear, a juicy fruit worth for its nutritional qualities is low in calories with high-fiber content. The fruit is also high in water content and helps in weight loss. It is also a rich source of beta-carotene and B vitamins. No doubt that pear tastes best when eaten straight by biting into it. However, there are people who like it in juice form. So, here are recipes of beverages made from pear that are refreshing as well as delicious and healthy.
Pear, Spinach, Celery and Ginger Smoothie
This is a power pack smoothie that acts as a fuel to your body. Loaded with vitamins and minerals from spinach and celery and antioxidants of ginger, this smoothie helps in building up immunity. Let’s know the recipe.
- Peel and cut a cup of pear into small pieces.
- Boil a handful of spinach separately and cut into small pieces along with celery as per your taste.
- Blend all the ingredients with 1 cup yogurt and 1 tablespoon honey.
- Your smoothie is ready to serve.
Fresh Pear Juice with Apple and Pineapple
This fresh juice helps a lot in weight loss. Pineapple contains traces of vitamins A and K, zinc, phosphorus, and calcium, while green apples are rich in antioxidants, flavonoids, and dietary fiber. These nutrients not only provide great skin but also help in building a healthy immune system and increases metabolism in the body. Let’s know-how is it prepared?
- Cut two pears and one pineapple and two green apples into small chunks.
- Put all fruit chunks in a juicer and blend it into smooth juice.
- Chill the juice for 1 hour in refrigerator or chill instantly by adding ice cubes.
- Serve chill in a tall glasses
Let’s Try Some Traditional Jaggery/Gud/Gur based Beverages…
Evolution of Indian cuisine dates back to near about 5,000-years ago. The cuisine of India is an amalgamation of various cultures, regional cuisines, and diversity of flavors. One of the most common and traditional ingredients of Indian kitchen is Jaggery or Gur or Gud. It is an unrefined form of sugar which acts as a sweetener and holds many health benefits. Having a little bit of jaggery or Gur after lunch or dinner activates the digestive enzymes and prevents constipation. It also boosts immunity and prevents respiratory disorders and anemia.
So let’s learn a few beverages made from jaggery or Gur.
Ingredients (for 4 servings): 1 cup jaggery powdered, 4 cups water, 3 to 4 pods powdered cardamom, 2 tsp ginger grated dried (chukku/sonth), Juice of 1/2 lime.
- Take the water in a Jug and dissolve the powdered jaggery. Keep it undisturbed for about 5 minutes allowing the impurities in the jaggery to settle down. Then, strain the jaggery water
- Add the cardamom, dried ginger, and lime juice and mix well.
- Pour into tall glasses and serve.
- You can also keep it in the refrigerator in case u want to have a chilled Paanakam.
Mango Jaggery Treat
Ingredients: 2 cups chopped mangoes, ½ cup jaggery powdered, 1 cup curd.
- Mix all the ingredients in a mixer along with 1 cup chilled water or some ice crush. Then blend it until it becomes smooth
- Pour into glasses and serve chilled.
Gud wali Chai (Jaggery Tea)
Ingredients: Jaggery (Gur) grated 3-4 tablespoons, Tea leaves 2 tablespoons, 4 broken Green cardamoms, Fennel seeds (saunf) 1 teaspoon, Crushed black peppercorns 1/2 teaspoon, Milk 1/2 cup.
Take a saucepan and heat 1 cup water. Add cardamoms, crushed peppercorns, fennel seeds and tea leaves. Bring it to boil.
- Then, add milk and again bring it to boil.
- Put jaggery in the teapot and strain the prepared tea mixture into the teapot. Stir well until the jaggery melts.
- Serve hot.
Hope you like these traditional beverages from Indian cuisine. Cheers!!!
Cocktail with a dash of Indian flavor!!
Last week I was in Goa and while having some cocktails at the famous Baga beach, I was thinking what if we can bring some desi Indian taste to the cocktails. So, I tried to make some Desi cocktails at home and trust me it was amazing. Here are some recipes that really took my heart…
PAAN KI DUKAAN
This is a real refreshing cocktail to anyone. Apart from its stimulating flavor, it holds the benefits betel leaves, popularly suggested as a cure to the common cold. The vodka in this cocktail is just the cherry on top and provides you a festive feel.
Ingredients: 2 fresh paan leaves, 4 cardamoms, 1 spoon gulkand, 45ml vodka, 15ml Sambuca, 1 maraschino cherry.
Crush the paan or betel leaf, cardamom, and gulkand in a cocktail shaker. Add the Sambuca and vodka. Then add some ice crush and shake well. Strain the mixture into a glass filled with ice and betel leaves. Finally, garnish with cherry and cardamom.
CURRY SCOTCH SMASH
According to some bartender experts, scotch and curry are the perfect combinations, when we look for a classy and yet spicy twist.
Ingredients: 60ml blended scotch, 25ml lemon juice, 25ml curry simple syrup, Handful of mint
Combine all the ingredients in the shaker. Shake well and then fine strain. Garnish with a thin lime slice and a tiny mint twig.
KHARA MASALA SPICED WINE
Another total desi and the yet amazing twist are when red wine combines with a couple of ingredients that can be easily available in any Indian Kitchen.
Ingredients: 1 bottle red wine, 60gm demerara sugar, 1 cinnamon stick, A pinch of grated nutmeg, 8 cloves, 2 big black cardamoms, 1 orange, sliced into half, 1 dried bay leaf, 60ml sloe or damson gin (optional)
Take a saucepan and put the wine in it along with orange, sugar, bay leaf and the spices. Heat it gently until the sugar gets dissolved. Remove the wine off the heat. Then stir in the sloe or damson gin if you want it. Strain into heatproof glasses and serve immediately.
Chai or the Tea, the most common and desi hot beverage of India, when added to vodka stirs your senses.
Ingredients: 4 masala chai tea bags, 1 cup boiling water, 1-ounce vodka, 1 ounce of any liqueur, Crushed ice, freshly ground nutmeg
Take a large cup, put the tea bags it and pour the boiling water. Let them steep in the water for a few minutes. Then take out the tea bags and refrigerate the tea for half an hour.
Take a martini shaker and add vodka, half a cup of the chilled tea and the liqueur of your preference (options are almond, hazelnut, orange or coconut). Then add crushed ice, and shake well.
Strain the liquid into a martini glass and garnish with grated nutmeg.
Hope you liked the desi cocktails! CHEERS!!!!
10 local alcoholic beverages of India
There is something more exotic and homely about the local alcoholic beverages, especially in India. The charisma of desi daaru is unique and outstanding. Here, we present you a list of desi daaru or local alcoholic beverages found in diverse regions of the country.
Considered as Lord Shiva’s Elixir, Bhang is the most common local beverage to get high. Popular in the northern parts of the nation, it is prepared by crushing the marijuana leaves to make a paste and combining the paste with milk, mangoes, ghee, and certain spices to get the bhang.
Chhang is the local liquor of Ladakh and North-East region of India. It is a barley-based alcoholic beverage, also called as the ‘hot beer’. Chhaang is prepared and consumed by the local people for centuries on almost all the socio-cultural activities celebrated in Ladakh.
Most popular local drink of Goa, Feni needs no introduction. Feni is prepared from cashew apple or coconut by fermenting it for four days. The beverage is used in cocktails as well to get unique taste and flavor. It is one of the cheapest options in Goa and has a major market share in Goa.
A local beverage of Hyderabad that contains high alcohol content and caution is advised before its intake. The Gudamba is prepared from the sugarcane or raw Jaggery and few Indian spices. These ingredients are left for fermentation for a few days in homemade earthen containers to form Gudumba.
Bangla is the alcoholic beverage of West Bengal which is also offered to the Goddess Durga Maa during festivals. This local alcoholic drink is prepared by fermenting cooked rice for many days and tastes brilliantly strong.
Handia also is known as Hadiya is a desi or local alcohol of Bihar, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, and Uttar Pradesh. Considered as local beer prepared by fermenting the boiled rice with a mix of about 20-25 herbs that act as fermenting agents.
Zawlaidi is a famous local wine in Mizoram that contains 11-14 percent of alcohol. This mild alcohol is prepared from locally produced grapes and cheaper than other options available in the state. Its bubbly taste makes it a unique drink as compared to other alcoholic beverages in the state.
Mahua is prepared from the desiccated Mahua flowers, commonly found in abundant Mahua trees in jungles of Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Bihar, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and West Bengal. The drink is made by fermenting flowers that grow on the tree. The beverage is highly intoxicating and should not be consumed in large portions.
A mild and refreshing local drink prepared and consumed in Manali, Himachal Pradesh. The beverage is prepared by fermenting rice or barley.
Very popular alcohol prepared and consumed in Kerala, Toddy is one of the easiest beverages to make in the coastal areas. All it needs is to collect the flowers of the coconut trees and extract the juice from it and ferment to form a mildly alcoholic beverage with 5-10 percent of alcoholic content.
Hope you liked it. Cheers!!!
5 super awesome detox drinks for glowing skin
Who doesn’t love to get glowing and gleaming skin? We all want to have flawless and beautiful skin by applying commercial chemical containing beauty products and we totally ignore the natural ways of getting glowing skin.
Detoxification is as important as removing makeup before going to sleep every night. As what we eat definitely has a major effect on our skins and body parts.
For healthy skin, we need to get rid of the toxins in our body. A detox drink not only cleans the toxins but also gives our body the nutrition it needs.
We help you out in your detoxification. Follow the list and do some intelligent shopping next time when you hit the supermarket.
Cucumber juice: For ages, cucumber face packs do wonders for the skin and it is used to make the refreshing and flawless. Cucumber juice is one of the best natural ways to moisturize our skin making it more elastic and glowing.
Beetroot juice: This vegetable is power-packed with all good nutrients likes zinc, iron, potassium, vitamin c, B3, B6, manganese and folic acid, all of which are known to purify blood and fire up the detoxification process.Beetroot is power-packed with essential nutrients including potassium, zinc, iron, folic acid, manganese, and vitamin C, all of which are known to purify blood that further leads to glowing skin. Eat them in raw form or include it in recipes or have it in the form of juice.
Lemon: We all know drinking water is really good for detoxifying our body. Adding lemon in the water really works well for the skins as it flushes toxins out of our bodies with ease. You can also use lemon juice as a dressing in salads.
Pomegranates: This red-colored fruit has the ability to purify blood that helps in nourishing the skin tone and making it glow. It slows down our skin’s aging process. A glass of this juice is exactly what you need to drink for glowing skin.
Avocados: Avocados are a powerhouse of antioxidants, which are known to show the harmful toxins a way out of your body.
Go Vegan – Let’s Make Vegan Protein Shakes
Raspberry-Banana Protein Shake
This smoothie is just not a protein shake but a delicious wholesome meal and a rich source of antioxidants, protein, calcium, iron, and energy.
Ingredients: ½ cup raspberries, 1 medium banana, 2 tablespoons almond butter, 1 cup almond milk, ¼ cup water
1. Add all the ingredients except water to a high-speed blender and puree to a smooth shake.
2. Add water to adjust the thickness and pulse for a couple of seconds.
3. Chill and enjoy.
Soy Milk-Strawberry Protein Shake
Another vegan yet yummy protein shake is here that kids of all ages will enjoy. Let’s try this.
Ingredients: 2 cups soy milk, ½ cup chopped strawberries, 1 tablespoon ground almond, 1 tablespoon ground melon seeds, 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
1. Take all the ingredients in a blender and whiz to make a thick smoothie.
2. Pour it into a tall glass.
3. Add two ice cubes for a chill shake.
4. Drink up!
Vegan Pea Protein Meal Replacement Protein Shake
A dairy-free and gluten-free smoothie rich in protein that tastes amazing. Additional blueberries or strawberries or both make it thicker and enhances the taste.
Ingredients: 1 ½ tablespoons pea protein, 1 cup almond milk, ½ cup strawberries, A pinch of nutmeg powder, 1 teaspoon powdered jaggery.
1. Put all the ingredients into the blender and whiz well.
2. Pour it into a glass
3. 2 ice cubes and drink up.
Sattu (Roasted Gram Flour) Low-Calorie Protein Shake
Sattu is a plant-based protein powder made of roasted gram flour that offers energy and is one of the best sources of protein.
Ingredients: 4 tablespoons sattu powder, Juice of half a lime, 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro, ½ teaspoon roasted cumin powder, Salt to taste, 1 cup water
1. Mix all the ingredients including sattu, roasted cumin powder, salt, and chopped cilantro.
2. Add water gradually and stir. Avoid lumps to form.
3. Pour into a glass, add lime juice
4. Give one final stir before drinking it.
Hemp Green Protein Shake
Hemp protein is made from hemp seeds and a good source of dietary fiber and a meal replacement protein shake.
Ingredients: 1 tablespoon hemp powder, 1 tablespoon ground sunflower seeds, 1 cup baby spinach, a pinch of salt
1. Put the baby spinach in a blender and blend into a smooth paste.
2. Pour it into a tall glass and add hemp powder, salt, and ground sunflower seeds.
3. Stir well before drinking.
Make your natural protein shake at home
Homemade healthy recipes always make wonder when it’s about reducing hunger pangs post-workout, gaining mass, and replacing your meals. Here are some homemade protein shakes made with natural ingredients and taste way better than the commercial protein powders.
1. Almond-Coconut Protein Shake
Almonds are rich sources of protein. Twenty almonds contain approximately about 5 grams of protein. Milk provides an additional dose of protein and flaxseeds offer a daily dose of omega-3s.
Ingredients: 20 almonds, ½ cup unsweetened dried coconut, 2 ½ cups water, 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder, 1 tablespoon honey, 2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds, 2 cups milk
1. Soak almonds and dried coconut overnight in water.
2. Remove the water in the morning and blend the almonds and coconut to a coarse powder.
3. Then add milk and blend to get a smooth and thick shake.
4. Add honey, cinnamon powder, and ground flaxseed. Mix well.
5. Pour in a tall glass and serve.
2. Peanut Butter-Banana Protein Shake
This smoothie is a great source of protein and best post-workout meal to reap its goodness.
Ingredients: 2 medium-sized bananas, 2 tablespoons peanut butter, 2 cups Greek yogurt, 100 mL full-fat milk, 1 tablespoon chia seeds, Cocoa powder
1. Take a blender and add bananas, milk, yogurt, and peanut butter.
2. Blend to a smooth, thick smoothie.
3. Then add chia seeds, sprinkle cocoa powder on top and serve.
3. Chocolate Protein Shake
This one is ideal for all bitter chocolate lovers and tastes sweet but not too sweet. Its aroma makes it an instant mood booster.
Ingredients: 1 chopped apple, 1 tablespoon almond butter, 1 tablespoon grated dark chocolate, 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, 1 cup milk, ½ cup yogurt, 2 pitted dates
1. Whiz the chopped apple, milk, almond butter, pitted dates, yogurt and cocoa powder in a blender.
2. Pour the thick smoothie into a glass and garnish with grated dark chocolate.
4. Oatmeal, Blueberry and Chia Seeds Milkshake
It is a real replacement of meal and an amazing smoothie loaded with protein. This one is one of the best post-workout homemade protein shakes.
Ingredients: ½ cup blueberries, 1 tablespoon chia seeds, 2 tablespoons oatmeal, 1 cup milk, 1 tablespoon honey.
1. Blend all the ingredients on high rotation to make a smooth and thick shake.
2. Then add a handful of crushed ice and beat for a few seconds.
3. Transfer to a tall glass and enjoy!
5. Alphonso Mango-Almond Milk Protein Shake
It’s a delicious and juicy protein shake and a great post-workout smoothie. The carbs from the mango help instantly refill the depleted sugar in the body. Chia and almond milk help muscle recovery by offering a good amount of protein.
Ingredients: 1 cup chopped Alphonso mango, 1 cup almond milk, 1 tablespoon chia seeds, ½ cup chilled Greek yogurt.
1. Blend the chopped Alphonso mango, chilled yogurt and milk into a blender.
2. Give a whiz to it and pour into a tall glass.
3. Add chia seeds and stir.
4. Enjoy your drink.
6. Banana, Ragi and Chia Seeds Shake
Finger millet or ragi is a great source of protein, dietary fiber, and calcium. This protein smoothie fills you and improves hemoglobin levels.
Ingredients: 2 small bananas, 3 tablespoons sprouted finger millet or ragi powder, 1 tablespoon chia seeds, 6 almonds, 1 cup milk, 1 tablespoon powdered jaggery, ¼ cup warm water
1. Take a blender and put almonds and chia seeds together and beat to a smooth powder.
2. Then add the rest of the ingredients and blend until it becomes a smooth and thick shake.
3. Pour into a glass and drink immediately.
7. Oatmeal-Apple Protein Shake
The phytonutrients of apple keep the blood sugar levels under control. Combining it with some milk and oatmeal offers for a heavy breakfast that will keep you full for a long time.
Ingredients: 3 tablespoons oatmeal, 2 cups milk, 1 peeled and chopped apple, 3 tablespoons almond butter, Cocoa powder
1. Blend all the ingredients at high speed until it becomes a thick and smooth shake.
2. Sprinkle some cocoa powder and enjoy
8. Almond-Cocoa Milkshake
Almonds and coconut make a great duo. The duo when combined with milk or almond milk tastes amazing and the trio offers a great nutritional value.
Ingredients: 10 almonds, 1 cup milk or almond milk, 2 tablespoons grated fresh coconut, 1 teaspoon cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, ¼ cup cashew milk, 2 pitted dates
1. Blend the almonds, coconut, milk, and dates together at high speed
2. Transfer into a glass.
3. Add cashew milk, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract and stir it.
4. Sip it and enjoy!
9. Hot Chocolate-Cashew Meal Replacement Protein Shake
It’s a lip-smacking smoothie and a great meal. The cashew in it takes the caloric value up. So, it is better to avoid this smoothie as a snack.
Ingredients: 1 banana, 1 cup full-fat milk, 2-3 tablespoons cashew nuts, 2 teaspoons cocoa powder, 2 tablespoons grated dark chocolate
1. Put all the ingredients into a blender and blend into a thick and smooth paste.
2. Pour it into a glass and sip.
10. Blueberry, Almond Butter and Banana Smoothie
Blueberries are a rich source of antioxidants and vitamin C and when combined with almond butter and Greek yogurt, the trio offers a fantastic protein power booster.
Ingredients: 1 cup blueberries, 1 banana, 2 tablespoons almond butter, 1 cup Greek yogurt
1. Put all the ingredients together in a blender
2. Whiz it at high rotation to make a smooth and thick shake.
3. Transfer the smoothie into a glass and enjoy!
These are the 10 homemade protein shakes that will keep you healthy. If you are vegan find natural Phyto protein shakes here.
Government agency finds harmful and deadly chemicals in PepsiCo and Coca Cola
The Government agency picked some PET bottle samples of cold drinks and these samples are of Coca Cola, Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Sprite and 7Up and after checking them it was found that all of them were having toxins in them.
After studying these samples several toxins and heavy metals, lead chromium and cadmium DEHP were found in them which are being produced by two big companies, Coca Cola and PepsiCo.
This study was conducted by the Kolkata based All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health which works under the Health Ministry.
These results are shocking as earlier we heard that some cold drinks contains pesticides and now after this study it has been found that they contains different toxins and metals which are very harmful for us.
The results of these tests were submitted by the AIIH and PH to Director General of Health Services and chairman of DTAB, Jagdish Prasad a few days ago.
On this scenario the spokesperson of PepsiCo India, said that they have neither received any intimation nor a copy of the cited test reports and without an understanding of the methodology used, would be unable to comments on the reports. He further said that they would like to reiterate that all of their products conform to Food Safety and Standards Regulations and they would like to reiterate that their products comply with the permissible limits for heavy metals as laid down by these regulations.
The AIIH and PH picked 4 bottles of 600 ml size as samples by using stratified random sampling method and these samples were handed over to the Kolkata based National Test House, (NTH).
During the performance of tests of these heavy metals from the PET bottles the levels of heavy metals were found to increase with the increase in room temperature.
Even World Health Organization has also told that the lead and cadmium are two chemicals which are used in these cold drinks and pose a major health risk. The WHO has also told that children who drink these cold drinks are at major health risk as they are defenseless to harmful effects of lead.
WHO further explained that lead is very harmful as it directly attacks the brain and central nervous system which can even cause coma and in extreme cases death also. And children who survive from the lead poisoning may be left with mental retardation and other behavioral disorders.
And cadmium chemical is so toxic that it directly affects the kidneys, skeletal system and respiratory system.
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