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Healthy Sprouts Recipes

Nowadays, obesity is one of the biggest health issues around the world. Every individual wants to stay in shape. People leave no stone unturned to get rid of that excess body weight, but fail to achieve a slim-trim figure as desired.

To stay fit and healthy they add and remove many food items from their diet. One such amazing healthy food choice that an individual can make is sprouts.

Sprouts are the very first shoots of various kinds of seeds. When vegetable seeds, legumes and grains are germinating they are called sprouts. They come packed with sufficient nutrients, micro-nutrients, enzymes and fibres while offering very less calories. They are supplied in a high percentage of nutrients which can prove to be beneficial for health conscious person. People may choose to eat these small powerhouses of health on a daily basis.

It also fights against various kinds of diseases. Also, they are easily digested which it makes easier for the nutrients to dissolve into the blood. Thus, the absorption of the nutrients takes place in a much easier way.

It’s health benefits are not yet end here. Sprouts are also rich in phytonutrients. These are necessary to keep the body stay and fit. They also contains proteins and sulforaphane. Besides this, these sprouts on consuming produce much less calories in the body and makes body toxin-free. They also keep the hunger sting under control.

Mainly sprouts are of five types. These are Mung Bean, Green-Leaf, Alfalfa, Sunflower and Radish.

Mung bean sprouts are high source of nutrients including manganese, potassium, magnesium, folate, copper, zinc and various B vitamins. They are also a very filling food, high in protein, resistant starch and dietary fibre.

Green-leaf sprouts are very much popular in America as an effective weight loss food. The best thing about these sprouts is their nice crunchy texture. These small sprouts with delicate nutty flavor are just awesome as a sandwich filling or salad component.

Alfalfa sprouts are a great source of calcium and phytoestrogen. Apart from these, they are also enriched with vitamin A, C, and K, iron, magnesium and folate. Also, they hold a lot of saponins.

Sunflower sprouts are a good source of amino acids. They also provide a lot of vitamins and minerals to the body. Vitamins like B, D and E and minerals like copper, iron, magnesium and potassium are present in the sprouts.They have slightly sweet flavor, which is quite unique.

Radish Sprouts have little spicy flavour which will definitely help an individual to live on weight loss diet in a more delectable way. These are rich in Vitamin A, B, C, E, K and amino acids.

In our blog, we will share some delicious and easy sprouts recipes which will help you to reach to your goal in a healthy and delicious way.


Mung Bean Sprouts Salad

Mung Bean Sprouts salad is rich in vitamins B, C and K. It’s also contain Iron which is very important for our body. It is easy to make and it will takes few minutes from your busy schedule.

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Greens And Sprouts Salad

This salad is easy to make. It takes only twenty minutes from your schedule and requires only sixteen ingredients to make.

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Avocado & Alfalfa Sprout Sandwich

This is a perfect fusion of avocado and alfalfa sprouts. Both have higher amount of nutrition value. This recipe is very easy to make and it will take only 10 min to make.

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Sprouted Sunflower Cookies

Sprouted Sunflower Cookies are even better than the ordinary cookies. Crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. They have whole grains and sunflower seeds, so they are totally a health food. These cookies require six ingredients and take only 15 minutes to make.

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Sprouted Vegan Sunflower Cheese

Sprouted Vegan Sunflower Cheese is a heart-healthy cheese. It is great in taste. It is cheap to make and doesn’t take long time to make. It is slices and grates so that it can be used in place of regular fatty cheese.

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Bean Sprouts And Radish Salad

Bean Sprouts and Radish Salad is a perfect combination of bean sprouts, capsicum, radish and spring onions. This is easy to make and it takes only fifteen minutes from your busy schedule.

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Radish Sprout Salad

Radish Sprout salad is spicy in taste and it contains vitamin B,C, E and K and contain chlorophyll. It boost up the immune system.

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Healthy Dark Chocolate Recipes

When we hear the name “Chocolate”, water comes in our mouth. Who doesn’t love chocolate? I guess, no one. After all, it has been a long-time favourite of children and adults too. In fact, nowadays people prefer more to eat chocolates rather than the traditional sweets.

Chocolate is the product of a long refining process. It begins with the cacao beans of the tropical tree, Theobroma cacao. These beans are fermented, dried, roasted and then ground to form cocoa butter, chocolate liquor or ground roasted cocoa beans.

You will find many types of chocolates. One of them is Dark Chocolate. It has its own health benefits. It contains at least 70% cacao which helps to keep the brain sharp, heart in perfect condition and provides shield to the skin from harmful Ultraviolet rays. Besides this, Cocoa reduces the risk of heart diseases by reducing the stroke and heart attack.

The health benefits of dark chocolate are not end here. It is very nutritious. The flavanols cocoa contained in dark chocolate have antioxidant effects which decrease the tenderness in the body and improve the heart function. It lowers the key factors in development of heart disease and helps to maintain the blood pressure by improving the blood flow. It also helpful in reducing weight.

Besides cocoa, dark chocolate also contains incentives like caffeine and theobromine but it doesn’t keep you awake at night as the amount of caffeine is very small as compared to coffee. Dark chocolate often contains some sugar also but the amounts are usually small. The darker the chocolate, the less sugar it will contain. So it also reduces the chances of diabetes.

In our blog, we will share some amazing recipes of dark chocolate which can be made at home easily.

 


Dark Chocolate Cupcakes

Dark chocolate cupcakes are incredibly soft, moist and rich without being overly sweet.To make it more tempting dark chocolate chunks can be used to decorate.

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Dark Chocolates Filled With Chocolate Coffee Ganache

A perfect combination of dark chocolate and chocolate coffee ganache. A bursting flavour of coffee and chocolate in one bite. It is easy to make and delectable in taste.

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Dark Chocolate Latte

Dark chocolate latte is an espresso drink that consists of espresso, steamed milk, and foam. Steamed milk is present in greater amount than foam in latte. It is a North American drink which takes less time to make and can be enjoyed anywhere.

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Dark Chocolate Hazelnuts Truffles

It is a perfect recipe for those who love to eat truffles. It requires few ingredients and will be ready in no time! It can be enjoyed with family on holidays or can be used as a perfect home-made gift to give to your loved ones.

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Dark Chocolate Mud Cake

A Dark Chocolate Mud Cake is a dense chocolate cake with a tight crumb. It is a great option for building layered cakes and stiff enough to carve. Also it stays fresh and delicious for longer duration and freezes well.

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Dark Chocolate Fudge

Dark Chocolate Fudge is a perfect mixture of milk, sugar and butter. It heats at 240 °F (116°C) and then the mixture is beaten while it cools and acquires a creamy, consistency and smooth state. It can be garnished with some fruits, nuts or chocolates.

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Dark-Chocolate And Avocado Pudding

Adding Avocado to dark chocolate pudding adds the nutritious value to it. Avocado is rich in vitamin B, vitamin E, vitamin K and many more. It contains potassium and fibre which is good for health.

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Tea: A Refreshing and Healthy Beverage

Every morning becomes refreshed when you wake up because of your favourite beverage i.e., TEA. Tea gives a fresh start to any ordinary day. It recharges you. In fact, you will find that it has become the most important part of your daily routine.

Tea is one of the most ancient beverages on the planet and it’s made by soaking dried leaves in water. Many people prefer to drink tea instead of coffee because certain blends are refreshing without the same level of caffeine. Tea is not only good in taste but it is healthy to drink. Tea drinkers have a significantly lower risk of stroke and heart disease and tea is known to boost brain health. The caffeine in tea may also be a con, although the levels are lower than coffee.

There are many distinct tea producing regions of North-East and South India. Some of them are Darjeeling, Assam, Dooars & Terai, Kangra, Nilgiri, Anamalais, Wayanad, Karnataka, Munnar and Travancore.

Tea is mainly classified into five different types. These are Black Tea, Green Tea, Herbal Tea, Oolong Tea and Pu-Erh Tea.  All these different kind of tea are made from same plant species which is known as Camellia Sinensis. The distinguishing factor that determines whether a tea plant will become green, oolong, or black tea is oxidation.

Black Tea also known as red tea in China, is one of the most common tea types and is fully oxidised.It has bold, strong, full-bodied flavor that can be bitter or sweet,  vegetal, fruity or spicy depending on the variety.

Green tea is the most popular unoxidized tea and has less caffeine than black tea. Camellia sinensis leaves are picked, dried, and heat-treated to prevent oxidation. It has milder flavor than black tea. It can have a citrus-like, vegetal, sweet, or smoky flavor depending on variety.

Herbal Tea is made from dried herbs, fruits, and flowers, which can create a wide range of delicate flavors. These tea types are caffeine free which make it ideal for health conscious people. It has a delicate flavor that can be vegetal, naturally sweet, citrus-like, floral, minty, or spicy depending on the variety and blend of ingredients.

Oolong or wulong  tea is semi-oxidized and picked later in the season than green tea. The leaves come from the Camellia sinensis plant but are bruised by being tossed or shaken in baskets  which change the oxidation process. They are heat-treated to stop the oxidation, which can vary based on region and create different flavors. It can taste flowery, naturally sweet, fruity, or smoky.

Pu-erh Tea is made from fermented and aged leaves. If it’s stored properly, the older the tea, the better the flavor. It is very smooth in taste, and can be even darker than black tea.

In our blog, we will share some different kinds of tea recipes prepared from the different varieties of tea as described above.


 

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Adding lemon to black tea is beneficial for health. It contains vitamin C which has an antioxidant that keeps the diabetes and heart diseases away by fighting against the free radical. Also if sugar is added to black tea, then lemon helps to reduce the calorie level.


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Most refreshing green tea in the hot summer with a delicious glass of fruity iced tea. It can help keep the heart healthy. Three cups of green tea a day cut the risk of heart attack by 11 percent. It takes only twenty minutes in preparation.


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Green tea lemonade is a green tea  with the juice of fresh lemons squeezed into the tea. It can drastically improve health. It’s a boon for those who are suffering from overweight. It helps in losing weight. Besides this it slows breast cancer growth, suppress lung cancer cell growth, aids the body by killing prostate cancer cells, prevent and inhibits colorectal cancers.


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Peppermint tea is type of herbal tea. It is a tincture made from peppermint leaves and is completely used up as a tea. It is good for nausea and for heating up the body and making it sweat. It relieves the symptoms of abdominal gas, muscle spasms and bloating.


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Chamomile tea is another type of black tea. It is a gentle, calming and tranquilizing tea made from flowers of Asteraceae family of plants. It can be helpful for insomnia and digestion after a meal. It is good to drink this tea in cough and fever.


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Oolong tea cocktail is the perfect appetiser taken before a meal. It is extremely well-balanced and both induces the appetite and prepares the palate for a meal.


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Chrysanthemum pu erh tea is a traditional Chinese tea blend. It is an infusion of pu erh tea and dried Chrysanthemum flowers. It is helpful in digestion. Besides this it improves the mental sharpness and reduce the cholesterol levels.

HOLI: Colourful Indian Festival & Its Recipes

Holi is one of the major festival of Hindus. It is also known as the ‘Festival Of Colors’. It is celebrated in the spring season generally in the month of March in every year.

It is celebrated for 2 days. Not only in India, Holi festival is celebrated in countries like Pakistan and Nepal also. Nowadays, Holi is celebrated throughout the world. 

There is an epic story behind celebrating Holi festival. The legend of King Hiranyakashipu, his son Prahlada & his sister Holika. Hiranyakashipu was a demon whereas his son Prahlada was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu. So Hiranyakashipu decided to kill his son. He took the help of his sister Holika. She had the power of fire resistance. As per the request of Hiranyakashipu she entered into the fire along with Prahlada, but due to the grace of Lord Vishnu nothing had happen to Prahlada, but at the same time, Holika burnt in that fire. So from that day onward as a sign of victory of good over evil people celebrate Holi festival.

Holi is the festival of color, happiness, friendship and love. It brings everyone closer . People pour colours & Gulal on each other and drink thandai with bhaang in the name of Lord Shiva. Many types of food items & sweets are also prepared on this day.

Holi is not the festival of adding colors on other’s faces but to add colors in the food as well.

In this blog, we will share some healthy and amazing colourful recipes that you can prepare on Holi.

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Gujiya is the most famous traditional sweet of Holi festival. It originated in Rajasthan. This sweet dumpling is healthy to eat as it is stuffed with dry fruits and khoya. Chocolate or any other flavour can be added to make it more interesting.

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Every food is incomplete without a chat. Dahi vada is the burst of flavours. Fried ball of gram flour served with thick yogurt and topped  with green chutney. Adding red chillies and black pepper makes it more tempting.

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It is difficult to imagine Holi without Thandai. It is a traditional drink of Holi festival. It is most famous in Rajasthan and North India. It is a mixture of  milk, sugar, saffron,rose petals, almonds, cashew nuts and many more dry fruits. Thandai can be made in the form of ice cream too.

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Coconut Mango Panna is a classic, creamy, rich,smooth, refreshing and sweetly tangy dessert. It has a fruity mango flavour which is hard to resist. It is easy and fast to make. Chopped mangoes can be used for garnishing.

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Most famous Gujarati dish served with green chutney. Made from gram flour, this dish is usually eaten in combination with curd. It is a nutritious, low calorie, protein rich dish. Easy to cook and delicious in taste.

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It is crispy, crunchy, flaky shell with a delicious spicy filling of roasted yellow moong dal. It can be eaten as a snack with green chutney or spicy potato curry. This dish is rich in protein due to moong dal filling.Black pepper, garam masala and coriander powder make it delectable.

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It is an amazing combination of oranges and milk. It has a twisty  burst flavour of orange. One of the favourite Indian dessert topped with delightful dry fruits. Flavour of saffron can also be added to make it more delicious.