No one can deny that veggies and fruits are good for us, yet when we sit down for a meal, we tend to forget that. Healthy food is not only about what you should not eat but also about what you should so that you get adequate nutrition. Healthy food can taste good if we can introduce minor changes to our cooking habits. And it need not even be elaborate or expensive.
Let’s try these tricks –
Do not shun any vegetable. Each veggie is unique with its own set of vitamins and minerals. If you don’t like a vegetable but you know its goodness, drink it – make soup out of it along with other veggies. Do you think it is too much of hard work? Try making soups out of roasted vegetables or gazpachos. Minimum effort, great benefits!
Another tasty way to drink veggies and fruits. You have a lot of options with fruits, vegetables, milk, yoghurt. Just play around and you will discover quite a few tasty combinations.
Make them interesting by combining veggies of contrasting colours and sprinkle dry fruits and nuts for crunchiness. The great thing about nuts and dried fruits is that you don’t have to chop or cook them. Just sprinkle those little wonders and see the difference!
Did you know that the colours of veggies and fruits correspond to the nutrients in them?
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It is rich in protein and contains 23 vitamins and minerals.Sprinkle toasted wheat germ on soups, salads and sautéed veggies. It doesn’t have a taste of its own so nobody would realise.
Flax seed meal
This is equally nutritious with added benefits of Omega 3 & 6 which makes it an excellent alternative for vegetarians. It can be used in the same way as the wheat germ and it is tasteless too.
Oats can be used to thicken soups and curries. Powdered oats can be used to substitute flour when you make fritters or croquettes. (A word of caution, though: it tends to subdue the taste of the dish, so u have to add seasoning accordingly.)
Another favourite of mine. Try adding them to your sautéed veggies, soups and salads. Their crunchiness will add texture and enhance the taste as well. Take advantage of their creaminess by replacing coconut cream/milk with almond or cashew paste in curries and stews.
Sprinkle a handful of raisins or dried cranberries to your salad and see the difference visually as well as in taste.
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Oven-roast the veggies instead of frying them. Cauliflower, broccoli, bell peppers, potatoes, carrots, pumpkin – the list is endless. Mix them with salt, pepper, a little oil and seasoning of your choice (I prefer Italian herbs) and voila! You have a tasty dish within minutes.
Meat and fish can also be roasted instead of frying and taste better and juicier.
It’s dessert time! Now that we have eaten our veggies, let’s go for ice cream! Yes, by all means, but with a change. Add cut fruits or dried fruits and make it a fruit salad with ice cream. Fair enough?
These days, ‘health’ is the most used and abused word. For instance, French fries are of course made of potatoes. But they are quite different from boiled potatoes when u look at the preserved nutrients. The same applies to any fried vegetable. Your grocery shopping list should have more of fresh fruits, veggies, whole grains and pulses, meat, fish, eggs, milk, herbs, nuts, dry fruits and less of processed and refined food.
Buy healthy, cook healthy, eat healthy!
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