Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Choco 50-50 Pancake

Pancake is not on our regular menu.   I got a gluten free pancake mix from Whole foods when my kid attended a birthday party.  Kids liked it.  I read the ingredients, it was kind of ok but not very impressive.  So, I never bought it again.   I prefer to make the mix myself.   Yday, my kids were also on ekadasi special food and we make dosai for breakfast the following day with Gooseberry chutney.   My older one  asked for pancake and I came up with this, It was pretty good.  Play with the ingredients.  Mix and match, You can make much better combinations than the store bought one.  I will try with amaranth flour next time.

What you need?

Fine semolina  -1/3 cup
Whole wheat flour - 1/3 cup
cinnamon-1/8 tsp
Apple - 1 small Grated
Flax meal - 1 Tbsp
Almond slices-2 Tbsp
dark Chocolate- shredded-1 Tbsp
water - 1/2 cup
salt - 1/2 tsp
baking soda-1/2 tsp
coconut oil to cook

How to make?

Soak semolina in warm water for 30 mins

Add water, whole wheat, flax meal, grated apple, salt,baking soda and cinnamon.  Mix well.

Check the consistency, if it is too thick add water 1-2 Tbsp at a time.  It should not be too thick or too thin.

Add shredded chocolate and almond slices and give a mix.

Heat griddle, make circles, once cooked, turn it over, spray oil and turn it over again.

Serve it with Maple syrup or honey.   I actually took it for lunch with sweet chutney and it was too good.

Have Fun!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Chia Gel Sandwich

Chia seeds is another buzz talk of the town in recent times.   It packs omega-3 fat, protein and fiber. Every food has a characteristic of its own.  Chia seeds takes lot of water and hence it is best absorbed in your system in gel form rather than the seed form.  It bulges more than 10 times of its size.   I use it in smoothies, cereal toppings, plain milk drink and  sometimes on dosa /idli batter.   I also use it in baking and on yogurt drinks and fruit juices.

Coming to this post, I typically eat apple peanut butter sandwich for breakfast.  After concluding my research on eating fruits by itself,  I started eating my peanut butter sandwich alone.   I am  used to the juicy apple sandwich.  Infact I love that combination.  Anyways, I decided to switch over.  I was thinking of some replacement of that apple in my sandwiches.  There came the Chia gel.

How to prepare chia gel?

In a bowl, add chia seeds  about 1 Tbsp and about 1/4 cup of water.  Let it sit for 5-7 mins.  Give a gentle mix and your chia gel is ready.  You could transfer this to a container and refrigerate.  Use it within 4-5 days.
Now, Make your sandwich:

Toast breads, use spread of your choice, I use peanut butter.  On top of that spread, smear about 1 tsp of chia gel.  Close and enjoy.

I liked it.  You could make it sweeter by another honey with chia gel.  That would be yummy too.  

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Incompatible Food Combinations according to Ayurveda

Eating right is the key for healthy life.  Sometimes, in spite of whatever effort we take, our body might not be responding. For instance in loosing weight or increasing the hemoglobin.   Then you might want to consider this where we can have a quick chk if we are not eating food in a wrong combination.   It was quite shocking to know about the wrong concoctions in our day to day cooking.

I got this from Ayurveda book.  I have not modified anything.

Don't eat: With:

Beans Cheese, eggs, fruit, fish, meat, milk, or yogurt
Milk         Fish, bananas, meat, melons, yogurt, kitchari, sour fruits, yeasted bread, or cherries
Melons Anything, especially dairy products, grains, eggs, starches, or fried foods
Starches Dairy, eggs, bananas, dates, persimmons, or most fruits
Honey When it’s been cooked or boiled, or when mixed with an equal amount of ghee (by weight)
Radishes  Milk, bananas, or raisins
Potatoes,Tomatoes Eggplant Milk, yogurt, melons, or cucumber
Yogurt  Milk, sour fruits, or melons
Hot drinks  Meat, fish, cheese, mangoes, or starches
Eggs           Milk, yogurt, cheese, meat, fish, melons, fish, fruit, beans, or kitchari
Fruit           Any other food (except some cooked combinations)
Corn          Bananas, raisins, or dates
Citrus fruit   Milk, yogurt or any other dairy products

Disclaimer:  Please do thorough analysis before you start practicing what is mentioned here.  I am just sharing my research on food and nutrition.

Eat fruit by itself

This blog is not just for recipes.  I often post few things that are informative on our day to day eating!

Eating fruits may sound quite healthy but actually we might be harming our system.   The background of this post is based on my research on eating fruits as per ayurveda.    I read some articles from Dr.Vasant Lad and few other ayurveda doctors.

Most of the healthy meals contain fruits as part of it.  Think logically, fruits are fresh and juicy.  It gets digested very fast.  That is the key, when you are low on energy. reach out to some fresh fruits.  You feel readily energized.  When this fruit is combined with grains then it causes the food to be fermented inside your digestive system and creates toxic substance.  Those toxic substance build over a period of time and affect health in one or other way.  It may not even affect some due to their gifted metabolism.

Eat fruits in the morning time mostly in empty stomach, it is ok to eat after an hr or two of your coffee/tea. Body readily absorbs the nutrition when you eat it fresh in the morning.  You can go for a mid morning snack or breakfast if you want to.

Eating fruits with milk and cereal is NOT right.   I know it is going to be hard to accept this and follow.  But it is up to us to make the best use of what we eat finally.

Happy Healthy Eating!