is a no cook day for me. Instead I am going to share Nine Superfoods that
should be there in your kitchen for anytime healthy eating. This entire month I
am cooking and eating healthy. Loads of salads, smoothies, healthy cereals,
refreshing drinks and a lot of fun we are having over here. Today however, I
thought I will skip making anything but will share a list of superfoods.
TEA & JASMINE TEA
am not a black tea or milk tea person. I am actually not a tea person at all. I
preferred caffeine over tea till a while ago. But about two years back I
thought of skipping the caffeine all together. I wanted to detox my system. It
meant no coffee, no added sugar! This is when I started green tea and jasmine
tea. Believe me they work pretty well with your system. Green tea has antioxidant Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG)
which is super for your body.
tea promotes relaxation and reduces
stress. It smells so nice that you would want to keep adding warm water in
your cup. You can even cook your food with Jasmine tea. If you are a Jamie
Oliver fan you will know he sometimes cooks rice in water infused with Jasmine
tea. What a novel idea is that! It smells heavenly.
am currently in love with Oats. I find it a little better than corn flakes
these days. Rolled Oats, Steel cut oats, powdered oats – Oats in whichever form
is good for you. It gives good amount of fiber
and protein and it keeps you full
for a longer time.
doesn’t have to be boring and only taken as a porridge. I would hate that.
Simple oats and milk is yuck for me. I have made oats in so many ways now that
I think I can make anything with Oats.
out some simple recipes of Oats below
you are an Indian specialy from the south then you will already be having curd
every day in all your meals. But seriously yogurt is good for you. It keeps you
cool in summers. Yogurt and water is a super summer drink as well.
I am cooking meat I always use hung curd (well, most of the time) because it is
such a good meat tenderizer. If you
are doing a salad which calls for mayonnaise you can always swap it for some
thick Greek yogurt. It is creamier
than a sour cream and will also provide you with protein, B12, and probiotics.
green vegetable is good for you. Period. But leafy vegetables are even better.
Now that I have a little infant and the doctor has given me a go ahead with all
food for him I make sure he’s having spinach every day. You can have spinach
with other vegetables, steamed or soup.
not spinach or lettuce, have as much of greens as you like. We Bengalis have a list of
staple ‘saag’ (leafy vegetable) in
your kitchen. These are made in a typical Bengali household almost every day.
Saag or Malabar Spinach or Basella alba is made with eggplants and is good for the health.
Saag or Water Spinach is a regular too. You can
find it in any Asian grocery store and the Chinese name is Yeung choy.
Saag or Amarnath is a weed and is rich in Vitamins A, C, folate and iron. We
Bengalis have this pretty often.
Saag – the leaves of Colocacia roots also called Taro are also good
and can be made as fries too.
Saag – Pea leaves provide Vitamins and
Ka saag – Mustard Leaves - very famous in Punjab
is pretty good for you too
Saag – Fenugreek Leaves – can be used in
various ways, in vegetables, in roti, paratha everything. I am in fact growing
fresh fenugreek leaves in my balcony currently.
like any leafy vegetables almost any fish is good. If you love sea fish – try having
the ones with less mercury. Smoked, baked, grilled, braised, steamed – fish in
any form is good. It’s high in omega 3
fatty acids and is completely lean.
I hope you saw I didn’t mention ‘fried’. Fish and chips once in a while is good
but not every day!
like broccoli, Brussel sprouts,
cauliflower, cabbage ( I don’t like cabbage though), bok choy are all known to lower
the risk of cancer. They are known to inhibit the growth of some type of
and raisins should be your healthy snack option. You can carry them in your
snack box to work. I used to keep a pack of almond and raisin in my pull out at
work. I even give an almond a day to my 8 month old. You can have nuts as a
whole or mix it with your food – with your cereals or porridge.
are a good source of omega-3’s,
alpha-linolenic acid, melatonin, copper, manganese and the hard-to-find gamma-tocopherol form of vitamin E
which helps protect your heart.
are tiny but are packed with full of energy. It’s the only source of plant based omega-3 fatty acids. So it’s
like the vegetarian OFA. They’re
also loaded with antioxidants, protein
and minerals, plus soluble and insoluble fiber to help keep your digestion
good. They are tasteless so you can use it in anything – smoothies, salads,
soups – everything!
you laughing at me? No don’t chocolate is good for you! But not the milk
chocolates. Dairy free dark chocolate
with at least 70% cocoa is what you need. It helps to elevate mood, loaded with antioxidants, reduces bad cholesterol.
Keep the quantity modest, twice a week and you are good to go. Brush after
So that was a lot of information on Superfoods I guess. Phew, it took me longer to write this post than any of my recipe posts!
Until next time, Cheers!