Savoury Cucumber Smoothie Or Chhach 


Savoury cucumber smoothie or chhach. 

Do you love chhach or butter milk?  Then you will love this delicious cucumber chhach.  Butter milk is called the nectar of earth. And in Ayurveda its categorised as satvic food. 

This chilled refreshing low fat and low calorie drink help in weight loss. Apart from that its helps in digestion. A best accompaniment to meal. 

Its an excellent source of many nutrients and boost your calcium intake.

Not only that research shows its helps to reduce blood pressure, prevent cancer and lower cholesterol.

And this savoury smoothie has cucumber too. Low calorie vitamins enriched cucumber keeps us hydrated and cool. Its helps in digestion, stabilize blood pressure, good for diabetic and lowers the uric acid levels and keep the kidneys healthy. 

Apart from that cucumbers are a source of several compounds that fight inflammation and aging. It can resolves many skin problems and ensures healthy and younger looking skin and also have anti cancer properties.

Coming to the recipe. You can make it without cucumber too. But cucumber made the drink more delicious and healthy. 

Recipe 


Yogurt – 1 cup 

Cucumber – 1 peeled, grated or chopped 

Sea salt or black salt to taste

Black pepper powder to taste 

Roasted cumin powder – 1/4 teaspoon 

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon 

Mint leaves – few 

Ice cube – as require, optional 

Mint string, grated cucumber, lemon and cucumber wedges for garnishing

Method 


Combine everything and blend until smooth. 
Taste and add more salt, pepper  cumin powder and lemon juice if require. 
I have used sea salt but you can use black salt or normal salt too. 
Pour the mixture into a glass and keep in refrigerator until it becomes chilled. 

Or

Place some ice cubes in a glass and pour the mixture over it. 
Garnish with mint string, cucumber and lemon wedges and little grated cucumber. 

Serve chilled.

Stay healthy stay happy  😊

Gazpacho Or Cold Soup 

Gazpacho 

In this hot weather we want some no cook dishes, right? 😀

Yes we enjoy smoothies, cooler, mojito and different types of fruit juice and mocktails in this season. 

Now what about some refreshing  chilled, yummy and healthy soup made of raw vegetables and fruits. Nothing is better than a bowl of gazpacho in summer. Some crisp toast and a bowl of chilled no cook soup, perfect dinner for summer. 

Gazpacho is a Spanish cold soup made of raw vegetables.

You can get one more cold soup recipe here.

Our this week’s 91st #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #20minutes recipes. My contribution is this chilled, refreshing, healthy and yummy gazpacho. 

If you have all the ingredients in your pantry  you can make it in a jiffy. Just chop and blend. Keep it in refrigerator and serve chilled or add some ice cubes. 

Instead of sugar I have used grapes and watermelon. Fruits made the soup delicious and healthy. And both are easily available in this season. I have used almonds to give a creamy texture. 



Recipe 



Chopped tomatoes – 3 cup 

Cucumber – 1 small peeled and chopped 

Onion – 1 small chopped 

Garlic – 1 clove chopped 

Capsicum – 1 small chopped 

Seedless watermelon cubes – 1/4 cup 

Grapes – 1/4 cup

Chopped cilantro – 1/4 cup

Vinegar or lemon juice  – 2 tablespoon 

Almonds – 1/4 cup soaked and peeled 

Olive oil – 1 tablespoon, optional 

Salt and pepper to taste 

Chopped tomato, cucumber, onion and cilantro for garnishing



Method 


Taste the chopped cucumber. It shouldn’t be bitter. 

Combine all the ingredients. Blend in a mixer grinder. 

I have made it smooth but you can keep it little coarse if you like. 

I have used vinegar, you can use lemon juice too if you don’t like vinegar. 

Taste and adjust salt, pepper and vinegar or lemon juice if require. Drizzle olive oil. I didn’t. 

Garnish with chopped cilantro, tomato, cucumber and lemon wedges. 

Keep in refrigerator and serve chilled. Or you can add some ice cubes if you want to serve it immediately. 

Serve with crisp toast. 

Enjoy the delicious, refreshing and chilled gazpacho or cold soup.

Virgin Watermelon Mojito 


Virgin mojito with watermelon and cucumber. 

A refreshing, delicious and chilled drink to keep your body hydrated. Watermelon and cucumber both have high water content. So its a perfect drink to beat the heat.

Mojito is a traditional Cuban highball. Traditionally mojito is a cocktail or alcohol based drink consist of mint leaves, lime juice, sugar sparkling water and white rum.

But alcohol free virgin mojito has lime juice, mint leaves and sugar syrup.

I have made this mojito sugar-free.  You don’t need to add sugar because this mojito has natural sweetness of watermelon. But you can add little sugar or sugar syrup if you want your drink more sweet. 

Watermelon is a most refreshing fruit of this summer season. Its low in calories but high in vitamin A, C and many healthy plant compounds. This fruit have high water content so its help you to keep your body hydrated and help you feel full.

And some benefits of cucumbers are 

Cucumbers are predominantly made of water.

Some people use cucumbers to soothe sunburn.

Early research shows that a compound found in cucumbers might help fight cancer.

Cucumbers contain lignan, which may help fight cardiovascular disease.

Cucumber is a versatile foodstuff and can be added to a variety of dishes.

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Our this week’s #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is watermelon. My contribution is this virgin mojito with watermelon and cucumber. 

This mojito is not only refreshing and delicious but healthy too. And mint, lemon and back salt makes this mojito super yummy.

Recipe 


Seedless watermelon cubes – 2 cup 

Cucumber – 1 small peeled and chopped 

Grated ginger – 1/2 teaspoon 

Mint leaves – 1/4 cup 

Lemon juice – 2 tablespoon 

Club soda – 1/2 cup

Black or pink salt – 1/2 teaspoon or to taste 

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon or to taste 

Mint leaves and lemon wedges for garnishing
Crushed ice optional 

Method 


Combine seedless watermelon cubes, peeled and chopped cucumber, grated ginger, lemon juice and black or pink salt. 

Blend in a mixer blender. Blend until smooth. 

Strain the mixture. 

Add club soda. Taste and adjust salt  pepper and lemon juice if require. You can add sugar or sugar syrup if you want your drink more sweet. 

Pour the mixture into a glass. Add some crushed ice. 

Garnish with mint string, lemon and watermelon wedges. Place a mint leaf in the glass. 

Serve chilled. Enjoy…………. 

Orange Grapes Frozen Cooler With Lemon And Mint 

Orange grapes frozen cooler with lemon and mint.

A very refreshing and delicious cooler to beat the heat. You can serve it as a dessert too. 

I have used fresh orange juice  grapes, lemon and fresh mint in it. 

A drink or dessert for this scorching hot weather. Serve it to your kids instead of fruits. I am sure they will love it.

Oranges are easily available and one of the most popular fruits in the world. Oranges are excellent source of nutrients but low in calories. And oranges are well known for vitamin C and significant antioxidant properties.

They not only promote healthy skin, also can help to prevent from many diseases.

And the queen of fruits grapes are known for numerous health benefits. Many studies proved that grapes can protect us from heart disease, high blood pressure and cancer.

You can get some more cooler or mocktail recipes here. 
Watermelon cooler with Tulsi and aloevera 
Kiwi ginger lime cooler 
 Thandai flavoured fruit punch or mocktail 
Virgin mojito 

Our this week’s #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is frozen cooler. And my contribution is this fruity frozen cooler.

A chilled drink with all the goodness of fruits. You don’t need to add sugar in it. Just enjoy the natural sweetness of fruits. A dash of pink or black salt and lemon juice makes the drink super delicious.

I have used fresh orange juice but you can make it with canned juice too. 

Recipe 


Orange juice – 2 cup frozen 

Grapes – 1 cup 

Lemon juice – 4 teaspoon 

Pink salt or black salt – 1/2 teaspoon 

Mint – few leaves 

Lemon wedge and mint leaves for garnishing 

Method 


I have frozen fresh orange juice but you can use canned juice too. Keep the juice in freezer till set. 

Combine frozen orange juice, grapes, salt, mint leaves and lemon juice in a blender. 

Blend until smooth. 

Taste and adjust salt and lemon juice according to your taste. I have used 1 lemon and 6 – 7 mint leaves. You can reduce or increase as per your taste. 

You can use any fruits of your choice instead of grapes. 

Pour the mixture into a glass. 

Garnish with lemon wedges and mint leaves. 
Serve chilled. 

Enjoy the healthy and super yummy fruity frozen cooler as a drink or dessert 😊

Turmeric Shot With Tulsi Or Holy Basil 

Turmeric shot with Tulsi or Holy Basil.

A healthy way to start your day.

Turmeric is known for it’s healing compounds curcumin. Ginger is high in gingerol, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Tulsi or Holy Basil is well known for it’s healing properties . And lemon have strong antibacterial, antiviral, and immune-boosting powers and very effective remedy for weight loss.

Honey helps to prevent heart disease and cancer. And sea salt contains essential minerals and nutrients.

And one of its functions is detoxification, helping to clear toxins from your blood.

Turmeric, the main spice in curry, is arguably the most powerful herb on the planet at fighting and potentially reversing disease.

When examining the research, turmeric benefits go beyond that of these 10 drugs:

Anti-inflammatory drugs

Anti-depressants (Prozac)

Chemotherapy

Anti-coagulants (Aspirin)

Pain killers

Diabetes drugs (Metformin)

Arthritis medications

Inflammatory bowel disease drugs

Cholesterol drugs (Lipitor)

Steroids.

Better than medicines to slow and prevent blood clotting.

Turmeric, on the other hand, has relatively no known side effects unless taken in extremely excessive amounts.

Its anti depressants and anti inflammatory .

Arguably, the most powerful aspect of curcumin is its ability to control inflammation.

Diseases today such as cancer, ulcerative colitis, arthritis, high cholesterol and chronic pain can be the result of inflammation.

For it’s powerful anti inflammatory and pain reducing characteristics its used to cure arthritis.

Turmeric helps in lowering blood sugar and reversing insulin resistance there’s arguably no better natural treatment than adding turmeric in your diet.

Its used in gastrointestinal treatment. Because of it’s anti-inflammatory properties turmeric helps to heal the gut and support the growth of good bacteria (probiotics).

Its regulate cholesterol, one of the reason for heart disease.

Turmeric works as a painkiller too. One of the most widely accepted properties is it’s ability to manage pain.

Turmeric benefits the many conditions normally treated by corticosteroids such as psoriasis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma and chronic pain.

Diseases today such as cancer, ulcerative colitis, arthritis, high cholesterol and chronic pain can be the result of inflammation. Turmeric’s key to disease reversal may be its ability to keep inflammation at bay.

A number of laboratory studies on cancer cells have shown that curcumin does have anticancer effects. It seems to be able to kill cancer cells and prevent more from growing.

A 2007 American study that combined curcumin with chemotherapy to treat bowel cancer cells in a laboratory showed that the combined treatment killed more cancer cells than the chemotherapy alone.

Turmeric works incredibly well to help naturally treat cancer and is especially effective at treating breast cancer, colon cancer and skin cancer.

For those of you who aren’t sick, taking turmeric will serve you well as a preventative measure.

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Ginger is well known for it’s medical properties. Its used for relieving digestive problems such as nausea, loss of appetite  motion sickness and pain.
Many studies have suggested that increasing consumption of plant foods like ginger decreases the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and overall mortality while promoting a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy and overall lower weight.

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Holy basil or tulsi is one of the best medicinal herb. Tulsi plant is one of the best anti viral herbs of Ayurveda.Its very effective in treatment of respiratory disorders, fever asthma, lung disorders, heart disease stress and many more.

I have already shared a drink with Tulsi or Holy Bsil.

Watermelon cooler with tulsi and Aloevera

Lemon is well known for it’s weight loss aid because it’s juice is digestive and liver cleanser.

Lemon contains strong antibacterial, antiviral and immune boosting power.

Recipe 



Turmeric – 4 inch piece

Ginger – 2 inch piece

Tulsi or Holy Basil – 14 – 15 leaves

Lemon – 1

Sea salt – 1/2 teaspoon

Honey to taste

Black pepper powder to taste

Water – 1/2 cup

Method 



Peel the turmeric and ginger. Clean and wash turmeric, tulsi leaves and ginger.

Chop the ginger and turmeric.

Blend or grind tulsi, turmeric and ginger with water. You can add 2 – 3 tablespoon Aloe Vera gel too. I didn’t.

Strain the mixture. Add lemon juice and sea salt.

Pour 1/4 cup in a glass. Fill the glass with water or coconut water. Add honey according to your taste.

Or add little more sea salt and black pepper powder.  You can add more lemon juice if require.

Take it daily in the morning with breakfast or before breakfast. You can refrigerate the mixture for 2 – 3 days. But best if make it fresh.

Stay healthy stay happy!!

Guava Banana Smoothie 


Guava banana smoothie.

Smoothie is an easiest way to nourish your body with essential nutrients. It gives you essential minerals and vitamins too. You need only some fruits, milk or yogurt and a blender to make this healthy and yummy drink.

Most fruits are high in vitamins A and C. This smoothie has guava, which is high in folate too.

And banana is a most popular and delicious fruit. It contains fiber, several essential nutrients and antioxidants. Its good for heart, digestion and weight loss.

I have used cinnamon in it. You can use any flavour. But cinnamon is one of the most healthy spices on the earth. It is packed with antioxidants and it can lower blood sugar levels and reduce heart disease risk. And I love the aroma of cinnamon so I use it in most of my smoothies.

If you want to make it dairy free you can use any fruit juice instead of yogurt. You can use any fruits of your choice. Sometimes I use 1 apple too in it.

 

Recipe 


Yogurt – 1 cup

Banana – 1

Guava – 1

Honey – 2 teaspoons or to taste

Cinnamon powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Ice cubes as require, optional

 

Method 
Peel and chop the banana. Chop the guava too. Combine all the ingredients. Blend till smooth and frothy. If you want to add apple in it, peel and  chop 1 apple  and mix with other ingredients before blending.

Place some ice cubes in a glass and pour the smoothie over it.

Garnish with pistachios. Serve chilled.

Collection Of Smoothies 

Navaratri beginnings from October 1st.

Navaratri is a festival dedicated to the worship of the Hindu deity Durga. The word Navaratri means nine nights in Sanskrit, nava meaning nine and ratri meaning nights. During these nine nights and ten days, nine forms of Devi are worshipped.

Many people observe fast these days. . Fasting people abstain from consuming meat, fish, eggs, alcohol, onions, garlic, dishes made with common salt or any kind of spice. Some people live only on milk, fruits and fruit juices for the entire length of fasting. Apart from tea, coffee and milk, sago and potato cooked with rock salt are extremely popular dishes among devotees observing partial fast. Milk products and dry fruits can also be consumed.

Smoothie is a thick beverage made from blended raw fruits and vegetables. It can be nutritious and continent meal replacement. So here is some delicious, filling and power packed smoothies and cooler  for your fasting days. I have combined all the smoothies in one post for your convenience. All are low calorie and some are dairy free.

 

 

Apple orange banana grape and carrot smoothie

Pomegranate apple banana smoothie

Coffee banana chocolate smoothie

Papaya and orange smoothie

Papaya smoothie

Dairy free smoothie

Apple almond raisins smoothie

Smoothie with green tea

Thandai flavoured fruit punch/mocktail

Kiwi ginger lime cooler

Cucumber apple smoothie