Mango Peach Pear Smoothie / Dairy Free Low Calorie Smoothie 


Mango peach pear dairy free low calorie smoothie.

Mango season is about to over. So enjoy this yummy fruit in one more delicious, healthy, chilled, refreshing and filling smoothie.

A chilled glass of smoothie is perfect for this weather.

Our this week’s #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is  #Shravanvratspecial.

Shravan is considered an auspicious month for the Hindus. In North India people avoid non vegetarian food including onion garlic in this month. People observe fast on every Monday during this month.

Presenting a yummy, nutritious, filling, refreshing and power packed smoothie to boost your energy. Take a long glass of smoothie on meal time instead of calorie ladden deep fried food.

I have added peach in this smoothie. Which is a rich source of minerals and dietary fiber. Low calorie peach contain no saturated fat or cholesterol.

Normally I make this smoothie with coconut milk or chopped tender coconut. If you have coconut milk you can add 1/2 cup for a different and delicious taste. Or you can add 1/2 cup chopped tender coconut. If you don’t like pear you can use any fruit instead like chickoo, banana etc.

 

Recipe 


Ripe mango –  1 cup, peeled and cubed

Peach – 1/2 cup cut into small pieces

Pear – 1 peeled and diced

Cinnamon powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Cardamom powder – a pinch

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon

Honey – 2 teaspoon or to taste

 

Method 


Combine peeled and cubed mango, chopped peach and peeled and diced pear in blender jar.

If you want you can add add 1/2  cup of coconut milk or 1/2 cup chopped tender coconut. Normally I like to add coconut milk or chopped tender coconut in this smoothie but today I don’t have any.

 

If you don’t like pear you can use any fruit instead like banana, chikoo/sapodilla/zapota or any other fruits.

 

Blend until smooth and frothy. Add cinnamon powder, cardamom powder, lemon juice and honey. Blend again.

Taste and add more honey and lemon juice if required.

Place some ice cubes in a glass. Pour the mixture over it. Garnish with mango cubes.

Serve chilled.

Enjoy…….

See what my fellow bloggers have shared for #Foodiemonday bloghop on fasting food theme –

 

https://poonambachhav.blogspot.in/2017/07/fig-banana-smoothie.htmlhttp://aahaaramonline.com/2017/07/17/

 

http://aahaaramonline.com/2017/07/17/dahi-sabudana-maharashtra-recipe

 

http://aahaaramonline.com/2017/07/17/dahi-sabudana-maharashtra-recipe

 

http://www.delishpotpourri.com/sabudana-sago-tapioca-pearls-dahi-bhalla

 

https://veenasvegnation.com/recipe/til-chikki

 

https://krispykadhai.wordpress.com/2017/07/17/phalauri-a-pious-treat

 

https://afoodiehousewife.wordpress.com/2017/07/17/roasted-vegetables-with-honey-lemon-dressing-and-a-mild-beetroot-dip/

 

http://mayurisjikoni.blogspot.ca/2017/07/670-date-coconut-energy-balls.html?m=1

 

 

Dairy Free Sugar Free Beetroot Smoothie 


Dairy free sugar free beetroot smoothie.

Ramadan Mubarak

Muslims are observing Ramadan, a holy month of fasting and religious devotion.

Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar and is the holiest of the month as it is believed that the Holy Quran was revealed to Prophet Mohammed during this month.

During this holy month of Ramadan Muslims are required to abstain from eating and drinking from dawn till sunset.

Drinks play a vital role when we are on fasting. A glass of chilled and refreshing drink at Iftaar time is energy boosting.

Fasting is a tough task for people, who abstain from food and drink until sunset in this summer season.

Our this week’s 97th #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #Ramadan recipes.

Fasting people need to drink more after Iftaar in order to avoid dehydration.

So here is a refreshing chilled and yummy dairy free beetroot smoothie for Iftaar. Beetroots are high in immune-boosting vitamin C, fiber, and essential minerals.

You don’t need to add sugar in it. You can add black salt or rock salt and black pepper powder if you like. I didn’t.

Recipe 


Seedless beetroot – 1 cup cubed

Cucumber – 1 medium

Lemon – 1

Grated ginger – 1/2 teaspoon

Cinnamon powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Flax seed powder – 1 teaspoon
Ice cubes as required
Lemon wedge for garnishing

Method 


Boil the whole beetroot with skin in a pressure cooker.

Let it cool down. Peel and chop the beetroot into small pieces.

Peel and grate or chop the Cucumber. Make small pieces for easy blending.

Combine every ingredients with juice of 1 lemon. You can add some ice cubes too.

Blend until smooth and frothy.

You don’t need to add sugar in it.

Taste and add more lemon juice if require. You can add black salt or rock salt and black pepper powder if you like. I didn’t.

If you don’t like cinnamon, you can omit it. Add few mint leaves instead of cinnamon.

Place some ice cubes in the glass. Pour the mixture over it.

Garnish with lemon wedge. Serve chilled.

Stay happy stay healthy.

Wish you all a very happy and blessed Ramadan!!

Banana Almond Mint Smoothie 


Banana almond mint smoothie.

One more healthy, yummy, chilled and refreshing drink to beat the heat.  And yes very easy to make.

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.

Bananas are available in every season and packed with vitamins and minerals.

And almonds are excellent source of vitamins and heart healthy monounsaturated fat.

Yogurt has been consumed by humans for hundreds of years.

It’s very nutritious, and eating it regularly may boost several aspects of your health.

For example, yogurt has been found to reduce the risk of heart disease and osteoporosis, as well as aid in weight management.

Source 

You can take all three in a delicious way. Just blend everything and its ready. You can add ice cubes and enjoy as a chilled drink. I have used everything frozen so didn’t used ice cubes. You can add cinnamon or cardamom powder if you don’t like mint.

Recipe 


Yogurt – 1 cup

Banana – 2 peeled and chopped

Almond – 5 – 6 soaked and peeled

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon

Mint – few leaves

Honey or sugar – 2 teaspoon or to taste

Ice cube – as require

Shredded almonds, lemon wedge and mint string for garnishing

 

 

Method 


Combine every ingredients. Blend until smooth and frothy.

You can add cinnamon or cardamom powder if you don’t like mint. You can add raisins or any soaked dry fruits of your choice.

Taste and add more honey, sugar or lemon juice if require.

Pour the mixture into your favourite glass. Add some ice cubes if require.

I have used everything frozen so didn’t used ice cubes.

Garnish with shredded almonds, lemon wedge and mint string.

Serve chilled.

Enjoy…….

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  😊

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.

source 1

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.

source 2

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!!

Cucumber Apple Smoothie 


Navaratri festival is just around the corner. And many of you  observe fast these days. Smoothie is perfect for fasting days. Filing and yummy.
Dairy free low calorie cucumber apple smoothie. Perfect for health conscious people too. 

Do you want a glowing skin? Then add this smoothie with your daily breakfast. 

It is an easy way to get rid of oiliness in skin and leaves you with a glow. 

The older you get, the fewer antioxidants you have in your skin to combat wrinkles and sun damage. Cucumbers can help restore some of these.  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 low calorie vitamins enriched cucumber keeps us hydrated and cool. It helps  in digestion, stabilize blood pressure and good for diabetic. 

Its lowers the uric acid levels and keep the kidneys healthy. They also contain the important nail health-promoting mineral. And also have anti-cancer properties.

This smoothie has apple too. Apple is extremely rich in antioxidants and dietary fiber. The phytonutrients and antioxidants in apples may help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease. 

The recipe is very simple. Just blend both add some flavour of your choice. I have used cinnamon but If you don’t like it you can use mint or any other flavour. Make it sweet or salty, both are yummy. You can add small spinach leaves or tomato too.

 

Recipe 


Cucumber – 1

Apple – 1

Cinnamon powder – 1/4 teaspoon 

Lemon – 1/2

Grated ginger – 1/2 teaspoon 

Honey or salt to taste 

Ice cube as require, optional 

Method 


Peel and chop the apple and cucumber. Taste the cucumber, it shouldn’t be bitter. 

Combine everything. You can add few small spinach leaves or 1 chopped tomato too. If you are using salt add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon black pepper powder too. You can use rock salt if you want to take it in fasting days.

 Blend everything until smooth and frothy. Add lemon juice and mix well. Taste and add more lemon juice if require. If you don’t like cinnamon you can use mint leaves or any flavour of your choice. 

Pour the mixture in your favourite glass. Add ice cubes. 

Garnish with cucumber, apple and lemon wedges. Serve chilled .

Paneer Or Cottage Cheese And Mango smoothie 

Auspicious month Shravan. Considered the holiest month of the year. Happy Shravan month to all of you. May God bless happiness and peace  to everyone. May God shower his blessings on you and your family.

This week our #Foodiemonday #bloghop theme is #Satvikfood for the fasting people. My contribution is Cardamom flavoured paneer/cottage cheese and mango smoothie.

Yes a smoothie with cottage cheese or paneer. Paneer/cottage cheese makes your smoothie more rich, healthy, yummy and creamy .

The fifth month of Hindu calendar is Shravan month. Starting in late July and ending in the third week of August. Mondays of this month considered to be most auspicious days and called ‘Shravan Somvar’.

According to a legend the churning of oceans or Samudra Manthan took place in the month of Shravan and it is on a Somvar or Monday that Lord Shiva drank the poison Hala Hal to save the world.
In order to lessen the effect of poison the Devas had offered the Ganges water to Lord Shiva. Because of this on Shravan Somvar in Shiva Temples Lord Shiva is bathed with holy water by the devotees. This month is considered highly auspicious for praying to Lord Shiva.

Many Hindus observe fasts during the month specially on Monday. Fasting means not to torture yourself but to detoxify your body and learn self control.

So if we follow a proper diet and plan our meal during our fast not only we will feel satisfied but we will get enough energy throughout the day. And yes you don’t get weight too. Because main reason of weight gain during this time is the consumption of deep fried foods and sweets.

If we don’t follow a healthy diet the result will be obesity and illness. Protein and calcium rich paneer/cottage cheese is a healthy food. Its a source of various other nutrients and low fat content.

And mango, almond and curd makes it more healthy and yummy. By adding paneer/cottage cheese you will get a rich creamy texture of your smoothie. I have used 1 tablespoon reduced milk you can use more if you like.

Recipe 


Chopped mango – 1 cup
Almond – 4 soaked and peeled
Curd – 1/2 cup
Honey – 2 teaspoon
Reduced milk – 1 – 2  tablespoon
Paneer/cottage cheese – 1/4 cup
Cardamom powder – 1/4 teaspoon
Ice as require

 

 

Method 


Take crumbled fresh paneer/cottage cheese. I have used homemade fresh paneer/cottage cheese. Mix all the ingredients and blend till smooth and frothy.

Pour it in your favourite glass. Garnish with mango and pistachios.

Fasting or feasting enjoy the rich, creamy, healthy and yummy smoothie 😀