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THE MILK TEA CULTURE & HABBITS You know our kitchen is like a Science Laboratory, great experimentation since ages has delivered great recipes. In one of the greatest recipe experiments once a person added milk to tea, and the recipe resulted in exceptional experience and accepted well by many culture and people globally. The recipe became even more wonder full in enhancing taste and experience when milk, tea, sugar, cardamom (green elaichi), ginger etc... Were boiled together. But sadly the health benefits value of tea came down immensely. This recipe method always ticks my mind and today I am taking an effort to share you some valuable and deeper insights on the less known topic of “The Milk Tea Culture and Habbits”. So, I am going to answer all the Why and How on the Milk Tea habbit here. After your milk tea is prepared by boiling in pan, and sifting it in cups to serve you must have noticed the left over pan becomes very sticky with dried layers of the left over tea. Cleaning this pan requires a lot of vigorous efforts and soap and water to make it shining and gleaming clean. Now just think how this sticks inside in your body in intestines and thus brings down the intestinal performance. Sadly this brings down performance and function of intestinal pathway which causes intestinal walls and brushes getting closed and not able to secrete digestive juices properly and also not able to extract micro and macro nutrients from flowing semisolid food and helping it brushing and pushing the food forward. Thus digestion process slows and lengthening of process is happening. As a result this triggers start of indigestion, acidity, and bloated stomach stressed and overloaded stomach bladder and after some weeks, months you notice visible physical indicators like continuous or long belching, high acidity, heart burn, acid reflux till throat. For some this causes weight loss and for many progressing towards obesity. Meantime you start Doctor Consultation but being on medicine therapy with continuing milk tea habbit doesn’t help much. And, once you are off medicines the improved health condition is again washed out. This creates a continues and regular psychological burden of living in stress with troubled stomach health and slowly becomes a way of life, with a person understanding that this health issue can’t be helped much. The Milk Tea facts can also be understood by traditional Ayurveda wisdom and Modern Science study based connections: Ayurveda Connection – In Ayurveda every substance and food product is divided by their properties of Prakuruti of three basic natures that is Vata (Air +Space), Pitta (Fire+Water) and Kapha (Earth+water). In simple terms the milk and tea are not compatible in supporting each other to add nutrient in value and thus causes severe imbalance of Vata, Pitta and Kapha. It is like milk and lemon not being compatible to add in each other, as you know the milk will sour. Thus, its recommended tea is good to be consumed by simply gently dipping tea leaves in hot water, straining the solution and adding a tea spoon of honey for sweet taste when its mild hot or cold. Adding drops lemon juice is also good for taste and health. Modern Science Connection - Many science research and human clinical trials have revealed the facts and figures to support that adding milk to tea wipes out major health benefits of Tea like- Tea leaves are rich in flavonoids called as “Catechins”, which have very good effect on heart health. While milk is rich in group of proteins called as “Casein”. Thus when you add milk to tea, the concentration of catechins decreases drastically thus doing no good on supporting heart health and thus reducing nutrient value of the Milk Tea recipe. Black Tea causes dilation of brachial artery thus giving good relaxation effect at biological level, while Milk tea prevents this biological effect. Drinking any tea be it the black, green or milk with meals or soon after meals causes decrease in absorption of iron from food and thus causing iron deficiency in blood over a period of time . Dietician Recommendation – Understanding the right Tea habbits and lifestyle modification would help people to learn the right way and prevent themselves from short and long term diseases. There are many healthy tea options to try like black tea, lemon honey black tea, green tea, Tulsi blend tea, chamomile tea, jasmine tea, mushroom added black tea. There are many famous brands offering wide range of quality tea products like DXN, Organic India from fab India house. Or simply buy tea leaves and extract them in hot water. But is ok to enjoy your Milk Tea sometimes and do a treat to your taste buds. I wish the readers best of “Health and Happiness”. 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Red Amaranth • Consumed in the form of soups, salads, dals, curries and semi-dry dishes with rice • Its one of the best source of vitamin K & Proteins • Its also a rich source of vitamins C & E, folate, iron, magnesium, phosphours & potassium • Its calcium content is more than milk which makes it a super food for lactose intolerant, helps reduce risk of osteoporosis • Also good for pregnant & lactating women’s Kokum Fruit extract • Consumed as sherbet, solkadi, syrups & added to fish curry • This super berry is nutrient packed with nutrients like vitamin C, fiber, anti-oxidants & low in fat & calories • This tangy fruit’s active ingredient, garcinol is an anti-oxidant with anti-carcinogenic properties • Helps in diagestion, relifes flatulence & heat strokes • It’s a natural & effective food preservative Coconut water • Helps replenish lost fluids in the body due to dehydration • 100ml of water contains 250mgs potassium & 105 mg sodium • Its low cal& fat –free with the benefit of simple sugars, electrolytes & full of essential minerals which makes for a good and healthy weight loss beverage Bitter Gourd / Karela • This summer produce is a natural remedy for liver • Also helps in stabling blood sugar level • Helps to increase cellular uptake of glucose and improves glucose tolerance • It contains a phytonutrient -polypeptide-P that has been called a plant insulin & is known to lower blood sugar levels Pumpkin / Kaddu or Petha • Best consumed as curry, stir-fry, raita & desserts • Rich in vital antioxidants and vitamins • Benefits organs like stomach, spleen & pancreas • Natural sweetness helps keep blood sugar stable • Helps repair skin tissues as it a good source of beta-carotene • 100gms of pumpkin seeds have 559 calories & 30 gms protein Bottle Gourd / Lauki or Doodhi • Promotes Weight Loss • Cures tummy troubles - Helps Digestion And Treats Constipation: its benefits are realized in aiding constipation, acidity, diarrhoea, easy bowel movement, • Provides Cooling Effect • Treats Urinary tract infection / problems • Treats Sleeping Disorders : Bottle gourd contains a good amount of choline – a kind of neurotransmitter that helps in improving the functions of the brain and helps in preventing stress, depression and other mental disorders. • Replenishes Loss Of Water Content • Keeps The Heart Healthy • Reduces Inflammation Of Liver Caution : Bottle gourd juice should always be consumed fresh. Peel and gourd and try a bit of flesh before blending, it shouldn’t taste bitter. If it does, discard it. Also, it is advised to have bottle gourd juice alone and not mixed with other vegetables. However, you can add amla, ginger, fresh mint leave and some rock salt to spruce up the flavour.
Hariyali Kebab Goodness: - This high protein, low calories, power packed snack is also rich in calcium and iron Makes – 12 no. Ingredients: Nutrela -75gms Palak (Blanched) - 300gms Paneer – 100gms Moongdal flour -30gms Brown Bread -1 slice Roasted Til seeds -1 spoon Salt – to taste Jeera – 1tsp Chaat Masala – to taste Fresh Green coriander – a few springs Oil – 1 spoon Ground to a paste Ginger – 1” pc. Garlic – 1-2 cloves Green chilies – 1-2 Method: 1. Soak Nutrela in hot water for 10-15 mins 2. Squeeze out excess water 3. Take blanched palak and blending it with nutrela, Add garlic, ginger, green chilies (Ground in a paste), moongdal flour, brown bread and rest of the ingredients 4. Form small balls of the mix 5. Grease a non-stick pan and cook them on slow flame till both sides cooked well. 6. Serve hot with finely sliced onion and carrots and green coriander chutney. NUTRITIVE VALUE: Calories -55 Kcal, Carbohydrates (CHO) -6 gms, Protein – 5 gms, Calcium – 88 mg, iron – 1 mg Priyanka Khandelwal’s Diet Planet – the Online Diet Clinic is just a Click away to help you!!! I am happy to address any Q’s you may have to lead a healthy lifestyle!!!
***HAPPY NAVRATRE*** The time has come again when when we eagerly await to wellcome _*Divine Devi Maa*_ who blesses us with good Health, Wealth and Prosperity. _*I will be sharing you the 9 Days Sattvik Diet Plan which helps us collecting SATTVA to press a refresh button on mind, soul and body energy levels.*_ *If you like it please share it for benefit of others . Day -1 Navratri Batata Vada Ingredients: For Potato mixture: - 2 cups boiled, peeled, mashed Potatoes - 1 tablespoon Peanut Oil+ more for deep frying - ½ teaspoon Cumin seeds - 1-2 Green chilies, chopped finely - Rock Salt to taste - Black Pepper powder to taste - 1 teaspoon Lemon juice For the batter: - 1/2 cup Singhare ka Atta - 1/2 cup rajgira ka Atta - Rock Salt to taste - Black Pepper powder to taste - ¼ to ⅓ cup Water or as required Steps to prepare Vada: - Heat the oil in a pan on medium heat. Once hot add cumin seeds and let them sizzle. - Add chopped green chili and saute for 20 seconds. - Add mashed potatoes, salt, black pepper powder. - Mix well. Cook till the potatoes get heated through. Finally add lemon juice, mix. - Remove and cool. - Make a batter with the singhare and rajgira ka atta, salt, pepper in a bowl adding a little water a time to make a smooth batter. Batter should be not too thick not too thin. - Divide the potato mixture into 10 equal portions and shape them into round, smooth ball. - Heat the oil in pan for deep frying on medium-high heat. - Oil should be hot enough. - Gently and carefully drop batter coated ball into the oil. Do not disturb the vada for at least 1 minute after adding in the oil. Deep fry it till it is golden brown from all the sides. - Flip them or move around for even browning. - Once browned and fried from all the sides, remove it to the paper towel lined plate using slotted spatula. - Serve warm My Tip: We can use samak flour also.
Blog Topic : All You Need to Know about Ghee or Clarified butter Fat is an important part of your diet, but figuring out how much to eat can be confusing for many. Over the last few decades, every day and recommendations have gone from moderate-fat to low-fat, based on recommendations from Health Organizations (HO) worldwide. However, the new HO Dietary Guidelines no longer specify an upper limit for how much total fat you should consume. Along with protein and carbs, fat is one of the three macronutrients in your diet. Fat performs a number of functions and provides several health benefits: Energy: Fat is an excellent energy source. It provides 9 calories per gram, whereas protein and carbs each provide 4 calories per gram. Hormone and gene regulation: Fats regulate the production of reproductive and steroid hormones, as well as genes involved in growth and metabolism. Brain function: Adequate fat intake is important for brain health, including mood. Absorption of fat-soluble vitamins: Vitamins A, D, E and K must be consumed with fat to be properly absorbed. Flavor and fullness: Adding fat to foods makes them tastier and more filling. Lets try to understand a bit of chemistry behind fats. We consume fat in the form of triglycerides molecules. A triglyceride molecule is made up of three fatty acids attached to a glycerol backbone. The fatty acids contain chains of carbons, hydrogen and oxygen molecules. One way fats are classified is by the length of their carbon chains: • Short-chain fatty acids: Fewer than 6 carbons. • Medium-chain fatty acids: 6 to 12 carbons. • Long-chain fatty acids: 13 to 21 carbons. • Very-long-chain fatty acids: 22 or more carbons. Most of the fats we eat are long and medium chain fatty acids. Short-chain fatty acids are mainly produced when bacteria ferment soluble fiber in your colon, although milk fat also contains small amounts only. Long-chain and very-long-chain fats are absorbed into the bloodstream and released into the body cells as needed. However the short-chain and medium-chain fats are taken up directly by the liver to be used as energy. This blog focuses discussion on Ghee or Clarified butter a form of Fat we use in our Diet and the benefits we can realise out of it. We see that Ghee is a religion matter in Indian Kitchens since ages. The pleasant smell of Ghee as the tadka on dal or a spoonful of ghee on the hot simmering pulav or khichadi or even a dash of it on phulkas or rotis works tastefully as a daily indulgence. Ghee is also known as Clarified Butter internationally and is an essential ingredient in many Ayurvedic medicines also. Just because Ghee is all fat and no nutrients as it is a dairy produce, its Clarified butter with no milk residue and thus assumptions are made that its unhealthy choice of food. But the truth is that its one of the good sources of Medium chain Fatty acids (MCFA) & Short Chain Fatty Acids (SCFA) which helps the body to loose weight by using the MCFA & SCFA for boosting energy than converting into fat cells. Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) helps in burning the stubborn fat in your body, but remember moderation is the key. Also its good source of conjugated Linoleic Acid and Butyric Acid and Omega 3 fatty acids which work as antioxidants and protect the cells from degenerative disease like Diabetes and various types of Cancer etc. Some of the most impressive benefits of ghee include its ability to protect your gastrointestinal system, balance your cholesterol levels, provide additional energy, reduce inflammation in the joints, eliminates certain allergy concerns, protect you from various chronic disease, improve your eye health, strengthen your immune system, and even prevent certain types of cancer. Ghee keeps your immune system at its best to fight off any infection in the body. Ghee is rich in fat soluble Vitamins A, D, E and K and helps in improving immunity and thus given to new born and feeding mothers as a healthy supplementary role in food. The Butyric Acid in Ghee works as anti inflammatory in the body especially in the gastric track /lining as it has been seen that people suffering with peptic ulcers or ulcerative colitis have been benefited & seen less of symptoms over time . Caution: Ghee has numerous health benefits, people with heart disease, high blood cholesterol, diabetes should avoid or reduce the intake of ghee to prevent further health complications. The combination of saturated fat and cholesterol can increase the risk for heart disease. Recipe for Nutritional Enhancement of homemade Ghee: So next time you are making ghee at home from white butter/ milk cream or malai collected from milk daily, then try to below recipe. During boiling the cream on heat / stove, add 4-5 leaves of Tulsi & 1 pinch of salt and 2 Bettlenut (Pan) leaves to make it extra aromatic and golden in colour and above all purely organically nutritious. Now we know the facts that Ghee serves a number of important body support functions, along with making foods taste better and helping you feel satisfied. Eating the right amounts can go a long way toward reducing disease risk and enhancing your overall health. Then why should people be blaming Ghee as unhealthy..? So start having small amount of Ghee daily say 2 tea spoons or like 10 grams quantity a day, will help you go long miles and support your body system functioning and processes in numerous ways. Opposed to than just adding the empty calories or bad fat through other forms of bad fat that you consume in junk food, fried stuff or bakery stuff. And, always remember the Golden Rule, Moderation is the Key to keep yourself Healthy and Fit. 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