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Quarantine Fasting: Leading a Healthier Lifestyle this Navratri

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It is a strange time and it just doesn’t matter where you are (not being a bummer). In the thick of these uncertainties, it is important for you to stock up on healthy foods during your Quarantine Fasting. Navratri season gives you a reason to do so. Add some diversity to your refrigerator and to your life. Here are a few ways you can break the monotony of your everyday food cycle:

Makhanas:

Also known as foxnuts, these are low on sodium content, making them a delight for the people with high blood pressure
and everyone! These are light, zero-calorie, and a (Navratri) snack! They help to flush out toxins from your body. Altogether, it is a good choice to munch on!

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Snacks during Quarantine…Snacking is considered one of the favourite pastimes of humans when they have nothing to do and are getting bored to death๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™ˆ . 4pm scene at our house… . Dotty: Can I have something to eat? Am not hungry but feel like eating something spicy The man: Is there something to eat? I am feeling a bit hungry(Utter lie๐Ÿ˜ก! But he pleads 'Telling nothing but truth'! bcoz he knows unnecessary snacking for adults is not allowed in this house๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ) . Am sure most of you can relate with me… So, this Masala Phool Makhana | Fox Nuts comes to my rescue…healthy, quick and easy! ——————————————————————- ๐Ÿ”ธRecipe๐Ÿ”ธ โžก๏ธHeat a teaspoon of oil in a pan. Add 2 cups of Phool Makhana and roast on medium heat till they crisp up. Switch off heat. Transfer to a bowl and set aside โžก๏ธ To the same pan(which is still hot, don't have to turn on the heat again), add a teaspoon of coconut oil. This will melt right away. Now, add 1/2 tsp chilli powder, 1 tsp chaat masala, 1/2 tsp amchur powder and salt to taste. Give a quick stir. Add roasted Makhana back to the pan and toss well to let the masala coat them evenly โžก๏ธEnjoy with a cup of hot tea or store in an airtight container for later use ——————————————————————- Nutrional Value: Fox nuts are rich in proteins, fiber, antioxidants, magnesium and potassium, thus making them an ideal snack item. Low glycemic index and gluten-free, diabetics can enjoy a handful of them on a regular basis. But care should be taken to keep them healthy by using minimal oil during the preparation . . . . . . .

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Green Vegetables:

Want to keep illnesses at bay? Eat green veggies every day! Yes, this should be the motto of not just your quarantine fasting days, but for every other day after it. Loaded with Vitamin C, K and iron, it would only improve your immune system and make it stronger. Keep your refrigerator stocked up with spinach, cabbage, broccoli and other green veggies. (Foodie dream intensifies)

Limited oil:

While having put all your desires in one place, it is also important to ensure that you are using minimal oil in your meals. This becomes essentially important if you are cooking for a diabetic patient. One can cook magnificent meals with little cooking oil.

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๐˜๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ช๐˜ญ ? ๐˜๐˜ต ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ข ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฒ๐˜ถ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ ๐˜ด๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ต, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜จ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ช๐˜ต'๐˜ด ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ. ๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—œ ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐˜? Visit your nearest ๐™†๐™† ๐™ˆ๐™–๐™ง๐™ฉ and look for #harvistredpalmoil ๐‚๐ก๐จ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐จ๐ฅ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐ž๐ž ๐จ๐ข๐ฅ ๐ž๐ง๐ซ๐ข๐œ๐ก๐ž๐ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ง๐š๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐š๐ฅ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ-๐ฏ๐ข๐ญ๐š๐ฆ๐ข๐ง ๐€ & ๐ฏ๐ข๐ญ๐š๐ฆ๐ข๐ง ๐„ . . . #malaysiaredpalmoil #redpalmoil #redpalmoilsoap #healthycooking #healthylifestyle #healthyoil #healthyfood #cookingoil #wellness #madeinmalaysia

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Banana Chips:

Since we are advocating you to to eat healthy, we would leave you with a little liberty to munch on something you like. Banana chips make a great deal! They are light, spicy and crunchy (remember when you used to munch lays and uncle chips?) A treat in quarantine fasting, indeed!

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In A World Of Potato Chips, Banana Chips Are The Silent Unsung Heroes๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜ŽWho Deserve More Love ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿคฉ . Banana chips are a marvel of human innovation. And they are love. Unadulterated, deep fried love.๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹ . Tag Banana Chips lover๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ . Follow @thebhukkadlife for more droolicious pictures โ™ฅ๏ธ๐Ÿ’ฏ . ๐Ÿ“ธ @kushigalu . #bananachips #tasteofindia #indianfood #indorestreetfood #indiancuisine #indianstreetfood #indianfoodbloggers #mumbaifood #punefoodblogger #desifood #mumbaifoodies #indianrecipes #delhifoodie #delhifoodies #mumbaifoodicious #foodtalkindia #bangalorefoodies #indianfoods #indiansweet #chennaifoodguide #delhifood #goodfoodindia #northindianfood #dilsefoodie #gujaratifoodie #delhifoodbloggers #gurgaonfoodie #thingstodoinmumbai #indiancooking #hyderabadifoodie

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See you at a healthier fasting spree!

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Hibiscus Tea: The Secret To Blooming Health

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Hibiscus Tea

Hibiscus Tea is made using the petals of the Hibiscus Flower. It lowers your blood pressure, blood sugar and aids in weight loss. Consumed both hot and cold, it is a caffeine free alternative that can be taken individually or added to caffeinated tea. The antioxidants in the tea can also help reduce cell damage in your body.

Preparing Hibiscus Tea At Home

Step 1: Drying Petals

You can either buy Dried Hibiscus leaves (loose or in tea bags) or prepare them yourself at home. Separate the calyx and the flower from the stem. Then Remove the Seed Pods from the Calyx and separate the leaves.

Step 2: Steeping in Water

You can directly use the leaves procured above for your tea or you can use them later. They can be used all dried out as well. Steep the hibiscus leaves in hot water for about 5 minutes. If you want a stronger flavour, steep for 5 minutes.

Step 3: (Optional)Adding Other Flavours

Variants in the market include lemongrass along with the hibiscus leaves. You can also infuse the tea with cinnamon for added benefits ย . Hibiscus does not contain caffeine, however, you can add it to your black tea. To tackle the tart flavour of hibiscus, try adding natural sweeteners.

Hibiscus Tea

Pouring Hibiscus Tea; Credits: Sabri Tuzcu/ stocksnap.io

Make it Iced

Refrigerate the hibiscus leaves along with mint, lime, cinnamon in a jar of water. Your drink will be ready after 8-10 hours. Remember to separate the leaves and cinnamon sticks before serving.

Iced Hibiscus Tea

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PRECAUTIONS

  • Hibiscus tea cannot be taken by pregnant women.
  • It does not react well with certain kind of medications including those of malaria.
  • It is always wise to inform you doctor about its consumption.
  • Diabetics should be careful as a high consumption might lower blood sugars dangerously

 

Alternating the consumption of this tea along with other herbal and non-herbal teas will give a fresh burst to your life.

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Time to sip health!

 

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These 90s Candies Filled Our Life With Sweet Memories

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As we are growing old, memories of our childhood are becoming vague. However, little nostalgia like the smell of first rain, the jingle of Nirma washing powder and these days Shaktimaan are taking us back to the most loved times, The 90s. Oh and how can we forget the ‘oh sweet candies’ of 90s! Let us take a journey back to the 90s candies that filled our life with the sweetest memories.

ย 1. Guru Chela

Remember the packs with the face of Guru on one and the face of Chela on the other? Those were the days!

2) Phantom sweet cigarettes

Was it just I or y’all were too curious as well as scared to try these? Let’s be honest, we all faked smoking anyway!

3) Chiclets

Just look at the irresistible packaging! No doubt, it was our favourite chewing gum back then.

4) Cadbury Nutties

I’ve still seen these packs around but the chocolaty nostalgia can never be forgotten.

5) Boomer

Remember the boomer man? Does anyone know how he’s doing now? Yea,me neither! ๐Ÿ™

6) Coffy Bite

In case you’re addicted to coffee, you must have been addicted to coffee bite too. Coffee candies!

7) Mango Bite

Wish we could get mango bites photocopied using a mango too! ๐Ÿ™

8) Pan Pasand

This is the pan that won’t make you spit! You can still find them around at pan shops.

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Number 4 Pan pasand candy (Swipe for the process video) Tulika writes, "Iโ€™ve always loved pan. As a kid Iโ€™d be most excited about the pan counter at the wedding so naturally when I discovered the pan toffee it was an instant favourite. I still buy quite a few when I can spot them at a local shop." Illustration for the sweet memories of @tulikasaxena15 ๐ŸŒท You can write to me too if you miss anything from your childhood, it can be a food item, a game or any other memory that you want to revisit. Share your stories with me, let's revisit the nineties :') Going to illustrate the things we miss from our childhood. If you too, are a kid from the glorious nineties, then you'll surely relate to all my stories Hope you enjoy the series as much as I am enjoying the process of making them! #panpasand #pancandy #indiainnineties #birthdaycandies #childhood #memories #illustration #illustratedaily #procreate

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9) Magic Pops

The sparkly party inside the mouth makes me want to grab a pack RN!

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Do you remember these from your childhood?๐Ÿ˜ . You would love this if you were a 90's kid. This candy crackers are yum and we love how they pop in our mouths. . Magic Pops ๐Ÿ’ฅ . ๐Ÿ‘‰Facebook : Wanderers of Varanasi -WOV ๐Ÿ‘‰FOLLOW: @wanderers.of.varanasi ๐Ÿ‘‰FOLLOW: @wanderers.of.varanasi . #magicpops #popingcandy #magic #pop #candy #poprocks #cheesecake #musttry #icecream #varanasi #90s #mouthwatering #cravings #nutella #waffles #chocolate #foodblogger #food #foodie #crunch #crunchy #tasty #streetfood #yummyfood #yum #banarasi #banaras #love #wanderersofvaranasi #wov @sodelhi @fbci_official @tastemade @buzzfeedtasty @buzzfeedfood @buzzfeedindia @bbcgoodfood @foodyfetish @delhieats @foodnetwork @delhLeats @trellingfood @food52 @dillifoodies @noleftovers @foodtalkindia @saadidilli @foodreview.in @foodbeast @noleftovers @unilodgrub @bonappetitmag @beautifulfoodie @jaipurmag @dfordelh @thisisinsiderfood @foodandwine @sokolkata @foodtalkindia @therawtextures @myfoodproject @foodieincarnate

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10) Kismi

I am sure some of the love stories bloomed by offering these candies.

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The Taste Of Nostalgia: Best Childhood Snacks

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The Tasteful Old Days: Snacks That will take you back to your seven-year-old self

There is hope in the future, but there is magic in the past. And there is nothing more magical than a smell or taste that takes you back to the days of your childhood. A pocketful of money that Daadi gave and we were all set to buy our favourite midday vacation snacks. We cannot bring back those days but we can give you a tasteful glimpse of those mystic times.

ย Here are your favourite childhood snacks; keep digging, keep drooling:

1. World Cup Special Lays

 

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Every time the cricket World Cup Series would come up, our all-time favourite Lays would launch a series of special flavours. International flavours were infused and packaged in beautiful colours. No one remembered the names of the flavours, all we could ask for were orange or dark green or the light blue packet from the shopkeeper.

2. Maggi Rice Noodle Mania

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Maggi came up with a special range of noodles that were rice-based. They were available in lemon, pudina, and masala to name a few. Everyone tried them at least once and needless to say, we hated them in our childhood and we’ll hate them now.

3. Chatmola

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For every road trips to train journeys, Chatmola was always a part of our food package. If we could get our hands on this amazing chooran goli today, even us grownups wouldnโ€™t let go of them.

4. Magic Pops

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That one product that looked as mesmerising as it tasted, Magic Pops were a blast in the mouth. Though they came in a variety of flavours, the effect of the pop was nonetheless the same in all of them.

5. Fun Flips Masala

These rice puffs were available in so many flavours, but the Masala flavour remains a classic. A small packet was enough for us and our friends.

6. Chand Sitare

The perfect classroom candy, having them in our coats was like carrying around some expensive item.ย  No could ever differentiate between the taste of the moon and the stars, but everyone had a preference.

7. Sunfeast Dream Cream Biscuit

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The only thing better than cream biscuits is cream biscuits that come with a free gift. Sunfeast Dream Cream Biscuits came with interesting surprise gifts like stamps, sharpeners and sun themed rings that we used to make our friends jealous of us.

8. Rasnaย 

Remember how we would come home exhausted after hours of playing with friends, and our mummy would be ready with tumblers of Rasna. The taste of Cola and the goodness of fruit, could there be a better beverage?

9. Diptrix

Bringing together the best of both worlds- butter biscuits with flavoured creamy dips. There was a variety of flavours ranging from strawberry to chocolate, it was a perfect snack to have with our friends.

10. Cadbury Dairy Milk Wowie

This special edition that featured timeless Disney characters in milk chocolate at the centre of the classic Cadbury was a favourite among kids. It was discontinued within months but was very popular as long as it stayed.

 

For a guilt-free binge, check out these great food options:ย https://littleletterslinked.com/keep-your-weight-in-check-in-quarantine/

 

 

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