Monday, 15 September 2014

The Bling - Bling of food labels!!!

So I went shopping this weekend!!! Let’s just accept it…some things can never be changed!!! And one of those things is “Anjilee Istwal like sweets”….thus, the only solution to such a malady is to buy something that does not do major damage to your waistline and somehow manages to be classified healthy too….. :)))) Well, I know how to do it.

The solution is simple but expensive….but I think investing a little bit in your health is always worth it…..well spend a little bit now…or spend later on a bigger size jeans and a whole new wardrobe!!! I would rather spend now.

Anyway I went to a famous health store and bought myself some goodies! Now why I am writing all this is because I want you to understand the importance of reading labels on food stuff carefully while buying food. What you may think is healthy may just be all bling bling!!!
  •  Look out for terms like “partially hydrogenated oil," "hydrogenated vegetable oil," or "shortening" on the ingredients list…this means that this stuff contains trans fats, no matter what the label says
  •  Stay clear of sweet nothings… stuff that contains brown rice syrup, barley malt, caramel, fructose, fruit juice concentrate, and anything involving corn syrup….instead of the commonly known term sugar.
  • Check carefully what is the nutritional value and what serving size is exactly the food stuff talking about when you buy it……don’t think the entire box has just 100 calories while the small print may say its 100 calories per serving size. Check the label for what they mean by serving size….it might just be a tablespoon….OMG!!!!
  •  Check the foot note…..if there is an asterisk  (*) in front of anything….scan the bottom of the label for what it says

Hope you don’t get too confused by all this….but believe me…once you crack this….you will be a super shopper!!!!

Friday, 12 September 2014

Crazy psycho baker!!!!

Wheeeeeeee!!!!! I had muffins today! Ok ok….I agree they were not really the same soft, moist, to die for stuff that you buy from famous bakeries or pretentious stand-alone bakers, but they were sweet and muffiny! That’s all I care about!
The truth is I baked them myself……I tried my hand at a no flour, no sugar, whey protein recipe that I developed after reading multiple recipes on net.
So what’s my take away from this attempt apart from the fact that I will do anything to satisfy my sweet cravings???? Here….I am listing my wisdom down for ya all!!
-          Even if you are not using refined flour (maida) or whole wheat flour (aata)…. You still need some sort of flour……so options are chick pea flour or Besan or desiccated dry coconut.
-          You need some sort of moist ingredient that stops the muffins from being dry and cardboard… mashed banana or paneer
-          Don’t you dare overcook

Anyway…….here is my recipe…..
Just take two eggs…..beat them…..beat in sugar substitute of your choice and then beat in some butter or olive oil (half cup). Now add mashed banana or about 100 gms of soft cottage cheese (paneer) completely mashed.
Beat them together and the4n mix the dry ingredient same ratio as normal cake…..i used one big cup for these two eggs….and my dry mix had 2 scoops whey protein powder, two tablespoon dry coconut, 4 tablespoons Besan, half teaspoon baking powder and a pinch of salt.  If you have cocoa powder put two heaped tablespoons in the mix.
Fold in the dry mix in the egg mix… case it starts getting too dry and clumpy add a bit of warm milk.
Once the batter is smooth and well mixed pour it into a greased muffin tray or a cake tin to make a full cake.
Bake at 180 degree Celsius for not more than 25 to 30 mins….and check after 20mins if the fork inserted comes out clean or sticky…if sticky…bake a bit more otherwise just stop.
Here is a picture of my batch…..that I intend to eat with my soy milk and chia seeds pudding to make it a bit more moist and gooey!!!!:))))))

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Killing the sweet craving with a healthy bite!!!

It's really hard to eat healthy and stay away from junk and sweets in the first few days of your "changing my lifestyle" attempt.
Well! Hurdles keep coming up in the shape of chocolate donuts ordered by a friend or kaju katli being distributed in office coz a colleague won an award!!!! Why oh why does it have to be so difficult.
So today I decided to satisfy my own sweet craving before going to work.
I made myself blueberry protein pancakes!!! Yup, they don't have even a single grain of flour!!! The evil carb!!
Try it!
I used two eggs with a scoop of whey protein and a table spoon of dry desiccated coconut. After mixing them well I added some dried blue berries! Mashed ripe bananas would have been good but I didn't have any. After that just a touch of honey or sweetener and then pour a ladle full on greased non stick pan!
Voila!!!! You have pancakes in a jiffy!
Trying to post a pic too!
Today I will not eat any sweets!! And if I do feel like it! I have my extra pancake rolled up in my lunch box :))))