Carob Nut Butter – Healthy and Nutrient packed

carob nut butter
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Recently, I was at the store to buy our monthly stock of nut butters and jams. As I was going over the ingredients, I kicked myself (mentally) for buying something with so much salt, stabilizers and hydrogenated oils. I put it all back (the nut butter, not the jam – that is a skill I have yet to acquire) and decided to make my own!

A little reading on the how of the process and I decided to make Carob Apricot Nut butter or Carob ‘Nutella’. This nutty, chocolate-y nut butter turned out so much better than any store bought ones I have ever had. I wondered why I didn’t try this earlier. Moreover, it is sugar free and caffeine free, the two things that make me happier when my son devours it.

Almost everyone loves spreads, especially kids. Our family is no different, be it a jam or nut butter or a chutney. As a working mommy, I find it easier to just slap a load of my son’s favourite spread on a chapati or a whole wheat bread and call it a snack. It is filling and nutritious. I gifted a friend with IBS a jar of my homemade carob apricot nut butter, because it is gluten free. He was very happy because he could finally savour something close to nutella!

Carob apricot nut butter goes well with crackers, as a spread on breads or as a dip with apples. You can serve it to your guests and bask in glory when they go wow.

Word to the wise. You may have to make a big batch as it is difficult to stop eating once you start!

Nutritious Whey Protein Crepes

whey protein crepes
Serves 2 Crepes
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I recently saw a movie, where Batman uses a dehydrator to shrink food in size. He says this allows him to eat high calorie and nutrient filled meals on the go. Well, that is an idea. Here is a simpler way for you to have a quick, filling and nutritious meal – Whey Protein Crepes.

You can whip up these high protein delicacies in minutes. And they are very filling (we know 😉 ). So you will be having a healthy meal that will make your mother happy. Also, a few tweaks here and there and you have added your own flavour to these whey protein crepes.

I recently made these for breakfast on Sunday and boy did they vanish from the plates! We are more into savoury breakfasts, like poha, dosa, upma etc. But these whey protein crepes were a pleasant change and are something we can have on a regular basis.

The whey protein powder I used is unflavoured, so you can also make savory whey protein crepes, or simple crepes to go with a quick stir-fry, like mushroom and baby corn or french beans and onion (these two happen to be my favourites!)

What surprised me when I first started using whey protein powder is that it is not just useful for athletes and fitness enthusiasts but can also be used for weight loss. When paired with fruits and/or milk (dairy, coconut, almond, soy) to make smoothies (recipes coming soon!), it is very filling and can aid in weight loss, with exercise and some self-discipline 🙂

Carob Apricot ‘Chocolate’ Bars

carob apricot bar
Serves 24 squares
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I still cannot get over how yum these ‘chocolate’ bars turned out. Yum does not even begin to describe them. They were ‘d-i-v-i-n-e’. After all they are packed with the goodness of Carob, Sweet Apricot Kernels and Coconut Oil. You will be pleased to learn that these bars are dairy free, sugar free and gluten free. So lets say bye-bye to any sugar rush!

The star ingredient, carob powder, is rich in iron, calcium and other minerals. And dietary fibre. And natural sugar! It also has many traditional medicinal uses, like boosting metabolism in kids and improving heart function in adults.

I am a bit wary of giving my son ready made, packaged chocolates as they are full of sugar and chemicals. But he being a kid loves it and I don’t have the heart to say no to him every time he asks for one. That’s when I started thinking hard and fast and came up with these carob apricot ‘chocolate’ bars. They look just like store bought chocolate but are full of all the good stuff and contain NO chemicals! Win-win for all!

These chocolate bars also make for a good, healthy and different gift, during the festival season. The nutty, roasty, earthy flavour of carob was so tempting we could hardly keep our hands off the chocolates long enough to take pictures. Go ahead. Try this recipe and let us know how yours turned out!

Savory Oatmeal and Soft Cooked Egg

Savoury egg oatmeal
Serves 1
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This recipe gives a slightly different twist to the usual way that oatmeal is eaten as breakfast. I love to eat oatmeal for breakfast and I love to eat eggs for breakfast but never combined together so I wanted to give this recipe a try and I was pleasantly surprised.
Oats in general are a fantastic way to start off your day and keep you full until the afternoon. Oatmeal is high in fibre and protein giving you energy, benefiting your digestive system and great for weight loss. Eggs are also a good source of protein and help to fill you up also. The cheddar cheese and scallions add to the savoury taste of the recipe. I added in a tablespoon of raw honey as an option as I usually like a sweetness in my regular oatmeal so it worked well for me in this recipe also. This will all depend on your own personal taste.

No Bake Chocolate Macaroons

Serves 12
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This recipe is vegan, gluten-free, nut-free and grain-free. As the title implies it requires no baking and is a super healthy snack.
Made from chia seeds, cocount oil, cocoa powder and honey, it provides so many nutrients required for your daily diet. From the anti-oxidants sourced from Chia seeds to the antibacterial properties contained in coconut oil, this is a great recipe to boost your immune system. The banana, cocoa powder, dessicated coconut, honey and rock salt create a delicious sweet taste and also provides extra anti oxidants and minerals such as iron, potassium and zinc, crucial for a healthy heart and digestive system.

1/4 cup of honey is the guideline in the recipe as it creates a light sweetness but feel free to add more if needed depending on your personal taste.

Overnight Chia Lime Pudding

chia lime pudding
Serves 2-4

This is such a light and refreshing recipe that’s very easy to whip up. With these 4 healthy ingredients you can create a sweet and dairy free dessert. Chia seeds is a known superfood reputable for its anti-oxidant properties and is a great source of vitamins, protein and fibre. Raw honey is also rich in anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals and increases energy levels. Lemon juice is a natural detoxifer and helps in digestion. Coconut milk is a great substitute for dairy milk making this recipe dairy free. So not only is this a delicious snack, but it is also packed with goodness.

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5 Minute Chocolate Oatmeal

5 minute chocolate oatmeal
Serves 1
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With breakfast being the most important meal of the day, I highly recommend starting your day with a bowl of nutritious oatmeal. Oats are high in fibre, Iron, calcium and vitamin B benefiting our digestive and nervous systems as well as providing energy and promoting weight loss. It is high in anti-oxidants and lowers cholesterol.

This recipe is gluten free and can also be made dairy free depending on your choice of milk. The vanilla and cocoa powder adds to the taste of the oats and the cocoa powder is a great additional ingredient if you want to encourage your kids to try out oatmeal, adding some extra honey as a natural sweetener. And for those of you who claim that you dont have time in the morning, this recipe only takes 5 minutes so no excuses!

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Apple Cider Vinegar Daily Detox Drink

apple cider vinegar detox drink

If you haven’t already made Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) part of your daily routine, now is the time to do so! Not only does it offer so many versatile uses but its natural benefits are endless and mega powerful. To find out more about its many uses and benefits, please see our article ’20 Practical Uses & Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar’.

This detox recipe makes an effective drink to consume daily to help you detox and lose weight. Apple cider vinegar is a natural detoxifer that boosts digestion and lowers cholestrol. Lemon Juice is also a resourceful detoxifier working well with the ACV and the cinnamon benefits digestion. As Apple cider Vinegar can have quite a sharp bitter taste, you can add some natural honey to consume it more easily.

Sattvic Foods Apple Cider Vinegar is made from organic Himalayan Apples using traditional ayurvedic methods, so rest assured this is the natural way to go!

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