I fancy nuts ( we are talking food here!). And am now having an affair with seeds.
I seriously can’t get over these mini powerhouses of nutrition . A couple of years back, out of frustration of not finding a healthy alternative to mid meal & tea time snacks, I decided to give nuts a chance. Or was it because I had to find ways to deal with the deluge of almonds, walnuts ,cashews, raisins etc that landed up at home around festivities ?
I You will never know 🙂
But I can vouch for their benefits. As in first – hand experiences with real changes, felt and seen. Once I introduced a regular intake of these nutrient dense foods, I slowly but surely saw their fabulousness – in healthier skin, shinier hair , energy level spikes, the feel-good factor and yes , I could also satiate mid-day hunger pangs and feel filled up without any discomfort. Plus they were really convenient to carry along – to office, while traveling and as munchies for kids (individual sized Zip -Loc pouch packs)
So apart from having a handful of mixed nuts regularly , I also sprinkled them over cereals plus used them in bakes and desserts.And then I got curious about what more could be done with them. So I did what any new age, new fangled health enthusiast would do. I scoured the web .And guess what? I found two amazingly simple & healthy ways to use ’em nuts! Here goes :
1. Almond Milk
- Dairy free – so ,great for the lactose intolerant or the vegan diet lovers
- Nutritious & fabulously delicious!
- Easy to prepare. Visit http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Almond-Milk for a detailed , visual walk through!
- Multiple uses – As it is, in smoothies , shakes and desserts.The leftover pulp , once a little dry also makes for a great face scrub/pack!
- Loaded with the health benefits of coconut oil, one of the most stable fats
- Good substitute for dairy butter while baking
- Simple to make – 2 cups of shredded coconut , blended in a powerful blender for about 10-12 minutes does the job.
- I guess it should make a great body butter during winters too – all natural, pure, preservative free. On my try-list!
|My pick from the neighborhood store|
| Homemade low cal Veggie Burgers, with baked potato wedges and a side of fresh salad, sprinkled with whaddya know – a seed mix!
Gym (4-5 days a week)
Yoga (2-3 days a week)
My big HWL goal for August 2011!
I chose a shorter distance because in my last run (10 km Cross Country), I noticed that my stamina wasn’t really up there (in fact I had been better off in my first 21km run! ) and I don’t want to run for the sake of adding up the kilometers but I really want to clock better time and run strong.
Trying to live Healthy – one mindful, deliberate day at a time !