5 Minute No Sugar Coconut Barfi

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Looking to whip up something quick, easy and yummy as hell? Here is a 5 min Barfi recipe, full of the goodness of whole fats like coconut and nuts, and naturally sweetened with dates (kid friendly,  diabetic friendly, waist friendly, I seriously cant think of a better and easier friend) and its Vegan. And you know the best part – my lovely sister in law made this for me when I asked for something sweet few days ago! Seriously bowled over by this easy yummy, 4 ingredient barfi! Try it and you’ll know what I mean.

You can also substitute jaggery for dates if you like the sweetness sharper (it wont remain diabetic friendly). I loved both versions hence sharing.

1/2 cup desiccated coconut

1/2 cup powdered nuts (cashews, almonds, hazelnuts, pistachios)

1/4 tsp cardamom powder

Date paste or jaggery syrup (for binding)

Mix everything together to form a gooey dough. Shape into balls (for laddoos) or flatten and cut (for barfi).

Sprinkle shaved nuts on top. Enjoy!

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GREEN SMOOTHIES

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Green smoothies are a tasty, nutritious and filling breakfast or evening snack option. They incorporate the goodness of greens and the sweetness and energy provided by fruits. Greens are one food group that generally goes lacking in our every day diet, as the only way to incorporate raw greens is in salads. The moment we cook greens, the chlorophyll inside gets destroyed . Hence Green Smoothies are our answer to packing in appropriate amount of green in our diet. They are low fat, alkaline, and high on micro nutrition.

Greens have one of the strongest molecular structures on the planet and hence need to be either chewed really well or broken down in a blender to release the anti cancer properties they contain.

It is best to rotate your greens on at least a weekly basis.

A good way to make the Green Smoothie is –

  1. Pick a major green – Spinach, Amaranth green, Collard green, beet green, kale, lettuce, Hari maat, Raddish green
  2. Add a bunch of herbs/minor greens – mint, coriander, parsley, celery, betel leaf, curry leaves, or basil.
  3. Add a fruit – Banana, chikku, pear, apple, peaches, berries (or any other)
  4. Add a flavor enhancer – dash of cinnamon, black pepper, lemon, orange zest, dates and raisins ( if you like to sweeten in more).

Below are seven combinations,  one for each of the coming week, before you go on to create your own 🙂

  1. 1 banana, ½ cup pineapple, 10 leaves of spinach/hari maat/ beet green leaves.
  2. 1 banana, bunch of coriander, bunch of khata bhaji, 2 dates (or more to sweeten), dash of lemon
  3. ½ cup pineapple, 1 cup coconut water, ½ cup coconut meat, 10 leaves of spinach/hari maat/beet green leaves .
  4. 5 leaves of Kale, 2 frozen bananas, 6 leaves of spinach
  5. 1 cup mixed berries, 10 leaves of kale, coconut water
  6. 1/3 cup mint leaves, juice of ½ lime, 2 -3 frozen large bananas, slightly defrosted, 1 tsp orange zest, 1/2 tsp grated ginger, 1 tbsp soaked raisins
  7. 1 Apple/pear, 1 chikoo, 10 leaves of spinach, handful of coriander and Sorrel (khata bhaji).

Steps to make the smoothie :-

  1. Wash and chop all ingredients.
  2. Add the leafy greens first and blend with a bit of water. Add the other ingredients and blend thoroughly ( it will take 2 to 3 minutes)
  3. There is no need to strain. Drink whole, one sip at a time. Let your saliva mix with the green.
  4. Experiment with quantities and flavors.
  5. Start with 1 glass in the morning. Slowly increase quantity to 3 to 4 glasses during the day.

For best results, drink fresh, do not store. But if you need to, store in a flask for not more than a couple of hours.

Raw Vegan Pesto Pasta

This is the simplest no hassle pesto pasta that I know of.. Its completely raw ( no cooking) and gluten free, has the wholesome goodness of soaked nuts and a variety of greens. It takes only 15 minutes to make 🙂 and works as a meal or a salad, however you like it..

Watch me making the pesto on the link given below

OR just follow the steps below 🙂

The ingredients are –

1 cup walnuts ( soaked over night and then washed and dried) Walnuts can be replaced with pine nuts, or cashews as well..

1/2 cup mamoth basil,

1/2 cup parsley ( you could also throw in some coriander if you’d like )

2 cloves of garlic

rock salt to taste

1 tbsp lemon juice

1 Zucchini

STEPS 

Blend the nuts along with lemon juice and a few spoons of water till it becomes a nice frothy paste.

Add in the garlic and salt, and the greens little by little and blend till all is well mixed and you get a lovely light green creamy pesto 🙂

Peel the outer payer of the Zucchini and then peel the rest into fettuccini. Or use a spiralizer to make it into sphegetti.

Mix it well with the pesto and eat 🙂

Winter Berry bowl

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Since I mostly eat only fruit for breakfast, I often experiment with how different and exciting can I make my breakfast. Apart from fruit only smoothies, I love to blend fruit and eat it from a bowl ( like one would their cereal or meusli).

This is one is super simple – looks amazing and is really delicious, its amazing for these winter mornings!!!

So here are the ingredients

4-5 ripe red strawberries

10 mulberries

handful of cranberries ( optional)

1 frozen red banana ( if you dont get red, go for the normal )

2 tbsp date paste

a handful of frozen black raisins

STEPS 

Blend all ingredients together except the black raisins.

pour into a bowl. Top with frozen raisins. Dive in!

Easy Green Juice

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Green juice is literally a nutrient fast food ! It takes 10 minutes to make, 5 minutes to drink and another 30 min for our body to absorb its nutrient goodness which includes a gamut of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. These help us clean out accumulated toxins ( preventing all kinds of disease in the future),  help build clean blood ( improved circulation and immunity) and alkalize our cells ( healthier organs, more energy and vitality). It a steal deal that no one can really be missing out on!

A typical green juice should have 4 components : –

1. One or more leafy green ( Eg. spinach, mustard greens, beet greens )

2. One or more high water content vegetable ( Eg. Gourd, squash, pumpkin, cucumber)

3. One or more herb ( Eg. mint, coriander, basil )

4. Flavor enhancer ( Eg. lemon, ginger, kokam, gooseberry). If one likes sweet flavor, a fruit can be added (eg. apple, pear pineapple).

So here’s a recipe that requires everything that you would already find in your refrigerator..  its refreshing, its cool, its one of my favorites!

BIO LIVE GREEN

Ingredients 

Dill – ½ cup ( washed and chopped)

Cucumbers – 2 ( washed well but not peeled)

Mamoth basil – 10 leaves

lemon juice and rock salt to taste.

Method 

Run all ingredients together through a high speed blender till they are blended. Strain. if you like it think use a regular sieve, if you like it thin, use a muslin.

If using a regular blender, you will need to add 1/2  cup of water to blend the ingredients.

Experiment with quantities of ingredients to discover what’s perfect for your pallate.. and do share it with us too 🙂

Do not throw away the fiber. Mix it in flour and eat bio live green chapatis 🙂

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