5 Unusual Products That Will Leave You Wanting More (Part 2)

  1. Hazelnut Coffee

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Craving for Starbucks Hazelnut Macchiato? We have this deliciously handcrafted drink at your doorstep along with the recipe on how to recreate your favourite.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ teaspoon hazelnut coffee powder
  • 2 fl oz cold milk
  • 1 ½ cup ice
  • Powdered sugar to taste
  • Whipped cream – for decoration
  • Chocolate sauce – for decoration

Add ice and hazelnut coffee in a tall glass. Mix until the coffee is combined. Top with milk. Swirl whipped cream and chocolate on top. Serve and enjoy.

  1. Avocado Oil

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The avocado is an unusual fruit. Unlike most fruits, it’s rich in healthy fats and is often used to produce oil. While avocado oil is not as well known as olive oil, it’s just as delicious. Additional benefits of avocado oil include a high content of vitamin E which makes it great for skin and hair, oleic acid that is anti-cancerous and helps with weight loss and chlorophyll which is a strong detoxifying agent.

Here are few ways to add avocado oil to your diet:

  • Add a tablespoon to a smoothie.
  • Drizzle over a salad
  • Use it as a marinade.
  • Include it when baking.
  • Use it in homemade mayo.
  • Drizzle it over vegetables before roasting.
  • Top hummus off with it.
  • Drizzle over cold soups, such as gazpacho.

3. Infused Honey

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The fruit of bees is desired by all, and is equally sweet to kings and beggars. Infusing takes honey to another level with added flavours that pack a punch with the smallest of uses. But how to use infused honey?It can be enjoyed on fresh fruits, oatmeal, breads, desserts, smoothies, beverages, marinades and even drizzled over yummy homemade yogurt

      4. Quinoa Chips

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In the quest of finding healthiest foods, it is nearly impossible to miss out on one of the best complete protein foods available – quinoa. This version of quinoa will ensure that you won’t crave for your packet of  Lays anytime soon. Super crunchy and filled with flavour, but no guilt when you reach the bottom of the can. We couldn’t ask more of a snack. (We love it with Indian food as a replacement to papad too!)

Fun Fact: While it is commonly known as an “ancient grain”, quinoa is technically not a grain or cereal grain, but a seed and does not contain gluten.

  1. Dried Goji Berry

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Goji berries have recently garnered lots of attention due to their ability to make weight loss diets more efficient. They are categorized as superfoods, with a host of other benefits as well. Here is our favorite goji berries recipe for a delicious slimming, detoxifying drink:

Ingredients:

  • 1 spoonful dry goji berries
  • Lemon verbena leaves
  • Lemon zest (a little)
  • 3 cloves
  • Mineral water

Mix the ingredients together and leave for a few hours so that the water is infused with the elements. Drink a cup before every meal. It will not only speed up your metabolism but will also help you feel a bit satiated, which will reduce your appetite.

You also can make some tasty slimming goji berry juice. For this you’ll need:

  1. 1 Lemon
  2. 1 kiwi fruit
  3. ½ glass mineral water
  4. 8 dry goji berries

Juice the lemon and mix the juice with the rest of the ingredients in a blender until you get a smooth and delicious drink.

Fat Is Our Friend! – Mythbuster 2.0

F-A-T. One of the most controversial 3-letter words in the English language. We’re not here to judge anyone’s lifestyles or bodies, we’d only like to dispel one of the longest held beliefs about fats in food. Fat has often been portrayed as the ultimate dietary nemesis and most people have been trained to choose low-fat foods over high-fat ones.

However, fat is actually an essential part of any healthy diet and necessary for a strong body and mind! The key lies in which fats you choose to eat, healthy or unhealthy. Healthy fats – namely mono and poly unsaturated fats help to reduce bad cholesterol, keep your heart in good shape and benefit insulin levels. Unhealthy fats, of which trans fats are the worst and saturated fats partially so, increase your risk of heart disease and diabetes.

So where can you get these good fats and avoid the bad ones? Most of the sources of healthy fats are common knowledge, so we’ll list them out for you here:

  1. Avocado: Versatile, delicious, cholesterol free and jam packed with monounsaturated fats
  2. Nuts: One to the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids, especially walnuts. Also rich in other vitamins and minerals, depending on the variety
  3. Nut & Seed Butters: An easier way to get all the fatty goodness of nuts.
  4. Olives & Olive Oil: A cup of olive contains 15g of fat, and one tbsp. of oil contains 14g.
  5. Fish: Oily fish like salmon, trout, tuna etc are full of omega-3 fatty acids.
  6. Dark Chocolate: Contains healthy fats, anti-oxidants, vitamins A, B & E… we could keep going!
  7. Tofu: Along with healthy fats, one serving of tofu contains almost a quarter of your daily calcium needs.
  8. Eggs: An inexpensive source of unsaturated fat, protein and choline.

Unhealthy fats on the other hand are generally found in the usual culprits – processed and fried foods. When purchasing food, look out for terms such as ‘hydrogenated’ or ‘partially hydrogenated’ oil on the nutrition label. Those are just fancy terms for hiding trans-fat, which is completely unnatural, produced under complex chemical conditions and extremely bad for you. It’s the common prevalence of these trans-fats and their adverse health impact that gives all fat a bad rap!

While saturated fat is not as harmful as trans fat it is still believed to increase cholesterol, which in turn can cause a host of other problems. In other words, while unsaturated fats are actively healthy, saturated fats are now considered neutral to the body in the within the correct quantities. These are hence best had in moderation, up to 15g per day. Common sources of saturated fat are butter, cream, red meat and cheese.

So that’s the low down on fat – the good, the bad and the ugly. However, one thing that we would like to reinforce is that just like the right friends, the right fats are in fact extremely beneficial for you! Most dieticians would recommend up to 20-35% of you daily calorie intake coming from fat, for a normal individuals diet. Some celebrity nutritionists like Rujuta Dwivedkar even promote the intake of healthy fats like ghee! So let’s not demonize all fat and instead make informed, conscious decisions to replace the bad with the good in our diets.

 

“Avoca-I-do!” An All Avocado Restaurant in Amsterdam

The skyrocketing rise of the avocado in the past few years all over the world has been unmissable. And if this new eatery has anything to say about it – it’s here to stay. The trendiest ingredient of this decade now finally has a restaurant solely dedicated to it!

Three intrepid restauranteurs in Amsterdam have opened up The Avocado Show, where avocados are prominently featured in every single dish and aspect of the menu. Amazed? We were too. While avocados are obviously great on toast, in guacamole, in salads – we were curious to see how an entire menu had been built around the fruit. According to one of the founders Ron Simpson however “The possibilities are endless… Our only rule is that the dishes need to contain the green super fruit in one way or another”.

Some digging up on the internet, and talking to friends who had been there revealed a lot. Firstly, all the dishes are inherently Instagrammable (as evidenced from their over 71,000 followers on the platform). And secondly, each and every single dish truly heroes the avocado. For the savoury they have mini burgers served on avo-buns (!), avocado hot dogs, poke bowls, along with the more usual fare like tacos, toast and egg dishes.  One thing is certain, there is no shortage of choice. Even for dessert, you can choose between avo-shakes, avo-cakes and an avocado based mousse and ice-cream!

While the food and concept sure look like they have knocked it out of the park, the interiors of The Avocado Show evoke the feeling of walking into a rain forest. It’s a literal urban ‘jungle’ of sorts, with lush green foliaged  walls complemented by comfy pink sofas. Fun graphics relating to avocados cover the menu and coffee cups (as though we needed more reasons to put this on our must-visit list).

What are your thoughts on having avocado, all day every day? Would you like us to demystify and recreate some of the recipes for you here on the blog? Let us know in the comments below, or on our Facebook page!