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A Healthy Food Can Taste Good - Nanda Banerjee


One of the biggest reasons people don’t eat healthy foods is because they feel it won’t taste good. I am one of them. Doctors always say Healthy food, Healthy diet……

“Healthy” the word itself is a big Problem for a person like me, who only live for tongue, not for the gut.  
The problem is, I used to believe that something is good for health means it has to taste bland, boring, or completely tasteless.
But recently I have explored some knowledge and from knowledge and experiments I have discovered that, there are plenty of ideas out there for eating healthy without making sacrifices on taste by just some simple substitution.
Here are just a few of them I would like to share with you “Sristi suker ullase”
You might be pleasantly happy with the taste:
1. Replace your carbohydrate-laden croutons with walnuts in your salad greens. Carbohydrates can cause high levels of a type of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), also known as bad cholesterol, whereas walnuts are high in polyunsaturated fat, a good fat that can lower LDL while boosting HDL (aka good cholesterol).
2. For a between meal snack, skip the crackers and cheese, or chips , which are sky-high in saturated fat, one of the best jack of all  health issues. Instead, put out some almonds, baby carrots with humus or peanut butter dip.
3. Instead drenching a salad in high-fat salad dressing ,drizzling your salad with balsamic vinegar or lemon juice or make your own salad dressing by using a tablespoon of this classic -- a combo of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, and mustard -- to top steamed vegetables, grilled greens, bean salads, chicken, shrimp, or tofu.
4. Welcome Quinoa as a tasty alternative to rice (use it in pullao or payesh o kheer). What is Quinoa?                                    
Quinoa (pronounced Keen-wah) is a seed that originates from Andes Mountains of South America, that serves as a tasty and healthful stand-in for rice or couscous. One cup of cooked quinoa has 15% fewer carbohydrates and 60% more protein with an ideal amino acid balance than a comparable amount of brown rice; it also has 25% more fiber. It is gluten free and easily digested. It is a good source of calcium, phosphorous, iron and vitamins B & E.
5. I use creamy Greek yogurt and cucumber sauce as a spread instead of mayonnaise on bread or pitta sandwiches. I make Greek yogurt and cucumber sauce by mixing Greek yogurt, finely grated cucumber, grated mint leaf and black pepper.
6. A substitute of ice cream as your comfort food you can make a chilled smoothie by whipping up of mixture of your favorite fruits and yogurt in your blender. This will be a substance which is a cool and refreshing treat to produce energy and health with protein, calcium and vitamin.
7. Use Rolled oats in the place of breadcrumbs in preparation. While breadcrumbs can pack extra sodium, using rolled oats seasoned with herbs is a great way to sneak another whole grain into any meal. I make oat crumbs by grinding rolled oat with herbs such as thyme, dry parsley flakes, garlic salt and black pepper.
8. Two egg whites which is 1/4 cup of egg whites for each whole egg in an omelette. I make omelette for my family with two egg whites, green pepper finely chopped, mushroom finely chopped and baby spinach finely chopped. This is fear free option, which you can eat every day without guilt or fear of cholesterol with the benefits of more protein. Whole eggs can be eaten occasionally or once/twice a week.
9. I use lettuce leaf to use as a wrap in taco recipes instead of tortillas or tacos, to add more fiber and green benefits and less carbohydrate. A great option as Low GI food or to lose weight.
10. If you want to make your roti more nutritious and low-carb. Mix same amount of besan (chick pea flour) and whole wheat flour for a roti dough and knead with buttermilk (mixture of water and yogurt) to make it soft.  
So many others substitute can possible, I have shared few from them.

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