I love me a warming cup or two of chai every day. I am not someone who just drinks tea, I guzzle it. To me, the sweet, spicy chai is liquid gold.
When I started reading about going keto, I was bracing myself for the possibility of not having chai again. No milk, no sugar! Can you imagine my disappointment? Also, chai without milk isn’t much fun.
The keto way of eating has room for coffee (not the milky one, duh!), and it is called bulletproof coffee. Cute name for coffee, no? But seriously, Google tells me it was named so because it uses some ingredients to make the coffee that much more potent and that it was a key part of the Bulletproof Diet.
Now, if milky coffee is possible without the addition of sugary milk surely, this can be worked around for tea too?
After reading and researching ingredients for bulletproof coffee, I’ve made myself a not-so-complicated bulletproof chai. I am surprised how delicious it turned out.
It was creamier and heaps more delicious than regular chai.
There are many versions of the keto bulletproof chai but my take on it is simple yet yummy.
I am the traditional toast-for-brekkie or Indian food kinda girl. Have been for several years. You wouldn't have caught me having a smoothie for breakfast; anyone who'd try to sell me the concept of smoothies for breakfast would have a mocking remark about what a joke of a meal that was.
I couldn't be more further from the truth! I am going to blame it on my untrained palate that was treated to only spicy & savoury meal first thing in the morning.
Thankfully, that has changed and now smoothies have become a frequent part of my meal plans. I enjoy the convenience of them but most of all I love how I can pack in more raw fruits and vegetables in my day in smoothies.
Here is one of them I love and include often each week. Don't be put off by the thought of a green smoothie; it is delicious, nutritious and family friendly. If you're trying to convince your kids, tell them it's Hulk juice or something like that! ;)
When the king of fruits and the king of spices, come together, can this be anything short of amazing? Sweet mangoes, fragrant saffron and dairy make this lassi the deliciousness this is.
It is not your regular lassi, it comes fully-loaded with all things rich and luxurious. Saffron adds a beautiful hit of fragrance and ‘un-missable’ taste, taking the regular mango lassi to a whole new level! Drink this up to wash down a spicy meal or treat yourself to a sweet indulgence just because you want to. Mango and kesar lassi gets done in no time, and it is the perfect drink savour mango in the best possible way!
Lassi is a yoghurt-based drink that can be consumed sweet or savoury. In the Indian sub-continent, this drink enjoys great popularity, and comes in so many variations that you’ll be spoilt for choice.
This quick & refreshing drink is easy to blend, and is very tasty. The sweetness of the yoghurt, the mild sourness from the apples, and the spicy hit from ginger is a burst of flavours.
This is also a great way to include healthy ingredients in a drink form. Apples are known for its high fibre and vitamin content. It is an excellent source of minerals and vitamins. Yoghurt is known for its calcium and probiotic goodness. Ginger is one of nature’s best immunity-boosting foods. It is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Several studies suggest that ginger plays a vital role in reducing high blood pressure and in reducing the effects of migraine.
When all this goodness comes in a tasty drink form, it is just so hard to resist.
Granny Smith apples (or any variety) – 2, peeled and core removed
Ginger – ½ inch piece, peeled and grated.
Low fat plain yoghurt (you could use full cream or no fat versions too) – 2 cups
Honey – 1 tblspn.
In a blender add all the ingredients.
Optionally, you could add a few ice cubes. Blend them all together till a thick and smooth consistency is achieved.
- You could use Greek yoghurt in place of plain yoghurt.
- I peeled the apples because I dislike the skin fragments in the drink. You could however choose to keep them depending on your preference.
- You could skip the honey and add caster sugar/molasses/ sugar/ other sweeteners of your choice. Or you could skip the sweet ingredients and make the drink with the remaining ingredients.
- Add water if you do not like your lassi too thick.
When two nutritious ingredients go into making a drink, can it be anything short of healthy? This is one such awesome drink that takes iced tea to a new level.
Chia seeds has gained popularity in the recent past, and rightfully so. These tiny seeds of goodness come with a host of nutrients, which are beneficial to the body. It is rich in fibre, Omega-3, calcium, protein, minerals and antioxidants. It is a great protein source for vegans and vegetarians.
The green tea is another nutritional powerhouse. It is rich in vitamins and antioxidants. Although rich in caffeine, it is comparatively lower than other caffeine sources. Several researches suggest that it aids in lowering cholesterol.
This drink is not just energising, it is also a great way to hydrate your body in the tastiest way possible.
This recipe inspiration comes from this lovely blog called In Sonnet’s Kitchen. Check out her blog for some healthy, tasty and wholesome foods. http://www.insonnetskitchen.com/
Green tea bags (any variety or just about any tea works) – 2
Chia seeds – 1 tblspn.
Lemon slices – 2
Mint leaves – 2 to 4
Water – 2 to 3 cups
Place tea bags in a clean glass or Mason jar. Pour hot water into the container.
Allow the tea to steep for about 6 minutes or based on the instructions provided for the tea.
Discard the tea bags.
Now, add the chia seeds. Stir once.
Add the lemon slices and mint leaves.
Allow the drink to cool, and refrigerate it.
You can refrigerate the drink from anywhere between 2 hours to overnight. The longer you allow the drink to infuse, the more intense the flavour.
Optionally, you could sweeten your drink with honey, stevia or sugar.
The winter has officially begun in Australia, and I am missing the warm weather terribly.
As I reminisce about the bright, summer days on a cold, rainy day, I bring to you watermelon lemonade. This cold drink is just what you need to beat the heat.
With the sweet melon getting a hint of freshness from lemons, and who needs highly-processed & sugary drinks?
Watermelon - 4 cups, cubed
Lemon juice - 1/4 cup
Ice cubes - A handful
Put all the ingredients into a blending jar, and blend it well.
Pour the drink into glasses, serve chilled.
- If you don't like the drink pulpy, strain it before serving.
- Add a few mint leaves while blending for added freshness.
- For a citrusy kick, squeeze juice from half an orange.
Juicy berries blended with almond milk makes a refreshing breakfast or post-workout drink.
The anti oxidants-rich berries provide natural sweetness making it easy to skip the sugar or sweetener. Almond milk is low in sodium & bad cholesterol; and it is a rich source of B vitamins and vitamin E thereby making it a great source of nutrition.
I added a little oats to give the drink some thickness, which also makes it a tasty addition.
Mixed berries (frozen) - 1 cup
Unsweetened almond milk - 1
Oats (optional) - 1 tblspn.
In a pan, dry roast oats. Don't brown them. Once done, keep aside and allow it to cool.
Add the berries, almond milk and roasted oats in a blender jar. Blend it smooth and serve chilled. Optionally, you could also blend the smoothie with a few ice cubes.
- Replace almond milk with full-fat, 2% fat, soy milk, rice milk or other milk substitute of your choice.
- I have used frozen mixed berries, you could add fresh mixed berries in place of the frozen ones.
- Instead of mixed berries you could use only strawberries, blueberries or other berries I your choice.
A simple, healthy and flavourful tea, this drink comes with a host of nutritional goodness from apple and medicinal properties of cinnamon. It is not just the fruity and spicy taste that you will enjoy; with every sip you will savour hidden health that your body will thank you for in the long run.
While the sweet spice - cinnamon is known to lower cholesterol and aid in regulating blood sugar, apples are rich in fibre, vitamins and antioxidants. Fortified with two amazing ingredients, does tea get any better?
Hot or cold, this tea is perfect anytime of the day.
Apple – 1, cut into medium-sized cubes.
Cinnamon barks (medium) – 2
Water – 4 to 6 cups
Honey (optional) – To taste
Mangoes are a very versatile fruit. Savoury or sweet, juice or salads, they work very well. It is called it the ‘King of Fruits’ for a reason. This spicy mango shots is a hot and sweet reminder of the summer that is fast approaching in many parts of the world. As for me, I am slowly bidding farewell to summer here bracing myself for colder months; savouring every summer fruit I can before they are off the shelves for the year.
These non-alcoholic shots make a great drink for parties and weekend barbeques.
Sweet, ripe mangoes – 3
Chilli powder/ cayenne pepper – ¼ tspn or less
Salt – 1 pinch
Water – 1 cup
Ice cubes (optional) – 1 handful
The Aussie summer has ended, and I am holding on to every last summer fruit that is available in the market. A dear friend and fellow food blogger, Dhanya Samuel has always been suggesting that I try champagne watermelon, which seemed very elusive. Recently, the yellow-coloured melon caught my attention at the local grocery store, and I had no two thoughts about buying it. Since I hadn’t tried this fruit before, I wanted to take the safest route out and include it in a juice.
This juice is a blend of champagne watermelon, honeydew melon and cucumber, making it a cool and healthy drink for warm days.