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! ;)
Phew! I am so glad the month has come and gone; it’s been a helluva busy one. The highlight of the month is me braving the ketogenic lifestyle. It’s has been good so far but I am taking a break from it for 3 weeks because a holiday at home, in Chennai. I would love to commit to it more seriously upon my return. For now, I am going to leave you with these things I have loved in May.
This Punjabi dish is a marriage of earthy potatoes and aromatic methi (fenugreek leaves). When combined with spices, they make the perfect combination.
Methi’s specialty is its bitterness but don’t be put off by it, the potatoes and spices beautifully complement the flavour. The nutritious green leaves and add so much character to the versatile potatoes.
Perfect with flat breads and rice and makes for a filling meal.
Paneer has become an integral part of my diet in the keto way of eating. It contributes to a good part of my fat requirements to fit my macros plus it tastes amazeballs!
I try and include the incredibly delicious cheese in curry forms mostly but it can get repetitive and boring, so I have to find ways to make it interesting.
I sometimes crave a street-style veg chutney sandwich, and because I can’t have that while on keto, I had to improvise and get creative. While this may not be the real deal, the Paneer Mint Sandwich is as close as it gets! 🤷🏽♀️ I assure you that it is every bit delicious.
Soup season is upon us Down Under, and I love it because they make for quick weeknight dinners. Hello, bulk freezing! At home, we have been consuming soups on most nights and no one is complaining!
This week I have been craving a lot of greens and a green smoothie just won't cut it for me. And better way than a soup to take care of the cravings! Wholesome, nutritious, and just the comforting warm meal.
This delicious soup hardly takes any time and super easy to make bigger batches and chuck in the freezer for nights you just can't be bothered to cook but still want to keep things clean.
April has been a good month for me. It saw me being productive, goal-oriented and very focused. Things that I am not particularly great at but I am glad that it was the way it was.
The highlight was a massive 4+kg weight loss! Even that doesn’t happen often. But you know what? There are other things I’ve loved about the month too, and I am only happy yo share them with you.
Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire by J.K Rowling
I was a little late to the world of Harry Potter. It looks like I was meant to pick up the book series after 20 years of being presented to the world. I will tell you this, the magic is not lost on me at my age. That is also the beauty of Rowling’s writing. Safe to say I am a Potterhead now.
Now, coming to the fourth book in the series The Goblet of Fire. What an incredible read it was. After the third book the series picks pace and gets darker and that much more interesting.
I didn’t think it got better than the Prisoner of Azkaban but this book was simply wow!
Forest Essentatials Mysore Sandalwood & Vetiver Massage Oil
Forest Essentials, if you’re not familiar with, is an Indian brand that makes and sells gorgeous products created based on the science of Ayurveda. The brand even goes by the tagline Luxurious Ayurveda.
The brick and mortar shop has the traditional Indian Ayurvedic spa-like ambience and is pleasing to the senses – the nose especially. They have a stunning line up of naturally derived products. They have hair care, skincare, wellness and body care products.
Their shower/bath oils and body scrubs have been a firm favourite in the past months. I have used quite a few products from the brand and can’t recommend it enough.
Now speaking of faves…the days are getting colder as we are marching our way to winters in Australia, and I find myself reaching for this Mysore Sandalwood & Vetiver Extra Rich Massage oil for my weekly pre-shower routine. This deliciously rich oil, mositurises my super dry skin and keeps the moisture locked in even after a shower. And where do I even begin when I have to tell you about the fragrance? It smells exactly like the products primary ingredients. In fact, all of Forest Essentials products smell like what it says in the product. It’s super moisturising, smells sensational and does the job it sets out to do.
The products are pricey but, in my opinion, they are bang for your buck. This oil costs INR2275 for a 200ml bottle, and a little truly goes a long way.
Earrings from OctoberSky & Co
I’d been in the market for a kickass pair of black acrylic earrings. God knows how many websites I’ve browsed for a pair that caught my fancy! Either they were too ‘out there’ for my liking or they were simply not my style.
Christiana, the maker and the boss babe behind the brand OctoberSky & Co (OSCO), in the past month, had been putting up digital flyers and little teasers on her Instagram page about her new website launch. I love discovering new brands and if they are brands that sell handmade goodies, I am all for it!
Her website launched a couple of weeks ago, and like I always do, browsed for those perfect pair of handmade black earrings. These pair of earrings called Drops of Jupiter were exactly the kind I was after. There was one glitch though, I don’t wear stud top earrings. I wrote to Christiana and asked her if she’d customise my order to swap out the stud top to hooks, which I prefer. Voila! I had finally found my perfect pair! I even scored a neat inaugural discount and free shipping. J Her customer service will be a major standout!
The Drops of Jupiter come in a couple of colourways and combos, in case your keen.
She has other stunning jewellery and accessories in her store including earrings, necklaces, keyrings and lanyards.
Flames by David Guetta & Sia
Two powerhouses join force to come up with this incredible song ‘Flames’. Sia’s pipes and Guetta’s sounds complement the inspiring and uplifting lyrics. It’s the kind of song that will make you reflect and get you moving on (literally, the lyrics have those words too!) despite troubles. It is a don’t-dwell-on-the-past-and-never-give-up sorta song so to speak.
To simply put, you’d want to listen to that song to kick self-doubt and get moving. Great song, and it’s been playing on a loop on Spotify for me.
This is Us Season 1
The dramedy chronicles the lives of the Pearson family members and the people in their lives. The three same-aged Pearson siblings’s lives, struggles and joy are the central theme of the show.
Now, before you rubbish this as just another typical American drama, let me assure you that this will be worth your while. It’s not the typical show where you have the pre-recorded annoying laughter track playing the background. The characters will stick with you for a long time, each endearing and amazing in their own, unique way. Be prepared for the waterworks (damn, who is chopping the onion here while the show’s on?) and also some gentle humour thrown in for good measure.
I am waiting for Amazon Prime Video to update their show list with the Season 2. Word’s out that it’s even better than the Season 1 I speak of here.
Those of you who have watched it, how did you like the show? Tell me in the comments below if you enjoyed it or not.
The past month, I’ve shopped up a storm. You’ll know if you checked out my Shopping Haul post. There are other things besides shopping that I’ve also done including a trip to Japan! No prizes for guessing that my holiday featured in this month’s favourite alongside a few others.
When I finalised my trip to Tokyo, which by the way was quite last minute, the first thing I did was looking up all the food.
Tokyo is touted as one of the most exciting food destinations in the world, and you can you imagine my joy when I found out I was going there? Also being vegetarian, I had to research that extra bit more to fill me up during my stay.
This month I may have shopped a bit more than I planned for. It’s perhaps the result of no-spend Feb that I went CRAZY shopping this month. Sorry, bank balance! In my defence, I needed most of the things I had bought. Plus, they were cute!
I love an in-store shopping experience and prefer this over online shopping. Or so I thought! This month 100% of all the things I’ve bought were online, and I am proud to say that I didn’t buy run-of-the-mill mass-produced stuff. A lot of my purchases were from many Australian small businesses.