5 Things You Can Do with an Avocado

Widely considered one of the most healthy fruits out there, avocado is packed full of mono-saturated fats (the good kind), plenty of protein and come with around 20 different vitamins. To top it off, its rich, creamy texture offers many ways in which it can be prepared and consumed! There are indeed quite a lot of uses that the humble avocado offers that you can look into. Here are 5 avocado recipes that you can try at home… Dairy Free Avocado Dressing Are you looking for a great way to dress up your salads but are tired of the same old recipes that abound the internet? Avocados, thanks to their buttery texture and awesome natural taste actually make for a great way to dress up your salads or even use as sauce. Low on cholesterol and high on antioxidants as well as minerals, this dressing is a far healthier alternative to most other salad dressings out there. Check out the recipe here. Avocado Smoothie Whether you’re travelling or just chilling at home, there’s nothing more refreshing and healthy than a smoothie on a hot afternoon! While there are quite a number of avocado recipes floating out there, we decided to pick this one for its great taste, high nutritional value and quick prep-time. As the article says – all you need are 5 ingredients, a blender and 5 minutes of your time! The full recipe can be found here. Avocado Ice Cream When we are discussing an item that is a good substitute for milk, how can we forget making ice cream out of it? Avocado ice cream will...

Eggless Baked Desserts for the Moms to be

Avocado with chili and ice cubes, sardines on Ritz crackers, pork in Vanilla ice-cream and onions on everything. Pregnancy cravings, much like man-flu gives the opposite gender plenty to be astounded at, and maybe even draw a giggle on. But, whatever the reasons maybe behind them, these sudden and voracious appetites are a real thing and are best not underestimated. Pregnancy is a trying time for mothers-to-be and their family and many a precaution needs to be taken – food being the primary one. There are many food-items that can harm gestating women and their fetus, after all. For a complete list of foods prohibited in pregnancy, visit americanpregnancy.org. One of the items in the list of prohibited foods during pregnancy is raw egg & foods containing raw or uncooked eggs. Eggs in their natural state often have a harmful bacteria called salmonella which infects intestines. Since raw eggs are used in everything from homemade ice-cream, to salads & custard, it is best to know what to avoid and what you can have. So, here’s a list of eggless foods that are a perfect fit for pregnant ladies, without putting them in harm’s way… Nan Khatai First on our list is the popular vegan Indian shortbread cookies – Nan Khatai. These melt in your mouth cookies are a perfect snack for pregnant women (or anyone else) and can be whipped up in no time. Traditionally these are using all-purpose flour but we have chosen the whole wheat ones which are a healthier version. Check out the full recipe here. Now chocolates are not on the don’t eat during pregnancy...

Vegan Friendly Recipes that are Delicious as they are Healthy

Tell someone you’re vegan and the first thing they ask is just how hard it must be. They’re not wrong, it can be really difficult with all the choices that one needs to stick with. Veganism is often associated as an almost celibate lifestyle that’s bordering on absurd. Nothing can be further from the truth. In point of fact, veganism offers many health benefits as reduced risk of heart diseases, lower cholesterol levels, improved immune systems and better mood. But, who said being vegan can’t be fun, too? Here are some vegan friendly recipes that are as satisfying to the soul as they are to your taste buds! Let’s start… Wholesome Banana Blueberry Coconut Smoothie A refreshing concoction made with banana, blueberries and coconut, this smoothie offers plenty to the vegan palate for the winter months. Besides being just awesome tasting, it will keep you energized, maintain healthy blood pressure, aid digestion, and even improve the way you look and feel during the cold wintery months. Quickly blend all the ingredients in a blender until smooth, and enjoy with garnished chopped almonds, bananas, coconut skins and fresh frozen blueberries. Try it out and thank us later. See full recipe here Caramelized steam fried green beans and mushrooms A simple recipe that is savory as it is nutritional. The dish can be made ahead and refrigerated until it’s ready to serve. See full recipe here Radiant Tower with Tofu and Vegetables A veggie-packed dish that will add color to your celebrations. Featuring zucchini, tomatoes, tofu, carrot, eggplant, tofu and vegetable stock, the Radiant Tower packs a good dose of nutritional goodness...

6 Easy Valentine’s Day Desserts That Can Be Whipped up in No Time Flat!

Now getting gifts for Valentine’s Day is all very nice, but nothing quite tells how much your significant other means to you than making something yourself. So, we thought of putting together some easy Valentine’s Day desserts that you can surprise your loved one with. You do not have  to know how to cook to make any of these so, go ahead and try them out. Let’s get started… Red Velvet Truffles Image credit: dixiecrystals.com Truffles are a regular go-to dessert for most people. And if you’re thinking how something so common can make a surprising Valentine’s day dessert, then check out the recipe, this one just might! Easy to make and fun to bake, these truffles are the perfect go-to recipe if you are in a time crunch. Check out the recipe here. Strawberry Jelly with Strawberries and Whipped Cream Image credit: welke.nl Hands down the easiest, yet coolest (and delicious) recipe that you can whip up in no time at all. All you need is some jelly, strawberries and whipped cream. The instructions are in Dutch, but the pictures are really all that you need. In any case, here’s the translation… “Place the jelly (or something else, such as curd cheese) in a bowl and let it stiffen up a bit in the fridge. Then add some whipped cream and top it up with a strawberry.” Click here to check out the pictures. Chocolate Panini Image credit: realsimple.com While these are usually reserved as a quick lunch item, there really is a lot more that you can do with them (really, just search for creative panini recipes online). Given...

Prepare for the Fall Season With These 5 Flavors

What is it about fall that’s so appealing? Could it be that much like spring, the weather’s just right? Or, is it because the harvest season allows us to finally indulge in some much needed guilty pleasure after an excruciating summer? Turns out, there really is a scientifically valid reason as to why we look forward to fall. Kathryn Lively, professor of sociology at Dartmouth College told the Huffington Post that our obsession with seasons is a social construct that starts when we were kids. Say’s Lively…“We’re conditioned from a very early age that the autumn comes with all these exciting things. As children, we come to associate fall with going back to school, new school supplies, seeing friends. It’s exciting, for most. We still respond to this pattern that we experienced for eighteen years.” So that solves the mystery of why we are so fond of fall. But to make the coming season even more special, here are 5 flavors that can add some zest to your festive spirit! Cinnamon Apple Image credit: freegreatpicture.com Pumpkins aren’t the only thing that can make the autumn season better. You can also find some of the crispest and most delicious apples coming to your local grocery, so give them a swing! Easy to cook, this apple cinnamon recipe are perfect as a stand-alone dessert, or can be used with pies, pancakes etc, too. Check out this cinnamon apple recipe. Cranberry Image credit: freegreatpicture.com The humble bounce berries already have a reputation for being choke full of nutrients and can be found abundantly during autumn. Cranberries can be added raw or cooked to be...