Mint Orange Lassi

Everyone stay home stay safe. This time we have to make something delicious and nutritious with easily available ingredients. Sharing a delicious fruity lassi to satisfy your sudden hunger pangs or sweet cravings.

Mint orange lassi with honey. Different but a very delicious and filling drink with yogurt, orange juice, banana and mint leaves. You will also love the flavour. This lassi is also great for fasting days. Banana and yogurt made this lassi filling. Lassi is also very flavorful because of mint and orange.

You may like some more yogurt based drinks on this blog.

1. Banana almond mint smoothie

2. Cucumber smoothie or chhach/lassi

3. Misti doi parfait

4. Guava banana smoothie

5. Cold soup

239 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Cool Lassi suggested by Mayuri Patel who blog at Mayuris Jikoni. Mayuri is a very talented blogger. I always love her baked recipes like Fig amaranth cookies, Carrot oatmeal cookies and Thandai muffins etc. And also visit her space for many authentic Gujarati recipes. I am sure you will love her wonderful recipes.

Mayuri wisely suggested lassi this week. From yesterday maximum state of our country under lockdown. Praying for everyone’s well being. Stay safe stay healthy. This lassi is very filling and delicious. And also easy to make. Just combine everything and blend. You can enjoy it room temperature or chilled. You can add some ice cubes in the glass or use everything chilled. I have used chilled yogurt so didn’t use ice cube. Or keep the lassi in refrigerator to be chilled. Always use thick yogurt. I have used homemade yogurt but you can also use store bought. Banana is optional, you can skip it. But I recommend to add banana. Banana will make your lassi filling and more delicious.

Recipe

Yogurt – 1 cup

Orange juice – 1/2 cup

Orange zest – 1/2 teaspoon

Mint leaves – 2 tablespoon

Banana – 1

Honey – 1 & 1/2 tablespoon or to taste

Method

1. Peel and chop the banana. Rinse the mint leaves well.

2. In a blender add yogurt, orange juice, orange zest, mint leaves, chopped banana and honey. Blend till smooth and frothy.

3. Taste and add more honey if require. Blend again. For more sweetener option see notes.

4. Pour the lassi in your favourite glass. You can add some ice cubes if you want. Garnish with mint leaves and pistachios. Serve chilled or room temperature.

Notes

1. You can use 1 tablespoon more mint leaves if you want.

2. You can use any sweetener like sugar, stevia etc.

3. Add honey according to your taste.

4. For chilled lassi add some ice cubes in the glass before pouring lassi. Or use chilled yogurt. Or keep the lassi in refrigerator for 30 to 60 minutes before serving.

Praying healthy and peaceful life for you and your family. Stay home stay safe. Please follow all the protective instructions adviced by WHO .

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Watermelon Punch

Watermelon punch.
Here is a chilled and refreshing drink to beat the heat. A delicious drink with all the goodness of watermelon, orange and lemon. You don’t need any sweetener because watermelon and orange have enough sweetness.

Juicy and sweet watermelon not only low calorie, refreshing and delicious but its also rich in vitamins and many healthy plant compounds.
Here are the top 9 health benefits of eating watermelon. Helps You Hydrate. Contains Nutrients and Beneficial Plant Compounds. Contains Compounds That May Help Prevent Cancer. May Improve Heart Health. May Lower Inflammation and Oxidative Stress. May Help Prevent Macular Degeneration. May Help Relieve Muscle Soreness.
Watermelon is a surprisingly healthy fruit. It has a high water content and also delivers many other important nutrients, including lycopene and vitamin C.
These nutrients mean that watermelon isn’t only a tasty low-calorie treat — it’s also very good for your health.

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You may like some more watermelon recipes on this blog.

1. Watermelon salsa

2. Watermelon rasgulla

3. Watermelon cantaloupe mint smoothie

4. Watermelon sandesh

5. Watermelon muffins

6. Virgin watermelon mojito

7. Mocktail with watermelon

8. Litchi watermelon date peach Tulsi and almond smoothie

9. Watermelon cooler with tulsi and Aloe Vera

This fruit punch is very easy to make. Just combine all the juice and add some ice cubes, lemon slices and watermelon scoop. Enjoy the chilled, refreshing and delicious drink.

Recipe

Watermelon – 4 cup, cubed and seedless

Orange juice – 1 cup

Lemon juice – 2 teaspoon

Ice cube as require

Watermelon scoop and lemon slices to garnish

Method

1. Blend the watermelon cubes in blender or use your juicer to make juice.

2. Strain the juice with a strainer.

3. Mix orange juice and lemon juice.

4. In a glass place some ice cubes, lemon slices and watermelon scoop.

5. Pour the watermelon orange and lemon juice over it.
Serve immediately.

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Iced Green Tea With Orange And Mint

Iced green tea with orange and mint.
Weather is too hot these days. We want some refreshing drink to stay hydrated and feel energized. So here is a delicious refreshing chilled drink . Make and keep it in refrigerator and enjoy whenever you feel low.

I have used orange juice but you can use watermelon, grape juice, pomegranate juice, mixed fruit juice or any other fruit juice of your choice. If you are using sugar use sugar syrup. Because sugar takes more time to dissolve. Or you can use honey or any artificial sweetener.

Our this week’s 153 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is tea. And my humble contribution is this chilled refreshing iced green tea with orange mint and cinnamon.

I don’t like milk tea. Love black or green tea without milk and very little sugar. But in this hot weather refreshing and chilled iced tea is a good option to cool us down. So get ready to beat the heat.
Flavour of orange, lemon and cinnamon made this drink super yummy. Just add lots of ice cube and enjoy.

Recipe

Orange juice – 1 cup

Green tea – 2 bags

Mint leaves – a fistful, Finley chopped

Cinnamon powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Water – 2 cup

Lemon juice – 1 & 1/2 tablespoon

Sugar syrup or honey to taste, optional

Ice cubes – as require

Few mint leaves and lemon wedges to garnish

Method

1. Boil 2 cup water. Remove from heat and tea bags and cover for 10 minutes.

2. Now add chopped mint leaves and cinnamon powder.
Stir and let it cool down completely.

3. Keep it in refrigerator for at least least 2 hours or until chilled. Squeeze and discard the tea bags.

4. Strain the mint mixed tea with a sieve.

5. Add orange juice and lemon juice. Add sugar syrup or honey to taste.
If you like light sweetness omit sugar.

6. In a glass place some ice cubes and few mint leaves.
Pour iced tea over it.

7. Garnish with lemon wedge.
Serve chilled.

Notes

1. If you don’t like cinnamon then you can omit it.

2. You can also make it with black tea instead of green tea.

3. You can use watermelon, grape juice, pomegranate juice, mixed fruit juice or any fruit juice of your choice instead of orange juice.

4. You can use artificial sweetener instead of sugar syrup or honey.

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Spicy Pineapple Virgin Margarita

Spicy pineapple virgin margarita.
A chilled delicious refreshing alcohol free drink.
Sweetness of pineapple, flavour of cumin and mint, hint of chilli and pink salt and tanginess of lemon makes the drink super yummy 😋

Pineapples are rich in vitamins, enzymes and antioxidants. They may help boost the immune system, build strong bones and aid indigestion. Also, despite their sweetness, pineapples are low in calories.
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So you can call it a healthy drink. Diet conscious people can enjoy this guilt free delicious drink.

I made it with or without sparkling water. Both are superbly delicious. You can serve it as a party drink. I didn’t add sugar in it. But if you like you can add sugar or sugar syrup according to your taste. I love this drink with the natural sweetness of pineapple.

Recipe

Pineapple – 1 heaped cup, chopped

Mint leaves – 7 – 8

Water – 1/2 cup

Black salt – 1/2 teaspoon or to taste

Chilli flakes or red chilli powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Lemon juice – 2 tablespoon

Method

1. Blend pineapple and mint leaves with water in a blender.

2. Strain the juice with a strainer.
Add pink or black salt, chilli flakes or powder, cumin powder and lemon juice. Blend again. You can add some ice cube with it.

3. Taste and add more salt and lemon juice if require.

4. Rub lemon on the rim of the glass. Now dip the rim in pink salt.

5. Place some ice cube in the glass. Pour pineapple mixture over it.

6. Garnish with lemon wedges and serve chilled.
Enjoy…….

Notes

1. You can add sugar or sugar syrup if you like.

2. I didn’t use sparkling water but if you want add it just before serving.

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Mango Peach Pear Smoothie / Dairy Free Low Calorie Smoothie 


Mango peach pear dairy free low calorie smoothie.

Mango season is about to over. So enjoy this yummy fruit in one more delicious, healthy, chilled, refreshing and filling smoothie.

A chilled glass of smoothie is perfect for this weather.

Our this week’s #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is  #Shravanvratspecial.

Shravan is considered an auspicious month for the Hindus. In North India people avoid non vegetarian food including onion garlic in this month. People observe fast on every Monday during this month.

Presenting a yummy, nutritious, filling, refreshing and power packed smoothie to boost your energy. Take a long glass of smoothie on meal time instead of calorie ladden deep fried food.

I have added peach in this smoothie. Which is a rich source of minerals and dietary fiber. Low calorie peach contain no saturated fat or cholesterol.

Normally I make this smoothie with coconut milk or chopped tender coconut. If you have coconut milk you can add 1/2 cup for a different and delicious taste. Or you can add 1/2 cup chopped tender coconut. If you don’t like pear you can use any fruit instead like chickoo, banana etc.

 

Recipe 


Ripe mango –  1 cup, peeled and cubed

Peach – 1/2 cup cut into small pieces

Pear – 1 peeled and diced

Cinnamon powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Cardamom powder – a pinch

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon

Honey – 2 teaspoon or to taste

 

Method 


Combine peeled and cubed mango, chopped peach and peeled and diced pear in blender jar.

If you want you can add add 1/2  cup of coconut milk or 1/2 cup chopped tender coconut. Normally I like to add coconut milk or chopped tender coconut in this smoothie but today I don’t have any.

 

If you don’t like pear you can use any fruit instead like banana, chikoo/sapodilla/zapota or any other fruits.

 

Blend until smooth and frothy. Add cinnamon powder, cardamom powder, lemon juice and honey. Blend again.

Taste and add more honey and lemon juice if required.

Place some ice cubes in a glass. Pour the mixture over it. Garnish with mango cubes.

Serve chilled.

Enjoy…….

See what my fellow bloggers have shared for #Foodiemonday bloghop on fasting food theme –

 

https://poonambachhav.blogspot.in/2017/07/fig-banana-smoothie.htmlhttp://aahaaramonline.com/2017/07/17/

 

http://aahaaramonline.com/2017/07/17/dahi-sabudana-maharashtra-recipe

 

http://aahaaramonline.com/2017/07/17/dahi-sabudana-maharashtra-recipe

 

http://www.delishpotpourri.com/sabudana-sago-tapioca-pearls-dahi-bhalla

 

https://veenasvegnation.com/recipe/til-chikki

 

https://krispykadhai.wordpress.com/2017/07/17/phalauri-a-pious-treat

 

https://afoodiehousewife.wordpress.com/2017/07/17/roasted-vegetables-with-honey-lemon-dressing-and-a-mild-beetroot-dip/

 

http://mayurisjikoni.blogspot.ca/2017/07/670-date-coconut-energy-balls.html?m=1

 

 

Dairy Free Sugar Free Beetroot Smoothie 


Dairy free sugar free beetroot smoothie.

Ramadan Mubarak

Muslims are observing Ramadan, a holy month of fasting and religious devotion.

Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar and is the holiest of the month as it is believed that the Holy Quran was revealed to Prophet Mohammed during this month.

During this holy month of Ramadan Muslims are required to abstain from eating and drinking from dawn till sunset.

Drinks play a vital role when we are on fasting. A glass of chilled and refreshing drink at Iftaar time is energy boosting.

Fasting is a tough task for people, who abstain from food and drink until sunset in this summer season.

Our this week’s 97th #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #Ramadan recipes.

Fasting people need to drink more after Iftaar in order to avoid dehydration.

So here is a refreshing chilled and yummy dairy free beetroot smoothie for Iftaar. Beetroots are high in immune-boosting vitamin C, fiber, and essential minerals.

You don’t need to add sugar in it. You can add black salt or rock salt and black pepper powder if you like. I didn’t.

Recipe 


Seedless beetroot – 1 cup cubed

Cucumber – 1 medium

Lemon – 1

Grated ginger – 1/2 teaspoon

Cinnamon powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Flax seed powder – 1 teaspoon
Ice cubes as required
Lemon wedge for garnishing

Method 


Boil the whole beetroot with skin in a pressure cooker.

Let it cool down. Peel and chop the beetroot into small pieces.

Peel and grate or chop the Cucumber. Make small pieces for easy blending.

Combine every ingredients with juice of 1 lemon. You can add some ice cubes too.

Blend until smooth and frothy.

You don’t need to add sugar in it.

Taste and add more lemon juice if require. You can add black salt or rock salt and black pepper powder if you like. I didn’t.

If you don’t like cinnamon, you can omit it. Add few mint leaves instead of cinnamon.

Place some ice cubes in the glass. Pour the mixture over it.

Garnish with lemon wedge. Serve chilled.

Stay happy stay healthy.

Wish you all a very happy and blessed Ramadan!!

Banana Almond Mint Smoothie 


Banana almond mint smoothie.

One more healthy, yummy, chilled and refreshing drink to beat the heat.  And yes very easy to make.

Smoothie is an easiest way to nourish your body with essential nutrients. It gives you essential minerals and vitamins too. You need only some fruits, milk or yogurt and a blender to make this healthy and yummy drink.

Bananas are available in every season and packed with vitamins and minerals.

And almonds are excellent source of vitamins and heart healthy monounsaturated fat.

Yogurt has been consumed by humans for hundreds of years.

It’s very nutritious, and eating it regularly may boost several aspects of your health.

For example, yogurt has been found to reduce the risk of heart disease and osteoporosis, as well as aid in weight management.

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You can take all three in a delicious way. Just blend everything and its ready. You can add ice cubes and enjoy as a chilled drink. I have used everything frozen so didn’t used ice cubes. You can add cinnamon or cardamom powder if you don’t like mint.

Recipe 


Yogurt – 1 cup

Banana – 2 peeled and chopped

Almond – 5 – 6 soaked and peeled

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon

Mint – few leaves

Honey or sugar – 2 teaspoon or to taste

Ice cube – as require

Shredded almonds, lemon wedge and mint string for garnishing

 

 

Method 


Combine every ingredients. Blend until smooth and frothy.

You can add cinnamon or cardamom powder if you don’t like mint. You can add raisins or any soaked dry fruits of your choice.

Taste and add more honey, sugar or lemon juice if require.

Pour the mixture into your favourite glass. Add some ice cubes if require.

I have used everything frozen so didn’t used ice cubes.

Garnish with shredded almonds, lemon wedge and mint string.

Serve chilled.

Enjoy…….

Savoury Cucumber Smoothie Or Chhach/Lassi


Savoury cucumber smoothie or chhach/lassi.

Do you love chhach or butter milk?  Then you will love this delicious cucumber chhach.  Butter milk is called the nectar of earth. And in Ayurveda its categorised as satvic food.

This chilled refreshing low fat and low calorie drink help in weight loss. Apart from that its helps in digestion. A best accompaniment to meal.

Its an excellent source of many nutrients and boost your calcium intake.

Not only that research shows its helps to reduce blood pressure, prevent cancer and lower cholesterol.

And this savoury smoothie has cucumber too. Low calorie vitamins enriched cucumber keeps us hydrated and cool. Its helps in digestion, stabilize blood pressure, good for diabetic and lowers the uric acid levels and keep the kidneys healthy.

Apart from that cucumbers are a source of several compounds that fight inflammation and aging. It can resolves many skin problems and ensures healthy and younger looking skin and also have anti cancer properties.

Coming to the recipe. You can make it without cucumber too. But cucumber made the drink more delicious and healthy.

Recipe 

 

Yogurt – 1 cup

Cucumber – 1 peeled, grated or chopped

Sea salt or black salt to taste

Black pepper powder to taste

Roasted cumin powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon

Mint leaves – few

Ice cube – as require, optional

Mint string, grated cucumber, lemon and cucumber wedges for garnishing

Method 

 

Combine everything and blend until smooth.
Taste and add more salt, pepper  cumin powder and lemon juice if require.
I have used sea salt but you can use black salt or normal salt too.
Pour the mixture into a glass and keep in refrigerator until it becomes chilled.

Or

Place some ice cubes in a glass and pour the mixture over it.
Garnish with mint string, cucumber and lemon wedges and little grated cucumber.

Serve chilled.

Stay healthy stay happy  😊

Turmeric Shot With Tulsi Or Holy Basil 

Turmeric shot with Tulsi or Holy Basil.

A healthy way to start your day.

Turmeric is known for it’s healing compounds curcumin. Ginger is high in gingerol, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Tulsi or Holy Basil is well known for it’s healing properties . And lemon have strong antibacterial, antiviral, and immune-boosting powers and very effective remedy for weight loss.

Honey helps to prevent heart disease and cancer. And sea salt contains essential minerals and nutrients.

And one of its functions is detoxification, helping to clear toxins from your blood.

Turmeric, the main spice in curry, is arguably the most powerful herb on the planet at fighting and potentially reversing disease.

When examining the research, turmeric benefits go beyond that of these 10 drugs:

Anti-inflammatory drugs

Anti-depressants (Prozac)

Chemotherapy

Anti-coagulants (Aspirin)

Pain killers

Diabetes drugs (Metformin)

Arthritis medications

Inflammatory bowel disease drugs

Cholesterol drugs (Lipitor)

Steroids.

Better than medicines to slow and prevent blood clotting.

Turmeric, on the other hand, has relatively no known side effects unless taken in extremely excessive amounts.

Its anti depressants and anti inflammatory .

Arguably, the most powerful aspect of curcumin is its ability to control inflammation.

Diseases today such as cancer, ulcerative colitis, arthritis, high cholesterol and chronic pain can be the result of inflammation.

For it’s powerful anti inflammatory and pain reducing characteristics its used to cure arthritis.

Turmeric helps in lowering blood sugar and reversing insulin resistance there’s arguably no better natural treatment than adding turmeric in your diet.

Its used in gastrointestinal treatment. Because of it’s anti-inflammatory properties turmeric helps to heal the gut and support the growth of good bacteria (probiotics).

Its regulate cholesterol, one of the reason for heart disease.

Turmeric works as a painkiller too. One of the most widely accepted properties is it’s ability to manage pain.

Turmeric benefits the many conditions normally treated by corticosteroids such as psoriasis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma and chronic pain.

Diseases today such as cancer, ulcerative colitis, arthritis, high cholesterol and chronic pain can be the result of inflammation. Turmeric’s key to disease reversal may be its ability to keep inflammation at bay.

A number of laboratory studies on cancer cells have shown that curcumin does have anticancer effects. It seems to be able to kill cancer cells and prevent more from growing.

A 2007 American study that combined curcumin with chemotherapy to treat bowel cancer cells in a laboratory showed that the combined treatment killed more cancer cells than the chemotherapy alone.

Turmeric works incredibly well to help naturally treat cancer and is especially effective at treating breast cancer, colon cancer and skin cancer.

For those of you who aren’t sick, taking turmeric will serve you well as a preventative measure.

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Ginger is well known for it’s medical properties. Its used for relieving digestive problems such as nausea, loss of appetite  motion sickness and pain.
Many studies have suggested that increasing consumption of plant foods like ginger decreases the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and overall mortality while promoting a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy and overall lower weight.

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Holy basil or tulsi is one of the best medicinal herb. Tulsi plant is one of the best anti viral herbs of Ayurveda.Its very effective in treatment of respiratory disorders, fever asthma, lung disorders, heart disease stress and many more.

I have already shared a drink with Tulsi or Holy Bsil.

Watermelon cooler with tulsi and Aloevera

Lemon is well known for it’s weight loss aid because it’s juice is digestive and liver cleanser.

Lemon contains strong antibacterial, antiviral and immune boosting power.

Recipe 



Turmeric – 4 inch piece

Ginger – 2 inch piece

Tulsi or Holy Basil – 14 – 15 leaves

Lemon – 1

Sea salt – 1/2 teaspoon

Honey to taste

Black pepper powder to taste

Water – 1/2 cup

Method 



Peel the turmeric and ginger. Clean and wash turmeric, tulsi leaves and ginger.

Chop the ginger and turmeric.

Blend or grind tulsi, turmeric and ginger with water. You can add 2 – 3 tablespoon Aloe Vera gel too. I didn’t.

Strain the mixture. Add lemon juice and sea salt.

Pour 1/4 cup in a glass. Fill the glass with water or coconut water. Add honey according to your taste.

Or add little more sea salt and black pepper powder.  You can add more lemon juice if require.

Take it daily in the morning with breakfast or before breakfast. You can refrigerate the mixture for 2 – 3 days. But best if make it fresh.

Stay healthy stay happy!!

Cucumber Apple Smoothie 


Navaratri festival is just around the corner. And many of you  observe fast these days. Smoothie is perfect for fasting days. Filing and yummy.
Dairy free low calorie cucumber apple smoothie. Perfect for health conscious people too. 

Do you want a glowing skin? Then add this smoothie with your daily breakfast. 

It is an easy way to get rid of oiliness in skin and leaves you with a glow. 

The older you get, the fewer antioxidants you have in your skin to combat wrinkles and sun damage. Cucumbers can help restore some of these.  Cucumbers are a source of several compounds that fight inflammation and aging. It  can resolves many skin problems and ensures healthy and younger looking skin.

And low calorie vitamins enriched cucumber keeps us hydrated and cool. It helps  in digestion, stabilize blood pressure and good for diabetic. 

Its lowers the uric acid levels and keep the kidneys healthy. They also contain the important nail health-promoting mineral. And also have anti-cancer properties.

This smoothie has apple too. Apple is extremely rich in antioxidants and dietary fiber. The phytonutrients and antioxidants in apples may help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease. 

The recipe is very simple. Just blend both add some flavour of your choice. I have used cinnamon but If you don’t like it you can use mint or any other flavour. Make it sweet or salty, both are yummy. You can add small spinach leaves or tomato too.

 

Recipe 


Cucumber – 1

Apple – 1

Cinnamon powder – 1/4 teaspoon 

Lemon – 1/2

Grated ginger – 1/2 teaspoon 

Honey or salt to taste 

Ice cube as require, optional 

Method 


Peel and chop the apple and cucumber. Taste the cucumber, it shouldn’t be bitter. 

Combine everything. You can add few small spinach leaves or 1 chopped tomato too. If you are using salt add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon black pepper powder too. You can use rock salt if you want to take it in fasting days.

 Blend everything until smooth and frothy. Add lemon juice and mix well. Taste and add more lemon juice if require. If you don’t like cinnamon you can use mint leaves or any flavour of your choice. 

Pour the mixture in your favourite glass. Add ice cubes. 

Garnish with cucumber, apple and lemon wedges. Serve chilled .