The first week of #BlogchatterA2Z flew by quickly and how! The discipline of writing everyday (I live by the edge, you see!) seemed overwhelming at first but the support and motivation of our blogging community is simply amazing. Writing about nutritious foods was long on my wishlist and I hope that my posts are proving useful to others as much as they are to me. The right diet and food choices contribute most towards achieving a fit and healthy body.
Certain ingredients aren’t complete on their own but a recipe isn’t whole without them either. Today we’ll talk about those sidelined and hidden items that deserve more credit than they get.
Indian Mustard or sarso is a superfood that benefits us in every form. Mustard greens are winter nutritious foods that are high in micronutrients and fiber and low in calories. They contain Vitamin C and K in high amounts along with other essential vitamins and minerals. They boost heart and eye health, contain disease-fighting antioxidants and may help prevent cancer. Mustard oil, although pungent, is used in cooking, skin and hair care, and as a home remedy for cold.
Indian Mustard greens or sarso da saag is one of the best ways to nourish our body during winters. Any Indian tadka is unimaginable without mustard seeds while crushed ones are the prime ingredient in pickles.
Imli is famous for its exceptional tangy flavour and is found in almost every Indian kitchen. It contains a powerful antioxidant tartaric acid that inhibits the growth of free radicals in the body. Phytonutrients in Imli impart it with many health benefits and medicinal uses. It contains Vitamin A which is good for the eyes, improves blood circulation and digestion.
Imli chutney finds a place of envy in all kinds of chaat preparations like dahi wada, pani puri and ragda pattice. Imli pulp is often paired with jaggery and added to bitter gourd, dal, chhole etc to balance and enhance their taste. Dried and powdered imli powder can be stored and used for months.
Iceberg Lettuce has high water content and is refreshingly crunchy. It ranks low in nutritional value but has decent amounts of Vitamin A, C, K, calcium, folate and potassium. Its low calorie content and crisp texture makes it the perfect addition to burgers and sandwiches.
Thanks to Subway and McDonalds, our kids know and eat Iceberg Lettuce too. Toss up a salad at home with shredded lettuce, ricotta cheese, cherry tomatoes, bread croutons and spices in no time. Indulgence and health, happy together!
Nutritious foods help us make the transformation from wannabe to always fit and healthy. Natural ingredients and foods are a better choice than supplements, aren’t they?
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