My ‘Food and Fitness lover’ bio often confuses people and rightly so. The biggest challenge I face as a self-proclaimed chef and mother are creating tasty recipes with nutritious foods. Developing recipes that don’t rely heavily on excessive calories and utilise the natural flavour of ingredients seems interesting to me. Healthy food isn’t bland or boring. Period.
Today’s T nutritious foods will hopefully change your mindset about ingredients that apparently have limited uses in our diet. Although, if you dislike something, please don’t write it off just yet. I might be able to provide alternative ways of making it. 🙂
Turmeric is possibly one of the earliest natural medicines we consume as babies. Although the world might be waking up to its amazing health benefits (remember Turmeric Latte) only now, turmeric has traditionally been used in India for centuries. Turmeric is packed with bioactive compounds that impart it with medicinal benefits. Curcumin in turmeric has excellent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It leads to better brain function and reduces risk of brain diseases. It helps prevent cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s and can boost anti-ageing leading to longevity.
Turmeric is integral to Indian cooking and gives a lovely yellow colour to any dish. Haldi ka doodh with jaggery is one of the best home remedies for cold and cough. Turmeric powder mixed with water acts as an antiseptic on wounds. Wet turmeric added to salads or pickles tastes scrumptious. Also, haldi-raw milk-besan is the easiest handy skincare regime there can be. Lots more to add but you get the gist!
Tofu is made from condensed soy milk and is often touted as a healthy replacement for paneer. It’s high in protein and contains almost all essential amino acids that you need. Tofu is nutrient-dense and has a variety of minerals and vitamins, fats and carbs. Since it is made from soy milk, many soy benefits are passed on to it too. It promotes heart health, reduces the risk of breast or prostate cancer and aids digestion. However, it may cause allergies in some people so keep an eye out for any discomfort.
Tofu is one of the best nutritious foods in the market although its texture is hard compared to soft and crumbly paneer. That said, it can lend goodness to any dish from rice, salads and desserts to gravies, pizzas and stir-fried vegetables. Tofu Tikka (in pic, my recipe) is one of my favourite appetiser and Cocktail snack.
“A world without tomatoes is like a string quartet without violins” ~ Laurie Colwin, Home Cooking. Red or green, big or small, cooked or raw, tomatoes make our world go round (pun unintended). This luscious fruit is an excellent source of Vitamin C and antioxidants. Tomato is high in fiber which aids in digestion and its potassium content reduces risk of heart disease, promotes bone health, restricts muscle deterioration and lessens formation of kidney stones. It has great skin benefits too and protects eyes from age-related damage and cataract.
Tomatoes are eaten in our homes and around the world in various delicious forms. Soups, salads, gravies, snacks, stews and what say you, every recipe gets better with them. French fries without tomato ketchup on the side are a sin. Salsa, pizza topping, tomato chutney, tomato omelette or sliced tomatoes sprinkled with salt and pepper, everything and anything works. And yes, tomato juice is an integral part of skincare too.
The list of T nutritious foods gets longer with few honourable mentions (as my 12yo son puts it). Tahini, a blend of sesame seeds and olive oil, is a Mediterranean dish that tastes amazing and is good for health too. Tabasco sauce and Thyme add a lovely flavour to any dish. Tiramisu is one my personal favourites. Please go ahead and add yours.
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