We’ve braved, powered through and reached the last week of #BlogchatterA2Z. They say that food brings people together. When done right, I would like to add that it also gives one a means and purpose to lead a healthy and happy life. My series on Nutritious Foods for a Fit Lifestyle has been a fulfilling and distracting experience from the severely uncertain and scary times we’re currently going through. I’ve been introduced to many new bloggers and revisited a few of my favourite old blogs too, pleasantly reminded of the wonderful writers we have amongst us.
Interestingly, today’s post is all about basics. These are foods that we regularly use in cooking but may be unaware of their nutritional content.
From desserts like cakes and ice-creams to beauty products and essential oils, vanilla is one of the most loved flavours around the world. It is an expensive spice since extracting vanilla from its plant flowers and ripening it is a labour-intensive process. Vanilla contains minerals like calcium, magnesium and potassium in small amounts which impart it with antioxidant properties. It is used to ease toothache and can be replaced for sugar due to its low calorie content. Its relaxing aroma has proven calming effect and reduces stress and anxiety.
Vanilla extract is stronger, purer and costlier than it’s trickled down version; vanilla essence. A few drops of it in your coffee or smoothie are enough to give them a distinct taste. Bakery products generously use vanilla for flavouring and it can also be added to soups, stews or sauces.
Vinegar is frequently used in households and its applications aren’t limited to food consumption. It is available in many variants like Balsamic vinegar, coconut vinegar, red vinegar, chilli vinegar etc all of which have distinct flavours and benefits. White vinegar is most common though and is made by fermenting ethanol. Its high acetic acid content gives it some amazing health benefits like controlling blood sugar, reduced cholesterol levels and weight management. Additionally, vinegar has anti-microbial properties and can be used to treat skin or ear infections and burns.
Vinegar is an indispensable item in the kitchen since it is a wonderful preservative for pickles, sauces and marinades. It is often used to curdle milk for cheesemaking. Also, it can be a cheap alternative to cleaning agents and can shine your showers, windows, countertops, floors etc in no time. Vinegar is used in gardening too to kill weeds and protect cut flowers for a longer duration.
V for vegetables is the first thing taught to preschoolers and we know why! Over the last month, I’ve shared the nutritional benefits of quite a few of them. Non-vegetarians may enjoy the benefits of veal, venison or Vienna sausages while Vodka is the preferred poison for many (including me). Thanks to #BlogchatterA2Z and this series, I’m able to tweak my recipes and make more informed food choices than before. How has your experience been?
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