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Healthy Marshmallow Root Tea

Healthy Reasons You Should be Drinking Marshmallow Root Tea:

Marshmallow Root Tea

Soak, Boil, Steep and Sip –  the mantra for today’s tea drinkers.

I am a tea fashionista; I simply adore it and can’t get enough. Honestly, I can drink tea in any form or flavor.

My favorite kind of tea is the Indian Chai tea. It’s extremely popular and well known, but don’t underestimate its amazing taste.

Recently my friend introduced me to Marshmallow Root tea.

My grandma and mom like to call it “old fashion Kava”.

Kava is usually soaked and boiled, before being reduced to a half a cup. I like to add a little jagri or a local honey and drink it up.

Amazing! It works wonders on your body! Check out the health benefits.

If you get a cold from being caught in the rain or a case of seasonal sickness, drinking this tea would get rid of your sickness after just three days.

Most ingredients in this tea are roots and spices, and then I like to add a few ingredients from my kitchen pantry.

Marshmallow Root tea is an herbal tea.

 

To make this delicious tea:

 

 

  • Take 2 teaspoons of roots and soak them for about an hour or two.
  • Boil to reduce, and add a 1/4 teaspoon of honey.
  • Enjoy the amazing taste and all the healthy benefits that are packed within!
  • For more information about marshmallow root, check out this link here.

 

Rose Flavored Chia Drink/Falooda

 

Rose Flavor Chia Drink

Rose Flavor Chia Drink

Falooda Drink

Rose Flavored Chia Drink

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp. chia seeds
  • 3 tbsp. water to soak chia seeds
  • 3 chopped fresh strawberries
  • 1 tsp. rose syrup
  • 3 tsp. rose water
  • 1-cup milk soy/almond/hemp
  • Ice cubes
  • Ice cream of your choice

How to prepare:

  1. Soak chia seeds in warm water for over night in a tall glass or jar.
  2. Add rose water and rose syrup and chopped fresh strawberries.
  3. Add milk of your choice. Stir well.
  4. Garnish with ice and strawberries.
  5. Vanilla ice cream is one of my favorite that complements this drink.
  6. Falooda Sev is often used with this drink.
  7. I added strawberry puree instead of rose syrup so no artificial color and sugar and it tasted great.
  8. Enjoy as drink or as dessert drink.

 

Feel free to share your opinion in comments!

 

Spice Mix For Flavorful Tea

www.thevegfusion.com

www.thevegfusion.com

Call me foodie or health nut my sunday morning starts with reading an article by Mark Bittman. Yes I am a huge fan of his writing about recipes. I applaud his formidable approach to different cuisine from beet salad to different kind of curries  of Indian style. Recently I came across his article about spices in New York Times article. I enjoyed those spice mix so I thought to give an idea of my tea spice mix. A cup of Tea in the morning is healthy for you.  Here is a quick cheat sheet to How To Blend perfect Spices or as you may say Masala for refreshing cup of Tea.

Chai  is the drink offered everywhere in India. No doubt it is a little bit habit-forming, but it is great way to start the day. It has antioxidant proprieties and gives relief from the common cold and allergies. Different varieties of this tea are available and the recipe below is more for black tea. I like Tetley Tea bags which are good to use and commonly available in grocery store near you. You can also find many different kinds of tea leaves in  stores. Fresh ginger and Lemon grass and/or fresh mint can give a very nice flavor and punch to the taste. This recipe will also work with soy milk.
Preparation Time: 10 Minutes

Serves: Ingredients:

1 Cup Milk
1 Cup Water
1 Pinch Tea Masala
2 Tea Bags
2 Tsp Sugar

 Directions:

  1. Mix all of the ingredients.
  2. Bring to a boil.
  3. Let simmer for a few seconds.
  4. Chai is ready and tastes great with biscuits!
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www.thevegfusion.com

Tips For Spice Blend:

1 cup dry ginger powder or sooth

1 cup black pepper

1 cup cardamom pods

1/2 cup cloves

1/2 cup cinnamon

1 Tsp nutmeg optional

Few strands of saffron

  • Tea Masala is a mix of  all the above spice together. If you want little mild spiced go easy on cloves and black pepper. Coffee/spice  grinder can be used to blend spices.
  • If you mix ingredients together you can store the mixture in a jar and use as needed.
Nutrition Facts are for 1/2 Serving.
Health Benefits of Chai Tea:
From Chai.com
Tea Leaf
Tea Leaves (Camellia sinensis)

Tea is full of healthy substances, including antioxidants, that may help prevent everything from heart disease to strokes to cancer.

Ginger Chai
Ginger (Zingiberaceae)

Ginger root is believed to strengthen and heal the digestive and respiratory system, as well as to fight off colds/flu. Removes congestion, soothes sore throats, and relieves body aches. Recent studies have shown it to be effective in preventing motion sickness as well.

Cinnamon Chai
Cinnamon (Cinnamonum Zeylanicum)

This herb is a stimulant to other herbs enabling them to work faster.

Pepper
Pepper (Piper nigrum)

Imparts an underlying warmth to the body

Cardamom
Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum)

Stimulates the mind and gives clarity

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Refreshing Watermelon Smoothie

ahhhhh cool watermelon smoothie

Water melon smoothie is a quick way of refreshing and replenishing fluid in body. It is simple and quick. Me and my grand daughter’s favorite!!!!!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cup cubed water melon seeded
  • 1 cup red grapes
  • 5 fresh strawberries
  • pinch of salt  and pepper
  • ice

How to make:

Mix everything together and blend in a blender . I prefer to use heavy duty blender, it does job well.  I rely on my VITA MIX blender which process fruit skins, seeds very finely so nutrition are at peak level.

Tips:
I do use different fruits such as blueberries, apples, pear is also one of my choice. What is your favorite let me know in your comments.

Ginger Beer/Ale -Non Alcholic

Ready to Serve Ginger Beer

Ginger beer is ginger ale’s sinister cousin: much more ginger and a little less sweet, but still  it is non-alcoholic. It can be made easily at home with simple ingredients and materials.
This is my first try and I am pleased with the results. For more information about please click on the link Ginger

Ingredients:
1/2 kg of roughly chopped ginger
2.5 cups of sugar or I tried 1/4 cup agave nectar and 10 individual packets of stevia in the raw and a one cup of regular cane sugar
10 cups of water
juice of 2 lemons equals 3/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 tsp of yeast
Preparation:
1.Mix sugar, ginger, and 4 cups water in saucepan. Bring to boil, stirring to dissolve sugar, stevia and agave nectar. Remove from heat, cover, and let stand 1 hour to steep.
2. Strain syrup through strainer and funnel into 2-liter soda bottle. Add lime juice. Fill with cold water to within 2 inches of top. Cap and cool in refrigerator or ice bath until about 65°F.
3. Add 1/4 teaspoon dry active or champagne yeast. 

4. Transfer all the contents in a bottle (except glass). Cap bottle and let stand at room temperature for about 2 days, checking bottle pressure intermittently by squeezing it or releasing the cap slightly and briefly. You can save the leftover ginger for other dishes. 

5. When ginger beer has achieved desired carbonation level, refrigerate. Please try ginger beer at home and leave your valuable suggestions or comments. Enjoy!
I would like to serve my ginger beer in a tulip beer glass ,the shape locks in carbonation so you can watch more bubbles float up the beautiful tall glass.

Healthy Fruit and Vegetable Smoothie/ Juice


Yum Yum Smoothie


It turns out you a really can eat your way to better health. A smoothie for breakfast helps you get hydrated at the start of the day, something soda and coffee won’t do. Since your body pulls water from many foods in order to stay hydrated, you won’t have to drink water when you’re sipping on a smoothie (especially a homemade one without the artificial sugar). Milk and yogurt are largely water, so if your smoothie is dairy-based  (dairy is optional), you’ll quench your thirst. This is especially handy if you only have one cup holder on your commute. In hot weather, add a few ice cubes to the blender for extra water.
I personally love juice mixed with vegetables and fruits.

Ingredients



Cooking level: very easy


Preparation time: 5 minutes

AO = AntioxidantDF = Dairy FreeGF = Gluten FreeHF = High FiberHP = High ProteinV= VeganLS = Low Sugar

Servings 3 of 6 fluid oz

Ingredients:


One cup of water
One stalk of celery
Two tbsp of crushed/chunk pineapples
One carrot
Two tbsp of pomegranate seeds
few red grapes
One tsp of chat masala or dash of sea salt and black pepper
Half gala apple
One tbsp of flax seeds optional ( i add for the Omega fatty acid in my diet) 
Ice cubes optional

Preparation:

Wash all the ingredients very thoroughly so all the debris  is gone and cut into pieces. No need to take the peel off.Add all the ingredients  in a blender to blend till  its smooth. I shall highly  recommend the “Vitamix” blender for smoothies  it blends very evenly and it blends fiber into juice very finely. However, one can use any other blender available at home. Also, you can filter the juice  threw sieve if you don’t like the too much fiber. I prefer to leave fiber in my juice. Good for you. Cheers!




Vitamix Blender



Coconut Water: thirst quencher

Ready to drink coconut 

Are you Thirsty? Do you want something to Drink? Next time when you go try get a can of cola or carbonated drink try this natural thirst quencher. Go for the goodness of tender coconut water instead.  We are lucky that now it is available here in America. Naked or Zico brand has started it selling here. I must thank both the companies. I suggested this brand to friend of mine who had upset stomach.
This mildly sweet in taste drink is easily available in India and other countries. In India, coconut water is advised for the sick and  healthy. It is healthy and natural drink and all natural drinks are good for health. It is low in calories and great thirst quencher after exercise. It can also be used to make smoothies.

The complex composition of coconut water contains ascorbic acid, vitamin B, iron, protein, fructose, nitrogen and some basic minerals like potassium, phosphoric acid, calcium and magnesium. Its best to consume it in its natural form because  any  kind of process done on coconut water may destroy its nutrients.

Coconut water helps in preventing urinary tract infections, dehydration, intestinal disorders, nausea and vomiting(high in electrolytes). I am sure after reading this article you will definitely try coconut water. following are few dishes out of coconut milk. I will be adding more recipes of coconut sooner BE TUNED!!


ENJOY!

Watermelon cooler

This hot summmer has me thinking about ways to cool off, such as cool watermelon juice.  Watermelon is available everywhere this time of year, and it’s affordable too!.  Here is a quick recipe for watermelon juice.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes:
Recipe style is easy
Serves 2-3

INGREDIENTS:
2tsp of crushed ice
2tsp of watermelon crushed
2tsp of 2 rose syrup available in ethnic store
pinch of salt and black pepper
Take the seeds out of fresh water melon and use a hand blender to make juice.
No need to strain.
Mix everything in a tall glass and you have a delicious watermelon cooler that will help you beat the summer heat. 


Masala Chai Tea

Chai  is the drink offered everywhere in India. No doubt it is a little bit habit-forming, but it is great way to start the day. It has antioxidant proprieties and gives relief from the common cold and allergies. Different varieties of this tea are available and the recipe below is more for black tea. I like Tetley Tea bags which are good to use. You can also find many different kinds of tea leaves in Indian grocery stores. Fresh ginger and Lemon grass and/or fresh mint can give a very nice flavor and punch to the taste. This recipe will also work with soy milk.
Preparation Time: 10 Minutes

Serves: 2 Ingredients:

1 Cup Milk
1 Cup Water
1 Pinch Tea Masala
2 Tea Bags
2 Tsp Sugar

 Directions:

  1. Mix all of the ingredients.
  2. Bring to a boil.
  3. Let simmer for a few seconds.
  4. Chai is ready and tastes great with biscuits!

Tips:

  • Tea Masala is a mix of 2 Tbsp Dry Ginger Powder & 2 Tbsp Cinnamon and Cardamom Powder with a pinch of black pepper.
  • If you mix ingredients together you can store the mixture in a jar and use as needed.
Nutrition Facts are for 1/2 Serving.
Health Benefits of Chai Tea:
Tea Leaf
Tea Leaves (Camellia sinensis)

Tea is full of healthy substances, including antioxidants, that may help prevent everything from heart disease to strokes to cancer.

Ginger Chai
Ginger (Zingiberaceae)

Ginger root is believed to strengthen and heal the digestive and respiratory system, as well as to fight off colds/flu. Removes congestion, soothes sore throats, and relieves body aches. Recent studies have shown it to be effective in preventing motion sickness as well.

Cinnamon Chai
Cinnamon (Cinnamonum Zeylanicum)

This herb is a stimulant to other herbs enabling them to work faster.

Pepper
Pepper (Piper nigrum)

Imparts an underlying warmth to the body

Cardamom
Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum)

Stimulates the mind and gives clarity

Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below! I love to hear from my readers!
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Almond Lassi

Almond Lassi from ifood.tv

This is one of the favorite drinks of Punjab, Northern India.  It is healthy and refreshing for the summer.  The yogurt provides prebiotics to aid in digestion.

Cooking Difficulty Level:  Easy
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 2

Ingredients:

2    Cups Fresh Plain Yogurt
2    Tsp Kevra Water or Rose Water
2    Cups Water
2    Tbsp Sugar
2    Tbsp Crushed Almonds
Ice as desired

How to Prepare: 

  1. Mix all the ingredients very well using a hand mixer.
  2. Add ice in a glass and pour to serve.
  3. You can add strands of saffron if you like.  Heat for about 5 seconds.
Nutrition Facts for Entire Recipe (2 Servings)
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This Week’s Healthy Tip


The Health Benefits of Yogurt 

1. Yogurt is easier to digest than milk. The live active cultures create lactase, the enzyme lactose-intolerant people lack, and another enzyme contained in some yogurts (beta-galactosidase) also helps improve lactose absorption in lactase-deficient persons. Bacterial enzymes created by the culturing process, partially digest the milk protein casein, making it easier to absorb and less allergenic. 
2. Yogurt contributes to colon health. Yogurt contains lactobacteria, intestines-friendly bacterial cultures that foster a healthy colon, and even lower the risk of colon cancer. Lactobacteria, especially acidophilus, promotes the growth of healthy bacteria in the colon and reduces the conversion of bile into carcinogenic bile acids.
Secondly, yogurt is a rich source of calcium – a mineral that contributes to colon health and decreases the risk of colon cancer. Calcium discourages excess growth of the cells lining the colon, which can place a person at high risk for colon cancer. Calcium also binds cancer-producing bile acids and keeps them from irritating the colon wall. 
3. Yogurt improves the bioavailability of other nutrients. Culturing of yogurt increases the absorption of calcium and B-vitamins. The lactic acid in the yogurt aids in the digestion of the milk calcium, making it easier to absorb.
4. Yogurt can boost immunity. Researchers who studied 68 people who ate two cups of live-culture yogurt daily for three months found that these persons produced higher levels of immunity boosting interferon. The bacterial cultures in yogurt have also been shown to stimulate infection-fighting white cells in the bloodstream.
5. Yogurt aids healing after intestinal infections. Some viral and allergic gastrointestinal disorders injure the lining of the intestines, especially the cells that produce lactase. This results in temporary lactose malabsorption problems. It’s good to eat yogurt while taking antibiotics. The yogurt will minimize the effects of the antibiotic on the friendly bacteria in the intestines.
6. Yogurt can decrease yeast infections. Research has shown that eating eight ounces of yogurt that contains live and active cultures daily reduces the amount of yeast colonies and decreases the incidence of yeast infections.
7. Yogurt is a rich source of calcium. An 8-ounce serving of most yogurts provides 450 mg. of calcium, one-half of a child’s RDA and 30 to 40 percent of the adult RDA for calcium. Because the live-active cultures in yogurt increase the absorption of calcium, an 8-ounce serving of yogurt gets more calcium into the body than the same volume of milk can.
8. Yogurt is an excellent source of protein. Plain yogurt contains around ten to fourteen grams of protein per eight ounces, which amounts to twenty percent of the daily protein requirement for most persons. In fact, eight ounces of yogurt that contains live and active cultures, contains 20 percent more protein than the same volume of milk (10 grams versus 8 grams). Besides being a rich source of proteins, the culturing of the milk proteins during fermentation makes these proteins easier to digest. For this reason, the proteins in yogurt are often called “predigested.”
9. Yogurt can lower cholesterol. There are a few studies that have shown that yogurt can reduce the blood cholesterol. This may be because the live cultures in yogurt can assimilate the cholesterol or because yogurt binds bile acids, (which has also been shown to lower cholesterol), or both.
10. Yogurt is a “grow food.” Two nutritional properties of yogurt may help children with intestinal absorption problems grow: the easier digestibility of the proteins and the fact that the lactic acid in yogurt increases the absorption of minerals. And even most picky-eaters will eat yogurt in dips and smoothies and as a topping.