No More Boring Food This Summer: Mommies Acing up Their Healthy Meal Game

 

Summer brings longer days, but for families, it can also mean a shift in routines. Kids are home from school, the scorching heat discourages outings, and the allure of greasy takeout becomes almost irresistible.

Like I promised, I am here with some easy hacks that will help you navigate these changes and keep you & your whole crew cool, healthy and satisfied all summer long because a happy family is a quiet family (at least during snack time)😉

Remember that summer commercial where the sun sucks the energy out of a kid with a giant straw? Yeah, that’s a real feeling, especially when your little ones spend all day bouncing off the walls.

While handing out water bottle to your bub is a drill you are so well-versed with, packing those tupperwares with water packed fruits has been your mantra too all these years! Am I right or am I right?

Let’s face it! Our kids need a little more to boost their stamina and boredom too! Sodium laden take outs, greasy pizzas and fizzy soda bottles may sound super tempting but key lies in conditioning our kids about the ill-effects of junk food versus the goodness of fresh eats.

And trust me you can’t achieve this by getting them to eat the plain dal-rice and chapatis; you got to get them excited about healthy food that’ll fuel their fun and keep them begging for more!

Here are some doable ways you can gain the desired results:

Like they say, a hearty breakfast is key to staying energetic all day but do we like to eat our regular parathas, idlis- dosas on a summer morning? Tropical fruit puddings are light and cool, refreshing your taste buds and body. Plus, they’re loaded with vitamins, minerals, and fiber – all the goodness you need!

Involve your kids in creating delightful mid-day treats. Make a chia seed-charged mixed fruit salad, layer colorful fruit and yogurt parfaits in jars or try a unique recipe like capsicum toastie made with a rava,  jowar and paneer base. My latest fave this season is curd sandwich, a recipe I have perfected for my son.

Flameless cooking can get the kids’ chef hats stirring up a storm in the kitchen. Hand over some Bhakhris to them and watch them create their own Bhakhri pizzas! Give them green gram and watch them smush them into green hummus & munch down with carrots. What toddlers love making the most is the mango popsicle and trust me it is a hit amongst all age groups.

So while they enjoy prepping these good meals themselves, your mommy-mind can be at ease for you have secretly added  superfoods in their dishes! Try tossing a makhana (the treasure chest of minerals and vitamins) bhel  or a refreshing mango salad with a quinoa twist. These are not just delicious, they are empowering for your little chefs.

Coming to summer drinks; instead of resorting to those sugary drink mixes packed with artificial colors try a traditional recipe that’s stood the test of time – the humble thandai. This refreshing summer drink is packed with natural goodness and keeps you cool from the inside out. It is so versatile that you could create a new version suiting your mood everyday!

Psst… I just had a glass of thandai using almond milk and while being refreshing I know it will keep me going on feeling totally satisfied.

A fresher delight is the Kokum Sherbet becoming everyone’s go-to drink this season. Not just refreshing, but it is filling and full of nutrients you need to keep you mind and body at ease in summer.

For step-wise recipes you could head to my YouTube channel. Sharing link at the footer for you!

Bear in mind. A balanced and holistic approach is key. Include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and healthy fats in yours and your family’s diet.

By incorporating these tips, you can transform summer into a season of healthy eating habits and family bonding. So, ditch the takeout menus, embrace creativity and make summer a time to nourishing your well-being. A game changer in your life!

Capsicum Toasties: https://youtu.be/750JOfeIoHs?feature=shared

Thandai: https://youtu.be/yGIlqi3JpCo?feature=shared

Healthy Mid-meal snacks: https://youtu.be/3fZcaL5Rncw?feature=shared

Tropical Fruit & Chia Pudding: https://youtu.be/wAD8jv1WY_k?feature=shared

Mango Salad: https://youtu.be/9IK10Kz3ZlM?feature=shared

Motherhood, The Cape We Fly In, Not The One That Drapes Us

Let’s just forget the tired stereotypes! This Mother’s Day, how about rewriting the narrative. Being a mompreneur isn’t just about juggling a business and kids which we are already a master at. Don’t you agree that motherhood equips us with a unique set of skills that make us a force to be reckoned with in the business world?
Most importantly combating tantrums!
So all this while whenever I was questioned, mostly by ladies, how I manage family, kids and work, smeared with traces of doubt and judgement, I would wonder. Yes, there are moments when the questions sting and the load feels heavy. Society loves to tell us we can’t have it all; that motherhood clips our wings. But here’s the truth, motherhood fuels my flight! It’s the wind beneath my wings, the fire in my belly. It’s because of my children, with the support of my family, that I’ve been able to be where I am at and do what I am passionate about.
I have an analogy that might help you reconsider your decisions of giving in or living a life you always dreamt of:
The fact that kids throw tantrums, deadlines loom and sometimes the laundry never lets you ace your game, you learn the art of bouncing back, stronger and more determined than ever. This resilience is a superpower in the face of business challenges that are never ending and crop up repeatedly.
Between nap schedules, cricket practice and school examinations, you’ve become a ninja of prioritizing. You know how to identify what’s truly important and how to get things done mostly faced by a lot of pressure.
We all know whom those science projects are actually targeted at! Most mother’s are clueless as to where all the creativity kicks in from when they are to sit late nights sticking papers together, sewing and stapling to create those models for their kids!
Ask a mom how she hides veggies in that beautifully carved animal shaped snack or blend them in a theme based nutritious drink! A mom’s ability to think creatively and find solutions on the fly is invaluable for tackling business hurdles.
If you ask me, motherhood is a crash course in understanding emotions. You can anticipate needs, diffuse tantrums and build strong connections. These skills translate beautifully into building relationships with clients, colleagues and even investors.
This Mother’s Day, celebrate all the ways motherhood makes you a powerhouse. Don’t let anyone clip your wings, embrace the superhero cape you’ve already earned. The world needs your unique blend of passion, grit, and heart. So keep soaring, Mompreneur, you’ve got this!

Article also available on The Daily Guardian

https://thedailyguardian.com/motherhood-the-cape-we-fly-in-not-the-one-that-drapes-us/

A KID’S GUIDE TO TOP-NOTCH HEALTH!

Limitless avenues, boundless curiosity, we live in a world where matching up with its pace is the only survival hack! The hustle does not spare our children either; exploring newness every moment, adapting and adjusting effortlessly, they are the real superheroes. Their smiles are the sun, their laugh is the music and their happiness is our greatest reward. Join us on an exciting voyage into the world of child health, where we discover tools to raising happy, healthy little adventurers!

THE QUEST FOR MIGHTY MINERALS

Nudge your child to set sails, off on a treasure hunt for hidden gems! Discover minerals like calcium – the bone builder in dairy and greens, iron – the energy booster in lean meats and beans and zinc – the immune shield in nuts and whole grains. These tiny treasures pave the way for a healthy, thriving adventure!

VITAMINS: THE BOOSTING POWER-UP

Vitamins are the power-ups in your child’s adventure game of life. Turn their ABCs into vitamin power-ups with A for eyes, C for immunity, and D for sunshine bones! These essential vitamins help your child face the challenges of childhood with vitality and vigour.

PROTEIN: THE SUPER STRENGTH BUILDER

Protein plays an enormous role in building your child’s incredible body. Amino acids, its tiny helpers, build strong muscles, fix broken cells, and fuel growth for every epic adventure. Fuel their mealtime with protein powerhouses like lean meats, eggs, dairy, beans, lentils, and tofu and watch them conquer the world with super strength and endless stamina!

THE FIBER ADVENTURE

Fiber is the friendly guide ensuring your child’s body functions smoothly. It isn’t just about digestion; it’s the sidekick that helps maintain your child’s energy levels, stabilizes blood sugar and promotes a healthy weight.

HYDRATION HEROES

Encouraging your child to stay well-hydrated is essential for their overall health and also keeps them super-charged for the day. Pick cool water bottles together, flavor their water with fruity surprises, and watch them seize the day with sparkling energy!

NUTRITIOUS BITES FOR BOUNDLESS ENERGY

Snacks are the pit stops in your child’s epic journey, offering a chance to refuel and recharge before the next adventure. In this era of swiftness and competition, snacks packed with honest nutrition is the key. From an array of jowar and bajra puffs to candies and energy bars bursting with nutritional essentials in every handful is all you need to get them going!

Comprehensive understanding of the power of building blocks in your child’s diet – vitamins, minerals, proteins, fiber and hydration can work as everlasting tools you need for them to thrive. The journey of raising superkids is about empowering them to unlock their limitless potential.

Leaving capes and masks aside, lets embrace the real superpower that lies on their plate! Every healthy choice enables your child take a leap towards a life full of vitality and write their own epic story.

 

 

Dietician Komal Patel in conversation with Mirchi 98.3 FM

A Mindful Roadmap to Healthy Eating in a Modern World

FOOD IS MORE THAN FUEL

Eating habits have changed over the last two decades and very drastically so. The concept of nourishing the body is fogged by the quorum of simply filling up stomachs to stretch oneself to meet routinely requirements. The food we ingest is an investment we make in our lives, determining our cellular identity – the very foundation of a human body that renders directly into immune strength and quality of life.

THE MICRO & MACRO TEAM PLAY

While the “food conscious” diligently build balanced plates adhering to the food pyramid, a crucial layer often remains unseen and unsung – the realm of micronutrients. These tiny powerhouses however needed in minute quantities are as essential in maintenance of a healthy body and its complex functioning.

Therefore, transcending the mere checkbox mentality of the food pyramid and embracing the micronutrient universe is key.

BEYOND THE PLATE – MINDFUL EATING

Eating one’s meal as a task inflicts more damage than consuming unhealthy food would on the body. Scientific studies have shown that a meal savoured with gratitude and acceptance to receiving it wholeheartedly adds more value to one’s well-being. This experience can be fortified by playing with delightful flavours and textures, chewed thoroughly leading to a holistic culinary experience for the mind, body and soul.

SUPERFOODS

Superfoods are often celebrated for their antioxidant properties. In the current landscape they play an essential role as the modern stress busters’ and must not be missed out on. But again, there are only some better known “trendy” superfoods than others leading to unbalanced diets. Opting for a diverse range of nutrient-rich foods transforms into a source of vitality and well-being whilst minimising the environmental impact.

THE GUT-BRAIN CONNECTION

“What goes in your gut, shapes your mind” and vice versa. The human gut harbours a vast community of trillions of microorganisms, collectively known as the gut microbiome. This complex ecosystem extends far beyond its digestive duties, exerting significant influence on our brain chemistry and overall well-being. Maintaining a balanced and diverse gut microbiome is crucial for both physical and mental health.

NUTRITION FOR DIFFERENT LIFE STAGES

Your body’s nutritional needs change with age, thus demanding for tailoring of diet corresponding to your life stage to facilitate vigour and vitality at all ages. Evidently, what fuelled you in youth might not be optimal now highlighting evolution of the body over time.

NAVIGATING THE MODERN FOOD JUNGLE

Food labels are like coded messages, waiting for you to decipher. For instance, “high-fructose corn syrup” may sound daunting, but it’s essentially a sweetener derived from corn. Understanding these labels is like learning a new language that empowers you to make informed choices amidst the sea of packaged products.

THE ART OF MEAL PLANNING

Meal planning isn’t just about logistics; it’s a creative endeavour. It is a thoughtful process of handpicking ingredients, churning them into recipes that not just harmoniously complement each other but also provide wholesomeness to the culinary experience. Embracing meal planning allows you to craft food masterpieces that nurture your body and soul.

COMMUNITY AND SUPPORT

Joining a nutrition-conscious community is an encouraging journey of culinary exploration. Think of it as a global potluck where each member brings a diverse dish to the table, enriching your own nutritional repertoire. By connecting with like-minded individuals, you begin on a flavorful adventure that transcends geographical boundaries.

As we conclude, remember that nutrition awareness is not a destination but a lifelong adventure. Each meal you savor, every ingredient you choose, and every bite you mindfully enjoy is an opportunity to nourish not only your body but also your mind and spirit. By continuing to explore, learn, and share the knowledge you’ve gained here, you become the curator of your own vibrant, healthy, and sustainable life. So, go forth with the wisdom you’ve acquired, embracing the power of nutrition awareness to fuel your life and make each meal a masterpiece of health, happiness, and harmony. Your journey has just begun, and the possibilities are endless.

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Mysteries of Ancient Grains

Mysteries of Ancient Grains

Imagine you’re on a culinary adventure, but instead of traveling to far-flung destinations, you’re journeying back in time. Your destination? The ancient traditions of India, where food was not just sustenance but a bridge to the past, a tapestry of flavors, and a source of well-being. Today, we invite you to embark on this remarkable journey with us as we explore the profound importance of ancient practices in our modern approach to food.

The fields of ancient India were adorned with millets like ragi, jowar, and bajra, revered for their resilience and nutrient density. These grains formed the cornerstone of traditional diets, providing a sustainable source of nutrition for generations.

Fast forward to the present, and we find that modern science is singing praises for these ancient grains. Millets are low in glycemic index, gluten-free, and bursting with essential nutrients. At Nurasoi, we’ve made it our mission to bring these ancient grains back into the limelight, crafting innovative snacks that embody the heritage of the past while meeting the nutritional needs of today.

The Rich History of Ancient Grains in India

Ancient grains, including millets such as ragi (finger millet), jowar (sorghum), bajra (pearl millet), and foxtail millet, have been a part of India’s cultural and culinary heritage for thousands of years. They were celebrated for their resilience in adverse conditions, making them a reliable source of nutrition for agrarian communities.

  • Millets as a Staple: 

In many parts of India, millets were once a dietary staple. People consumed millet-based dishes such as ragi mudde in Karnataka, jowar bhakri in Maharashtra, and bajra roti in Rajasthan. These traditional recipes were not only delicious but also highly nutritious, providing a wide range of vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber.

  • Traditional Wisdom: 

The consumption of millets was not merely a matter of tradition; it was rooted in the deep understanding of their health benefits. Ancient Indian texts like the Ayurveda and Charaka Samhita documented the therapeutic properties of millets and advocated for their inclusion in the diet.

Modern Science Validates Ancient Wisdom

In recent times, scientific research has uncovered the exceptional health benefits of millets and other ancient grains, shedding light on the wisdom of our ancestors. Here’s how these grains align with modern science:

  • Nutrient-Rich:

 Millets are packed with essential nutrients such as iron, calcium, magnesium, and B-vitamins. They are particularly rich in dietary fiber, making them an excellent choice for digestive health.

  • Low Glycemic Index: 

Millets have a low glycemic index, which means they cause a slow and steady increase in blood sugar levels. This is crucial for managing diabetes and promoting sustained energy throughout the day.

  • Gluten-Free:

 Millets are naturally gluten-free, making them a safe choice for those with celiac disease or gluten sensitivities.

  • Antioxidant Powerhouse: 

Millets are known to be rich in antioxidants, which combat free radicals and reduce the risk of chronic diseases, including heart disease and cancer.

  • Sustainable Farming: 

Millets are climate-resilient crops that require minimal water and input resources compared to other major grains like rice and wheat. This makes them an environmentally friendly choice and contributes to sustainable agriculture.

Our Millet Revolution

As a healthy snacking brand that takes inspiration from ancient grains like millets, we are part of the modern millet revolution. Our products are not only delicious but also a nod to the wisdom of our ancestors and the scientific validation of their choices. We recognize the need for healthy, nutrient-rich snacks in today’s fast-paced world, and millets provide the perfect foundation for these products.

Ancient grains, particularly millets, are a testament to the wisdom of our ancestors and their deep understanding of nutrition and health. As modern science continues to uncover the many benefits of these grains, they are experiencing a well-deserved reawakening in popularity. At Nurasoi, we are proud to be part of this movement, offering snacks that are not only a delicious treat but also a celebration of India’s rich heritage and the science that validates it. So, the next time you enjoy our millet-based snacks, remember that you’re not just tasting a delicious treat; you’re also connecting with centuries of tradition and modern science in every bite.