Recipe: Apple Cinnamon Waffles

Hello All!

It’s been a while since I put up a recipe and this is one that’s extremely close to my heart.. and my tummy! My earliest memories of Sunday mornings as a child are those of either a hearty Gujarati breakfast, or waffles made by Mom. Nothing still manages to bring a big smile to my face and warmth in my heart like two of her best bakes – her apple pie and waffles. Now she’s incorporated apples and cinnamon into her waffles making this the greatest breakfast dish EVER!

Recipe:

150 gms maida
1/4 tsp baking powder
50 gms butter
1 tsp powdered sugar
1/2 tin condensed milk
200 ml milk
4 drops vanilla essence
1 tbsp apple juice*
1 cup grated apples
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder

Method:

  1. Sieve maida, baking powder and cinnamon powder together.
  2. Knead butter and sugar together.
  3. Add the condensed milk to the butter sugar mix.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the above mix.
  5. Add the grated apple, juice and essence. Let this lie at room temperature for a good 30 mins.
  6. Pour a cup of the mix into the waffle maker and allow it to cook for 4-5 minutes. Alternatively take a look at the instructions on your waffle maker since no two makers are the same. However this should be your call eventually so don’t forget to pay attention!

Quick Tip: *Grate the apples and let it lie aside for a while. They will begin to get runny in a while. Use the same fresh juice and nothing else, especially store bought.

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Product Review: GAIA Health Care

Gaia is the Greek name for the Goddess of the Earth, a fitting name for a brand that mines the health secrets of the earth for all of us to benefit from. As the earth regenerates itself, so do we. Gaia was founded on the belief that nature, through the earth’s diversity of flora and fauna, offers us the best solutions for all our health and personal care needs – GAIA GOOD HEALTH. Bringing science and nature together, GAIA introduces a range of health care products including nutritional supplements, green teas, green ice teas, muesli, cookies, Stevia tablets and sachets as well as health bars.

“Where there’s tea, there’s hope” – Arthur Wing Pinero

 

One of my favourite things to do after a long day’s work or a lazy Sunday afternoon is to curl up with a good book and an even better cup of tea. It’s generally a cup of home made masala chai but lately I’ve turned to a beautiful Green Tea that was sent over to me by GAIA Good Health.

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The numerous benefits of Green tea are known to all – it’s ability to increase metabolism, fight fat, improve brain function, it’s full of antioxidants, kill bacteria, improve the health of your teeth, reduce diabetes, even cardiovascular disease, and so much more. When combined with Lime & Honey, it’s benefits are snowballing!

Green Tea & Lime – Studies show that citrus juice helps bring out the green tea’s oxidants making more available to the body for absorption.

Green Tea &  Honey – This is a great substitute for those who add sugar to their green tea. Honey is a rich source of vitamins, magnesium and other minerals and antioxidants.

GAIA Green Tea – This tea is so soothing, so smooth, it’s sure to teleport you to an exotic spa. I kid you not, it feels exactly like a spa but in your mouth! I definitely give this a 5/5.DSC_0566

A good breakfast they say is the best way to kick off your day and battle your urge to snack on unhealthy foods through the day. I mostly turn to a bowl of oats or muesli for the same.

Muesli has much less sugar and calories than most packaged cereals. It’s extremely high in fiber which not only helps you clean your stomach but also keeps you feeling fuller, longer. It is consumed with dairy products which of course is great for health. I now swear by the fruits and honey muesli by GAIA. The fruits bring just enough sweetness to the muesli so there is no need for any added sugar making this an extremely healthy option.

Their protein bars and multigrain cookies make for great snacks. I generally pop in a cookie two hours after my breakfast to avoid being famished by lunch time and a protein bar 3 hours after lunch. They keep me feeling full, I don’t turn towards any unhealthy snacks, are less in calories and extremely high in taste.

I certainly recommend getting your hands on these ASAP. Thank you for sending these over GAIA, it’s great to have been introduced to guilt free eating/snacking!

Get Your Green On

Happy New year everyone! Here’s my daily health juice recipe to start off the new year on a great, healthy note 🙂

Borosil India with the Food Bloggers’ Association of India, just sent over their newly launched juicer. Stylish, sleek and extremely easy to use, it has got me hooked!

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My health juice (more red than green) is my absolute daily fix. Filled with ingredients that are great for your hair, skin and overall well being, my day is pretty much incomplete without the juice. I allow myself 3 portions of vegetables in a day, the juice being one of them. The benefits of green juice cannot be experienced overnight, so if you’re thinking you will wake up with glowing skin a week’s time, sorry to burst your bubble ! They have multiple benefits in the long run, especially protecting you against several diseases.

Tomatoes are rich sources of Vitamin C, B6, K, betacarotene, potassium and iron. Carrots as we know are rich in Vitamins A & C, potassium, iron and folate. Coriander has disinfectant, detoxifying, antiseptic, anti fungal and antioxidant properties. It also stimulates digestion. Garlic is also is filled with Vitamins A, C and B-complex.

Ingredients:

2 tomatoes
1 medium sized beetroot
1/2 red apple
1 small clove garlic
1 small green chilli
1 medium sized carrot
Coriander
Juice of 1 lemon
(I add half an apple purely for taste)

Recipe:

1. Dice all the tomatoes, the beetroot, the carrot and the apple and put them into the Borosil Juice mixer. Then blend the coriander, chilli and garlic.

2. Pour into a clean glass and squeeze the juice of half a lemon. Serve immediately.

Green juices can lose their nutrients very quickly if not consumed as soon as they have been prepared.

Tip: Do not dice / chop the vegetables and leave them overnight. Prep them exactly before making your juice.

You can also add mint and spinach leaves as they have great health benefits as well.

 

Wake Up and Smell The Cinnamon!

Damn, that nasty alarm went off again. I don’t like Tuesday. It’s the second Monday. My puppy isn’t sleeping near me anymore to wake me up with a sloppy kiss. Not a good start; but wait! I have a yum breakfast waiting for me in my fridge 😀

Clearly, I’m not a morning person. I ONLY wake up on time because I know it’s a good habit and it’s good to be disciplined, etc.. Oh and it makes my parents happy. I have to kick myself out of bed every single day. The one thing I look forward to every morning is a delicious breakfast. In an ideal world this means means fluffy pancakes drizzled with honey, waffles with whipped cream and strawberries.. what it also means is BIG calories (makes me want to go back to sleep already..). So, I’ve been turning to bran or wheat cereal with a  slice of wheat bread, or pulses cooked at home with a slice of bread. This routine has become so terribly redundant that the sight of these foods now makes me nauseous. However, I simply cannot function without a good, fulfilling breakfast so I decided to experiment a little last night.

A mason jar, uncooked oats, LOTS OF CINNAMON with strawberries and bananas. Voila – I found my breakfast calling!

This recipe is hassle-free, super easy, quick, very healthy and above all, DELISH. There’s not one ingredient that isn’t good for you.

Oats – lower cholesterol, weight management, high fibre content

Cinnamon – blood sugar control, weight management, anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial

Milk – Duh

Fruits – filled with nutrients, fibre and good sugars

This recipe serves one.

You will need:

1/4 cup uncooked oats (I use the usual, Quaker)
1/2 cup cold milk (skimmed)
Cinnamon powder (as much as you like, I used 2 tbsp)
3 medium sized strawberries, chopped
1 small, ripe banana, sliced

1. Before you get to bed, grab hold of a mason jar (or frankly, any other will do. Mason jars are just purrrrrty 🙂 ) and add all of the above ingredients together.
2. Mix gently with a spoon and shut the lid tight.
3. Refrigerate overnight and the next morning you will have a great breakfast waiting for you! You can even have it on the go if you’re running late 🙂

That’s literally all you have to do. A brilliant breakfast ready for you in under 5 minutes.

Here are some other breakfast ideas I found online if you’re in the mood to experiment – http://greatist.com/health/healthy-fast-breakfast-recipes

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Image courtesy: Pintrest.com

I apologise, I haven’t been able to do a shoot, hence the image has been borrowed from Pintrest.