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!

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Recipe: Banana Flour Brownies

Hello All!

This post is the result of some Sunday baking / experimenting in the kitchen. If you remember this post – https://chaicakeandkitsch.com/2016/03/07/recipe-banana-flour-smoothie/ a packet of Kadhali Raw Banana Flour had been sent over to me recently, of which I made a smoothie and brownies, today.

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To know some more about Banana Flour, take a look at this video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3x8WW_6d4U&feature=youtu.be

Ingredients:

134 gms banana flour
58 gms rajagrah flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp baking powder
150 ml condensed milk
300 gms dark / sweet baking chocolate
100 gms butter
220 ml water

Method:

1. Melt the butter and chocolate with the water in a microwave for 2 minutes. Stir until smooth
2. Sieve all the dry ingredients
3. Add the smooth chocolate mix into the bowl of dry ingredients and mix well
4. Now add the condensed milk and beat with a hand mixer for about 3-4 minutes or until you are able to see air bubbles.
5. Move this on to a well oiled baking tray (not buttered) and put it into a pre-heated oven for 20-25 minutes at 180.
6. Use a clean knife or toothpick and insert into the cooked brownies. If it comes out clean the brownies are ready to eat! ❤

To know more about Kadhali Gluten Free Banana Flour take a look here – http://www.mystiqueconfections.com/kadhali/

 

Recipe: Banana Flour Smoothie

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This image is being used for representational purposes only. It does not belong to me in any capacity. Image source: http://primalpeak.com/ever-try-wedo-banana-flour/

If there are many of you out there like me who thought that banana flour tastes exactly like a banana and is set out to ruin every dessert, well it’s safe to say we’re all wrong. It tastes nothing like that! Banana flour is a gluten-free substitute to wheat flours and is made of unripened green bananas.

I cannot vouch for these seeing as this is my first time working with the ingredient but it is known to have the following benefits:
– It contains resistant starch, a type of carb that acts like fibre
– It helps control blood sugar levels
– Keeps us feeling fuller, longer
– Healthy way to carb cravings

Sounds good to me!

A good friend recently sent over a packet of Kadhali Raw Banana Flour to test out recipes – http://www.mystiqueconfections.com/kadhali/

I’m still trying to perfect a dessert recipe so do bear with me until I can come up with one but in the meantime, here’s a delicious fruit smoothie. It’s extremely filling and is a great option either an hour before a workout, or immediately after one.

Ingredients:

3 tbsp banana flour
1/2 cup diced strawberries
1/4 cup sliced bananas
1/4 cup mixed berries
1 tbsp chia seeds
6-8 cubes ice
3/4 cup chilled almond milk/skimmed milk

Method:

  1. Blend all the ingredients together and consume chilled! That’s all !

One Pot Pasta

Hello All!

I’m back with a recipe (my version) and I promise you that this is literally the easiest and quickest pasta I have EVER made, with no compromise in taste. Did I also mention that it’s healthy? It’s been quite a while since I took over the kitchen and a video that popped up on my Facebook newsfeed tempted me to get back, so here goes..

This page Tasty by the way, is life changing – https://www.facebook.com/buzzfeedtasty

Here’s my version of a one pot pasta:

Ingredients:
1 cup wholewheat pasta (penne, spaghetti, whatever you like)
1 small onion, finely chopped
6-8 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
2 tomatoes, diced (you want big chunks)
1 zucchini, diced
Handful of basil
Handful of spinach
Juice of half a lemon
1 tsp chilli flakes
Salt and pepper to taste

Recipe:
1. Add the onion, garlic, tomatoes, zucchini, basil and spinach to a pot. Add the pasta, sprinkle over salt, pepper and chilli flakes.
2. Drizzle 2 tbsp olive oil over this and 3 cups of water.
3. Bring to a boil, stirring continuously.
4. Continue adding water (sparingly as needed)
5. Your pasta will take about 25 mins to be cooked. Keep your eyes on the pot and stir intermittently after it begins to boil. Nothing kills your dish like overcooked pasta.
6. Once ready, squeeze in the lemon juice and mix well.
7. Add some basil leaves on top and serve fresh.

This pasta must be served fresh. Enjoy!

 

Recipe: Leafy Greens tossed in a Balsamic Vinegar & Honey Dressing

Hello lovely readers!

I’d like to begin by thanking you all for the kind and encouraging words you write to me as feedback or as comments on my posts. I hope to continue bringing a smile to your faces always 🙂 As a way of saying thank you I’ve decided to post a recipe to a salad that I threw together very recently.

I hosted an extremely intimate dinner for my friends very recently and could only make do with the items in my fridge (owing to the crazy Mumbai city monsoons that did not allow me to step out of the house). Luckily, Mum and I had stocked up on vegetables in the fridge so that was a saviour. A bunch of leafy greens, some olives, roasted vegetables and a balsamic-honey dressing tossed together and voila! You’ve got yourself a heathy side dish with absolutely no compromise on taste. A salad was also on the menu because of a fitness enthusiast friend, so really, I owe this to him!

Ingredients:

1 packet rocket leaves (washed and dried)

1 packet baby spinach (washed and dried)

1/2 yellow zucchini, sliced

1/4th eggplant, sliced

2-3 tbsp sunflower seeds

Handful of black olives

For the dressing:

1 1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

1/2 tbsp olive oil

3/4 tbsp honey

1 tsp sesame seeds

Method:

1. Place the zucchini and eggplant slices in a baking tray. Pour olive oil on top, mix well and put into a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees celsius for 20-25 minutes. Allow them to cool once done.

2. In a bowl, add the balsamic vinegar, honey, olive oil and sesame seeds. Mix well and set aside in the fridge.

3. Place the rocket leaves and baby spinach on a serving dish. Toss in the roasted zucchini, eggplant slices, olives and sunflower seeds and leave in the fridge until serving time.

4. Drizzle the dressing over only before serving. You do not want to serve wilted greens.

5. You’ve got yourself a happy audience 🙂

Quick Tips:

You can also consider add caramelised onions, toasted walnuts or pine nuts.

Do give this recipe a try and let me know how it turns out! Write to me at chaicakekitsch@gmail.com.

P.S. My apologies that there isn’t an actual photograph, it was devoured before I could take one!

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This image has been used only for representational purposes. It has borrowed from http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/roasted-butternut-squash-salad-with-warm-cider-vinaigrette-recipe.html