Health Foods have become the buzzword at high society parties and the new urban Indian is now talking, breathing and eating healthy. It is time you keep yourself updated with the new health foods on the shelf and evaluate what works for you.
Do these new health foods sound Greek and Latin to you ? Having trouble deciphering strange food names like quinoa and chia seeds? Don’t get how normal oats are different from the overnight soaked variety? Here’s putting a stop to all your confusions about these latest trends that have entered the health food market.
While oats have become the new instant snack for health conscious Indians, the new trend creeping in, is the concept of overnight soaked oats, which not a lot of people get. Overnight soaked oats are exactly what they sound like – pour some oats into a bowl, top it with greek yogurt/hung curd or milk or soya milk – almost any liquid you fancy (even fruit juice will do!). Add nuts, chia seeds, cut fruit, chocolate and get creative with the toppings and leave this mixture in fridge overnight. By morning, your breakfast will taste like a super healthy dessert! Having said that, this is an acquired taste and not everyone will like them.
You must have heard about these tiny black seeds that the Westerners seem to be adding on top of almost everything they eat – chia seeds pudding, chia seed curry – they’re everywhere! Chia seeds grow on a plant that is native to South America and has been one of the most trusted superfood for people belonging to the Mayan and Aztec races. This little seed is known to aide weightloss and is packed with fiber, protein, alcium, magnesium, phosphorous, manganese and good fats! All this is a tiny seed – no wonder people are going crazy over it.
To be honest, quinoa is basically birdfeed and is often fed to pet birds owing to its excellent protein content. It was later found to be equally nutritious for humans and has grown to become the world’s favourite health food since! From desserts to salads, quinoa is used in almost everything! Its anti-inflammatory and antioxidants properties make it great for daily consumption as well. Best eaten as a salad with lots of veggies, quinoa is a no-nonsense, simple to make healthy snack.
This green leafy vegetable became a trend in 2015 when everyone was going gaga over the health benefits of kale. From kale chips to curries and salads and smoothies, people just could not get enough of this. It is found to lower cholesterol and the risk if cancer and is known to flush toxins out from your body, apart from bettering cardiovascular strength and aiding weight loss. These beautifully green, curly leaves will leave you asking for more!