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Granola Bars (Grain Free|Dairy Free|Sugar Free|Low Carb)

Yield: 12 pieces
Ingredients:

  • 1 cup roasted almonds, Chopped
  • 1 cup roasted mixed seeds (pumpkin, sunflower and watermelon)
  • 1 cup lightly roasted desiccated  coconut
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp powdered erythritol
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • Himalayan pink salt a pinch
  • Vanilla few drops
  • Sugar free chocolate (optional, we have used Zevic)

Instructions:

  1. Heat your oven to 180’C and line an 8×8 inch pan with parchment paper, leaving some hanging over the sides to lift the bars easily from the pan.
  2. Chop chocolate in small pieces. Keep aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the egg, vanilla and erythritol.
  4. Microwave almond butter for 10 seconds. Then mix coconut oil until smooth.
  5. Now whisk this almond butter mixture into the egg mixture until well combined.
  6. Add in rest of the ingredients along with chopped chocolate until well combined.
  7. Press very firmly into the prepared pan. 
  8. Bake for about 15-20 minutes. Let it cool completely to room temperature in the pan.
  9. Once cool, use a sharp knife to cut into pieces.
  10. These can be stored in fridge for 10-12 days in airtight container.

Please note that this recipe is adapted from Food Faith Fitness.

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Lemon Squares (Gluten Free|Paleo|Made with Honey)

Yield: 9 – 12 pieces
Ingredients:   

For crust

  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 wild honey
  • Pinch of salt

For topping

  • 1/2 cup wild honey
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 tsp coconut flour, sifted
  • 3 eggs
  • Fresh lemon juice from 2 lemons

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 180’C s and generously rub an 8×8 inch pan with coconut oil. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk honey, coconut oil and salt until creamy. Add the coconut flour to make a dough.
  3. Press the dough evenly into the prepared pan and bake for 1 minutes. Let it cool completely to the room temperature.
  4. Change the oven to 165’C.
  5. Take a large bowl and use a hand whisk to whisk the eggs, honey and lemon zest in a large bowl. Don’t use the hand mixer for this as it may overbeat the eggs.
  6. In a small bowl, take lemon juice add coconut flour 1/2 tsp at a time until well mixed.
  7. Now pour the lemon juice mixture into the egg mixture while whisking continuously until well combined.
  8. Pour the topping over top of the cooled crust and bake for about 20 minutes or until the topping is just set. A good way to check if its done is to give the pan a little shake. Ideally the centre should be slightly jiggly.
  9. Let cool completely at room temperature. Then refrigerate for overnight or at least 6 hours before cutting.
  10. Use a sharp knife to cute them in squares or desired shapes.
  11. These will be good for a week in the fridge in an airtight container.

Please note this recipe is adapted from Food Faith Fitness channel.

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Cinnamon Rolls (Gluten Free | Sugar Free | Low Carb)

Yield: 12 pieces
Ingredients:

For dough

  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp almond flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup erythritol
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 3 tbsp powdered flax seeds or 1.5 tbsp powdered chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp butter, softened
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • Few drops of vanilla extract
  • A pinch Himalayan pink salt

For filling

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3 tbsp erythritol
  • 2 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 10 drops liquid stevia

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C and grease an 8-inch round cake pan with butter or line with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk softened butter, eggs and vanilla. The butter will not incorporate fully and that’s fine. Add vinegar and whisk again.
  3. Now add, almond flour, coconut flour, erythritol, flaxseed powder, baking powder, xanthan gum, and salt.
  4. This mix will form a sticky dough. Freeze it for 15 minutes or until you find it easy to roll.
  5. Meanwhile, mix all the ingredients for cinnamon filling and keep aside .
  6. Now take 2 sheets of parchment paper, place the dough in between and roll it into a rectangle of desired thinness.
  7. Spread the cinnamon filling onto the dough, leaving a 1-inch margin at the top empty.
  8. With the help of parchment paper, roll the dough towards the empty inch making a tight log. Seal the edge.
  9. Cut the log crosswise into 12 equal pieces and transfer rolls to the prepared round cake pan.
  10. Bake for 5 minutes at 200’C, then reduce temperature to 175’C and continue baking for another 15-20 minutes until golden brown. If necessary, cover loosely with foil to prevent burning. These can be stored in an air tight container in the fridge up to a week.

If you want to make a cream cheese frosting to go along with these scrumptious cinnamon rolls follow the recipe below.

Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 tbsp butter, room temperature
  • 2 tbsp powdered erythritol
  • 2 tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • 10 drops liquid stevia
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions: In a large bowl, whisk together cream cheese, butter and erythritol until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and stevia and add cream 1 tablespoon at a time until you achieve a thick, spreadable consistency.

Please note both the recipes are adapted from Keto Connect channel.

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Erythritol: Sweetness In Life Without The Side Effects Of Sugar

Hello readers

Today we have a blog on erythritol – a natural sweetener.

Erythritol is produced as a by-product of fermentation of corn and few starches.

We also have also written a blog on sugar substitutes and their (negative) health implications with scientific evidences. Based on scientific research, erythritol happens to be one of the best sugar substitute available.

What are the benefits of erythritol?

  1. Zero glycemic index and hence no effect on blood glucose levels-very safe for type I diabetics, type II diabetics, pre-diabetics, PCOS patients, people with insulin resistance.
  2. Zero insulin index- erythritol does not digest in the liver and does NOT need any insulin. Instead, it gets excreted unchanged and remains a very safe sweetener.
  3. Because of zero effect on insulin, erythritol is an ideal sugar substitute for anyone trying to lose weight and get healthy (insulin is a fat storing hormone, erythritol has no effect on it)
  4. It is extremely low on calories and fits in with all diets – high protein, high fats, low carbs, no sugars.
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Wheatgrass Powder

Hello readers

Today we list information on and benefits of wheatgrass powder and answer some FAQs.

What is wheatgrass powder? 

Wheatgrass powder is dried, powdered greens of young wheat crop. After the  growth of wheat crop for the first seven days, its grass is grown and plucked out. This green grass is then shade dried, and powdered where all of its nutrients are retained. At this stage, there is no gluten developed in the wheat and hence wheatgrass powder is always gluten free.

What are the benefits of wheatgrass powder?

  1. Very rich in chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is known for-anti cancer, skin improvement, liver detoxification, wound healing, improved digestion
  2. Good source of vitamins A (healthy skin and mucous membranes), C (healthy skin, teeth, anti-inflammation) and E (anti-oxidation in body)
  3. Rich in selenium (prevents cell damage and is an anti-oxidant for the body)
  4. Hormonal balance and improved fertility
  5. Improves skin
  6. Helps in liver detoxification
  7. Helps in healing wounds
  8. In paste form, can be used to treat haemorrhoids and anal fissures when applied locally
  9. Improves nerve signalling and hence brain functioning
  10. Helps in raising immunity and fighting cancer
  11. Lowers high triglycerides and cholesterol
  12. Helps controlling weight
  13. Gluten free and suited for people with gluten allergy

Who should take wheatgrass?

Wheatgrass is best for people with weight issues, sugar issues (candida/yeast), inflammatory conditions, skin problems, liver problems and gluten allergy. It can also be consumed during your intermittent fasting period if you are doing so. We recommend a tablespoon of wheatgrass with a pinch of pink salt and half a lemon before breakfast and at 5pm for best results.

If you have never tried wheatgrass, you should start with small quantities such as half a teaspoon twice a day and gradually increase the quantity of wheatgrass powder.

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Hemp: Nature’s Gift To Human Health

Hello readers!

Today we are going to discuss a about hemp powder. Our hemp comes from organic sources, is cold pressed and has very high absorption.

What is hemp powder?

Hemp powder comes from are sterilised seeds of hemp plant (Cannabis sativa). They come from marijuana (bhang) plant but have negligible content of the THC (0.4% THC of tetrahydracannabinol as compared to 10% in marijuana). THC compound is the actual compound that gives the “high”. As hemp powder has none of this, it’s perfectly safe, legal and healthy to consume.

Nutrition Facts:

30g of hemp powder contains:

  • 16% RDA of iron
  • 21% RDA of vitamin E
  • 48% RDA of phosphorus
  • 48% RDA of magnesium
  • 23% RDA of zinc
  • 11g protein (15% of the RDA) – This is considerably more protein than chia seeds and flaxseeds.
  • 13g of fats containing omega 3 and healthy fats – more than fish oil and fish oil supplements.
  • Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C and D3 in addition to calcium, sodium and fibre

What are the benefits of hemp powder?

  • Hemp powder is beneficial for the heart: Hemp powder improves heart health. It does that by two mechanisms – by relaxing the arteries and by reducing inflammation in the body and arteries which helps heal heart and arteries. The healthy fats in hemp help reduce cholesterol and reduce blood pressure.
  • Hemp is great for hair, nails and skin: Because of a healthy ratio of omega three and omega six (3:1), hemp powder and hemp seed oil hemps in soothing the skin and finds great use in dryness, psoriasis, eczema, dry and itchy skin, flaky nails and dandruff.
  • Vegetarian and vegan protein source: Very pure (organic; cold pressed), high quality source of plant based proteins with similar protein levels to that of meat. Interestingly, hemp powder is unique as it contains all 20 amino acids required by humans is hence called a complete protein source that is beneficial for vegans, vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike.
  • PMS and Menopause: Because of healthy fatty acids which reduce inflammation and balance hormones (like prolactin-the pre-menstrual hormone), hemp reduces PMS pains and could also smooth menopausal transition.
  • Antioxidant and immunity: Hemp is also known for reversing of ageing process and providing energy due to its antioxidant effects. As a result, hemp also boosts body’s immune response making you difficult to fall sick and ensuring faster recovery from diseases.
  • Better muscle recovery and quality: Because of the gamma linoleic acid, hemp is also known to improve muscle quality and serves as a great vegan post workout recovery food.
  • Joint pains and Inflammation: Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, hemp powder also serves as a healing food for inflammatory conditions like diabetes, joint pains and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Weight loss: Because of their healthy fats, which keep you satisfied for longer, hemp powder curb your cravings for sugary and salty foods. Hence they serve as a great weight loss food.
  • Aids in digestion: Hemp has loads of both soluble and insoluble fibre, adding bulk to the food and also helping absorption of nutrients from the gut, effectively improving gut health but also helping in digestive situations like constipation.

How to eat hemp powder?

Hemp powder can be eaten by blending them in kefir, yogurt, fruit and vegetable smoothies. You can also have a look at some of the recipes that we have posted here.

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The Amazing Sauerkraut

Hello readers 

Today we introduce you to one of the most amazing of all foods – sauerkraut. A food that provides a unique flavour on your plate but brings a plethora of benefits to health. From improving immunity to reducing inflammation sauerkraut is one of the few foods that can be termed complete. 

What is sauerkraut?

Sauerkraut, is an ancient food, originating from Europe and is made by fermenting cabbages using a unique technique and a blend of ingredients.

Why consume fermented foods?

Fermented foods are food items that are allowed to ferment under control conditions. In such foods, the desired microbes grow and eat the sugars of the said food, generating lactic acid and growing to boost the probiotic (good bacteria) count in the food. Such foods are devoid of any sugar (despite sometimes sugar being a starting ingredient) and pack more nutrients than their parent food. For example, sauerkraut, a fermented cabbage food has more nutritional value than cabbage.

Such foods provide gut (intestinal) microbes a friendly environment for growth and multiplication. Healthy gut functioning is usually found disrupted in cases of depression, auto immune, candida, colitis, atherosclerosis, cholesterol, disorders of the skin, to name a few. Hence fermented foods (probiotics) should compulsorily be part of the modern healthy diet as they’re helpful in managing the above conditions via natural ways with no side effects. Sauerkraut as a probiotic, stands at top of the list due to its potency, vitamin C content and wide range of use.

Why is our sauerkraut unique?

We make our sauerkraut by the traditional methods. We do not use brine, colors or preservatives in our sauerkraut. Our sauerkraut also has a fresh, minty undertone that comes from the caraway seeds which also play a unique role in a key step of the fermentation process. Our caraway seeds are sourced from the Himalayan region, are organic and best utilized in our unique fermentation process to make the sauerkraut.

What are the benefits of sauerkraut?

Highest vitamin C of all foods: Sauerkraut ranks #1 globally on vitamin C food list. Vitamin C is responsible for some of the most important functions in the body – protein synthesis, arterial repair, acts as an antioxidant, immunity against bacteria, viruses and pathogen, toning of the skin, synthesis of the hairs and the skin to name a few. Sauerkraut aids in all of the above functions.

Obesity and sugar cravings: A large part of obesity can be attributed to sugar and the damages it causes to the gut and inflammation to the body. Sauerkraut helps in management of sugar withdrawal symptoms in two ways – killing candida which drives the urge to eat sugar and by ensuring faster and improved absorption of nutrients (and thus, generating energy) which means the person is not drawn to eating sugars every now and then. Thus, for weight loss, reversing obesity, and curbing the urge to eat sugars, sauerkraut acts as a perfect supplement.

Constipation and IBS: Because sauerkraut comes with tens of thousands of friendly bacteria that help in food digestion, it helps in constipation and fixes the leaky gut, thereby helping with the irritable bowel syndrome. Unlike yogurt, sauerkraut comes with virtually zero sugar and manifold more friendly bacteria and stands out as a winner for correcting stomach issues.

Liver cleanser: Sauerkraut is made from cabbage, a cruciferous vegetable. Cruciferous vegetables are known for their liver cleansing functions. Liver is the most important organ of the body, with over 5000 functions ranging from protein absorption, detoxification, preventing aging and sleep. Consuming sauerkraut with meals helps directly in processes associated with liver by improving liver functionality.

Reduced inflammation: Inflammation is the root cause of disorders such as arthritis, colitis, cancer, high cholesterol, skin disorders. Consuming sauerkraut with a healthy diet helps in managing all of these.

Nutrient absorption: Vitamins A, D, E and K (fat soluble vitamins) are primarily absorbed from the gut. A weak gut will mean depletion of the above. Sauerkraut helps in better absorption of the above. In presence of adequate vitamin D3 levels, the human body absorbs calcium better. Consuming sauerkraut aids in better D3 absorption, hence better calcium absorption leading to stronger bones and arteries.

Depression: It is established that gut health has a major role to play in maintaining cognition, mood and happiness. A large part of this has to do with adequate vitamin D3 absorption that help in functioning of happiness hormones along with the signals from the digestive tract to the brain (this part of the body is called the entero (=intestine) nervous system). Consuming sauerkraut on a regular basis helps with the moods, depression and cognition.

Arterial health and cholesterol: The vitamin C from sauerkraut helps make the arteries more flexible, preventing them from damage coming from inflammation, high sugars and stress. If the arteries are more protected, the cholesterol (which is a band aid to heal damaged arteries) comes down.

Because of these benefits, sauerkraut remains one of the best superfoods in the fermented foods category. Its a must have supplement for the modern mankind.

How to eat sauerkraut?

Sauerkraut can be had two tablespoons at lunch and two at dinner regularly for maximum benefits. You can shop our amazing sauerkraut by clicking here.

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