I ~ Nutritious Foods for a Fit Lifestyle # BlogchatterA2Z


The first week of # BlogchatterA2Z went quickly and how! The discipline of writing on a daily basis (I live on the limit, you see!) Seemed overwhelming at first, but the support and motivation from our blogging community is just amazing. Writing about nutritious foods has been on my wish list for a long time and I hope my posts are as useful to others as they are to me. The right diet and food choices contribute the most to achieve a fit and healthy body.

Some ingredients are not complete on their own, but a recipe is not complete without them either. Today we’re going to talk about those shelved and hidden items that deserve more credit than they get.

Indian mustard

Indian mustard or sarso is a super food that benefits us in all its forms. Mustard greens are nutritious winter foods that are high in micronutrients and fiber, and low in calories. They contain high amounts of vitamin C and K as well as other essential vitamins and minerals. They improve heart and eye health, contain disease-fighting antioxidants, and may help prevent cancer. Mustard oil, while pungent, is used in cooking, skin and hair care, and as a home remedy for colds.

Indian mustard or sarso da saag leaves are one of the best ways to nourish our body during winters. Any Indian tadka is unimaginable without mustard seeds while the crushed ones are the main ingredient in pickles.

Imli / Tamarin

imli

Imli is famous for its exceptional tangy flavor and is found in almost all Indian cuisines. It contains a powerful antioxidant tartaric acid which inhibits the growth of free radicals in the body. The phytonutrients in Imli give it many health benefits and medicinal uses. It contains vitamin A which is good for the eyes, improves blood circulation and digestion.

Imli chutney finds a place of envy in all kinds of chaat preparations like dahi wada, pani puri and ragda pattice. Imli pulp is often combined with jaggery and added to bitter gourd, dal, chhole, etc. to balance and improve their taste. Dried and powdered imli powder can be stored and used for months.

Iceberg lettuce

Iceberg lettuce has a high water content and is refreshing and crunchy. It has low nutritional value but contains decent amounts of vitamin A, C, K, calcium, folic acid, and potassium. Its low calorie content and crispy texture make it the perfect addition to burgers and sandwiches.

Thanks to Subway and McDonalds, our kids also know and eat Iceberg lettuce. Toss a salad at home with shredded lettuce, ricotta cheese, cherry tomatoes, croutons and spices in no time. Indulgence and health, happy together!

Nutritious foods help us move from being aspiring to always being fit and healthy. Ingredients and natural foods are a better choice than supplements, aren’t they?

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