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Be Fit and Fine

Sep/02/2023 / by Bindu Gopal Rao
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In honor of New York Fashion Week, try these dishes that not only taste delicious but will help you look your best

You are what you eat and making the right choice can ensure that you look good inside out. Choosing food that is well balanced with the right amount of nutrients, fats and carbs means that you can look and feel your best. Here are some recipes for you to try.

Kiwi Matcha Smoothie and Smoothie Bowl courtesy Dinakaran, Corporate Chef, Paper & Pie 

“The Kiwi Matcha Smoothie is a lively blend that is about treating your skin right. The smoothie is a vivid green mix with matcha which is loaded with antioxidants for that inner glow. Sweet kiwi and almond milk bring their A-game with vitamins, giving your skin a healthy boost. Frozen bananas and ice cubes add hydration to your skin. Infused with omega-3 from super seeds, this elixir serves as a magical potion, enriching your skin with essential nutrients for an authentic radiance. Whether you are sipping the smoothie or digging into the Smoothie Bowl, it is like a promise to your skin – no refined sugar, just good vibes. This recipe is self-care served up on a spoon, showing you’re up for nurturing both your body and your skin. Achieving great skin goes beyond the surface, and the Kiwi Matcha Smoothie is the perfect blend of goodness to help you feel beautiful both on the inside and the outside.”

Ingredients

For the Smoothie

  • 150 ml Almond Milk
  • 15 ml Honey
  • 3 grams Matcha Powder
  • 1 Banana
  • 50 grams Ice Cubes

For the Smoothie Bowl

  • Frozen Banana (in place of regular banana)
  • Granola
  • Butter Crumbles
  • Super Seeds (flax seeds, sesame white & black, poppy seeds & pumpkin seeds)

Method

  • To make the Kiwi Matcha Smoothie, in a blender, add 150 ml of almond milk. Pour in 15 ml of honey for sweetness. Add 3 grams of matcha powder for a vibrant green color and unique flavor. Peel and slice a banana, then place the banana slices into the blender. Add 50 grams of ice cubes to give the smoothie a refreshing chill. Cover the blender with its lid securely. Make sure that you start the blender on low speed to initially break down the ingredients. Gradually increase the blender’s speed to high and blend for about 20 seconds until all ingredients are well combined and the mixture is smooth.
  • For the Kiwi Matcha Smoothie Bowl, follow the same steps as for the Kiwi Matcha Smoothie, but for a thicker consistency and more filling bowl, use a frozen banana instead of a regular banana.
  • Once the smoothie or smoothie bowl is ready, pour it into a glass for the smoothie or a bowl for the smoothie bowl.
  • To garnish the smoothie bowl, sprinkle granola over the top for crunch and flavor. Add butter crumbles for an indulgent touch. 
  • Sprinkle a mixture of super seeds, such as flax seeds, sesame seeds (white & black), poppy seeds, and pumpkin seeds, for added texture and nutrition.
  • Your Kiwi Matcha Smoothie or Smoothie Bowl is now ready to be enjoyed. Serve it immediately and savor the delightful combination of flavors and textures.

Note: Adjust the sweetness by adding more or less honey according to your preference. You can also adjust the consistency of the smoothie by adding more almond milk or ice cubes if desired.

Next Level Avocado Toast courtesy Ravi Ranjan, Executive Chef, Ditas Mumbai

“Avocado Toast is the perfect recipe to help you slim down. This super food is simple and packed full of nutrients, yet easy on the waist. The advantages of adding avocado to your diet are many. Despite being calorie-dense, the healthy fats and dietary fibre in avocados can help promote satiety and reduce overeating. Including avocados in your diet can help you feel fuller for longer, potentially aiding in weight management. All with the result to help you look your best. The healthy fats and vitamins present in avocados, such as vitamin E and vitamin C, can contribute to healthy and vibrant skin. These nutrients may help protect the skin from oxidative damage and promote collagen production. So do not wait for glowing skin, avocados are the way to go.”

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 100 grams cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • ½ small red onion, chopped
  • ½ jalapeño, chopped
  • 4 slices sourdough bread, toasted
  • 2 tbsp cream cheese
  • 1 no seed cracker
  • 1 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped

Method

  • In a bowl, mash together avocado with lime juice and salt. Stir in tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, until combined. 
  • Spread cream cheese on bread toast and put avocado mixture on slices of bread, then sprinkle with coriander, garnish with seed crackers and lime wedge.

Pan Seared Spinach and Sweet Potato Kebab Courtesy Anil Sangal, Sous Chef, The Connaught, New Delhi IHCL SeleQtions

“Rich in nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants, our pan seared spinach and sweet potato kebab is a tantalising delicacy that will leave your skin aglow. Stylishly presented, it is a ramp ready favourite and perfect for those pictures too. Enjoy guilt free indulgence with this signature special.”

Ingredients

  • 500 grams Spinach
  • 75 grams Sweet Potato
  • 30 grams peanuts
  • 15 grams Cumin Powder
  • 5 grams Garam Masala
  • 3 grams Cardamom Powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 50 ml Mustard Oil
  • 150 ml Sunflower oil

Method

  • Blanch the spinach, drain, and put in ice water bath for a few minutes.
  • Remove and squeeze water.
  • Chop the blanched spinach.
  • Boil the sweet potato, peel, and make a mash.
  • Mix the spinach, mashed sweet potato, peanuts, cumin powder, garam masala, cardamon powder.
  • Make a tiki of this mixture.
  • In a pan mix the mustard oil and sunflower oil and pan seared the tikki.
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