Let me begin by saying, thank you. Thank you if you’re reading this post. If you’re a new reader, welcome to Melange of Musings! If you’ve visited this site before, thank you for coming back and sticking with me. Before going in to the post, I do want to take a minute to apologize. I am really sorry from the bottom of my heart for completely going MIA. I know there are a lot of you who do wait for my posts and even send me messages and snaps about my blog but I stopped posting for reasons out of my control. 2015 and this first quarter of 2016 has been as shitty as it gets, when it comes to Health. If you would follow me on snapchat you would know that the number of times I fell ill, was a little crazy. There came a point where I was in the phase of “Is it always going to be like this?” The Answer is NO. A big fat no. Currently, I am diagnosed with Gasteritis & H Pylori and I must admit that the past month hasnt been amazing, but I am here, writing a post which has made me realise that we all have ups and downs and what matters is how they are dealt it. So, come what may, I will continue to do what I love. And, that is to blog. I absolutely love creating content and even though I am still fairly active on social media, it doesn’t feel the sae as a good ol’ blogpost! I promise you guys that you will see fresh and unique content on a consistent basis from here on.
If you have been following my blog for a while you would know that I try my best to maintain a healthy lifestyle through eating healthy and working out. It is definitely not easy and requires a lot of motivation but every little part of it is worth it. If you would like me to do a post on ways to motivate you to start a healthy lifestyle, let me know on Instagram! For starters, you can check this post out where I talk about what you may be doing wrong while trying to lose weight.
To Be Healthy contacted me to try out their products a while ago and I was really excited since getting hands on health foods in India is still not that easy. They have all the must haves from cold pressed juices, almond milk, chia seeds, different sorts of nuts & berries. I decided to pick a few of their superfoods & cleansing juices and incorporate them into my diet. I love eating multiple (about 5-6) small meals in the day and hence, instead of doing the traditional “Juice Cleanse”, I went ahead with simply having one juice a day as one small meal. I knew that sticking to a liquid-only diet just wouldn’t work for me so I created a diet plan that suited my needs in a way that makes me feel happy and motivated yet satisfied through the day.
To Be Healthy/TBH has 12 unique flavour combinations of cold pressed juices which are 100% raw and not processed. When the juice is delivered to your doorstep, it lasts you only 3 days (which means it has no added chemicals to make it last longer). From the classic Green Juice to citrus flavours such as mandarin orange, sweet lime, citrus punch- you will definitely not get bored of the options! I chose to drink one juice everyday for 10 days as a mid morning meal around 11 am, and trust me when I say this: I really felt a difference in my skin, energy levels and body! Just within 10 days I did lose about 1.5 kilos.
(I HATE LOOKING AT THE WEIGHING SCALE BUT DID SO FOR THIS POST IN ORDER TO SEE WHETHER THESE PRODUCTS REALLY WORK )
Currently, TBH has a Navarati special going on! I am not one for keeping any fasts, however if you are they you should probably consider these juices as they will keep you nourished through the day along with making sure your energy levels are high! 9 refreshing juices, delivered straight to you. PS: They are a 100% Vegetarian. You can order them from here.
If juices aren’t for you and you’re looking at more wholesome options for breakfast, then you can also try out my super healthy and recipe of overnight oats! What I love about this recipe is that it’s so simple to make and you can experiment so much with it.
1. 1/2 Rolled Oats
2. 1/2 Yogurt/Almond Milk/Skimmed Milk
I chose to use Vanilla Almond Milk from TBH since I wanted this recipe to be non-diary! However, if you can use anything you like! The almond milk also adds this wonderful nutty flavour with hints of vanilla that I love!
3. 1 pinch of Salt
4. 1 tablespoon Chia Seeds
5. 1 pinch of Cinnamon
For the Toppings:
1. Any fruits you like! I chose Pomegranates since that was the only fruit available to me. However, bananas and any sort of berries would be absolutely amazing too.
2. 1 tablespoon Goji Berries
3. 1/2 tablespoon Green Pumpkin Seeds
1. Mix in the oats, milk, salt, cinnamon and chia seeds in a bowl.
2. Place the bowl in the fridge overnight. This process lets the oats to soak up the liquid giving it a feeling of being soft and cooked!
THAT IS IT. Your overnight oats are ready to eat.
3. Now, the world is your oyster. You can go ahead with any topping you like. I sprinkled some goji berries, pomegranates and pumpkin seeds. You can also choose to add bananas & peanut/almond butter (I LOVE that combination)
BANANA, STRAWBERRY, KALE & ACAI SMOOTHIE
If you’re not an oats person, you should definitely try incorporating all these superfoods into your diet in a way that tricks your mind! And, whats better than a smoothie? I absolutely love smoothies since you can sneak in almost anything without tasting it! My Favorite Smoothie of all time is this Banana, Strawberry and Kale Smoothie. Now, if you live in India, I’m sure youll ask how is it possible to get strawberry and kale in the summer months and the answer is to FREEZE THEM! Freezing fruits for making smoothies is the trick and the answer to all your problems. Freeze all the contents of one smoothie in one ziplock bag. (You can also freeze different fruits in different zip lock bags and then keep using a little each time. Example: A huge bunch of stawberries in one bag, multiple shopped up banans in another etc). When I’m done with my workout, all I have to do is empty out one zip lock bag with some fresh yogurt into a blender, and tada! !Plus, using frozen fruit means one doesn’t need to use ice which makes the smoothie creamy and not watered down.
10 frozen Strawberries
1 frozen chopped ripe Banana
1/2 cup Kale leaves (Mine are Frozen)
1 cup Yogurt
1 teaspoon Stevia or Honey
1 tablespoon Chia Seeds
1 scoop/ 2 tablespoons Acai Powder
Simply mix up all the ingredients in your blender untill you reach a creamy consistency and your smoothie is ready! You can choose to convert the smoothe into an Smoothie bowl by blending the ingredients a little less. The way, the mixture would be less thinned down and more of a consistency that can be placed in a bowl. If you’re making a Smoothie bowl or also known as Acai bowl, you can top up the bowl with more fresh fruit, seeds and granola to add a crunch in every bite!
Superfood Trail Mix
Finally, the last way I incorporated all the TBH Superfoods into my diet was simply creating a trail mix. A trai mix is essentially a mixture of dried fruit and nuts eaten as a snack food, originally by walkers and campers. Rather than snacking on chips or biscuits when you’re really hungry, in a small zip lock bag simply empty out your favorite nuts and dried berries for a snack on the go. One handful of this mixture with a glass of cold water is genuinly really filling and can keep you energised till your next meal. In my trail mix, I used Pecan Nuts, Brazil Nuts, Macadamia Nuts and Goji Berries. This snack is so simple and you can carry it with you wherever you like! Best part? All these nuts and berries are packed with Omega 3, Omega 6, anti-oxidants and good fats!
So, if you’re looking into starting a healthy lifestyle, take small steps and be consistent. The key is not jump into a drastic diet. Start working out and eat well. NOT LESS.
Untill next time, xo