How I eat 2 rasgullas daily & stay fit? A guide to eating Indian Mithai guilt-free

Surely, you’ve read our recent post on how to eat fried foods without guilt. In this post, we’ll teach you how to befriend another of your favourite dishes that have been labelled as a villain by most nutritionists – sweets, our good ol’ desi mithai.

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Rasgullas, who doesn’t love them? These fluffy, white instantly-melt-in-your-mouth balls of sweetness! No wonder I can never stop at one rasgulla! And even if I dig into two rasgullas for the next 15 days, I will still not gain a kilo! My genetics or metabolism is not responsible for it. But, my eating habits are. My trick is – I relish sweets with a smile and smartness.

After reading this blog, I am confident that you’ll master this trick too! So, let’s get started!

Craving for halwa in the sweater weather? Go ahead and dig into it!

Seasonal mithais are a good idea. Similar to how aamras soothes your body in the sweltering summers, ghee and nut-based mithais in the winters keep your skin soft and supple. According to our ancient scriptures, there are cooling foods and warming foods. During winters, you need to eat foods that warm your body internally and keep the metabolic rate high. Fats keep you warm and also give you more energy. That’s why, this winter, reap the benefits of healthy fats through peanuts, nuts, sesame seeds and ghee. Dig into peanut chikki, gajak, carrot halwa and an assortment of laddoos – including besan ka laddo, gound ka laddoo, til laddoo and pinni – without any guilt!

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And you know what? Seasonal ingredients change the way mithais are prepared. Last week, I prepared gajar ka halwa at home. I took a small portion of it to my father for tasting. After he finished the bowl, he told me that it tasted great but was a little less sweet. That’s when I told him that I haven’t even added any sugar yet. The sweetness came from the all-natural seasonal carrots. Later, I ended up making the gajar halwa with almost 1/3rd the sugar of a traditional recipe. You see, that’s the power of using seasonal fruits and veggies in Indian mithais.

Here’s an interesting fact: Your maa ke “aate ka ladoo” with milk and a handful of nuts is one of the most traditional and nutritious Indian breakfast. This meal can give any breakfast cereal a run for their money.

Let’s say, you’re not into seasonal sweets and prefer grabbing a gulab jamun, rasmalai or a kalakand.

Our advice: savour it as a post-workout meal. Since our bodies require instant energy after a gruelling exercise session, the sugar in the mithai will be used for energy instead of getting converted into fat.

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Whoa! That’s an amazing reward for working out, isn’t it?

Alternatively, you can relish a small gulab jamun as a mid-morning snack along with five-six nuts to keep the sugar levels in check.

Some tips to keep in mind while preparing or eating mithais:

  • As with fried food, our best advice is to prepare sweets at home, instead of buying it at a nearby mithai shop.
  • Your preferred ingredient for sweetness should be jaggery over white sugar since it’s more nutritious. You can opt for dried dates or figs to up the healthy quotient of your mithai. But one thing you must avoid at all costs is artificial sweeteners. They are loaded with chemicals which create havoc with our health, ranging from bone loss to hair loss.
  • Adding condiments and spices like cardamom and nutmeg to your mithais boost the metabolic rate. A high metabolic rate lowers fat conversion.
  • The thumb rule to avoid weight gain with sweets is to eat sweets as a snack i.e. an hour or two after breakfast or lunch and not with it. That way, you’ll satisfy your taste buds and not dread the weighing scale.

Now, we are sure, a smart eater like you would look beyond the calories and get back the nuts, whole grains and ghee in the mithai. After all, these super-healthy ingredients brim with the goodness of protein, fat, and fibre. All these nutrients keep your stomach full for longer as well as slow down the digestion of sugar. As a result, you keep overeating at bay as well as lower the risk of sugar getting converted into fat. Now, that’s similar to eating two mithais for the calories of one!

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Sweets can be a delicious affair if you learn how to eat them the right way. And with our tips, you can give in to your sweet tooth and still lose weight.’

It’s time you became best friends with the much ‘maligned’ mithai!

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Are fried foods really bad for you?

The title itself must have grabbed your attention. After all, who doesn’t love eating pakoda, chips, fries or samosa?

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But these delicious dishes are packed with fat, the most-calorie dense nutrient. So, what’s the solution? Learn to eat it the right way.

Frying has always been an integral part of Indian cooking. And not to forget, it can be healthy too.

The whole fad of non –fried samosa is actually bad as it increases the glycemic index of the food as compared to the fried version. You could easily gobble down 2-3 baked samosas thinking the baked versions are good for your health. However, in reality, one fried samosa is far better than 2-3 baked ones.

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Yeah, that’s the bitter truth.

But worry not! Help is at hand. Without much ado, let’s learn the smart way to eat fried.

Pairing and timing:

These two concepts of our PPTF approach should become your best friends if you want to relish fatty foods without worrying about the weighing scale. Once you learn to implement these two concepts, you’ll be able to make every day a cheat day!

Instead of the evening, savour your fatty food early in the morning, when you’re more active and your BMR is at its peak. As a result, fewer calories will get converted into fat.

Let’s say, you are in the mood for a samosa. Our advice is to skip the pav and instead get a protein-rich egg-white omelette or a besan chilla for breakfast along with the samosa. This way, you’ll get all your three pillars of nutrition – proteins, fats, and carbohydrates – in one meal. And btw, restrict yourself to one samosa.

Similarly, you can eat fries made from a medium-sized potato along with grilled paneer and veggies or grilled chicken for lunch or breakfast.

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If you are craving for everyone’s favourite street food – pani puri, go ahead and treat yourself. Just remember, skip the potato and opt for sprouts, chana or ragda filling to balance the nutrients.

Choosing the right oil and cooking style:

Choose the right oil and frying method and the battle is half-won. Groundnut oil is your best bet. With its high smoking point and goodness of mono-unsaturated fatty acids, it is the ideal oil for frying.

Cooking fried at home is a trick that always works. You can monitor the quality and quantity of oil. Since frying is a tedious process, this way you’ll only use the frying pan once or twice a month. And yeah, deep frying at a high flame is much better than deep frying at a slow flame since lesser oil will be absorbed.

PS: Shallow frying may seem a healthier alternative, but sometimes, it absorbs more oil than deep frying. So, keep an eye on the oil you use while you shallow fry.

Some frying secrets:

Now, we are sharing some super tricks that will allow you to eat fried foods without any guilt attached:

Control the moisture

If the moisture of a particular food is high, the fat absorption goes double or even triple. So, keep the moisture content in check to ensure that fried foods do not absorb excess oil.

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Let’s say you are preparing batata wada at home. The besan batter has to be of pouring consistency. If you add a lot of water, then the wada will absorb more oil and in turn, make it greasier and fatty. The same rule applies for pakodas.

The ‘magic’ ingredient

A soya-fortified batter is an excellent way to increase the protein content and lower oil absorption. Adding 10% soy flour with wheat flour or 20% soy flour to gram flour batter reduces oil absorption by nearly 20%. Now, that is a smart trick to ‘have your pakoda and eat it too’.

Avoid using fried oil repeatedly for frying

When we reuse oils, its smoking point decreases. This, in turn, leads to higher fat absorption.

Simple steps such as avoiding sodium bicarbonate in the batter or removing your favourite munchie on an absorbent paper will keep the fat in fried foods in check.

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And if you are looking to get some smart recommendations on making nutritionally balanced meal plans then head right to bon happetee app and try the “build my meal” feature in meal suggestions section. Just tell us what you feel like eating and let the app build a complete meal around it. Say no to diet plans, say yes to smart meal plans and lose weight naturally.

Happy eating fried foods from team bon happetee 🙂

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Foods to boost your mood and overcome depression

 “A banana provides 100 calories”

“Mangoes are rich in Vitamin A”

Food is usually associated with calories or nutrition. But, it’s a truth, universally acknowledged that food is a lot more than that!

It plays a super important function – it satisfies your taste buds.

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And this unique feature empowers food with a super ability. It can uplift your mood within seconds.

Today, we are going to explore these foods that can get you from depressed to dazzled!

Aloo paratha with curd or a paneer paratha:

Bas naam hi kaafi hai 😉

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One of the most loved breakfast options, parathas give your taste buds the perfect treat. The combination of carbs and protein keeps a tab on hunger pangs and sugar levels. With these two parameters in check, there are fewer chances of a bad mood.

All dairy products and whole-grain cereals are a rich source of tryptophan which acts as a precursor to serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates your mood.

Pasta with alfredo sauce, cheese toast and vegetable pulao with raita create a similar effect.

Oats:

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The low glycaemic index oats are an effective mood booster. They slowly release glucose into the bloodstream keeping both your energy and mood in perfect balance.

Oats uttapam, apple or porridge are some easy dishes to uplift your mood.

In the mood to experiment? You can try oats omelette.

So, do we oat to say more? 😉

Eggs (in any form):

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Eggs are bursting with the goodness of amino acids, Vitamin D, and B-complex vitamins all of which play a key role in maintaining a cheerful mood.

Whether it’s an omelette, bhurji or a sunny side up, they are an egg-cellent way to keep your spirits always high.

Salmon:

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Salmon is one of the best sources of Omega-3 fats. This essential fatty acid boosts blood circulation brain activity and metabolism which is why if you feel something fishy about your mood, get some salmon!

And vegetarians don’t need to frown as we always have alternatives up our sleeves 😉

You can opt for flaxseed or chia seeds, instead.

Nuts:

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All nuts are a good source of magnesium which acts as an excellent tonic to soothe your frazzled nerves. The zinc and B-complex vitamin content work as an anti-depressant.

So, if you feel like you’re on the verge of going nuts, consume them instead 😉

Green veggies:

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It’s time you start relishing the leafy greens because they are loaded with magnesium, fibre, and B-complex vitamins. These nutrients turn around your bad mood.

Greens may not be your favourite, but you can try out interesting dishes with greens such as methi thalipeeth, methi muthia, palak dhokla/ idli or a corn and spinach sandwich.

Let the veggies be greener on your side 😉

All fruits:

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An excellent source of instant energy, fruits are brimming with potassium and vitamins. The fibre content keeps your tummy full, slows down digestion and keep blood sugar levels in check.

BTW, a glass of fruit juice wouldn’t have the same effect. As by juicing, we receive a much-depleted version of the fruit in a tall glass with lots of sugar. And it won’t be fruit-full.

Dark chocolate:

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We know it is unnecessary, as who needs a reason to consume dark chocolate?

But still, the flavonoids in dark chocolate reduce the levels of the stress hormone – cortisol. Additionally, the phenylethylamine and anandamides in dark chocolate release endorphins, aka the happy hormone.

Besides these foods, eating a balanced diet, regular exercise and sound sleep is integral to a happier you. Wholesome meals take care of nutritional deficiencies; physical activity releases the feel-good endorphin. Sleeping for five hours or less creates havoc with your hormones which put you in a grumpy mood, therefore, food, exercise, and sleep are like puzzle pieces, put them together and you’ll get a complete, healthy and happy YOU!

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And before we sign off, remember that if you are in a bad mood, there is no need to gobble an entire tub of ice cream or finish a box of nuts.

A small piece of dark chocolate or a handful of unsalted, mixed nuts is all you need for that happy high!

Go choose your Soul-food.

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Let’s bash the Monday morning blues

Weekends! Such a delightful word. Adult life is all about living for the weekends… We start the countdown from Wednesday itself (and some we know impatiently wait for it since Monday morning ?)! Dinner, movie, shopping, clubbing, socializing… you name it and the plans are already on for Friday-Sunday! But, as soon as it’s Sunday evening, the happiness bubble bursts. The Monday blues start attacking you. The fun times are over and you have to get back to the harsh reality.

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We, at bon happetee, understand your phobia for Monday mornings, after all, who would want to get up early and face the world after partying wildly throughout the weekend? But, for how long are we going to let Monday blues ruin our happiness of the previous day? Therefore, we have a plan for you to beat them with our super tips.

First up, we want you to have a scrumptious Sunday dinner; it could be a restaurant or a takeaway at home. The only criteria here is to eat a dish you relish with a person you love. That way, you’ll whip up some wonderful memories over good food that will make you forget that tomorrow is Monday. And yes, don’t forget to share a dessert before calling it a night ?

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Do catch up on a good night’s slumber. Hitting the bed before midnight is a good idea to avoid the maddening morning rush. Obviously, you don’t want to reach office late on a Monday morning and face the music.

And finally, comes the Monday morning. And you aren’t ready to welcome it, so you keep on snoozing the alarm. But, you also know that a minute more in bed would make you late for work. So, muster all the courage you can and drag yourself out of bed. We guarantee you – a treat is coming up. 😉

So, time to wake up, dress up and see the sunny side up!

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We know that you are pressed for time and may skip breakfast, but it’s something we don’t want.

Skipping breakfast on a Monday morning, no matter how late you get, is a complete no-no. Without this super important meal, you are going to crave for the wrong foods and possibly rub someone the wrong way at home or office.

Start your week on a lip-smacking note – that’s our advice.

The sunny side up is an excellent choice for eggetarians; vegetarians can relish a peanut butter or cheese toast.

Now, you’ve got your breakfast in place. But what about lunch?

We have some delicious recipes you can whip up in a jiffy:

A pizza roll – Spread some pizza sauce on a chappati along with your favorite veggies and some cheese. It’s a lunch which packs the five pillars of nutrition in a one-dish meal.

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Bhaji sandwich –We recommend you to boil a potato and chop the veggies on Sunday itself. Mash the veggies, add in some pav bhaji masala and coriander leaves. Place the mixture and grated cheese between two bread slices. Toast it. And lo! A wholesome lunch.

Paneer and vegetable pulao – Again, we advise you to do all the pre-prep on Sunday. While you are preparing breakfast, add in the chopped vegetables, diced paneer, spices and soaked rice in a pressure cooker. By the time you are done with breakfast, your lunch will be ready.

Now with your laptop, files and dabba packed, you are off to work. Listening to music, on the way, would keep you in good spirits.

You can park your vehicle at some distance from work or get off the bus/auto a kilometer before the office. Walking to work would make you feel good with the release of endorphins.

And before you step inside your office building, nibble a small dark chocolate bar or muffin. It will allow you to face your boss and the mountain of work he has already assigned for the week. With the chocolate high, you will start work on a sweet note.

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Moving on, when it’s time for lunch, we suggest having a team lunch. Here you can discuss how you spent your weekend or the latest office rumors. Don’t get work discussions on your lunch table, if you don’t want to drive your colleagues away!

In case you haven’t been able to prepare a tiffin, pick up something tasty from the office canteen. And while you are waiting for your order to arrive, call your mom, friend or spouse. The phone conversation will nail the Monday blues in the coffin.

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With our suggestions, we are confident that by the time it’s Monday evening the weekend would not seem that far. You would sail smoothly through the week and make exciting plans for the weekend.

Happy weekend and a happier Monday morning from team bon happetee ?

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4 Ways to Detoxify Body Post Diwali

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We know Diwali is around the corner when diwali sweets & snacks start flooding in & we start dedicating our weekends to cleaning up our houses until spick and span! And, not your regular sweeping, dusting and mopping kind of cleaning, but it’s the time of the year where every corner gets special attention, unwanted materials are disposed and walls get a fresh coat of paint.

In fact, some ancient texts mention the importance of this cleaning ritual. Since Diwali is celebrated somewhere between mid-October to mid-November, right after the monsoons end, the cleaning makes sure all the germs and infestation that monsoons brought with them get eradicated with the whitewashing and other pre- Diwali cleaning activities.

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Giving your home, a good tough cleaning, decluttering, and decorations signify the purity of mind and soul. Basically, we detoxify our houses to have a fresh start!

However, after having cleaned up our concrete houses, it’s time to detox our biological house too – our BODY! Continue reading

Top Healthy Foods at Social

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Hello my fellow Foodies! It’s the weekend & we all have plans. Dinner at your favorite restaurant will surely feature in your weekend routine. Dining out equals to eating high calories that will throw your weight loss diet plan off track. But now you can eat right while you socialize with these top healthy foods at Social.

Bon happetee wants you to have a super weekend. This includes guilt-free eating at one of the popular restaurants today in Mumbai, Bangalore & Delhi – Social.

We have listed Diwali special healthy options from the Social Menu, that you can indulge in without piling the pounds Continue reading

The PPTF approach to eat what you love

As a foodie, I can’t resist pastry, fries and pizza. But as a nutritionist, I know gorging on these foods will make me fat and bring along a bundle of health problems. Fortunately, the battle between the foodie and the nutritionist has found a middle-ground – The PPTF approach. I follow the principles of pairing, portions, timing and frequency to eat every dish I love.

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And if you want to keep a tab over your weight and health, I strongly recommend you to follow it. I assure you that can savour every dish you love without fretting about the weighing scale, provided you follow this mantra. So, let’s start understanding how you can apply this approach to your favourite foods.

I am sure paratha is your favourite breakfast; it’s something you would love to eat daily. And guess what.. your wish might just come true if you find the portion size and the perfect pair for your paratha. Continue reading

Pair foods smartly to avoid putting on weight

Some of my favorite dishes include Pizza, French fries, Brownie, Samosa, Pani Puri, Doughnuts, and Milkshakes. Yes, all of the junk and loaded with calories! But, I make sure I give in to my taste-buds. Always. And without any guilt attached.

After all, even if I am a nutritionist, there is a big foodie within me. And that foodie loves savoring these meals.

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In fact, when relatives see me relishing pizza and dessert at a wedding or my colleagues see me enjoy a sev puri, they can’t stop telling me how lucky I am. I can eat everything I love whereas they must watch every bite they eat. What’s the difference between me and them? Continue reading

You’re in charge of your family’s health

As the woman of the house, you carry a lot of responsibility.Planning, cooking and serving healthy meals stand at the top of the mountain of those responsibilities.And if you have three generations living together or a joint family set-up, meal planning gets tougher. It’s nearly impossible to meet both, the nutritional requirements and please the fussy eaters, isn’t it?

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Understanding the uphill task at hand, we, at bon happetee, have a magic wand – easy-peasy tips and tricks. They will take care of your family’s nutrition and make your life simpler.

We can already see the broad smile on your face ?Now, let’s start unravelling our secrets: Continue reading

Fasting for Navratri this year? Turn it into a detoxification of your inner self

The fun-filled festival of Navratri is here! And for those who struggle to lose some rigid flab, this is an excellent opportunity. With endless nights of swaying to soul stirring music dancing the ‘garba’, Navaratri is also the time when many of us fast (Navratri vrat) for 9 days. While some of us eat only once, there are those who survive the entire period fasting on fruits and liquids.

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In spite of fasting on such strict terms, many of us hardly manage to shed a few pounds which we tend to quickly gain back within a week. While fasting is all about worshipping our deity, we can also use it for the benefit of our bodies. In ancient practices and in many countries, fasting is done as a way of detoxifying the body. You can pick a day every week or fortnight and survive only on liquids or fruits the entire day to detoxify your body. Continue reading