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Energy drinks to power through the day

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Feel like you’re running low on battery after a tough day at work? Try these refreshing drinks at home for a much-needed boost of energy!

Peanut Butter – Banana Smoothie:

What you need:

  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 cup almond/skimmed milk
  • 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp sweetener
  • 1 tbsp organic peanut butter

Direction: Blend all the ingredients together and enjoy.

This is a great snack to keep you going in between meals or bulk it up with some oats and protein powder for a fulfilling meal.

Sharbat-e-Badaam:

What you need:

  • 200 gm almonds
  • 600 gm sugar
  • 3 cups water
  • 6 pieces cardamom pods

Direction: Soak the almonds for 2 hours in hot water and peel the skin. Blend all the ingredients and strain by using a piece of Muslin cloth. Then, add water and sugar in a saucepan and cook until it becomes thick. Next, add the blended mixture to the sugar syrup and cook it for 8-10 minutes. Once ready, add 4-6 tbsp in a pitcher and serve chilled.

 

Tamarind and Date Fresca:

What you need:

  • 1 pound tamarind pulp (with seeds)
  • 18 pitted Medjool dates
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp sugar

Direction: Combine tamarind, dates, and 2 ½ cups of water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir and mash the date and tamarind pulp with the back of a spoon until it becomes a thick paste and let it steep for 2 hours. Strain mixture through a sieve into a pitcher and let it cool. Once ready, add 4 tbsp in a glass, mix well, and serve chilled.

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Lazy girl’s guide to eating healthier

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When it comes to eating healthy, many of us are plain lazy. There are no words to describe it. It’s like you want to improve your health but you don’t necessarily want to put in the hard work that’s required. The good news is, eating healthy doesn’t have to be complicated. Just swap your everyday junk food for these delicious, guilt-free superfoods, and get a step closer to living a healthier lifestyle.

Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate is a natural energy booster packed with antioxidants and rich, authentic taste. Make sure you pick up the least processed one with a teeny tiny bit of sugar (75% or more if you’re not weak at heart!). The more processed and sugary the chocolate, the unhealthier it is.

Chia Seeds

Did you know “Chia” is an ancient Mayan word for ‘strength’? Need we say more? This superfood is packed with the goodness of Fiber, Protein, Fat, Calcium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine), and Vitamin B2. Trust this bubbly little superfood to give you an instant hit of energy when added to your fruit bowl or cereal.

Bananas

Bananas are a great pick-me-up superfood to snack on after a long exhausting day. Chug a glass of banana milkshake in the evening, or mix it with some cereal and milk, for an instant energy boost. It’s quick, easy to make, and full of rich nutrients that help you refresh! 

Got more super food ideas? Share them with us in the comments below!

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Matcha Tea – New Fad or Superfood?

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Dubbed the elixir of longevity, Matcha tea is what makes the Okinawans live to be 100 (yes, Okinawa, Japan has the most number of living centenarians). Although it has been around for more than eight centuries, this grassy green tea has become a staple on every fitness enthusiast’s Instagram visual feed much recently.

Before you decide on whether you should jump the Matcha Tea bandwagon (or not), let’s give you a lowdown of all the incredible health benefits this antioxidant powerhouse has to offer.

Weight Loss

If you’re weight watching, Matcha Tea can help you burn those calories four times faster than your basic brew. It improves the metabolism and helps burn fat – sans the terrible side effects of synthetic health supplements and detox drinks.

Detox

Matcha Tea gets its brilliant green color due to the high chlorophyll content that is great for detoxing. Just one cup of Matcha Tea every day helps you get rid of harmful chemical toxins and free radicals (but don’t overdo it).

Rich in Antioxidants

Matcha Tea is also rich in skin-loving and cancer-fighting antioxidants called polyphenols and catechins that boost immunity and give skin a youthful appearance.

Boosts Concentration

If Monday blues really get to you, start your day with a cup of warm Matcha Tea. Certain antioxidants present in this tea help boost concentration and improve memory.

Strengthens the Immune System

In addition to all the amazing health benefits Matcha Tea has to offer, it is packed with the goodness of vitamins A & C, protein, calcium, iron, and potassium that promote overall health.

Fancy a cuppa?

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