The summer season is fast approaching and we are all trying to get into our best shape to be able to flaunt our summer dresses with confidence. But with just a few months left for the summer, we need to find a way to lose those pounds and fast! Most of us don’t have the luxury of being able to exercise 4 times every week. So our only option is to cut down on all the junk food we eat and choose healthier foods instead.
But eating the same old oatmeal or salads can get a bit dull and boring. So why not try a diet you will feel more motivated to stick to? All you would need is a couple of tweaks from your regular diet - adding more vegetables and fruit for example.
Here are a few recipes to get you started -
1. Multigrain Pancakes
Never miss breakfast again with this delicious alternative to your morning bowl of oats. The best part is that your kids will love this too!
- 200 gms multigrain flour
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp cinnamon powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 tsp sugar
- 2 egg whites
- 2 tbsp yoghurt
- 2 tbsp milk
- 2 tbsp water
1. Mix the multigrain flour, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon powder in a bowl. Add the salt and sugar (or sweetener) as well.
2. In another bowl, beat the 2 egg whites with 2 tablespoons each of yoghurt, milk and water. Mix this into the flour till it becomes a smooth paste.
3. On a heated pan, put just a dab of low-fat butter. Pour a small amount of the pancake batter on to this.
4. When bubbles start to appear on the top, flip it to the other side. Take it off once it turns a nice golden brown.
5. Prepare the rest of them in the same manner.
6. Serve with freshly diced fruit (banana, strawberry, apple).
2. Veggie Stuffed Paratha
A vegetable stuffed paratha is the easiest thing to prepare in the morning.
- Vegetable(s) of your choice (cabbage, cauliflower, carrot, radish, beetroot, etc)
- Chilli powder
- Coriander powder
- Garam Masala
- Salt & Pepper
- 2 cups Multigrain atta
- 1 ¼ cups of water
1. Take a vegetable of your choice and shred it. You can even make a mix of a few vegetables.
2. Boil it in an open pan and add spices to your liking - chilli powder, coriander powder, salt and pepper. This will be the stuffing.
3. For the dough, mix 2 cups of multigrain atta with 1¼ cups of water. Add salt and knead into a dough. Coat it with oil, cover the container with cling film and leave for 15 minutes.
4. Roll up a handful of dough into a ball. Roll it out with a rolling pin and place the stuffing in the middle. Fold the dough around the stuffing, dust a bit of atta on it, and roll it up again.
5. Repeat this till all the dough and stuffing is used up. If there is more dough left, you can use it for rotis or phulkas later.
6. Roll out one of the vegetable stuffed dough balls with the help of a rolling pin to the preferred thickness. Add few drops of water to seal the edges.
7. Toss on to a heated pan to prepare the parathas. You can grease it with a bit of ghee. Serve with a bowl of curd.
3. Multigrain Phulka with Yoghurt
When it’s dinner time, you should eat something light and easy to digest since this is the last meal of the day. But the meal should be enough to allow you to get proper sleep through the night. Opt for a nice wholesome multigrain roti or phulka along with curd and pickle.
- 2 cups multigrain atta
- 1 ¼ cup water
- Vegetable oil
1. For the roti, prepare the dough as mentioned in previous recipe.
2. Roll it out, heat it over a pan, flipping to either side till it gets cooked (brown spots will appear).
3. After this, heat it directly over a flame with the help of tongs so that it rises and puffs up.
4. You can have this with low-fat curd and a bit of pickle for a nice filling meal. Have a bowl of vegetable salad about half an hour before this meal.
4. Baked Puris As A Snack
Are you the kind to reach out for fried snacks when you are bored? This recipe has got you covered.
- 2 cups of multigrain atta
- 1 ¼ cup of water
- Chilli powder
- Garam masala
- Cumin seeds
- Chia seeds
- Salt and pepper
- Chopped methi/spinach/drumstick leaves
1. Prepare the dough as you did in the previous recipe. Mix in a couple herbs and spices - chilli powder, salt, pepper, garam masala, cumin seeds and some chia seeds - to the mix before kneading it. You can add chopped methi leaves, spinach leaves or even drumstick leaves to the dough as well.
2. Take out a tiny chunk of the dough and roll it out. Make it as thin or as thick as you would like.
3. Place them on a baking tray that’s been brushed with a light coat of oil or some baking spray.
4. Preheat the oven to about 350 degrees. Bake the puri for 10 minutes or till the puris become crisp.
For all of these recipes, you must use multigrain atta to make it as nutritious and tasty as it can be. You can prepare the multigrain flour at home but this will be a time-consuming process. Instead, you can opt for Aashirvaad Atta with Multigrains which not only contains wheat, but also channa, oats, soya, maize and psyllium husk. So order Aashirvaad Atta with Multigrains to get started on your weight loss diet right away.