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Healthy recipes you didn’t know existed

  • Nusaira A. Hassan
  • Nusaira A. Hassan
  • 15 May 2019

Healthy recipes you didn't know existed

It’s 2019, and people have never been more concerned with their health. From online shops selling organic powders of every fruit, root, and flower under the sun, towards cafes turning towards healthier options for people to opt for, health consciousness is at an all-time high. All of this has been further spurred on by increasing obesity due to a largely sedentary lifestyle of desk-based employees in today’s workplace. But what does it mean for Bangladesh and Bangladeshis who have never shied away from daring to take another spoon of rice or another helping of biryani at the eighth wedding function of the week?

It means that despite our improved and digitalized lifestyles, we are falling prey to an unhealthy diet that we may cherish for a moment on the lips, but which lingers on forever on the hips. So, what’s the solution here? Well, firstly, not all the diet recipes or weight loss solutions that we see online apply to Bangladesh. And secondly, in most cases, the ingredients are neither budget friendly nor easily available. So, how does a fitness enthusiast with no time to the gym keep the waistline in check? The answer to that riddle is a few simple recipes with ingredients that are probably lying around in your kitchen.

Mashed Flax (তিষি) Seeds

তিষি, popularly known as flaxseed, has benefits that go beyond the ordinary. Most of us have encountered the oil version of flax seed and read about its numerous benefits to our health, including its constituents such as omega-3 fats and protein. It has also been known to lower cholesterol levels in the body. But if using lemon juice, oil, red chili, and garlic to create a sumptuous side dish for your piping hot plate of rice doesn’t appeal to you than the second healthy ingredient on the list paired with flax seed will surely appease your taste buds.

Chia (তকমা) Seeds with Powdered Flax Seeds 

Soaked overnight and paired with powdered flax seeds and just the right hint of honey and lemon can be a no-frills and easy approach to healthy eating. Chia seeds fulfill your daily intake of antioxidants, protein and omega fatty-3 acids and flax seeds, in their powdered form, enhance the health benefits.  

Fruits

With the monsoon winds already blowing us away, the season of mangoes and jackfruits is just around the corner. Mangoes may seem like a dessert option to dig in with vanilla ice cream, but they can be more than that. Just replace the ice cream with generous amounts of strawberry, lime zest and a spritz of orange to create the ideal sweet option that is high in fiber, and is a great source of vitamins A, C and E. The strawberry sweetens the health deal to provide improved immune functioning, and lowered blood pressure.

Green Tea (চা)

If the idea of making a recipe from scratch sounds too tiring after a long day at the office, the next best option is to switch teas. Move away from the masala chai and embrace green tea from the plantations of Sylhet. Green tea has been proven to provide countless benefits including reducing fat and the risk of certain types of cancers.

Turmeric (হলুদ)

But if you are not a tea person, to begin with, and would prefer a tastier option, turmeric with milk can be the ideal combination for you. Not only are the key ingredients loaded with antioxidants, but they are also said to provide protection against heart diseases and improve memory and brain function.

Embracing a healthy diet is never an easy task and not one to happen overnight. Staying hydrated while being careful about calories is the easiest way to start. And even then, the occasional cheat day is normal. Most importantly, eat sufficiently and love your body because there is only so much healthy ingredients can do.

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