Healthy Foods – 5 Products in Your Kitchen You Should Throw Away
- Healthy Foods – 5 Products in Your Kitchen You Should Throw Away
- 1. Act 2 Popcorn
- 2. Instant Drink Mix
- 3. Bread Spreads
- 4. Packaged Soups
- 5. Health Drinks.
Healthy Foods – In this article, let’s know five kitchen products that you should throw away immediately.
Most of these products are used daily in Indian homes and to know that these products pose some serious health hazards is really disturbing.
I can assure you that most of you would be using three out of these five products.
Let’s discuss why these products are not healthy and how easily you can switch to healthier alternatives.
1. Act 2 Popcorn
Popcorn is a go-to choice of people to munch on. Being light, crunchy and so tasty,
they add flavor to almost any movie.
However, the popular act 2 popcorn is not only heavy on calories but has a list of unhealthy ingredients like refined salt and palm oil, a tasty recipe to put on extra fat.
So let me share with you a simple recipe that results in tasty popcorn every single time.
How to prepare Popcorn at home in a Healthy Way? Healthy Foods
- First, you must be careful in choosing the popcorn kernels, else they won’t pop properly. They should be oval and small in size, rather than the larger ones.
- Now simply put desi ghee, a generous amount of turmeric powder and rock salt to taste in a pan.
- Now add the popcorn kernels to it mix all the ingredients thoroughly, then just cover with a lid or plate and make sure to keep it on a low flame.
- The popcorn will start popping instantly and once you feel a gap of about two seconds in between two pops be sure that your popcorn is almost done.
- Turn off the gas, and you can see how well this golden and crunchy popcorn has turned out to be.
They would be so tasty and such a crunchy snack in the comfort of your home.
So now you know what to do with act 2 popcorn.
On a hot hectic day, a glass of water-based flavor drink is what we crave, as it instantly hydrates us and tastes so good. But most commercial, flavored drinks that have more artificial ingredients than natural, solve a problem but create a new one.
Why do we need to compromise on our health when such good options are now available in the Indian Market.
For instance, B Naturals mango powder is prepared a hundred percent from mangoes. If you compare it with commercial tang mango, it has just 1.6 percent mango, rest is plain white sugar and all the things that you want to avoid
Health Essential’s, Jal-Jeera masala is an authentic blend of spices and herbs.
Arka’, all-natural Saunf Sharbat is prepared using rock sugar that is mishri, along with fennel seeds, Elaichi, pepper, cloves, and cinnamon. Their kokum power punch is a blend of rock sugar, kokum powder, lemon, jeera, and black salt.
What more can you ask for.
Simply take two tablespoons of the powder and pour 200 ml of water into it mix and enjoy. They won’t just provide a great sense of taste, but will actually hydrate and cool down your body.
Also, they will improve the digestion, even price-wise, they are quite competitive, so throw those artificial powders and switch to 100% natural water-based flavor drinks.
3. Bread Spreads
Peanut butter, mixed fruit jam or the Nutella bread spreads are one of our go-to comfort foods, especially for breakfast on a busy day or those times when we are feeling lazy to cook.
But do you know what goes in making them, mostly sugar, stabilizers, preservatives and fruits, and nuts here and there.
A serving of so-called mixed fruit jam, has negligible fiber and over three teaspoons full of sugar.
Usually considered a healthy choice, Sun drop peanut butter has bad oils added to it.
The popular Nutella is a classic combination of sugar and bad oils, not so great start to the day.
So does that mean we have to say goodbye to bread spreads altogether, not at all?
Thankfully, I was able to find some brands that are making some genuine fruit jams and nut butter.
The sugar added in it is not refined, rather it’s sulfur less.
You can actually feel the real fruit taste, which is completely missing in their commercial counterparts.
Natural Peanut Butter by TrueBite, Almond Butter by Happy Jars, Cashew Butter by Butters and More, is the real deal as they have just one ingredient in them: the nut itself, no sugar, no oils whatsoever.
If you’re, looking for a replacement for Nutella, specifically try the Butternut company’s, Hazelnut Chocolate Spread, which is prepared using almonds, hazelnuts, cocoa powder, coconut sugar, and sea salt.
There is definitely a price gap, but considering the quality of ingredients used, they are completely worth it. So throw those sugar boxes and switch to real spreads and enjoy your food. Guilt-Free
4. Packaged Soups
Soups being low in calories, yet so filling they are a great addition to a healthy lifestyle, especially in the chilling weather.
However, this is not so true for the packaged soups.
No wonder they promise to serve you real vegetables and all that good stuff, but when you go through their ingredients, you find them full of unhealthy additives, and rightly so, when you taste these instant soups, you don’t find them appetizing, as the real deal is missing.
So what’s the option?
Nothing beats a freshly made soup at home and there is a huge misconception that making soups at home is difficult.
Let me share with you one simple way that I practice, which will hardly take your 10 minutes.
How to prepare Soup at Home – Healthy Foods
- All you need to do is,
- In a pan, put three glasses of water. Add cumin seeds, peppercorns, ginger, turmeric, and rock salt, then put some freshly diced tomatoes, carrots, beans, and potato.
- Add a teaspoon of ghee, put the lid, and let it cook on a low flame for about 1 hour. Yes, you heard that right, but you can set a reminder and get going on with your other stuff, while with slow-cooking vegetables will give in all their extract, and also the soup prepared will be thick without the use of any fillers or mixers.
- After 1 hour the quantity of water would have been reduced to less than half, and an amazing aroma will walk from your kitchen.
- Turn off the flame and then strain off the vegetables.
- Top the soup, with some fresh coriander leaves, if you like and enjoy it.
Say goodbye to those packaged soups and enjoy this economical and so delicious and fresh soup.
Using the same technique, you can try making them with different spices and vegetables of your choice.
5. Health Drinks.
A health drink box is an integral part of every Indian kitchen these days.
Bournvita, Horlicks, milo, complan, boost, there are many. Regardless of their tall claims, all of them are a mere mix of refined sugar, malt preservatives, additives, and artificial flavors. In just one serving of bourn vita, you get almost three teaspoons of sugar. This crab doesn’t qualify to be called a health drink.
However, it’s, understandable that making a kid drink, plain white milk can be quite a task.
Traditionally, our grandmothers prepared nutritious homemade, besan Shira, kaiser, or nut-based drinks to flavor and enhance the benefits of milk.
But don’t worry about today’s fast and busy lifestyle. Some brands are trying to recreate genuine milk-based health drink powders.
For example, Suron’s, Energy Booster Drink is prepared from Ashwagandha, nuts, seeds and desi khand.
The Great Banyans, Choco Malt is a multi-grain mix along with jaggery powder, cocoa powder, and nuts.
These are quite budget-friendly as well. Products like these that can actually give, what these commercial powder promise, so it’s high time that we replace these so-called health drink boxes with the reality.
So, these were those five kitchen products that I firmly believe you should throw away immediately and switch to safer, healthier alternatives.
I want to confirm that whatever I’ve told in this article is my honest opinion. No brand has paid me nor I am with or against any brand. I am just like you, a consumer looking to buy safe products for me and my family and guiding my patients for a healthier life.>