CHUNKY LEMONADE (Beverage)

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Hello folks.

Hope you are enjoying your holidays and the last few days of 2016. When I look back at this year, its been crazy for me. Mentally, emotionally,financially, physically challenging to say the least. It has been the end of a lot of things for me, that’s for sure i.e end of giving way too much love to people who don’t deserve it or value it.

2017 will be the start of many new things, such as directing the love towards myself, valuing myself, learning to respect myself in every form. I know it doesn’t happen in just a day, but its a promise, lifelong promise to yourself.To keep working at yourself, for yourself.

All in all, I would say it has been a sweet and sour year for everybody.

Inspired from that sweet & sour feeling, is our last post of 2016, CHUNKY LEMONADE Yay!

It is this amazing refreshing drink, it first hits you on the sweet spots of your taste buds, then Bam! hits you with its zingy sourness. It is like eating candy only healthy and doesn’t give you a sugar high 😀

So let’s get started.

TIME TO PREPARE:

10 to 15 mins.

Makes 1 Jug.

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup fresh berries (strawberries,blueberries,blackberries)

2 big tbsp Honey

2 big yellow Lemons

1/2 tsp Dried Mint

4 cups of Water

Jug

HOW TO PREPARE:

Wash and squeeze out the juice of the lemons. Be careful about the seeds.

Roughly chop/mash the berries with a fork.

In a jug, add in the lemon juice, the mint and the water. Mix well.

Add in the honey and ice cubes. Adjust taste according to preference. Add more water if needed.

Keep chilled in the fridge. Just before serving, throw in the berries.Smoothly mix and serve.

It is a great party pleaser, great for a morning routine drink or just to give you a wake-up buzz during those lethargic afternoons. Take it with you in those pretty to-go bottles with the attached straw.You can discreetly show-off your awesome new drink 😉

Enjoy.

P.S:

HAPPY NEW YEAR. HAPPY 2017 RESIDENTS OF PLANET EARTH.May this year be filled with positive thoughts and awesome experiences 🙂 😀

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BABY LETTUCE WRAPS

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Hey everybody! Happy Halloween!

I have never celebrated it, though I would love to someday. Till then cheers to some trick or treating happening around the world 😀

Hope everyone is doing great.

So todays’ food post is our BABY LETTUCE WRAPS. It is this incredibly healthy and extremely delicious finger food or party food as they call it 😉 . Considering it is still summer, here in Dubai, it is  a light and refreshing appetizer. Did I mention that it is also really easy to make ? Well.. Yeah it is! 🙂 So let us begin.

Serves 1( 5 pieces)

TIME: 10 mins.

INGREDIENTS:

Green Lettuce: washed and cut to 1 1/2 inch pieces

1/4 cup Red Kidney Beans: (you can use the ones available in tins, you just need to wash them thoroughly)

1/4 cup Broccoli: cut into tiny florets

1/2 cup Tandoori sauce

Salt (optional)

Ingredients for Tandoori sauce:

1 big tsp Ginger:finely chopped

1 big tsp Garlic: finely crushed and chopped

1 tbsp Lemon Juice

1 tsp Red Chili Powder

1 cup Fresh Yoghurt: well beaten to remove any lumps

3 tsp Tandoori Masala Powder: (you should have this as a staple in your kitchen as you can make many dishes with this, i.e fish, vegetables, meat etc.)

Salt (optional)

HOW TO PREPARE:

Take a big bowl, mix in all the ingredients of the tandoori sauce. Adjust flavors according to taste buds. Add in the red kidney beans and mix.

Take a serving plate, place the crisp lettuce leaves on it.

At the time of serving, take a spoon of the tandoori mix with beans and add to the lettuce. Do it for the rest of the lettuce leaves.

Garnish the broccoli florets on the baby lettuce wraps.

Serve.Enjoy.

Share with your family and friends. Great for snacking on something refreshing and crunchy!

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DAL CHAAT(Snack)

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Hello World.

Today’s post is going to banish your Monday blues away!

I love spicy food.Period.Being an Indian and eating spicy food since childhood does have something to do with it  🙂 and you also know my love for snacks.So food such as CHAAT my friends is the perfect mixture of them both.

Chaat is a MAGICAL blend of savory, tangy,sweet,spicy flavors bursting in your mouth and just waking you up with happiness and energy.

However, the chaat available in restaurants/food stalls/street vendors is filled with excess salt and excess carbs and mind you is also expensive if you, like me,have regular cravings of it.

Which leads us to my DAL CHAAT, a crazy, yummy snack filled with nutrition and pure deliciousness.

Serves 2

TIME:20 mins

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup Haldirams Chana Dal (You can use any brand you like or which is available to you)

1 cup Corn-boiled

1 cup Pomegranate (richer color is always better)

3/4 cup Onions-chopped in long slices

3 Lettuce leaves-chopped in bite sized chunks

2 tbsp Lemon juice

1 1/2 tsp Chaat Masala(available at Indian stores or online markets)

1 Green Chili-chopped(Optional)

2 tbsp Fresh Coriander/Cilantro for garnish

Salt (optional, as the chana dal already has salt in it, so it balances the rest of the dish)

HOW TO PREPARE:

Take a big deep bowl, add in the chana dal, corn, pomegranate, onions.

Just before serving, add in the rest of the ingredients.Mix and serve.

Enjoy your snack just as it is or something to munch on just before your evening tea.

You can also pack it to go for summer picnics with your loved ones or even for quick lunches.

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Source credit-http://www.itadka.com/haldiram-chana-dal-200g.html

PRINT ADVERT: AL AIN WATER

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Hello folks. Hope everyone is having a great weekend 🙂

So here I am with my first ADVERTISING post, actually the first of the many unique ADs that I will talk about here.

Considering the beautiful festival of Ramadan is going to start in Dubai, I am going to be talking about this ad which is by Al Ain Water, a product of the AGTHIA Food and Beverage Company. I came across this particular ad some time back but I always kept it with me because it was different.

It was a print ad published in the Weekend lifestyle magazine. What really caught my eye was its simplicity in its’ art and design. It would definitely catch your eye, as you are scrolling through the bright colours and design of the other contents of the magazine and all of a sudden there is a black background in front of you.

The eyes of the reader instantly go to the text. It is a simple, easy to read font,the classic white on black background.The italics on the font make the text look like words pulled out of religious books or manuscripts. The ad itself gives you a rather peaceful/calm vibe to it.

The messages are positive, inspiring and motivating. As only ‘ramadan kareem from al ain water’ is in blue, it is different from the rest of the copy, focusing your attention on the brand.

The brand creates a positive image in the reader’s mind with the way the copy is designed, as the brand name/product is not in your face, its subtle. It is only there to build the relationship, by wishing you and your family well.

The key image in this ad is of the young girl praying. It is a simple image though the angle in which it is taken in isn’t. It looks like she is praying, though she has water in her hands through which you can see the reflection of the moon, suggesting the brand’s water is so pure you can see a clear reflection of the moon. The focus of the image being on her hands.

I love how simply yet clearly they have communicated the messages, keep us in your prayers /we are with you in your prayers or our water is as pure as your devotion. It is the key promise that focuses on having purity in your thoughts, water etc.

At the top and bottom right side, you have the logos of the product and the brand for it. The Agthia logo reassures the consumer that the product is pure and safe as it suggests natural, organic, wholesome living. The Al Ain logo representing lush green mountains, blue skies and fresh waters with the help of the colors and illustration are also aligned accordingly.

The slogan for that particular ad ‘keeps you moving’ suggests a healthy lifestyle fueled by growth and success. I love this form of story-telling, where these mini chapters which come together to send out a beautiful uniformed message to the reader/consumer, which is subtle yet heart-warming.

You don’t quite need to show the product itself, as Al Ain Water is an established brand, which runs on its values of tradition, culture and heritage.The reasons to believe in this advertisement are both emotional and rational. The name Al Ain Water is easily recognizable as a quality brand, with a quality product so no introductions there.

As it is the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims as well as non-Muslims have a soul-cleanse, if I have to say, meaning positivity for the body and mind leads to positive actions. This is what the advertisement enforces in its images, typography, color and language. There is no major promotional aspect to this advertisement, more to do with restoring the confidence of the consumer with the brand.

So here goes, hope you guys like it and if you do have any other ideas or thoughts about this or any other similar ad you may have come across, let me know. It would be great to have a healthy discussion, it encourages creative thinking.

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Hakuna Matata World!

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All my life I have struggled with my weight, with countless gym memberships and money gone to waste. I used to reduce around 2-3 kgs and gain it back.

Also being a foodie does make things just a little more difficult.

Finally, I have realized that it is the right balance between the food that you eat and the exercise that you do, which helps you remove off the excess weight and helps you to maintain it.

So I would like to share some of the nutritiousdelicious and fuss-free food that I came up with, whilst on my journey to a happier, healthier and lighter me 🙂

Try the recipes yourself, share them with your friends and family.  Also, if you have any tips or tricks or have made different versions of the recipes, I would love to hear about them. Its absolutely great when you learn from each other 🙂 😀