Slimming kitchen: Top 5 must-have ingredients


Lord of Penmai
Jul 5, 2011
Slimming kitchen: Top 5 must-have ingredients

When we say it is possible to prepare a perfectly wholesome meal by using a few low-fat ingredients and still remain healthy, we aren't joking.

But in order to do so, you will have to keep a few ingredients healthy, because that is where the key lies. A healthy meal in a hurry is a possibility and today we are going to discuss just that. Read on to know the top 5 must-have ingredients in your slimming kitchen.

Whole grains.
For the most of us, the list of whole grains starts and ends with brown bread and brown rice. But there is so much more to explore in the whole grains department. Whole grains have more nutrients per unit as compared to their refined counterparts. They have more fibre and thus are good for gut health.
Not only this, they are easily digestible, contain more antioxidants and help prevent many chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, obesity and constipation. A few ways through which you can include whole grains in your diet are:

Try and incorporate whole grains in your chappatis. Prepare them from whole wheat, bajra, jowar, and ragi for maximum health benefits instead of just refined flour.
Whole wheat breads, Oats, wheat flakes, corn flakes and Quinoa can be used as healthy breakfast cereals.

Brown rice and ragi can be boiled or steamed and idlis can be made from them.
Popcorn, made from whole wheat, also makes a very tasty and healthy snack.
Nowadays, many cakes, pastries and pies are made of oats.

Go for whole wheat pasta. However, if you don't enjoy the taste, try and go for a mixture of whole wheat and refined pasta.

Salad greens.
Fiber is one of the most important constituents of our diet and is found in abundance in salads. The main function of fiber is to clean our system deep within, help propel our bowel movements and thus form the basis of cleansing the body. In short, eating lots of greens is healthy and wise. It is said that if you start the first-course of your meal with a salad, you can reduce the overall calorie intake of your meal by 12 per cent.

A teaspoon of cinnamon per day helps in boosting the body's weight-loss abilities. This is because it helps in reducing the blood sugar levels and promotes a healthier digestion of carbohydrates. Not only this, cinnamon is also known to lower the LDL cholesterol of the body.

In pre-diabetics, consumption of cinnamon has been revealed to prevent the metabolic syndrome. Cinnamon enhances the body's cells' ability to metabolize sugar by up to 20 times.

The nutritive value for 100gms of cinnamon is 26 calories. Mix with sugar, garnish over your milk shakes/coffees or just sprinkle over rolls, cinnamon is an old-world favourite spice.

Mustard Seeds.
Mustard seeds, when roasted, make for excellent flavouring in any healthy dish. Mustard is also used as a sauce or flavouring agent to salad dressings or sandwiches. About 100 grams contains roughly 66 Kcal. It is rich in nutrients such as selenium, magnesium and Omega 3 fatty acid. Eating mustard can boost metabolism by 20 to 25% for several hours after eating.

Ginger has many medicinal properties. It is helpful in reducing nausea and vomiting when used with black salt. It is also helpful in curing cough and many stomach ailments such as indigestion and flatulence. Apart from this, ginger has many weight loss properties too. It helps in improving the gastric mobility and hinders the absorption of alcohol.
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