The Benefits of a Family Picnic

Remember those golden days when winters meant picnics? Well, yes it has been a while for all of us that we have gone out to a picnic with our family. Probably we have “grown up” way too much to enjoy the simple pleasure of going somewhere with your family and have a nice day out!

Spending time outside with your family would make you realize that you know less about what’s going on in the lives of your own family members and know more about your friends! Sure, you love your family and they are your priority- but don’t you think you will choose your buddies over your family to spend a day out with? How about revisiting those days of winter outings with just your family with delicious food and loads of potato chips on the way!

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I don’t think that’s a bad idea if we invest a little bit of time in our family. Research shows that a family picnic strengthens the bond between the members and encourages communication amongst the family. I don’t know if you know it, but it is a fact that a family picnic would de-stress you like you never thought! Beer with friends is a great way to unwind, but try chatting up with your family from somewhere far from your city and see the magical ways in which it relaxes you!

Not only you, your parents too need this kind of an outing and you may not always realize, but they crave your company! We owe this to our parents, if not anything else– quality time! So this winter, choose a location, pack your bags and go to some place far to that much needed getaway. Give your mom the break she deserves- stack up your food basket with yummy sandwiches and a bottle of Indian tomato sauce, fresh juice, and burgers and off you go! I vouch, it would be worth it!

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Why Dips are so Tasty

The one thing that can be used to put taste in even the most drab of food items, like seasoned vegetables or breads or anything for that matter, are delicious dips. Yes, dips can be used to just instantly brighten up any dish, since they are able to add in the essential taste needed with the help of various sauces and other ingredients in it.

Sometimes guests can come over without prior notice and that is when these dips come in handy, one can just serve some chips and dip and voila instant snacks ready. Also, for kids serving snacks with dip is one of the easiest things to do.

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The mayo sauce recipe in India is quickly catching on with the young crowd with most of them reaching for a jar of mayo or a combination of mayo with another sauce to keep in their fridge. For a party or a get together is acts brilliantly in keeping everyone satisfied.

And the list does not just end at mayo, one can also use pizza pasta sauce, as a dip. If one is out of salsa, then the pizza pasta sauce can work as wonderful alternative. And yes, these sauces usually have multiple uses, especially such kind of sauces can be used to make both a pizza or a pasta, or can even be had on its own.

The best part about this current trend of dips is that not only can they be had as condiments but also be used when preparing the dish, in the initial stages. And their versatile nature lets one use as much or as little as one wants or if they really want to get creative then even create a mash up of different sauces.

How reliable is the Paleo diet? (Part 2)

In conjunction to my last post titled as how reliable is the Paleo diet, I’m all set to share what all are the things if consumed regularly would benefit your well-being. It’s no stone carved rule that elucidates that focusing on quantity would make you gain/shed weight. Go easy!!! Here are a few healthy breakfast recipes , if consumed properly would reward you with flawless physique.

Natural trail mix: though relatively high on the calorie density front, dry fruits such as cashews and almonds are storehouse of proteins. Eating handful of almonds is good to go with regularly.

Avocados: going by what nutritionists have to say, ½ of avocado, if consumed on a regular basis suffices against satiating 5 gm. of essential nutrients.

Off track: usually, munching on those salty snacks, while comfortably lying on a couch is a favorite past time for one and all. So while the former part remains the same, you’ll have to substitute those fries and popcorn’s to seaweeds. For the reason that chips, fries, pizzas and Doritos are entitled to cause health risks, must be substituted with Good healthy sandwich ideas.

banana-chipsBanana chips: well contrary to committing sweet-sin of consuming sweets and chocolates like crazy and then regretting latter, it’s always better to be at the safer end. Banana chips are likely to fit in flexibly, satiating your sweet cravings. But then it’s going to make you pseudo satisfied. Instead of going for those salt embedded chips, you can home-bake it. Chips once dipped in lemon juice gets that could be baked.

meat ballsMeatballs: I bet you’d love me for this. Simple to store and an energy booster, it is recommended to consume at least four to five meatballs a day. Having it alternatively too would serve the purpose. Easily available in markets, if you prefer making it all on your own, then choose the leanest meat cuts to keep a check over calorie and fat consumption.

Eat your Potato Chips Guilt Free

Crispy salty feather light fritters, divine as they may taste, aren’t something to be eaten every day. They are the favourite snack of the majority and a staple across the globe. However, a truckload full of calories are often sneaking inside every packet you tear open and devour. A mere 100 gm of chips that vanishes within seconds contains a whopping 600 calories. Now think of the mayonnaise sauce recipe and granny’s selection of sour cream and dips. That’s another dollop of calories loaded on each wafer. Moreover, the low satiating index makes it extremely light, and all your might to control the portions goes down the drain.

make-tartar-sauceSo, wouldn’t it be nice if you can get hold of a healthier version of it, which lets you sneak a few wafers even when on a diet guilt free. Well, with just a few ingredients, you can make your own. Homemade potato chips not only gives you perfect control on what you put in and what not, you can even customize the seasoning and it is free from preservative as well.

Potato-ChipsHere is a simple recipe:

Choose the potatoes

Buy some good quality locally grown potatoes as they are fresh and taste the best. Choose the bigger ones that are nice and healthy on the outside without any green pigmentations. The green ones have a peculiar taste that leave a bad aftertaste.

Cutting wafers

If the outer skin is too thick then peel it off or you can leave it intact as well. Clean them thoroughly if you have decided to keep the skin on. Now cut slices as thin or thick you would like them to be. You can cut them by hand but a more efficient way would be to use a slicer or a food processor as it would give you lighter chips with uniform thickness. Then keep the slices between tissues for a while to remove extra moisture.

Frying

Fry in small batches in preheated oil, preferably olive oil. Or drizzle a bit of cooking spray and bake them. Or if all this is too much of a nuisance for you, open a packet of Mrs. Bector food’s opera chips and enjoy.

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