Healthy Lifestyle This Monsoon!

So finally after scorching heat, monsoon is here to the rescue. Monsoon rains bring a strange kind of melancholic nostalgia with them. From playing in the rain to eating all kinds of deep fried snacks! It is the most favorite season because of the food we crave and munch on during the rainy season.

Monsoon or rainy season literally means yummy food in Pakistan. Whenever it rains and the weather gets a bit better the most famous thing which is made in almost all of the households are the scrumptious Pakoras and a cup of hot tea afterwards!!! All kind of samosas and jalebies tempt us in this rainy season. But staying healthy is also a task in monsoon because of the intake of all the extra calories. We shouldn’t get carried away when we see our comfort food in front of us. The internet is flooded with recipes of our comfort food and there are plenty of options also available in the food apps. It’s okay to give in to cravings once in a while after all it’s the monsoon season!

There are three super quick recipes which you can make in no time and also can eat guilt free!!

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Granola bars:

2 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats

1/2 cup nuts, roughly chopped

1/4 cup honey

1/4 cup unsalted butter

1/3 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

3/4 cups total extra mix-ins (about 1/4 cup of 3 different ingredients such as dried fruits, coconut, chocolate chips, etc.)

 

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9-inch square baking dish with parchment or foil and lightly spray with cooking spray. Place the oats and nuts on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes until lightly toasted. Place the nuts and oats in a large bowl. While the oats are toasting, add the honey, butter, and brown sugar to a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat until the butter melts and the sugar dissolves, stirring occasionally. When butter mixture is ready, remove it from the heat and stir in the vanilla and salt. Pour this mixture over the oat and nut mixture and stir to combine. Add any extra ingredients (except for chocolate) and stir to combine. Make sure none of the oats are dry. Place all of the oat mixture in the prepared pan. Use a rubber spatula or the bottom of a greased measuring cup to press the mixture into the pan. Chill the granola bars for at least 2 hours. Lift the bars from the pan using the edges of the foil or parchment and place them on a cutting board. Cut into desired shape/sizes and serve.

Sweet Corn:

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15 oz corn 1 can

1 tablespoon butter

1 garlic clove minced or pressed

1 teaspoon dried parsley or 2 teaspoons fresh parsley

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

 

Instructions:

Drain off half of the liquid from the corn. Pour the remaining liquid and corn in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add butter, garlic, parsley (if using dried), salt and pepper. Simmer until the liquid is almost completely gone, about 5-7 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings (if you’re using fresh parsley, add at this point).

Peanut butter and apple combo:

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1 apple

2 tbsp peanut butter

2 tbsp Granola

 

Instructions:

Core the apple and slice into 1 inch discs. Spread some peanut butter on one side and sprinkle granola pieces on top. The granola will stick easily to the peanut butter.

These recipes can be made in literally no time and are a go to snack! Whenever you like munching, consider the healthy options! Healthy lifestyle is a must in keeping your general health and weight in control. Don’t skip the gym or your daily walk just because of the rain. Nearby tea stall with the mouth watering pakoras being made is among the favourite street food in monsoon. People consume such stuffs to get a chill of monsoon but they neglect their health in that enjoyment.  The problem is not the pakoras or tea or any other food the problem is the dirt and infections present in those things. Actually the water is so inflated with the diseases during monsoon that it leads to stomach infections and many other diseases. So enjoy the rain, eat healthy and hit the gym afterwards!!!

Article By: Huma Nawab

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