Energy Boost During Exams: Try These Nutritious and Quick DIY RecipesPriyanka Vithlani
Duo Dip Delight – Avocado Hummus
- Pressure cook the chickpeas, drain and keep the water aside.
- Peel and deseed the avocado.
- Add all the ingredients together into a high-speed blender.
- If the mixture is too thick, add the chickpea water to adjust the consistency and blend to a fine paste.
- Garnish with paprika powder.
- Serve with cucumber, carrot sticks, or baked lavash.
Power tips and variations
- You can use pumpkin paste or purée if avocados are unavailable.
- When selecting avocadoes, gently press them and check their firmness. It should not be too firm or too mushy.
- If it is too firm, wait a bit till it ripens. But if it is mushy, discard it.
- The butter fruit or avocado is packed with vitamins B1, B2, B5, B6, C, E, and K, all essential to nourish the children during their growth period.
- Avocados are rich in healthy fat and fiber. It fulfills 69% of the daily requirement of Vitamin C and 8% of the daily requirement of Vitamin E.
- Hummus contains vitamins A, D, B7, E, and C, zinc, iron, and protein. It is also highly anti-inflammatory and rich in antioxidants. Studies reveal that hummus eaters have higher intakes of dietary fiber, polyunsaturated fatty acids, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin C, folate, magnesium, potassium, and iron as compared to non-consumers.
Powering Your Brain During Exam Time: Energy Boosting Smoothie
- 1 cup mixed dried fruits, soaked overnight (cashews, pistachios, and raisins)
- 3 dried figs
- 3 dates
- A pinch of cardamom powder
- ½ tsp cacao powder
- 2 tsp honey (raw)
- 2 cups almond milk/coconut milk
- 2 tsp pumpkin seeds to garnish
- Soak the nuts and figs separately overnight.
- In a mixer-blender, combine all the ingredients including nuts, dates, and figs.
- Blend it to reach a smoothie-like consistency.
- Garnish with pumpkin seeds and serve.
Power tips and variations
- You can also use A2 milk, as per suitability.
- You may opt to use chia seeds, sunflower Seeds, and coconut flakes as add-ons.
- Nuts contain high amounts of Vitamin E, zinc, folate, iron, and protein which help in improving cognitive function in children. They act as fuel to the brain of a child and help in improving memory and secrete serotonin, thus reducing stress.
- Dates are rich in choline and potassium which allow a good amount of oxygen to reach the brain, thereby enhancing neural activity.
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