The Two Cheeses That I Eat While On Keto

Mozzarella is a soft, white cheese with high moisture content and is a traditionally southern Italian cheese made from Italian buffalo’s milk by the pasta filata method. It originated in Italy and is usually made from Italian buffalo or cow’s milk. Mozzarella is lower in sodium and calories than most other cheeses (though I think that the brand I bought is slightly saltier than what I usually have) and also contains bacteria that act as probiotics. The brand I buy is Amul’s cheese slices and it does have a slight salty taste. The reason I bought it as slices is to a) eat it as a snack when I feel a little peckish, b) I can use it as a cheese melt on tuna or chicken or beef stuffed in lettuce or bell peppers or even in a salad. It also goes well as an evening snack with peanuts.

The other cheese I buy is cheddar. Cheddar is a widely popular semi-hard cheese from England. Made from cow’s milk that has been matured for several months, it can be white, off-white, or yellow. The taste of cheddar depends on the variety, ranging from mild to extra sharp. In addition to being rich in protein and calcium, cheddar is a good source of vitamin K, especially vitamin K2. Vitamin K is important for heart and bone health. It prevents calcium from being deposited in the walls of your arteries and veins. You can add it to charcuterie plates, vegetable dishes, burgers, and eggs. I buy the cheddar cheese block from Milky Mist. I mainly use it in my mushroom cheese omelettes for breakfast – I cut up small pieces and add it to the omelette as it cooks along with the mushrooms. I also do cut up small squares to eat as a snack and it is perfect with a cup of coffee.

This mainly due to my Keto diet; usually I only used to eat cheese in burgers and pizza when I order them in or eat out.

Yoga Bar Chocolate Chunk Nut Energy/Protient Bars

Made for the travel, the gym, the office snack and everything in-between, our multigrain energy bars are filled with micro and macro nutrients like whole grains, nuts, berries and seeds. Healthy, Yummy, Guilt-free! What’s not to love? Yoga Bars are my favourite energy bars that I can snack on in between work or when I just don’t have enough time to go and make something but I just need a quick boost of energy.

It’s got more protein and more fibre and zero of the stuff we shouldn’t have. 30% of these bars are just nuts and seeds because they’re nutrient bombs that pack in a lot of nourishment. And hey, they’re also crunchy! Each bar has only 5.6 grams of sugar but you can also look for the sugar free ones. These are with dark chocolate so if you are like me and crave that bitter chocolate taste, you will love these. And net carbs is only 7.9g is you are on a low carb diet!

The Chocolate Chunk Nuts Energy Bars, which is rated as the best energy bars on Amazon India, are multi-grain energy bars can be had as a quick and easy snack, pre or post-workout bar, or even just a mid-day protein boost! This pack has 10 of them so I was good for a while.

Keto Chocolates: GoWhey’s 70% Dark Chocolate Bars

So as part of the Keto diet I was thinking “What can I have for desert?” I looked around and found some chocolate bars that I can have which are Keto friendly. They are low on carbs and have zero sugar added to them. And it is dark chocolate! Which I like.

GoWhey is an Indian company that makes healthy deserts that you can enjoy while still on a diet. They started out with ice cream, with an initial 4 flavours and then branched out to another 4 more. They then launched their Dark Chocolate series with various flavours added and later on cookies. I am so glad that they exist because I was wondering as to what my options would be for desert. Other than watermelon I wasn’t sure if I could have anything but then I did think, that dark chocolate was good for you as long as there is no sugar added.

This was the first one I tried out. It is their Sugar Free Dark Chocolate 70%- Sweetened with Stevia- Keto Friendly and it is good. I like the taste a lot. I am slowly getting used to not having sugar and hence the stevia tastes good in this chocolate. Ingredients- Indian Cocoa Mass, Cocoa Butter, Erythritol, Whey Protein Isolate, Stevia. With No Added sugar and artificial sweetener, we use Stevia and Erythritol to sweeten the chocolates.

Cheese & Mushroom Omelette

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • handful button or chestnut mushrooms, sliced
  • 25g vegetarian cheddar, grated
  • small handful parsley leaves, roughly chopped
  • 2 eggs, beaten

Method

Step 1 : Heat the olive oil in a small non-stick frying pan. Tip in the mushrooms and fry over a high heat, stirring occasionally for 2-3 mins until golden. Lift out of the pan into a bowl and mix with the cheese and parsley.

Step 2 : Place the pan back on the heat and swirl the eggs into it. Cook for 1 min or until set to your liking, swirling with a fork now and again.

Step 3 : Spoon the mushroom mix over one half of the omelette. Using a spatula or palette knife, flip the omelette over to cover the mushrooms. Cook for a few moments more, lift onto a plate and serve with oven chips and salad.

I Am Cutting Out Sugar In My Coffee

I am cutting out sugar from my daily food as part of trying out the Keto diet. I have been wanting to try out Keto for a long while now, ever since I heard of a couple of colleagues at work losing their weight due to it. I read about it and read about it but I was worried about the sugar. How do I drink my coffee without sugar? Well there is sugar free stuff and substitutes and there is also the butter coffee or bulletproof coffee. I tried the bulletproof coffee yesterday evening but didn’t like it. Today morning I just cut out the sugar and I am ok with it. 

Get started cutting down on sugar with these tips:

  • Toss the table sugar (white and brown), syrup, honey and molasses. Cut back on the amount of sugar added to things you eat or drink regularly like cereal, pancakes, coffee or tea. Try cutting the usual amount of sugar you add by half and wean down from there.
  • Swap out the soda. Water is best, but if you want something sweet to drink or are trying to lose weight, diet drinks can be a better choice than sugary drinks.
  • Eat fresh, frozen, dried or canned fruits. Choose fruit canned in water or natural juice. Avoid fruit canned in syrup, especially heavy syrup. Drain and rinse in a colander to remove excess syrup or juice.
  • Compare food labels and choose products with the lowest amounts of added sugars. Dairy and fruit products will contain some natural sugars. Added sugars can be identified in the ingredients list.
  • Add fruit. Instead of adding sugar to cereal or oatmeal, try fresh fruit (bananas, cherries or strawberries) or dried fruit (raisins, cranberries or apricots).
  • Cut the serving back. When baking cookies, brownies or cakes, cut the sugar called for in your recipe by one-third to one-half. Often you won’t notice the difference.
  • Try extracts. Instead of adding sugar in recipes, use extracts like almond, vanilla, orange or lemon.
  • Replace it completely. Enhance foods with spices instead of sugar. Try ginger, allspice, cinnamon or nutmeg.
  • Substitute. Switch out sugar with unsweetened applesauce in recipes (use equal amounts).
  • Limit Non-nutritive Sweeteners. If you are trying to lose weight, a temporary fix to satisfying your sweet tooth may be with non-nutritive sweeteners. But watch out! Make sure that swapping sugary options for non-nutritive sweeteners now doesn’t lead to eating more later.

Tips shared from Heart.Org

McDonald’s India Tries To Get Fancy Gourmet

How did I miss this? McDonald’s India has recently launched a new line of gourmet burgers. Yes you read that right! This unique collection features not one or two but 11 exclusive rich, filling, indulgent, generously sized, and temptingly delicious burgers, with signature McDonald’s touches. Gourmet Burger offerings from the McDonald’s India menu pack comes in with plenty of extras—think more veggies, more sauces, new buns, and in some cases, two patties. Choices can be made between their flaming-hot spicy burgers and the very sinful cheesy burgers, based on what your taste buds prefer or what your mood dictates.

Here’s the lust-list of our excellent 11 from the McDonald’s Gourmet Burger menu. A mere look at their names, and you can say they’re a treat like no other!

  • Triple Cheese American Veg Burger
  • Triple Cheese American Chicken Burger
  • Cheese Lava American Veg Burger
  • Cheese Lava American Chicken Burger
  • Chunky Chipotle American Chicken Burger
  • Jalapeno Rush Paneer Burger
  • Jalapeno Rush Chicken Burger
  • McSpicy Premium Veg Burger
  • McSpicy Premium Chicken Burger
  • Piri Piri Spiced Veg Burger
  • Piri Piri Spiced Chicken Burger

Guess I have to try all of them soon.

I Missed Watermelon Day But Here Are My Thoughts

August 3 is Watermelon Day! Share some recipes with watermelon. Or a quick tip on how to slice watermelons without making it a mess!

I don’t have any recipes for watermelon. I don’t want to add anything with the exception of maybe a little sugar if the melon itself isn’t that sweet. I have seen and eaten pickled watermelon and although it is fine, I am not really craving that. However regular watermelon slice, especially when it is chilled – yum, can I have some right now? It’s not even hot or even warm right now but I could go for a nice big slice of watermelon.

You could make a fruit bowl and mix it up with some other cut up fruits. You could make a smoothie. You could make watermelon icicles and suck them like a lolly. You could cut them up and put them in a salad with feta cheese. Watermelon, feta cheese, onions & peppers on a skewer – yowza! Flank Steak with Watermelon Salad. Shrimp Skewers with Watermelon and Feta Salad. Watermelon Daiquiri with frozen watermelon slices. Watermelon sorbet which will be lighter than ice cream. Arugula Salad with Watermelon and Blue Cheese.

Despite all these delicious sounding and looking salads and recipes, I still prefer plain ole slices. And….and…watermelon juice with some ice and sugar. Not too much sugar. Strain out the seeds and get the juice. When serves cold, it is so refreshing and filling. It is one of the best things you can juice out and enjoy.

Blog prompt from 31 Blog Post Ideas for August at The Frangipani Creative

Family Favourite Fast Food Chain : Chicking

So it’s the weekend and you have your family & you feeling hungry. You wanna watch a football match on tv or a movie with the family and you don’t want to waste time in cooking. What do you do? You order in food from Chicking. What is Chicking?

Chicking is a fast food restuarant chain very similar to KFC and that was launched in the year 2000 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  since then, the brand has grown to become extremely popular in 23+ countries with more than 180+ outlets.  In India First outlet opened in MG Road and now spread more than 56 outlets including Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Mumbai & Delhi, serving families and alternate to KFC and other Southern Fried Chicken outlets.

While their main flagship item is the southern fried or batter fried chicken buckets and the sandwiches or chicken burgers, they do have a lot of other options on their menu. They also have chicken wraps and subs and recently introduced tacos. The Mexita is a good sub sandwich. They have chicken nuggets & popcorn chicken as well as chicken strips. They have a decent veggie section which are mostly based on their chicken counterparts.

Along with their batter fried chicken they also have flame grilled chicken though it isn’t as good as it used to be. They have rice bowls with chicken in them and they also have some decent pizzas. I think I will do a separate post on their pizzas as I am planning a pizza series for various options in Cochin. But they they do have a few. And they mostly have Coke & 7Up as well as a couple of virgin mojitos. Overall, something for the whole family.

Lays’ India’s Magic Masala Review

I had been wondering about this particular flavour of Lay’s. Lays chips are one of my fav coffee time snack and I also like them with some alcohol. My favourite ones are the Cream & Onion flavour, which used to be called the American Cream & Onion flavour. A close second favourite is the Tangy Tomato.

Now, I don’t mind spicy chips. Infact there are some that I like and Lays also has a West Indies Hot n’ Sweet Chili flavour which is really good. But there is good spice and spice that doesn’t taste all that good. Magic Masala Potato Chips is another in a line of Indian Frito-Lay chips that are out there. I have avoided them for this long because I just didn’t see the point in getting a masala flavoured chip. “Masala” too is weird as a choice of flavour name as it just means spice but not a specific mix of spices. For the first time I had the India’s Magic Masala one as I had some apprehensions about trying out a “masala” flavoured potato chip.

I made my coffee, opened up one of the 2 small Rs.10 packs I bought and sat down in front of my laptop and try them. Good thing I only bought the small ones. It’s not that good and it’s not a good spice. I bought it a bit meh and I probably may never buy them again. The ingredients list says it contains Potato, Edible Vegetable Oil,**Spices & Condiments (Onion Powder, Chilli Powder, Dry mango powder, Coriander powder, Ginger Powder, Garlic Powder, Black pepper powder, Turmeric powder, Cumin), Salt, Black Salt, Sugar, Tomato powder, Citric acid, Tartaric acid.

I will give it 2 outta 5 stars!!

The Grand Big Mac – How Big Is It?

So apparently this summer, McDonald’s Canada & McDonald’s UK gave Big Mac fans cause for celebration with the addition of the Grand Big Mac to nationwide menus at participating restaurants for a limited time. A twist on the legendary fan favourite, the Grand Big Mac is a bigger Big Mac with even more of the iconic, quality ingredients that Big Mac lovers appreciate.

To unveil the Grand Big Mac, McDonald’s is using ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) to awaken guests’ senses to the grandeur of its new burger. The unique “Grand Big Mac Sounds” experience, available via YouTube, takes guests on a journey to discover what makes the Grand Big Mac so special: the sound of a sizzling patty, the squeeze of Big Mac sauce, the rustle of crisp lettuce, and the nestling of the burger on the bun, that will leave listeners’ mouths watering in anticipation.

The Big Mac is one of McDonald’s biggest, most iconic burgers, and in launching the Grand Big Mac, the company wanted to help guests not just see but hear how epic it really is. Being immersed in the sounds of the Grand Big Mac not only sparks your senses in a way you likely haven’t experienced before, but also celebrates a guest favourite in a joyful, unique way and communicates how the Grand Big Mac gives you more of what you love.

The Grand Big Mac has the same ingredients as a Big Mac – two 100% beef patties, a slice of cheese, lettuce, onion, pickles and McDonald’s trademark sauce in a sesame-topped bun – but is described as “just bigger and better”, with the company saying: “What could possibly be better than a Big Mac? A BIGGER Big Mac.”

It’s Oreo Cookies In A 5 Star Bar

What is this – two of my favourites in one? A 5Star Oreo bar? Mondelez India, the makers and bakers of some of India’s favourite snacking brands – Cadbury Dairy Milk, Cadbury Bournvita, and Oreo among others, had launched in March a chocolate bar called Cadbury 5Star Oreo, strengthening their premium snacking portfolio and empowering consumers with more choice, yet again.

This stellar combination of the creaminess and crunchiness of OREO and the chocolatey caramel zest of Cadbury 5Star is a sandwich in a sandwich, which aims to entice and tantalize the taste buds of the consumers who are constantly exploring newer eat experiences. Layered with chocolate, caramel, Oreo cream and biscuit chunks, each bite of this decadent duo is sure to leave you with a scrumptious lingering taste. The launch of the multi-textured Cadbury 5Star Oreo will be supported by a 360-degree integrated marketing communication, which includes strong digital, innovative outdoor, solid in-store visibility and engagement building influencer activity. Priced at Rs. 35, Cadbury 5Star Oreo is sure to bring the most delicious and crunchy indulgence experience ever and I can’t wait to try one.

A Mixture That Is Sweet, Salty & Even A Bit Tangy

Deliciously sweet and sour, this mix of fried green peas, boondi, lemon sev and classic namkeen is an extraordinary treat to your senses. Haldiram’s Khatta Meetha snack is one of India’s best-selling snacks. It is a sweet and spicy blend of chickpea flour noodles, puffed rice, green peas and peanuts. This is the perfect snack for those who cannot eat anything spicy and still want a flavorful snack! Though in the South of India we prefer more savoury and at times spicy snacks with our tea or coffee, this one is a treat for the taste buds and I love it.

Mixture is what we usually call it in Kerala and true to it’s name it is a mixture of stuff. But yeah this one might be more palatable for foreigners and those who are not used to the spiciness that we in Kerala usually like. And I must say that I usually go for Haldirams for their sweets but their spicy & tangy peanuts and these Khatta Meeta mixture are the bomb. As I type this I am munching on some in a bowl while I have my evening coffee. I would advise to buy the bigger 1kg bag or bags and keep them stored in a cool place.

Ingredients: Bengal Gram flour(34%), Rice Flakes(22%), Split Bengal (12%), Refined Palmolein Oil, Sago (6%), Peanut(6%), Lensils(5%), Sugar, Salt, Green Chilli Peas(1%), Red Chilli, Turmeric and Citric Acid (330)

Dominos In Japan Serves A Fish n’Chips Pizza


Of all the things that is unholy and blasphemous! The debate about the best football team in Europe may be over with the conclusion of Euro 2020, but food jokes about the two finalists, England and Italy, are still continuing unabated on social media. Domino’s Japan has created a ‘Fish and Chips pizza’, that is topped with lemon slices, potatoes, basil and tomato sauce. In a move that some in the media have referred to the monstrocity as “Japan Dominos have invented a dish that insults both England and Italy”!

The ‘Fish and Chips vs Pizza’ memes and jokes started trending just after England and Italy qualified for the finals. Social media users argued which cuisine is better and even turned food pictures into memes with texts like ‘don’t add pineapples to pizza’, ‘you cannot put fish on chips’, ‘fish and chips or pasta’. As the nations were divided after the final match, a food brand has created a pizza to bring the two groups of fans back together. The tweet garnered thousands of reactions and resonated with other users who agreed the invention was an insult to both countries.

Domino’s Japan responded from their official handle “We are sorry our fish and chip pizza has caused so much trouble. We think it’s quite delicious. If you are in Japan and would like to challenge let us knowThumbs up We may be able to work out a plan internally that we can offer to you for free!”