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HEALTHY SECRETS

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It’s been my lifelong quest…to find the secret of how to to dine non-stop gourmet and yet stay healthy. To continue to enjoy all tastes and flavours, to be able to digest it all and then go back for more. I wrote a weekly health column for a national daily for fifteen years. Produced, scripted, directed, presented 52 episodes of a health show on TV and through it all spent lots of time with doctors, specialists, ayurvedacharyas, nutritionists and more. And it was a common consensus, the source of health and energy was the digestive system. And to keep this system working in top form, it was essential to eat healthy (of course) but also to have probiotics. Not too fond of popping pills (even if they are probiotics in a pill) I was thrilled to find the answer. Right here. In Chennai. A home-made solution…Read on to know more

DID YOU KNOW?

Of course, we  all know about probiotics and how essential they are to supply the much needed good bacteria into the system. But did you know…?

They have positive effects on the body like improving immunity, detoxifying the system, reducing inflammation, improving digestion, and providing the body with bio- available nutrients, vitamins and enzymes?  Energy improves, stress, joint pains, allergies reduce?

 Did you know that probiotics are found in delicious edible drinkable forms?

Ginger ale,  Kombucha, Milk Kefir, Beet Kvass,  Sauerkraut, Korean Kimchi, Hummus to name some.

And here’s the good news, these yummies are being made at home, right here in Chennai by the entrepreneurial Abha Appasamy  “I  started this for our own family to keep them in good health and we found that we were not catching colds and infections as long as we were taking them”. She explains.

that ginger ale is her latest and most popular product, and has had dramatic effects on some of her friends’ digestive issues. It is fermented with the natural bacteria present in organic ginger.

Abha’s Probiotics includes traditional fermented foods and drinks that have originated in countries around the world and

She personally make all the products and bottle them too to ensure high quality and food safety.

She ensures that all her products are 100% vegetarian and vegan (except for milk kefir.. )Natural, with no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.

and made from organic ingredients bought from reliable sources (  not exposed to chemical fertilizers, pesticides or hormones.)

 All packaged in eco-friendly, recyclable glass bottles too.

Lets raise a toast with a glass of probiotic ginger ale!

abhasprobiotics@gmail.com WhatsApp: 9962575684

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Abha Appasamy and her home made power packed probiotics.

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HEALTHY SNACKING  

If you love to munch and snack…but feel the need to do so healthily then Pratima Manikandan’s ingenious bars and crackers are the answer, as her quinoa Digestive Biscuits and Naan Khatai.

Go for the  energy bars, made of natural sugars with  a low glycemic index… made of seeds, nuts and dryfruits.

Energy Bars made of Millet and walnut seeds, nuts, berries, millets and natural sugars to bring together a nutritious snack on the go. Ask for   Millet and Orange,

 Vanilla and cinnamon flavors. All sweetened with the super healthy dates.

I love biting into the wafer thin, savory seed crackers made entirely of seeds and nuts.

That theyre a powerhouse of Omega 3 and 6 is a bonus.

Naan Khatai, made of wheat flour and brown sugar make them extra healthy and thankfully extra yummy too.  Quinoa Digestive Biscuits- Packed with the essential amino acids  are a must try.

Prathima Manikandan

A-218, Bhaggyam Urban Ville,

Industrial Estate Road,

Thoraipakkam,

ph: 7358306633/044 48536641

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Prathima Manikandan s unique home made seed crackers and energy bars.

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WHATSHOT HOME-BAKER TASTING SESSIONS

I maybe traveling the world but I always circle back to Chennai. Ive been flying in from Mumbai and setting up “whats hot tasting sessions” past 15 years. And with each session I get even more impressed

Infact, in EACH AND EVERY COLUMN there is a local “Foodline” with the latest on Chennai’s home catering and baking as my Chennai based assistant Anjali keeps a tab and has been doing so for over 15 years. We held the last one in ITC Grand Chola , which is where I tasted the probiotics and seedcrackers made by Abha and Prathima. Should you wish to take part in the next whatshot tasting session please mail rashmiudaysingh18@gmail.com, anjalisharma966@gmail.com

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SHA MAGIC: ALFREDO BATALLER PARIETTI AND CHEF ANDRES MORAN

East is meeting West. Ancient wisdom is tangoing with the most advanced
western techniques. Here in the globally acknowledged wellness clinic (aptly called SHA, which means luminosity or king of kings in Arabic) nutrition and natural methods form the core of the fabulous SHA Method. Healthy-Ageing and non-invasive Aesthetic Medicine completes this well-being of the mind and the body.

Here,  I am feasting on the amazing food, the knowledge and the brilliant sunshine and views. SHA wellness clinic sits like royalty  on a beautiful Spanish mountainside overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, part of the Sierra Helada Natural Park, by the picturesque ancient town of Villa de Altea. This mild micro-climate of the area guarantees fantastic temperatures all year around, the area recognized by the World Health Organization as having one of the World‟s best climates, this in itself being an important factor for the maintenance of optimum health.

INSPIRATIONAL EXAMPLE

Turn your stumbling blocks into stumbling stones seems to be the life mantra of the dapper and dynamic Alfredo Bataller Parietti. He suffered from serious life threatening health problems for over thirty years. He was lucky enough to meet a doctor who was a leading expert in nutrition and natural therapies, who is now a member of SHA medical team.  Mr Bataller experienced the body’s auto-healing power through a natural diet and natural therapies, And so was born  his desire to share this knowledge and well-being and health. And SHA wellness was set up in the very location of their family home.This is how SHA Wellness Clinic was born. The SHA Method combines the effective elements of healthy nutrition and the curative powers of natural therapies with SHA Academy, a dynamic and practical programme of educational activities.

HEALTHY GOURMET

How amazing is this? SHA ‘s healthy and therapeutic  menu was awarded the Millesime ́s highest recognition for the Best Gastronomic Trend Grand of 2009 and a Sun in the Repsol Guide 2011. Healthy can be gourmet and this propelled me to take cooking lessons and learn more about it. SHA‟s main restaurant, SHAMADI, offers the most select modern cuisine, fusing Mediterranean and Japanese Macrobiotic  traditions, and always prepared with natural organic ingredients.

The SHA food pyramid upholds the recommendations from the World Health Organisation and to a great extent it is in line with what the Harvard University of Medicine proposed as being the most suitable diet for humans.

Interestingly, the philosophy of macrobiotics goes back 1000s of years; and here they combine it with the Mediterranean Diet too. Most of the foods used at SHA have also been eaten by the world’s most healthy and long standing cultures including China, Japan, India, Middle East and the Mediterranean. SHA offers wholesome, honest food, grains, beans, vegetables, sea vegetables, nuts, and seeds,plus various seasonings, herbs, sugar-free desserts and fish. Most of the foods are living, local, organic, and seasonal which means they are full of energy, nutrition, and antioxidants. They help to keep us young and vital.  And chef Andres Moran, the patisseur extraordinaire’s desserts, be it the gianduja, the tiramisu, chocolate mousse dazzle with their taste and nutrition.

SHA RECIPE

GLUTENFREE, SUGARFREE, DAIRYFREE CARROT CAKE

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THE THERAPEUTIC SHA CARROT CAKE

Here im learning at a rapid pace, attending talks, yoga, tai-chi, chi-kung, relaxation, breathing and laughter therapy and take a lesson in cooking at the Chefs studio. Chef Raquel Rocha shows me a step by step method to bake a gluten free, sugar free, dairy free carrot cake. It also has ginger and curcumin (turmeric) and lemon zest. Its yum.

Ingredients for cake  12g Arrow root,130g Corn flour. 85g Rice flavor, 4g Bicarbonate

10g Baking powder.2g Salt

2g Ginger zest, 5g Lemon zest 3g Cinnamon powder.250g Agave syrup

100g Sunflower oil.150g Rice cream

300g Zest of carrot

Preparation

Mix all ingredients, the liquids first and then mix in the dry ones. Put this batter in a cake tray  in the oven for 30min in the temperature 160oC.

Ingredients for cream

800g Coconut milk,200g Rice syrup

15g Cinnamon sticks,15g Orange zest

1gr Curcuma, 8g Agar agar

Preparation

Mix all ingredients and  warm till boiling. Cover the pot and leave for 10min to infuse. Run through the strainer and leave for cooling.

Blend till reach creamy and smooth texture and layer onto the cake. Decorate with carrot crisps (optional)  and edible flowers (optional).

Enjoy! Guiltfree!