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To be healthy is incomplete without focusing on body, soul and mind. To keep body healthy there are various options, through exercises, practices, and food plays a critical part in keeping the body fit and healthy. Our lifestyle, food habits, practices contributes to our physical wellbeing.

I had been to this park on a weekend for a Walkathon hosted by our organization. It’s fun as always, and then got an opportunity to explore the greenery with fresh morning breeze and discovered that it’s one of the most happening places during weekends in the early morning. With friends we decided to visit the park every Sunday morning and since then, till date it’s been a practice. But then, off many forms of healthy practices or exercise techniques what people follow there, Yoga is something that appealed to me the most.

“Yoga is the practice of the science called Ayurveda.” There is no single definition of Yoga. Yoga Online defines it as “an ancient art based on harmonizing system of development for the body, mind, and spirit.”


On the other hand, Ayurveda, a Sanskrit word, by definition is a "Science of Life" or "wisdom of life" dealing with nature whose origination dates back to as old as 3000 years. This ancient art asserts necessary aspects of healthy living.

Ayurveda is recognized by The National Health Institutes/Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NIH)/ NCCAM) as an Alternative Medicine, a complete medical system (http://nccam.nih.gov).

Yoga trains us to be mindful and at peace with our body and soul. There are many types of Yoga ranging from leisure to vigorous styles, to keep you fit in your way. It’s not just an exercise for your body but also for mind. Practicing Yoga not just improves the functioning of the respiratory, circulatory, digestive, and hormonal systems but above all healthy and stable mind is a complementary gift that you could enjoy.


Benefits of Yoga

Sound Sleep

After a long day, all you need is a good sleep which is as important as food and exercise that puts your body to reset mode and prepare you for the next day. Regular practice of Yoga helps cure several aliments of/associated to sleep. Dr. Rubin Naiman, PhD, an internationally recognized leader in sleep and dream health, On The “Yoga of Sleep”, integrates effective sleep science with time-honoured sacred perspectives, providing us in depth understanding of sleep and its value.

Weight Maintenance

I have personally seen many of my friends switch to Yoga and Ayurvedic practices in combination with Organic diet to address the various issues related to body weight maintenance. Either you are looking to lose your weight or add on kilos by increasing your appetite, it’s always a right choice.


Stress Relief and Creativity

Yoga is a mind-body practice that combines physical poses, controlled breathing, and meditation or relaxation. And when your mind is relaxed, you tend to think more creatively and add value to whatever you do. Practising being relaxed, you can make stress, your positive strength as mentioned by Kelly McGonigal, health psychologist in her TED talk.


Boost Metabolism

Metabolism is directly proportional to your performance throughout the day. The modern lifestyle and the competitive world, expects you to be always positive, energetic and active. And with so much on your mind to excel and perform, metabolism plays a critical and important role. With regular practise, Yoga serves great way increasing your metabolism.


All Round Fitness

How great does it feel when you are described as most lively, energetic, active and a glowing personality? Yoga can help you ‘tone and sculpt’ your body just about as any exercise, but you are only truly healthy when you are not just physically fit, but also mentally and emotionally balanced.
“Health is not a mere absence of disease. It is a dynamic expression of life – in terms of how joyful, loving and enthusiastic you are.” – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Organic Diet

When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need - Ayurvedic Proverb

Ayurveda states that in order to be optimally healthy we should tune our bodies to nature's cycle. Moreover, Organic foods follow nature’s cycle and deliver only what nature intends them to in that particular season.

The idea behind the diet is to create balance and strength in the body and also provide healing to the organs and the blood.

Yoga not just emphasises on exercising techniques but as well on concept of balanced wholefoods diet and the eating philosophy.
These principles of good eating enhance powerful techniques of Yoga and Ayurveda, which help in maintaining a strong and healthy body, a stress-free mind and a positive spirituality.

Bringing purity in most natural form of food, Organic Farming methods combine scientific knowledge of ecology and modern technology with traditional farming practices based on naturally occurring biological processes keeping away the added chemicals.

Vedica Organics, an online organic food store offers variety of organic foods including pulses, lentils, rice, spices and many more for your everyday cooking. Leave the hectic and chaotic modern life and start with yoga and organic food to a soulful healthy life.

Effects

Relieve Toxin Build Up

The cleansing process what the body goes through with the pure Organic blood and toxin removal process through exercise, you can be assured your glow will influence others in a positive way.

Robust Immune

With the effective toxin removal, your body definitely charges itself to fight any illness and longevity is what you can gift others as well by way of your service.

Wellness-Oriented Lifestyle

The ultimate goal of life is healthy and happy living and its infectious. On the onset of this practice you might be the one, but I can assure you being a leader very soon.

With all above mentioned, principles of Ayurveda, power of a Yoga and purity of Organic diet you can be well on your way to enjoying a more healing, balanced life in a limitless way. It’s just a matter of choice.

It really sounds true what Jim Rohn mentioned:


"Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live."

 

Visit Vedica Organics to start your organic journey.

Wondering about healthy and easy Baby Food!!

 

Your baby is your entire world and when it is time to start solid foods for them, you will always want the best organic healthy meal for your baby.

 

While there are various options available in the market that is ready to eat or ready to cook baby foods However, the nutrients, protein values that home cooked meal brings, none of the other packaged food can match. Vedica Organics bring you a recipe of one such age old best baby food that you can easily prepare at home.

 

Wheat Porridge is a classic favourite amongst parents as their first solid food that they provide for their babies and can be given to babies or infants (Preferably above 7 months, after consulting your doctor).

 

Making your own baby food does not only help you think more about what you're feeding your child, but one can as well customize the recipe by having fruits or vegetables of your choice as purees thus increasing its nutritional value. Not just that, it naturally seems to pave the way for making healthier meals, even as your baby gets older.

 

Organic Wheat Dalia (Wheat Porridge), is a good, first food for babies. In addition to its many nutritious qualities, it’s an organic product and it is very easy to digest due to its organic properties as organic food is farmed without using any harmful chemicals and pesticides that are used in intensively farmed foods. And factually, Organic food is considered to have more flavour. What more reasons to go organic with your baby!

So watch your baby enjoy and experience new flavours, combination and appealing texture with Organic Wheat Dalia (Porridge).

So, let’s get you started in the kitchen for a quick wheat porridge recipe!

  

Organic Wheat Dalia (Porridge)

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoon Organic Broken Wheat (Dalia)
  • Water
  • 1 cup Banana/Apple puree
  • ½ teaspoon Roasted Almond Powder


Time:

Preparation Time

Cooking Time

Total Time

5 mins

10 mins

15mins

 

Method:

  1. Pressure cook broken wheat (Dalia) with 1 cup of water for 3 whistles.
  2. After it cools blend it in a mixer.
  3. Add Banana/Apple (any fruit of your choice) puree for sweetness.
  4. Add the almond powder and serve (Optional: For allergic risk; consult doctor)

Alternatively, the broken wheat (Dalia) can be dry roasted till it emits a nutty fragrance and then powdered. It can be cooked in water for 10 minutes, stir well and then add the almond powder.

Quick tips:

  • Natural sweeteners like Apple or Banana increase the nutritive value and also enhance the taste.
  • Dry Fruits powder can also be added to increase the nutritive value.

You can as well choose to customize above recipe with our variety of Organic Cereals to prepare interesting Rice Cereal Porridge, Ragi Porridge or Sooji Porridge or any other organic Cereal.

 

You can purchase Organic Wheat Dalia (Wheat Porridge) on Amazon or on our Vedica Organics website. Search for Organic Wheat Dalia or Organic Wheat Porridge:

 

http://www.vedicaorganics.com/products/organic-wheat-dalia-wheat-porridge?variant=1901693185

 

Chana Besan is known by various names including most famous gram flour and chickpea flour. The organic flour is made from chana dal or chickpeas. Chickpeas flour ranks among the top gluten free products and the organic powder contains a high proportion of carbohydrates, and protein than other flours. It is popular not just in cooking but also extremely popular in beauty treatments.

Organic Chana Besan is processed by grinding Organic Split Bengal gram dal in stone mills. Organic Besan Flour is pale yellow in color with a strong nutty flavor, this flour is naturally gluten-free.

Indian household from ages have been using chana besan as an ingredient not just in the kitchen but also in the beauty treatments. Even before the new age spas, and skin salons came into existence, grandmother’s recipe for treating age old skin diseases included chana besan. Indians use chana besan in bath replacing soap, as a face pack and as a hair cleanser too.  The easiest and inexpensive homemade face packs using organic chana besan helped in getting a glowing, fair, smooth and blemish-free skin. Besan flour is used by women as face pack to retain the health and glow of their skin. Gram flour has alkalizing properties, yet it was traditionally used as a cleanser to maintain the pH of the skin.

Benefits of Organic Chana besan in beauty treatments:

  • Used as a face pack or as a soap has amazing qualities of cleansing and softening your skin, nourishing it appropriately giving it a radiant glow.
  • Chana besan controls surface oil content of your face rendering it oil-free.
  • It moisturizes and nourishes dry and flaky skin.
  • Treats acne and tanned skin.
  • Prolonged use of Chana besan assists in the removal of unwanted body and facial hair.
  • Besan makes your face spot-less and flawless.
  • Besan and yogurt / curd mix makes a very good cleansing agent for your hair. Regular use significantly reduces hair loss.
  • Helps in treating your skin from aging and dullness.

Chana besan either used by itself or with an array of ingredients to treat various skin and beauty treatments such as pimples, acne, blemishes, skin whitening, dark patches, and unwanted hair removal. Besan flour works on all skin types such as sensitive, oily, dry and normal skin yielding good results.

Various recipes for face packs include:

  • Oily Skin: Use besan flour with few drops of rose water.
  • Dry Skin: Mix chana besan flour with a table spoon of milk, honey and turmeric. You can also mix mashed banana and honey with besan.
  • Acne: Mix chana besan flour, with a table spoon honey, sandal powder, few drops of rose water, and a pinch of turmeric powder.
  • Blemishes and open pores: Mix equal proportion of besan flour with grated cucumber.
  • Tanned skin: Mix besan flour with drops of rose water, table spoon lemon juice, and a pinch of turmeric.
  • Regular normal skin: Mix besan with yogurt / curd for regular use to wash hair, body and face.
  • Dark spots: Mix besan flour with mashed ripen tomato and 2 table spoon of aloe vera gel.
  • Pigmentation: Mix 2 table spoon besan, turmeric with 1 table spoon baking soda.
  • Hair cleansing: Mix besan with yogurt / curd, fenugreek paste to apply and wash hair once a week for glowing hair.

You can also use besan flour with tomatoes, lemon, oat meal, banana, papaya, almond, orange juice, multani powder, and coconut cream with a mix and match to treat different skin issues. Using besan flour face packs on a regular basis results in glowing skin.

When every ingredient you use is organic, the effects on your skin and body multiples bringing great results.

The next time before you head for an expensive beauty salon, do consider these inexpensive natural and organic homemade beauty treatment recipes.

You can buy Organic Chana Besan flour from Vedica Organics. Check Vedica Organics for the current sales offers available on chana besan.

http://www.vedicaorganics.com/products/organic-chana-besan-bengal-gram-flour?variant=1417433793

Chickpeas, also known as organic beans, are an ancient crop that has been widely used and consumed in many different recipes. After soybeans, chickpeas are the second most popular crop grown and eaten all around the world. More than 7,500 years, these organic pulses have been an integral ingredient of numerous traditional diets.

Chickpeas are full of nutritional values from helping to keep cholesterol level in control to increasing satiety. A can of chickpeas is a complete package of minerals, vitamins, and proteins, which is why many people also use them as a healing ingredient. 

A handful of these organic pulses offer more than 26% of the iron and thus make a great ingredient for people who have anemia.

You can buy organic beans from any online store and make the most of it. There are a wide range of online stores that offer organic pulses online at affordable rates.    

You’re probably unaware of the fact that chickpeas are great organic cooking ingredients when you are on a diet. Those cans of organic beans sitting in your kitchen can be used to make many delicious and healthy recipes. You can either cook them in gravy and make an amazing main course or simply toss them with some spices and enjoy a delicious evening time snack. The choice is yours!

Today, we are going to share a step by step simple yet delicious recipe i.e. Roasted Chickpeas.

First of all, what you need.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans of chickpeas
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 to 4 teaspoons spices or finely chopped fresh herbs, like thyme, rosemary, paprika, garam masala, cumin powder, curry powder, chili powder or any other spice you may like.
  • Finely chopped cilantro for garnish


Image Credit: Dion Hinchcliffe (Flickr)

How to cook

Step 1:

Open the chickpeas cans and take out all the chickpeas into a strainer. Rinse it under running water. Spread out chickpeas on a paper towel and pat dry. Chickpeas should appear matte and dry to the touch; if you have time, leave them aside for an hour to help them dry completely before use. 

Step 2:

Heat the oven to 400°F. Put an oven rack in the oven. Place a heavy rimmed sheet on a baking tray.

Step 3:

Check if the chickpeas are dried off completely. If so, spread the chickpeas on the baking tray and put it in the oven. Bake it for about 30 minutes while checking and stirring it after every 10 minutes. Some chickpeas may pop during baking but don’t worry that’s completely normal. When these chickpeas golden in color and are slightly darkened, they are done. Crisp and dry on the outside, and soft on the inside!

Step 4:

Once done, take out the baking try. Toss the chickpeas with all the spices. Sprinkle garam masala, salt, chili powder, cumin powder over the chickpeas and toss until evenly coated. Garnish it with finely chopped cilantro. Pour them in a large bowl and serve them hot while they are still warm and crispy.

You can even store them in an airtight container for future use.

Hope you enjoyed this amazingly simple and delicious recipe! Don’t forget to share your reviews down below in the comments section.

 

One cannot imagine any Indian food without Garam Masala. This quintessential ingredient is the secret to the popularity of many Indian recipes be it famous Chicken butter masala or any home-made recipe. Garam Masala has the power to tickle your tastes buds by adding all the flavours to the recipe.
Garam Masala typically means “Hot spice mix”, which is the perfect blend of different usual spices. It not only adds unique and subtle essence to the food but also has many benefits you’re entitled to. 
I have pulled together some common, yet important reasons to use Garam Masala in your food. Let’s see what they are.
  1. Anti-Ageing Ingredient:

    Garam Masala is a great anti-ageing ingredient since it includes powerful ingredients such as cinnamon, pepper, fennel etc, which are known as miracle ingredients with many benefits. Add more years to your life with Garam Masala.

  2. Improves Cholesterol Levels:

    Natural ingredients like pepper, cloves, cinnamon and cardamom work great to lower your cholesterol levels. Cinnamon, a main ingredient of Garam Masala, is beneficial for people with type-2 Diabetes. It lowers sugar levels and is an amazing source of fiber and calcium. It also helps improve your memory, fights cancer, and keeps heart problems at bay.

  3. Offer Anti-Inflammatory Properties:

    Cumin, another important ingredient of Garam Masala, is known for its strong flavor and bitter smell. But it offers a wide variety of benefits. Cumin is known to have powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. From acidic problem to heart diseases, this powerful ingredient controls your heart rate, improves digestion and enhances your metabolism.

  4. Keeps Your Dentist Away:

    No Garam Masala is ever complete without cloves, which has been used to fight many health diseases. Cloves are a great source of antioxidants, calcium, vitamins, and omega 6 fatty acids. They are great at reducing toothache and tooth cavity and thus have been used worldwide. Also, they help you build a healthy immune system by removing toxins from your body.

  5. Power Punch To Your Taste Buds:

    Last, but not the least, Garam Masala helps you improve the flavor of your food. In Garam Masala, each spice brings a unique flavor to the dish. The sugary taste of fennel and spiciness of pepper maintain the balance of flavors in your dish. As a matter of fact, taste preferences differ among people, but you can always solve the problem with a pinch of Garam Masala. 

Garam Masala is a combination of many different ingredients with each ingredient playing a vital role. From delicious flavor to health benefits, Garam Masala has it all. 

So, have you tried the Garam Masala? No? What are you waiting for? Try it out and let us know your feedback. Share your views about this ultimate ingredient in the comment section below. 

Use this delicious porridge recipe to bring a difference to your taste buds along with the good health. Health-oriented people have been enjoying their porridge for centuries, and rightly so. Made from oats porridge is tasty and nutritious, and is packed full of fibre, vitamins and minerals.

As part of a healthy diet, it's a great way to help reduce cholesterol, and the slow-release carbs mean it keeps you full (and full of energy) until lunchtime.

Directions To Make It:

  • Take water in a heavy bottomed pan and put it to high heat for boiling.
  • To sprinkle oats on top, reduce the heat to medium and stir into the water - (doing it this way helps reduce the risk of your porridge getting lumpy).
  • Then using a wooden spoon bring back to the boil over medium heat, stirring continuously.
  • Then reduce to low heat, cover with a lid and let simmer for around 20 - 30 minutes. Add salt and stir into porridge about half-way through and continue stirring the porridge every few minutes to prevent it from sticking and from lumps.

In this porridge recipe, the cooking time can be varied a bit, depending on how thick and creamy you want your porridge to be. Shorter cooking time will make for a thinner porridge with a more chewy texture. Longer cooking will make a thicker, creamier dish.on't overdo it, though, or you'll end up with a very 'stodgy' meal.

I like my porridge thin enough that it pours slowly from the pan, definitely not watery. You can sprinkle a little more salt on top if you like (and you don't have high blood pressure or a controlled diet).Then either pours cold milk, or cream, on top as per your taste.

Try this for your breakfast and do let us know if you tried any new recipe. We will look forward to your recipes :).

 

 

Why Choose Organic Spices?

While the stance on using organically grown produce and meats is widespread and relatively clear, there is still some indecision surrounding the use of organic spices. However, when we take a closer look at the number of spices that are used in everyday cooking, there should remain no doubt as to why these flavor enhancers should not be derived from organic sources as well.

When traditionally grown spices, whether ground or whole are consumed, to be used in cooking, sprinkled on dishes, rubbed for marinating, or any other cooking procedure, they also carry the threat of tainting food with their accompanying chemical components. Here it becomes highly questionable if these spices are actually more beneficial or harmful to use in cooking.

For starters, traditionally grown spices, like their produce counterparts, are exposed to fumigation by hazardous chemicals that are highly destructive to the ecosystems where they are grown. The process unequivocally involves treatment with pesticides, fungicides, herbicides and insecticides. In fact, the harsher the treatment, the more residue will be found in the finished product.

On the other hand, organically grown spices use ecological farming techniques by preventing or at least limiting contamination through this means. It is a given that all food that is grown needs to go through certain sanitation steps that will eradicate invasive contaminants. For conventionally grown spices, the accepted method is to use irradiation to kill contaminants without altering the taste and appearance of food. While the process does help in preserving the food, it can also generate carcinogenic by-products.

A safer and hazard free alternative is used when treating organic spices where companies sterilize their product with steam heat instead. This method is in compliance with organic standards where saturated steam is used under high pressure to kill microorganisms but without bruising the plant itself. The best part is that all this is accomplished without using any hazardous toxins.

As a result, organically grown spices do not contain any fillers, flavors or preservatives that may otherwise be detected in conventional spices; the use of these fillers and other additives becomes necessary as some of the flavor may have been lost during the manufacturing process. But since organically grown spices endure neither irradiation nor any other processed treatment, the finished product is free of any genetic modifications.

So with an increasing appetite for foreign and ethnic cuisines, spice consumers are turning to better options for purchasing organically grown spices and spice blends. There are a variety of brands that now service these products from grocery stores as well as from online sources. To get the best quality organic spices, especially catering to Indian cuisine enthusiasts, check out a variety of products at http://www.vedicaorganics.com/

Remember that spices are used to enhance a dish’s flavor, texture, color and aroma without compromising on any of its nutritional benefits. So to make your culinary favorites more delightful and interesting, opt for organically grown spices that will not only promote taste but also add to a meal’s wholesome value.

Traditional Indian Spices for Detox

Certain spices and herbs have long been used for their medicinal properties both by Ayurvedic as well as Chinese apothecaries. Medicinal uses can range from treating internal and external wounds, preventing and curing ailments along with the purpose of detoxifying the body. Many of these Ayurvedic spices are also an integral part of an Indian kitchen and can be used to remove toxins from the body.
  • Turmeric: Turmeric is known to be a potent liver cleansing spice. Incorporating it into regular nutrition can assist with supporting and detoxifying the liver. Turmeric is also known to possess anti-inflammatory characteristics that can boost the immune system. An easy and convenient way to include turmeric into the diet is by making turmeric tea, an infusion that is slightly spicy yet sweet and a delicious way to heal, cleanse and detoxify the liver and body.
  • Cinnamon Another common spice of Indian cooking, cinnamon bark may be used whole or purchased in powdered form. It is also a suitable candidate to cleanse the body of impurities as well as rejuvenate it. Like turmeric, cinnamon can also be infused into a tea and mixed with honey and water to cater detoxifying results.
  • Ginge: Ginger is believed to act as a detox by stimulating digestion, circulation and interestingly enough, sweating. Its impact on digestion helps prevent the buildup of toxins and boosts cleansing of the liver, colon and other organs. Along with improving digestion, and stimulating blood circulation, ginger also boasts a number of anti-inflammatory properties. Once again ginger may be infused into tea or it may be added to food during the cooking process. Fresh ginger may also be juiced with other fruits and vegetables to give an extra kick to freshly squeezed juices.
  • Cumin The antiseptic qualities of cumin are well known in Ayurveda and recognizes this spice to possess various anti-inflammatory features. Cumin is a common ingredient in both savory and sweet Indian dishes and can also be steeped to make a detox tea. Cumin can help cleanse the body by boosting metabolism and stimulating the release of digestive enzymes that assist in breaking down food. At the same time, it can also help the liver in eliminating toxins from the body.
  • Garlic: Garlic is known for cleansing the respiratory system, preventing heart diseases and purifying the blood. Collectively this gives garlic impressive detox qualities to purge the body of toxins and maintain a healthy immune system.
  • Cayenne: A favorite in any Indian kitchen, cayenne is ideal for improving digestion, reducing bloating and increasing blood circulation. But since this hot spice is hard to have on its own, it is typically paired with others like lemon and honey to yield a detox beverage.
And while all the mentioned ingredients are naturally sourced, an unsuitable detox does hold the potential of robbing the body of vital nutrients. An improper detox may also slow down metabolism and trigger unpleasant side effects like dehydration, nausea, fatigue and occasionally cause damage to the colon. So it is advisable to consult with a medical professional before following any detox program.

Garam Masala- The Essential Indian Spice

Perhaps the most well-known and extensively used spice in the Indian cuisine, garam masala is actually a blend of different spices. When translated in to English, “garam” is hot while “masala” is a spice mixture. So essentially what we get is a concoction of different spices put together that give dishes a distinct “Indian” taste.

For those who know the trade secret behind garam masala, this quintessential Indian spice gives dishes elements of sweetness, heat, complexity, texture and even a hint of lemon all at the same time. These various aspects of taste are derived from the spices used in the garam masala which include cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, cloves, black peppercorns, mace, bay leaf, star anise along with coriander seeds and cumin seeds. But there is no standard recipe for this classic Indian spice mix, apart from the types of spices used.

In fact, every Indian kitchen will have its own version of this interesting concoction. The resulting taste will vary slightly but the desired effect remains the same. The different spices are first roasted gently to the point where they release their aroma and then ground together to get a powdery consistency. This finely ground version of garam masala is primarily used as a finishing spice, often as a definitive garnish of a dish.

However, decorative reasons are not the only ones to add powdered garam masala at the end of the cooking process. Experts will reveal that adding this warm spice mix to the dish towards the end of the cooking process helps preserve aroma as well as the taste of the spices and will heighten the flavor of the resulting dish. And while different cooks may decide to add garam masala at any stage of cooking, it is well worth noting that since many Indian dishes are slow cooked and long simmering, doing so earlier may only muffle the flavor of the spices.

But ground garam masala is only one version of this vintage Indian spice. The other one is when the involved spices are used whole instead of being ground. To use whole garam masala, whole spices are used at the beginning of the cooking process. They are added to hot oil before any of the other ingredients and cooked quickly until they release their essence into the oil. While doing so it is important to remember that if added in greater quantities, or cooked for too long, the spices do hold the potential to overpower the food with their strong flavor making the resulting dish rather pungent. So instead, a little garam masala does go a long way for best results.

With its growing popularity, garam masala has now made its way into non-Indian kitchens as well. While it is a staple in all Indian dishes, dashes of garam masala may also be sprinkled onto marinades, salad dressings, sautés, soups and stews to beef up the taste. Some creative cooks have even found it worthwhile to season their flour used for baking so that there is an added kick to the final baked goods.

The Health Benefits of Lentils

Lentils not only make for a hassle free complement to meals, they are also low in calories and high in nutrition. These easy to cook foods cater a nutty and earthy flavor that can make salads more exciting, soups heartier and serve as a major protein source on a vegetarian diet.

But these are not the only advantages of to adding lentils into the diet. In fact, there is a whole amalgam of health benefits that lentils can offer to people. Some of these can include the following:

Lower cholesterol:

Adding lentils into the diet can help lower blood cholesterol levels for the individual. This happens because lentils have high percentages of soluble fiber that can assist with the process.

Heart health:

It has been established by studies that high fiber foods like lentils can help with reducing the risk of heart disease and improving heart health. Lentils also contain generous supplies of magnesium and folate which are recognized as heart health boosters.

There is negligible fat content in lentils which also makes it a heart friendly food.

Digestive health:

Likewise the high fiber content in lentils is also beneficial for keeping the digestive tract healthy and functioning properly. Common gastrointestinal issues like constipation and IBS can be prevented by consuming enough fiber.

Excellent source of protein:

Lentils are dense sources of protein and make up for the bulk of protein content in a vegetarian diet. In fact, they provide one of the highest protein content from any plant based food. But since lentils do not contain all of the amino acids required by the body for complete synthesis of protein, it is recommended that they are combined with whole wheat bread or a grain like rice to add complete nutritional value to a meal.

In addition lentils also deliver various macronutrients like vitamin and minerals. When combined with their protein supplies, lentils are good for generating muscle mass as the process is based on protein stores for repair and growth.

Energy levels:

Also being sources of complex carbohydrates, the type that burn slowly and provide consistent energy, lentils cater steady power to the body.

Weight loss:

Although lentils are power houses of nutrients, yet they are low in their caloric count so can be believed to assist with effective weight loss. There is virtually no fat content in lentils and all their nutritional value comes from beneficial nutrients like protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals.

High iron content:

Another plus of including lentils into the diet is its high iron content. Iron is needed for optimum hemoglobin production and overall good health and statistics reveal that around 36% of the daily recommended iron value can be provided by including one cup/ 200 grams of lentils every day.

To choose from an assortment of lentils, check out suppliers like http://www.vedicaorganics.com/lentils to make your choice.

But while lentils do offer a multitude of benefits, individuals who suffer from kidney stones or certain other kidney disease should stay away from this food group. Or consult with their doctor regarding lentil consumption.