Baking is an interesting hobby that many choose to pick because it is just as fun as it is therapeutic. Beyond the delight of whipping up warm treats for you and your family, studies have shown that baking is an effective tool to calm your nerves and rejuvenate your body.
However, many shy away from the practice because they believe that the more they bake, the more they eat. This particularly affects the weight watchers and calorie-conscious.
While it is true that common baking ingredients often use a lot of unsaturated fats and sugar, that needn't always be the case! Freshlist brings to you its top picks of baking in a healthy way.
1. Make your own bread to use less salt
Bread is probably the bakery product we eat the most, which means that, while it might not be the saltiest food you can think of, it can make a significant contribution to the salt content of our diet.
Using whole grain flour instead of white flour will help to increase the fibre content and make your baking more satisfying to eat
In recent years, many manufacturers have reduced the amount of salt that they add to bread, but it can still vary widely.
A recent survey found that one in four loaves contained more salt in two slices than a packet of crisps. This means we all need to check food labels carefully but, better still, why not make your own bread so that you have complete control?
2. Try different flours and flavourings
Making your own bread also gives you flexibility in terms of the type of flour you use. Wholegrain flour is a healthier choice than white, but it doesn't have to be just wheat - you could try spelt, barley or oat, either on their own or mixed. Add some seeds or herbs to give an interesting crunch and flavour.
3. Bake with unsaturated fat
Cakes should really be an ‘every now and then’ food. However, with a few tweaks to the ingredients and toppings, baking your own can be better for you than buying them.
Using an unsaturated spread instead of butter has more benefits than simply reducing the amount of saturated fat: it actually gives a lighter texture, especially if you’re making an all-in-one sponge cake. You can just swap spreads for butter in most recipes without making any other changes. Just make sure the spread you use is suitable for baking.
4. Add healthier ingredients to your baking
As with bread, using whole grain flour instead of white flour will help to increase the fibre content and make your baking feel more substantial and filling. The flavour will be slightly different – some people say it tastes a bit nutty. If you want a more subtle flavour, you can try using half wholegrain and half white flour.
Using fruit and vegetables will also add fibre and sweetness. There might not be enough in a portion to count as one of your 5-a-day, but it’s a nutritious way to help keep your cakes and scones moist. And by using sweet vegetables such as carrots, beetroots or courgettes, or fruit such as apples, berries or pineapples, you won’t need to add so much sugar.
5. Healthier Icings
Use a drizzle of glacé (water) icing rather than butter icing for cake toppings. Or, a light sprinkle of icing sugar may be all you need to give your bake the final touch. Try cutting out stencils from greaseproof paper and sifting your icing sugar over it for a professional-looking finish.
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Despite popular belief, the term anxiety is not just limited to a clinical illness, Anxiety is your body’s natural response to stress. It’s a feeling of fear or apprehension about what’s to come.
But if your feelings of anxiety are extreme, last for longer than six months, and are interfering with your life, you may have an anxiety disorder. Freshlist brings to you its top picks of scientifically proven ways to reduce anxiety when it hits-
Exercise is one of the most important things you can do to combat stress. It might seem contradictory, but putting physical stress on your body through exercise can relieve mental stress.
The benefits are strongest when you exercise regularly. People who exercise regularly are less likely to experience anxiety than those who don’t exercise.
There are a few reasons behind this:
Stress hormones: Exercise lowers your body’s stress hormones — such as cortisol — in the long run. It also helps release endorphins, which are chemicals that improve your mood and act as natural painkillers.
Sleep: Exercise can also improve your sleep quality, which can be negatively affected by stress and anxiety.
Confidence: When you exercise regularly, you may feel more competent and confident in your body, which in turn promotes mental wellbeing.
Try to find an exercise routine or activity you enjoy, such as walking, dancing, rock climbing or yoga.
Regular exercise can help lower stress and anxiety by releasing endorphins and improving your sleep and self-image.
2. Reduce your caffeine intake
Caffeine is a stimulant found in coffee, tea, chocolate and energy drinks. High doses can increase anxiety/ People have different thresholds for how much caffeine they can tolerate. If you notice that caffeine makes you jittery or anxious, consider cutting back.
Although many studies show that coffee can be healthy in moderation, it’s not for everyone. In general, five or fewer cups per day is considered a moderate amount.
High quantities of caffeine can increase stress and anxiety. However, people’s sensitivity to caffeine can vary greatly.
3. Write it down
One way to handle stress is to write things down.
While recording what you’re stressed about is one approach, another is jotting down what you’re grateful for.
Gratitude may help relieve stress and anxiety by focusing your thoughts on what’s positive in your life.
Keeping a journal can help relieve stress and anxiety, especially if you focus on the positive.
4. Chew gum
For a super easy and quick stress reliever, try chewing a stick of gum.
One study showed that people who chewed gum had a greater sense of wellbeing and lower stress.
One possible explanation is that chewing gum causes brain waves similar to those of relaxed people. Another is that chewing gum promotes blood flow to your brain.
According to several studies, chewing gum may help you relax. It may also promote wellbeing and reduce stress.
It’s hard to feel anxious when you’re laughing. It’s good for your health, and there are a few ways it may help relieve stress:
Relieving your stress response.
Relieving tension by relaxing your muscles.
In the long term, laughter can also help improve your immune system and mood. Try watching a funny TV show or hanging out with friends who make you laugh. Find the humor in everyday life, spend time with funny friends or watch a comedy show to help relieve stress.
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Salads are an essential meal accompaniment in most Indian households. The classic combination of tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and radishes with a sprinkle of salt and a dash of lime juice is seen as a side dish on many lunch tables as it provides a crunchy and juicy compliment to the main meal.
However, have you ever considered getting creative with the way you prepare your salad? Salads come in all shapes and forms and are open to customisation which cater to both standard and unique ways.
Add a little zing to your classic lunch today by browsing through freshlist’s delicious and wholesome salad recipes-
Roasted Mushroom and Coloured Capsicum
Who doesn't like colourful food? Dig in this unique salad with peppy herbs and tangy lemon juice. Mushrooms and capsicum are both low in calories and fat, and rich in fibre, which makes this salad a good option for weight-watchers. You can even perk up this salad by adding baby corn for its tenderness and zucchini for its juiciness. Top it off with a dressing of your choice and serve fresh!
Kale and apple salad
A must have for those who are particularly health conscious! This salad combines the unique flavour and texture of kale leaves with crunchy strips of apple, shredded cabbage and melon seeds. Serve it immediately upon tossing to enjoy the fresh flavours.
On the surface it sounds like a simple, bland recipe but this salad is cabbage through and through, with dark green speckles of green chillies and coriander here and there. It involves the fusion of cabbage with tangy dressing with black salt, lemon juice and red chili and coriander powder. You can also personalise it by adding your own variants of spices and herbs and enjoy it fresh!
Three bean salad
This salad is a combination of beans in an oregano tomato dressing which makes a quick and tasty salad. The beans need to be soaked overnight and pressure cooked separately till they are soft. The ketchup used in the dressing lends a sweet and concentrated tomato flavour, which blends beautifully in the salad.
Sprouts, Spring Onion and Tomato Salad
Quick, easy and tasty, the best part is that this has as much nutritional appeal too, making it a must-have for all ages. Tangy and crunchy, it is an excellent source of folic acid, iron and protein. The lemony dressing adds to the goodness with an ample dose of vitamin C, especially if it is prepared just before serving.
Dig into our colourful and tasty salad recipes by purchasing ripe and fresh fruits and vegetables through FreshList’s wide range of fresh produce and feel free to add your own personal touch to them!
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Working at home can make you experience a lot of emotions, both positive and negative. Chances are, you’re so overwhelmed with the transition that you find it hard to be organised and stabilize your mental health throughout the whole ordeal. Many studies have found that even though people clock in the usual 8 hours, since they’ve been working at home they still don’t believe they got enough work done.
All these factors can bring mental health deterioration to the surface and that’s why it’s important to simple but effective forms of self care.
That said, fresh list brings to you its top picks of types of self care that workaholics often tend to put off-
1. Keep a Consistent Sleep Schedule
Don't have a conference call until mid morning? Get up on time anyway. Is your Netflix binge in full force by the end of the day? Turn it off and get to bed at a decent time.
When you're suddenly at home more, sleep schedules can take a hit as you try and adjust. But sticking to the same wake time and bedtime are crucial aspects of self-care, because those contribute to sleep quality. Without that, you may find yourself groggy throughout the day, or with big fluctuations in energy.
If you’re tempted to take a day nap and do want a snooze, aim for a 20-minute power nap, and set an alarm for it
2. Build Breaks Into Your Schedule
Don’t make a daunting to-do list that threatens to send your stress levels soaring, but have a general grasp of what you'd like to accomplish today and when you'll tackle those projects, as well as when you'll take breaks.
Being as intentional as possible is very helpful when you're working from home.. That might mean working on a different schedule than you had in the office. That might mean you have to schedule breaks at specific times. Play around with it so you're building your day in a thoughtful way from the start.
3. Make an Appointment for You Time
When it comes to self-care, the perception is often one of indulgence: mud masks, long baths, goblets of wine, lounging in bed until noon. But as the strategies on this list highlight, self-care is actually making yourself a priority in an everyday way, especially when working from home.
It's about finding healthy ways to comfort yourself, set priorities, stay connected, and create structure. Especially now, when none of us knows what looms ahead, these things can give you a much-needed sense of control that translates to making working into a meaningful activity — not one more big stressor.
Self-care is not selfish. See this is a time to see working from home not as a hassle, but as an opportunity for taking care of ourselves. And through that, building a stronger foundation for ourselves, our families, and our communities.
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One of the most anticipated fruits of the summer season is watermelon, and rightly so. The juiciest and the most famous of all melons is the watermelon. This bright red oblong or round fruit with thick green rinds that are often spotted or striped and black seeds is beloved by children and adults alike.
Apart from being an absolute delight to it, watermelon also comes with an abundance of health benefits, such as aiding weight loss and helping in energy production.
Indians relish watermelon as it or with a sprinkle of chaat masala or black salt.
But have you ever wondered how you can make use of this delicious fruit more creatively?
Freshlist brings to you its top picks on how to enjoy this juicy fruit!
Watermelon mojito is a refreshing drink to make on hot summer’s day. This delectable thirst-quencher is packed with nutrients like vitamin C and A. Salt induces the flavour of the watermelon to strongly combine with the other flavours in this drink.
Watermelon, pineapple and paneer salad
Flavourful paneer balls containing crunchy veggies and coconut are combined with juicy fruits, all of which is arranged on crisp lettuce leaves, topped with a lemony honey dressing and refrigerated till the salad becomes delightfully crisp and refreshing!
Watermelon and mint grape cup
Melon balls, seedless grapes and orange squash with a dash of chopped mint leaves combine to make a perfect party starter. Serve cold and fresh!
Watermelon and strawberry ice
Watermelons and strawberries complement each other in this refreshing granita. You can also serve it as a drink if unfrozen.
Watermelon, orange and feta salad
Watermelon, Orange and Feta Salad will sweep you off your feet with its amazing blend of textures and flavours. Watermelon and orange are fruits that you get all round the year and they combine beautifully because the watery sweetness of watermelon and the juicy tang of oranges complement each other very well.
Add to this some feta cheese and you bring in tinges of salty creaminess to the salad. A dressing of olive oil and pepper is simple but effective in highlighting the positives of this salad.
Buy ripe and juicy watermelons through the freshlist website or app and have them delivered to your doorstep.
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