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Healthy Meals You Can Make in 5 Minutes

You know how important it is to eat nutritious, balanced meals. But if you’re anything like most of us, you sometimes reach for a meal or snack that’s more convenient and quick than it is healthy. It’s tough to always eat well when you’re on the go from morning until night.

Luckily, you don’t have to choose between convenience and your health. There are plenty of meals out there that are quick, easy, and healthy all at once. By learning a few new standby recipes and keeping the right ingredients on hand, you can throw together tasty meals in a snap, and you won’t have to suffer through any guilt or food hangovers later. Quite the opposite – the right food choices will keep you feeling energetic for hours.

Sound good? Here are three quick and healthy meals you can learn to make today.

Berry Smoothie Bowl

blueberry smoothie with chia seeds and fresh berry

Do you have frozen fruit, peanut butter powder, cashew milk, and a blender? If so, you can throw together this refreshing smoothie bowl in just minutes. It might taste like dessert, but this smoothie bowl is packed with filling fiber and cancer-fighting antioxidants. The recipe is also easy to tweak based on whatever you’ve got on hand. As written, this is a vegan-friendly recipe, but if you’re not vegan, you could try replacing the cashew milk with Greek yogurt. You can also vary the fruits you include or try topping the bowl with different garnishes.

To make this smoothie bowl, you will need:

  • 3 or 4 frozen bananas
  • 1/3 cup (or a handful) frozen blueberries
  • 1/3 cup (or a handful) frozen raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter powder
  • 1/4 cup cashew milk
  • Granola, extra berries, or molasses for garnishing

Toss all of your fruit, cashew milk, and peanut butter powder into a blender. Blend until smooth. This might be easier if you break up your frozen bananas first. Put the smoothie in a bowl, add whatever toppings you like, and enjoy.

5-Minute Savory Microwave Breakfast Mug

If you have five extra minutes and some leftovers in your fridge, you can whip up this fast and easy egg-and-cheese mug for breakfast (or any other meal, really). Besides being super-convenient and minimizing cleanup, one extra benefit of making this meal in a mug is that it’s portable – you can zap it in the microwave and then bring it with you on your way to work or school. What’s not to like?

To make this mug of cheesy goodness, you’ll need:

  • About 1 cup stale bread, torn into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup cooked, chopped meat
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped vegetables (like spinach, mushrooms, or bell pepper)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons shredded cheese
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Start by tearing up your bread and chopping your meat and vegetables finely. Next, microwave the butter in the bottom of a large mug until it melts, about 20 seconds. Whisk in your egg, milk, salt, and pepper. Add your chopped meat and vegetables and your shredded cheese. Then mix in the bread, making sure all the pieces are coated with the egg mixture. Let the bread soak undisturbed for one minute. Then microwave the whole mug for 90 seconds, or until the center is cooked through.

No-Bake Coconut Protein Bites

Coconut Bites

Raw Homemade Healthy Gluten Free Date Bites with Cherry and Chocolate

These sweet, satisfying protein bites make a great quick breakfast or snack. If you tend to crave a pick-me-up during the afternoon slump, try whipping up a batch of these bites so you won’t be tempted to visit the vending machine. They’re also highly customizable, so you can experiment with adding your favorite ingredients!

To make these protein bites, you’ll need:

  • 1 cup pitted Medjool dates
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds
  • 1/4 cup vanilla protein powder
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Put all the ingredients into a food processor or blender. Mix until the ingredients are combined into a dough. Roll the dough into balls – this recipe makes about 14. For best texture, store in the fridge or the freezer.

Guest post by Jason Malone

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TOP 5 CULINARY COLLEGES IN INDIA

In today’s day and age, the limited streams and ever increasing competition in traditional avenues of education has given rise to a number of alternatives for students who have or are just about to pass XII grade. Alternative UG courses are the way forward as more and more institutions open up streams of higher education for all those who wish to pursue their own interests and passions as a career. Such streams are proving both comfortable and profitable in the long run for those willing to put in the required effort.

The demand for certified professionals is more than ever, as most organizations simply can’t count on raw talent. It needs to be tamed and nurtured. One such field which has seen a tremendous shift towards professionalism is that of culinary arts. More and more people today are focused on working and putting in the maximum time that can be spared. As such, a preference for food cooked by others has developed for most of the working class families. Since the demand is high, many are taking up culinary courses as their choice of career. It is efficient and logical since the training and familiarity for it can be started in one’s own home.

As such, here are five of the best colleges in India dedicated to providing that specific skill set to future chefs.

Maharishi Markandeshwar University, Ambala

Maharishi Markandeshwar University (MMU) is based in Mullana, Ambala. Aside from a variety of courses, the University offers two UG courses in culinary arts, namely Diploma in Food Production and Diploma in Bakery and Confectionery. Duration of both courses is 18 months, during which time students are trained in both the art of food and that of professional communication. Students are offered industrial training in the last six months as part of the curriculum, so by the time they pass out, they are well familiar with their work environment. The college has seen an excellent campus placement record in the field, since MMU is NAAC ‘A’ accredited and UGC approved.

Course Name – Diploma in Food Production/Diploma in Bakery and ConfectioneryCourse Fees – INR 43,000/-
Eligibility – Candidate should have passed 10+2 from a recognized board or university with English as a compulsory subject.
Admissions – Admissions are done on the basis of candidate’s performance in class XII.

Amity University, Noida

Those who are looking for a great quality in culinary arts may consider Amity University Noida campus as their first choice. The University offers a UG course in Food Production, which has seen many candidates turn up for the University’s annual Entrance Examination. The process of admission is more rigorous than that of other universities, but holds more promise as it has a near perfect placement and training record on campus. The course has a duration of 18 months, during which students are prepared for a practical and contemporary scenario through hands on training and internships.

Course Name – Diploma in Food Production
Course Fees – INR 1,98,000/-
Eligibility – Candidate should have passed 10+2 or equivalent from a recognized board or university.
Admissions – Admissions are done on the basis of candidate’s performance in entrance test and the subsequent interview sessions.

Christ University, Bangalore

Christ University is a deemed to be university based in Bangalore. Aside from a variety of courses, the university offers a full time UG Diploma in Food and Beverage Service. The course duration is 12 months, after which students are equipped with an extensive skill set to work in any desired edibles organization across India. For those wanting to develop culinary skills part time, the University also offers a Certification course in Bakery and Confectionery, which has a duration of just 45 hours.

Course Name – Diploma in Food and Beverage Service
Course Fees – INR 25,000/-
Eligibility – Candidate should have passed 10+2 or equivalent from a recognized board or university.
Admissions – Admissions are done on the basis of candidate’s performance in class XII.

SRM University, Chennai

One of the most renowned universities in South India, SRM too offers a few courses in culinary arts. The deemed University is UGC approved and NAAC ‘A’ accredited. SRM offers two UG courses and several certification courses in Food Production and Bakery and Confectionery under its Hotel and Catering Management wing. The courses are most sought after since the institute is regarded one of the best in India. The institute regularly participates in international culinary competitions and seminars held in Europe each year, which enable students to get a better experience by the time they complete the course.

Course Name – Diploma in Food Production/Diploma in Bakery and Confectionery
Course Fees – INR 52,500/-
Eligibility – Candidate must have passed class X or equivalent from a recognized board or university
Admissions – Admissions are done based on the merit scored by the candidate in class X.

Anna University:

Anna University is a Public University based in Chennai. It was established in 1978 and is one of the most prominent Universities in India for technical education. Aside from several conventional streams of B.Tech., M.Tech. and PhD, the univeristy also offers a unique course, namely B. Tech. in Food Technology. It is a UG full-time degree course with a duration of 4 years. The course consists of not only culinary, but also the elements of technical and management skill development which widens the opportunities for prospective students. The University is NAAC ‘A’ accredited and has seen an excellent placement record, with a few students even being placed in foreign countries.

Course Name – B.Tech. in Food Technology
Course Fees – INR 75,800/-
Eligibility – Candidate must have passed 10+2 or equivalent from a recognized board or university with at least 50% marks and English as a compulsory subject.
Admissions – Admissions are done based on counselling in TNEA.

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Bhakti
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Wedding Invitations on Chocolates

Wedding Chocalate

Whenever a wedding is planned, one of the most important aspects is creating a beautiful wedding invitation. A wedding invitation is in some ways the first glimpse of the wedding for the wedding guests. The design of a wedding invitation says a lot about the couple and the wedding. Whether it is funky and playful, elegant and formal or traditional, it lets people know what to expect at the actual wedding also.

These days couples are always looking for ways to do something unique and innovative for their marriage invitation design. In this article we describe one such innovative idea – getting your wedding invitation printed on chocolates!

Wedding Invitation printed on chocolate bar. Image courtesy: http://www.chococraft.in

The technique of printing on chocolates is a new innovation and not only do these printed chocolates look beautiful but they also taste delicious.

You can use these chocolates to accompany a printed wedding card or even better print your edible wedding invitation on a chocolate bar itself!

Why chocolate wedding invites?

There are so many different reasons why you can think about chocolate wedding invitations. Here are some of them.

  1. Everybody likes chocolates – Chocolate is something that everybody is fond of. When you give chocolates along with your wedding invitations it is likely to be a delightful surprise for your wedding guests. After all chocolate is relished equally by everyone whether they are young or old men or women!
  2. Innovative Concept – Nowadays everyone is looking for an innovative new idea to make their wedding unique and stand out in people’s minds. When you give an invitation with printed chocolates your wedding immediately becomes special and something that people will always remember!
  3. Wedding theme on chocolates – If you have a theme for your wedding, let’s say a peacock theme or a beach theme, then, this theme can also be very beautifully presented on the chocolates themselves. The chocolates can bear a symbol or design that goes with the theme. Almost every colour can be reproduced on the chocolates. This is something which cannot be done if you are gifting traditional sweets along with your wedding invitation.Wedding Chocolates invitation
  4. Chocolates have a longer shelf life – When we compare them to sweets chocolates have a much longer shelf life. This also makes it easier when you have to ship your wedding invitations to people who might live in a different city. With a good packaging solution chocolate can easily be shipped to other cities.  This is very difficult to achieve with sweets. 
  5. It’s a great way to personalize your wedding – You can have a wide range of designs printed on the chocolate in bright colours. Chocolates can have the name of the bride and the groom, the wedding date or anything else that you like printed on them. A favourite song lyric or some phrase that has a special meaning for you both as a couple can also be printed. It’s a great way to make the wedding reflect you both and what is important to you.
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Top 7 Mouth-Watering Eateries in Mumbai For Food Lovers

Mumbai Street Food For Food Lovers

Food! The sound of this word alone is enough to lighten up any kind of moodiness. And for foodies, life mostly revolves around their food. Anyone visiting Mumbai would find that the myriad of street food in itself is an overwhelming experience. Added to this are the multitude of restaurants serving a wide variety of cuisines from every corner of the world. All this makes Mumbai the perfect destination for all the foodies out there. Here is a compiled list of the top seven eateries in Mumbai which can make food lovers fall in love with the city through its chow.

  1. Bademiya, Colaba

Kabab @ Bademiya

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