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Tune into a healthy lifestyle with these natural sweeteners

Begin your New Year with these top natural sweetener for a healthy lifestyle.

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New Delhi, Jan 3, 2018: We are all set to begin the New Year with new pledges and resolutions to stay fit and tune in to a healthy lifestyle. To beat a big hurdle in your healthy resolution — dieting boredom — one needs to keep the diet plan and healthy eating target as exciting and simple as possible. Nature has blessed us with a few natural sweeteners which can best fit into our healthy diet, says nutritionist and fitness trainer Iram Zaidi. Here are her four top natural sweeteners.

* Stevia-plant based, zero calorie, easy to use and safe sweetener

Stevia is getting popular across the world as a natural sweetener. There were certain misconceptions with its bitter taste as a majority of products were based on traditional stevia sweeteners offered in the form of high purity Reb A molecule. A recently developed variety of stevia tastes exactly like sugar, so that our taste buds should not be compromised. Given stevia can replace some unwanted sweetener calories, it can be one tool for cutting calories from your daily diet without affecting blood sugar or insulin levels.

Stevia-plant based, zero calorie, easy to use and safe sweetener
Stevia-plant based, zero calorie, easy to use and safe sweetener. wikimedia commons

* Sugarcane juice — Nature’s superfluid and a great sweetener

Sugarcane juice has been a part of Indian culture for thousands of years. Ayurveda acharyas prefer the juice to be extracted from healthy canes and consumed in hygienic form. A great energy drink, skin toner, body cleanser and loaded with a variety of medicinal properties to fight a majority of diseases, sugarcane juice is unfortunately missing from our diet plans. One of the biggest reasons was the hygiene factor. Now, a bottled sugarcane juice or cold-pressed sugarcane juice are good pick-ups for a healthy start.

Sugarcane juice -- Nature's superfluid and a great sweetener
Sugarcane juice — Nature’s superfluid and a great sweetener. wikimedia commons

* Honey — Nature’s best anti-biotic and great sweetener

Natural honey is loaded with nutrients and is an essential part of Indian home remedy solutions from ages. It has proteins, minerals, and vitamins. The plant enzyme amylase present in raw honey is effective in breaking down and helping the predigestion of the starches and also helps to raise the level of antioxidants required in the body. One teaspoon of honey is only about 20 calories.

* Honey -- Nature's best anti-biotic and great sweetener
Honey — Nature’s best anti-biotic and great sweetener. wikimedia commons

* Coconut sugar — lower glycemic index and great nutritional value

Coconut sugar is also called coconut palm sugar. It is a natural sugar made from sap, which is the sugary circulating fluid of the coconut plant. It is a good source of minerals like iron, zinc, calcium and potassium, along with some short chain fatty acids, polyphenols and antioxidants. Coconut sugar and coconut nectar contain a fiber known as inulin. This fiber may help slow glucose absorption, offering an alternative for those dealing with diabetic concerns.

 Coconut sugar -- lower glycemic index and great nutritional value
Coconut sugar — lower glycemic index and great nutritional value. wikimedia commons

So, go ahead with these natural sweeteners as there is no need to put an extra effort to fight your sweet tooth by eliminating sugar from your meals. (IANS)

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Prepare these Amazing Cocktails for a tipsy Winter

Best Cocktail recipes you can prepare easily at home in winters

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Cocktail Recipes for winter
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  • From wintery matcha, cherry punch to a cinnamon affair, there are many different cocktails that you can try to warm up this winter, say experts.

Karan Vasani, Chief Winemaker at Sula Vineyards, and experts at Hennessy list some cocktail recipes to try out this winter:

* Mulled Wine

Ingredients

Shiraz wine – 3 glasses

Star anise – 3

Cloves – 5

Orange peel

Cinnamon flavoured sugar syrup

Method — Boil the above ingredients till the wine reduces to half. Add 60 ml Janus wine and serve warm garnished with a vanilla pod.

* Wintery matcha Cocktail

Ingredients

Green tea – 1 tea bag

Green apple syrup – 10 ml

Ginger – 15 gm juiced

Lime juice – 30 ml

Sula Seco

Method – Brew the green tea as per packet instructions. Let it cool. Fill one-third of a sparkling wine glass with green tea. Add the green apple syrup, ginger and lime juice. Top it off with Sula Seco. Serve with a thin slice of green apple.

* Cherry punch Cocktail

Ingredients

Cherry puree -60 ml

Ginger – 100 gm

Water -150 ml

Riesling wine – 3 glasses

Method – Muddle the ginger and cherry puree together. Add water and bring it to a boil. Boil it till it reduces to half. Top it off with the Riesling wine. Serve cool garnished with a cherry.

* Magic Spritzer Cocktail

Ingredients

Ginger – 50 gm

Eclipse – 60 ml

Zinfandel red wine – 2 glasses

Martini Rosso – 60 ml

Method – Grate the ginger and juice it. Stir all the ingredients together. Serve at room temperature in a wine glass garnished with orange peel

* Cinnamon affair Cocktail

Ingredients

Green tea – 1 tea bag

Cinnamon – 2 stick

Lemon juice – 15 ml

Janus wine – 30 ml

Brut wine

Method – Brew the green tea as per packet instructions along with the cinnamon. Let it cool. Fill one-third of a sparkling wine glass with the green tea and cinnamon mix. Add lemon juice and brandy and give it a stir. Top it off with Brut wine. Serve cool.

* Mixed story Cocktail

Ingredients

Cognac – 4 cl (1.5oz)

Acacia honey – 0.5 cl (0.2oz)

Hot water – 4 cl (1.5oz)

Lemon -1 slice

Method – In a glass, add cognac, honey and hot water. Stir to dissolve the honey. Garnish with a lemon slice.

* Sugary winter Cocktail

Ingredients

Cognac – 4 cl (1.5oz)

Hot water – 4 cl (1.50z)

Sugar cane syrup – 0.5 cl (0.2oz)

2 lemon supremes (wedges without the peel, pith and skin)

1 thin slice of ginger

1 orange twist

Method – In a glass, add cognac, sugar, lemon, and ginger. Stir. Top with hot water and garnish with orange twist.

* Spiced orange smash Cocktail

Ingredients

2.5 parts of cognac

½ part Averna

½ part simple syrup

2 dashes of Angosutra Bitters

1 tablespoon of Orange marmalade

0.75 part Fresh Lemon Juice

Method – Add all liquids to a shaker with ice and shake until chilled. Fine strain. Pour over ice in a glass. Garnish with an orange twist.