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Instant Snack With Oats: How to Make Oatmeal Delicious With A Garlicky Flavor

Looking for a quick yet healthy snack? This is what you should be trying out instantly. The concept of healthy snacks is perfect for people like you and me, who are facing time constraints and are too busy for extensive cooking.
instant mix with oats
Our cooking marathons leave us exhausted, most of the time, isn't it? Never mind, today, I bring to you the instant oats mix recipe of my sister in law, though she makes it sans oats.

She would often tell me over phone to give this instant mix a tempering with garlic, but I have not done so on previous occasions. This time it was different. I went ahead with her tempering advice, and here I am with my immensely flavorful oats mix recipe.

instant oats poha mix with garlicky flavor
This oats recipe is a must try for instant snack lovers.

The instant oats mix is a people pleaser and promises to satiate your hunger pangs, for it is loaded with


  • fiber from oats
  • carbs from multigrain flakes and puffed rice
  • calories from flattened rice
Since it is rich in fiber and calories, you may feel full quickly. What more do you need?
This instant mix is not for those who would love to keep munching on something all the time.

healthy snack for preschoolers




Garlic has immense health benefits for mankind. From lowering blood pressure to reducing plaque deposits and cholesterol levels, garlic is a must include ingredient for one and all (of course, those with certain religious affirmations may not use it).

Here's my detailed post on the benefits of garlic.
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Ingredients

1cup - oats
1/2 cup-poha (rice flakes/flattened rice)
1/2 cup- murmure (puffed rice)
1/4 Cornflakes/multigrain flakes/ragi flakes (optional - I have added to make it a complete meal)
handful of curry leaves
 mustard seeds for tempering
black salt
8-10 garlic cloves (you may skip for a Jain recipe)
2 tbsp- oil (olive or any plant-based oil)
Turmeric
Nuts (I always use almonds, you may use peanuts as well)

How to make oatmeal delicious: Instant Oats Mix With Garlicky Flavor

This instant mix with a garlicky flavor is unlike the ready-to-eat mixes available in the market. Garlic adds an aromatic, flavorful, and healthy touch to the instant mix recipe. It is exactly what you need to add zing to your evening snacks.

  • Dry roast oats. Keep aside in a wide bowl.
  • Add 1 tbsp of oil in a pan and drop in rice flakes. If you want to dry roast poha, you can skip adding oil here.
  • Take out poha in the oats bowl once it has been roasted.
  • In the same pan, add murmure and dry roast. Remove in the same plate as poha.
  • Dry roast the flakes - cornflakes, multigrain flakes.
  • Take the remaining oil in the pan.
  • Add chopped garlic cloves. When the cloves look almost roasted, add mustard seeds.
  • When mustard seeds splutter, add almonds and then curry leaves and roast for a minute.
  • Immediately add turmeric and black salt.
  • Stir and immediately add the roasted ingredients.
  • Stir for a while and check for salt.
  • Turn off the flame.
  • Allow the instant snack with oatmeal to cool down before storing it in an airtight container for your evening hunger pangs.
  • You may go further on an experimental mode with this instant oats mix by adding chopped onions and tomato and sprinkling a few drops of lime juice atop. Mix and enjoy a healthy bowl.





Your complete Guide on Fiber: Recipes, Foods, Ideas


Fiber Foods: How Does It Help

Despite loud cries about the benefits of fiber foods, less than 3 percent of Americans meet their recommended fiber intake. You are already aware of the numerous benefits of including fiber rich foods in your daily diet. Besides helping make your bowel efficient, a high-fiber diet can improve your blood glucose levels, reduce the risk of stroke, lower your waistline and weight, and prevent you from a range of cardiovascular problems.


Do you know how important dietary fiber is for your health? Do you know you should drink a good amount of water if you increase your intake of fiber? How much is too much? Get complete details and fiber-rich recipes here.

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Ways To Increase Fiber Foods in Your Diet

If you are interested to include more fiber in your diet, there are many ways of doing so. You will find many dietary fiber rich foods around that can help keep you regular, improve bowel-related problems, get things moving, promote heart health, and keep blood sugar under control.

The Institute of Medicine recommends 38 grams of dietary fiber for men and 25 grams for women below 50 years of age.


Easy Mango Kulfi Recipe Without Condensed Milk: Sugar-Free, No Cream Oatmeal Dessert


You cannot dream of a summer season without a dessert. Think of mangoes - the king of fruits - and you want to get hold of mango kulfi. Of course, mango desserts are too yummy to ignore. But the market desserts are cream based and loaded with calories. And you are quite conscious about your calorie intake. So should you stop dreaming of desserts when it is still hot?
sugar-free mango kulfi no cream without condensed milk

Perhaps not, for there are diet desserts to try out. This website is a hub of healthy food lovers.

This mango season I have come up with another super delicious creamy mango frozen delight, like the last season when you had tried out two of my mango kulfi recipes - both using oatmeal.

So what is different this time?

Well, last season, my dear friend Ritu S. Mendiratta had shared her mango kulfi recipe in our food group "Healthy Recipes by Homemakers." The moment I saw her mango kulfi recipe, I knew it is sure going to be an oatmeal recipe. Ritu knows it all how to make oatmeal delicious.

She is too fond of this fiber-rich cereal grain, so known by the sobriquet "Oats Queen."

So this mango kulfi recipe is sans cream. What gives this mango kulfi recipe without condensed milk a creamy, luscious, cream-like texture is the inclusion of oats.
mango kulfi- oatmeal dessert


You already know it all about my love for oats. It is one must-include ingredient in a majority of my recipes, for it is a good source of dietary fiber.

Do you know why your body needs fiber?

Well, there are two types of fiber - soluble and insoluble fiber.
Oats is categorized as soluble fiber, which forms a gel-like consistency and sticks to cholesterol, eliminating it from your body, without being actually absorbed.

This is how fiber works.!! Surprising, isn;t it?

So would you wait to try out this quick cook mango kulfi recipe a try?
mango kulfi recipe without condensed milk


Do give this fiber-rich, sugar-free mango kulfi a try to indulge in a sweet dessert guilt free. You will want to have this mango dessert all through the season.

The very thought of this oatmeal dessert is making my mouth to water.



Serves 6
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooling time: 6 hours


Ingredients for sugar-free mango kulfi without condensed milk

mango kulfi dessert without condensed milk

3 mangoes
1/2 cup- oats/powdered oats
1 cup- water
1/2 cup- milk
2 tbsp- rose essence/honey (sweetness as per your taste preference)
1/2 tsp- lime juice (optional)
Roasted nuts and raisins (kishmish) and home-made tutty fruity


How to make oatmeal delicious: No Cream Mango Kulfi


  1. Make oatmeal first. Dry roast oats powder.
  2. Add water and keep stirring the mix.
  3. When the water and oatmeal blend fully and form a sticky mass, add milk.
  4. Stir constantly on medium flame until you get a creamy thick mixture.
  5. Turn off the flame and allow the mix to cool down.
  6. Take chopped mangoes, and add to a grinder or food processor.
  7. Add the oatmeal mix to mangoes.
  8. Now add lime juice and honey or rose essence/rooafzaah.
  9. Run all the ingredients in the grinder until everything gets mixed up fully.
  10. Pour into kulfi moulds or ice cream pan.
  11. Take out of the freezer after 2-3 hours and run in the processor.
  12. I did it with hands, as there was a power outage at that time. This will help break ice crystals that usually form in ice cream upon freezing.
  13. Pour in the kulfi mould once again and decorate with nuts, raisins, and homemade tutty fruity.
  14. Set in the freezer for 5-6 hours.
  15. Enjoy no cream creamy mango kulfi.

Instant Muesli Mix: Quick Healthy Breakfast or Snack for Preschoolers, Adults


Health on your mind? It's on my mind always! What better way to think of health than kick-starting your day with a healthy menu? 

Well, this instant muesli mix is just one healthy breakfast recipe that you would like to try out soon. With just a few ingredients easily available in every home, this instant muesli mix is what you should be trying out next.
instant muesli mix - a healthy snack for preschoolers


If kids do not love home food, then you are up for some challenging time.  Unfortunately, in many houses, home-cooked meals are a thing of the past, with processed foods becoming a major source of empty calories. Gradually, this results in nutritional deficits in the body, resulting in high levels of childhood obesity. Not only this, it leads to lifestyle-related scourges, such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

By cutting down outside food, junk food, and processed food from your everyday meals, you can ensure a healthy life for your family.

While kids love everything sweet and snacky, you find yourself struggling for ideas to make healthy snacks for preschoolers.

But worry not, healthy food is quick to process and delicious to munch on.

This instant muesli mix is one such example. 

You will love these crunchy healthy bites because these are loaded with the goodness of nuts and crunch of flakes. Rice flakes take care of the fiber quotient of this muesli mix.   Cornflakes is fortified with vitamin B12, which is crucial for the absorption of iron in your body. 
NUTS BENEFITS


Now you must be wondering how to enjoy this muesli mix. Well, it is ready to eat as is. Or you may want to add little honey and milk to the mix and enjoy it as a healthy breakfast. Alternatively, it works just perfect as a healthy snack. So what are you waiting for?

instant muesli mix ingredients

Nuts are loaded with healthy fats that boost the quotient of good cholesterol in your body.  Good cholesterol or HDL is critical to lowering the risk of heart disease, while a person with LDL or bad cholesterol is at a greater risk of cardiovascular ailments.



Moderate use of pistachios can

  • ·         promote heart-healthy lipid profile
  • improve the level of antioxidants 
  • ·         reduce systolic blood pressure
  • lower lipids and lipoproteins

Raisins are loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants. Vitamin C, just like Vitamin B12, is essential for iron absorption in your body. 


Let's take a look at the ingredients for our instant muesli mix. 


1/2 cup cornflakes or multigrain flakes/ragi flakes/whole wheat flakes
1/4 cup- roasted oats (I forgot to take pic of oats along with other ingredients as I decided to add them later)
1/2 cup choco flakes (you may add any other flakes instead)
1/2 cup nuts of your choice, including Bengal roasted gram, raisins, almonds, pistachios
1/2 cup roasted poha (rice flakes)

Now let's get started with mixing the ingredients.



your instant museli mix is just a step away!
 

 Take the nuts in a wide utensil.

Add choco flakes.


Add cornflakes/wheat flakes/multigrain flakes/ragi flakes.


Take roasted poha or rice flakes. If you do not have roasted poha handy, dry roast it first and add it to the muesli mix upon cooling. You may dry roast corn flakes and nuts as well.

Here is your bowl full of health. Perhaps your healthy breakfast of instant muesli mix is ready.
Stir in some milk and honey for a quick breakfast.
Else, enjoy it just like that. I relished the entire muesli mix without any further addition. You will love this simple recipe of muesli, which is your anytime snack.

Isn;t this a simple go-to muesli mix recipe?

Sugarless Oats Ladoo: Learn How to Make Oatmeal Delicious for a Vegan Sweet Treat


Perhaps you are here for a sweet treat. But when you are visiting Mercury IMP, you know you are in a for a healthy treat, right? Health is what we dream of. Healthy recipes are one way to live our dream. Of course, you cannot deny the role of a healthy exercise regimen for a healthy you, isn't it? So this oatmeal ladoo recipe comes with a yummy twist. This is absolutely nutty and 100% vegan. Yes, my dear friends, if you are looking for a vegan sweet treat, then this sugarless oatmeal ladoo recipe is going to be a big hit with your loved ones. One try is a must.

sugarfree ladoo oats


The oats ladoo recipe takes inspiration from Radha Natarajan's oats wheat flakes ladoo, though I have come up with my own twists and modifications.


Here's the sugarless oats ladoo recipe that makes a healthy snack for preschoolers. If you are bored with oats and wondering how to make oatmeal delicious, then this is it.



Ingredients

1/2 cup- oatmeal

1/4 cup- poha/rice flakes

1/4 cup- cornflakes /wheat flakes/ragi flakes/multigrain flakes

2 tbsp- jaggery powder (please add more for more sweetness)

1 tbsp- saunf (fennel seeds)

 2-3 tbsp- water

1/2 -1 tsp- olive oil
4 tbsp- almond butter (here's how to make almond butter at home)

Nuts of your choice
Sesame seeds





Here's the video recipe to make almond butter at home


How to make oatmeal delicious


Dry roast poha (rice flakes/flattened rice) and cornflakes. Keep aside.

Dry roast powdered oats.Keep aside.
Dry roast nuts and sesame seeds (til).
Heat gur/jaggery in a nonstick pan. Keep the flame low. You may add raw cane sugar if you do not have jaggery.

Add almond butter. Mix and heat on low flame for 1-2 minutes.


Stir in saunf (fennel seeds).
 Add olive oil and mix.
 Add water and mix well.

The mixture will become a mass. Heat for 1 minute.
Add the roasted oats, poha, and nuts. Mix well.

 Mix everything well and turn off the flame.
 Try to bind the dough into ladoos while the mixture is still hot. But please do not burn your hands. Roll the ladoos in oatmeal powder. This is optional.
Delicious sugarless ladoos with oatmeal are ready.

 Pack the oatmeal ladoos in a jar upon cooling completely.If you have been looking for a quick healthy snack for preschoolers, this is it.
Time to enjoy healthy oats ladoos.

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