Mandala Making Workshop 

Advertisements

Lactose-free milk


I’m testing out lactose-free milk in my diet from today and you guys have no idea how excited I am! I tried it with coffee this morning and realized I forgotten what it felt like to have a somewhat normal tasting coffee with dairy!

Well well. I am lactose intolerant too so I have to watch out on my dairy intake (which really wasn’t that much to begin with) in general. This diet has also reduced my caffeine intake by half and now I just have one small cup of coffee of tea instead of… two.  That’s a lot isn’t it?

For about 8 weeks out of 13, I totally cut off caffeine of any sort and had to deal with withdrawal symptoms for the first week. From week 8 onwards, I reintroduced coconut milk and came up with this amazing all natural, homemade coconut creamer recipe which worked wonders with a cup of coffee. It kept me happy and going if I really “needed” a caffeine fix.

Going back to dairy.

Dairy is dairy and coffee + lactose-free milk  >>  coffee + coconut milk.

I’ve come a long way with this diet and added restrictions. There have been hiccups along the way but I guess I’ve been alright. I’m hoping the reviewed diet gives me more energy and less unnecessary complications. Also, I’d be more than happy if it stops me from having absolutely random cravings. I mean, I don’t remember craving pecan pie in my life ever before…not just one slice…I wanted TWO whole slices of freshly-baked pecan pie…

Homemade Coconut Creamer 

I’ve been off caffiene and dairy for the last 5 weeks and just recently got a green flag to have a cup of coffee or tea per day, preferably black. I know me and I can’t do black tea or coffee, and, I’m currently off nuts (milk and butter) and soy too —  it doesn’t leave us with too many options now.

The thing is, I never needed caffeine or relied on it. I genuinly enjoyed having a cup or a half once a day, while writing or when I went out with friends.

For a while I was worried I’d lose the freedom to have a cup of something. As I said, I simply can’t get myself to truly enjoy black coffee.

Good thing is, that’s not the case anymore. I I’ll be carrying my creamer around from now on. It is just heavenly!

Ingredients: 200 ml Organic Coconut Milk (or any coconut milk with no or low preservatives. The one I used contains 99.9% coconut cream) + a few drops of organic stevia (you could use coconut sugar if you have no sugar restrictions) + 1-2 tsp coconut oil + 1 tsp vanilla essence or a pod + 3-4 tablespoons of water or coconut water (can water down the coffee, so decide based on your preference). Coconut water has its natural sweetness and goes well with this creamer.

Method: Blend all ingredients and store in an air-tight bottle. You can keep this for about a week but I suggest using it within 3-4 days and making a fresh batch. I also use the same in golden milk latte (turmeric milk) or chai. I’m supposed to only have a teaspoon in my cup but that too boring for me so I add about 2 teaspoons :)

P.S. Coconut milk might not work for everyone with SIBO. It can be considered high FODMAP in certain amounts so I suggest checking with your Doctor before you decide to try this creamer. You might be allowed some other nuts in your a diet that’s more specific to you.

The Original Shrewsbury 

One last thing before I leave…

The Original Shrewsburry Butter Cookies 

They’ve got no other branch anywhere else in India. Just ONE branch for so many years now. 

This. 

Honestly, all I need now is a cup of chai without sugar. A strong coffee would do too.

Happy Weekend, all! 

Breakfast Popsicles

Experimented with breakfast Popsicles today! Whole point behind trying this was that I don’t feel like having breakfast these days – my stomach doesn’t want food, I have to eat in order to take my tablets, and of course I want coffee or chai in the morning! Also, it’s a good change from your typical breakfast, no?


So, how about a cool breakfast Popsicles on a hot summer morning? Sounds perfect to me! Think about it, if you can have overnight oats, why can’t you have your coffee and breakfast in the form of a Popsicle? :) 

(It’s all good… Except, I ended up using dairy instead of a nut milk. Let’s see how my stomach takes that!)

List of things you’d need: 

  1. Rolled oats (GF free)
  2. Peanut butter (Natural please)
  3. Organic dark cocoa
  4. Good quality coffee or instant coffee (whatever!)
  5. Honey or Coconut sugar (low GI) – I usually don’t need my food too sweet so I just use sugar sparingly. You can always adjust.
  6. Chia seeds
  7. Milk or Nut milk

First layer – Peanut butter and oats + milk. Keep it chunky

Second layer – Organic dark chocolate + coffee + honey

Third layer – Chia seeds + milk. Let it sit for a while till it plumps up before using. This layer will sink right to the bottom.

Add layers into a Popsicle mold and freeze for approximately 4-6 hours. Enjoy :)