The summers in Pakistan are quite certainly approaching with a bang and the awaam is going crazy over how this is enough unbearable already, let alone the fasting period that awaits just a month away in the extreme heat. Working out in this weather can be a real challenge and not all gymnasiums have central air conditioning, mind you. In such a problematic situation where you simply have to lose weight no matter what the weather is, before your bhai ki shaadi which is due in December, we at Nutright understand how stuff can get pretty frustrating for you and this is the point where many individuals would actually consider going for a crash diet with all juices and water because that’s easier to stick to in the summers, yes?
But before you starve yourself, how about just making a quick change to your diet and maybe you just don’t have to COMPLETELY starve because there is stuff that can be easily made in your kitchen which won’t add on much to the layers of fat that you already have.
Chicken And Potato Cutlets
Very easy to make and if served grilled, you don’t have to worry about the fats coming from the frying either. Yes, grilled cutlets. How absolutely new is that! Pretty exciting, no? It would be when you taste it. All you need is thinly sliced pieces of chicken and mashed potatoes with nothing but a little salt, pepper and oregano added. Mix the potatoes with the chicken, take a handful, flatten it a bit and put it on the hot grill. If you don’t have a griller, you can bake these. Have these as a proper meal in the afternoon along with some baked veggies like carrots and peas.
Not all soups are salty, hello! As to why the main ingredient is watermelon: it’s high in potassium, eases inflammation and the best part is that it’s fat-free. You can take this in between snacks, or as dessert when you really want to fight the urge to go buy ice-cream. Just blend in some watermelon cubes to get the juice, add a few teaspoons of lemon juice and 2-3 mint leaves. Blend it all and refrigerate for three hours before having.
This one’s simple but truly palatable. All you need is chocolate ganache and some sliced bananas. To make a ganache, take half a cup of cream and bring it to a boil as you keep stirring. Take it out in a bowl and add some chocolate chips or cooking chocolate. Chilled Dairy Milk bar would work too. Let it sit for 5 minutes and then give it a mix until you get that creamy glazed texture. Now dip in your bananas and coat them each in ganache, eat it up!
With Ramadan approaching, this would surely already be a part of every house’s meal plan for aftaari but usually what happens is that we completely forget that this yummy meal even exists and that how healthy it can be for us. The best part about fruit chaat is that anyone can make it, all you need is to slice and dice some fruits, add salt, sugar and a bit of lemon juice and there you go: an entire bowl full of nutrition.