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Is your Meal wholesome?

Is your Meal Wholesome?

We all eat three meals a day but the question is, Is your meal wholsesome? It is very important to give the composition of meals some thought and to make a conscious effort to make the meal filling, tasty and nutritious.

What is a wholesome meal?

A wholesome meal is one that takes work. To compose a wholesome meal you must include something from each food group. Try to include fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy, and proteins in each meal of your day. You must also reduce the amount of saturated fats such as ghee or butter and artificial sugars and flavours. Below are some tips to make every meal of your day truly enjoyable and wholesome:

● Half of your plate should comprise of raw fruits and veggies. Raw vegetables and fruit salads act as a great source of so many important vitamins and minerals.

Friends enjoying lunch

● Try to include breads made out of whole grains in your food. Whole grains contain more fiber than refined grains. You could also go for stuff like whole grain breads, multigrain breads, and multigrain flour for your day to day cooking.

● Whenever possible include some form of dairy in your meals. It could be a slice of cheese or yoghurt or a glass of milk. If you are lactose intolerant, you could opt for soy products.

● Adding some lean protein such as beans, soya nuggets, paneer, tofu or meat in your meal helps in building and repairing muscle tissue.

OIL

Oil – yes you read it right. Oil too can be wholesome with the nutrients it retains which depends on its processing conditions and the nutrients it retains post-processing. This is where I have realized a 100% physically refined oil has overall better nutrient profile than that of a blended oil.  RiceBran is one such oil which has a high content of natural anti-oxidants like oryzanol (unique to rice bran oil only) & Vit. E along with Vit. A, D and Omega 3 & 6. Rice bran oil also has a high smoke point of above 180-degree Celcius which helps retain these nutrients even during deep frying and has a low absorption rate in the food. And to make it wholesome in the true sense, Ricebran Oil due its neutral taste & smell can be used in any cuisine and type of cooking, be it deep frying, regular cooking, sautéing, salad dressings or even baking.

● Find new ways to get creative in preparing your meals. Whether it is a sandwich or stuffed paratha, use healthier ingredients and cook in the right kind of oil. For instance, instead of using processed cheese, butter or mayonnaise in your sandwich, include vegetables, tofu, poha, etc. to fill in your sandwiches. Instead of making the typical aloo paratha, fill in some tender peas, methi or palak.

● Reduce the quantity of table salt and sprinkle some healthy seeds like flax seeds, pumpkin seeds or chia seeds in your meals wherever possible.

● To beat the monotony, keep trying new foods like dry fruits, quinoa, amaranth, chutneys, etc. in your meals.

Whatever you do, indulge in a diet and food that is wholesome and natural and give you the nutrients in the right form be it through food or even something as unique as a quality oil.

Uttpal K

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14 thoughts on “Is your Meal wholesome?

  1. Wholesome meal is the prime key of eating …eating right amount of nutrient is beneficial to our body…eating to suit ones needs work the best

  2. A comprehensive listing of all things that make a meal healthy, nutritious and colorful, I think this is a great post. In a world that has fast food joints mushrooming in every corner, we need more posts like this one to focus on what a wholesome meal is all about. Great post Uttpal!

  3. I’m always trying to look out ways to make my food healthy. Rice Bran oil , I haven’t tried, but I use Virgin Olive Oil. So, I need to know which is better?

    1. Extra virgin Olive oil is good for salads etc due to the low boiling point. Virgin olive oil, Light, extra light and olive pomace etc are gradually the second, third extracts which eventually have a higher boiling point and can be used for cooking. Ricebran oil is good for its own advantages. 🙂

  4. Wow thanks for sharing the idea of wholesome meal. I do try and have salads and fibers and carbs to have a complete diet.. loved your post

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