Food alternatives that can change your life


Food has a lot of variety in itself. Every culture, every region and every individual has a choice to choose the kind of food they want to consume. We have diverse varieties of crops, fruits, vegetables, grains, pulses, millets and lot more. We also produce other vegetarian, non-vegetarian and dairy products for our daily consumption. The food that we choose for ourselves becomes the base of our health.  Mindful food choices can bring out the best health benefits in an individual.

How do we decide what food choices are good for our health?

The first and foremost thing to be assured of is that we eat fresh and clean food. Quality check should be done by all of us because it plays the most important part while choosing any food or food product. Rotten and unwashed fruits and vegetables if consumed can cause serious illness starting from food poisoning, typhoid and many other infections.

The second thing that can be kept in mind is to eat local, regional, and seasonal fruits, vegetables, and crops. This helps in building our immunity to its optimum and also affordable in our pockets. Consuming seasonal foods can help us achieve complete nutrition and fight against infectious diseases.

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The next thing to be considered is a little difficult to adapt but it can be brought to practice by simply manipulating your mind.  Making alternate ingredient choices with your recipe can act as a game-changer for all. Many ingredients can be prepared at home as well which are less processed, less costly, and better in their nutritive value.

Food combinations also matter a lot when we talk about their nutritional absorption in our bodies. Foods rich in calcium and iron should not be consumed together because calcium has a tendency to inhibit the absorption of iron. Tannins present in tea also inhibit iron absorption. And foods rich in phytic acid e.g., whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds can decrease absorption of calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium.

Last but not least what matters the most is the cooking method. The cooking method decides the nutrition we will get from our food. There are many methods of cooking our food; boiling, steaming, roasting, sauteing, simmering, frying, blanching, baking, thawing, poaching, broiling, etc. Every nutrient in our food possesses different properties and so the cooking method matters for the food to give us its correct nutrition.


Here are few choices that you can make to acquire a healthy lifestyle:

  1. Eat water-bearing fruits like watermelon, muskmelon, iced apple, grapes, and more during summers to stay hydrated throughout the day. Consume a variety of water-bearing gourd vegetables during monsoon to fight against infections and colds.
  2. Eat home-cooked food to assure that you clean all vegetables and fruits carefully and discard the stale portion of the food.
  3. Choose pizzas and burgers prepared with whole grain flour instead of refined flour. And if you’re making them at home load it with vegetables, also prefer shallow-frying your patty instead of deep-frying.
  4. Make use of homemade butter obtained from milk cream instead of buying it from the shops.
  5. Have a whole fruit rich in fiber instead of drinking canned and bottled fruit juices.
  6. Choose to eat roasted nuts and snacks instead of fried foods and farshan.
  7. Add lemon juice to your food to avoid consuming more salt.
  8. Eat your iron rich snacks like thepla, poha, patra 20 minutes after drinking tea.
  9. The water used to boil your vegetables can be utilized to prepare the roti dough so that the nutrients present in the water are not wasted.
  10. Prepare pickles and chutneys at home to avoid using preservatives and sugar alternatives.

11.If frying is necessary in the recipe than reuse the oil only twice after the first use. If after that the oil is used for frying it can cause many health issues because it starts producing


There are many such choices that can made to assure that your health is in a good state. So, brainstorm and manipulate your thoughts to choose the correct food for your body.


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There is 1 comment

  1. Hey Aastha very well described.
    And the points you put were amazing
    And most of the people neglect quality part so thanks for highlighting that topic too.
    And there are very few notes describing seasonal fruits you can make one of possible.

    Keep sharing 🥳

    June 25, 2021, 2:02 pm