Guest Post: After hearing about the capsule pantry idea, Sakshi approached me with a really cool concept- the mini meal! Every ingredient is super nutritious and the meal is made of basic ingredients you can find in your pantry. Enjoy!
As the name suggests, a mini meal refers to a small consolidated meal which contains most of the basic nutrients. We all are aware of the fact that our body needs a balanced diet. Protein, fat, carbohydrates – Our body needs all these in an appropriate proportion. But in our daily life, we rarely eat a balanced diet. We eat junk food and other unhealthy food items. Sometimes we eat these junk food for their taste while sometimes we have no other choice than to eat from outside sources. Especially nowadays everyone is so busy that they rarely eat leave apart having a healthy diet. To solve or lessen this problem, an amazing blend of nutrients, simply called a Mini Meal, is coming into focus.
Mini meals provide a balanced combination of carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, protein and fat. They provide you energy and strength. Unlike the junk food which we all love to eat, these mini meals are healthy and make us feel satisfied.
Even experts say that it is profitable to eat five to six meals every few hours .
It would be even healthier if we replace these simple five to six meals with healthy mini meals. A combination of daily workout and mini meals can prove beneficial for you.
Let’s start with an easy yet a very healthy mini meal –
Healthy Oats and Peas Pancakes with Pomegranate Juice
Pancakes are one of the most loved food items. They are easy to make. You can make them sweet or savoury. The best thing about pancakes is that you can experiment a lot with them. You can add your favourite fruits or veggies in the pancakes. You can drizzle some honey or chocolate sauce or maple syrup for adding an extra flavour to your pancakes. The options are endless…
Healthy Oats and Peas Pancakes is one such healthy pancake recipe. These pancakes are full of nutrients. Peas, as we all know, provide us with key antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. Oats contain manganese and zinc. They have a number of health benefits. Egg is one of the best sources of protein. All these make this a healthy recipe.
Eating these healthy pancakes along with a glass of fresh pomegranate juice further enhances the nutrient level of this mini meal. Pomegranates have antioxidant and are a good source of vitamins. They provide fiber to our body. Thus a glass of fresh pomegranate juice can work wonders.
Preparation Time – 10 Minutes
Cooking Time – 10 Minutes
Total Time – 20 Minutes
Serves – Makes 5-6 pancakes and one glass of pomegranate juice
For healthy oats and peas pancakes:
½ Cup All Purpose Flour / Wheat Flour
¼ Cup Oats
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
Salt to taste
¼ teaspoon Black Pepper Powder
1 Egg whisked
½ Cup Milk
¼ Cup Peas
For pomegranate juice –
1 Cup pomegranate seeds
½ Cup Water
- For making healthy oats and peas pancakes, firstly puree the peas. Just add the required amount of peas into a blender jar and puree it.
- Clean the blender jar and now add the required amount of oats and powder it.
- Take a bowl. Add all-purpose flour/wheat flour, powdered oats, baking powder, salt and pepper.
- Now add milk, pureed peas and the whisked egg.
- Mix till it forms a thick but pourable batter.
- Heat a nonstick pan or a skillet over medium heat. Add around two tablespoons of batter and spread out a little bit with the help of a spoon.
- Cook it till bubbles form on top. Flip and cook on the other side.
- The healthy oats and peas pancakes are ready.
- For making the pomegranate juice, simply add the pomegranate seeds, lemon juice and water into a blender jar. Pulse a few times. Take a glass. Add 4-5 ice cubes and pour the fresh pomegranate juice.
A healthy and tasty mini meal is ready. This mini meal is a complete meal. It has most of the basic nutrients as it consists of peas, oats, egg etc. Having these healthy pancakes along with a glass full of pomegranate juice would not only help in digestion but would also provide the needed fiber to the body.
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