Does the word “diet” immediately make you think of an unpleasant weight-loss regimen?
If it did, you are probably not alone. For example, consider the use of the term “diet” in marketing food products—it usually describes foods low in calories, such as diet soda.
Both the terms have a major difference. It should be broadly understood; nutrition is to accomplish and enrich our body with sources needed. On the flip, diet is what we eat. Diet is the kind of food which we eat habitually. On the other hand, to be on “diet” means a special course of food to which one restricts oneself, either to lose weight or for medical reasons.
Food is the essential source of our nutrition. The taste buds are elated when we are hungry and think our favourite. Just as the book is for the mind, Prayer for the soul,
Food is for the body. Until today, we are struggling to live, though not enjoying. Adolescence to search our livelihood but living on junks as a social status. Old age is on medication to survive. According to a survey, half of the Indian population is either malnutrition or on “fast food”. Fast food includes “jhatpat khana”; devoid of proper elements of nutrition but only taste for buds.
Healthy eating can be varied, though not in quantity but in portions. Though an Indian by soul and passport, I learnt the art of eating from my Thai friends. Natives have all the goodness of each ingredient in the food. It’s not overcooked but sautéed, steamed or boiled with fresh vegetables, meat and herbs. Garlic and chilli are the core ingredients. Minimum oil and a little salt.
One of my favourite dishes is chicken fillet sautéed with cashew nuts.
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Raw cashew nuts
Black soy sauce
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Preparation takes only ten minutes. It is enriched with protein and fresh vegetables.
- In a wok, oil is taken to fry chicken fillet. The fillet is the most tender part so
it does not take much time to fry.
- Chicken is placed on an absorbent tissue to remove excess oil.
- Then crushed garlic with slit green chillies is sautéed. Use garlic and chillies according to the taste.
- Stir until garlic is little brown in colour.
- Add all the vegetables with salt, oyster sauce, black soy sauce and a pinch of sugar, sprinkling black pepper.
- Mix well then add chicken.
Serve hot with shallots. This dish is served with rice. Rice is the staple diet of South East Asians. But if you are avoiding carbohydrates, can be taken as a single.
With the goodness of fresh vegetables and protein, is quite stomach filling.