Agave nectar (also called agave syrup) is a sweetener commercially produced in South Africa and Mexico from several species of agave plants (a type of cactus). It is approximately 1.5 times sweeter than sugar and is often substituted for sugar or honey in recipes. In cooking, it is commonly used as a Vegan alternative to honey for those who choose to exclude animal products from their diets. Agave nectar dissolves quickly and so it can be used as a sweetener for cold beverages such as iced tea. It is also added to some breakfast cereals as a binding agent. Agave is sold in light, amber, dark, and raw varieties (the darker the more cooked or processed) and is usually categorized as blue and white (blue has had moisture removed via distillation).
Whatever form you decide to buy, the impact of agave nectar on blood sugar (as measured by its glycemic index and glycemic load) are comparable to fructose, which has a much lower glycemic index and glycemic load than processed table sugar. We use it (and honey) as a substitute for sugar in all our recipes.
Thai Pomelo Salad Serving Size: 4Calories per serving: 108Fat per serving: 7.2 gms I tried this dish for the first time in Krabi, Thailand at the Nakamanda resort, where the Chef took great care to source only the freshest of ingredients. With every bite of this salad, your mouth will be bursting with flavors of Continue Reading
Avocado Mint Smoothie Serving Size: 2-3 glassesCalories per serving: 335Fat per serving: 32.1gms This simple, smooth and totally refreshing smoothie is a great way to get those natural and beneficial monounsaturated fats into your body. Known to contain high levels of vitamin E, folate, potassium and fiber, this fruit can do wonders for your skin, Continue Reading
Saffron Almond Milk Serving Size: 2-3 glassesCalories per serving: 106Fat per serving: 3.5gms My brother and I always used to rush to the refrigerator once we got back home from school because amma (mom) almost always had treats in store for us. Sometime it was fruit juice from our favorite store, paneer soda (Rose water Continue Reading
Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcakes Serving Size: 6Calories per serving: 380Fat per serving: 16.8g These baked muffins are super easy to bake and delightful as can be. The best snack for those sweet cravings and you can control how healthy you want it to be. The muffins are made of pearl millet (also knows as Continue Reading
Banana Nut Crunch Smoothie Serving Size: 4 glassesCalories per serving: 159Fat per serving: 5.6gms An energy boost, a wake-me-upper or simply a snack to sooth and fill your tummy, this delicious smoothie has all the goodness of natural sugars, calcium and essential vitamins. It's thick and velvety texture along with the crunchy nutty bits is Continue Reading
My traditional family recipe for hot soy-based chicken Serving Size: 5-6Calories per serving: 325Fat per serving: 8.4g This chicken dish has come a long way in my family. Traditionally cooked in my grandma's kitchen, it has passed generations. We thoroughly enjoy the intoxicating aroma and flavors of this delicious meal. The ginger and garlic create Continue Reading
Choco Espresso Cookies Serving Size: 24 cookiesCalories per serving: 85Fat per serving: 5.5gms I've been wanting to create these 'adult friendly' cookies for a while now and finally remembered to buy and save some espresso to make them. My family loves hazelnuts so I've added them to this recipe, but feel free to leave them Continue Reading
Auto Draft Serving Size: 8 sconesCalories per serving: 390Fat per serving: 15.2gms My husband decided to bake me some healthy goodies for my birthday and we tested out this recipe for scones as we had made them at home before. With a little tweaking to the sugar content, we managed to come up with a Continue Reading
Herbed Onion Jam Serving Size: 1/2 cupCalories per serving: 108Fat per serving: 5.1gms Everyone in my home simply loves caramelized onions...be it on pizzas, foccacia or in sandwiches or salads. I decided to make them at home, without any sugar and preservatives and didn't expect it to be so simple. What I love about it Continue Reading
Mango Smoothie Serving Size: 2Calories per serving: 98Fat per serving: 2.2gms Tis the season of mangoes - finally!! Yay!! As most other Indians, I'm a mangoholic as well and love putting it into a variety of dishes and drinks like lassi and milk shakes. This vegan version, however, is lighter and doesn't leave you with Continue Reading