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7 Benefits of Almonds During Pregnancy

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Being pregnant is a moment of excitement and celebration for everyone in the family. Especially for mom to be, the journey of the baby coming, can be an overwhelming feeling. With all nausea, tiredness, mood swings and hunger cues, the body of pregnant women becomes vulnerable to certain foods. Hence, it is very important to have a healthy and balanced diet during this phase.

During pregnancy, it is advisable to have a nutrition-based diet rather than a calorie-based diet. Nowadays people often resort to various superfoods to maintain a nutrition-based diet. Almonds are one such tiny nutrition-based superfoods. It is packed with key nutrients like magnesium, calcium, dietary fiber, protein, omega 3 fatty acids, and vitamin E. It is recommended that one ounce of almond (i.e., approximately 23 almonds) every day during pregnancy, is healthy for both mother and baby.

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Do you know, before almond became a worldwide favorite superfood, it was consumed mainly in the middle east and south Asia. It took some took, before the world came to know of its amazing benefits and people started growing all over the globe. Almond contains zero cholesterol. They are enriched with vitamins, minerals, proteins, antioxidants, and fibers. Being filled with so many healthy elements, let’s dig into it more, and have a look at 7 health benefits these superfoods have to offer to pregnant women:

  1. Almonds are a good source of Vitamin B9(Folate/folic acid). It’s an integral part of nutrients required during pregnancy as it helps in the neurological development of the fetus and helps in the prevention of many birth defects.
  2. Almonds are rich in dietary fibers. It helps in regulating blood sugar levels and preventing gestational diabetes. It also reduces the risk of high blood pressure during pregnancy hence preventing preeclampsia.
  3. Being rich in dietary fats and carbs, almonds help in reducing oxidative stress, inflammation, and blood sugar during pregnancy.
  4. Almonds contain Iron which plays a major role in boosting a baby’s immunity and heart development. It also helps in carrying oxygen through the body of Mom to the baby which in turn helps pregnant women in coping up with the tiredness caused.
  5. Along with strengthening your memory, daily intake of almonds during pregnancy helps in maintaining a healthy weight. Not to forget it also furnish you with glowing and radiant skin.
  6. Magnesium found in almonds helps in strengthening the baby’s bones and teeth. It also regulates insulin & blood pressure, control blood sugar levels and stimulate enzyme function, hence prevents preeclampsia and poor fetal growth.
  7. Almonds are a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids. It helps in developing and sustaining the baby’s growing heart, immune system, brain, and eyes, especially during the third trimester.

Almonds carry a bundle of nutrition carried within. But, in recent times, it had become a conflicting topic “whether it is safe to consume nuts (almonds/walnuts) during pregnancy?” According to NHS (National Health Service), UK, you can eat nuts or food containing nuts during pregnancy until and unless you’re advised to by a healthcare professional or if you have a nut allergy.

The best way to consume almonds is by soaking them overnight. Consuming soaked almonds by removing its outer peel help in easy accessibility of enzymes. You can also have them in the form of almond powder, oil, roasted almonds, raw almonds, or almond butter. It is advisable to consume it during the day and in the right quantity. Excessive consumption can lead to indigestion, constipation, and weight gain problems.

So, add some love, nuttiness, and sweetness to your beautiful and magical journey of becoming a mother. Sprinkle a few slivers of almonds into your milkshake, porridge, or by ordering that big jar of almond butter. Also, just an advice, this does help you deal with the barrage of unsolicited advice and suggestions from relatives, friends, and family members.

Disclaimer: All being said and done, I must also state that if you love nuts then definitely incorporate a handful amount of soaked and peeled almonds into your daily diet. But if you are allergic to nuts, try avoiding them, and it is always advisable to consult your doctor before consuming almonds during pregnancy.

Enjoy good health and have a happy pregnancy!


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Larger Fridge – Are you not eating fresh enough?

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Game of Thrones is one of the most beautiful as well as brutal shows of all time. A character in the show “HODOR” meant nothing until it meant “hold the door” in the climax. Since then I can’t stop picturing myself being a HODOR to the refrigerator in my house during my childhood.

I have grown up obsessing over Hollywood movies and their fully loaded refrigerators. They are always stuffed with fruits, cakes, pastries, ice creams, juices, milk jars, beer cans, etc. but whenever I am hungry and HODOR my fridge, it all feels so boring. And a question pops in my mind “How do their fridge manage to have so much?” I couldn’t find an appropriate answer until I grew up to be a woman who started cooking and buying her own fruits and vegetables. That’s when I realized how different freshly cooked and refrigerated food tastes.

The journey from being a bulky, expensive, and luxury item to every common man’s basic household appliance, refrigerators are a blessing to today’s working generation. It is an important invention of the industrial revolution which came out as a huge technological advancement of present days. It offers ways to preserve food and other products in any climatic conditions. With the emerging industry of refrigerators and its availability in various sizes and capacities, it does make me wonder, are we storing more food than required? Are we cooking more than required?  Is this technology making us lazy? And why are manufacturers making 1000L+ refrigerators for households?

As I was researching our dependency on these machines, I could find all sorts of articles, guidelines, instructions on ways to preserve food and keep it fresh for a longer time. But rarely anyone talks about how to include fresher food in our daily meal. Amidst the busy schedule, people find it easy to buy and cook in larger quantities and store it in the refrigerator. They cook meals in larger portions and store in the fridge to simplify their work. It seems to be a conscious decision even after being aware of the fact that fruits and vegetables lose their nutritional value when kept longer for a few days. According to Barbara P. Klein, a professor of food science and human nutrition at the University of Illinois, some fruits and vegetables can lose as much as 50 percent of their vitamin C and other nutrients in the ensuing week, depending on the temperature once they hit the refrigerator.

In order to keep a balance in your busy schedule and fresh eating habits, keep these things in mind next time you leave home for your vegetable market:

  1. Plan ahead, make a shopping list to avoid buying the unnecessary item
  2. Look for fresh locally grown produce and vegetable vendors because these fresh produce has traveled less so retaining its nutritional values.
  3. Avoid buying more by planning your visit to the grocery store twice a week rather than once a week
  4. Before putting your raw vegetables and fruits in the fridge ensure that it washed and cleaned properly
  5. If possible buy a refrigerator thermometer and monitor your fridge temperature. Try keeping your fridge around 40°F
  6. Store all your cooked and leftover food in covered containers
  7. Make sure you keep the leftover food in the fridge only after it cools down and makes sure that it is not at room temperature for more than 2-3 hours
  8. Make sure you clean your refrigerator twice a month and discard all the questionable food items stored in it
  9. And last but not the least, understand the portion sizes of your family members and cook in an appropriate amount

I know a fully-loaded fridge does look appealing but it does reflect your eating habits. A food when stored loses its nutritional value, color, texture with each day is spent in the refrigerators. In order to eat fresh food, I have incorporated my vegetable vendor visits during my evening walks. This did help me in storing less, eating green, and not overloading my fridge.

With adulting, I have realized that those Hollywood movies characters were not into healthy eating and were too lazy to cook. With me getting older and realizing this fact now I find my dog being a HODOR to the fridge. Every time I open the fridge he does sneak peeks into it and thinks there is a lot for him to eat.

PS: Do you know on an average we HODOR our fridge 15-20 times a day.

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Pickle it Right: Are you storing it well?

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Shakespeare contributed most of the phrases and metaphors to the English literature which is commonly used in our daily life all across the globe. His artistic freedom authorized him to introduce many more idioms and adjectives to the language, just like the roadside Dhabha wala bhaiya loads my plate of Rajma Chawal with chopped onions, green chillies, and a variety of vegetable pickles.

In 16th century, he peppered his plays “The tempest” with a phrase:

TRINCULO:
I have been in such a pickle since I saw you last that,
I fear me, will never out of my bones:
I shall not fear fly-blowing.

I wondered what pickle he was eating that made him pen down this statement and the following conclusion, because I am sure if he had tasted an Indian pickle (Achar), his tide would have turned.

Personally, dreaming about “Achar” fills me with a euphoric feeling. It takes me back to my childhood summer visits to my grandmother’s kitchen, which had lined up big glass jars, filled with mangoes pieces soaked in spices and mustard oil, covered with cotton cloth, and soaked in the bright summer sun. These mango pickles were then packed in airtight jars. A carefully prepared procedure of do’s and don’ts was followed so that these delicious pickles can last as long as possible while retaining its true taste. (And of course, she used to add a ton of love too).

In India, three main types of pickling techniques are practiced. These are preserving in oil, vinegar, or saltwater brine, out of which the oil recipe is most commonly practiced. As these recipes have passed on from generations, so here comes the real question “Are we storing our pickles in the right way?” “Do you think you are the deserving heir of your family pickling techniques?” or “Are you ready to pass your family traditional pickling technique to your kids?

As most of the ingredients used in Indian pickles are natural preservatives, the amount and ways to use those preservatives play an important role while storing these pickles. Here are some tips straight from my grandmother’s diary which will help you to store your pickle like a pro!

  • While using oil as a preservative, you should always dry the fruits, vegetables or berries after slicing so that it releases all its moisture
  • Each slice of a pickle should be soaking in oil, which will prevent it from future air contact. You can ensure this by shaking the jar after filling
  • Always store your pickle in ceramic or glass jars
  • Make sure that your pickle jar is washed, dried, cleaned, and sterilized properly
  • Make sure you fill the jar to the brim and leave no space for air
  • Before closing the jar lid, place a makhmal/cotton cloth on the jar top. This further soaks any left out moisture inside
  • Occasionally, it’s recommended to keep your pickle jars in the sun for a few hours
  • Always use a dry stainless steel spoon to mix or to serve
  • Always store the jar in a cool and dry place
  • In case of pickles preserved in vinegar, avoid using metal lids
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  • Homemade Kamrakh ka Achar
  • Homemade Tattaiya Chilli Pickle
  • Winter Special - Red Radish Pickle

As I dig into ancient Egyptian history and English literature, Cleopatra attributed her good looks to a hearty diet of pickles, but not to forget it was not just the good looks that made her the queen of the Nile. She was a great philosopher, mathematician, astronomer and knew a dozen of languages that made her so desirable. Pickle is like Cleopatra. It cannot be defined by just its taste and tanginess, it also carries a ton of healthy bacteria, along with a range of essential minerals & vitamins like B12, which helps in food digestion and provides antioxidants for the body. So why to regret tempting and drooling over a good jar of homemade pickle? Our love for anything in this universe isn’t supposed to be easy. But it should be worth it, so is making, storing & having a tasty pickle.

Before you enter your next pickle binge, do keep in mind that pickles have high levels of sodium and fats. Gorging it can cause an increase in body cholesterol level. So in order to keep enjoying your pickle, “eat your pickle like a pickle so you don’t end in a pickle”.

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How to receive deliveries in Covid19 outbreak?

As you know we have started with special deliveries in Lockdown and are catering to Delhi and Gurgaon – after listening to numerous patrons we introduced a few items and a Stay at Home Menu you help you stay and inside and maintain some sanity and happiness while doing so.

Our boys are trained in zero contact delivery and are approved by the government for deliveries in lockdown – they use gloves, masks, etc – you do not have to go near them and they will keep the pack where ever you want them to – keeping a distance of course.

You get the package, sanitize the outer bag – remove the main Tub / Jar from the bag – sanitize it and let it sit for a while – wash your hands thoroughly wait for some time, chill the tub and then enjoy it. You can use these precautions and processes not only for Masala Monk products but for all kinds of deliveries edible or otherwise that you receive at your home.

Homes, where items are made, are cleaned several times a day and people wear hairnets, gloves, masks, aprons, etc while preparing the food. 🙂

So stay at home, stay healthy and order away from our Stay At Home Menu or simply from the Desserts/Cakes section and keep celebrating the lids.

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5 reasons Gulkand deserves to be in your daily diet

sun-cooked preserve of Damask rose petals.

Did you know that gulkand acts like a wine! No, not in giving you a buzz, but that like wine, it also gets better as it ages. A favourite among the ancient Indo-Persians, gulkand brings in the aura along with its essence. Used in several gastronomies these days, gulkand also works as a mouth-freshener and is thus consumed with paan. But the most important part about gulkand is that more than a delicacy, it is a natural healer…if consumed properly in the right quantity and with the right ingredient.

So here is a pro tip, to get the best benefit of gulkand, mix a spoon or two with a glass of milk and relish it regularly. Or, if you are in the mood of whipping a glass full of thandai, mix gulkand with cold milk and thandai mix.

Now the question is why would you bother to incorporate the habit of drinking a glass of gulkand mixed milk regularly? Apart from the fact that it tastes delicious, here is why:

  • It acts as a natural coolant: Gulkand when used in desserts, create a lip-smacking flavour that not only soothes your sweet-tooth but also cools your entire system. It helps to cool off the body from the scorching heat during the summers. Thus, gulkand + milk= solution for all heat-related issues such as fatigue, laziness, burning, stomachaches, mouth ulcers, headaches, nose bleeding, sunstroke, redness and inflammation of the eyes, or body pain.
  • A great dose of calcium: Gulkand when mixed with milk, can fulfil your body’s daily calcium quota. This helps treat and make teeth and gums strong and fight women problems like leucorrhea and heavy menses.
  • It acts as a digestive stimulant: This is a great cure for any digestive issue. It improves body metabolism appetite, thus keeping you fit. Also, gulkand, when consumed with milk, reduces acidity, constipation, peptic ulcer, and gastritis, keeping your intestine away from ulcers and swelling.
  • Great stress buster: Gulkand mixed with milk at night is medicine for sound sleep as well. It keeps the heart and nervous system under control, reducing stress.
  • Get a flawless skin: This rose jam when consumed with milk purifies your blood and can bring a rosy glow to your skin by reducing pimples, acne, redness, rash, inflammation, itching and blemishes.

Well, now since you know that gulkand is not just for taste, but also for nutrition, let me also tell you that the best benefits of gulkand can only be derived from a quality product, free of any kind of adulteration. So, at Masala Monk, we have curated this homemade Gulabo to help you get gulkand in its purest form.

An often asked question is – Does Gulkand increase Weight? Well I think with some confidence we can say – No Gulkand does not increase weight, given that you stick to a teaspoon or two a day. If you are having 2 teaspoons a day, you essentially would be consuming 1 Teaspoon of sugar, you can always count in that your Macros and Calorie intake and plan accordingly. We know it is delicious and as tasty tempted as you might be, eating the whole jar at once is highly NOT recommended.

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How does Gulkand help in Pregnancy?

This universe is a magical wonderland of creations, that has carefully curated a balanced ecosystem, to offer everything needed by the dwellers in it. The treasure hunt for the best quality food was started by the human race ever since its origination. Modern science has proved that traditional cooking ingredients were loaded with nutrition and each had its unique benefits to the human body. One such vital ingredient used for flavouring purpose in several dishes globally, especially in South Asia, was gulkand. This sweet preserve of rose petals was even used in many Ayurvedic medicines. Gulkand has numerous health benefits to offer your body, but did you know that this specific product can help pregnant women in various ways?

Gulkand has its own benefits and makes for strong case for bring in Daily diets of everyone.

That’s right, this rosy relish can be your best friend during pregnancy, by not only taking care of some of the vital nutrition needed by your body but also by satisfying your sweet cravings.

Here are seven reasons why you should consume gulkand during pregnancy.

  • Helps relieve constipation: Expecting mothers come across new body issues every day, and the most common problem is of constipation, which can also lead to haemorrhoids or piles. The sugar content in gulkand draws liquid in the intestine, helping fight constipation. It also reduces the swelling of the haemorrhoids by providing mild laxative action, lowering the pressure in the lower section of the large intestine. This allows easier passage of the stools and is highly effective for bleeding piles.
  • Helps cool down your body: Gulkand has cooling properties that can protect us from intense heat, better manage the perspiration system of the body, and keep body odour at bay.
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An authentic rose experience
  • A huge source of antioxidant: Due to the presence of a high amount of antioxidant properties in it, gulkand act as a great powerful rejuvenator by inhibiting oxidation and counteracting the stored food products.
  • Natural acidity treatment: Consuming gulkand moderately every day may reduce stomach acidity, stomach heat, stomach ulcers and swollen intestines to improve your appetite and digestive system.
  • Soothes menstrual pain: Gulkand is beneficial for menstrual pain and is also a great energy booster because of the sugar content in it.
  • Acts as a natural purifier: Gulkand has antibacterial and antiviral properties that can remove toxins from the body to purify the blood, which is very important during pregnancy. Moreover, toxin-free blood can give you glowing and acne-free skin. It can boost the gut bacteria and help get rid of acne marks as well.
  • Best natural stress-buster: Pregnant women can experience high anxiety issues and gulkand eliminates stress by providing a calming effect on the nervous system, helping pregnant women get a sound sleep.

So if you are an expecting mother, grab few jars of pure and fresh gulkand for a guilt-free yet nutritional sweet ride. Just mix two teaspoons of Gulabo with milk or water and drink it daily after a couple of hours post-meal twice a day.

An often asked question is – Does Gulkand increase Weight? Well I think with some confidence we can say – No Gulkand does not increase weight, given that you stick to a teaspoon or two a day. If you are having 2 teaspoons a day, you essentially would be consuming 1 Teaspoon of sugar, you can always count in that your Macros and Calorie intake and plan accordingly. We know it is delicious and as tasty tempted as you might be, eating the whole jar at once is highly NOT recommended.

Disclaimer: All being said and done, I must also state that diabetic patients must avoid gulkand since it is high in sugar content and it is advisable to consult your doctor before you start consuming gulkand during pregnancy.

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Chocolate is Healthy!

Yes, you read that right. For all you chocolate lovers, here is good news, several kinds of research have proved that chocolate consumption in moderation is beneficial for your health. But that does not mean that you have been fooled all your childhood with the information that chocolate can cause acne, obesity, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, and diabetes. Just that nobody told you, only dark is good for health and you can never replace it with any other variant.

Did you know, Theobroma Cacao, the Latin name for chocolate, means ‘Food of the Gods’? A small amount of high-quality dark chocolate with at least 70 per cent of cocoa can actually be called that. Apart from the heavenly taste, chocolate is packed with nutrition, much needed by the human body.

The right dose of dark chocolate can improve memory, reasoning, and attention as it has cocoa flavanols, unlike milk chocolate. It can also help protect against mood disorders and is considered to be one of the best sources of antioxidants due to the presence of polyphenols, flavanols and catechins. Dark chocolate can also lower the risk of heart disease as the flavanols in dark chocolate can stimulate the endothelium to produce nitric oxide. And for those who really care about fitness, and had been avoiding chocolate, this is for you… dark chocolate boosts oxygen availability during fitness training, enhancing the release of nitric oxide in the body. Moreover, it contains the right amount of stimulants like caffeine and theobromine to improve blood flow and lower blood pressure.

Oh! It is good for your skin as well. The bioactive compounds in dark chocolate increase skin density and hydration protects against sun damage and improves blood flow to the skin. And cacao can enhance mitochondrial biogenesis in the human body that works an anti-ageing element.

So next time someone warns you against acne problem due to chocolate, you can hand them a bar of dark chocolate. Also, dark chocolate has fat, but the fats are mostly saturated and monounsaturated, with small amounts of polyunsaturated fat. So the consumption of dark chocolate in moderation is no reason for obesity. It has many more benefits such as the reduction in appetite for a healthy diet, reduction in complications during pregnancy, and reduction of damaged cells as well to protect against cancer.

5 Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

  • Improves memory, reasoning, and attention capability
  • Protects against mood disorders
  • Lowers the risk of heart disease, improve blood flow, and maintain blood pressure
  • Boosts oxygen availability during fitness training
  • Protects against sun damage, improves blood flow to the skin, and acts as an anti-ageing element

Drooling already thinking of chocolate? Now that you know the benefits of dark chocolate, take a guilt-free trip across our range of chocolaty products and pick your favorite.

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Lick it or Munch It, Your Brain Needs Almond!

As the saying goes…you are what you eat. If you are concerned about your health and keep a check on your regular diet, almond must be part of your food intake. I can sit and keep on blabbering about the health benefits of almond on regular consumption. But in this article, let’s discuss the positive effects of almond on the most important part of your body- brain. It is no secret that almond is packed with nutritional goodness which boosts memory skills and improves overall brain function. Maybe this is the reason why you were asked to eat almond as a kid so that you do well in academics and work environment. But almond is equally beneficial for elderlies. And if you are sick of munching on regular almond, prepare yourself a spread with 100 per cent pure almond butter since it has equal benefits.

5 Benefits of Almond Butter on Brain:

  • boosts memory skills and improves overall brain function
  • helps combat inflammation
  • helps delay age-related brain decline
  • fight conditions like Alzheimer’s disease and enhances memory
  • improves cognitive functions

Almond contains folate and fiber and vitamin E that release phytochemicals which act as antioxidants in the brain to combat inflammation. Moreover, the presence of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in almond helps delay age-related brain decline. Almond also controls the levels of ACh acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter in the brain that helps fight conditions like Alzheimer’s disease and enhances memory.

Almonds are most important nuts for your brain

Almonds are also loaded with vitamin B6 that acts as pyridoxine that helps aid the metabolism of proteins, which is then released for brain cell repair and improve cognitive functions. Vitamin B6 also promotes the production of neurotransmitter chemicals that improves communication between brain cells and reduces the rate of neurodegenerative diseases.

Zinc in almond prevents bacterial and viral infections that can damage the brain cells by boosting the immune system and thiamine helps the brain and nervous system convert glucose to energy.

So, if you had ever made the habit of munching a hand-full of almonds every day, never let it go. Or maybe replace it with a spoon full of pure almond butter, but make an effort to not miss it because no matter what you age is, your brain needs the goodness of almond.

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5 Benefits of Almond Butter on Hair

How often do you come across snacking options that are not only delicious but also healthy?

Well, let’s make it easy for you with just one ingredient – almond. We all are aware of the numerous health benefits of almonds and raise hands all those who consume five almonds regularly and follow it as a ritual. But now, it’s time to make this healthy habit even more scrumptious, while you keep flaunting your lustrous hair.

5 Benefits of Almond Butter on Hair

• It helps stimulate hair growth.
• Reduces hair fall due to breakage.
• Makes hair glossy by maintaining the keratin level.
• It helps treat scalp infections like dandruff and itchy scalp.
• Prevents hair from premature graying.

That’s right. Several studies made in the past have proved that almond butter is the best cure for almost all hair problems. It contains healthy elements such as magnesium, iron, vitamin E, biotin, potassium, zinc, magnesium, omega 3 and 6, fatty acids and is loaded with protein which helps stimulate hair growth.

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100% natural almond butter

I understand almond butter tastes yum, but you won’t mind sparing a spoonful or two to apply on your scalp in return of healthy hair. As healthy as it is to consume almond butter, you can also massage it on your scalp to penetrate the goodness of almond into your hair follicles and strengthen them. This reduces hair fall due to breakage and makes your hair glossy by maintaining the keratin level.

And if you have dandruff issues, just add a few drops of lime juice to almond butter and apply the mask on the scalp. Almonds have anti-fungal properties that help treat scalp infections like dandruff and itchy scalp by fighting against yeast multiplication.

Moreover, almond butter is the best solution for regenerating and repairing tissues. Also, good news for those who are apprehensive about greying of hair at an early age. Almond butter also contains catalase, a form of antioxidant and copper which helps prevent loss of hair pigments and building up of hydrogen peroxide in the hair follicle.

Take it from the Egyptian Queen, Cleopatra or from Meghan Markle, almond butter (in its purest form) if used and consumed in moderation, can defeat the best of cosmetic brands.

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A quick solution of add a twist to your regular dessert

Note: Almond butter should not be overused as it can lead to greasy skin by developing excess oil. Moreover, only pure almond butter can give you the best result. Mass-produced almond butter available in local markets generally contain additives that are rather harmful. Check out Masala Monk’s 100% Natural Almond Butter to enjoy the goodness of pure almond.

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Ever tried Butter made from Almonds or Cashews? Here are 10 reasons that you MUST

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Going nuts about how to make your vegetarian diet equally nutritious as non-veg diet?

It is true that since vegetarians avoid meat and egg, it limits their intake of certain nutrients. But we have got you covered, in a rather delicious way! Did you know that 1-oz (28-gram) serving of nuts contains 5–12 grams of protein, which is as good as meat infused diet? So how about including the oh-so-delicious range of nut butters in your regular diet? Well, we are lucky to survive in an era when nut butters need not necessarily be the good old peanut butter, but we have options like cashew butter, almond butter, and hazelnut butter.

Need more reasons to convince yourself? Here are 10 reasons why you should include nut butter in your diet:

  1. Nuts butters are nutritious and are rich in protein, folic acid, niacin, copper, potassium, iron, fibre, zinc, selenium, vitamin E and B6 and contain a good amount of antioxidants, making them a good alternative to protein-rich animal products.
  2. Nut butters can make for a perfect filling snack for vegetarians if combined with fruits or toast and can fuel your body for hours. Say goodbye to unhealthy snacking.
  3. Almond butter is a good source of calcium, healthy fats and protein, which helps your body to absorb certain vitamins. It is a great source of vitamin B7 as well, which is essential to help your body process the fat, sugar, and protein intake. It also helps keep your blood sugar stable and your skin healthy.
  4. The high protein and fibre in nut butter keep you full and active, helping you consume lesser calories and lose weight. It can be used as a post-workout snack as well.
  5. A good dose of flavonoids, phenols, polyphenols, and other substances in nut butter help protect your cells, keep your heart healthier and protect against colon cancer.
  6. Nut butter aids in cholesterol control, eliminating health issues such as hardening of arteries that lead to stroke.
  7. Nut butter contains a great amount of magnesium which is good for your nerves, muscles, bones, blood sugar, blood pressure, and even your genetic material, or DNA.
  8. Peanut butter helps decrease the risk of heart disease and diabetes. Moreover, iron and folate in it help prevent anaemia which is extremely important for a healthy pregnancy. It contains potassium which is good for your muscles, magnesium for your bones, vitamin E for your skin and to fight cancer, and vitamin B6 and zinc for your immune system. Also, it helps you to sleep well!
  9. If you have a sweet tooth and often suffer from guilty sweet consumption, switch to a spoon full of cashew butter instead. The naturally sweet-tasting nut butter acts as a great dessert along with all its nutritional goodness. It is one of the best sources of monounsaturated fatty acids, essential amino acids, and magnesium which are beneficial for blood pressure, sugar and cholesterol control, bone health, the immune system, and metabolism. Also, put an end to your hunt for eggless desserts.
  10. In a high-pressure environment, peanut butter can be turned into diamonds. Imagine what wonder it can do to your body!

With all being said, you must also note that overconsumption of heavily processed nut butter can have an adverse effect on your body. Here is little information for you:

FAQs

Why are nut butters good for you?

Nut butters are loaded with minerals like selenium and manganese, phenols, polyphenols, vitamins C and E, flavonoids and more, which work as a team to help protect human cells.

Which nut butters are the healthiest?

All nut butter are good if consumed at proper amount, based on the needs of individual body needs. Find out yours from the list of nutritional facts from our range of nut butters (of serving size of 30 g).

Peanut Butter

Energy (kcal): 241 
Protein (g): 11.5
Carbohydrates (g): 7.5
Sugar (g): 2.4
Total Fat (g): 18.3

Almond Butter

Energy: 190.3 kcal
Protein: 7.3 g
Carbohydrate: 6.5 g
Sugar: 1.3 g
Total Fat: 15 g

Hazelnut Butter

Energy (kcal): 220.9
Protein (g): 6.7
Carbohydrates (g): 13.2
Sugar (g): 0.8
Total Fat (g): 15.6

Cashew Butter

Energy (kcal): 110.6
Protein (g): 3.6
Carbohydrates (g): 6
Sugar (g): 1.2
Total Fat (g): 8.8

Is nut butter healthier than peanut butter?

Well, peanut butter is the oldest form of nut butter consumed. But then some suffer from allergies. Almond butter has more vitamins, minerals, and fiber but peanut butter has more protein than almond butter. While both the nut butters are roughly equal in calories and sugar. So it is completely up to your body needs.

Are nut butters bad for cholesterol?

Wait for it… The answer is NO. Because not all delicious food needs to be unhealthy. Peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, and hazelnut butter is loved by all and also good for all. As long as the nut butters don’t contain hydrogenated fat, you are good to go. But keep a check over the quantity.

Is it okay to eat peanut butter everyday?

I know it is hard to keep off your hands from the jar full this heavenly deliciousness. So here is a win-win condition…how about a very small portion now and then?

Is almond butter inflammatory?

It is actually the opposite.

Also, unblanched and unroasted nut butter is ideal as a great portion of the nutrition gets diffused while roasting or blanching them. Thus, always look for natural nut butter.

Where can you find 100% Natural Nut Butters?

In our quest to find delicious and healthy nut butters we realised that most of the products that we buy from the shelves have high levels of added sugars, fats and god knows what. Instead of the goodness and benefit from the nut, by consuming those products you might end up doing more harm to yourself than benefit.

When our creator’s frustrations level rose up, we asked him to design perfect nut butters minus all the artificial things that popular brands were adding to them. The results were awesome and now we have an array of delicious and healthy nut butter, right here at Masala Monk.

Dark Chocolate Almond Butter

The name itself gives it away. The goodness of almonds combined with all-natural cocoa powder makes for a perfect snacking partner. It has no added fats, colour enhancers or preservatives. Spread on pancakes, use as a topping or for baking, blend in shakes, pair with fruits, or just lick off a spoon.

Home-Made Cashew Nut Butter

Your gluten-free dessert partner! Be it on a well-toasted slice of bread, in your favourite smoothie bowl, on top of your favourite oatmeal, or your before gym snack, this cashew butter packs flavour and will tingle your taste buds with its nutty flavour.

100% Natural Almond Butter

Use it as a topping on oats, parfaits, or flavoured yoghurt. This KETO friendly, vegan and gluten-free nut butter is made using only one ingredient – almonds. There is no added sugar, no added oil and of course and no added preservatives. A jar full of just homemade love and nutrition.

Chocolate Hazelnut Butter

Made using just Turkish Hazelnuts and the best quality cocoa powder, this nut butter spread can be one of the most delicious healthy condiment you can add to your diet. With no added sugar, fat or preservative, this product is apt for KETO or vegan-friendly diet.

Chocolate Peanut Butter

The good old peanut butter with a chocolaty twist! Made keeping in mind chocolate lovers, this jar of deliciousness has all the goodness of peanut butter with just the added taste of chocolate. Spread it on a well-toasted slice of any bread, use it as a dessert sauce, spread on pancakes, cakes, and of course just pick a spoon and lick!

Peanut Butter

We all love peanut butter. But while some like it creamy, some like it chunky. We don’t want to disappoint any. Thus we have the option for both. This home churned stuff has a very simple ingredient – peanuts and nothing else. Blended to suit your preferred texture, this jar of peanut butter will take care of your health and taste both.

And did we tell you how good all of these actually taste? So go away and enjoy those nut butters while helping yourself build a better yourself.