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Health Potion

Juices can be so refreshing. And if these are healthy and free of artificial colours and preservatives, one can gulp them guilt free. That is exactly what I did with the JusDivine range of juices.

JusDivine contains pure raw ingredients, extracted using the world class Cold-Press technology. The vegetable and fruit juices have all the flavours, nutrients, enzymes, proteins and minerals intact in the finest and most natural form; making it easy to digest. It is almost like eating a whole fruit in a juice form.

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And there is something for every palate. The wide range of flavours with a mix of fruit and vegetables ensures every one can enjoy something as per their preference. Mixed fruit, Orange, Pineapple, Apple-Beetroot-Carrot, Apple-Kale-Spinach, Apple-Pineapple-Wheatgrass, Pineapple-Carrot-Ginger, Pineapple-Pomegranate-Celery, Pineapple-Pear-Ginger-Spinach, All Veggie mix, Almond-Chocolate-Coconut, Coconut Kokum and Almond-Coffee-Date. That is how exhaustive the range is.

I had a tough time picking up a few favourites to try. The Apple-Beetroot-Carrot,was literally divine. Packed with nutritive and healthy ingredients, it had the goodness of fruits and veggies and lived up to its promise. Orange was refreshing and paired well with my breakfast. In the mixed fruit juice, for once you could actually taste the fruits. Each one distinctly. The freshness came through in each sip.

The Pineapple-Pear-Ginger-Spinach, was an absolute treat. No artificial sweetness. That’s what I loved about this. The ginger gave it a dash of spiciness, good for the throat in this season.

The cold-press technology involves slowly grinding and squeezing the fruits instead of putting them through extreme conditions like cutting or heating.  That’s what sets the JusDivine juices apart.

With a manufacturing plant designed by leading professionals in the F&B industry, JusDivine products are manufactured in highly sanitised environment to produce highest quality of juice. A product of Food Ideas Pvt. Ltd., these juices are from India’s first corporatized fresh juice manufacturer.

Although these hit the market in May last year, I some how tasted these only recently.Must laud the efforts of the co-founders, food and health enthusiasts, Vishal Jain and Nidhi Sharma.

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A Good BIG-Inning: Breakfast at Silver Beach Cafe

Stepping out for a sumptuous breakfast is not what I would normally do on a weekday, but then, some exceptions have to be made. Silver Beach Cafe at Juhu was certainly one of them. And primarily because it serves breakfast from 7 am in the morning. An absolute rarity in Mumbai and something I am always on the lookout for.

I was gung-ho and was looking forward to my breakfast on this Thursday morning. It was meant to the be the BIG Hangover breakfast. We did not obviously have one, but were up for this breakfast alright.

Seated int he Cafe, over looking the road, minutes later, our fluffy Spanish omelette platter arrived with potato wedges, sausages n salad. The omelette was a treat for the eyes as it was for the palate. Well beaten, the egg whites were fluffy and light, with the egg yolk as the base. Garnished with veggies and cheese, served with whole wheat bread, it was the perfect start to our day. It had sufficiently ignited our appetite.

Beetroot, apple and celery juice was fresh and offered the right flavours. Not tart or cloyingly sweet. Perfectly natural. It further refreshed us, as did the orange and carrot juice.

The pepper and spinach omelette was well done too. A great combination I thought. Delicious but, paled in comparison to the Spanish omelette, which was Chef’s creativity at its best.

The menu is fairly exhaustive with a lot of options to choose from the eggs section. Keema with sunny side up, seemed interesting, but I saved it for another day. The array of fresh juices is equally enticing, as was the French Toast. If indulgence is not on your agenda, cereals withe milk, muesli are your best bet.

Affordably priced, this breakfast is bound to liven you up. Don’t miss the Spanish Omelette. It is worth the drive to this place.Hangover- 3

This Parisian influenced Cafe in Juhu – Silver Beach Cafe is done up in a swanky glass facade of French windows and intimate booth seating making it an ideal space for a romantic date. It offers other regular meals too. I am of course heading back for breakfast another day soon. Never mind the hangover!

Appetizing Ayurvedic Ahaar: Swad Shakti

Ayurveda and its food philosophy has always intrigued me. But somehow, even though Swad Shakti has been around for a while, I somehow missed experiencing it.  But my recent visit, was well worth the wait. Tucked away in a quiet residential lane, off S.V. Road, Swadshakti, seems to be very popular and has a set clientele.

The place has a serene and positive vibe to it. Bustling with guests, it is always busy. A retreat for the health-conscious foodie, this place serves pure vegetarian food, based on Ayurveda’s detoxifying principle, Panchakarma. Chef Manoj Keni seems to know all his customers personally and prepares bespoke meals for them. The menu too is fairly exhaustive. It has interesting sections titled prarambh chaat, amantran, nimnatran and so on. We start with oorja, an energy booster made with dates. It is refreshing but filling too.

 

With my cold and cough, chef sends me a special coriander and ginger broth. Ah! My throat actually feels better after the first few sips.

The famous pav bhaji comes next sans any tomatoes. Chef Keni does not use tomatoes in his cooking at all as those are not supposed to be beneficial. Instead he makes extensive use of kokum, as a souring agent,  which is cooling. It is delicious and pairs well with the whole wheat bread instead of the traditional ladi pav.

Rotis made of makki ka atta, rice flour and ragi are served piping hot with a palak preparation. They encourage people to eat more of ragi and jowar as compared to wheat. Palak or spinach has never tasted so good before. The food is cooked in pure cow’s ghee and is healthy, contrary to popular belief. Fermented foods are an absolute no-no as far as Chef Keni is concerned. He owes all his knowledge to Dr. Smita Naram, who runs the Ayushakti Health Care Centre there, and has trained him.

The menu offers sandwiches, juices, rice dishes, rotis, vegetables et al. One is almost spoilt for choice.

We round off our meal with hot moong dal khichdi, which is runny, soulful and gently spiced. It is flavourful and comforting. We almost feel healthier, as we devour our meal, without feeling over stuffed or uncomfortable. There is a lot more we’d like to try and shall save that four our next visit. Maybe after all the rich food and sweets after Diwali, it is time to pay Swad shakti a visit. What say?

Taste Plus Health = Cafe Pishu’s

The discerning diner today wants to eat healthy stuff, yet enjoy, what he eats. Healthy food is no longer tasteless and bland. Sounds quizzical? Not really so, if you have eateries like Pishu’s in Mumbai.

Located in bustling Andheri West, Pishu’s is a health-conscious person as well as a foodie’s delight. A cafe with a modest ambience, it offers 100+ variants of juices. Not just that, the café also has a well-crafted food menu including pizzas (made out of whole wheat lavash base), whole wheat pasta, many variants of sandwiches, brown rice, hot organic salads and many more such options. In short, there is something for every palate.

The fat burner I sipped first was a pleasant surprise. Made of dudhi(bottle gourd), pineapple, tomato, mint & ginger, it was delicious, unlike the perception one has of health drinks.  The Pizza exotica with a dash of cheese on a lavash base was fresh and crisp with a great balance of flavours and textures. Distinctly light. The garlic added the right amount of zing to it.

Lavash Pizza Burnt Garlic

Although the organic salad lived upto its promise of being healthy, with no oil and had exotic veggies,  it was not flavoursome and a wee bit dry. Not something I would like to repeat often. The brown rice with green sauce was tantalizing for the taste buds with spinach, herbs and spices et al. It comes with two other sauce variations too. The dessert I thought was really innovative. Oats with fresh fruits like kiwis, bananas, figs and more.

Pishu’s has an interesting blend of juices and shakes which are quite unusual apart from being healthy. What’s more, each dish has the calorie count specified. The menu is far from limited and by no means boring.

Monish Rohera, the owner, is a health and fitness freak himself and being a Dadar Catering college graduate, understands food well. He has painstakingly created the menu and tries to incorporate healthy elements in it. The ingredients used are seasonal, fresh and wholesome.

For those of you, who are not counting your calories, there are brownie shakes and cheese burnt garlic sandwiches too. so get healthy this season. And with Pishu’s flavourful spread, it is not a bad idea at all.