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All Foods Fit into a Healthy Lifestyle

Posted on January 2, 2021 at 2:00 PM by Madhu Gadia

January 2, 2021

All Foods Fit into a Healthy Lifestyle


Dear Friends, 

Wishing you a Happy and Healthy 2021

Today, I have my dietitian hat on. As you know, I am equally passionate about nutrition and cooking. I am a firm believer that “Healthy and Tasty Foods Go Hand in Hand.” 

The most common New Year’s resolutions include eating healthier. It’s a fact that eating well is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Numerous studies have found that taste always trumps nutrition. People want to eat healthful foods, but it must also taste good.

It’s simple, if it doesn’t taste good, you won’t eat it. 

Satisfaction (Tripti

There is an Indian/Sanskrit word, tripti, which translates to satiety. When you roll your hands over your tummy, smack your lips, and smile – the meal was so satisfying. Once you eat a nourishing meal, you’re happy and content until the next meal. An Indian thali is very similar to the USDA’s MyPlate as they both provide a well-balanced meal that provides a variety of nutrients and is filling. 

Indian Meal Plans

To help you enjoy delicious, nutritious, and satisfying meals, I have planned simple meal plans, see website. Start with the sample 500 calorie meals below; feel free to mix and match to your taste. Recipes and cooking videos are linked here. 


Check out the cooking demo – preparing a complete meal - Hosted by Oldways


Meal 1:

Ginger Pink Lentils – 1 cup (160 Cals)
Spinach and Potatoes – 1 cup (110 Cals)
Basmati Rice – 1 cup (170 Cals)
Non-Fat Plain Yogurt  – 1/3 cup (60 Cals) (Vegan option: Soy yogurt)




Meal 2:  

Dal Fry – 1 cup (220 Cals)
Curried Eggplant – 3/4 cup (84 Cals) 
Basmati Rice – 1 cup (170 Cals) 

Non-Vegetarian Meal



Baked Black Pepper Fish (Curry) – 4 ounces (185 Cals)  
Stir-Fried Cauliflower Salad – 1 cup (45 Cals)
Peas Mushroom Pulao – 1 cup (260 Cals) 

These meals are packed with flavor – “Healthy and Tasty Foods go Hand in Hand.” 

Enjoy Happy Healthy Living!

Madhu Gadia

P.S. Thank you once again for supporting me in 2020; see Year in Review. Hope you also took the time to complete your "Done List."


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