Review: Let’s create an experience – Hokey Pokey Ice-Creams

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Verry Verry Berry

The world is all about being cool and eating cool for the foodies! When we mean cool, the first thing we talk about is the delicious yummy Ice Creams. From the traditional Kwality Walls to the modern and different Hokey Pokey, Baskin Robins and Gelato Italiano, the trends have changed with the all new flavors and the yummy Sundays.

Innovative concept brought to India for the first time with wonderful cold stone mixing of the flavors is what Hockey Pockey is famous for. With the live display of mixing over a cold stone and serving you the yummiest of the flavors is what Hokey Pokey does for us. Moreover, in order to beat the heat, you can also get hold of these by Nature’s Basket, Modern Bazaar and a few other grocery stores. The flavor ranges from Double chocolate to Manic Monkey to the fruity delights. The lovable pack containing rich taste makes you go nuts! And the appreciating part is that it contains no added flavors or preservatives.

FullSizeRender_1An ice cream parlor with a brand strategy by Drums Food International Private Limited, started in Mumbai in the year 2008. The aim was to create the freedom of expression in order to experiment with the super premium ice-creams which uses pure buffalo milk. The idea is to give freedom to the customers to select their own flavors and create their own experience based ice-cream with the help of mixing them on a cold stone.

Hokey Pokey boasts of having the finest ingredients that are being sourced from their authentic roots like vanilla and coffee beans from Coorg, strawberry from Panchgani and so one.

Kitchen Pops was happy to get the opportunity to taste their lip-smacking ice creams. We tasted the following from their menu:

1) Double chocolate therapy

Double Chocolate Therapy

Double Chocolate Therapy

(Dark Chocolate Ice-cream with chocolate brownie, nutella and dark chocolate fudge) – The very first one we tasted was the most yummiest one I must say. With the rich flavor of chocolate and hazelnuts, this ice-cream was just lip-smacking. Priced at INR 119 for a single scoop and knock-out at INR 410, it is much more satisfactory than the expectations.

2) Verry Verry berry

(Swiss Strawberry Ice-cream with assorted fruit confiture, gummy fruits and rainbow sprinkles)  it is a must try for all the fruit lovers. Made from the purest and yummiest strawberries from Panchgani and jujubes, pressed well on the cold stone, the flavor of the berries takes you to a wonder-world. A gorgeous pink colored ice-cream topped with colorful jujubes, served in an in-house made cup-cones, make you just fall in love with the Hokey Pokey’s Very Very Berry.

3) Angel Apple Pie

Angel Apple Pie

Angel Apple Pie

( French Vanilla Ice cream with cracker biscuit and apple confiture) – Made specially for the apple pie lovers. The ice-cream is a blend of the apples and the cracker biscuits to give you the rich taste of apple pie along with the cold stone mixed vanilla ice-cream. You would not like this much if you are a chocolate or fruity person, but would surely love it if you are fond of sweet apple pie flavors.

4) Strawberry Cheesecake New York Style

(Strawberry cheesecake ice-cream with cracker biscuits and strawberry confiture) – with the changing trends from ice creams and baked cakes to no-bake cheesecakes, even Hokey Pokey makes sure to serve you with your latest cheesecake flavors. A different and yummy ice cream that gives the typical tasty flavor of a strawberry cheesecake in the form of a cold stone blended ice-cream.

5) Manic Monkey

Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

(Chocolate temptation ice cream with crunchy praline, roasted almonds and white chocolate chips) – In case you want to eat more to satisfy your chocolate taste buds, then you can opt for Manic Monkey after Double Chocolate Therapy. A crunchy yet chocolaty, beautifully decorated as topped with white chocolate chips, Manic Monkey is something we just fell in love with.

6) Rockin’ Strawberry Shake priced at INR 89 from a small size and INR 129 for a large one. (Rich with strawberries, whipped with real ice-cream) – Strawberry flavored swirling shake would be loved by you if you prefer a little less of the sweetness. The quantity served in size small is appropriate for a quick drink. However, the taste of the shake needs a little improvement to make it loved by all.

7) Pure Gold Magic

(Creamy Mango Shake) – A swirling shake made with the fruit of the season, i.e. Mango, the shake is again good for the less sweet preferred customers. The quality of ingredients is really good, but the taste of the milk made us have a second thought for the same.

Manic Monkey

Manic Monkey

Kitchen Pops recommends:

  • Double Chocolate Therapy
  • Very Very Berry
  • Strawberry Cheese Cake
  • Manic Monkey

Overall, a great experience to taste their wonderful creations as cold stone blended Ice-creams. Located in the comfort of the Food Court floor of the Ambiance Mall, Gurgaon, Hokey Pokey claims to cool you in this summer season. With the cold stone slab which has the temperature maintained around ‘minus 22’ degrees is what makes them different from the others in the industry.

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Top 3 Quick Avocado Recipes!

1Avocados are rich in vitamins A, C and E, which helps you to build up your immune system. Consumption of avocados helps to reduce cancer risks in a person’s body. This fruit also helps to reduce cholesterol from your body, making your heart fit and young. Avocados contain a large amount of fiber, which plays a vital role in managing your weight by allowing you to eat less without feeling hungry.

Avocado Salad

Ingredients:2

  • 1 ripe avocado, sliced
  • 200g green leaf lettuce, iceberg lettuce and red endive
  • Zest and juice 1 lime
  • 1 green chili, deseeded and finely chopped
  • Black-pepper and salt as per taste
  • 5-6 cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • Pinch of oregano for seasoning
  • 3 tbsp. Olive oil

Method:

Combine salad dressing requirements and season. Toss through the avocado slices and mixed leaves and other ingredients.

Avocado Smoothie3

Ingredients:

  • 1 perfectly ripe large avocado
  • 2 kiwi fruit peeled
  • 1 whole lime juice
  • Litchi juice (as it is transparent/white and this would not change the color of the smoothie and give you a blend of sweet and sour)
  • 1 tablespoon honey to taste
  • 2-3 ice cubes

Method:

Cut avocado and kiwi into pieces so that it would be easier to blend and squeeze lime as soon as possible. Squeezing lime on avocado would help it not to turn black after coming in contact with air. Place litchi juice in the blender first, then fruit and ice. Blend it up until creamy and smooth.

Avocado sandwich

Ingredients:4

  • 1 cup overnight soaked chickpeas (Kaabuli Chana)
  • 1 large ripe avocado
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro or (if not available) coriander, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped spring onion
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • Salt, white pepper, oregano and chili flakes (if spice required) to taste
  • Bread of your choice
  • Sandwich toppings: lettuce, cherry tomato slices, sprouts, etc.
  • 1 cup Hung curd (it will act as a mayonnaise to your sandwich)

Method:

  1. Cook, rinse and drain the chickpeas and in a medium bowl, using a fork or potato masher smash the chickpeas and avocado together. Squeeze lime on this mixture and cover it with lid. Add hung curd to it and keep this mixture aside.
  2. Toast the bread you require and spread avocado mixture on one slice of the bread.
  3. Place cilantro, green onion and cherry tomatoes on top of the spread. Season with salt, white pepper and oregano to taste.
  4. Serve this sandwich with tomato ketchup or any other dip you love.

Try making healthy recipes and stay strong. Lead a fit life and make your family healthier. Avocado also makes your skin glow and hair grow with good strength. Your whole body gets rejuvenated by ingesting this small fruit. Add this fruit in your food intake and maintain a strong life.

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Let’s cereal with porridge!

Porridge is a warm breakfast cereal that has been boiled and prepared slowly until we reach to a thick consistency. It is good to have as a breakfast as it is filling to your stomach with lots of nutrients and fibre. Porridges are made up of whole grains and it has high amount of dietary fibre. Fibre helps keep blood-sugar levels normal and also reduces the risk for high cholesterol. Porridge contains a high amount of complex carbs, which get digested at a slow pace, unlike simple carbs. This gives you lasting energy. Making porridge with milk and adding seeds and nuts will create a high-phosphorus content in your meal. Strong Bones Calcium is similar to phosphorus in that it helps strengthen teeth and bones.

Quinoa Porridge

Ingredients:1

  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup frozen berries of your choice
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar

Method:

Boil quinoa in milk and keep it stirring to check the consistency.

Add cinnamon powder and nuts or berries of your choice with 2 tablespoons of sugar. 

Brown-Rice Porridge

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup rice2
  • 1/2 tea-spoon cumin seeds and asafoetida powder
  • 1 cup mixed diced vegetables like carrots, onion and peas
  • 1/2 teaspoon ghee
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder

Method:

  • Wash rice and vegetables; drain the water and keep it aside.
  • Heat ghee in a pressure cooker; add cumin seeds and asafoetida powder till it crackles.
  • Add rice, vegetables, turmeric and salt along with 4 cups of water and pressure cook for 5 whistles.
  • Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid.
  • Whisk the vigorously mixture well and serve immediately. 

Semolina Porridge3

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup semolina
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar

Method:

Put the semolina, milk, water, brown sugar and salt in a small saucepan. Cook over a medium heat, stirring, until it is as thick as you want it.

Porridges are good for health filled with nutritious values added to it. It acts as a booster to your body when consumed as a breakfast. It won’t harm your health even if you have it any time as your meals. Have these healthy porridge and let us know whether these recipes were obliging.

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It’s Utterly, Butterly Delicious…

amulAs soon as we mull over any dairy products, Indians always relate to AMUL, The Taste of India. AMUL, also known as Anand Milk Union Limited is a company in India which was established more than six decades ago. The Amul Butter Girl was created as a response to its rival brand Polson Butter Girl. Utterly, Butterly delicious; tag for Amul Butter Girl was introduced in the year 1967 by Sylvester Da Cunha of ASP (Advertising, Sale and Promotion) agency with his art director Eustace Fernandez.  Chairman of Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd (GCMMF) Dr Varghese Kurian; the Milkman of India always wanted a comic strip which would be effortlessly painted because commercial concepts kept changing frequently. He also wanted a mascot, which was easy to understand as a brand icon.

polsonAmul girl was a huge success with round eyes, chubby cheeks and a slice of bread in a hand with Amul butter spread on it. As a kid, we grew up watching this cute Amul girl with a white dress and polka dots on her frock. This adorable looking girl with an apple haircut and a half pony tail on the top looked innocent as a child. Whenever we ruminate about early morning start up, we think about our breakfast which mostly consists of Amul butter, milk or cheese. The Amul butter girl started as a mascot, but as years passed, the ad agency portrayed the stories of current events in a humorous manner. Advertising agency never lets this product down, they came up with topical caricatures and social issues in an entertaining mode. We have grown up by consuming this product, passed on from generation to generation; we still relate to this amazing taste. Amul being manufactured in India, people relate to this as it cannot be replaced by any other brand. Amul is available in affordable prizes with a good taste.

So many years have passed, we have also come across various products, but still we prefer Amul. The taste, texture and also the utterly, butterly delicious girl has not been substituted by any product till now. We would still love to earn my bread and butter when it comes to Amul.rr

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Let’s Bake some Potato Chips!

Fried food is irresistible and having it without gaining weight is everybody’s dream; well mine is too! We always have to think a lot before consuming anything oily. Here is an amazing way to have much loved chips without frying it! Yes, I am not lying. Let’s follow this recipe given below and fill our pleasure of having fried chips which won’t be fried!w

  1. Peel potatoes if you want, I would suggest you not to peel them as it will give a crunchy texture to your chips. Wash potatoes and parboil them; parboiling is a process where you partially boil potatoes. After parboiling, let them cool down for an hour or refrigerate them.2
  2. When potatoes are cooled, slice them with the help of a slicer for thin potato-slices. While slicing them, put the potato-slices immediately into cold water with a tea-spoon of salt so that slices won’t turn brown. When you are done slicing as much potatoes required, pre-heat oven at 200 degrees for fifteen minutes.
  3. Till oven gets pre-heated, take microwave dish/pan, take a small amount of olive oil for greasing. Place potato slices on microwave dish/pan, a pinch of salt and a teaspoon of black-pepper, paprika and squeeze a little lemon to be added on slices for a tangy taste. Put this microwave plate with potatoes in oven; change the temperature to 180 degrees. Potatoes if thinly sliced, will take 15-20 minutes to bake.
  4. Watch them frequently as they might get burnt. Remove them from the oven and have it with your favorite dips.

3This easy recipe will make your day; you can also surprise your family members and loved ones with these non-trans-fatty chips. Bake these potato-chips and have as much as you can without worrying about weight while watching movies on your weekends. Keep reading our blog for more healthy recipes.

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Eazy Slim Bars by Naturell India Pvt Ltd

In today’s busy world, finding healthy snacks that fit into your weight loss diet can no longer be challenging. Naturell India Pvt Ltd, a premium healthy lifestyle company, has launched herbal bar to manage weight, Eazy Slim, under its brand name, Rite Biteeasy slim 07

Today’s lifestyle, according to Mr Vijay Uttarwar, President & Chief Executive Officer, Naturell India Pvt Ltd have  people on their toes 24×7, skipping their meals which can cause various health issues and glycemic impact. “High nutrition content and easy availability in convenient packing makes Eazy Slim bars the perfect on the go snack for everybody, switching to healthy lifestyle with RiteBite,” he said. 

The high protein and fiber in Eazy Slim bar are formulated with herbs such as Green Tea and Guggul that makes the bar a good choice as protein and fiber to support metabolism and digestion. This is where protein and fiber bar with herbs can become very useful. 

Check Those Calories

Calories are paramount when it comes to weight loss, and to maintain weight, women need 1900k calories per day, while men need 2320kcal depending on body weight and activity level. “This means one need to aim a bit lower than this to lose weight. The Eazy Slim bar you choose should reflect your calorie intake. Eazy Slim bar contains 178 calories will fit easily into most weight loss diets,” Uttarwar said. 

The Eazy Slim has following ingredients: FOS (Fiber-Fructooligosaccharide), Protein Blend ( Soy Nuggets, Whey Protein Concentrate), Sugar –Free Dark Chocolate( Maltitol, Palm Kernel oil, Cocoa Solids, Milk Solids, Soy Lecithin), Oats, Cranberries, Glycerine, High Oleic Sunflower Oil, Fructose , Guar Gum, Salt, Citric Acid and Nature Identical (NI) Flavors,added Vitamins and Minerals. 

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 bar
1.76 OZ.(50g)
Calories 178 Fat Calories 57
Amount Per Serving                       |%DV#
Total Fat 6.3g | 10%  
Saturated Fat O.8g | 4%  
Trans Fat O g  
Cholesterol Omg  
Sodium 91mg | 4%  
Net Carb* 24g  
Total Carb 24g   |8%  
Dietary Fiber 8g    |32%  
Sugar 0.9g  
Polyol 4.8g  
Protein 13.6g  27%  
Vitamin A10%  .Vitamin C 10%    
Calcium   8%    . Iron       5%    

 

 

About Company: Naturell India Pvt. Ltd. is a premium healthy lifestyle company. Naturell’s vision is to provide the finest nutrition and fitness based bars that will help consumers to adopt a healthier way of life.Busy Lifestyle can easily make anybody’s health take a back seat. Naturell offers a wide range of RiteBite products like Protein Bars, Herbal Protein Bars, Healthy Snacking Bar and Diet Bars to keep up your energy levels with adequate nutrients without compromising on taste. Naturell India Pvt Ltd provides the finest nature-based products that helps consumer adopt a healthier lifestyle. RiteBite Nutrition Bars is a leading brand of Naturell.

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15 Best Thirst-Quenchers for Warm Weather

Hello readers, don’t you feel dehydrated in these sunny days? The sun is up, so are your summer clothes. Why don’t we keep our bodies hydrated in these bright epochs? Stub out your water insufficiency as summers are here; nothing can bet this encroaching heat in suns. Let’s give this summer a chilled experience by these 15 amazing easily made summer drinks.stock-footage-several-colorful-summer-drinks-on-table-as-iced-tea-is-poured-into-a-glass-shot-in-hd-video

  1. Strawberry Smoothie: – Well, this strawberry smoothie is not a clichéd one. Soak oats in milk till it softens, refrigerate it. Take half cup of curd, strawberry syrup; add this to the oat mixture and grind it for a smooth texture (add sugar as per requirement).
  2. Iced Tea: – Tea lovers, do not give away your indulgence for tea in these summers. Enjoy your tea with cold twist by adding a splash of lime juice, ice cubes and mint leaves.

    Kiwi Avocado Slush

    Kiwi Avocado Slush

  3. Kiwi Avocado Slush: – Composition of avocado with kiwi is a good blend together. Mince them with a stroke of mint leaves would make it a complete drink for this summer.
  4. Cucumber Lemonade: – Peel cucumbers and juice it, add soda or sparkling water with half squeezed lemon. Cucumber soothes your system in heat.
  5. Peach Smoothie: – Peaches are great energy boosters for summers, add whipping cream to it. Peel peaches, blend these two and serve it in shot glasses.

    Peach Smoothie

    Peach Smoothie

  6. Banana Honey milkshake: – Don’t you always feel tired and energy, less in these summers? Peel two bananas and add half a glass of milk to the grinder. A spoon of honey in this shake would give a kink to your taste buds.
  7. Aam Pannha: – Boil raw mangoes and squeeze the mixture. Add sugar syrup and stored in tight containers.  Adding cold water and ice-cubes in this mixture would quench your thirst.
  8. Sol Kadi: – Squeeze milk from grated coconut, then add Kokam juice in it. A pinch of salt and cumin seeds powder is also added by dressing it with coriander leaves for a punchy flavor.
  9. Cold Coffee: – Beating one spoon coffee with hot water for almost 5 to 10 minutes will give a fluffy paste. Cold milk can be added to this and garnishing it with Choco-chips or vermicelli chocolate.
  10. Coconut Punch: – A bowl of coconut cream and water grinded together with a spoon full of vanilla ice-cream would give you a rich drink. Isn’t your mouth watering yet? Well, mine is!
  11. Bourbon Milkshake: – Soak a packet of bourbon biscuits in cold milk for about an hour or so till it gets soggy. Grind this mixture and enjoy this amazing cold bourbon milkshake.
  12. Pomegranate Splash: – Modify boring pomegranate juice by adding little orange squash to it. Decorate it by serving it into a mock tail glass with a salted glass rim. Take pleasure of summers!
  13. Mojito: – Mint leaves and two slices of lemon are crushed together lightly in a glass. Further add few ice-cubes and your favorite soda water to it. Ta da, your home made Mojito is ready.
  14. Plum with Ginger punch: – Juice out plums and small amount of fresh ginger together. A pinch of salt to it will also give a twist to your taste buds.

    Plum with Ginger Punch

    Plum with Ginger Punch

  15. Watermelon juice: – Watermelon juice is made by just grinding watermelon cubes into a grinder and then strained through the juice strainer. I would suggest adding a punch of amla juice or just grinding half an amla with watermelon cubes.

            Don’t let your body give up in these bright days and stay healthy. Keeping yourself hydrated in summers is important and consuming these drinks would keep you active. The drinks mentioned would not only quench your thirst, but also soothe your system. Little twists added to traditional drinks will serve variations to your palate. Try these summer drinks and share your feedback with us!

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