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Vitamin A Rich recipes
Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin that is also a powerful antioxidant.
We get vitamin A from a variety of sources. Two of the most common sources are retinol and beta-carotene. Retinol is present in animal sources like dairy products, eggs, fatty liver and fish. The other type of Vitamin A, which is obtained from colorful fruits and vegetables, is in the form of “pro Vitamin A” carotenoids, which are converted to retinol by the body after the food is ingested. Beta carotene, a type of carotenoid which is found primarily in plants, needs to first be converted to active Vitamin A in order to be utilized by the body. Sources of vitamin A include yellow-orange fruits and vegetables like carrots, mango, papaya, peach, tomatoes, pumpkin, muskmelon etc. and other vegetables like spinach, broccoli, capsicum etc. The daily RDA (recommended daily allowance) of Vitamin A is 2,400 micrograms (MCG). Any vegetable or fruit which has 1,000 mcg or more is considered high in Vitamin A. Cooking carrots make the Vitamin A more bio available to the body and cooking it with a oil or ghee makes it even absorbable to the body.
Vitamin A plays a critical role in maintaining healthy vision. In its retinal form it combines with the protein ‘opsin’ to form rhodopsin which is an essential light absorbing molecule that aids is vision, especially in dim light. A prolonged deficiency of vitamin A can lead to night blindness.
Apart from vision, other functions of vitamin A are cell growth, building immunity, promote healthy skin, and being an antioxidant it neutralizes the action of free radicals in the body, which can cause cellular damage. Consuming a diet high in antioxidants is also a way to naturally slow ageing.
As a source of beta carotene, you will find a vast range of vitamin A rich recipes in this section. Try your hand at Broccoli, Carrot and Paneer Subzi, Pineapple and Papaya Juice, Healthy Tomato Soup, Nutritious Jowar and Tomato Chila and so on…..
12 Apr 15
Broccoli, Spinach and Zucchini Stir- Fry by Tarla Dalal
A creative way to include nutritious veggies into your diet, the Broccoli, Spinach and Zucchini Stir-Fry is a treat for your taste buds, with a burst of colours and herby flavours. The combination of vegetables like broccoli, spinach and zucchini with other crunchy delights like cabbage and capsicum ....
11 Sep 14
Whole Wheat Salad Garlic Tomato Chutney Wrap by Tarla Dalal
People often undo the benefits of a veggie-loaded filling by rolling it into a nutrition-scarce refined flour wrap. Why not use leftover chapatis as a wrap instead—as shown in this recipe? It will make innovative use of leftovers while also ensuring better nutrition. This Whole Wheat Salad Garlic To ....
11 Sep 14
Nutritious Jowar and Tomato Chila by Tarla Dalal
Traditionally, chila is a thin pancake made of gram flour, but this nutritious chila uses a healthy combination of jowar, whole wheat and maize flour making it a great source of protein and vitamin A. You could also create your own version by combining other flours. Enjoy it with coriander garlic ch ....
22 Jan 16
Broccoli, Carrot and Paneer Subzi by Tarla Dalal
An unusual combination of veggies makes this simple vegetable stir-fry seem quite exotic! Broccoli, carrot and paneer are a pretty sight to behold, with their contrasting colours, and quite exciting to munch on because of the varied textures they bring to the table.
Broccoli is a very good sou ....
25 Jun 14
Green Salad with Muskmelon Dressing by Tarla Dalal
The Green Salad with Muskmelon Dressing is sure to fascinate the most discerning of diners! A gourmet preparation that features vitamin A rich crisp broccoli florets, lettuce and bean sprouts with a muskmelon dressing, the interplay of flavours and textures in this salad is exciting. Apart from the ....
25 Jun 14
Stir-fried Paneer, Broccoli and Baby Corn Salad by Tarla Dalal
Sautéed in just a teaspoon of oil, this elegant salad is an excellent source of calcium thanks to the combination of paneer, broccoli and bean sprouts. The Stir-fried Broccoli, Baby Corn and Bean Sprouts Salad is like a booster dose for your bones! Onion seeds adds an Indian touch to this nutritious ....
25 Jun 14
Broccoli Broth ( Healthy Soups and Salads Recipe) by Tarla Dalal
No more running noses and sneezy wheezies. Ensure good health and immunity with this vitamin C rich soup made of vibrantly coloured and flavourful broccoli. The antioxidants contributed by broccoli and the other ingredients in this soup counteract the harmful cellular by products created during norm ....
25 Jun 14
Carrot Cucumber and Rajma Salad in Mint Dressing by Tarla Dalal
A light salad loaded with vitamin A from carrot and mint together with protein-rich rajma too, the Carrot, Cucumber, Rajma Salad in Mint Dressing is a treat to your taste buds and eyes, in more ways than one. Not only is the salad beautiful to behold, it also provides excellent nourishment for your ....
25 Jun 14
Healthy Tomato Soup ( Healthy Soups and Salads Recipe) by Tarla Dalal
Creamy but not sinful, the Healthy Tomato Soup is a perfect low-cal option for those who love creamy tomato soup. Here, the creamy texture is attained using moong dal and low-fat milk. With just 1 tsp of low-fat butter for six servings, this recipe is perfect for weight watchers. Despite being ‘slim ....
11 Jan 12
Cucumber Cooler , Muskmelon and Cucumber Juice by Tarla Dalal
You simply must try this unusual combination! Add ripe melon for maximum sweetness.
Cucumber also has a strong diuretic action and thus helps to remove toxins from the body which otherwise accumulate in our body and cause skin problems like pimples and other bodily functions. Being full of wate ....
09 Jun 16
Peach Yogurt Smoothie, Good For Endurance Athletics by Tarla Dalal
Here is a luscious smoothie with the pleasant scent and fruity flavour of peaches. Yoghurt is an apt base for this mildly-flavoured fruit, and the combo needs just a dash of honey to improve the flavour.
If the peaches are naturally sweet, you can even reduce the honey. Chia seeds, considered ....
18 Oct 10
Fruit Chaat ( Vitamin C and Vitamin A Rich Recipe ) by Tarla Dalal
A delicious and simple way to treat your skin to all the vitamin a and c that it needs! papayas, bananas, grapes, tomatoes, cucumber and more-this yummy recipe will help you with glowing skin and healthy hair. Yellow, orange and red fruits are full of flavonoids and carotenoids- potent antioxidants, ....
11 Jan 12
Instant Energizer, Carrot Apple and Orange Drink by Tarla Dalal
Jam-packed schedule? This is an ideal drink to boost your energy and to keep you on your toes all day.
Carrot Apple and Orange Drink is super-rich in antioxidants viz. vitamins A and C, folic acid and fibre which protect against heart disease and certain types of cancers. As an added bonus, car ....
16 Jun 08
Papaya Pineapple Juice by Tarla Dalal
You would never have imagined that there is such a tasty way to staying young!
Well, this delectable Papaya and Pineapple Juice gives you ample vitamins like C and A, which keeps your skin glowing, eyes sharp and immune system going strong.
This is also a very wise combination of fruits ....
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