What is a Balanced Meal?
A balanced meal contains an appropriate mix of different food groups, providing essential nutrients your body needs to function effectively. It is crucial for maintaining good health, supporting growth, and preventing chronic diseases. Typically, a balanced meal includes:
• Carbohydrates: Provide the body’s primary source of energy from whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.
• Proteins: Essential for building and repairing tissues, and making enzymes and hormones. Good sources include beans, lentils, dairy products, and soy.
• Fats: Necessary for energy, supporting cell growth, protecting organs, and keeping the body warm. Healthy fats are found in nuts, seeds, avocados, and oils like mustard oil.
• Vitamins and Minerals: Vital for various body functions including immune function, bone health, and blood coagulation, abundant in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
• Fiber: Aids in digestion and helps maintain a healthy weight, found in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes.
• Water: Essential for maintaining hydration, regulating body temperature, and transporting nutrients.

The Balanced Plate Method
The Balanced Plate Method is a simple way to visualize and create a balanced meal:

  1. Half the Plate: Vegetables and fruits, for vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
  2. Quarter of the Plate: Protein sources, for tissue repair and muscle maintenance.
  3. Quarter of the Plate: Whole grains, for energy and fiber.
  4. Add a Serving of Dairy: For calcium and other nutrients.
  5. Incorporate Healthy Fats: For essential fatty acids and fat-soluble vitamins.

Planning Dishes with Lal Gulab
Using Lal Gulab offerings like Sooji, Besan, Dalia, and Atta, you can create unique and nutritious vegetarian Indian dishes:

• Sooji Cheela: A savory pancake made with Lal Gulab Sooji, mixed with finely chopped vegetables like onions, tomatoes, and capsicum, spiced with mustard seeds and curry leaves.
• Dalia Upma: A healthy twist on traditional Upma, made with Lal Gulab Dalia, peas, carrots, and tempered with mustard oil and spices.
• Besan Pithla: A Maharashtrian delicacy made with Lal Gulab Besan, cooked with onions, tomatoes, and tempered with cumin seeds, served with whole wheat chapatis (Atta).
• Vegetable Dalia Pulao: A wholesome pulao made with Lal Gulab Dalia, loaded with mixed vegetables like bell peppers, peas, and carrots, cooked with aromatic spices.

• Besan Khandvi: Soft, rolled savory snacks made from Lal Gulab Besan, seasoned with mustard seeds, sesame seeds, and garnished with coconut and coriander.
• Sooji Dhokla: A spongy and light snack made with fermented Lal Gulab Sooji batter, steamed and tempered with mustard seeds and curry leaves.
• Atta Palak Paneer Paratha: Lal Gulab Whole wheat atta parathas stuffed with a flavorful mixture of spinach (palak) and paneer, served with a side of yogurt and pickle.
• Besan Chole: A protein-rich curry made with chickpeas (chole) and Lal Gulab Besan, spiced with a blend of Indian spices, served with whole wheat kulchas (Atta).

Creating a balanced meal plan with Lal Gulab products is both nutritious and flavorful, especially with the wide range of vegetarian Indian dishes you can prepare. By incorporating Lal Gulab Sooji, Besan, Dalia, and Atta into your daily meals, you ensure a diverse intake of essential nutrients while enjoying delicious and unique recipes. Remember, variety and balance are key to a healthy diet, so mix and match these ingredients to keep your meals exciting and wholesome.