Which is why we begin our travels with a prayer, break a coconut entering our new home and start a conversation with a smile. Lots of us have morning rituals that help us begin the day on a positive note. Those who’ve been bitten by the health and fitness bug usually begin their day with nourishment. Drinking a healthy beverage is one way of doing just that! Introducing Sarda Farms and Raw Pressery, both pioneers in the health beverage industry. Sarda Farms: Making milk moustaches fashionable again Malpractices in the milk industry have become common knowledge. Can we really feel safe drinking milk from unhealthy cows living in filthy, cramped tabelas? The stuff that comes in tetra packs promises purity and hygiene but tastes nothing like milk I remember drinking as a child. Personally I’ve almost completely eliminated milk from my diet for fear of what evils come with it, and I know I’m not the only one who has. “To its own admission the government of India has admitted in the Supreme Court that almost 70% of the milk available in India is substandard. Artificial milk manufactured with use of urea and detergents is almost a regular feature in the news. The bigger danger may be from hormonal contamination of the milk, due to use of oxytocin, a banned hormonal injection for cattle to increase milk production. This hormone when consumed by growing children can lead to irreversible physiological and sexual disorders.” Says Shrirang Sarda, who conceptualized Sarda farms, with the hope of bringing healthy milk back into the market. Sarda Farms has an efficient system in place – they home-deliver pure, antibiotic-free, hormone-free milk in beautifully designed glass bottles to customers in Mumbai and Nashik. A chilled glass of this healthy stuff sounds like something you’d want to dunk cookies in, doesn’t it? Well then, you can sign up for a subscription on their website. However, the quicker way to get yourself on their delivery list is to receive an invitation from an existing customer. You can also buy some at Foodhall at Paladium mall, Lower Parel. Sarda Farms makes four variants, including skimmed milk for dieters. The bottles they deliver milk in are sanitized and reused, so as to reduce waste. This wins them a couple of extra brownie points in my book! Raw Pressery: A big ol’ glug of goodness We all watch commercials where people joyfully run through fields with boundless energy after sipping fruit juice from a can. But we know, deep down inside that the stuff inside those fancy tetra packs is not healthy. Most packaged juices are falsely marketed as health foods. We just read a label which says ‘low calorie’ or ‘extra fibre’ and convince ourselves it’s better than buying a can of Coke. “We’ve all made orange juice at home, but have you ever wondered why the packaged version tastes so much different from the home-made stuff? It’s pretty obvious that we’re being sold a lie!” says Anuj Rakyan, master juice-maker behind Raw Pressery. Anuj, a former investment banker and diamond merchant comes from a family of health enthusiasts. Fitness and good eating habits were a way of life, and something Anuj has been inherently passionate about. Last year, he decided to stop whatever else he was doing and channel all his energy into Raw Pressery. “I was working as an investment banker in New York at a time when the western world was in the midst of a health revolution. Over the last couple of years, India has caught up. A health food market exists, and people are already investing in healthier lifestyles. Up until now however, the beverage segment has stayed behind.”, he explains. “The demand for healthy juices exist; almost many parks have juice-walas outside, and hordes of old and young people flock to them. But we’re always unsure about hygiene, whether water has been added in and whether the jars used have been properly cleaned.” Raw Pressery puts an end to these concerns, and offers a hygienic, honest, home-delivered alternative. They’ve just begin taking orders and subscriptions. You their website and Facebook page offers a comprehensive break-up of the costs, delivery system, etc. They have six different variants; the cleverly mixed concoctions help you ‘Trim, Glow, Build, Run, Shield or Flush’, all functions our urban bodies need a little help with. Their cold-pressed juices are made on a daily basis, and delivered in sealed bottles to your home. All you have to do is crack open the lid and glug down the goodness!
“The beginning is the most important part of work.” – Plato