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Diwali is just around the corner. It is the biggest festival in India and it marks the victory of good over evil, knowledge over ignorance and hope over despair. Diwali is a festival of lights celebrated over a period of 5 days. During Diwali, it seems as…
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Buckwheat is not a form of wheat. In fact, it is not even a grain. Buckwheat is actually a fruit seed related to rhubarb. It is a gluten-free, high fibre, high protein alternative to wheat flour. Buckwheat flour has been consumed in Asian countries for…
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A good night’s sleep is extremely vital for your well-being Good sleep ensures that your mind and body both remain alert and healthy. Also, it maintains the mind-body sync. But a lot of people today are not sleeping enough. And those who are clocking in…
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Sleep deprivation can be fatal....for you, your loved ones and for others. Saty safe, sleep well!
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Celebrating the Blood Donors #SharingLife

Donating blood is not only a noble act but also a necessary one. Blood that matches the receiver’s blood group and which is safe to be used is difficult to find easily in hours of emergency. To promote this noble cause we celebrate 14th June as World Blood Donors Day.

On this day we express our gratitude towards the individuals who donate their blood with the hope of saving a precious life. To further support this cause a new app, named Life is also available on the Google Play Store. This app helps you locate donors and recipients in nearby places easily in hours of need.

Donating blood does not only let you save a life, but also lets you share your life with someone in need. It is an act of passing on something precious to someone who needs it more. So, let us all pledge to donate towards saving precious lives, and contribute towards making the world a better place.

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POWER OF COLOUR BLUE/PURPLE ON YOUR PLATE

Oh, the lovely hue of blue and purple coloured fruits and vegetables! Ya, really, it brightens up the plate. Blue and purple coloured fruits and vegetables have a deep colour tinge and are very pleasing to the eye. So, today's powerful colour on your plates is Blue and Purple.

The reason I am using these 2 colours together is that they have similar benefits. The antioxidant anthocyanin gives blue/purple fruits and vegetables their distinctive colour. Anthocyanin is a powerful antioxidant that protects cells from damage and can help reduce the risk of cancer, stroke and heart disease. The other phytochemicals and nutrients in blue/purple coloured fruits and vegetables are lutein, zeaxanthin, resveratrol, vitamin C, fibre, ellagic acid and quercetin. The darker the colour pigment, the higher the concentration of antioxidants.

Commonly found blue/purple coloured fruits and vegetables are eggplants, purple yam, purple cabbage, blackberries, dried plums, black grapes, purple jamun and plums.

These blue/purple fruits and vegetables have the following benefits:

Blue/purple fruits and vegetables help fight inflammation.
Vegetables like eggplant are very low in calories and high in fibre. They aid in weight loss and also help in diabetes management.
Blue/purple fruits and vegetables improve heart health.
The antioxidants in them boost your immunity.
They help in managing cholesterol by having a favourable effect on HDL.
The antioxidants act as anti-carcinogenic and help prevent cancers.
They protect your body from free radical damage.
100 gm of plums provide 157 mg of potassium, a mineral that helps manage blood pressure. This helps in preventing stroke.
Prunes are dried plums. This dry fruit is often neglected but is a powerhouse of nutrients.
Prunes help in relieving constipation as they have a laxative effect.
Prunes are a very rich source of vitamin K which is essential for blood clotting.
Purple yam is another vegetable which is very rich in fibre and has no fat or cholesterol.
Blue and purple fruits and vegetables improve calcium absorption.
They support retinal health.
I am sure these reasons are enough for you to reach out for blue and purple fruits and vegetables more often. But don't forget that the nutrients are concentrated majorly under the skin. So don't throw away the skin.

Stay Healthy, Stay Happy :)

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HEALTH BENEFITS OF SPICES

Yesterday, I attended a workshop at Mumbai University, Kalina. The workshop was about Health benefits of Spices. The event was graced by eminent speakers- Mr.Vilas Shirhatti and Dr.R.K.Sanghavi, and it was a pleasure to hear them out.

Here I am sharing my take away from the workshop.

The workshop highlighted how the world is waking up to the benefits of spices. Going forward, spices are going to be big in neutraceuticals. We Indians are lucky because our cuisine relies heavily on spices. We use spices every day in all regions of India. They form an integral part of our everyday food.

Our "Dadi maa ke nuskhe" or "grandma's remedies" also make extensive use of spices.

For a toothache - clove oil
For cold - carrom seeds
For a sore throat - ginger and tulsi(holy basil) concoction
And so on...
Our ancestors realised the benefits of these spices and incorporated them into our daily life.These spices add aroma, flavour, texture to your food while imparting a bagful of health benefits. How wonderful!!

A study was conducted across 5 countries regarding the use of spices. 2500 Indian dishes were tested. Cuisines across the world work on the theory of pairing. This means that the flavours that go well together are paired together. But in Indian cuisine, opposite flavours are paired. This opposite pairing is found only in the Indian cuisine. Indian cuisine mixes different flavours and spices that lend it a unique taste and hence health benefits. Our curry powder and garam masala blends are a classic example of this unique pairing.

Spices are like tiny little bombs of flavour and aroma. Each spice has more than 1000 chemicals! Yes....1000! That is huge! Now you can imagine the health benefits of these tiny little spices. But all spices are not equal. Spices from different regions have different levels of chemicals. This affects the aroma and flavour of the spices. Spices are composed of oils which are volatile and are susceptible to loss on inappropriate handling. Hence proper storage is necessary.

A few tips for buying and handling spices

Buy spices from a good brand.
These brands ensure that the cleaning of the spices is done the right way.
Avoid buying unbranded spices because you won't have any idea when they were harvested and in what conditions they were stored.
Always store spices in steel or glass containers. Glass is the best bet and plastic is the worst. Storing spices in plastic containers leads to a loss of flavour and causes a change in texture.
Roasting of the spices helps in denaturing the harmful effects of pesticides.
Spices have different effects depending on when they are introduced in the food and the cooking method.
Storing spices in the fridge is a good idea as it prevents oxidation of the oils in them.
I am sure, you all enjoyed reading this because I enjoyed attending and sharing it with you all!

Stay healthy, Stay happy :)

P.S. Stay tuned to my page for many more awesome articles. Please like my page and subscribe to my newsletters and don't forget to leave your comments.
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Pumpkin pancake recipe eggless

I am back again with a healthy and delicious recipe!!

Mothers often struggle with providing nutritious snacks to their kids. It is also a struggle to make them eat veggies. Some veggies are on a permanent hate list of kids like bitter gourd, bottle gourd, broccoli and pumpkin. Kids are picky and are driven by glossy advertisements. Now, this is a nightmare for any mother and a constant source of worry. So today I am here with a recipe for Pumpkin pancake. This recipe uses whole wheat flour and pumpkin.

Whole wheat flour provides fibre, iron, magnesium and vitamin B 6
Pumpkin is rich in vitamin A, iron, vitamin C, potassium and fibre.
Ingredients:

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 cup milk

1/2 cup pumpkin puree

2 tbsp sugar

1/2 tbsp baking powder

1/2 tsp ginger powder

2 tbsp olive oil

1/2 tsp cinnamon powder

1 tsp vanilla essence

Method:

In a bowl add all the ingredients and mix well. Set aside for 10 mins. Heat a non-stick pan and brush some olive oil. Drop in a spoonful of the batter and let it spread (you can spread it a little gently). When done, flip it over and cook on the other side till done. Though pancakes are usually served with maple syrup, you can make them healthier by using chopped fruits like strawberries, kiwis or bananas. You can also substitute maple syrup with honey.

I am sure your kids would love this as breakfast or after school snack. My daughter loves these pancakes as an after school snack. Even you can indulge at times in these healthy pancakes.

P.S. The image is for representation purpose only and is not the actual image of the recipe.
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Hi friends, I am sure you all are doing great!.Come on, Valentine's day was just a couple of days back....so you all must have had a blast, right?? To those who found love, great!! Now work hard at keeping it ;) And to those who did not, there is another day. And for those who don't care, are happy being their own Valentine! Lovely!!

Continuing my series of benefits of different coloured fruits and vegetables, today we shall see the benefits of White coloured fruits and vegetables. Yes, WHITE...it is also a colour and has lots of benefits on your plate. We are always told to eat a rainbow and when we try to do that we often ignore the white/pale colour. But as white enhances our wardrobe, it works wonders on our plate too.

White fruits and vegetables derive their colour from the phytochemicals called anthoxanthins. They also contain allicin, sulphur and quercetin. These phytochemicals provide the following benefits:

Anthoxanthins are a type of flavonoid pigments in plants which range in colour from white to colourless to creamy. Anthoxanthins are shown to reduce stroke risk, promote heart health and reduce inflammation.
Allicin is an antibacterial phytochemical. It is a natural antibiotic and boosts immunity. Allicin helps in reducing LDL (bad cholesterol) and increasing HDL (good cholesterol) thus promoting heart health. Garlic is the best source of allicin.
Sulphur is found in all body tissues and plays several important roles in the body. Sulphur is essential in for proper development of connective tissue and helps the skin maintain structural integrity. Sulphur deficiency results in dry skin, skin disorders and wrinkles. Sulphur is also associated with fighting cancer. Cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower are rich in sulphur.
Quercetin enhances the effectiveness of anthoxanthin. Quercetin has also proven to reduce allergies by blocking the release of histamines.
These phytochemicals together make white coloured fruits and vegetables a storehouse of nutrients. The common white fruits and vegetables are cauliflower, mushroom, garlic, ginger, banana, onions and turnips.

Cauliflower


This white floret belongs to the cruciferous family and contains sulphur compounds. Sulphur is known to fight cancer and maintain healthy blood vessels. Swap your mashed potato with mashed cauliflower. It is tasty and healthy. It gives you the required fibre along with vitamin C, potassium and vitamin B 6.

Garlic



Garlic is a staple in many households and cuisines. Garlic is the ingredient that adds zing to my stir fried veggies and makes it literally yummy! These bulbs are extremely nutritious. Garlic is rich in allicin which makes it antibacterial and antifungal. Garlic boosts immunity, protects the heart, helps manage hypertension and is good for your hair and skin. Apart from antioxidants, garlic is rich in vitamin B6, manganese, magnesium, iron, potassium and calcium.

Mushroom


Mushrooms are not vegetables but edible fungi. The list of benefits of mushrooms is long. They are rich in water and low in calories. They are fat-free, cholesterol free and gluten free. Mushrooms provide us with lean protein and hence help us in managing cholesterol. Due to their low-calorie content, mushrooms are ideal for diabetic people. Mushrooms are rich in potassium which acts as a vasodilator, relaxing tension in blood vessels, therefore reducing blood pressure. Mushrooms are also rich in selenium which is a powerful antioxidant. So many reasons to eat mushrooms!

Banana



An instant energy booster, bananas are the most common fruit in the world. Bananas are easily available, very economical and delicious. Bananas are extremely rich in potassium. 100 gm of banana provides a whopping 358 mg of potassium. Potassium is a vasodilator and helps in managing blood pressure. Potassium is also an important mineral for sports performance. Potassium works with sodium to balance the electrolytes in our body. This provides hydration and prevents muscle cramping. Bananas have two types of fibre- pectin and resistant starch. These help to improve digestion. Bananas also have the antioxidant dopamine and catechins which offer several health benefits.With so many benefits, this white fruit surely must be our go-to fruit. It is easy to buy and consume too!

These benefits should definitely urge us to reach out for the white coloured fruits and vegetables.

Stay healthy, stay happy :)
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