Wheatgrass Juice – Health benefits

Wheatgrass is derived from Triticumaestivu, newly sprouted leaves of wheat plant. It is considered as a superfood with amazing health benefits. Discover these health benefits as under:

Benefits:

  • Itis a powerhouse of iron, minerals and other nutrients. It helps in boosting immunity.

  • Helps in increasing haemoglobin levels as it is rich in vitamins like A,C & E.

  • Being rich in antioxidants, it helps fight free radicals preventing cell damage and reducing oxidative stress. This helps to protect body from diseases like cancer, heart ailments and other inflammatory diseases.

  • Helps in maintaining skin elasticity and rejuvenating the cells. Slows down the ageing process as it is rich in enzymes & proteins.

  • Aids digestion by detoxifying your body.

  • Wheatgrass is the best when it comes to controlling fluctuating sugar levels.

  • Keeps a check on your weight by improving rate of metabolism.

  • Improves the function of Thyroid gland as it has abundance of the mineral selenium.

  • Prevents tooth decay and helps in curing sore throat.

Stay Healthy, Stay Safe!!!

Winter Self Care Tips

Winters, the cool season, is around the corner. The seasonal changes are accompanied by longer hours of darkness&lower temperatures thus minimizing our social and physical activities. Here are a few simple winter self-care tips to protect your health in winters.

• Get good sleep, take naps when tired and keep yourself warm with extra clothing while sleeping. Adequate sleep helps boost the immunity that helps to avoid minor infections like cold & flu.

• Keep yourself warm, cover up your body with extra clothes. Woolen clothes, scarves, gloves, etc. can help in keeping your body warm.

• Have seasonal food rich in Vitamin A, C, D& E for good immunity. Add spices like ginger, garlic, turmeric to your daily diet.

• Moderate exercising can boost your blood circulation and energy level. It can help to keep your body warm.

• Winters can make your skin flaky & dry. Always keep your skin hydrated and moisturized. Avoid bathing with extremely hot water as it tends to take away natural moisturizers from the skin.

• Drink enough water though we tend to feel less thirsty in winters. Staying hydrated helps to maintain a balance between your intake and outtake.

• Wash your hands frequently to keep away from infections & viruses.

Stay Healthy, Stay Safe!!!

Celebrate Diwali in a Healthy way

The biggest festival of the year, the festival of lights is nearing and you can feel it already with the tempting smell of traditional delicacies, the lightings all around, everything makes up for the Diwali spirit. Everyone wants to celebrate and have fun during Diwali.

 

Following are a few tips to keep this spirit & celebration healthy:

 

1- Be mindful when having your favorite sweets & snacks. Enjoying the delicacies in smaller quantities & choosing healthier options will help you feel lighter & healthier.

 

2- Try to stay away from processed packed food. Make your own snacks by using healthy flours and by baking instead of frying the dishes.

 

3- To feel energetic & lively, stay hydrated. Drink a lot of water.


4- Avoid over-eating your favorite dishes. Manage what & how much you eat, have small portions of whatever you consume.

 

5- Be careful with firecrackers. With respiratory ailments going up, try to go for a cracker-less Diwali however if you can’t do they at least wear a mask to cover your mouth & nose.

 

5- Do not skip doing the physical activities/work-out to keep a check on your weight & health.

 

Stay Healthy, Stay Safe, and have a wonderful Diwali celebration!!!

Roasted Poha (Flattened Rice) Chivda

Preparation Time: 5 mins
Cooking Time: 15mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Servings: 3

Ingredients:

3 cups Thin Poha
1 tbsp Oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
Few curry leaves
2 tbsp roasted Chana dal (Bengal gram dal)
2 tbsp peanuts
1 tbsp dried coconut slices
½ tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp powdered sugar
1 tsp chilli powder
A pinch of asafoetida (hing)

Instructions:

1. Roast the poha in a pan on medium flame for 5 minstill it turns crisp or microwave it for 1 min in an oven.
2.Turn off the flame and transfer the crispy poha to a large plate.
3.In a large deep pan, heat some oil on medium flame. Once it is hot, add mustard seeds, hing& curry leaves.
4.After the leaves turn crispy add chana dal, dried coconut slices and peanuts. Roast & mix them well till they turn crispy & light brown in color.
5.Now add powdered sugar, turmeric powder& chilli powder. Further add the roasted poha and gently mix well& switch off the flame.
6.Once the poha cools down completely, store the chivda in an airtight container.

Health Information:

Easy, quick& healthy snack.

Baked Chaklis

Preparation Time: 20mins

Cooking Time: 25mins

Total Time: 35mins

Servings: 4

 

Ingredients:

1 cup Rice Flour

½ cup Low-fat curd

2 tsp sesame seeds

2 tsp chili powder

2 tsp cumin (jeera) powder

1 tsp sunflower or any other healthy oil

A pinch of asafoetida (hing)

Water for kneading

Salt as per taste

Instructions:

  1. In a mixing bowl, mix all the ingredients properly. Knead a soft, smooth & moist dough and keep it aside for 20 mins.
  2. Place a baking paper on a baking tray and grease it with 1 tsp of oil.
  3. Add the kneaded dough of enough size to a chakli press machine and start making chaklis in spiral shape on the tray.
  4. Brush the chaklis with little bit of oil.
  5. Bake in preheated oven @ 180°C for 20 mins, till they turn golden
  6. Store the chaklis in an airtight container once they cool down.

 Health Information:

Diwali diet plan will not be ruined and one can enjoy the low-fat chakli with the same taste & crispiness.

Soya Patty Recipe

Preparation Time: 25 mins
Cooking Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Servings: 2

Ingredients:

Boiled soybeans 1 cup
Mashed potato 2
Chilli powder 1tbsp
Turmeric powder ½ tbsp
Coriander leaves finely chopped 2 tbsp
Finely chopped onion 2
Salt as per your taste

Instructions:

1. Take one cup of soybeans and soak them in water overnight.
2. Pressure cook the soybean and potato for about 4 whistles.
3. Take a large bowl to mix this pressure-cooked soybean, mashed potato, red chili powder, onion, coriander leaves, and salt.
4. Mix it well to form dough.
5. Make small balls from this dough and gently flatten them the way you do for making patties.
6. Heat the pan and grease it with oil.
7. Place the patties on the pan and roast till it turns golden brown.
8. Once done flip the patty and let this roast from another side too till it turns golden brown.
9. Follow the same process for remaining patties.
10. Serve your healthy patties with tomato ketchup or chutney.

Health Information:

Soya patty is very healthy as soybeans have a very high protein content as well as a lot of fiber, calcium, magnesium. Soybean contains all the essential amino acids.

Paneer Garlic Nuggets

Preparation Time:

25mins

Cooking Time: 15mins

Total Time: 40 mins

Servings: 2

 

Ingredients:

250 gms Paneer

1 tbsp cornflour

½ tbsp black pepper powder

½ tbsp red chili powder

1 tbsp garlic paste

1 tbsp red chili sauce

½ tbsp oregano

Butter

 

Instructions:

  1. Cut paneer (cottage cheese) in medium size cubes.
  2. Take a mixing bowl add corn flour, black pepper powder, red chili powder, salt, garlic paste, red chili sauce, dried oregano, and mix them properly.
  3. Add a little bit of water and mix it again.
  4. Put the paneer cubes in this mixture and coat it properly with the mixture.
  5. Leave it for 15 Mins.
  6. Heat the oil in a pan and place these marinated paneer cubes in it and fry them for 5 mins on low flame till they turn golden.
  7. Turn off the flame and serve them hot with any chutney or ketchup.

Health Information:

A good choice for proteins especially vegetarian as paneer is rich in protein, carbohydrates, and fats.

Cheese Carrot Toast

 

Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
Servings: 2


Ingredients:

2 grated carrots
1 cup grated processed cheese
4 toasted bread slices
Butter
2 tbsp chili sauce
Salt as per taste


Instructions:
1. Take 2 carrots wash them properly and peel them. Grate the carrot using the grater.
2. Mix this grated carrot with grated cheese, butter, add salt, chili sauce and mix it properly.
3. Meanwhile place the bread slice in toaster and toast it.
4. After toasting place this mixture on the toasted bread.
5. Take a pan add butter to it let it heat put your bread on it and cover it with a lid. Let it cook for 5 mins.
6. Your cheese carrot toast is ready.


Health Information:
This yummy cheese carrot toast is very healthy as carrots are good source of beta carotene, fiber, vitamin K1, potassium, and antioxidant.

Mental Health Crisis

We all try to live our life practically when it comes to our physical as well as mental health. Physical health can be taken care of with medications but mental health demands more than medication which can be less effective over a time. With everyone trying hard to achieve a perfect life, the gap between one’s expectations and reality, the journey to achieve this dream can make it difficult to handle situations at times. When one rides this roller coaster of emotions, one also has to deal with stress and anxiety.People often go into denial mode, frustration when dealing with stress and anxiety. These factors lead to rise in mental health issues.

 

Lack of sensitiveness towards mental health, inability to communicate & share emotions, further aggravate the issues. These feelings gradually become intense and start effecting our everyday life & the quality of our life. This is where it attention & intervention is required. Unfortunately, in the current situation, there has been an alarming rise in the number of people with mental health issues. Mental health issues are real & exists like any other disease. Instead of understanding & helping people to deal with it, we tend to ignore it as mental health issues are rarely considered to be an issue.

 

We must understand that being a human, it’s okay to be wrong at times, and acceptance of the situation will make it easier to appreciate the present moment. We can always reach out to someone who can help. We need to pause & stop overthinking and spend a moment to consider& evaluate whether our negative actions are really worth it. Engaging in productive & self-care activities can help you live a happy and contented life.

 

Lemon Rice

Preparation Time: 5mins
Cooking Time: 25mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Servings: 4


Ingredients:

1 cup cooked basmati rice
1-2tbsp.sesame oil or sunflower
1 tsp mustard seeds
1tsp uraddaal
1 whole red dry chilli
1 tsp green chilli finely chopped
½ inch finely chopped ginger
A pinch of asafoetida (hing)
½ cup curry leaves
¼ tsp turmeric powder
2 tbsp. peanuts
2 tbsp. lemon juice

 

Instructions:

1. In a pan heat oil, first roast the peanuts and set them aside.
2. In the same oil, add mustard seeds. Once the mustard seeds begin to crackle, add uraddaal, red dried chilli, green chilli, ginger, pinch of hing& curry leaves. Sauté on low flame.
3. Add turmeric and sauté slightly.
4. Now add the cooked rice, peanuts and salt as per taste.
5. Mix well turning around the rice few times
6. Now add lemon juice & mix well.
7. Serve hot

Tips:

Cashews can also be added along with peanuts.


Health Information:
Packed with vitamin B1,B3, C, magnesium & phosphorous.
Simple, filling & healthy.