10 foods to boost your brain power

Health problems pose a risk in our life and it could happen at any stage of life. The main cause of early life diseases are the way we live our life these days; unhealthy eating, smoking, drinking and less of physical works are few of them. Our lifestyle has the highest impact on our health. Diseases such as obesity, heart problems and diabetes are few lifestyle diseases and according to a survey, certain lifestyle factors may lead to early onset of memory problems irrespective of person’s age.

The foods you eat play an important role in keeping your brain healthy and can improve specific mental tasks, such as memory and concentration. Your brain is a big deal for you. You can help support your brain health and boost your alertness, memory and mood by strategically choosing your diet plan including these 10 foods in your diet.

    1. Blueberries-

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    You might have felt fatigue, dizziness, loss of memory and brain fog. It could be due to free radicals produced by different biological processes. These free radicals can damage our brain cells. Blueberries provide antioxidants that can scavenge these free radicals that might damage your brain cells and helps in proper functioning of brain. Now you know why blueberries are classified under “super foods”.

     

    1. Eggs-

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    A very common food item on almost every breakfast table. The bright yellow yolk inside the white albumen of egg is rich in choline and vitamin B. Choline helps in formation of acetylcholine which is a neurotransmitter (a chemical necessary for transmission of nerve impulses). Thus helps in maintaining memory and communication among brain cells.

     

    1. Walnuts-

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    Have you ever thought about how does your brain looks alike. Yes it looks like a walnut and to no surprise, eating it improves your brain power. Walnuts are rich in DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) which is an omega 3 fatty acid that is the primary structural component of your brain. Thus it protects brain health and prevent early age related dementia.

     

    1. Broccoli-

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    It has two nutrients that helps brain in its proper functioning the first one you are already aware of is choline as mentioned earlier and the second one is vitamin K. Vitamin K sharpens your memory and keeps dementia away in older peoples and up to some extent Alzheimer’s disease too.

     

    1. Dark chocolate-

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    Who doesn’t love chocolates? But you will love it more when you will get to know that they are one of the richest source of antioxidants that protect your brain cells from oxidizing and thus from damaging by free radicals. Dark chocolate is also rich in flavanol which helps in reducing memory loss in adults.

     

    1. Coconut oil-

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    As vehicles needs fuel to run, like wise our brain cells also need fuel to function properly and brain can get its fuel from coconut oil. Medium chain triglycerides present in coconut oil breakdown into ketons which acts as brain fuel. It may help to some extent in dementia.

     

    1. Oily fish-

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    Omega 3 fatty acids in the form of EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) occur naturally in oily fishes. DHA and EPA both act as structural component of human brain that keeps brain healthy and evades chances of memory loss and has incredible impact on depression. EPA and DHA is very important for normal brain functioning and development throughout life.

     

    1. Turmeric-

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    “Spice for life” yes you heard it right till now you have known turmeric as a coloring and flavoring agent in foods but here is why it is called spice for one’s life. A compound curcumin found in turmeric has an immense therapeutic use. It acts as an antioxidant, anti inflammatory and anti proliferative. It plays a vital role in curing brain tumors, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.

     

    1. Pumpkin seeds-

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    Due to its benefits to brain health they are called “super seeds”. They not only contain omega 3 fatty acids which maintain brain health but also contains high amount of magnesium nutrient which provides calming effects to the brains. It helps in preventing dementia that occurred at an early age of life. Pumpkin seeds also contain vitamin E and antioxidants like carotenoids.

     

    1. Avocado-

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    They are rich in monosaturated fats which promote good inflow of blood to brain cells thus enhancing its functionality. Promoting blood inflow leads to highly functioning brain. It is also packed with amino acid and antioxidants which helps to reduce blood pressure. It is also good for nervous system to help relief stress .

     

    To sum up, we can say that in our busy live schedule, we should take out a few moments for our body. We should run, jog, meditate, exercise and sweat out for body’s proper functioning. Selection of diet should be done wisely with healthy eating and living a healthy lifestyle. These 10 brain boosting foods should be considered in making brain sharper and smarter.

About Author: This is a guest post by Deepti Singh, M. Sc. (Food Microbiology and Toxicology)

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Simply Sauteed Spinach Recipe

Spinach is one of the healthiest vegetables with high fiber, various vitamins & minerals. The best way to consume greens is to eat it raw. But some people, especially kids don’t like the natural taste of spinach. If you want to add some flavor before eating spinach , then simply Sauteed Spinach is a quick recipe, easy to cook without losing its nutritional value.

Ingredients (serving for 2):

  1. 2 large bunch of spinach (1 lb)
  2. 1/4 cup of water
  3. Oil for sauteing
  4. 2 cloves of finely chopped garlic
  5. one medium size finely chopped onion
  6. 1 teaspoon Mustard Seeds
  7. 1 teaspoon turmeric powder (optional)
  8. One green chili or black pepper powder as per your taste
  9. Salt to taste

Method:

  1. Rinse the spinach well in water and ensure that it is clean.
  2. We need to roughly chop the spinach.
  3. Now boil 1/4 cup of water and add the chopped spinch.
  4. Stir it well till it becomes little soft. Don’t overcook spinach since it will loss its rich green color and some nutrients too .
  5. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds into it. Allow mustard seeds to crackle so that oil can absorb its flavor.
  6. Add finely chopped garlic and saute it without turning it brown. Now add onions and saute it well till it becomes golden brown.
  7. You can add turmeric powder which is optional
  8. Now we are good to add the blanched spinach. Stir the spinach very well with the help of wooden spoon. Add salt to taste and  cook it for a few minutes.

Now your sauteed spinach is ready. You can serve it as sides or take it with Indian bread/Roti.

Note:

Spinach loses it volume by three- quarter after cooking so remember not to add salt in the beginning.  Add it after the volume is reduced or as per instruction above.

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Nose bleeding during Pregnancy

Potential causes of Nose Bleeds

Nose vessels may expand during pregnancy, and the increased blood supply causes more pressure on those soft vessels, causing nose vessels prone to bleeding. This is the reason that nosebleeds are common during pregnancy – Every one out of five pregnant women faces this issue, compared to only one in twenty of non-pregnant women.

But the occasional minor nosebleed is usually harmless. Some medical experts say even a few nosebleeds over the course of pregnancy aren’t cause for alarm.

You’re more likely to get a nosebleed when you have a cold, sinus infection, high blood pressure, blood clotting disorders and allergies when the membranes inside your nose dry out, as they do in air-conditioned rooms, cold weather, airline cabins and other environments with dry air.

Different ways to stop nose bleeding

If you are facing nose bleeds during pregnancy:

  1. Sit down and lean forward a bit but keep your head higher than your chest.
  2. Apply pressure on the soft lower part of your nose – that’s both nostrils using thumb and index finger.
  3. Use your mouth for breathing and keep your nostrils closed for 10 to 15 minutes. Don’t keep checking to see if the bleeding has stopped before then because that could interfere with clotting.
  4. You may apply ice to constrict the blood vessels and reduce the bleeding. Hold a cold pack over the bridge of your nose with the other hand.
  5. If the bleeds still don’t stop then you can repeat the same for one more time. But please don’t experiment it for a long time and consult your health care professional for immediate help

Don’t lie down or tilt your head back: You might end up swallowing blood, which could cause nausea and vomiting or even make you accidentally inhale some blood.

When to consult your doctor for the nosebleed?

Contact your doctor if you have very frequent nosebleeds during pregnancy. It could be a sign of any complicated medical condition.

Sometime a nosebleed during pregnancy may require immediate medical help. Call 911 or have someone drive you to the emergency room if:

  • The bleeding causes dizziness, uneasiness, or discomfort.
  • Your skin color changes to pale after/during bleeding.
  • You have chest pain.
  • The bleeding doesn’t stop after half an hour of pressure.
  • The blood flow is very heavy.
  • You have trouble breathing due to bleeding.
  • You get a nose bleeding after a head injury, even if you only have minor bleeding.

What should I do to prevent nosebleeds during pregnancy?

  • Drink a lot of fluids to keep your mucous membranes well hydrated.
  • Blow your nose gently. Blowing too hard can cause a nosebleed.
  • Keep your mouth open when sneezing. This reduces pressure on your nose.
  • Use a good humidifier inside your house, especially during the winter or if you live in a dry climate. Don’t overheat your bedroom and stay away from irritants like smoke.
  • Lubricant can be used to prevent dryness. Some experts recommend petroleum jelly. Others suggest a special water-based lubricant that’s available over the counter at pharmacies. Nose sprays or drops can help too.
  • If your doctor advises that you should use a medicate snow spray or decongestant take it exactly as instructed, please don’t overuse it. These medications can dry out and further irritate your nose.

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Quick and Easy Guacamole Recipe

Avocados are full of fat and most of it is monounsaturated, so it’s really a great thing to consume on a regular basis. While browsing I discovered that Avocados are also good source of soluble fiber which makes it a healthy choice.

Apart from the health benefits, Avocados are also flavorful. We can use it in various recipes like quick sandwiches, steamed vegetable and quinoa salads but guacamole is very special one. After visiting Mexican restaurants couple of times, I fell in love with guacamole. I always have it on sides along with tortilla chips. It inspired me to try this recipe at home. I tried experimenting yogurt along with regular ingredients of guacamole and it turn out to be “addictive”. The tough part is to select avocado that is ripen. Try to gently squeeze the fruit in the palm of your hand. If it yields on applying gentle pressure then it is ready for immediate use. You can add Cayenne and other spices like cumin to add make it more spicy and tasty.

 

Yogurt Guacamole


Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Guacamole, Guacamole mexican recipe, Guacamole recipe, mexican recipe
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 2 Haas avocados peeled and seeded
  • 1/2 Lime juiced
  • 1 Plum tomato seeded and diced
  • 1/2 Onion diced
  • 1/4 Jalapeno pepper seeded and minced
  • 1/2 tbsp Cilantro chopped
  • 1/4 tbsp salt
  • 1/2 tbsp yogurt
Step by step:
  • Start with a ripe avocado on a cutting board and cut it lengthwise around the seed until the knife hits the seed. Remove the seed and scoop out the flesh in a bowl:Avacado 1200 800
  • Mash it roughly with the help of a fork or spoonMashed avacad 1200 800
  • Add chopped tomatoes, onions, cilantro in the mashed avocado and mix it well
  • Add yogurt and fresh lime juiceava mix NEW 1200 800
  • Add  Jalapeno and salt as per your taste.
  • You can add Cayenne and other spices like cumin to add make it more spicy and tasty.
  • Enjoy it with your favorite tortilla chips!! 🙂

You can enjoy it right away or keep it in refrigerator. But before refrigerating wrap it with plastic cover at the top since it gets brown by air contact. Usually Guacamole is served with tortilla chips but If your are health conscious, you can consume it as sides along with steamed vegetables.

Kadai Paneer Recipe|Restaurant Style Kadai Paneer

Kadai Paneer or Karahi Paneer is a famous dish of India and is one of the most common dishes preferred in restaurant. It is spicy and delicious and is best paired with roti, paratha. Kadai Paneer is a spicy curry recipe with a lot of spices to give it a robust bold flavor.

Paneer is my favorite dish and I try various recipes of Paneer but Kadai paneer is very special one:).

Ingredients for Kadai masala

  1. 1 to 1.5 tbsp coriander seeds
  2. 4 or 5 black pepper seeds
  3. 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  4. 2 Cardamom pods
  5. 2 cloves (lavang)
  6. 1/2 or 1 inch of Cinnamon stick

Ingredients for Gravy / Curry

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  1. 2 large tomatoes chopped
  2. 1 large Onions chopped
  3. 1 teaspoon Kashmiri Red chili powder
  4. 2 tbsp cream
  5. 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon Garam Masala/ Kadai Paneer masala
  6. 1 teaspoon Kasoori Methi ( Dried fenugreek leaves)
  7. Salt as per taste

Other Ingredients for making Kadai Paneer

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  1. 1/2 Capsicum cubed
  2. 1 large or Medium sized Onions cubed

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  1. 250 gram Paneer or Indian Cottage Cheese cubed or triangled
  2. Handful coriander leaves finely chopped

Direction for Kadai Paneer Recipe

Preparation of Kadai masala:

  • Dry roast bay leaf, black Cardamom, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, black peppercorns, cloves and cinnamon in a pan until nice aroma starts or for around 1 min over low heat.
  • Separate the Bay leaf, allow the remaining spices to cool for a while and grind them into a coarse or fine powder. Keep it aside.

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Preparation of Gravy:

  • Heat oil in a pan. Add Onions and saute till it turns translucent.
  • Add tomato and saute until it softens.
  • Cool it and blend into a fine paste and keep aside.

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Direction for making Kadai Paneer Recipe:

  • Add oil in the same pan or another and heat it up.
  • Saute ginger garlic paste till raw smell goes off.
  • Add onion tomato paste and saute it for 2 min
  • Mix kadai masala, kashmiri red chilli powder and stir it well.
  • Add cubed onions and capsicum and saute it until half cooked.
  • Add cream and mix well on low heat. Cook for another 5 min on medium heat.

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  • Add 3/4 cup of water (or as per consistency required), salt as per taste and Paneer. Cook them well till the gravy thickens and the oil separates out on top.
  • Finally add Garam Masala and dry fenugreek leaves (kasoori methi) and cook for 1 min.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and Enjoy with roti, Paratha or Jeera Rice.

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Dahi Parwal curry|Pointed Gourd with Yogurt

Dahi Parwal is a famous Bengali dish also known as doi potol. It is very delicious and easy to cook recipe.

Ingredients
Serves: 2 

  1. 250 gm Parwal (Pointed Gourd)
  2. 2 Onion medium size
  3. 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  4. 1 teaspoon Ginger and garlic paste
  5. 1 teaspoon Jeera
  6. 1 Bay leaf
  7. 2 Cloves
  8. 1/2 stick Cinnamon
  9. 1 teaspoon Kashmiri laal mirch powder
  10. 1/4 teaspoon Black pepper powder
  11. 1 teaspoon Coriander powder
  12. 1 teaspoon Cumin powder
  13. 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon Garam masala powder
  14. 2 teaspoon Kasoori methi ( Dried fenugreek leaves )
  15. Salt to taste
  16. 150 gm Yogurt (curd / Dahi)
  17. 1/2 bowl Chopped coriander
  18. 1 piece Green chilly ( or as required)
  19. Oil as needed

Marinating Parwal:

  • Scrap the Parwal lengthwise and chop off the pointed end at both side.
  • Wash and dry the Parwal and apply half cuts in the middle in both the direction, see below:

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  • Mix with little Turmeric and Salt, keep aside:

Method:

  • Take onion and make a smooth paste and keep aside.

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  • In a small Bowl add all powdered ingredients (turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder and Kashmiri red chilly powder) and add little water to make a smooth paste
  • Heat Oil in a deep bottom Pan or Kadai
  • Fry the Parwal till golden brown. Drain and keep it aside.

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  • Now heat some more oil in the same pan or another pan.
  • Add Bay leaf, Cinnamon, Cloves and whole Cumin seeds. Allow cumin seeds to crackle.
  • Add ginger garlic paste and saute it till raw flavor is gone.
  • Add the onion paste and masala paste and stir well
  • Cook for 5 minutes while stirring continuously.
  • Now beat the curd in a bowl, slow the heat and pour in the beaten curd gradually while mixing.
  • Add salt, stir well to mix it thoroughly and cook for 2-3 minutes on high heat.

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  • Add the fried Parwal and saute it for a minute.
  • Now add one cup water (or as per consistency required) and lower the heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes or till the Parwal becomes soft.
  • Cook till the Oil separates on the side
  • Add Garam Masala powder and Kasoori Methi (dry fenugreek leaves). Mix it and add half spoon ghee into it (optional).
  • Garnish with handful of coriander leaves.

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Lifestyle caused Obesity- a serious threat

An old proverb says- “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”. If we modify it considering today’s scenario, we can say- “All work and no play makes Jack an obese boy”. Imagine how difficult life it would be if a person is carrying 20 to 30 kg of weight on its back for no reason. That’s what happens to you when you gain weight and carry an extra weight of fat with you.  Gaining of weight can be due to many reasons such as hormones, any disease, cancer, drug induced or our own lifestyle. Here we will discuss only about obesity caused by lifestyle.

Sedentary lifestyle and jobs which bound us to desks is making us obese. Too much munching and snacking and moving little is the real cause of lifestyle caused obesity. Changes in life style like hectic schedule, excessive intake of tea and coffee, addiction to smoking, drugs and drinking alcohol and improper sleep causes obesity. If it were only confined to body’s improper shape, it would not bother much but it leads to life threatening diseases such as arteriosclerosis and heart attack. Unfortunately, obesity is a chronic condition and there is no ‘quick fix’ solution or treatment that is effective for all overweight or obese individuals.

  1. What is obesity?

 Consuming high amount of energy from diet but NOT burning off this gained energy through physical activities causes the excessive energy to get stored in the form of fat in our body and it leads to obesity. Obesity is a condition where a body accumulates so much extra fat that it has negative health implications. If a person gains 20% more weight than the normal weight range, then he is referred as obese. A simple way to know that a person is obese or not is by calculating its BMI (Body Mass Index). The formula for calculating BMI is-

Body Mass Index (BMI) = Mass (m) / height2 (h2)

Common BMI level ranges from-

Underweight- under 18.5 kg/m2

Normal weight- 18.5 – 25 kg/m2

Over weight- 25 – 30 kg/m2

Obese- over 30 kg/m2

  1. How is obesity caused by improper lifestyle?
  • Improper diet- Dietary habits of people has always been an important factor in causing obesity. Eating easy to cook food, readymade foods, foods loaded with preservatives and fried foods are the real culprit of making a person obese. You should be careful about your diet and read the nutritional facts of your diet. A little judicious decision on what you eat and when you eat can lead you towards a healthy life. Food high on calorie and sugar leads to obesity. Fried foods are quite rich in fats and gets accumulated in our body. Preserved fruit juices with added sugar, carbonated soft drinks etc. are few examples of high calorie food and we should say a big NO to them.

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  • Lack of physical activity- The sedentary lifestyle which we follow today is the second cause for obesity. Today’s jobs require a person to be confined to its chair and desk and meeting targets on his desktop, which in turn causes little or no movement. Walking and cycling is a forgotten thing as people rely on their cars even for short distance commute. Children avoid playing out as they are so engrossed playing their video games, play station and watching television. Lack of exercise and physical activities leads to obesity.
  1. How can we control lifestyle caused obesity?
  • Intake of balanced diet- A little mind to what we eat can be a complete solution to your problem. Unnecessary eating, skipping meals, substance abuse are few things that needs a little attention before they lead to alarming levels of obesity. Taking small portions of food in regular interval is good for our health. Fried food, sugar rich drinks should be a strict NO. Foods rich in protein, fibers and low on fat, carbohydrate and sugar should be considered. Water intake should be on higher side to increase bowel movement and avoid unnecessary eating.

Also see: 10 foods to boost your brain power

  • Exercise- Physical workout is important to burn the extra stored fat and to liberate excess energy generated by over eating. Regular work outs not only help you get rid of the extra calorie but also keeps you fit, active and energetic. Exercise does not have to be difficult and rigorous. A moderate 30-minute daily workout combined with some physical activity can help get rid of those extra calories. However, it could be tough to squeeze into a schedule, there are some fun-loving exercises such as dancing, swimming and zumba etc.

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  • Physical activity: Physical activity increases people’s total energy expenditure, which can help them stay in energy balance or even lose weight, as long as they don’t eat more to compensate for the extra calories they burn. Physical activity can involve parking your car far away from your workspace, using stairs instead of elevator, bicycling for short distance commute, 10 mins walk-break between your work hours, stretching at your desk and frequent water breaks.
  • Yoga- Yoga is a wonderful form of movement that improve flexibility, strength and lose weight. Yoga is always touted as a way to “burn fat without breaking a sweat!”. It is known that stress leads to a poor diet.  Yoga helps to greatly reduce stress, which not only helps you make better decisions but also lowers cortisol levels. Cortisol is the stress hormone that causes weight gain.  Lowering your cortisol levels help you lose weight naturally. Yoga postures that help in losing weight are surya namaskar or sun salutation, mayurasana or peacock pose, bhujangasana or cobra pose, matasyasana or fish pose, malasana or garland pose etc. These simple and less energy intensive poses can help you get rid of the excess baggage of weight you are carrying.

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Obesity should be considered as a disease which makes our health and life sick. It also impacts our life span due to its various side effects. Losing weight requires balanced diet and regular workout. If you have obesity, losing even 5 to 10 percent of your weight can delay or prevent some of these diseases!!

Don’t miss : 5 Natural ways for glowing skin

About Author: This is a guest post by Deepti Singh, M. Sc. (Food Microbiology and Toxicology)

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5 “Natural” tips For Glowing Skin

This is a guest post by Deepti Singh (M.Sc. Food Biology And Toxicology), Thanks Deepti !!

The old axiom “beauty starts from within” is true and no makeup can ever surpass it.  Super foods are in real sense our super heroes. These foods have incredible properties and one of them is that they are good for having glowing skin naturally. Every person treasured assets like skin and hair and wants his/her dose of nutrients that can keep them glowing and healthy. Free radicals weaken our skin immunity and different metabolic processes which cause different skin problems.  The nutrients present in super foods help your skin to rejuvenate and thus helping it glow externally. Many of us think that we can look good by applying various cosmetics which is true up to some extent; But if your skin is unhealthy, the cosmetics will not be able to conceal it. So it’s very important to include these super foods to help keep your skin healthy and glowing:

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  1. Spinach- The food that our famous cartoon character Popeye gulped down his throat most of the time. Well was he aware of its benefits is not known to us but yes for sure it’s good for your skin. Spinach is loaded with vitamins like vitamin A, B, C, E, K and some important minerals. It is effective in clearing acne and thus maintaining healthy skin. Vitamin B present in spinach protects our skin from harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun which in turn may cause premature ageing and also skin cancer. It also has ample of antioxidants that destroy free radicals which causes early ageing. Vitamin K removes dark circles and skin pigmentation thus rendering radiant skin. Vitamin A improves the skin tone while skin repair is done by Vitamin C. So now you know what Popeye might not have known😊!!!

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  1. Oranges- It is considered as super food because of its higher content of Vitamin C that helps in skin and ligament repair and thus slows down the process of wrinkle formation. Orange keeps the skin hydrated and moisturized thus making it flawless and naturally radiant and young as the one we see featuring in television commercials. It also has antibacterial properties which prevents acne. It’s a phenomenal fruit for lightning skin complexion. Acidic compounds present in oranges exfoliate the dead skin and regenerates new skin. After knowing these health benefits of oranges, you should consider some orange slices in your fruit salad. You may also have fresh orange juice, but it should be consumed as soon as possible for maximum benefit. Now that was some juicy information for you all, isn’t it?

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  1. Almonds- These are your friend if you want to boost your day. Almonds rejuvenate skin and remove fine lines and wrinkles thus acting as a natural Botox. Vitamin E present in almonds acts as an anti-ageing compound and helps in skin tightening. They have properties to treat skin problems such as acne, pimples, scar lines etc. Vitamin E nourishes our skin and prevents it from sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. Oil present in almonds makes your skin soft and supple. Tone and texture of the skin is maintained by eating almonds as it generates new cells. Rashes, chapped skin, irritation and itching can be cured by intake of almonds.  So go and grab some almonds for radiant skin.

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  1. Blueberries– These are bestowed with the title of super foods because these are highly rich in antioxidants or free radical scavengers. They are also called ‘little blue dynamos’. They make our skin youthful looking and dullness of skin will be a forgotten thing. They are also packed with vitamins A, C and E which have amazing effects on your skin. Vitamin C brightens your dull skin. The collagen present in our skin is responsible for its suppleness and tightness. Nutrients present in blueberries promote growth of these collagen fibers thus removing fine lines and wrinkles. Blueberries have salicylic acid that can remove dead skin, open the clogged pores and is an important ingredient in anti-acne products. So, let’s pop up some of them or make smoothies with yogurt before it’s too late on part of our skin.

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  1. Yogurt– Who doesn’t like yogurt? That too when it is available in different flavors!!! Yogurt is loaded with lactic acid which helps remove dark spots thus acting as bleaching agents and they also have antibacterial properties which kill some bacteria that cause acnes. Lactic acid present in yogurt dissolves dead skin and tighten pores. Tightened pores prevent excess oil from leaking out and thus preventing worst nightmare acnes from popping out. For getting its maximum benefits take a bowlful of yogurt and top it up with fresh fruits or chopped nuts. You can consume it traditionally in form of buttermilk.

Increasing lifestyle stress and pollution is causing a variety of skin problems and these skin problems may be cured naturally by having these super foods. Scientists claim that the newest source of high protein super foods may be insects like bugs, crickets, grasshoppers and ants so before these creepy things get in our diet chart you should try out these super foods which are delicious and nutritious. The secret to flawless radiant skin doesn’t lie in your makeup kit but yes it does in your food.  Perfect skin comes from intake of perfect diet and the above mentioned super foods may do some miracles to your skin, glowing you look like a super star.

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Parwal Aloo Curry | Aloo Patal Recipe |pointed gourd potato curry

Parwal Aloo Curry is famous dish ,mostly prepared in northeast part of India. Due to its great taste, it always finds its place during  parties or any special occasional. We can prepare this dish in various ways. My favorite one is curry one as we can have it with chapati or rice both.

Ingredients (serving for 2):

  1. 1 bowl Parwal (250 grams) – chopped lengthwise
  2. 1 big Potato
  3. one medium size finely chopped onion
  4. 2 big size tomato
  5. 1 green chili
  6. Kashmiri red chili powder
  7. 1/2 spoon ginger garlic paste
  8. 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  9. 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  10. 1/4 teaspoon coriander powder
  11.  1/4 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  12. 2 tablespoon Oil for sauteing
  13. Salt to taste
  14. Coriander leaves for garnish

Method:

  • Cut the tomatoes and grind it into a fine paste along with green chilly, ginger, garlic paste and keep it aside.
  • Peel off the skin of the potatoes and  chop it into cubes.
  • Heat oil in a pan. Once heated add Parwal and Potaotes and fry till it softens and turn golden. You can also add little salt so that potato can absorb it well. Flip and take out to another vessel.

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  • Heat oil in the same pan or you can use another pan. Add cumin seeds and allow to splutter.
  • Add chopped onions and saute it till it turns golden brown.
  • Add tomato ginger garlic paste along with turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, Kashmiri red chilly powder. Cook the spices on a medium flame till oil shows separately.

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  • Add fried vegetables. Mix well and cook for half a minute more.
  • Now add 1 cup water and stir it well. Check the consistency and  add additional water if needed
  • Add fenugreek leaves and cook for 4-5 minutes until it boils.
  • Switch off the flame and garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

 

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Delicious Parwal Aloo Curry is ready to serve with chapatti and rice.

Palak Paneer | Saag Paneer |Spinach Indian cheese

Palak Paneer is healthy and popular Indian Veg recipe.  If you don’t like spinach then you should try this yummy recipe and you will start loving it. It is a blend of health and taste, simply made with  cottage cheese in pureed palak and other spices.

Ingredients:

serves:2

  • 2 bowl spinach (palak ) (250 grams) 
  • 1 bowl Indian cottage cheese or paneer (100 grams)
  • 1 medium size onion – finely chopped
  • 1 large tomato – finely chopped
  • 1 green chilly
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger garlic paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Garam masala
  • 1 tablespoon beaten yogurt / curd
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 2 whole cloves / lavang
  • 1 clove cardamom
  • 1/2 inch cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • Salt as per taste

Spices

Direction for Gravy:

  1. Boil water in a pan  and add spinach into it. Cook until the spinach gets thoroughly wilted. Don’t over cook else color of spinach may turn blackish green. Set it aside to  cool down.

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  1. Heat oil in a pan, add green chilly and chopped onions. Fry it till onions turn golden brown.
  2. Add chopped tomatoes and cook till it softens.
  3. Keep it aside and allow it to cool down so that you can grind it along with spinach. Make a paste of the spinach and the onion/tomatoes.

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Direction for Palak Paneer

  1. Heat oil in a pan. Add Bay leaf, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and cumin seeds.
  2. Once cumin seeds splutters , add spinach paste in it.
  3. Add all the spices turmeric, coriander powder and cumin powder. Mix it well and cook it for 2 to 3 minute on medium heat.
  4. Now add Curd/yogurt and stir well.
  5. Add garam masala and salt as per your taste.
  6. Add the paneer cubes and let it cook for 5 mins on low flame.
  7. Finally, you can garnish with little cream or cheese

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Your Palak Paneer is ready to  serve. Enjoy it with roti/ Indian bread or steamed rice.

 

Note:
You can also fry paneer cubes before adding to the gravy.
Instead of yogurt, Fresh cream or cashew (kaju) paste can also be used for gravy.

 

Poha | Pauwa Bataka

Are you feeling hungry? Yes but …Ooops You don’t have much time to cook but still want to eat something healthy and filling.

Whenever I face such situation , I remember my favourite dish poha, a quick , easy and healthy recipe.

Poha or Pauwa Bataka is a popular Maharashtrian and Gujarati dish usually served in breakfast or snacks. It is made of flattened rice and  kid’s favorite lunch box recipe which is quick and easy to make recipe. Usually onion, poha ( flattened rice) and potato are major ingredients. If you want it to be more nutritious, add few more vegetables to poha. Let’s start with the quick steps to make colorful poha.

Ingredients
Serves: 2 

  • 1 bowl poha ( flattened rice or pauwa )
  • 1 small potato
  • 1 medium size onion – finely chopped
  • 1 green chilly – finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoon green peas
  • carrot – finely chopped into small cubes
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 6 to 8 curry leaves
  • Salt as per taste
  • 1 or 2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 handful of chopped cilantro or coriander leaves

Method:

  1. Rinse poha or flattened rice with water in a strainer till it becomes soft and keep it aside in a bowl. Add salt into it and mix it well.
  2. heat oil in a pan.
  3. Add mustard seeds and allow it to crackle.
  4. Add curry leaves and green chillies and saute it for half a minute.
  5. Add chopped potato, green peas , carrot and  little salt and fry it for 2 minutes . Make a note that you have already added salt into the poha so adjust the salt to taste then saute it till it softens.
  6. Add the chopped onions and turmeric and saute till it turns golden brown
  7. Now add poha and stir it well with the vegetables.
  8. Last but not least, add lemon juice and coriander leaves.

Baingan Aloo Bharta | Mashed Eggplant-Potato Recipe

Who says that egg plant is a boring vegetable? After eating baigan aloo bharta , we get addicted to the taste of eggplant:) . Baigan Aloo bharta is very tasty and quick recipe. It is a famous dish of north India.

To get the real taste of baigan bharta, we need to choose the right baigan for bharta. Usually the round , medium sized baigan is best suited for baigan bharta.

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Taste would be great when the baigan is roasted in open gas. Micro-oven cooked baigan could be easy to cook but taste would not be best.

Ingredients
Serves: 2 

  • 1 large boiled potato
  • 1 eggplant (Baigan)
  • 1 small onion – finely chopped
  • 1 green chilly – finely chopped
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 garlic cloves – finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 handfull of chopped cilatro or corriander leaves

Method:

  1. Roast the eggplant over medium flame, turning as necessary until the skin is blackened and the eggplant collapses. Alternatively, you can broil the eggplant on a heated cast-iron pan in the hottest possible oven. It will take about 20 minutes.
  2. When the eggplant is cool enough to handle, peel and trim away the hard stem. Chop or mash in a bowl.
  3. Boil the potatoes till it softens. As it cools down, peel the skin off and mash it. Mix it with the mashed eggplant.
  4. Add salt to taste into the mixture and mix it well.
  5. Now heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan.
  6. When properly heated, add mustard seeds and allow it to crackle.
  7. Add chopped green chilies and garlic and fry it till the raw smell of garlic fades.
  8. Now add chopped onions , stir and fry till it turns golden brown.
  9. Add turmeric powder, coriander powder and garam masala and fry it.
  10. Add eggplant and potato mixture. Stir it well and cook for 5 min steering frequently.
  11. Garnish it with corriander leaves.

Serve with Indian bread/ Roti/Chappati or as a side with Rice and sambar.

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