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MY NOT SO #BROWN #BREAD


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Gym, schools, colleges, restaurants, office, locker rooms all you hear is brown bread….#Brown #bread is a #healthier option compared to the regular #white #breads as they are less processed and the #bran and #germ are not removed.
But is brown bread actually brown or just your regular white bread turned to look brown using coloring agents or #molasses? BROWN as it is normally addressed is a term used for whole wheat bread which typically is a little dense and has a light hue of brown to it. You may chose from multi grain breads to brown whole wheat breads.
Be wise to check the label to see if the brown bread includes enriched flour, hydrogenated oil, added colors or caramel. Brown breads with any of these ingredients are not considered “real” brown breads. A quick look at the ingredients in brown bread will reveal that about half contain wheat flour.
Don’t get fooled with the color, read the #nutrition #label before making a choice.

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Posted by on February 9, 2015 in DIETING, HEALTH, Nutrition, snacking, wellness

 

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THE 5 “WS” AND AN “H” OF EATING INTELLIGENTLY


UnknownWHAT: LOTS OF FIBRE, SEASONAL FRESH FRUITS AND VEGGIES, ORGANIC PRODUCE, FISTFUL OF NUTS, SEEDS, MILLETS, LEAN MEATS, ARRAY F COLORS ON YOUR PLATTER AND LAST BUT NOT THE LEAST WATER.

WHEN: WITHIN 45 MINS OF WAKING UP, AFTER EVERY 4 HOURS, BEFORE 7 OR LATEST 8 IN THE NIGHT.

WHERE: PREFEREABLY THE FAMILY DINING PLACE, NEVER IN FRONT OF THE TV.

WHO: WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY AND ABOVE ALL YOUR KIDS. MEAL TIMES SHOULD BE FAMILY TIMES AND YOU BECOME THE ROLE MODEL FOR THE LITTLE ONES.

WHY: TO KEEP YOUR METABOLISM IN PERFECT SHAPE, TO NOT LET YOUR HUNGER TURN INTO A VICE, TO KEEP YOU NOURSIHED, SATISFIED, HAPPY AND ALIVE.

HOW: USE BEST COOKING TECHNIQUES LIKE STEAMING, GRILLING, SAUTÉING, RAW IF POSSIBLE, FRUITS AND VEGGIES WASHED WELL, USING A VARIETY OF OILS AND NOT STICKING TO ONE WELL MARKETED OIL.

MY MANTRA  “To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art”  –La Rochefoucauld

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2015 in DIETING, HEALTH, Nutrition, snacking, wellness

 

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BRUSSELS I LOVE THEE


I could dedicate this bowl to #cancer awareness..loaded with #brussel #sprouts#beetroot#lettuce#garlic#flax seeds, #pumpkin# seeds, #onionand #camembert #cheese was a myth buster for me that “I Hate Brussels”.
The process is simple:
Throw in halved brussel sprouts, sliced beetroot, garlic, onion with a drizzle of olive oil and some sea salt crystals..roast in oven at 200°C for approx 30 min or till brussels get a nice tan on the periphery and beetroot is caramalized like soft candy..mix the roasted ingredients with cheese, toasted pumpkin,lettuce and flax seeds and dress with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar…I am not exaggerating when I tell you my 19 month old lad came asking for the sprouts till the time I finished the bowl..Try it to believe in the #Brussel #Power..

 — eating brussel sprout salad.10955186_840959025942801_1840221585917973725_n

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2015 in DIETING, HEALTH, Nutrition, snacking, wellness

 

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#Hummus


Keep fresh home made #hummus in your refrigerator handy, and you’ll never have to opt for an unhealthy snack again.

Smear it on sandwiches or use it on your wraps, use it as a dip or save it for a lick…Hummus helps you multitask and is a protein powerhouse.

You can save tons of calories by replacing it with the regular spreads like mayonnaise etc. 

#Hummus is so versatile, #healthy and dynamic that I would not mind marrying it if it was a person 🙂

Sharing some quick recipes to add a twist in the tale.

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#Beets + #hummus = #Beetmus 
For this variation, boil a couple red beets in water until tender, then roughly chopped them and throw them into the food processor along with hummus, extra tahini, lemon juice, and extra-virgin olive oil. Serve it with parsley and a drizzle of extra tahini.
 

#Red #Pepper #Hummus

Ingredients:

  • 250 gm overnight soaked Chickpeas, cooked till soft
  • 1/2 Cup water
  • 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 Garlic Cloves
  • 3 tbsp Tahini (sesame butter)
  • Splash of Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 cup roasted red peppers

Puree all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. Add the Chickpea water slowly and as needed to make the hummus the proper consistency. Add roasted red peppers and blend until desired texture. Garnish with parsley.

Don’t hesitate to experiment as Hummus is a very well behaved recipe and usually doesn’t misbehave.

Add yogurt, cinnamon, basil or whatever catches your fancy.

Happy snacking 🙂
 

 
 
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Posted by on January 23, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Baked Apple chips

Baked Apple chips

apple-chipsThese yummy cinnamon apple chips will disappear almost as quickly as you make them! A perfect substitute for unhealthy snacking. 

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 225 degrees F (110 degrees C).
  2. Arrange apples slices on a baking sheet.
  3. Mix sugar and cinnamon together in a bowl; sprinkle over apple slices.
  4. Bake till the apples are dried and edges curl up, for 45 min or until golden. You may flip the apples after 30 min and sprinkle the other side with sugar and cinnamon.
  5. Transfer apple chips to a wire rack until cooled and crispy.

Tips: Bake at a low temperature for longer duration to get the best texture. The crispiness will come once the apples are cooled.

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2015 in DIETING, HEALTH, Nutrition, snacking, wellness

 

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I CAN & I WILL


Simageset realistic daily goals/challenges for yourself..and don’t forget to put a BIG TICK once you manage to manage to pull a day challenging yourself..for e.g..
> I’ll workout atleast 3 days in a week.
> I’ll try a new workout once a week.
I’ll not eat anything out of a packet.
> I’ll have my Tea without Sugar/Sugarfree
> I’ll wake up smiling.. 🙂

Trust me its a big Morale booster…
And Don’t Forget the TICK MARK

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2015 in HEALTH, Nutrition, wellness

 

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DIET IS DIE WITH T :)


#BULLETPROOF Coffee is doing rounds lately..Its a part of the much touted Bulletproof Diet which says one puts on weight due to consumption of toxic foods like cheese, soy, canned food etc and categorises fruits and veggies as BULLETPROOF.
Bulletproof coffe is supposed to be had with butter or coconut oil delivering around 400 kcal in one go and is a hot favorite amongst the western athletes. Adding 400 or more calories to our diet is not ideal for weight loss.

And as far as weight loss is concerned that will happen with any diet that creates a calorie deficit, but in the long run may hamper your metabolism and bodily functions.

Slimness or fatness is just a matter of how we are built.

There are no shortcuts to Health and BEING #HEALTHY does not at all mean “BEING #SLIM”.

If you eat wisely and workout regimentally there is a high probability that you can retain this state of GOOD HEALTH for a long time compared to those crash diet courses and weight loss they guarantee which crashes the minute you are off the #CRASH #DIET.

I would rather “#DIE #EATING” rather than #Diet and die 😉

 
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Posted by on January 9, 2015 in DIETING, HEALTH, Nutrition

 

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