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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

VEGGIE OATS SOUP




Oats are considered as a significant source of dietary fibre. It helps in maintaining blood sugar levels , it is anti-cancerous, good for bowel function, lowers the risk of obesity. Overall this cereal grain is valued for general health and longevity.

Being an Indian I always crave for spicy(chatakedar) food. But at the same time, I am health conscious and want to manage my weight. Adding healthy stuff in our day to day recipes is a great way without compromising on taste. A win-win because of that way neither we loose the taste nor the health.

Today's recipe is loaded with veggies, aromatic spices, and the energy booster oats. As usual, it is very simple and convenient to make at any time of the day. A one pot meal will be ready in no time. It is spicy, tangy and of course healthy.

Let's get started:


INGREDIENTS:

Servs: 2
  • 1 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes 
  • 1/2 cup chopped green capsicum
  • 1 medium size onion chopped
  • 5-7 curry leaves (meetha neem) 
  • 1 tsp grated ginger 
  • 1 tsp cumin(jeera)
  • 1 tsp urad dal
  • pinch of asafoetida(hing)
  • 1 tbsp tomato ketchup (optional)
  • fresh coriander for garnishing
  • salt as per taste 
  • oil as per requirement
  • Water as per the consistency you want (Add at least 3 to 4 cups of water)





HOW TO MAKE IT

  • Dry roast oats on a medium flame for four to five minutes. Keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a pot (kadhai). Once the oil is heated add mustard seed, cumin. Once it sizzles add hing and follow it with urad dal. Once it turns slightly brown add ginger and curry leaves. Saute till it turns aromatic. 
  • Add onions and saute for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add chopped tomatoes and capsicum. 
  • Then add all the dry spices.
  • Add tomato ketchup for added flavor
  • Saute for a minute.
  • Now add oats and water.
  • Let it cook.
  • Add more water if you want a thin consistency of soup.
  • Cook for 3 to 4 minutes. The soup will start thickening.
  • Garnish with fresh coriander (dhania).

Serve hot and enjoy!



A recipe has no SOUL, you as the COOK must bring soul to the RECIPE...


- Thomas Keller 











Tuesday, April 5, 2016

EATING FRUITS - THE RIGHT WAY



Fruits are good for you. They are loaded  with vitamins, minerals, enzymes, fiber, antioxidants. Fruits are Natures Best Multivitamins.

But are we getting the most out of the precious fruits?

Are we eating fruits the right way?


Are we eating them at the right time? 



As per Ayurveda, there are some ground rules which we must follow to make the most out of this nutrient-dense package called FRUITS.


1. Eat fruits empty stomach or 2 hours before or after meals. Fruits should be eaten alone without combining them with any other food. In the western world, the concept of combining fruit with protein is popular say an apple with peanut butter as it helps to regulate the sudden spike of sugar levels due to the release of sugars by fruit. That may be ok for someone who is DIABETIC or have HYPERGLYCEMIA (an excess of glucose in the blood stream), but not for everyone. In Ayurveda, Food Combining plays a significant role. The logic behind eating fruits on their own is that fruits digest easily and quickly. But when we pair them with other complex foods which take more time to digest then it leads to TOXICITY or AMA building in the body and cause indigestion and other digestive issues. So having fruits as dessert may not be a very good idea.

Few EXCEPTIONS are Dates with milk and some COOKED food combinations. 


2. Eat fruits that are RIPE, not OVERRIPE. Consuming seasonal fruits are best as it gets easily digested and immediately turn into a nutritional fluid that enhances immunity and energy levels.


3. Buy fruits which are grown ORGANIC or from locals farmers markets or local vendors rather than Super Markets or Chains. Most of the nutritive value are lost in the transportation process. Also, most of the time fruits in supermarkets are artificially ripened or genetically modified.


4. Say a BIG NO to processed fruit juices. They are devoid of useful nutrients and contains tons of sugar. It is like putting junk in the name of  "Healthy Food:.


5. Never consume fruits at Bed Time as this will spike the sugar level as well as energy level and you will be awake the whole night. The best time to have fruits is in the morning empty stomach.Having fruits in breakfast or as mid-afternoon snack is perfect. It ensures proper digestion as well absorption of nutrients.


WHAT ABOUT SMOOTHIES:

Some experts suggest that it is ok to have smoothies in which a fruit is blended with other complex foods. As everything is blended together it does not upset the digestion process. There is nothing a fruit is sitting on and therefore, no blocking exist. The fruit does not rot or ferment in the stomach rather gets easily digested.

Definitely, avoid fruit after pizza, burger or pasta :-)

Hope you have enjoyed this write-up. Feel free to ask any question or share your views and take on it. 

Love,
Khushi

Reference: 

http://www.banyanbotanicals.com/info/ayurvedic-living/living-ayurveda/diet/ayurvedic-food-combining/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwOYC1Hgjb8



Saturday, March 26, 2016

CHOCOLATE FUDGSICLES



HEALTHY CHOCOLATE FUDGSICLE recipe. 

Why healthy? Because it is made with the most healthy ingredients. Goes in AVOCADOS ( rich in Heart Healthy Fatty Acids), DATES (good source of essential Vitamins and Minerals), CACAO POWDER ( rich in Antioxidants), MAPLE SYRUP ( one of the top Natural Sweetener by Dr. Oz). What else can you ask for?
QUICK, EASY AND DELISH. A delectable desert to die for.....:-)


INGREDIENTS:



  • 1 cup coconut milk or any milk of your choice regular milk or Almond milk even Cashew milk will be great ( make sure the milk is full fat not skim or low fat versions)
  • 4-6 dates(seeds removed) soaked in water for at least an hour. This makes them soft and they easily blend.
  • 1 soft avocado
  • 2 TBS cacao powder or cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup  Raw honey or Maple Syrup
  • a pinch of Himalayan salt or Regular salt





METHOD


Blend in a high-speed blender and transfer into popsicle moulds or in a freezable box from which you can scoop put the ice cream and freeze for about 4-6 hours.



NOTE :


Use a Spoon or a chopstick  to pop any air bubbles after transferring the ice cream in the popsicle molds.





Friday, March 25, 2016

HERBAL HAIR RINSE (Rose + Green Tea)


The aroma of rose is a boon to your skin, hair and soul. Who does not love the smell of fresh rose flowers?

Rose water has been used extensively in  Indian household whether it is for culinary purpose or skin toner or eye soother. Today, I wanted to focus on how it can be a SUPERFOOD for dull and damaged hair.

Rose water has some amazing benefits to offer for any hair type:

  • Help prevent dandruff
  • Moisturize and condition hair
  • Prevent frizz
  • Minimize hair fall
  • Add shine and fragrance to hair
I am so excited o share with you this herbal hair rinse. It is so easy to make and the best part is it is all natural and cost effective too. 

All you need is two simple ingredients Roses and Green tea. You can use either fresh rose petals or dry rose petal. I have used dry rose petals food grade. The one we use to make Thandai (Indian Sweet Drink). 

You can read about the benefits of Green Tea for hair and also a wonderful Scalp Detox treatment here http://www.simplelivingworthtelling.com/search?q=diy+scalp


HOW TO MAKE 

  • Take a bowl and add about 1/4th cup of dry rose petals and 1 green tea bag. If you are using loose tea add about 2 tablespoons. 
  • Then pour in 4 cups of hot water to the mixture and cover the bowl with a plate..
  • Let the mixture steep overnight. This will give a strong decoction.
  • Then strain and transfer it to a container or bottle. I have used a spray bottle so that it can be applied easily. You can also use the applicator bottle which we use for hair oiling. 

HOW TO USE

  • Use it as the final hair rinse after shampoo and conditioner. Massage the mixture into the scalp and apply it all over the hair. You don't need to rinse this out. But if you want to rinse I would suggest to rinse  at least after 10 to 15 minutes. Although I prefer leaving it on and let the hair air dry. 
  • Use this rinse every time you wash your hair
This extra step in the hair care routine will help you in achieving the hair which is more manageable , shiny and soft to the touch. 

Keep me updated if you use this herbal hair rinse. 

Love,
Khushi 






Friday, March 18, 2016

DETOX TEA




2016, New Year, New Resolutions. The determination to make healthier choices and to lose weight or say rather maintain a Healthy weight. I am not an advocate of dieting or counting calories. All we have to do is opt for healthier options, take up an exercise or any physical activity which allows us to sweat and try not to take the stress. 

As per Ayurveda, one of the keys to living a healthy disease free life is to have a strong Digestive System. If our digestion is not proper it leads to accumulation of AMA( toxins ) in our body which ultimately turns into a disease. Therefore, it is extremely crucial to streamline the digestive system which builds a strong foundation  for a healthy happy life. 

One of the bad habit which unfortunately most of us do is having ice cold water or soda with food. How many times I have heard people saying it is must to have soda as it helps with digesting the heavy food. Really????This one habit of our ruins the whole digestive process. Although sipping little hot water with meals is perfect to enhance digestion and melt down the fat.


As Dr. Vasant Lad says:

Water before a meal is a nectar. It replenishes the food and encourages juicy digestive organs.Small sips during a meal is honey. It helps turn food into a sauce. Water after a meal is a poison as it dilutes the stomach acids. 


I usually try to incorporate something daily which helps me get rid of toxins as well as boost up my metabolism. This helps me mildly and gent;y detoxifying my body daily rather than overburdening myself with strict detox diets which crash my energy to zero levels.This tea which I am going to share with you today is a godsend to me. I love it, it flavorful and energizing. 

So without further delay let me tell you the main ingredients of this tea. Lemon, Mint, Ginger and Himalayan Pink salt ( or Black Salt). One thing which is important to note down here is all the above ingredients added to plain water also helps in efficient absorption of water. So if you are someone who pees immediately after consuming water you must try adding these herbs to your water.

All the above ingredients are known for their health boosting properties. 
Following are the benefits of consuming this tea daily:


  • Boost up metabolism
  • Remove build up of toxins.
  • Energize and Rejuvenate the mind and body
  • Anti-Viral and Anti-Bacterial
  • Balances the body ph.

Let's get started: 

Serves: 2 Servings


INGREDIENTS:
  • 2 to 3 cups filtered water 
  • 4 slices of fresh lemon 
  • Freshly squeezed 1/2 lemon juice 
  • 12 to 15 fresh mint leaves 
  • 2-inch piece of fresh ginger
  • Pinch of Himalayan Pink Salt or Black Salt 

HOW TO:

Bring water to boil and add grated ginger. Simmer for 10 minutes. Turn off the stove and add lemon slices. mint leaves and pink salt. Let it cool down a bit for few minutes. Don't let it cool down completely. Water should be warm. Add lemon juice. Never boil the lemon juice as it kills down its nutritive value

Note: I do not strain out the ginger as I like biting it. Love its strong flavor. But if you want you can strain it out.

I have this tea first thing in the morning and after lunch. This helps me to fight back the afternoon sluggishness I feel after having heavy lunch. 

I hope you give this tea recipe a try. Do share your thoughts on it. 


With Love, 
Khushi 

Monday, February 29, 2016

HOW TO USE A NETI POT



Me and my father both suffered from chronic congestion. It is more of the hereditary condition in my case. I always had  a cough and cold no matter whether it is summer or winter time.Sometimes I felt my mind is all blocked and I am unable to breathe freely. I have heard about Nasal wash a lot and how it helps in clearing congestion and sinus problems. Although at first it sounds a bit crazy. I have seen few of my relatives religiously using neti pot whole year round, but I never cared about it. It looks a bit strange. Pouring water from one nostril and have it come out from another. Actually not only strange it seems tough to do also.

But rather than relying on allopathic medication which anyways won't be removing the root cause of my problem I thought of giving Neti pot a try. And I am glad I did. I have been using it past one year and it has helped me a lot. And now it is a part of my daily hygiene.


WHY USE A NETI POT?

The nasal passages which are lined with a thin layer of mucus are our first line of defence against external pollutant, dirt and other foreign toxins. They prevent the foreign invaders from entering the body. In this era, when pollution is soaring up and the air we breathe is getting more toxic than ever, it is important to make sure that our nasal passages do their job effectively. The Neti pot naturally cleanses, refreshes and protect the nasal passages. 

In Ayurveda, Neti Pot has been used for thousands of years to treat sinus, allergies, colds and post nasal drip. It has also been tested in many clinical trials and has appeared on the Oprah and Dr Oz shows.
Check:http://www.doctoroz.com/dr-oz-ultimate-alternative-health-remedies


BENEFITS:

  • Clears up sinuses and congestion
  • Alleviates allergies
  • Cleanse and soothe the nose
  • Rinse away impurities, infectious agents and allergens
  • Calms the mind
  • Relieve nasal dryness
  • Removes excess mucus
  • Helps in breathing with ease.
Neti pot can be used daily without any side effect or use it for special purposes like during allergy season or when experiencing nasal congestion or when exposed to airborne contaminants ( after travelling or vacation).

WHAT YOU NEED

  • A Neti Pot ( use a Ceramic one as opposed to a plastic one)
  • Clean filtered/distilled water (NO TAP WATER)
  • Non-Iodised good quality salt (I use the neti salt and neti wash especially meant for nasal wash)












HOW TO DO IT

  • Mix 1/4 teaspoon of neti salt in 8 oz water ( approx 1 cup ) of warm water. Water should be warm enough to be comfortable for you, not super hot that it will burn you. So be cautious. Stir until the salt  is completely dissolved.
  • Now lean over the sink and gently insert the neti pot into the upper nostril to form a comfortable seal. Breathe through your mouth and raise the handle of neti pot so that the nasal solution flow in through the upper nostril and comes out of the lower nostril.
  • Afterwards, blow your nose to remove any excess water or mucus. 
  • Refill the Neti Pot and repeat on the other side.
  • After each use, thoroughly clean the Neti Pot. Store the neti pot in a clean area away from dust or any form of dirt. After cleaning I cover my neti pot with a clean napkin and store it on a kitchen shelf.



















































PRECAUTIONS:

WHEN YOU SHOULD NOT USE NETI POT

  • Right after eating.
  • When having flu or sinusitis 
  • When your nose is completely blocked due to cold. I have tried once and it was so uncomfortable.
  • If you experience chronic nose bleeds.
  • After recent nasal or middle ear surgery.
SOURCE: BeYogi 

Have you ever tried Neti Pot before? Feel free to share your experience as well as if you have any doubt or question.


If you still have any doubts/questions check out Neti Pot Demo Video and Neti Pot Safety Guide by Himalayan Institute  


DISCLAIMER: The content on the blog Simple Living Worth Telling is for educational and informational purposes only, and is not intended as medical advice. I am not a medical professional and the information contained on this blog should not be used to diagnose, treat or prevent any disease or health illness. Please consult with a qualified health care professional before acting on any information presented here. Any statements or claims about the possible health benefits conferred by any foods or supplements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.






Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Mexican Quinoa Salad

MEXICAN  QUINOA SALAD WITH SPICY SRIRACHA DRESSING 










































Who does not love a bowl of salad especially when it's getting hot? Your body start craving for cool stuff when summer heat start soaring. Although it is too early to call it is  Summer timeeee but in California, it is getting hot. 

Last week I was on the cruise. Unfortunately, I had a hard time coping up with the food which was served. There were many options still for some reason I just did not fall for anything. All I wanted was a healthy bowl of salad with a spicy tangy dressing . So the first thing I did when I came back was made a bowl of salad loaded with veggies, my favourite quinoa and one of my most adored sriracha dressing.

I am sure you will be loving this salad a lot. It is crunchy, savory, filling, super healthy and it will sure satisfy your taste buds. Bonus it is fast and easy to make. So no excuse for sure.


INGREDIENTS:

For Salad:

  • 1 1/2 cup cooked quinoa (Substititute with Brown Rice)
  • 1 can of  black beans (approx 11/2 cups)
  • 1 cup chopped cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup sweet corns
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 cup diced cucumber 
  • 1 avacado diced (optional)

    For Dressing:

    • 2 tablespoon Sriracha sauce ( Substitute Red Chilli sauce)
    • 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
    • 2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (Substitute: 2 tablespoon lemon juice)
    • 1/2 lemon juice
    • For sweetness add 2 teaspoon maple syrup (totally optional) 
    • 1/4 tsp cumin powder
    • Salt to taste
    Adjust the seasoning as needed.


























    INSTRUCTIONS:

    • Cook 1/3 cup quinoa as per the instructions on the package. Once cooked let it cool down.
    • Add quinoa and  toss all the veggies and beans together in a large bowl.
    • For dressing whisk the ingredients in a small bowl. Toss it with the salad.
    • Refrigerate the salad for an hour. 
    • Enjoy with tortilla chips or on its own. Both ways it is delicious.