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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Turmeric Tea Recipe

So the season is changing and you might be facing some nagging cold, feeling sick and lethargic. Whip up a batch of this soothing Turmeric Tea if you are feeling low and needs a health boost.



Turmeric is a staple in Indian kitchens. Not only it adds a rich color and flavor to the recipes it is also a powerful medicinal root. It has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine. Turmeric is a powerhouse of a chemical compound know as Curcumin. Curcumin has incredible health benefits. It has powerful Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Cancer, and Anti-Oxidant properties.
Apart from turmeric, I have also used Ginger and Black Pepper in this tea recipe. 
Ginger is a medicinal treasure and has been a widely used herbal remedy to treat cold, chronic cough, digestive disorders, constipation and much more. Ginger also assist with weight management by preventing metabolic disorders and reduce unwanted food cravings.Black Pepper is a healing spice used in Ayurvedic medicine. It relieves respiratory disorders, coughs, common cold, and indigestion. It also helps in dealing with weight loss in a natural way.


TURMERIC TEA RECIPE 


Ingredients:

Serving: 1

  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/8 tsp dry ginger powder
  • 1/8 tsp dry black pepper powder 
  •  1 cup water 

Preparation: 

  •  Add water to a teapot or saucepan, cover and bring to a boil.
  • Place turmeric, ginger and black pepper powder in a cup. Pour hot water over the top. Cover the cup with small plate or lid. Steep for at least 4-5 minutes before taking it. 
  • Consume this tea twice a day. I usually take one in the mid-afternoon snack time and one at night time before sleep. I sleep well as well as it relieves and soothes my sore throat. This tea is also an Immunity Booster. 
  • If you want you can make a big batch using the same proportion of the ingredients. Store it in the airtight container. It stays good for months. Avoid using a wet spoon when taking out the tea mix to prevent spoilage.






Monday, February 13, 2017

HOMEMADE CHOCOLATES


Know what goes in your Chocolate by making it all by yourself. All you need are 5 easily available ingredients. No need of a double boiler or standing by the stove. Just mix the ingredients and pour it on the molds and you have your very own Homemade Chocolate. The recipe is versatile and you can add your favorite toppings and flavors so let's be creative. Add nuts.dry fruits, jelly or whatsoever you want. The variations are unlimited.






The recipe is Quick, Easy, and Delish :-) 
Let's see what all you need. 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/4th cup Cacao Powder (Substitute: Cocoa powder) 
  • 1 cup Coconut Milk ( Substitute: Whipping cream )  
  • 1 cup Maple Syrup ( Substitute: Honey) 
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract 
  • A pinch of Salt (I have used Himalayan Pink Salt)

I have used light Coconut Milk, but full-fat milk can also be used.

METHOD:

  • In a bowl whisk all the ingredients well. Make sure there are no lumps.
  • Pour them in the chocolate molds or Silicone Ice tray. 
  • Let them freeze for 2 hours. 
  • Once done take them out from the molds and store them in the airtight container. They need to be stored in the fridge else they will melt.







NOTE:

You can alter the quantity of ingredients as per your taste. For instance, if you like it more chocolaty add more cacao powder or if you want your chocolate to be more sweet add more sweetener.


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

OiL FREE SALAD DRESSING FOR WEIGHT WATCHERS

Store bought salad dressings may contain high amounts of refined processed oils and harmful hydrogenated fats. So it is always a better idea to make your own. The result will be a refreshing, delicious and much healthier version of salad dressing with your favorite signature ingredients. Best part you will exactly know what goes in it. So no guess games.

This particular dressing I am sharing today is oil-free and ideal for weight watchers. It goes well with a lot of salad combinations. I used paneer cubes, tomatoes and onions to keep it simple. 


MINT CILANTRO YOGURT SALAD DRESSING

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup thick yogurt
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro/coriander
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds 
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice 
  • Salt to taste 
Blend all the ingredients together in a mixer. Chill the dressing in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes in order to bring out the flavors.

For the SALAD:

Combine 1 cup of paneer cubes, 1/2 cup chopped onions, 1 cup chopped tomatoes, chopped cilantro, and mint for garnish. Add Chaat Masala for an extra punch of flavor. Add Salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle the chilled dressing over the salad and Enjoy a bowl of healthy deliciousness. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Clear/Glowing Skin Juice

Often times the state of our skin is the reflection of our inner health. It is therefore extremely important to treat the skin ailments from it roots rather than relying only on topical applications. An Inside Out Approach is a way to achieve a clear healthy looking skin.

Our body detoxify primarily through liver and skin. When we stuff our bodies with the lot of junk/processed food our body pushes out toxins through our skin. This detoxification through skin leads to various skin disorders like acne/pimples and we end up having a dull looking skin.
Including wholesome/fresh/raw fruits and vegetables will indeed help in achieving natural youthful glow on the skin.


GRAPES + CUCUMBER + AMLA(GOOSEBERRY) + BASIL




This Juice combination will help in clearing up your skin in no time. 
Before heading to the recipe let's talk about the benefits of each first:


GRAPES benefits for skin health:

  • Antioxidant-rich safeguards skin from free radical damage.
  • Prevents Acne/Pimple.
  • Prevents signs of aging/wrinkles.
  • Contain enzyme which has an anti-inflammatory effect.
  • Provides clear youthful skin. 

CUCUMBER benefits for skin health:

  • Rich in silica which is good for skin.
  • Has anti-inflammatory effects.
  • Keeps the skin hydrated.

AMLA (GOOSEBERRY) BENEFITS FOR SKIN HEALTH:


  • Boost production of collagen which helps to keep the skin smooth/young
  • Extremely rich in antioxidant (Vit C), fight against free radicals.
  • Prevents signs of aging 
  • Reduce pigmentation/scars from inside out.

BASIL benefits for skin health: 

  • Purifies blood, helps prevent acne/pimples.
  • Antibacterial and antioxidant properties.

GRAPES + CUCUMBER + AMLA(GOOSEBERRY) + BASIL JUICE/SMOOTHIE

You will need:

Serving: 2
  • 1/ cup grapes 
  • 1 cucumber 
  • 6 to 8 fresh basil leaves 
  • 1 amla 
  • 1 cup water 

Method: 

I don't have a juicer so I blend all the ingredients and then strained it using a muslin cloth or you can use strainer too. If you don't want to loose the fiber then skip straining it. Have it like a smoothie. If you have the juicer you have your life sorted just squeeze out the good stuff and drink it up. Just a tip don't throw away all the fiber add a spoon or two back to your juice. I just don't like throwing away the good fiber. 

ENJOY!


NOTE:

  • Juicing leads to detoxification and therefore you may experience acne breakouts in the initial 1 to 2 weeks. Do not worry it will subside down once your body get used to of the good stuff getting in.



Sunday, February 5, 2017

Weight Loss / Glowing Skin Juice


Want to loose those extra pounds and achieve glowy healthy skin?

An active lifestyle and a healthy diet are important to maintain a healthy weight. This particular juice aids in weight loss as well as give you a healthy glow.

Pineapple+Cucumber+Jalapeno+Ginger 




Let's talk about the benefits of each one before we head to the recipe:


Pineapple Health Benefits:


  • Rich in Vit C which is an antioxidant powerhouse.
  • Contain enzyme that aids in digestion.
  • Supports skin health as it contains Vit C and Vit A.

Cucumbers Health Benefits:

  • Low in calorie ( 6 to 8 slices contain only 5 calories)
  • High in water content ( makes you feel full for a longer duration)
  • Help you stay hydrated.

Ginger Health Benefits:

  • Antioxidant powerhouse.
  • Has Antiinflammatory properties.
  • Aids in digestion.
  • Fight cold.
Jalapeno Health Benefits:
  • Burn fats and calories.
  • Antioxidant-rich ( contain flavonoids and vitamins)
  • The heat in peppers clear sinuses.

Pineapple+Cucumber+Jalapeno+Ginger Juice

Ingredients:

Serves: 1
  • 1/2 cup pineapple chunks ( frozen or fresh)
  • 1 whole cucumber 
  • 1/2 tsp powdered ginger or 1 tsp grated fresh ginger.
  • 1/2 jalapeno 
  • 1 tsp honey (totally optional)
  • 1 cup water 

Method:

I don't have a juicer so I blend all the ingredients and then strained it using a muslin cloth or you can use strainer too. If you don't want to loose the fiber then skip straining it. Have it like a smoothie. 

ENJOY!




NOTE:

  • This juice is definitely a healthy choice in place of sugary drinks, chips, and other fatty snacks. But it is important to portion control as one cup of pineapple contain approximately 25 gms of sugar. So follow the quantity mentioned above.
  • You can have this juice once a day. 

Ayurvedic Lentil Soup To Boost Immunity

Dietitian/Health Experts suggest incorporating fibrous lentils into our daily diet. Moong Dal is a lentil which is rich in protein and it also a good source of dietary fiber. Apart from this, it is easy to digest and very simple to make. 




For this recipe, I have not used the pressure cooker. If you wish you can use it. I love making dals/lentil with the slow cooking method. It enhances the flavor and taste. Just make sure you soak the dal for an hour at least or more if you have time.The more time you soak the dal the faster it cooks.

Ingredients for yellow moong dal recipe

Serves: 2 
  • Moong dal – 1 cup 
  • Ghee/Clarified Butter/Vegetable oil – 1 tbsp
  • Tomato – 1 (finely chopped)
  • Red chilly powder – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
  • Green chilly – 1 (finely chopped)
  • Ginger paste – 1 tsp
  • Salt – 2 tsp or as per taste
  • Green coriander – 2 to 3 tbsp (finely chopped)

For Tempering:


  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Asafoetida – 1 pinch
  • Curry leaves – 6 to 7
  • Whole red chilly  – 2 
  • Red chilly powder – 1 tsp


How to make  Moong Dal


  • Clean the dal thoroughly and wash with water. Soak for at least 1 hour.

  • Chop tomatoes finely.
  • Drain out the water and boil the dal in a pan with 4 cups of water. Add tomatoes, ginger paste, green chilies, salt, turmeric. Stir the dal in between to make sure it does not stick to the bottom of the pan.  Add more water if the dal is not properly cooked or as per the desired consistency you want. It would take around 30 to 40 minutes for the lentils to be properly cooked.
  • Now for tempering, take a separate pan and add ghee in it.When the ghee is hot, add cumin seeds and asafoetida into it. After sautéing cumin seeds, add whole red chili and saute for 15 to 20 seconds.Add curry leaves and red chili powder. Immediately remove from gas and add the tadka into the cooked lentil. Stir in the tadka and cook for 4 to 5 minutes. Garnish with fresh chopped coriander/cilantro. Scrumptious moong dal is ready. Serve this moong dal curry with chapatti, rice or daliya/broken wheat or relish it on its own.
  • You can prepare more tadka/tempering in the same way as mentioned above and drizzle on top for a fancy presentation and trust me it taste awesome with that extra drizzle of tadka/tempering on it.Your savory dal curry is ready to serve. Enjoy!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

HERBAL HAIR RINSE

WE all desire gorgeous healthy hair. Keeping the scalp clean and well-nourished plays a significant role in achieving the desired healthy locks. 




This particular hair rinse is made up of Lemon + Mint + Green Tea. The recipe is definitely very simple and all the ingredients are easily available. 

Before heading to the recipe I would like to mention the benefits of this hair rinse: 

  • Mildly cleanse the scalp
  • Remove product build-up
  • Boost circulation
  • Condition the hair
  • Add shine and leave the hair smelling good

Now, let's make it:

You will need:

  • 1/2 cup mint leaves 
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • juice of a medium size lemon
  • 1 green tea bag 

How to make/use it:

  • Take 1 cup of boiling water. Add in the crushed mint leaves and green tea bag. Let it steep for 15 minutes. Then strain the mixture and add lemon juice. Let the mixture cool down completely before using it. 
  • Use as a final rinse after shampooing, follow with a cold-water rinse to remove all of the lemon mint water. You can also massage in the mixture for a minute, leave it on for 5 minutes and then wash it off to boost the benefits. I do it this way.
  • You can use this hair rinse weekly.
Hope you will give this soul refreshing herbal hair rinse a try. Share your feedback. 

Love,
Khushi