DO NOT PLAY WITH YOUR OWN HEALTH …

Every household of India will have a pack of noodles at home, mostly Maggi, maggi is like another name of noodles. In India it is very difficult to find ready made food, one has to go to restaurant to get good quality food, though there are road side vendors, we cannot rely on their cleanliness.

Nestle – the most known company in food and beverages with over 2000 brands. Maggi noodles is owned by Nestle India. I am not sure if people outside India are aware of what happened with Maggi in India, Food and Drug administration has found adulteration in the batches manufactured in some of their facilities, and imposed a ban on the sales of their noodles. Many noodle lovers were very disappointed with this decision, some would have even shed some tears. I mean, people went crazy posting all over social networking sites expressing how much they miss eating Maggi.

While on one side when the FDA and government are saying that the ingredients( lead and MSG) used are going to harm our health, very few people understood the intent. I wondered if we even care about our health and well-being ? If we do, to what extent ?

Adulteration of food is addition of substances which are not intended to be used or can be harmful. This addition of unauthorized additives or chemicals is done for many reasons, like preservation, enhancing taste, to reduce cost but not sacrifice the taste. Sadly, in India , this adulteration is not limited to a particular category of food items, it’s everywhere.

Food is declared adulterated if:

  • A substance is added/removed which depreciates it
  • Cheaper substances are substituted wholly or in part.
  • Excessive usage of artificial colors to improve the apperance
  • Degraded quality which can raise concerns for health.

Adulterated food is dangerous because it may be toxic and can affect health and it could deprive nutrients essential for proper growth and development.

Milk – the most basic need from infants to adults. It is adulterated to an extent that we cannot even imagine. Detergents, starch, harmful chemicals, salts, urea, sugars – all of these are used for adulterating milk. Synthetic milk is it’s name, it can be very harmful when consumed over many days.

Cumin seeds, turmeric, chilli powder, green chillies, green peas, honey, sugar, coconut oil, butter, vanaspati, mustard oil, pulses, millets, rice, paneer, khoya, curd, yogurt, I can keep giving more items that are adulterated. Is there any limit ? I do not see any.

What it means to us ? We have to be careful to a level of multi-fold, educate ourselves on what ingredients are good for health, harmful for us, inculcate the habit of reading the ingredients before making a purchase. As much as possible, get the local produce from farmers for dals, vegetables etc. They are tasty and healthy too ! The internet is full of studies and journals on how we can do some tests at home to check for adulteration, let’s learn. It is we who have to be careful about our health, as the saying goes health is wealth , we would feel helpless without it. Health is precious and so are we !!

STAY HEALTHY WITH FRUITS IN DIET

fruits-82524_1280Fresh & dry fruits are the natural staple food of man. They contain substantial quantities of essential nutrients in rational proportion. They are excellent sources of minerals, vitamins & enzymes. Fruits are easily digested and produce a cleansing effect on the blood and the digestive tract. Fruits can successfully treat ailments caused by the intake of unnatural foods. Fresh and dry fruits are thus not only good foods but also good medicines.

Natural Benefits of Fruits:

  1. Fruits hydrate the body to a great extent.
  2. Fruits act as diuretics and contribute to a salt free diet.
  3. Fruits alkalize the body fluids and keep the body free from toxic wastes.
  4. They speed up the recovery process in times of sickness by giving quick energy and minerals.
  5. The fibres of fruits give laxative effect and hence prevent and cure constipation when taken in regularly.
  6. Vitamins, minerals, enzymes and trace elements of fruits are extremely beneficial in normalizing all body processes. Hence, they help in healing and cell regeneration.
  7. Fruits can delay aging.

Curative effects of fruits:

  1. Regular use of fruits sharpens memory, prevents nervous exhaustion, mental tension, hysteria and insomnia.
  2. Fruits help in blood building and nerve strengthening. They are also good for liver ailments, indigestion, rheumatism etc.
  3. Fruits can be a positive remedy for the weakness of the brain.
  4. They are also beneficial in fevers, catarrh, nasal and bronchial ailments.

A generous intake of fruits in the diet will enable a person to lead healthy life. Fruits prevent all diseases and help a person to be smart, energetic and active all through life.

TIPS:

  1. Take only one fruit at a time.
  2. It is always better to take fruits with milk than with meals.
  3. Diabetic & obese persons must avoid all sweet fruits.

— Dr. P. Sameera

MAKE YOUR EVENING SNACKS TIME INTERESTING WITH VEG SANDWICH

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When the kids or the husbands come back home from schools, colleges or work they search for something filling and tastier to eat in the evening. I would like to present to you an interesting and very easy recipe tonight.

INGREDIENTS:

Brown Bread slices-6

Potato, boiled- 1

Beans Chopped-1 tbs

Carrot Chopped-1 tbs

Cauliflower cut into small pieces

Peas – 1 tbs

Tomato, chopped -1/2 cup

Green chilli, chopped -1

Olive oil – 1 tbs

Cumin -1/2 tsp

Chili powder -3/4 tsp

Mango powder -1/ tsp

Salt -to taste

Green chutney -2 tsp

Butter – 2.5 tsp

Capsicum ,sliced -1

PROCEDURE –

Peel and chop the boiled potato in small pieces. Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds. When seeds start crackling add chopped green chilli, tomato & all the vegetables on to it. Add salt and cook till it becomes soft. Add the spices and chopped potato and saute to mix. Add chopped coriander and take out the mixture in a bowl. Apply butter on both the sides of bread slices. Now apply green chutney on the buttered side of 3 breads. Put all the Masala on it, and then arrange capsicum slices over it. Place the slice in a grill or tawa (griddle) Cover this slice with another bread slice . Grill till it become golden brown. Slice and serve hot with ketchup.

Usually Kids and teenagers are fond of Sandwiches. The Sandwiches which you get in the market are unhealthy. Hence this Dish would get a feeling of the same Sandwich which is also healthy and tasty. This is one of my way to get the kids get fond of Healthy food.

Have fun!

Aradhana Das

COOL BREAKFAST IDEAS TO LIGHT UP YOUR BORING MORNINGS – “ZAPPED SCRAMBLED EGGS WITH VEGGIES”

unnamed (1)-2Good Morning! Opps, Good Evening!

Tonight, I would like to present my second breakfast idea which has lot of healthy ingredients in it. But before that I would like to repeat the quotation of Robert.A.Heinlein, “One should not attend even the end of the world without a good breakfast.”

ZAPPED SCRAMBLED EGGS WITH VEGGIES

Ingredients

½ cup sliced mushrooms

½ cup chopped onions

½ cup green bell peppers(capsicum)

6 eggs

½ cup milk

½ cup fresh tomatoes

½ cup cheese

vegetable oil/ olive oil

salt as per taste

Method

1- Heat oil in a pan. To it add chopped mushrooms, onions, peppers. Saute till onion turns transparent. Add salt.

2- In a bowl beat the eggs and milk. Add little salt.  Add the eggs to the mixture. Then add the tomatoes. Let the egg set.

3- Once the egg sets mix the cheese.

Done!!! Yummy, gooey scrambled eggs with veggies. Serve with bread toast and pamper yourself a little more with banana smoothies.

I hope these recipes light up your boring mornings and you feel and experience the goodness and healthiness of eating breakfast.

Anukta Dey Sahu

FOOD AND HEALTH – A BOND OF HEALTHY LIFESTYLE!

Gone are the days when people use to wake up with the crows of the roosters at 4 am. Gone are the days when morning breakfast meant to have fresh milk from the cows along with some freshly plucked fruits from the trees. Gone are the days when work was exclusive yet limited to fields where people used to spent whole days working in the lap of mother nature.

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Now, it’s only about ‘mobile’ alarms, heavy lefty meals and long sitting hours in front of laptops.

Life has no meaning now and people have one single objective – ‘We have to earn loads of money’ . Ok.I agree and I am with you for that but buddy – I have a question. What if you have quintals of gold, trillions of cash,properties in every single country but 20 days of your month are spent at hospitals and half of your monthly income is spent paying fees of doctors and medicines? Tell me! Will you say that ‘I am living my life king sized’ ? 🙂 Please be honest to at least yourself! 😀

Today, life only revolves around electronic gadgets, long sitting hours, regular munching and lavish multi cuisine buffets. We have forgotten the meaning of healthy food and healthy lifestyle. It’s all about running after money now. Nothing is left. Nothing! But yes, if you are alarmed at right time, still you can make your life worthy. Worthy in terms of good health and broad smiles.

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Like every other person I will not say that – Don’t eat this and don’t eat that. Sorry. I am not so rude and being a foodie myself I will not do injustice with you but yes being a foodie as well as doctor’s daughter, I will love to recommend some very simple lifestyle changes which you can do at the blink of your eye and can benefit a lot.

Should we start? 🙂 Get pumped!

The very first thing which I will recommend is to –

  1. Remove every product from your fridge which reads ‘ Processed Juice or Mix in 1 glass of water ‘. Yes. The one regular thing which hampers health is the processed juices which do bring smiles on the lips but they stay forever on the hips. Be it powdered, processed, cholesterol free or whatever…trust me, they are the most harmful for your health. The dissolved sugars in them makes your blood thick and leads to many problems like obesity, diabetes etc.


Lolzzzz 😀 – You are thinking na that if you remove these juices how can you have your quick breakfast every morning? 😀 Don’t worry. I have answer to that also! Have a glass of ‘Buttermilk aka Chaach’ which can be prepared in a nick of time and utmost healthy drink with no sugar. 🙂buttermilk-912760_1280

Recipe below: 

Ingredients

1/2 cup – Fresh curds

1 cup – Cold water

1 tsp Freshly grated ginger

1/2 tsp Powdered cumin

Salt – According to taste

1 tsp Flax seeds powder (It helps in lowering the BP)

Method

Put everything together in a blender. Churn it for 2 mins. Pour it in glass. Add ice.

Fresh Chaach is ready! 🙂

Can anything be better than this? I believe No! 🙂

2. Fill your fridge with fresh vegetables and fruits. Now you must be thinking about the regular sabzi and roti. No relax! Food palettes should be taken care of.  😀 Prepare regular Indian dinners can be prepared daily but along with it, make sure you have some exotic stuff too. Now for that, my favourite recipe is Russian Salad.

Recipe

Ingredients

2 cups of chopped fresh vegetables ( Carrots, Beans, Potatoes, Peas )

2 cups of chopped fresh fruits ( Apples, Pears, Pomegranate seeds )

1 tbsp sliced black olives

1 tbsp fresh parsley and basil

2 tbsp Eggless Diet Mayonnaise

1 tsp powdered sugar

1 tsp salt

1 tsp black pepper

1 tsp mixed dried herbs

Method

Steam the vegetables for 5 minutes.Turn off the flame. Mix all the ingredients together. Garnish it with dried herbs. Arrange it on fresh lettuce leaves. Serve it chilled! 🙂

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With this I end up my session of today. 🙂 Loved you guys a lot….and yes do take care. We will keep interacting and keep discussing a lot.

Author’s Bio: Kriti Singhal, a digital marketing professional by profession and food blogger along with home chef by obsession. 🙂
You may connect with her at Krispy Kadhai – Let the food talk! 🙂