29 Dec 2012

Health Tip No 7

This Winter..

If you want to take maximum benefit of seasonal foods... Try Radishes! 
White one and the other varieties (whatever is easily available to you)...

Nutritionally Rich in:
  1. Fibre - Hence adds bulk to diet, Good for Diabetes, Weight Loss, Heart Patients..
  2. Copper - Good for Nerve function (Neuro-transmission) and Fat metabolism.
  3. Vitamin C - Good for skin, wound healing etc. I guess all of us know a lot about vitamin C the Beauty Vitamin :) (Although the leaves contain considerable high amount of Vitamin C as compared to the root.)
  4. Arginine (Amino Acid) - Good for kidney health apart from many other important body functions.
  5. Choline (Amino Acid) - Helps in removal of cholesterol, hence keeping your Liver and heart Healthy! 
And a lot many nutrients.. which help your overall body functions.

The best advantage that I find is it acts as a very good mouth freshener!

  1. Add it to your salads for that daily dose of nutrition. (Chef's Tip: For a better taste and good digestibility have it with Rock Salt)
  2. Make delicious veggie from the Leafy part of it.Chances are that you would get it free because not many people are interested in buying the leaves (Savings you see!) (Chef's Tip: Make it in Mustard oil +tempering with Garlic & Dried Red Chillies and at the end add some oil and mix chickpea flour in it as per requirement)
  3. Make veggie out of the root. (Chef's Tip: Temper with cumin seeds, add hing, turmeric and salt only, for a better taste of Radish - do not overcook!)
  4. Make delicious Stuffed Parathas out of it. (Chef's Tip: Add grated radish to wheat flour, knead the dough, add Hing, Turmeric, Coriander leaves, Crushed garlic, Green chillies and salt, and cook the Parathas in Mustard oil.)

Do let me know If you did this.. If Yes How Much and How did you feel about it!

Take care!
Stay Healthy Stay Happy ...SHINE!

28 Dec 2012

New Feature - Chef's Tip

Hello Healthizens!

We are Proud Happy and Delighted to introduce another new section on the blog

1) 'Chef's Tip' (Useful Tips for Cooking)

This is a feature initiated by my Mum - Mrs.Sudha Shukla. She has taken Cooking classes for several years and is super passionate about cooking good (Read Nutritious)food at home!

I am proud to say that she cooks the most yumm food (which obviously every Mother does!) but most importantly because before I started eating out, no dish was new to me and yes that includes Soups, Desserts, Chinese, Moghlai, Baked dishes, Continental..huhh. 
but Not Thai and Mexican and Italian, coz these were not in my knowledge during my school days and by the time I knew bout it, I myself had developed interest in cooking!

The basic principles that she follows while cooking are
a) Inclusion of almost every seasonal veggie and green leafy veggie possible.
b) Inclusion of almost all roots and tubers and spices and condiments.
c) Minimum expenditure of LPG (Very important now that the LPG Cylinders have 
    become such a hot topic of discussion)
d) Preference for Fresh home cooked food.
e) Variety.
f) Extracts of instructions and teachings from My Dadi and Nani included in all the recipes.

After a lot of coaxing she has finally agreed to give her super simple n easy tips n tricks and since she is not that net savvy, I thought of including it as a feature on my blog. See how Mums always do something gr8 for you everytime!

So all you Healthy People out there, keep your eyes on this feature M sure you'll love the Tips!

These tips would be given as a separate post or included in a post wherever needed.

Take Care
Stay Healthy Stay Happy Shine!!!

17 Dec 2012

Health Tip No 6

This Winter..
Don't let the cold weather dehydrate your body ...
                                 Keep drinking lot of water in winters too!

You can drink water in the form of 

1) Water at normal temperature/ Lukewarm water/ Hot water.
2) Add ingredients like cinnamon/green tea, boil it and then drink water.
3) Lemon juice (sweet/salted or both) in lukewarm water.
4) Soups (preferably unstrained).
5) Dal water.
6) Rice water. 
7) Dalia (broken wheat) water. 
8) Water with cloves boiled in it (to beat the cold and bad throat)
9) Kadha the ancient Indian concoction to keep you warm and healthy.


1) Aids digestion(by keeping the flow of digestive juices at the optimum level) since we tend to consume a lot of things (Courtesy - the weather which boosts our appetite.)
2) Relieves you of constipation (if any).
3) If you work constantly on laptops/computer screens, this would ensure your eyes not being too dry.
4) Hydrates the body, Cleans the colon, hence your skin keeps shining.

Wish you a very happy and hydrated Winter!

Do Letme know If you Did this.. If Yes How Much and How did you feel about it!

Stay Healthy Stay Happy ...SHINE!

7 Dec 2012

Health Tip No 5

Like your Dal with Rice go ahead... Always have your Dal with Rice 


Rice is deficient in 2 amino acids - Lysine and Threonine 

whereas Pulses/Legumes are rich in Lysine and Threonine

So when eaten together Dal and Rice compliment each other and the protein availability 

from the mixture is better as compared to having 

Either - Dal alone or Rice alone.

Do Letme know If you Did this.. If Yes How Much and How did you feel about it!

Stay Healthy Stay Happy ...SHINE!

5 Dec 2012

Refrigerator - Our Friend Or Foe?

Hello Healthizens!

Hope you are keeping fit n healthy after the previous post - 10 tips for being Fit This Diwali
Have you started taking steps to become Healthy.. as the famous saying goes: -The journey of a 1000 miles begins with the 1st step!
(Start your step today..don't wait for the New Year to come for taking resolutions.. )


In a recent discussion with the guests(some female friends) we were discussing things like how our good old friend - The Refrigerator has made our lives easy. A list of things that we can store in it:
  • Dough
  • Bread
  • Cut fruits n veggies
  • Your favourite Ice creams, Desserts, Sweetmeats etc
  • Gravies and already made veggies till the other day or even for 2-3 days and
  • the list is endless...
That very discussion gave me the idea of this post.


Let us start

Good Health starts with fresh food. but ever since Refrigerators got a place in the normal Indian household, its popularity has been increasing by leaps and bounds. I dont think there can be any family who can dream to live without the Fridge!

1) We use refrigerators to keep our water cold, stock it and keep ice too!

But the so called tasty and thirst quenching Cold water is not good for digestion and the health of your intestines, Because food is digested best when water at or near to room temperature is taken along with it.
Oh well if you feel that you need to store cold water, Just In Case if the guests arrive, time to check yourself, Dont stock/do things which are not good for your health to take care of Just In Case - Cases.

2) We store our favourite desserts

Different varieties of Ice creams, Yoghurts(sweetened) etc (again the list is endless). These all things are Calorie dense, and we all know that right? Still we store them.

I mean.. I am not totally against eating Ice creams or other desserts as such in your entire life okay!

But If you feel like having an ice-cream, go to the parlour have the smallest cup or bigger size of cup of the variety you want and get over the craving...why carry the load of your one time craving all the way back home!!!

3) We store Veggies and Fruits in it.
As far as veggies and fruits are being stored in the refrigerator (for 1-2 or 3 days), its a very nice thing, storing fruits and veggies for a longer time decreases their nutritional value.

And the moment you start storing cut Veggies/ Fruits, the nutritional content of the veggies starts getting depleted.
(We shall discuss this in detail in other posts.)

4) Storing the food which is Good and Tasty for the next day!!

a) Please prepare food in limited quantities. (Remember freshly made roti +veggie or just plain dal rice is 100 times a better option than yesterdays food )

b) In case if you are ordering for food, Please ensure that you order appropriate amounts and not much is leftover... And yes don't eat beyond capacity, to prevent the situation of leftover food!

c) If you have too much of raw ingredients left out and you feel it should be added to the meal to increase the quantity to save the hassle of cooking the other day - Stop Right Away!!!
Those raw ingredients can be used to make something fresh tomorrow!

5) If you are trying to Cover up the wastage of food..

a) Consume the previous day's food as the first meal of the next day.e.g.: Yesterday's Pizza can be a great meal for today's Breakfast!

b) Yesteday's food can be an excellent way to show your Philanthropy.. distribute that food among your domestic helps or just carry the food on your way to work and give it to someone who might be hungry :)

In short the best way to stay Healthy is to Eat Fresh.. Now the decision is yours :)

Hope this helps!
Takecare Eat Well
Stay Healthy Stay Happy SHINE!