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Navaratri tips for fasting

Navratri special: Navratri is one of the most important Hindu festivals celebrated twice in a year.

In the eastern state of West Bengal, the festival takes the shape of Durga Puja, when the devotees of the deity celebrate the triumph of good over evil.

In north India, Gujarati people observe a seven day fast during Navratri and break their fast on Navami, the nine days of the festival by worship young girls.

People from all over the world celebrate Navratri special with passion, intensity, and enthusiasm. While some people take participate in the celebrations for religious reasons but others look to give their body a much needed lose weight.

If you plan to fast this Navratri special then make sure that it is done the healthy way. It can help you lose weight, wash your mind and will leave you feeling great!

Tips to follow to make fasting in good health –

1. Keep yourself happy, making your cheeks rosy and eyes bright. Drink lots of water max to max 2 litter par day and liquid like lemon water, coconut water, Energy drink, green tea, and buttermilk.

2. Eat minimum meals and do not get hungry yourself. This will help keep blood sugar levels and stop you from feeling faint and low.

3. Amaranth Grain, one of the most promising unexploited food and folder crops. It is the best protein origin you can take during fasting. Make amaranth porridge with milk or cook it as namkeen dalia with lots of vegetables.

4. Combine high carbohydrates food like sabudana and potatoes which is mostly used in fasting with other stringy vegetables like bottle guard spinach, capsicum, tomatoes, cabbage, etc. Also try to roast, grill or bake vegetables instead of deep-frying them.

5. Samak rice is very easy to digest and can be applied in any kind of quantity.

6. Control those evil sugar strong desire by eating a lot of dates, Samak rice kheer, apple kheer, and fruits raita.

7. Try and eat healthy snacking and don’t overeat onnamkeens packets as they are high in salt and fat content.

8. Instead, pick for roasted makhana, a mix of nuts like almonds/ raisins/ walnut / baked chips, roasted peanuts, etc.

9. Change sugar with honey or jaggery.

10. Use skimmed milk instead of full cream milk.

Categories Beverages, Diet, Fitness, food, Health, nutrition, skin, Wellness

Health benefits of Bottle Gourd in Morning

8 reasons to start your day with Bottle Gourd juice!

What is the first thing you do after waking up? If you have a habit of drinking bed tea or coffee, give it up right now! Kick-start your day with a healthy Bottle Gourd juice. Be it post workout and detoxification or dealing with UTIs. Bottle Gourd juice can work wonders for your health.

#1 Acts as an excellent post workout drink

Replace your protein shake with a healthy and natural post workout drink – (Bottle Gourd)lauki juice. The presence of natural sugars in the vegetable not only restores glycogen levels but also replaces the carbohydrates lost from the body during a workout. This juice also improves the efficiency of the muscles due to its high protein and nutrient content.

#2 Helps you deal with UTI

If you are experiencing a burning sensation or pain while urinating, all you need to do is drink a glass of freshly prepared lauki juice every morning. Because, symptoms of urinary tract infection such as burning sensation and pain are caused due to high levels of acid in the urine. And as lauki juice is loaded with water and is alkaline in nature, it exerts a cooling effect on the body and acts as powerful diuretic agent, relieving the burning sensation.

#3 Detoxifies your body and exerts a cooling effect

Drinking a glass of lauki (Bottle Gourd) juice on an empty stomach makes you feel fresh and energetic. The juice contains 98% water and antioxidants that help in flushing the harmful toxins from the body. This in turn cleanses your body and helps you to start your day with a bang! Also, during the hot summer days, sipping this nutrient-rich juice not only satiates your thirst but also prevents loss of sodium from the body, providing a cooling effect.

#4 Helps you lose weight

Did you know that lauki juice is low in calories and fats, making it an effective drink to lose weight? Also, it is rich in fibre that keeps you full and thus, prevents you from hunger pangs. And being an excellent detoxifying agent and a great post workout drink, lauki juice helps you to achieve your weight loss goals.

#5 Acts as a natural remedy to get rid of suntan

If you don’t want summers to ruin your skin or leave a dark patch on your face and back, then try this home remedy to deal with suntan. Loaded with anti-inflammatory properties and high water content, lauki juice acts as a natural bleaching agent to lighten your skin tone. Due to the high water content, it also moisturizes the skin.

#6 Treats constipation and other digestive problems

If you suffer from constipation or flatulence, ensure you drink a glass of lauki juice once a day (preferably early morning). With 98% water content and high fiber content, lauki juice helps in proper digestion of food. It also contains electrolytes that helps in maintaining electrolyte balance in the body and help your to fight diarrhea.

#7 Helps you to deal with hair loss

If you have tried everything one earth and still haven’t found anything to prevent hair loss, then this miracle-like remedy might help you! Known to be loaded with nutrients, lauki juice when applied in combination with sesame oil on the scalp proves to be effective in treating hair loss and even baldness. And what’s more, in Ayurveda, it is known to prevent premature greying of hair.

#8 Relieves stress and depression

Lauki juice contains the highest amount of choline, a neurotransmitter, than any other vegetable. It is loaded with vitamins, amino acids and minerals that help in the synthesis of neurotransmitters that in turn help in proper functioning of the brain cells and thus, prevent mental disorders like stress and depression.

We are sharing a quick magic Bottle Gourd juice recipe with all of you.

Ingredients

• 1 cup Ghiya chopped.
• Mint
• Cumin powder
• Ginger
• Water
• Ice cubes
• Salt

Recipe

• Take 1 cup peeled and chopped Bottle Guard in a blender.

• Add handful mint, ½ tsp cumin powder, 1-inch ginger, ¼ tsp salt.

• Add 1 cup chilled water and blend smooth.

• Pour Bottle Guard juice in a glass with few ice cubes.

Categories Diet, Fitness, food, Health, meal palnning, Oats Recipe, Protein, Wellness

Banana and Almond Butter Oatmeal

We love the combination of peanut butter, bananas and honey. In our quest for new metabolism boosting meals, We came up with this little number. We recommend almond butter for weight loss vs. peanut butter. You can either use peanut butter or almond butter in this recipe – both taste amazing. Substituting old-fashioned oats is also an option. Once you learn how to make crockpot oatmeal, you’ll want to regularly add it to your meal prep. The mashed up banana adds a delicious texture, and the steel cut oats hold up well to reheating all week. I love making  a big batch of this Clean Eating Peanut Butter Banana Slow Cooker Oatmeal to take to work – they don’t get mushy!

  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup steel cut or old fashioned oatmeal
  • 1 banana thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 2 teaspoons honey (optional)

In a medium sauce pan combine the almond milk and oatmeal, heat on low until most of the liquid is absorbed. Add in 1/2 of the banana slices and the almond butter, mix together and let the oatmeal soak up the rest of the milk. Remove from the heat, move to two bowls, top with the remaining banana slices and drizzle with honey.

Each serving has: 375 calories, 6 g fat, 8 g fiber, 8 g protein, 66 g carbs.

Categories Advice, Diet, food, meal palnning, nutrition, Oats Recipe, Protein

How many types of Oats are Available?

Types of Oats

Oats are one of the few whole grains you’ll find many varieties of on the grocery shelf, making them an extremely versatile ingredient. With such a wide selection available, choosing the right oat for your recipe might be a little challenging. Use this quick guide to the oats you’ll find at the store to make your decisions a little easier, and perhaps you’ll be tempted to give them each a try!

All-natural and delicious, oats – in all their forms – are a terrific way to add fiber, vitamins, minerals, and plant-protein to any diet. Here’s what to look for at the grocery store:

Steel cut oats

These are coarsely cut groats with a sharp steel blade. The nutritional profile & Glycemic Index of this kind remains the same as the whole groats. The cook time of this is slightly lesser than the whole groats as they are cut.

Whole oat groats

These are hulled oat kernels meaning the outermost layer that is inedible is removed from the whole grain oats. These are chewy and go great in salads, slow cooked stews and pilafs. The cooking time of oat groats is quite long as much as 50 to 60 mins apart from the soaking time. Not all oat varieties have low glycemic index, but these have the lowest Glycemic Index among their counter parts since these are least processed.

Scottish oatmeal

 

The whole groats are stone ground to coarse meal, great to make porridge and stews. Cooking time is about 15 to 20 mins.

Regular or Rolled oats

These are made similar to the Indian Poha. They are steamed and then rolled to flatten them. So they can be eaten as such without cooking. They also cook quite fast. It is always good to use these organic since we do not rinse them and are consumed directly.

Quick cook oatmeal

These are steamed for longer and pressed more to make them flakes than the previous kind. The nutritional profile of this kind is almost the same as the rolled variety. These have a high glycemic index and must be consumed in moderation. It is good to use these too organic.

If you are striving to prevent or manage diabetes, then the best kind is to use whole groats or steel cut oats and the next choice should be rolled variety. Quick cook or instant variety are more processed and is almost similar to any processed food and is good to avoid them.

Reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases, lower cholesterol levels, improved immunity, reduced risk of type 2 diabetes are some of the health benefits that come just with the consumption of 1 bowl of oatmeal regularly. But most of us may not prefer to eat a porridge regularly.

Categories food, nutrition, Oats Recipe, Protein

Oats Chilla

Oats Chilla

Ingredients:

  • – 2 cups of cooking rolled oats
  • – 2 Tablespoons of Semolina
  • – Sliced onions, sliced red and green bell peppers, mint leaves, coriander
  • – Oil
  • – Curd or buttermilk
  • – Salt
  • – Crushed garlic cloves (as per taste)
  • – Crushed green chillies
  • – Warm water
  • – Turmeric (for colour and taste)

Method:

Crush the oats till they are coarse. In a bowl, mix oats, semolina, curd or buttermilk, water, salt, vegetables, mint leaves, coriander, crushed garlic cloves, turmeric and crushed chillies and make a paste the consistency of a thick batter. Set this mixture aside for about 20 minutes. Once the oats and semolina soak up the water, your chillas are ready to be made. Heat a non-stick pan on a stove and brush the pan with a little oil. Ladle the batter on the pan and spread it in circles. You can even make small holes in between your chilla and add some oil/butter (this takes away from the health benefits) for a crispier chilla. Roast the chilla till it is nice and golden and then turn it to the other side. Once the pancake is cooked on both sides, take it off the pan and pair it with some ketchup or chutney and voila!

Tip: You can even add other vegetables to the chilla but it will make your chilla thicker. Also, use slightly soured buttermilk or curd for better taste. You can also add ajwain seeds if you like the slightly strong taste they give.

Categories Beverages, food

Beet & pineapple juice

Beet & pineapple juice

pretty juice made from beet and pineapple. Makes for a nourishing and delicious beverage that will whisk you away to paradise!. Vegan & Gluten Free.

Ingredients:

  1. 100 gms pineapple.
  2. 100 gms beetroot.
  3. Small piece of ginger.

Direction:

            Peel the skin of pineapple, ginger and beetroot slice into large pieces cut to fit into juicer run it and stir and serve.

Benefits:

  • Anti inflammatory juice.
  • Brilliant body cleanser.
  • Good for digestion and also relieves constipation.
  • Reduces pain of arthritis.

Notes:
Organic produce highly recommended; otherwise, if using conventional, give the produce a quick peel.
If you don’t have a juicer, you could instead blend up the mixture in a high-speed blender. Add water as necessary. Use a nut milk bag to strain the pulp.

best food for summer
Categories Advice, Diet, Fitness, food, summer

Ideal Foods for Summer All Time

Ideal Foods for Summer All Time

Ancient systems of medicine promote weather-based diets, and what stands out are that summers require different foods and winters too require its own type of diet. Winters require foods that promote heat and energy to the body, whereas the summer requires foods to cool the body down. Therefore, it is wise too choose summer foods that are light and cooling, and hydrate the body.

Sunny days make you feel dull and get you out of shape. However maintaining a healthy diet can save you from the scorching heat. Although it is important to eat a healthy diet round the year, it becomes more necessary during the summers.

summer best food

With temperatures rising up to even 90 degrees, you need to take in pots

of water. The heat can take water as well as sodium away from your body and thus you need to refill it to keep you going. However, drinking water may not be enough, as glucose levels can deplete so you need to get the glucose up. Drinking fruit juices at frequent intervals can be very refreshing and boost your energy levels. Add a bit of lime and sugar to your water to sip in when the sun suddenly begins to take its toll on you.

Meat can make you feel lousy, and dull, as they become heavy to digest during summers. However, grilled fish is excellent summer fare. As the summer heat is already heating up your body, you need less oily and spicy foods, and stick to light and easily digestible food items. Make vegetables a part of your daily diet and cook them in various styles to make it delicious and tempting. Avoid junk food completely, as they only fill your stomach and deprive it of essential nutrients.

Summers are also the best time to shed those extra pounds as you can indulge more in fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables provide your body with the essential vitamins, not fats. Thus even if you eat more of fruits and vegetables, you do not gain weight.

summers best foods

Here is a list of foods ideal for the summer:

  • Cucumber is a great food for the summer. Cucumber is cool and hydrates your body. A cool cucumber soup is also best alternative for heavy meals.
  • Replace your heavy meals with lighter ones like vegetable sandwiches.
  • Fruit salads, fat free yogurt, and beans
  • Leafy vegetables are a great way to cool off
  • Tomato is a good source of vitamins and works best on your body during hot days.
  • Eat raw carrots, cucumber, tomatoes, and beetroots.
  • Green peas and corn form part of a great summer diet
  • Also, eat lot of berries that are not only yummy but good for your body as well.
  • Complement every meal with a fruit so you stay healthy, and drink at least two or three
  • glasses of fresh fruit juice throughout the day.
  • You can also make shakes with low fat milk and eat low fat ice creams.
  • Watermelon is a great way to get plenty of fluids into your system.
  • Don’t let the summer scare you, instead enjoy it while to stick to your healthy diet.

“Summer cooking implies a sense of immediacy, a capacity to capture the essence of the fleeting moment.”

Purple Cabbage-Beats Bloat, Removes Toxins and Heals Your Gut
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Purple Cabbage-Beats Bloat, Removes Toxins and Heals Your Gut

The Cabbage Juice Recipe That Beats Bloat, Removes Toxins and Heals Your Gut

Purple Cabbage-Beats Bloat, Removes Toxins and Heals Your Gut

Bloating is almost inevitable, especially during holiday season or after a nice, family gathering.  Being bloated is the feeling of having excess gas in the digestive system, which feels like you have a “food baby’ in the stomach. For some people, this unpleasant feeling is much more than an occasional discomfort.

Causes of Bloating

  • Excess wind ( caused by foods like onions, beans, cabbage, sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli)
  • Constipation ( which can be prevented by eating a high-fiber diet and drinking plenty of water)
  • Swallowing air when eating fast or talking while eating
  • Food Intolerance, especially when the bowel doesn’t empty properly, the food causes gas to be trapped, or too much gas is produced)
  • Coeliac disease ( intestine cannot absorb gluten found in wheat, barley, and rye)
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome

The good news is that there is an easy way to alleviate bloating, improve digestion, and set up a quick detoxification process.  We are talking about a cabbage juice recipe which works wonders for stomach bloating. Check it out!

Healing Digestive Juice

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups purple cabbage
  • ½ green apple
  • ½ small lemon
  • 3 ribs of celery

Instructions:

All you have to do is to wash and chop the ingredients, blend them, and strain the liquid. Simple as that!

How does it work?

The efficacy of this healing juice lies in the combination of its ingredients, all of which are extremely beneficial and work in synergy to calm the digestive tract, set up a healthy detox, and beat bloating.

Purple Cabbage-Beats Bloat, Removes Toxins and Heals Your Gut

1. Purple Cabbage

Purple cabbage is an excellent source of vitamin A (which boosts immunity), vitamin C (which protects cells from toxins), potassium (which balances body`s fluid levels), and fiber.  As a matter of fact, only a single serving of raw purple cabbage contains 20% of the DRI for vitamin A, 80% of your DRI for vitamin C, 216 milligrams of potassium,  40 milligrams of calcium, and 14 milligrams of magnesium.

2. Green Apple

Just like purple cabbage, green apple is also high in fiber which is important for cleansing the system and boosting metabolism.  It is a good source of antioxidants as well, which are known to support the rebuilding and rejuvenating of cells. Ultimately, it has a robust mineral profile! It is an excellent source of iron which increases the metabolic rate.

3. Lemon

Lemon is known for its robust mineral and vitamin content, including iron, calcium, zinc,  potassium, magnesium, calcium, copper, riboflavin, niacin thiamin, folate,  pantothenic acid,  vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C,  and vitamin E.  This citrus fruits provides a wide variety of benefits, such as improving digestion, purifying the blood, and promoting a healthy weight loss.

4. Celery

Most of its benefits are attributed to its phytonutrients and antioxidant content. It works wonders for digestion, supplies the body with fair amount of dietary fiber, and helps clean the bowels due to its high water content.

Purple Cabbage-Beats Bloat, Removes Toxins and Heals Your Gut

ugadi special foods - akhilasoukhya
Categories Diet, festival special, food, nutrition

Healthy Kannadiga Foods Makes Your Ugadi Special

This Ugadi 2018, it is nice to consume those foods which are healthy for your tummy.

This festival is all about eating sumptuous and sweet treats, therefore it is necessary to keep a watch out on those foods which are high in calories. Instead of adding sugar to the meals you prepare, add jagerry which is much more healthier for the body. For milk related items, add skim milk which contains less amount of fat and if you want to indulge in fried items like bondas and bajjis, make sure that your quantity is not too much as fried items consumed in summer will only give you digestive problems.

So, this Ugadi 2018, it is time to make a wise and healthy decision where your food is concerned. Here are some of the healthiest Kannadiga Foods To Make Your Ugadi Special This 2018, we think you should cast your eyes on these amazing foods to treat your taste buds too:

Healthy Kannadiga Foods To Make Your Ugadi Special This 2018

Obattu

Turmeric, coconut andJaggery are the three main ingredients which are added to this dish. All of these three ingredients are beneficial to health, especially turmeric which aids in keeping all types of sickness at bay.

Healthy Kannadiga Foods To Make Your Ugadi Special This 2018

Obattu Saaru

This is one of the tastiest dishes you can enjoy for Ugadi. Made with a lot of spices, this dish has a touch of sweet and sour.

Healthy Kannadiga Foods To Make Your Ugadi Special This 2018

Lemon Rice & Puliyogre

Lemon rice’s main ingredient is lemon juice. Therefore this dish when consumed on Ugadi, will not only help to fulfill your celebration, but will also add to keeping your immunity high and your calories low.

 

Healthy Kannadiga Foods To Make Your Ugadi Special This 2018

Kaalu Huli

Another dish you should add to your plate this Ugadi is this delicious Kaalu Huli. The dish which contains black peas, potato, brinjal, onions and tomatoes. These vegetables are fat burners which aids in weight loss. On the other hand, the paste contains chana dal, tamarind, urad dal and jagerry which again are healthy ingredients.

 

Healthy Kannadiga Foods To Make Your Ugadi Special This 2018

Hurali Kaayi Palya

The reason why you should include this dish to your Ugadi special is only because it contains beans. The green vegetable is healthy since it has properties of minerals and fiber without the saturated fat found in some animal proteins. Beans help to keep cholesterol levels down and also aid in looking after the heart keeping diseases at bay.

Healthy Kannadiga Foods To Make Your Ugadi Special This 2018

Kosumbari
This raw salad is healthy as it contains split beans and seasoned with fresh curry leaves and mustard seeds.It is a high in protein treat for Ugadi and is one of the best snacks for the evening.

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