Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Superfood : Pumpkin Recipes

Pumpkin is a super food loaded with anti-oxidants and disease fighting vitamins. Be wise and don't waste perfectly good food by carving and rotting them eventually.  All these recipes were made with normal size pumpkins and its kinds. The large ones are very bland , highly fibrous and only its seeds are mainly consumed.

Here are some delicious ideas to get a variety of pumpkins on your plate:

1.Low Fat Almond Chocolate Mini Pumpkin Pie

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Everyday Foods Surprisingly High in Sugar

Not just Cakes,Cookies,Ice Creams,Sodas and Candies, you'll be surprised to know we could be consuming high sugar foods more often than we think, if we are not careful about the nutrition facts of our everyday foods.

Here is the list in the video, foods that are surprisingly high in Sugar.  We must be aware of sugar content in these foods and use sparingly or occasionally to minimize the bad effects of high sugar in our body.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Shrimp Farro Pilaf(pulao) with Baby Spinach

Farro originally from Mediterranean, is one the healthiest grains to maintain good digestive system similar to barley. 
Nutrition : It has good source fiber, protein, iron, magnesium, zinc, B vitamins and antioxidants. 
Sold in : Mediterranean , Middle Eastern and Whole Foods Stores.

Watch a simple pilaf recipe here with Farro ,baby spinach and wild caught shrimp , a wholesome balanced meal. 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Healthy and Shiny hair : Henna and Aloe Vera hair pack

A Chemical Free Hair dye 

Henna is the chemical free natural alternative to artificial hair dyes. Besides unforeseen damage to your hair ,shockingly the chemicals in hair dyes have also being linked with cancer.

Henna for hair growth and conditioning

Regular use of henna can strengthen hair roots,promote hair growth ,prevent hair fall and restore its shine and bounce.

Color Change

 Be mindful if you have light color hair or grey hair,using henna will color hair to a orange reddish color. Darker black hair colors ,will not see any change in color,only a maroonish shade in sunlight.

Be aware BLACK HENNA is NOT really Natural.

Be sure to buy only all natural henna or herbal henna powder free of any chemicals

Henna and Aloe vera hair pack for Healthy Hair
Mixing henna powder with aloe vera gel provides the added nourishment for the hair. Aloe vera is known to prevent dandruff ,strengthen hair and promote hair growth.
Black Tea
The liquid used in the mix is black tea , that darkens the color of henna while adding natural luster to the hair and also prevents hair dryness
Finally one whole egg which is rich in protein is great for conditioning the hair.
Use this every 3-4 weeks for healthy hair and promoting hair growth.

Hair Pack Recipe for 1 application Medium length hair :
1 cup Henna(can use herbal henna with added ingredients like amla powder and shikakai powder)
1 1/2 cup black tea(drop 1 tea bag in water and let sit for few minutes ,before squeezing it out)
2 tablespoon Aloe vera gel
1 Egg

Slowly mix all the ingredients in a glass or steel bowl until smooth ,might have some lumps,that should be fine. Cover and let sit for 3-4 hours before applying on hair.

Steps to apply henna to your hair :
1.Lightly apply coconut oil to your hair and massage all over the scalp
2.Use an applicator brush for applying or if using fingers wear gloves to prevent any color on your fingers
3.Start from the front ,take few strands of hair, apply from bottom to top. Make sure the mixture gets to the scalp
4.Swirl and pile the strands of your hair one over the other like a hair bun on top
5.Keep it on for 2-3 hours before rinsing in cold water. If kept longer can get too dry and difficult to rinse off. If you are not looking for darker color ,can rinse off in one hour. Your hair will still get the sufficient conditioning needed.

Watch the video on Health Nut Channel

Monday, September 12, 2016

Bakrid Special : Mutton Baingan(Egg plant) Roast

Vegetables blended in to meaty flavors of goat , this mutton roast has combined goodness of meat and egg plants. Very appetizingly spicy let's get to the spicy recipe without further ado.

For Egg plant Chutney
1/2 lb baingan(small egg plants) ,tops cut-off and halved
1 plum red tomato , quartered
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds

1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
1 inch ginger peeled sliced
2 cloves garlic peeled
2 dry red chillies
few curry leaves
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon canola oil

1/2 teaspoon salt

For Meat 
1 pound or 1/2 kg Lamb or Goat ,white fat trimmed
1 medium onions,finely chopped

1/2 teaspoon salt

Cook the Meat 
Mix the meat with 1/2 cup of water ,chopped onions and salt then pressure cook for 15-20 minutes on medium heat until meat is tender or if cooking in covered skillet, takes about 1 hour for meat to get tender.

To make the Eggplant(baingan) Chutney
Heat oil in a pan at medium heat , add cumin seeds,coriander seeds ,curry leaves and dry chillies. Saute for a minute.Add chopped onions, garlic, ginger slices and saute for 2 minutes. Add rest of the spices and sliced egg plants and cook until tender. Let cool then blend to a paste with cilantro until smooth. 

Roast the chutney with cooked meat
In the same pan ,add the egg plant chutney and the cooked meat ,then cook on medium high heat for another 5-10 minutes until flavors blend and gravy is concentrated.

Serve warm with rice or roti or parathas or Naan.

Watch the video of Recipe here

Eid Mubarak to all the viewers celebrating Eid around the world!

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