Friday, August 30, 2013

Who In The World Eats Sushi?

1999 - Who in the world eats Seaweed? That was my first question when my husband first introduced me to California sushi roll...

2008-  It became my three A's first choice, immediately I became part of it.

2013 -  Experimented Homemade Sushi

To introduce about Sushi, it is a Japanese dish consisting of small balls or rolls of vinegar-flavored cold cooked rice served with a garnish of raw fish, vegetables, seaweed or egg.

Health Benefits Of Seaweed: 

***No matter how healthy the food may be Moderation+Exercise is the key to being healthy

1. Seaweed offers the broadest range of minerals of any food on the planet, containing 10-20 times the mineral concentration of land plants, plus it’s high in protein and fiber. 
2. That’s why a serving can be so low in calories (25-100) and packed with flavor and nutrients. 
3. Seaweed is an excellent source of iodine and vitamin K and a very good source of folate, magnesium, iron, and calcium. 
4. Seaweed also contains measurable amounts of vitamins C and E, which help the absorption of all the other good stuff.

Vegetarian Sushi Roll

Ingredients -

 1 Sheet Organic Roasted Seaweed
 2 Tbs Cooked Jasmine Rice/ California Grown Brown Rice/ Quinoa
 1 Stick Sliced Cucumber Stick
 2 Tbs Organic Grated Broccoli and carrot
 4 Thin Slices Of Organic Avocado

Dipping Sauce-

 3 tsp Organic Low -Sodium Soya Sauce 
 1/2 tsp Homemade Siracha (Optional) 
 1/4th tsp Wasabi (Optional)

Method -

1. Place Bamboo mat. 2 Place the Seaweed on the Bamboo mat. 3 Carefully place the rice, and vegetables. 4. Begin rolling by lifting mat and pressing ingredients in with fingers. 5 Roll up carefully. 6 Remove wrap and unwrap Seaweed. 7 Cut each into equal slices. (I failed in cutting into equal slices). 8 Mix the dipping sauces together. 9 Enjoy eating you first homemade Sushi.

Boys Exposed To Higher Levels Of BPA

"Boys exposed to higher levels of Bisephenol A (BPA) while they’re still in the womb are more likely to suffer from hyperactivity, aggression, depression and anxiety at the age of seven, according to a study released this month by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley.

BPA, a man-made, carbon-based product commonly thought to be an endocrine-disrupter, is found in many plastic products, including the liners in canned food. It’s long been the subject of studies pointing to the harmful effects of its hormone-altering chemicals. A 2008 study showed that 95 percent of Americans had BPA in their urine, and that BPA was linked to increased body weight".
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Friday, August 23, 2013

....Published in my Dream Magazine

Friends! I am so Happy, Happy and Happy to share- of all my write ups published in TOI,, soon in B'kush; one of my favorite write up published in my dream digital magazine 

My New Recipe for Hair- Hibiscus Hair Oil

Benefits of Hibiscus for Hair Care-
1.The red flowers (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) is mainly used for hair and skin care.  
2. It is claimed to be effective in curbing hair fall and dandruff. 
3. According to some, hibiscus is very effective in boosting hair growth.
4. It is also used as a remedy for premature graying and split ends. 
5. Application of ground hibiscus leaves and flowers is believed to be beneficial for the scalp, as it has cooling and soothing properties. 
6. This herb is also found to be a good conditioner and moisturizer for hair. 
7. It can make the hair soft, supple, and shiny. 

As far as skin care is concerned, hibiscus is believed to treat acne, suntan and dark circles. It is also used for improving complexion, for skin tightening, and for preventing wrinkles.
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3  16ounce Organic Coconut Oil/ Parachute Coconut Oil - Indian Store
Net wt. 8 oz Dry Red Hibiscus from Persian store

1. Grind to make a powder of dry Red Hibiscus flowers.
2. Soak the powder in 16 oz of Organic coconut oil for 3 days
3. In a low flame boil for at least 15 minutes.
4. Strain and reserve the oil in a glass jar. ( easy to reheat)
5. I saved the strained leftovers; it worked as a excellent body scrub but little hard.

My Trip To Farmer's Market

My Friday Morning Farmer's Market Trip Includes:

Ridge Gourd - Love ridge Gourd curry flavored with milk
Organic Celery - Planning to make Bone Soup and Tomato Soup mixed with celery, carrots, and fennel bulbs.
Organic Bell Peppers - All time favorite
Organic Fennel bulbs - For bone soup and Zucchini Nachos
Almonds -  heart healthy
Raisins - natural sugars in oatmeal
Organic Broccoli - For Saag and Broccoli dhal
Organic Zucchini - zucchini fry (my daughter's all time favorite dish),  Zucchini Nachos , and Chutney
Organic Cucumbers -Salad
Organic apples -Don't forget the plu code # 9 (100% organic always starts with #9)
Organic Nectarines

Thursday, August 22, 2013

A List Of Cans Without BPA (Bisphenol A)

"Researchers found urine levels of one type of phthalate, used to soften plastic, were tied to a higher risk of insulin resistance among teenagers. Based on data from the same large nutrition survey, another study group linked bisphenol A, or BPA - used to line aluminum cans - to obesity and larger waists in youth". Continue Reading ....

BPA free cans 
A list of Cans without BPA  

Whole Foods: 27% of its store-brand canned goods. No specifics given!*

Bionaturae:  Canned tomatoes.

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Pitutary Adenoma

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"Pituitary adenomas are common benign tumors of the pituitary gland. It is said that up to 10% of people will have a pituitary adenoma (which might never have caused a problem) by the time of their death. Some tumors secrete one or more hormones in excess. Such so-called secretory pituitary adenomas are usually found due to hormonal imbalances that affect bodily functions. They may be relatively small when detected".

Symptoms Of Adenoma

The most common symptoms include:

8 Signs Of High- Quality Foods

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Memory Boosting Foods from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Memory Boosting Foods

Brain foodsBy Marisa Moore, MB, RDN, LD
If you’re feeling forgetful, it could be due to a lack of sleep or a number of other reasons including genetics, level of physical activity, and lifestyle and environmental factors. However, there’s no doubt that diet plays a major role in brain health.
The best menu for boosting memory and brain function encourages good blood flow to the brain — much like what you’d eat to nourish and protect your heart. 

Memory Boosting Foods from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

What Kind of Milk Is Best? - Ask Dr. Weil

What Kind of Milk Is Best?
You have mentioned various alternatives to cow's milk, including soy and almond milk, but what do you think about coconut milk? Do you have a preferred substitute for cow's milk in an adult's diet?
(Published 8/20/2013)

I don't view coconut milk as a substitute for other types of milk because of its high fat content – one cup contains 48 grams of fat, of which 43 grams are saturated fat. It is also high in calories – 445 per cup compared to 150 for a cup of whole milk and 130 for a cup of fortified soy milk.
If you need a substitute for cow's milk, I usually recommend soy milk. It is widely available and provides more protein than other "milks" on the market. It also has a creamy texture, but you may have to experiment with different brands to find one with a taste you like. Although soy milk is high in calcium, it doesn't provide as much as cow's milk, so look for a calcium-fortified brand. Buy only organic soy products and look for soy milk brands that do not contain the thickening agent carrageenan, a seaweed derivative, which I do not view as safe.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Recipe For Homemade Yogurt:


  • 1 gallon milk (preferably organic and grass-fed)
  • 1 cup yogurt (preferably plain and organic Desi Dahi or yogurt) to use as starter culture for the first batch.
  • Add milk to a large pot and cook on high heat on the stove. When you see little bubbles on the surface, remove from the heat.
  • The procedure for heating in the microwave- heat  medium to large size glass bowl on high heat for 10-12minutes. (The heat varies on the type of the oven you have)
  • Let milk cool where you can comfortably place your hand on the side of the pot (or dip your clean finger into the milk) for at least 10 seconds.
  • You can collect the cream layer on top of the milk to make ghee. Follow my recipe how to make ghee from butter
  • Once it’s cooled down, scoop the yoghurt into the warm milk. 
  • Stir gently 2-3 times to make sure it’s all mixed well, then pour (or ladle) the milk/yogurt mixture into glass bowl.
  •  Turn oven light on (very important - this keeps it slightly warm), and let the milk rest for 4 hours. (you can set the timer)
  • For Microwave oven - Place the yogurt mixed warm milk glass bowl in the oven and heat the bowl for *12 seconds and let it rest in peace for 4hrs.
  • Now take the yogurt out and rest on the counter until they’ve cooled to room temperature. Then, refrigerate the yogurt where they’ll keep for up to 10 days.
  • You can now use your new yoghurt to start your next batch! 
  • Recommendations for Homemade Yogurt and

  • Rough Calculations - Calories in one-cup (8 ounces) serving

    • Plain, made from whole milk
      139 calories
    • Plain, made from low-fat milk
      144 calories
    • Plain, made from skim milk
      127 calories
    • Vanilla- or coffee-flavored, made from low-fat milk
      194 calories
    • Fruit-flavored made from low-fat milk
      225 to 231 calories
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10 Things The Processed Food Industry Doesn't Want You To Know -

10 Things the Processed Food Industry Doesn't Want You to Know

By Donna Gates, Body Ecology

3. Processed Foods Often Contain Ingredients That Do Not Follow The Principle of Food Combining

This can lead to low energy, poor digestion, illness, acidic blood and weight gain. An example would be a frozen meat and cheese pizza. Cheese (a dairy product), meat (an animal protein) and pizza crust (a grain product) make a terrible food combination that can wreak havoc on your digestive health.

5. A Diet High in Processed Foods Can Lead to Depression, Memory Issues and Mood Swings

7. Nutrition Labels on Processed Foods Are Often Misleading and Have Harmful Health Effects

Many labels say “sugar free,” but contain other sweeteners like agave, which is like high fructose corn syrup. 

Additionally, product labeling may hide ingredients like GM (genetically modified) foods and harmful additives like MSG. (These are hidden behind words on the label like “natural flavorings” or “approved spices”).

10. Processed Foods are Made For Long Shelf-life, Not Long Human Life! 

Chemicals, additives and preservatives are added to processed foods so that they will last for a long time without going rancid or affecting the taste of the food. Food manufacturers spend time, money and research on beautiful packaging and strategies to lengthen shelf-life, with little attention on how the foods will lengthen your life or create lasting health.
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Know Your Ingredients from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Tip of the Day from

Know Your Ingredients

Know Your IngredientsThe ingredient list on packaged foods is similar to a recipe in that it tells you what's in the food. Knowing how to read the ingredient list is a helpful tool in many ways, including weight management.
Foods with more than one ingredient must have an ingredient list on the label. Ingredients are listed in descending order by weight from most to least. For example, a bottle of fruit juice that lists apples as its first ingredient means it has more apples in it than any other ingredient.
Knowing how to read the ingredient list is also useful for people with special food needs such as:

For more information on label reading, consult a registered dietitian nutritionist in your area and visit our Nutrition Facts Panel and Food Labels page.

Grilled Zucchini (green)/Squash(yellow) Nachos:

"Grilled zucchini/Squash (yellow) rounds turned into chips and topped with all of your favorite nacho toppings! Grilled Zucchini Nachos are a great way to use up your summer zucchini-  Recipe by 

This recipe had edited ingredients according to my taste buds;  for original recipe do click on the link above


4 small zucchini/Squash (yellow) sliced into "chips," about 1/4 inch thick rounds
Olive oil, for brushing zucchini chips
Salt to taste
A dash of Paprika/Cayenne Pepper
1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained or fresh (Soaked overnight and pressure cooked)
2 small tomatoes, chopped
1 large avocado, chopped, seed removed
2  Fennel bulbs, chopped
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 lime


1. Put the sliced zucchini chips into a large bowl and toss with olive oil. Season with salt,paprika/cayenne pepper to taste. Place zucchini on a a grill pan or directly on a hot grill, over medium heat. Grill for 4 to 5 minutes or until zucchini is tender.
2. Remove zucchini from grill and place on a platter or onto plates. Top with black beans, tomatoes, avocado, green onion, cilantro, and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. Serve immediately.
Fennel Bulbs
Zucchini (green) and squash (yellow) at a farmers' market in Mississippi
Zucchini and Yellow Squash
Grilled Zucchini Nachos on A great recipe for using up the summer zucchini!
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Grilled Zucchini Nachos | Grilled Zucchini Recipe | Two Peas & Their Pod

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Health Benefits Of Ghee, And How to Make Ghee From Butter

1. Boil one gallon of  unpasteurized whole milk or 2% organic milk (from Farmer's Market). I encourage whole milk.
2. Once it reaches room temperature, add one cup of yogurt to the milk, place lid and ferment  overnight or 4hrs (climatic conditions varies from country to country) in the Microwave oven or Conventional oven with light turned on.
3. Next day, curd forms with a thick layer of cream.
4. Cream of yogurt or dahi (skin above yogurt) is removed each day and stored in a container and refrigerated.
5. At the end of the week, the collected cream from yogurt is brought to room temperature and churned using a whisk hand blender for 12-15 minutes.
6. Add 3-4 cups of water to this and continue to whisk for a minute or two till the residue is a thick buttermilk. Strain the butter milk.
7. Wash the butter in water at least 4-5 times. This thoroughly washed butter can now be used to prepare ghee.

***Do try the recipe collecting creamy layer on boiled milk too.

To prepare ghee from butter and Instant butter to ghee
Follow my power point presentation  "Health Benefits Of Indian Ghee, And How To Make Ghee From Butter" on


How much is too much to your body

"Do you ever get the feeling you’re doing everything “right” for your health and still getting nowhere? And more frustrating is the idea that if something isn’t working for you, then challenging your body to the extent like drinking eight glasses of water a day isn’t fixing your problems, then drink ten. If running a mile in the morning isn’t helping, then run four miles. And if being on a low-carb diet isn’t working for you, then you must need a zero-carb diet. All this philosophy which, by the way, I totally disagree with. Whether or not more of anything is better depends on a lot of factors, which should all be centered around the individual–aka you".

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Organic Food Shopping Priority List-

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Vitamin D Shortage puts..

Vitamin D shortage puts at high blood pressure risk-

"A new study led by an Indian Researcher Vimal Karani's work from University College London only conclusively proves that low Vitamin D levels can send blood pressure soaring. He has confirmed that low levels of vitamin D can trigger hypertension. The deficiency is worrying as it is linked to a range of diseases from bone problems to cancer."
So guys do check your Vit D levels before it is too late
-shared via Nutrilife Health Management by Shilpa Mittal

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What Is Trader Joe's Hiding, new investigation by Vani a.k.a Foodbabe


  • Certified organic fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds
  • Certified organic branded Trader Joe’s products (USDA certified), for example their organic popcorn made with olive oil is a good choice
  • Certified organic milk products
  • Certified organic coffee and teas (like Yogi tea)
  • Certified organic frozen goods like frozen berries
  • Some conventional items on occasion (like kimchi) that do not have high-risk GMO crop ingredients like corn, soy, cottonseed, papaya, sugar, canola, zucchini/squash (here’s a full list of potential GMO ingredients)
  • Paper products – they use environmentally friendly practices and recycled paper.... continue reading   WHAT NOT TO BUY AT TRADER JOE’S
  • Charles Shaw Wine, otherwise known as “2 buck chuck” – It’s so poor in quality, some experts call this stuff “grape-flavored soda” and compare it to what “Ronald McDonald is to the cheeseburger.” This wine is not made in a winery rather, “this wine is made in a factory, with a lot of synthetic and concentrated products, like grape musk, added to manipulate the flavors from bad grapes.” (Stick to organic wine with no detected or added sulfites)
  • Non-Trader Joe’s brands that likely contain GMO ingredients like Simply Lite, Reddi Egg, Dare, Orangina, The Laughing Cow, Morningstar, Toffutti, Think Thin Bars, Toblerone, Kashi, Barbara’s Bakery, Annie Chun’s and Power Crunch
  • Trader Joe’s branded products or other processed products that contain high-risk GMO crop ingredients like corn, soy, cottonseed, papaya, sugar, canola, zucchini/squash (A majority of their products contain one or more of these ingredients, until they can be fully transparent, I would not trust them.)
  • Pre-packaged meals like sandwiches, salads, and sushi – many of these items contain ingredients you definitely don’t want to be eating,  like cellulose (wood pulp), or imitation crab meat. Additionally, there’s way too much sodium added to these meals and they can give you a serious case of water-weight bloat and bubble gut.
  • Trader Joe’s branded dairy, yogurt, or eggs, because they are likely produced from animals fed GMO corn and soy and can contain antibiotics
  • Non Trader Joe’s branded dairy, yogurt, or eggs because they could contain (cancer causing) rBST growth hormone, GMOs and antibiotics
  • Non-organic meat or dairy, Trader Joe’s still allows antibiotics and other harmful chemicals – like autolyzed yeast extract (a hidden form of MSG) in their meat. ...continue reading

Food Atlas -200 Foods with Nutritional Values

The Atlas of Indian Foods is first of its kind in India and features more than 200 foods with various portion sizes in each category along with nutritional values. Indian diets continue to be meal based and the foods in the atlas were chosen to include the most commonly consumed choices in the 3 main meals namely breakfast, lunch and dinner. It also includes other foods such as animal foods, snacks, fruits, nuts, beverages and sweets. The colorful pictures are a visual treat representing commonly consumed foods and their nutritional impact in terms of its energy; macronutrients and dietary fibre are given below the picture for better comprehension. The atlas also includes common portion tools like cups, spoons (tea and table spoons), ladles (rice ladle, round ladle for gravy and vegetable shallow ladle) and standard containers like ‘can’, ‘boxes’ and ‘milk pouches, to help the user with realistic portion tools. or Let me Know I can order in bulk.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Understanding Organics

  • A conventionally grown product carries a 4-digit code (conventionally grown melon: 4050)
  •  An organic product carries a 5-digit code, starting with the number 9: (organic melon: 94050)
  • A genetically engineered product has a 5-digit code, starting with the number 8: (genetically engineered melon: 84050)
Excellent Handout from 
NJ Department of Environmental Protection
Pesticide Control Program
Pesticide Evaluation and Monitoring 

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Monday, August 5, 2013

All About Dietary Supplements

Should You Take Dietary Supplements?
A Look at Vitamins, Minerals, Botanicals and More

"More than half of all Americans take one or more dietary supplements daily or on occasion. Supplements are available without a prescription and usually come in pill, powder or liquid form. Common supplements include vitamins, minerals and herbal products, also known as botanicals.
People take these supplements to make sure they get enough essential nutrients and to maintain or improve their health. But not everyone needs to take supplements.
“It’s possible to get all of the nutrients you need by eating a variety of healthy foods, so you don’t have to take one,” says Carol Haggans, a registered dietitian and consultant to NIH.

“There’s little evidence that any supplement can reverse the course of any chronic disease,” says Hopp. “Don’t take supplements with that expectation.” 

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Dietary Supplements Fact Sheets 

Illustration of a woman shopping for dietary supplements.

Coca Cola's Low Calorie Beverages Will Kill..

Coca Cola’s Low Calorie Beverages Will Kill You Before They Solve Obesity..Article from Vani a.k.a. Food Babe

"When I saw Coca-Cola’s new anti-obesity ad, my jaw dropped wide open. Yes, you read that right… Coca-Cola is on a new mission to fight the obesity epidemic now, in what I call a desperate attempt to prevent declining sales. The sad part is that some people will actually believe their nonsense. In the advertisement they try to make a case that there is room for Coca-Cola products in people’s “healthy” diets".

Artificial Sugars – Linked to Obesity and a Myriad of Diseases

Sure you can save some calories drinking beverages with artificial sugars, but you won’t reduce your risk of obesity or getting a tumor
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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Kale Chips

Do you know munching on Kale Chips will meet your entire nutrients for the day. Then what are we waiting for? let munch the healthy snack..

Here we go!  Recipe for fitness


2 Head Kale leaves, thoroughly washed and Dried
2 Tbsp Coconut Oil/Sesame Oil/Olive Oil
Salt to Sprinkle

1 Tsp Hot Paprika or crushed pepper flakes (Optional)
1 Tsp Sesame Seeds (Optional)


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Remove the ribs from the kale and cut into bite size pieces. 
3. Toss the leaves with the choice of your oil, salt, paprika or crushed pepper flakes, sesame seeds and place on a baking sheet. 
4. Bake 12- 15min until crisp.
5. I like to squeeze lemon for the sour, bitter and spicy taste from Kale, it is optional though.
6.  Enjoy the crispy, healthy Kale Chips.
"Health benefits of Kale -
Kale is very high in vitamin K, known as the clotting vitamin because without it, blood won’t clot properly. If you are taking blood thinning or anti-coagulant drugs, like warfarin (brand name Coumadin), you need to avoid large amounts of kale. Kale’s level of vitamin K — a cup has more than 1,000 percent of the recommended daily amount (RDA) — could interfere with your drugs.
For your eyes: Kale is high in lutein and zeaxanthin, phytochemicals found in the retina, which could help reduce the risk of macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in older people. 
For your immune system: Kale is rich in beta-carotene (vitamin A), a powerful antioxidant that may help boost the immune system and possibly protect against some chronic diseases and cancer. At least one study also found that long-term consumption of beta-carotene had cognitive benefits.
For your bones: Kale is is one of the few vegetables with a decent amount of calcium, but it’s especially high in magnesium — just a cup contains 40 percent of the RDA
For your heart: While recent studies have found that antioxidant supplements, like vitamin E pills, don’t protect against heart disease, foods like kale that are naturally high in antioxidants are definitely heart-healthy, says the Cleveland Clinic. Plus, kale’s magnesium and potassium help lower blood pressure, and its high fiber content can help lower cholesterol — all beneficial factors in lowering your risk of cardiovascular illness."

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