Monday, May 19, 2014

Crunchy Sesame Bites

 Satisfy your Sweet tooth with Calcium Rich "Crunchy Sesame bites"

 1/2 cup - Sesame seeds
 1/2 cup - Grated Jaggery
 1 Tsp  -  Ghee

  1. Roast the sesame seeds till they are light golden in color, keep aside. 
  2.  In the meantime, grease flat tray with a little ghee.
  3. Simmer jaggery (unrefined natural sweetener) over a slow flame till it caramelises and forms a hard ball when you add a drop in cold water.  
  4.  Add the roasted sesame and mix it thoroughly with melted jaggery.
  5. When the mixture is ready, pour the entire mixture over the greased pan or a smooth stone surface. Roll it out into thin sheets using a greased rolling pin.
  6. When cool, cut into square pieces. Store in an air-tight container.
Sesame health benefits: 
  •  Sesame seeds are rich in quality vitamins and minerals. They are very good sources of B-complex vitamins such as niacin, folic acid, thiamin (vitamin B1), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), and riboflavin.
  • The seeds are incredibly rich sources of many essential minerals. Calcium, iron, manganese, zinc, magnesium, selenium, and copper are especially concentrated in sesame seeds. Many of these minerals have a vital role in bone mineralization, red blood cell production, enzyme synthesis, hormone production, as well as regulation of cardiac and skeletal muscle activities.
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Thursday, May 15, 2014

My latest weekday lunch addiction..

My latest weekday lunch addiction, Vegetarian Pho - Vietnamese soup. It contains vegetarian broth, bean sprouts, basil, cilantro, jalapenos, rice noodles (I order with less rice noodles), napa cabbage, bok choy, carrots, broccoli, onions, light spices, tofu, mushrooms and fried wontons stuffed with yellow lentils. Such a refreshing lunch.. tho'm ngon (delicious in Vietnamese)

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Save Indian Farmers...

There is an alarming statistic that “On average a farmer in India commits suicide every 43 minutes”. This is very sad given that agriculture and subsidiaries accounts for 17% of the national GDP. Maharashtra is one of the hardest hit states for farmer suicides in the recent past.
Save Indian Farmers is a 501 ©(3) non-profit organization created by like minded individuals who wanted to do something that would help prevent the issue of farmer suicides. They work with a non-profit organization in India on various projects to support the families of farmers who have committed suicides. You can read their story here.
Save Indian Farmers is now working with the Deendayal Trust to repair a reservoir and build a canal in the Pathari village of Yavatmal district in Maharashtra. This area has seen multiple farmer suicides and this project will help tackle the root cause. The reservoir and canal will help store rainwater in the village, which does not get much rainfall in the year. This water will then be used by farmers to harvest a second crop that they can sell and earn their livelihood
Join the newsletter on the Save Indian Farmers website and stay connected on project updates and upcoming projects. The work that Save Indian Farmers has undertaken does not stop with helping farmers in Maharashtra. With increased awareness and funds, the vision is to expand the projects into other hard-hit states like Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Punjab.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Detox - Is it really a good idea?

"There is no evidence that those detox diets do any kind of detoxification in the body," says Andrea Giancoli, MPH, RD, dietitian and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in Hermosa Beach, Calif.

"In reality, if you really want to detox your body the best thing to do is have a diet that has plenty of fibre, plenty of fruits and vegetables, a lot of whole grains, a lot of plant foods so that your immune system, your liver, kidneys, lungs and other organs in your body can naturally do their job to detox you on its own," says Giancoli.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day!

A daughter words on a mother's day....

"Mom please do accept this unhealthy homemade Strawberry short cup cake with a cup of healthy organic Tulsi green tea - Happy Mother's day to the best mom in the world"....aww (In tears)

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Very Low Calorie Vegetable

Very Low Calorie Vegetable: Asparagus

1. Rich in Anti -Oxidants, Folates, Vit.K and B-complex Vitamins.

2. It is good in minerals - copper and Iron.

3. Simple Baking - Asparagus sprinkled with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, pepper and baked 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Sprinkle fresh lemon Juice before serving.

4. Pan Grilling - Marinate Asparagus with Olive oil, Pepper, dash of Salt and pan grill for 5 minutes.

5. Add sliced Asparagus to Pasta, and Salads.

6. Make Asparagus and Milk curry.

Health Benefits Of Asparagus