Category Archives: Healthy Living

A healthy variation of the regular ‘sponge cake’

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Since we have become kind of fitness freaks (!), and the paradox is our extreme love and fondness for the regular sponge cakes, we decided to try something healthier!

 

First we identify the health-culprits in a cake…

 

Butter

Sugar

Maida

 

And we replaced them with

Dry fruits

Honey

Wheat

And the result was not so bad!!

 

Ok, so here is the quick recipe for an evening tea party of four!

 

Eggs- 2

Wheat – around 80gms

Honey – as per taste

Rose essence – 1tsp

Baking powder – 1/2 tsp

Dry fruits – 1/2 a cup

 

Whisk them all together (except dry fruits – which are chopped in small and coarse pieces. Fold them into the mixture at the end.

Pour the mixture in a lined container (preferably ring shaped)

Bake them at 150 C (preheated) oven for around 40 minutes.

Take the ‘cake’ out and cut it in small pieces.

You can store it for 4-5 days in an air tight container.

Before you serve it, microwave it for 30sec for a warm and soft experience 🙂

 

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Healthy breakfast option for kids

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Well, feeding kids is the most difficult task, especially healthy food. Kids are somehow allergic to them but happily gorge on chips, doughnuts, fried stuff, colas and what not. It’s every mom’s nightmare and they make every effort to feed them with some healthy options, to balance their nutrient values and enhance their immunity system.A few healthy options for kids that I could think of:

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Fruits, green veggies, whole grains, protein, dairy products are the primary sources of all the nutrients. Let’s see how we can make interesting options so that kids not only eat them but enjoy eating them thoroughly:

  • Fruits / Milk / Yoghurt – Fresh fruit salad, smoothies, milk shakes with fruit puree and nuts
  • Green Veggies – Make vegetable pulao using soya chunks or make khichdi
  • Whole grains – Healthy stuffed paranthas with potatoes, daal, peas..puree of palak or some shredded veggies. Make pancakes and cupcakes that has milk, nuts, eggs…and kids love them
  • Meat / Eggs for the protein content / Bread – Use lean meat, boil some shredded chicken and use them for sandwiches mixed with shredded veggies like carrot, cucumber, cheese and a dash of mint chutney / mayo. Boil eggs or fry them to make sandwiches using whole-grain bread
  • Beans – Try making tikkis of soaked and boiled kidney beans. Rich source of nutrients
  • Nuts – Try giving cereal with milk and mixed dry fruits and fresh fruits too.
  • Yoghurt – Try making some yummilicious dessert with low-fat yoghurt…like whip them with sugar, add some strawberry puree and serve chilled garnished with chopped fresh fruits and nuts.

Sometimes indulge them with fritters using veggies, alu chaat, burgers made of whole wheat buns and veg patties, tea cakes, etc to cater to their ever-changing taste-buds.

This is our special post towards Children’s Day :-)… A very very happy children’s day to all the little ones out there!!!

Healthy Breakfast!

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Every morning we wake up worrying – Now what to cook for breakfast? There’s undoubtedly a whole variety that we can try every day, but the question is – are they packed with wholesome nutrients required to kick-start your day? Breakfast is the most important meal, so it should be a balance of all the essential nutrients wrapped with absolute goodness of health.  An ideal platter should have a mix of carbohydrate, proteins, essential oils, necessary vitamins and fibre.  Some healthy breakfast options could be;

  • Cornflakes added with milk, seasonal fresh fruits , almonds, raisins, walnuts and a dash of honey
  • Poha (beaten rice) with lots of vegetables and groundnuts
  • Upma, with veggies like cauliflower, French beans, green peas, capsicum
  • Toasted multi-grain bread with boiled eggs and some low fat cheese
  • Toasted brown bread sandwich with eggs / fresh cottage cheese, peanut butter spread, lettuce leaves, cucumber, tomatoes
  • Stuffed paranthas made of wheat flour , served with curd (Leftover daal can be used to knead the dough to make it more nutritious).
  • Grilled veggies and fresh fruit salad with low-fat yoghurt

You can round off your breakfast with Green tea / Fresh vegetable juice/ fruit juice and plenty of water, preferably after a gap of half an hour.

Happy breaking your fast!

Announcing the Fitness Month(November)!!!!

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Lifestyle – Food – Fashion is going to begin a month of healthy living in the month of November by regulating our eating habits, exercising more and following a fitness regime. It’s our initiative to slowly build a healthy body and sound mind. We will discover healthy eating habits, food choice, health tips, physical activities and likewise. We would encourage readers to come and share their own experiences, links or any other important articles in this fitness month!

So gear up for a whole new YOU because, in a disordered mind, as in a disordered body, soundness of health is impossible quoted Cicero!

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Stay Fit – Stay Happy!!

Preparing for Marathon – Nutrition – 1

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Outline of a basic diet chart

  • Breads and cereal ( 6 servings)
  • Vegetables and fruits (2 fruit & 3 vegetable servings)
  • Milk, dairy products and milk substitutes ( 2 servings)
  • Meat and meat substitutes ( 1 serving)
  • Fluids (8 cups)

Disclaimer: This is for our own purpose, please consult your doctor before you follow the same!

Taking one step at a time.

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The body needs to be oiled, tested and worked up on in order to realize the Marathon dream.  The path is difficult and the goal looks almost impossible to achieve at this stage. We are way past childhood when no amount of jumping around could tire us out! And yet, there is a child like excitement in our hearts as we set sight on the Marathon dream!!

Taking one step at a time.

We would train ourselves for 5K Marathon first. And our target is twelve weeks starting from November 1. That means we should be all set for a decent distance to cover in the month of February!!

We focus on the following areas:

  • Nutrition
  • Workouts
  • Practice
  • Rest/Recovery

Running for healthy living!

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Just on the cue, I came across this site that speaks volumes about running , the basics and the science behind it!!

The simple question of how do you run is largely unanswered in the running community. You have a bunch of pseudo-guru styles like Pose or Chi, but the key to running correctly to maximize performance is a topic that is largely left to elite coaches or biomechanics experts. As Pete Larson pointed out in his blog, elite coaches like Alberto Salazar extol the benefits of working on running form, but no one has told the masses how. In the following article, it’s my goal to unmask the “secrets” and provide the answers. The bulk of this article comes from information gleaned mostly from working with world class track coaches like Tom Tellez and a great High School coach in Gerald Stewert. Throw in some biomechanics classes in undergrad and graduate school and the picture is a little more complete.

This is also perhaps the right time to announce that we would be starting to train ourselves for Marathon next year!!!!