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Thursday, February 28, 2013

SSJ’s CHILI BREAD CRUSTS





So Happy-Eaters, here is the last installment of my 7 days 7 new recipes for February. Actually when I made Chicken Rollers 3days back, bread crusts was left so finally I made this recipe…

INGREDIENTS

  • Bread Crusts – 1 cup ,cut in ½ inches pieces
  • Onion – 1 thick sliced
  • Capsicum – 1 small, sliced thick
  • Cornflour – 4tsp.
  • Salt to taste
  • Green chili – 2 chopped
  • Black pepper powder – 1 tsp.
  • Soy sauce – ½ tsp. + 1 tbsp.
  • Vinegar – ½ tsp. + 1tsp.
  • Oil – 1 ½ tbsp. and for frying

METHOD

  1. Mix bread crusts with ½ tbsp. oil and heat in microwave for 1 minute for crisp, you can do it in pan also.
  2. Mix cornflour in half cup water. Add salt, pinch of black pepper powder, ½ tsp. soy sauce and vinegar, mix well.
  3. Heat oil in a pan. Coat bread crusts in cornflour mixture and fry till golden in hot oil and keep aside.
  4. Heat 1 tbsp. oil again. Add onion green chilies and capsicum and stir fry for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add fried bread crusts and salt and black pepper powder and mix well.
  6. Now add soy sauce and vinegar and stir for a minute.
  7. Now finally add leftover cornflour mixture and stir for last 2minutes.
  8. Serve hot.

Enjoy…

Recipe and photo copyright @ happy eating foods


AMAZING BENEFITS OF GINGER TEA





Since hundreds of years, ginger has been reliable for use in medicine. Nutrients contained in ginger is very beneficial for health. Researchers around the world are finding out that it can cure a variety of health issues from migraines to cancer. It is a natural herb trusted for ages and has been proven effective all over the world. This powerful herb also has calming effects when used as tea. Here are some of the known ginger tea health benefits.

Prevent diabetes :A recent study has proven that ginger can help in lessening the harmful effects of diabetes and even prevent kidney damage that can prove to be fatal to one’s life.

Provides relief against heartburn:  In tea form, this natural concoction has proven effective for decreasing incidence of heartburn.

Natural painkiller for menstrual cramps, pain, inflammation and migraine : Ginger tea has been proven effective against various types of pain due to its anti-inflammatory properties. It stops prostaglandins that cause inflammation and pain to the blood vessels.

Prevents flu and cold: Ginger has been proven to be a natural remedy against cases of flu and colds.
It helps alleviate motion sickness: It is a natural cure for nausea that is caused by motion sickness

Alternative for digestive tract problems: It can address issues related to food poisoning and stomach flu. It has good effects on one’s digestive system and promotes better digestion. It can in fact cure digestive disorders such as diarrhea, flatulence and indigestion.

Ovarian cancer treatment: Ginger had been found to be effective towards treating ovarian cancer. It found that it prevented and lessened incidents of cell death in the body.
Colon cancer prevention: Ginger has been found to be very effective in slowing down the growth of cancer cells in the colon. Studies have shown that it does prevent the progression of cancer in the colon by stopping cancer cells from developing.

HOW TO MAKE GINGER TEA

INGREDIENTS
·  water, 4 cups
·  2-inch piece of fresh ginger root
·  optional: honey and lemon slice

METHOD
Peel the ginger root and slice it into thin slices. Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan. Once it is boiling, add the ginger. Cover it and reduce to a simmer for 15-20 minutes. Strain the tea. Add honey and lemon to taste.

Note: Keep in mind that if you are making ginger tea as a home remedy during cold and flu season, sweeteners are not recommended.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

SSJ’s TOMATO CARROT CORIANDER SOUP




Its winter and the great season for tomatoes and carrots so why not try some hot soup but when I was cooking, I have just include coriander also (as I love coriander and now a days coriander comes really fresh) and the soup comes delicious.

INGREDIENTS

  • Tomato – 500 gms.
  • Carrot – 250 gms.
  • Coriander – 1cup
  • Garlic – 6-7 cloves, crushed
  • Ginger – 1 inch.
  • Butter – 2tbsp.
  • Oil – 1tsp.
  • Salt to taste
  • Black Pepper powder – 1tsp.
  • Fresh Cream – ¼ cup

METHOD

  • Cut tomatoes and carrots in thick pieces.
  • Now heat butter with oil a deep wok. Add ginger and garlic and stir for a minute.
  • Add carrots and stir for 2minutes.
  • Now add tomatoes and coriander and stir till tomatoes soften.
  • Add salt and black pepper powder, mix well and add 4 cups of water.
  • Now cover the wok and cook for 20 minutes on medium heat.
  • Now strain the veggies from the liquid and when they become cool, just grind them in a mixer.
  • Heat another deep pan, add veg. stock in it. Strain the veggie paste in it and mix well.
  • Check the seasoning and add cream now.
  • Cook for another 2 minutes.
  • Serve hot with bread croutons.

Enjoy…

Recipe and photo copyright @ happy eating foods

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

SSJ’s SPICY CHICKEN ROLLERS




I am here again with my new recipe and it is also made of leftover. Actually my mom is a patient of dementia and many disease and due to her weaknesses, we gave her simple chicken soup but as she cant chew chicken anyhow so the chicken is always left so I have to use it. Even I made many recipes of this leftover earlier but here I am sharing the latest I have cooked today evening. It is spicy, it is really soft from inside and crispy for outside as well. So here is the recipe…

INGREDIENTS

  • Leftover boiled chicken – 1cup ,chopped
  • Onion – ½ chopped
  • Ginger – 1inch, chopped
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1 tsp.
  • Green chili – 2 chopped
  • Coriander – 2tsp. chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • Red chili powder – 1tsp.
  • Dry mango powder – 1tsp.
  • Curd / Yogurt – 1tbsp.
  • Bread slices – 4 (without crust)
  • Oil – 2tbsp.
  • Egg - 1

METHOD

  • Cut each bread slice in 4 equal parts and keep aside.
  • Mix chopped chicken, onion, ginger, ginger garlic paste, green chili, coriander, salt, red chili powder, dry mango powder and curd in a bowl well.
  • Beat egg with 2 tsp. of water and a pinch of salt and red chili powder in a bowl.
  • Now dip bread piece in water and press well but softly to remove water. Fill it with 1tsp. of chicken mixture and roll to close. Made all the rollers in same way
  • Heat oil in a pan.
  • Dip roller in egg and coat well and fry in hot oil till golden crisp from all sides.
  • Serve hot with your choice of sauce as I have served it with coriander chutney.

Enjoy…

Recipe and photo copyright@ happy eating foods

40 HEALTH BENEFITS OF WHEATGRASS





1.Wheatgrass juice is 70% chlorophyll.

2. Chlorophyll is the first product of light and, therefore, contains more light energy than any other element.

3. Wheatgrass juice is a crude chlorophyll and can be taken orally and as a colon implant without toxic side effects.

4. Chlorophyll is the basis of all plant life.

5. Wheatgrass is high in oxygen like all green plants that contain chlorophyll. The brain and all body tissues function at an optimal level in a highly-oxygenated environment.

6. Chlorophyll is antibacterial and can be used inside and outside the body as a healer.

7. Dr. Bernard Jensen says that it only takes minutes to digest wheatgrass juice and uses up very little body energy.

8. Science has proven that chlorophyll arrests growth and development of unfriendly bacteria.

9. Chlorophyll (wheatgrass) rebuilds the bloodstream. Studies of various animals have shown chlorophyll to be free of any toxic reaction. The red cell count was returned to normal within 4 to 5 days of the administration of chlorophyll, even in those animals which were known
to be extremely anemic or low in red cell count.

10. Farmers in the Midwest who have sterile cows and bulls put them on wheatgrass to restore fertility. (The high magnesium content in chlorophyll builds enzymes that restore the sex hormones.)

11.Chlorophyll can be extracted from many plants, but wheatgrass is superior because it has been found to have over 100 elements needed by man. If grown in organic soil, it absorbs 92 of the known 102 minerals from the soil.

12. Wheatgrass has what is called the grass-juice factor which has been shown to keep herbivorous animals alive indefinitely.

13. Dr. Ann Wigmore has been helping people get well from chronic disorders for 30 years using wheatgrass.

14. Liquid chlorophyll gets into the tissues, refines them, and makes them over.

15. Wheatgrass juice is a superior detoxification agent compared to carrot juice and other fruits and vegetables. Dr. Earp-Thomas, associate of Ann Wigmore, says that 15 pounds of wheatgrass is the equivalent of 350 pounds of carrots, lettuce, celery, and so forth.

16. Liquid chlorophyll washes drug deposits from the body.

17. Chlorophyll neutralizes toxins in the body.

18. Chlorophyll helps purify the liver.

19. Chlorophyll improves blood sugar problems.

20. Wheatgrass juice cures acne and even removes scars after it his been ingested for seven to eight months. The diet must be improved at the same time.

21. In "The American Journal of Surgery" (1940), Benjamin Cruskin, M.D., recommends chlorophyll for its antiseptic benefits. The article suggests the following clinical uses for chlorophyll: to clear up foul- smelling odours, neutralize strep infections, heal wounds, hasten skin grafting, cure chronic sinusitis, overcome ear inflammation and infections, reduce varicose veins and heal leg ulcers, eliminate impetigo and other scabby eruptions, heal rectal sores, successfully treat inflammation of the uterine cervix, get rid of parasitic vaginal infections, reduce typhoid fever, and cure advanced pyorrhoea in many cases.

22. Wheatgrass juice acts as a detergent in the body and is used as a body deodorant.

23. A small amount of wheatgrass juice in the human diet prevents tooth decay.

24. Wheatgrass juice held in the mouth for 5 minutes will eliminate toothaches. It pulls poisons from the gums.

25. Gargle with wheatgrass juice for a sore throat.

26. Pyorrhea of the mouth: lay pulp of wheatgrass soaked in juice on diseased area in mouth or chew wheatgrass, spitting out pulp.

27. Drink wheatgrass juice for skin problems such as eczema or psoriasis.

28. Wheatgrass juice keeps the hair from graying.

29. By taking wheatgrass juice, one may feel a difference in strength, endurance, health, and spirituality, and experience a sense of well-being.

30. Wheatgrass juice improves the digestion.

31. Wheatgrass juice is great for blood disorders of all kinds.

32. Wheatgrass juice is high in enzymes.

33. Wheatgrass juice is an excellent skin cleanser and can be absorbed through the skin for nutrition. Pour green juice over your body in a tub of warm water and soak for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse off with cold water.

34. Wheatgrass implants (enemas) are great for healing and detoxifying the colon walls. The implants also heal and cleanse the internal Organs. After an enema, wait 20 minutes, then implant 4 ounces of wheatgrass juice. Retain for 20 minutes.

35. Wheatgrass juice is great for constipation and keeping the bowels open. It is high in magnesium.

36. Dr. Birscher, a research scientist, called chlorophyll "concentrated sun power." He 
said, "Chlorophyll increases the function of the heart, affects the vascular system, the intestines, the uterus, and the lungs."

37. According to Dr. Birscher, nature uses chlorophyll (wheatgrass) as a body cleanser, rebuilder, and neutralizer of toxins.

38. Wheatgrass juice can dissolve the scars that are formed in the lungs from breathing acid gasses. The effect of carbon monoxide is minimized since chlorophyll increases hemoglobin production.

39. Wheatgrass juice reduces high blood pressure and enhances the capillaries.

40. Wheatgrass juice can remove heavy metals from the body.

Monday, February 25, 2013

SSJ’s MUSHROOMS PAALAK in DAHI TADKA (MUSHROOMS SPINACH with YOGURT FRY)





INGREDIENTS

  • Mushrooms – 500 gms. , slices
  • Spinach – 1kg. chopped
  • Onion – 2, chopped
  • Garlic – 8-10cloves , chopped
  • Ginger – 2inched , chopped in strips
  • Green chili – 2 chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • Red chili powder – 1 tsp.
  • Turmeric – 1 tsp.
  • Curd / yogurt – ½ cup
  • Oil – 2tbsp.


METHOD

  • Boil spinach and make a smooth paste when cool in a mixer and keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a wok. Add garlic and sauté for a minute then add onion, green chilies and ginger and cook till onion left oil.
  • Add mushrooms and sauté for a minute then add salt, turmeric and red chili powder and cook for a minute
  • Now add curd / yogurt and cook for next 5 minutes on medium heat.
  • Now add spinach paste and mix well.
  • Now cover the wok and cook for 10-15minutes on low heat.
  • Serve hot.


Enjoy…

Recipe and photo copyright@ happy eating foods

AMAZING BENEFITS OF OIL PULLING



Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic remedy for oral health and detoxification. It involves the use of pure oils as agents for pulling harmful bacteria, fungus, and other organisms out of the mouth, teeth, gums and even throat.
The most effective oil pulling is done by placing around a tablespoon of cold pressed organic sesame oil into the mouth and swishing the oil around the mouth for approximately 10-15 minutes and then spitting it out.
Other oils such as extra virgin cold pressed coconut, sunflower and olive oil have been used, although sesame oil is considered one of the best oils for this practice. I  recommend alternating oils every couple of days to get the full benefit. Putting high quality organic oils into the mouth has a multi-effect outcome.
First, the oils mix with the saliva, turning it into a thin, white liquid. Lipids in the oils begin to pull out toxins from the saliva. As the oil is swished around the mouth, teeth, gums and tongue, the oil continues to absorb toxins, and usually ends up turning thick and viscous and white. Once the oil has reached this consistency, it is spit out before the toxins are reabsorbed.

What does oil pulling do?

Multiple scientific studies show the efficacy of oil pulling therapy. One study shows that oil pulling with sesame oil can boost overall oral health. Specifically, using sesame oil as an oral health agent helps to reduce the amount of S. mutans (germ) count in both teeth plaque and mouth saliva. Scientists believe that the lipids in the oil both pull out bacteria, as well as stop bacterial from sticking to the walls of the oral cavity.
Oil pulling may also increase saponification in the mouth, creating a soapy environment that cleanses the mouth as vegetable fat is an emulsifier by nature. Most interesting is perhaps the ability of oil to cleanse out harmful bacteria, as well as reduce fungal overgrowth. These oils also possibly help in cellular restructuring, and are related to the proper functioning of the lymph nodes and other internal organs.
Other possible benefits of oil pulling for oral health include:
·                  Overall strengthening of the teeth and gums and jaws.
·                  Prevention of diseases of the gums and mouth, such as cavities and gingivitis.
·                  Prevention for bad breath
·                  Potential holistic remedy for bleeding gums
·                  Prevention of dryness of the lips, mouth and throat.
·                  Possible holistic treatment for TMJ and general soreness in the jaw area.

Benefits Beyond the Mouth?

Ancient Ayurvedic health practitioners believed that oil pulling could reduce more than just diseases of the mouth and throat. Today, many holistic practitioners tout its use for a variety of health concerns. It is believed that these oils help the lymphatic system of the body as harmful bacteria are removed and beneficial microflora are given with a healthy environment to flourish. Because of this holistic perspective, oil pulling has been used as a preventative health measure for many other conditions.
Other possible benefits of oil pulling for overall health include:

·                  Migraine headache relief
·                  Correcting hormone imbalances
·                  Reducing inflammation of arthritis
·                  May help with gastro-enteritis
·                  Aids in the reduction of eczema
·                  May reduce symptoms of bronchitis
·                  Helps support normal kidney function
·                  May help reduce sinus congestion
·                  Some people report improved vision
·                  Helps reduce insomnia
·                  Reduced hangover after alcohol consumption
·                  Aids in reducing pain
·                  Reduces the symptoms of allergies
·                  Helps detoxify the body of harmful metals and organisms

Scientific Studies on Sesame Oil and Oil Pulling

Sesame oil is particularly high in the antioxidants sesamol, sesamin, and sesamolin. It also holds a high concentration of Vitamin E and polyunsaturated fatty acids. These antioxidants have been found to stop the absorption of negative forms of cholesterol in the liver. Multiple studies have shown the antibacterial capacities of sesame oil. These studies support the use of oil pulling in the prevention of dental cavities and gingivitis.
A 2007 study  looking into the effect of oil pulling (with sunflower oil) on plaque and gingivitis on oral soft and hard tissues. Results found that after 45 days of oil pulling, subjects showed a statistically significant reduction in gingivitis.
Another study , conducted in 2008 found a “remarkable reduction in the total count of bacteria” in the mouth, and an overall marked reduction in susceptibility dental cavities. The antibacterial activity of sesame oil was also studied and found to have an effect on the Streptococcus mutans in the mouth. In fact, these studies showed an overall reduction of bacteria from 10 to 33.4% in participants, and after 40 days of oil-pulling, participants were found to show 20% in average reduction in oral bacteria. Moreover, half of all participants in this case study showed a drastic reduction in susceptibility to dental caries.
Have you ever tried oil pulling? If so, please share your experience in the comments below.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

SSJ’s IDLI BURGER PAKODA




Yesterday we had Idli – Sambhar in our dinner but some of idlis left so this idea came in mind to try new recipe with these leftover idlis.

INGREDIENTS

  • Idli – 4 pc.
  • Onion – 4 slim slices
  • Tomato – 4 slim slices
  • Tomato Ketchup – 4 tsp.
  • Coriander Chutney – 4tsp.
  • Salt to taste

For Batter
  • Gram Flour – 1cup
  • Salt to taste
  • Coriander – 2tsp. , chopped
  • Red Chili Powder – ½ tsp.

For Coriander Chutney
  • Coriander – ½ cup
  • Onion – 2tsp.
  • Ginger – 1tsp.
  • Green Chili – 2
  • Curd / Yogurt – 2tsp.
  • Salt to taste

Oil for deep frying

METHOD

For Coriander Chutney
Put all the ingredients in mixer and make a smooth chutney.

For Batter
Mix gram flour, salt, red chili powder and make a thick better with water. Mix chopped coriander in this mixture.

For Idli Pakoda
  • Slice idlis in two slices from middle.
  • Put 1tsp. tomato ketchup on upper part and coriander chutney on lower part.
  • Put onion slice on lower part, put tomato slice on onion and close this idli burger with upper part.
  • Made all idli burgers as well.
  • Heat oil in a deep pan. Dip idli burgers in gram flour batter and deep fry in hot oil till golden.
  • Serve hot.

Enjoy…

 Tip : you can use this coriander chutney with many starters also.

Recipe and photo copyright @ happy eating foods

THREE HOMEMADE COUGH REMEDIES




Honey , Onion and Garlic Syrup
Combine a half cup of honey and a half cup of water. Add in one whole chopped onion and one chopped clove of garlic. Add a dash of sage or thyme or oregano and allow to steep overnight at room temperature. Strain and use the liquid as a cough syrup. Store in refrigerator.

Horseradish Syrup
Ass a dash of horseradish to a quarter cup of honey. Allow it to sit for few hours then use as a cough syrup.

Castor Oil Chest Rub
Start with a half a cup of good quality, cold pressed castor oil. Crush one or two garlic cloves and stir them into the oil. Add a tablespoon of freshly grated ginger, 3-4 drops of eucalyptus oil and about half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper. Rub on chest.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

SSJ’s POTATO FENUGREEK with BOILED EGG WHITE





So Happy-Eaters, Here is the 2nd recipe for this week and trust me, its totally full of health of fenugreek and no much fat because I am using only egg white in this recipe. And the most important thing is that this recipe is so fast and quick…

INGREDIENTS

Potato – 2 ,chopped very small pieces
Onion – 1 finely chopped
Ginger garlic paste – 1tsp.
Fenugreek – ½ cup, chopped
Boiled Egg Whites – 2, chopped
Salt to taste
Turmeric – ¼ tsp.
Red chili powder – ¼ tsp.
Green chili – 1 chopped
Tomato Ketchup – 1 tbsp.
Oil – 1 tbsp.

METHOD

Heat oil in a pan. Add ginger garlic paste n sauté for a minute then add onion , green chili and cook till onion turns pink.
Add salt, turmeric and red chili powder and mix well.
Add fenugreek and cook for a minute.
Now add potato, mix well and cover the pan. Cook for next few minutes till potato soften.
Finally add boiled egg white and tomato ketchup and mix well and cook for a minute.
Serve hot.

Enjoy…

Recipe and Photo copyright @ happy eating foods

Friday, February 22, 2013

SSJ's SCHEZWAN MAGGI CHOWMIN



Hey Happy-Eaters,
So finally its time for my recipes now. From now next 6more days you will find one recipe from my kitchen and those will be really simple and easy.

The 1st one for today is one of my favorite… its SCHEZWAN MAGGI CHOWMIN. May be some of you already tried chowmin from maggi but if u didn’t then try it once. I have used vegetable atta (wheat flour) maggi but you can use the basic one. So here is the recipe…

INGREDIENTS

  • Maggi – 1 pk. (80 gms.)
  • Onion – 1 sliced
  • Capsicum – ½  chopped
  • Carrot – ½ small cubed
  • Cabbage – ½ cup chopped
  • Green Chili – 1 chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • Soy sauce – 1 tbsp.
  • Vinegar – 1 tbsp.
  • Schezwan spice –  1tbsp.
  • Oil – 1tbsp.

METHOD

    1. Boil maggi in a deep pan and keep aside without water.
    2. Heat oil in a pan. Add onion, capsicum and carrot and stit fry for 2 minutes.
    3. Add cabbage n stir fry for 1 minute.
    4. Add salt and mix well.
    5. Now add boiled maggi and mix softly on low heat.
    6. Now add schezwan spice, soy sauce and vinegar and mix well.
    7. Eat or serve hot…

Enjoy…



Recipe and photo copyright @ happy eating foods

Thursday, February 21, 2013

AMAZING BENEFITS OF RAISINS





Yes! Raisins are very good for our health, in fact, they are considered to be one of the most nutritious dried fruits in the world. Raisins have quite a history. They were discovered long ago by prehistoric cavemen who might have come across dried grapes on vines and from then started consuming them. Ancient Israelites even used raisins for settling debts and paying taxes. 

What are raisins?
Raisins are dehydrated grapes that have been sun-dried or heat-dried. Even though very sweet grapes are selected for making raisins, most store-bought raisins contain artificial sweeteners to make them even sweeter. You can avoid these artificially produced ones by making sure you purchase organic and naturally dried raisins, if available.

Nutrients found in raisins

Even though raisins may look unappetizing with their wrinkled dried up texture, raisins are highly nutritious and contain powerful anti-oxidants and nutrients.

Minerals
Magnesium: For proper nerve and muscle functioning and conversion of blood sugar to energy.
Calcium: Builds bones and teeth, for proper function of muscles, the heart and nervous system.
Iron: Used to build red-blood cells and for repairing worn out cells.
Potassium: For regulation of heart beat and maintaining blood pressure.
Phosphorus : For strong bones and teeth.
Zinc : Eliminates cholesterol deposits and necessary for manufacture of enzymes.
Copper : Facilitates iron absorption and promotes protein metabolism. 
Fluoride: Hardens tooth enamel and dentine.

Vitamins
Folate: Forms red blood cells and important in blood circulation around the body.
Niacin : Aids normal functioning of tissues especially the gastrointestinal tract and the skin tissues.
Riboflavin : Aids in releasing energy to body cells and enables break down of fats
Choline : Keeps cellular membranes functioning properly.
Vitamin C: Important for the formation of collagen and is necessary for absorption of iron into the body.
Vitamin B-6: Prevents water retention and enables conversion of carbohydrates to energy
Vitamin K: Necessary for normal blood clotting and synthesis of proteins found in plasma, bone, and kidneys.


High in fiber and bursting with anti-oxidants, raisins are a better snack than most.

Raisins as a Snack
Being high in fiber and having considerably low calories, raisins are a better snack than most. They are also a great source of energy as they are packed with natural sugars and glucose. It's better to consume moderate amounts of raisins to avoid extra calories but if you're an active or athletic person, this needn't be much of a worry. While snacking on them, remember to keep in mind the great health benefits of raisins. Adding raisins to your diet may offer more benefits than you may think.

One cup of raisins contains 3g of soluble fiber. The soluble fiber together with the polyphenols found in raisins both interfere with cholesterol absorption.

Raisins health benefits: Anti-Cholesterol
Did you know that raisins are completely cholesterol-free? In fact, raisins are known to have anti-cholesterol compounds that help combat the bad cholesterol in the body. A cup of raisins is said to contain about 4g of soluble fiber. It is this soluble fiber that fights the bad cholesterol and disposes of it in the liver to be eliminated. Raisins also contain anti-oxidants known as polyphenols that suppress the enzymes responsible for absorbing cholesterol into the body. In so doing, raisins help lower total cholesterol levels in the body.

Raisins health benefits:Brain Food
One of the interesting health benefits of raisins is that it is a great brain food. Raisins contain high amounts of boron that is an essential mineral for a well-functioning brain. 100mg of raisins contains 2.2mg of boron, which is a potent brain-boosting mineral. Boron improves concentration, hand-eye co-ordination and enhances memory. Additionally, boron also helps promote the functioning of important minerals such as calcium and magnesium.

Raisins health benefits and Blood Pressure
Raisins not only help purify blood and eliminate toxins but they also help reduce high levels of blood pressure. There is a significant amount of Potassium, a potent mineral said to be able to help lower blood pressure, in raisins. Potassium also helps keep in check the sodium levels in our body. Too much sodium in the body is one of the root causes of high blood pressure.

Raisin health benefits for Osteoporosis Osteoporosis is simply a disease that affects the bones, causing them to become weak and unhealthy. Most women above the age of 40 are likely to suffer from osteoporosis. Adding raisins to your diet may offer more benefits than you may think. Since raisins contain a significant amount of calcium, they may help keep the bones strong and deflect bone disease and osteoporosis.

Raisins health benefits for Acidiosis

Acidiosis is defined as an excessively acid condition of the body fluid and tissues. Studies show that eating raisins regularly may naturally help check your body levels of acidity and prevent them from rising. This is because raisins contain alkaline compounds that help neutralize the high levels of acidity in the body.

A cup of raisins contains 10g of dietary fiber. Dietary fiber is essential in the body for regulating bowel movement, thereby preventing constipation.

Raisin health benefits for Constipation
The high fiber in raisins are very beneficial and help your system function smoothly because they promote regular bowel movement. A cup of raisins contains about 10 g of dietary fiber. Granted, dietary fiber is not nutritious but it is important to help keep our bodies free from harmful toxic substances by cleansing the bowels. Regular bowel movement is very important for healthy living and also prevents various health problems from acne to colon cancer.


Healthy Smile. Raisins contain healthy vitamins that help cleanse teeth and destroy bacteria.

Contrary to the saying that raisins give you cavities, the chewy texture and rich fiber in raisins actually helps cleanse your teeth and promote strong gums. Oleanolic acid, an active phytochemical in raisins helps destroy and suppress growth of streptococcus mutans, a type of bacteria responsible for causing tooth decays.

Black raisins. Raisins, being very rich in iron, are potent blood purifying foods.
Raisins health benefits for Anemia When it comes to anemia, the best foods to eat up on are those rich in iron namely, rich red meats and dark leafy vegetables. But did you know that raisins may actually contain more iron than some of the iron rich vegetables? A half cup of iron contains 2 mg of iron and this is more than 5% of the recommended dietary allowance in both men and women. Additionally, raisins contain powerful anti-oxidants that help detoxify blood and exterminate harmful toxins that are responsible for many health ailments.

Eat raisins for healthy and clear eyesight
Raisins health benefits for Eyesight

Various research conducted on raisins have noted that raisins may save you from going blind in old age. The powerful anti-oxidants found in raisins may help prevent macular degeneration in old age. The macular is gradually worn out throughout life by constantly being exposed to oxygen free radicals present in the air. It slowly weakens and eventually fails to function normally. Studies have shown how raisins can reverse the negative effects that free radicals on the macular. The polyphenols contained in raisins are very powerful in defeating oxygen stealing free radicals and thereby protect your eyes from disease.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

THE FASTEST WAY TO LOSE WEIGHT




This 7-day diet plan was developed for the employees of General Motors. The main aim of this program was to attain good health and fitness. A look at the major benefits of the diet should be enough to convince you of its importance and success: 

Lose 5 kgs to 8 kgs within 7 days 
Reduces flab from the tummy area 
Adds natural glow to the skin 
Rids the body of the toxins and you actually feel light and happy 


The diet plan will sound outrageously cruel, but it becomes easy to follow if you complete the first two days successfully. By successful completion, it is obviously implied that you resist every single urge to break the diet regime. However, you must get a nod from your doctor before attempting this diet.

Here’s the day-wise GM diet plan (along with a cheat-sheet)
Day 1 
Only fruits, with the exception of bananas, litchi, mangoes and grapes. Eat lots of watermelon, melon, pomegranates, apples, lime, oranges, strawberries and any other fruit that you like. Eat 20 times a day, if you want to, but only fruits. 

**If you feel yourself craving for salt, then a tiny-winy ‘hajmola’ tab will help immensely.

Day 2 
Only vegetables. Begin your day with one boiled potato with a tea-spoon of butter. For the rest of the day, eat only raw, boiled or otherwise cooked vegetables without oil. Don't eat more than one potato for the day. You can eat cabbage, carrots, cucumber, gourd and other vegetables. Add basil and oregano seasoning to them to make them more edible.

*If you make it through Day 2, then half the battle is won!

Day 3 
Basically a combination of Day 1 and Day 2, which means you can eat fruits and vegetables of your liking, but no bananas or potatoes. Eat to your heart’s content and don’t forget to drink a lot of water.

Day 4 
Bananas and Milk. You have the liberty to eat almost 6 bananas and have up to 4 glasses of milk. Though, you were told that bananas lead to weight gain, in this diet, the bananas act as a source of sodium and potassium, since your salt intake during the GM diet had reduced considerably. You can even have the highly diluted, yet yummy vegetable soup (tomatoes, onions, capsicum and garlic). It is such a respite after the three days on fruits and vegetables only.

Day 5 
Another feast day where you can eat sprouts, tomatoes and cottage cheese (paneer). You could also eat chicken or soya chunks. Supplement your diet with the wonder soup. Increase the intake of water on account of the urea formation.

Day 6 
Similar to Day 5, so you can eat sprouts, cottage cheese, chicken, soy chunks and other vegetables. No tomatoes. Supplement your diet with the wonder soup.

Day 7 
It is the last day and you must be feeling very light and happy. This day you can have fruit juice, a bowl of rice or half roti, and any vegetable that you want to eat. If you are trying to lose to weight for a special occasion then you should try this diet at least two months before that. Also, you should maintain a gap of three to seven days between subsequent regimes.

IMPORTANT : It is imperative to during 12-15 glasses of water everyday during the course of the diet. No fruit juices (other than Day 7) , Tea , Coffee or Alcohol. You can have Black Tea, Black Coffee or Lime Water (without sugar). Moreover, 45 minutes of workout daily or on alternate days helps in achieving superb results.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

How Much Fruit Should You Eat?




The serving size for any food isn’t “one size fits all.” It depends on numerous factors like the food group, shape and nutrients provided. I’ll layout your standard fruit serving sizes and delve into the nitty-gritty details of some not-so-traditional foods (like those squeezable fruit pouches) so you’ll know what one serving of fruit actually is.

The Recommendations
According to the USDA’s MyPlate, any fruit or 100% fruit juice can make up a serving of fruit. Fresh, canned, frozen, freeze-dried, dried, whole, cut up and pureed fruit all count. How much fruit you need each day varies by gender, age, and level of physical activity. Here are the guidelines for men and women ages 19 and older:

Women:
19 to 30 years: 2 cups
31 years and older: 1 ½ cups

Men:
19 years and older: 2 cups

Basic Fruit Servings
As a general rule, one cup of 100% fruit juice or ½ cup of dried fruit (like apricots or raisins) counts as 1 cup. Here are examples of what counts as 1 cup of fruit:

Apple: ½ large (3.25″diameter), 1 small (2.5″ diameter), 1 cup sliced, chopped or cooked
Applesauce: 1 cup
Banana: 1 large (8-9” long) or 1 cup sliced
Cantaloupe: 1 cup of cubed melon or 2 medium wedges (about ¼ of a medium melon)
Grapes: 1 cup whole or sliced or 32 seedless grapes
Grapefruit: 1 medium (4″ diameter) or 1 cup sectioned
Orange: 1 large (3-1/16″ diameter)
Peach: 1 large (2-3/4″ diameter), 1 cup sliced or 1 cup canned and drained peaches
Pear: 1 medium (2 ½ per pound), 1 cup sliced or 1 cup canned and drained pears
Pineapple: 1 cup sliced, diced, or crushed, 1 cup cooked or 1 cup canned and drained
Plum: 3 medium or 2 large, or 1 cup sliced or cooked
Strawberries: 8 large, 1 cup whole, halved or sliced, fresh or frozen
Watermelon: 1 cup cubed or 1 small wedge (1″ thick)

A few items not mentioned by the USDA include:

Fruit purees: ½ cup = 1 cup of fruit
Fruit nectar: 8 fluid ounces = 1 cup of fruit
Freeze-dried fruit: 1/2 cup = 1 cup of fruit

Packaged Foods
There are other foods where fruit is an ingredient, such as squeezable fruit pouches, fruit juice blends or fruit snacks. The manufacturers of these foods should provide consumers with information about how many cups of fruit per serving. For example, for a fruit juice blend the label should read: 8 fluid ounces provides the equivalent of ½ (or 1) cup fruit serving of the 2 cups recommended each day.

As a consumer, it’s important to keep your eyes peeled for this info on the food package. Some foods may say they’re “made with real fruit”, but there’s just not enough fruit to count in your daily recommended cups. It’s also important to realize that many processed forms of fruit (like fruit-filled pastries or fruit snacks) may contain many more calories than 1 piece of fresh fruit and are laden with additives and preservatives. So even if the food claims to provide ½ or 1 cup of fruit, you’re also ingesting a boatload of unhealthy stuff.

Bottom Line: You can get your servings of fruit each day from a variety of sources. Weigh the good and the bad of each item before you pop it in your mouth. Some packaged goodies may come with a lot of unhealthy baggage, even if they do contain fruit.

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