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Almonds: A Healthy Punch to the Daily Diet

downloadAlmond is a stone fruit and has extensive health benefits. Almonds are available throughout the year and are popular worldwide. They are a nutritious snack option that one can add to the daily diet. They contain plenty of minerals and are healthiest of tree nuts.

Consuming one ounce or approximately 23 almonds daily enriches the diet with minerals and other essential nutrients.

Almond nutrition is not just limited to proteins and fibre; they are a rich source of vitamin E, calcium, magnesium and potassium along with riboflavin and niacin. Naturally, the sugar content in the almonds is low.

This one ounce serving of almonds provides 13 grams of healthy unsaturated fats and 1 gram of saturated fat. 160 calories are present in the 23 almonds serving.

Almond benefits are many and hence they are proactively added in the diet by many people. Apart from having a great taste, almonds have several medicinal values. These wonder nuts have proven benefits when added to the diet.

1. Healthy Heart: Almonds are an excellent source of magnesium, which is important

Health Benefits of Eating Rice

download-1Rice is predominantly one of the most common foods of the world. In fact, it is eaten several times per day across different cultures. Still, it is one of the most misunderstood cereals or food. People across the world surrounded with many myths and misconceptions about eating rice, and the reason for this is the high concentration of carbohydrate and starch. While rice has great nutritional value and is among the healthiest foods of the world. When combined with fresh vegetables and spices it can make an incredible meal and can offer enormous health benefits.

No matter whether you are eating brown or white rice this food will offer valuable benefits in either of its forms. The range of benefits starts from one of the most admonished contents of rice that are carbohydrates. While, it is the presence of carbohydrate that makes rice one of the richest source of energy, and it acts as a fuel for the whole body. Carbohydrate present in the rice provides the uninterrupted supply of energy to the body.

Both white and brown rice have particular nutritional values altogether. White rice is a

Tips To Enjoy Gourmet Food Choices

download-2Today, most people are into trying various types of food that are beyond their comfort fare. Ingredients and food products from all over the world have become more readily available not just in special shops but even in the most ordinary supermarkets. Establishments in the business of serving food, from restaurants to hotels to caterers, have also made their repertoire more expansive.

Sensing that the tastes and demands of the market today have grown to become more sophisticated, many of these businesses have become bolder in offering delicious gourmet cuisine to their increasingly curious customers. Gourmet food is nothing new, but it is now enjoying a healthy revival. Take a look at any well-researched gourmet food blog, and you’ll see how the interest for higher-quality, out-of-the-box cuisine that elevates food to fine art continues to grow.

If you’ve always stood by simply ordering your usual and you’re now ready to experiment with your taste buds, check out the following tips to enjoy gourmet food choices.

Start first with familiar foods, only tweaked a bit to elevate the concept or flavour (or both). A burger, a bowl of

Organic Food For Glowing Skin

Pampering yourself with organic products while following a beauty regime may seem difficult. It is mostly when we pick up products containing ingredients with long chemical names. Here, we hand out a perfect list of easy, quick organic beauty fixes for skin care and makeup. Do your organic makeup with berries and beets. Strawberries and beetroots are excellent options for making great cheek and lip stains.

Let Your Hair and Skin Glow

Just let the vegetable or fruit dry out in the sun and then, pulse them in the grinder till they are finely powdered. Now, this mixture can be used as a cheek stain. To make lip stain, a double boiler must be created by putting a cup including coconut, almond or olive oil in water boiling in a saucepan. Stir in the strawberry or beetroot powder and mix them well. Strain to let it cool after placing it in a lip balm jar.

Apply it and your lips would be tinted, luscious and utterly soft and your cheeks may have a natural glow. Now for the hair care part, you may get hair sprays and masks. The organic hair mask can be prepared

Exclusively Festive Food in Festive Seasons

In colorful India we have a huge variety of foods that people consume every day, different food in different time. Starting from North to south we come across thousands of foods across the country. The most interesting part is the dishes prepared in the festive season, it’s almost every day celebrated.

The celebration season is throughout the year in India;

Sankranti it’s a Harvest festival, especial laddu of Jaggery, roasted Sesame seed and roasted peanut are mixed and blended into laddu’s.

Pongal is the South Indian version of Sankrati the first rice of this season is prepared with Jaggery and Raisins.

GudiPadva/Ugadi (Hindu new year) Crushed Neem leaves is consumed with Jaggery, it has magical effect on our belly, it’s taken in a very small portion.

Holi Festival of color, special Karanji a curved shaped Khoya (reduced dry milk) and dry fruits stuffed in a wheat dove pockets and deep fried and Malpua preparation of wheat pancakes in syrup.

Baisakhi harvesting season in Punjab Mustard leaf vegetable and Roti made from Corn flour and special Punjabi Lassi made of Yoghurt, Buttermilk and sugar.

Rakshabandhan A threads relation between Brother and Sister.

You Can Love and Trust Yourself With Food

This month I would like to share my L.I.V.E.T. I created this as an alternative to dieting, so you can be empowered to eat in a positive way instead. By learning to listen to your body instead of your emotions, you can gain peace of mind around food and body image issues.

L – Love yourself right now for who you are inside not what you see or think you see in the mirror. The real you is not your outer shell, it is your heart, the core of you, your love, emotions, feelings and desires. Honour and respect the true you so you can start to give yourself what you need in ways other than food.

I – Intuition is absolutely key to being able to trust yourself and learn to eat naturally. It is essential you always go with your gut instinct and eat food you truly want, not what you should eat. If you eat what you should you may be satisfied physically but not emotionally. Therefore you will simply crave what you truly wanted in the first place and overindulge at some stage.

V – Variety in food is extremely important

How to Define Organic Foods

Exactly what are Organic Foods?

The USDA National Organic Program (NOP) defines organic agriculture as a methodology that creates products utilizing best practices designed to preserve the environment and avoid synthetic pesticides, antibiotics, hormones or genetically modified seeds/foods. The USDA NOP program has specific requirements about how farmers and ranchers grow crops and raise livestock and which seeds, and feeds they can use

These requirements cover the product from farm to table, and address issues such as soil and water quality, pest control, livestock practices, and rules for food additives.

Some of the requirements for organic farming include-

  • Preserving resources that contribute to biodiversity
  • Supporting animal well-being and overall health
  • Providing access to the outdoors to ensure that animals can exercise
  • Only using authorized products
  • Not using genetically modified materials
  • Being subjected to annual inspections that are on location
  • Separating food that is organic non-organic food”
  • Not utilizing any type of irradiation or x-rays to get rid of pests, which can lead to DNA mutations.
  • Manure and compost are used in place of synthetic fertilizers.
  • Only organic insecticides are used produced by plant oils, soap, fungus eating bacteria, or bugs that eat other bugs.

In short organically grown food is defined as

The Perfect Spring Snacks

Having a snack throughout the day is important to keep your energy up and having different options could help satisfy your taste buds. During spring there are more food options that are tolerable since the cold limiting your choices. Here are the perfect spring snacks to make at home:

  • There is so much you can do with vegetables during the warmer months of the year. They are refreshing and keep your energy up. Adding a bit of sour cream to your celery sticks or carrot sticks will give the vegetables a delightful flavour.
  • Soups may be a winter food but why not give cold soup a try? Cucumber soup has the pleasant fresh taste that everyone enjoys. Add garlic and salt for some flavour and for convenience this snack doesn’t even need to be cooked.
  • Making yourself some couscous is a quick snack that fills you up enough for a little while. Mixing the grain with oil and cheese is a delicious spring meal which does not take much effort.
  • Egg sandwiches are a filling snack that is healthy and satisfying. Mixing a bit of curry powder will give the yolky food a

Honey Nutrition

Before we discuss nutritional facts, it is important to make a clear distinction between raw honey and processed honey. Most honey sold in grocery stores has been highly processed to make it last longer on the shelf without crystalizing and to convert it into a crystal clear liquid without any particulates. This process involves filtering the honey and raising the temperature to more than 115 degrees Fahrenheit. Unfortunately, this removes or destroys the best nutrients found in it! Therefore, we will limit our discussion of nutrition to raw honey like we sell.

The macronutrients in honey, constituting about eighty percent by volume, are carbohydrates in the form of sugars. The primary carbohydrates are fructose (approximately 39 percent) and glucose (31-32 percent). The fructose content in honey is what makes it taste sweeter than table sugar (sucrose). Honey also contains smaller quantities of maltose (approximately 7 percent) and sucrose (approximately 2-3 percent). The relative percentages of these different sugars will vary somewhat depending on the nectar source(s) of the bees who made the honey.

Some health experts advise against consuming honey, or at least using it sparingly, because of its high sugar composition. However, the effect of

Natural Versus Organic Beauty Products

There are innumerable health care brands in the market offering a variety of beauty products with large quantity of buyers for every segment. However, people tend to get confused over the terms used by these companies in their product designs as to whether the commodity is natural or organic. On hearing the term ‘Organic’, people associate the products to natural constituents like organic food without realizing that the phrase here means differently.

Organic means a component derived from the living matter. In other words, anything extracted from a natural thing and manufactured in way that involves no use of artificial chemicals is termed as Organic. Even 1% of organic ingredients found in a Natural constituent make it impure. Products tagged with the logo of being organic assure that the commodity is produced in the most hygienic conditions with zero application of fertilizers.

Meanwhile Natural ingredients are those which are directly retrieved from plants and minerals and involves minimal to no processing. One has to stay cautious while purchasing anything that is labeled as natural considering many companies mixes synthetic items too. There is a wide range of beauty care products ranging from makeup cosmetics to body

Importance of Spices in Food

Indian food is loved world over by people of different nationalities. What makes it so popular is the way it is cooked; cooking Indian cuisines is nothing less than an art. It requires the right ingredients chopped and sautéed over fire and then cooked on a simmering flame with the right amount of herbs and spices. Indian food is not just rich in taste but also has an aroma that can whip up anyone’s appetite. The aroma in the food comes from spices which are used in every Indian household for centuries. They are an integral part of every dish and are loaded not just with flavors but also health benefits. Not many are aware that the reason why Indian food apart from being extremely delicious is also very healthy is because of the spices and herbs in it that have therapeutic health benefits. Some of the beneficial uses of spices and herbs used in everyday dishes are:

1) Turmeric: Turmeric has been used for centuries not just in food to give it a yellow texture but also by Ayurvedic doctors for its healing properties. Turmeric when used in food can retain the beta-carotene in certain foods.

Shawarma – The Arabic Fast Food

Fast food is one of the most abundantly sold kinds of food in the world, at the moment. Due to the cheaper price tag, efficient service, and scrumptious taste, it’s very popular around the globe. Among many of these taste bombs, a delicacy called Shawarma is also present. It’s a Middle Eastern delicacy which is now sold and cherished worldwide. Different parts of the world serve shawarma as a permanent part of their menus since people seem to love the acquired taste and also the pocket-friendly tag.

Shawarma, as it is known in Arabic, is basically a sandwich wrap filled with a hefty amount of mutton, beef, veal, turkey or chicken along with a vegetable salad. The wrap is either pita bread or freshly made tortillas. The meat is marinated for a few hours and then roasted over a slow flame for several hours. The grilled and juicy hot meat mounted on a special machine called as spit, is then shredded. The shaved off meat which is dropping into a circular tray below to be retrieved is later rolled on the bread.

Mayonnaise, chili sauce, vinegar or traditional Arab sauces such as tahini (made of sesame)

Indulge in Some Comfort Food

The most uplifting thing in this world is the sight of a delicious plate of food. Whether you are down in the dumps, had a break up, facing too many problems or are just hit by a massive bout of sadness, nothing beats the blue like cuddling up in your warmer and gorging on some comfort food. Such sort of food always carries a sentimental value that is deeply cherished by the person and evokes nostalgia of a happier time. For many comfort food is generally the food that they connect with childhood memories and it reminds them of homely comfort and safety. There is an array of food stuff that falls into this bracket such as the mac and cheese, a common dish that is widely eaten in every household and has been a part of everyone’s growing up years. Being a simple dish it is fairly easy to make and can be cooked in a few minutes, a traditional form of macaroni and cheese is baked in a casserole but it can also be made in a sauce pan on the stove.

Whether it is craving or comfort, nothing satiates us like some deep fried

10 Mouth-Watering Street Foods in Mumbai

Mumbai people love food and life and that can be clearly seen in the way they cook food. From pani puris to kebabs, Mumbai is a city of millions of street venders.

Given below is the list of my favorite street food in Mumbai: –

Pani Puri

If you love having a combination of sweet and sour food, then Mumbai Pani puri is the best you can have. In this the vendors use a crisp fried sphere in which the filling of potato, chickpeas and sprouts is done. After that they dunk it into a liquid that is a blend of exotic ingredients such as Tamarind, Jaggery, Mint and spices.

It tastes fantastic and you have to eat it whole in one go.

Pav Bhaji

Pav Bhaji is a finger-licking dish that you can find easily on the Mumbai streets. Thick Vegetable Masala is served with fluffy rolls that smells and tastes amazing. I like my Pav Bhaji served with extra butter and lemon juice.

Skewered Kebabs

Skewered Kebabs hanging from smoking stalls is a mouth-watering sight. You just cannot not have them whenever you visit Mumbai. Tender beef seekh

Rendang – King Of Malay Cuisine

What would Hari Raya (Eid festivals), kenduris and other Malay family gatherings be without Rendang? The Rendang takes centre stage and is meticulously prepared and presented during these festivals. Festivals without Rendang would be like burgers without fries or fish without chips.

What is Rendang? It is generally a spicy, meat dish slow cooked in Santan (coconut milk). Rendang is said to have originated from the Minangkabau ethnic group of Sumatra, Indonesia. One of the earliest written records of Rendang is from the early 16th century Hikayat Amir Hamzah. Hikayat Amir Hamzah is a Malay literary work that chronicles the heroics of Amir Hamzah, one of the two Hikayats mentioned in Sejarah Melayu. Sejarah Melayu or The Malay Annals, originally titled Sulalatus Salatin (Genealogy of Kings), is a literary work that gives a romanticized history of the origin, evolution and demise of the great Malay maritime empire, the Melaka Sultanate. Composed sometime between 15th and 16th centuries, it is considered to be one of the finest literary and historical works in the Malay language. We can safely assume that Rendang has been around much earlier than the 15th century.

How would you describe the taste of

All About Food Ingredients

When you are buying food in your local stores the first thing that you look at is the ingredients.

Function of the food ingredients

The food manufacturers have many reasons why they add the ingredients. Some of these reasons include:

To keep the food safe and fresh: The ingredients used in serving this role are preservatives. They prevent spoilage of the food thus reducing the risk of you suffering from foodborne diseases.

To improve the texture of the food: I’m sure that you have noticed that most of the food you get from your local store has a better texture than the one that you prepare yourself. This is due to the addition of the ingredients. The ingredients added include: thickeners, emulsifiers, leavening agents and stabilizers. The additives give food a light airy texture that feels great on the tongue.

The additives improve taste: Spices, sweeteners, and other flavors enhance the taste of food thus you enjoy eating it.

The additives aid in improving appearance: Natural and artificial food colors improve the appearance of plain foods such as juices, cheese, and yogurts.

Common food ingredients

There are many additives that

Evolution of Eating Healthy

I haven’t always been someone who eats healthy. I was raised in the days of TV dinners on trays, sitting in front of Gilligan’s Island in the TV room with my three siblings. Good nutrition and eating healthy may come easily to some, but for the rest of us, it may be a gradual progression of steps.

My family rarely visited or spoke during dinner. Commercials were reserved for running into the kitchen to get more milk. For variety, we would have canned SpaghettiOs, or Campbell’s soup with grilled cheese. Healthy wasn’t a concept that entered into my mind when eating. The goals were good taste and ease of preparation.

This changed when, at nineteen, I took a class on values clarification. The instructor had us assess what our values were by looking at where we were putting our time and energy, and considering what was most important to ourselves. I realized there was a huge contrast between my desire to be healthy and the food choices I was making.

Many of my peers were making their own granola, yogurt and growing vegetables to eat. The “hip” thing was to be a vegetarian. I wanted

Food Brings People Together

We all eat; usually 3 times a day (sometimes more). But some people are so busy they don’t even think about it. They just find something really quick and move on through their day. But food is so much more than something we eat. Food brings people together and here are a few of the many ways it does so.

1) Eating Dinner Around the Table: At the end of the day everybody is tired and wants to withdraw to their own rooms. Families should encourage eating dinner around the table if not every night, at least once a week. Gathering around the table with food encourages group communication. Mom can ask how you did on your math test while she passes you the mashed potatoes. Jack can ask Jill if her boss was as mean today as he was yesterday. Getting together for dinner provides a solid 30 minutes of family involvement each day. Additionally, you can recruit the whole family to prepare dinner. This provides a bonding experience along with life skills for the younger family members.

2) Food Crosses Cultural Boundaries: You will always hear people say that the best way to get

The Pride Of Mumbai – Popular Street Foods In Mumbai

Whether it is your first trip to Mumbai or a permanent one, the cutting Chai, spiciest Vada Pav, or even the guiltiest dessert is sure to tantalize your taste buds and make you fall in love with Mumbai again and again. Where thousands come to this city in search of fame, love, and money, they surely need to experience a solid taste of Mumbai food.

1. Vada Pav

This ‘poor man’s burger’, is the one thing that is the pride of Mumbai. It can be found in every street and corner of this glorious city. It is a fritter stuffed with mashed potato between bread. The dish is more mouth-watering with spicy and sweet chutney as well as garlic powder chutney. For a quick bite of Mumbai’s famous Vada Pav, try the stalls near Mithibai College!

2. Pav Bhaji

Another original of Maharashtra, Pav Bhaji has traveled all over India and won more and more hearts. Pav is generally heated on a pan with slight butter. A ‘Bhaji’ is prepared with vegetables where they are mashed and cooked with spices and seasoning. Onions and tomatoes are also served as a side. For the most

5 Tips on Why Mobile Pizza Catering Suits You

Pizza is in fact the most affordable Fast Food you can order. You can eat it with your buddies while watching a film and maybe with you Colleagues at work. Having a mobile pizza catering deal is the best for you.

Here are some tips on why you should consider pizza for a meal or comfort food. Pizza is really one of the popular fast food today:

Fast and Easy

When there is any gathering, all we think about is Pizza. Most especially Hawaiian or Pepperoni pizza. With the fast technology now-a-days you can already check out their web page or search for their phone number. Just tell them your order and in just a few minutes your order will arrive fresh and hot on your door steps, without any delays.

DIY Pizza

DIY or Do Your Own is the new obsession of neither kids nor adults today. You can just mix-and-match your own favorite topping such as, cheese of different kind, sausage and more of the ingredient you want to top your pizza with. Just ask the crew to bake it for you and voila! You have your own enjoyable DIY pizza.