How to make chocolate at home

Chocolate is the processed sweetened food. Chocolate has become most popular food with different types. Most of the people like to consume it every day. There are different types of chocolates. They are sweet chocolate, milk chocolate and white chocolate. Chocolate is used in cold and hot beverages. Chocolate can be used as the drink. Today most of the sweet chocolates are consumed by every one.

 Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of cocoa powder
  • ½ cup of sugar powder
  • ¾ cup of butter
  • ¼ table spoon of flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups of milk.

Procedure:

Step 1:  Take cocoa and butter. Mix them in processor till they form taste.

Step 2:  Fill the pan with cup of water and place a bowl on the water.

Step 3:  Take chocolate paste into a bowl and heat for 15min until it become hot.

Step 4:  Mix all the mixture in a processor till it become smooth.

Step 5:  Take milk and boil it for 5-10 min at low temperature. Add sugar, flour and milk to the chocolate paste

Step 6:  Pour the mixture in small cups according to your chocolate size.

Step 7:  Store in freeze till it become hard.

step 8: Now have a taste of homemade chocolate.

Delicious recipes for Tandoori chicken

Tandoori Chicken has earned a name for itself all over the world.  It gets its name from the cylindrical clay oven in which this dish is traditionally prepared in parts of India. It is a popular North Indian dish made of roasted chicken, yogurt and spices. The chicken is marinated with yogurt, which is seasoned with a mixture of spices. The dish gets its red color from red chili powder or kashmiri red chilis and deep orange color comes from turmeric powder. The dish is traditionally cooked at high temperature in a clay oven, but it can also be made on barbeque grills and microwave.

Recipe of Barbecued Tandoori Chicken

  • 4 free-range chicken legs
  • 4 boneless and skinless free-range chicken thighs
  • 3 skinless free-range chicken breasts, cut into large pieces
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 6  crushed garlic cloves
  • Piece of fresh ginger
  • 3 tbsp sunflower oil, plus extra for brushing
  • 1½ tsp ground cardamom seeds
  • 2 tbsp garam masala
  • 250ml yogurt
  • 40g unsalted butter, melted

Preparation method

  1.  Make few deep slashes on both sides of each chicken leg and thigh, and place it in a large glass bowl with the breast pieces. Sprinkle lemon juice, paprika and salt. Rub and leave aside for 30 minutes.
  2. Blend yogurt, ginger, garlic, cardamom, and garam masala into a smooth paste.
  3. Pour the mixture over the chicken and leave it to marinate for at least 4 hours.
  4. Light the charcoal barbecue, at about 30 minutes before cooking. Preheat the gas barbeque for 10 minutes.
  5. Lift the chicken pieces and thread them onto a long metal or bamboo skewers.
  6. Brush the chicken  and grate with oil
  7.  Place the skewered chicken and the legs onto the grate and cook directly over a high heat for 4 minutes on each side. Keep turning occasionally to get charred here and there.
  8. Remove the chicken from the grate and brush it with oil again. Put off the middle burner or push the coal on either side of the grate. Place it again on the grate and cook with indirect high heat for 3-5 minutes.
  9. Serve with mint ratio, warm coriander nana bread and lemon wedges

Recipe of Chicken Tikka

The name of tandoori chicken made it known by different names—Chicken tikka is one of them and in many restaurants this dish is popularly known as chicken tikka masala.

  • Chicken – 1.5 lb –5 leg piece
  • Low fat Yogurt– 1 cup
  • Onion – 1
  • Lime – 1/2
  • Garlic – 1 clove
  • Ginger – 1/2 inch
  • Green Chili – 2
  • Garam Masala – 1 1/2 tsp
  • Salt – 1 tsp or as per taste
  • Red food color + Orange Food Color (Kesari powder) – few large drops

Preparation method

  • Wash the chicken legs. Create 2 deep slits on each side of the leg.
  • Massage each piece of chicken with salt and lemon and leave it in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  • Blend yogurt/curd, garam masala, ginger, garlic, 1/2 tsp salt, green chili, sliced onion into a smooth paste.
  • Add a few drops of food color and a few drops of water to the leftover lemon juice. Bring out the chicken pieces from the fried and brush it with the food color.
  • Pour the smooth paste in a bowl or freezer bag. Put each piece of chicken, mix it well. Close the bowl or zip the freezer and leave it in the fridge for at least 8 hours or more.
  • Heat the oven to the highest temperature. Line a cookie, jelly pan with aluminum foil and place the marinated chicken pieces on it.
  • Place the tray in the center rack of the oven and bake for 15 minutes. Remove and apply the marinade paste over the pieces with a brush or spoon and bake for another 10 minutes.
  • Pull the tray out and let it cool.
  • Serve the chicken  after wrapping each piece with an aluminum foil  along with sliced onion, lemon wedges, and spicy green chutney.

How to make cookies at home

Cookies are the best time pass eatable item. The cookies are liked by the all people of age. These are of may be different shapes, sizes with different flavors. It is easy to make and more crispiness is its nature. The only technique used in preparing the cookies is the adding proper ingredients and baking nicely gives tastier. Let’s see the recipe of how to make cookies at home.

How to make cookies at home

Ingredients

  • 3 cups of plain flour
  • 1tbsp baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups of white sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened

Procedure

Step  1 : Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Step 2 : Take a small bowl and add flour, baking soda and baking powder.

Step 3 : Stir the dry mixture thoroughly and keep a side.

Step 4 : Take a large bowl, add butter and white sugar into it and make it cream until smooth.

Step 5 : Beat in the egg and vanilla into it.

Step 6 : Add the dry mixture which is placed a side in to this and mix well.

Step 7 : Roll round the complete paste into the dough balls.

Step 8 : Present that on the ungreased cookie sheets.

Step 9 : Keep the sheets in the preheated oven and let it for 10 minutes.

Step 9 : Let it be on cookie sheet for two minutes until it gets cool on wire racks.

Now the tasty golden color cookies are ready to eat. Enjoy with tasty cookies.

How to make a simple fruit salad

Making of fruit salad is the easiest and it is good for health. Mixing of different varieties of fruits and having it gives more nutritious.  The fruit salad is sometimes called as the fruit cocktail or fruit cup. It can also serve as the dessert. Many people enjoy this delicious and nutritious salad in the season of summer.

You can mix using all type of fruits which you like. Here are mentioned only some fruits.

Ingredients

  • Red apple = ½
  • Kiwi = 1
  • Lemon juice = 2tbsp
  • Cherries = 1 cup
  • Strawberries = 1 cup
  • Blue berries =1/2 cup

Procedure

Step 1: Collect the fresh fruits. The fruits should be ripe and ready to made for the salads.

Step 2:  Take the fruits in a bowl and wash them neatly.

Step 3:  To eat the salad without having any stuck with the cherry pits remove the pits by cutting the cherries.

Step 4: Chop the red apples, kiwi, blue berries and strawberries into nice shaped and sized pieces.

Step 5: Put all the chopped fruits into the bowl and coat them with the 2 tbsp of lemon juice.

Step 6: Toss them lightly to blend away the flavors.

You can also add the juice like badam or orange for more tasty. The salad is ready and now enjoy with the colorful salad.

How to make indian sweet rice cakes / ariselu

Rice cakes are most beautiful, tasty, yummy among the sweets. It is famous south indian sweet dish. There is no festival without ariselu/rice cakes. It is prepared mostly in sankranthi festival season. It is called with different names in different locations. It is called Arisa in Andhra, Adhirasam in tamil nadu, Kajaya in kannada. So lets see how to make this delicious sweet.

Ingredients

  • Old fat rice = 2kgs
  • Jaggery (Bellam) = 1kg
  • Seasame seeds (Nuvvulu) = 100grms
  • Oil or ghee = 1 kg
  • Wooden presser (Arisela chakkalu)

How to prepare rice cake / ariselu

Step 1 : Take the rice and soak it for two to three days.

Step 2: Clean the rice 2 times for a day. This result to avoid odd smell.

Step 3 : Remove the soaked rice and place the rice on a clean dry cloth and make it dry for 15min.

Step 4 : Grind or blend the wet rice to smooth powder.

Step 5: Take 1 ltr of water in a pan and mix the water with jaggery by continuously mixing.

Step 6 : Let that liquid make strong. Check the strongness by touching the liquid.

Step 7 : Off the flame and add 2 tbsp of ghee and Seasame seeds

Step 8: Now mix the rice flour into the jaggery liquid slowly till it becomes thick.

Step 9: Mean while heat the oil in small pan.

Step 10: The paste is now ready and it should be the medium thicker.

Step 11: Now take some paste into vessel.(This all done when the paste is hot)

Step 12: Take a thick plastic cover apply some oil on to it for preparing ariselu.

Step 13: Prepare rounds with hand and press that paste on the cover.

Step 14: Leave that ariselu into oil pan slowly and fry it till it gets golden brown.

Step 15: Remove the ariselu from the pan and place them on the wooden presser to extract the excess oil.

Step 16: Now place the ariselu on an tissue paper so that the remaining oil will be absorbed.

Tasty tasty ariselu / rice cakes are now ready to eat. Enjoy the festival with this beautiful sweet.

How to make Indian pizza at home

Pizza is one of the most popular dishes. Pizza is simply made with good and healthy ingredients. Every one often makes pizza in oven. If you don’t have oven you can use pan to make pizza. This is easy snack option with different varieties.  Making pizza at home is quite easy and healthy too. The recipes used in making the pizza can be varied according to the tastes.

Ingredients:

  1. 1 Pizza base
  2. 2 table spoon pizza sauce
  3. 2 tablespoons butter
  4. 1 onion thinly chopped
  5. 2  chopped green chilies
  6. 1/2cupof thinly chopped capsicum
  7. ½ cup of chopped tomato
  8. 2 table spoons of sweet corn.
  9. 1 table spoon of olive oil
  10. Salt as per taste.
  11. ½ table spoon of ginger.

Procedure:

Step 1: Heat the little amount of oil in the non-stick pan. Add chopped onion, chopped green chilies for 2 min.

Step 2: Add chopped capsicum, tomato to the mixture and leave it for few seconds.

Step 3: Add boiled sweet corn of table spoons to the mixture and leave it for 3 min. later keep aside

Step 4: Now take one pizza base. Apply butter in even proportions to the base of pizza.

Step 5: Add the mixture on the top of pizza. Finally top pizza cheese on pizza.

Step 6: Keep it in oven for five minutes.

Or

Step 7: Heat the pan for 5-10min .place the pizza on pan for 5min.

Step 8: Check in between whether the cheese melted .serve the pizza in plate.

Step 9: Add chili flakes or sauce to pizza to eat

Step 10: Enjoy the true taste of Indian pizza in a simple manner.

How to make hot and sour vegetable soup

Hot and sour soup is famous in Asian culinary traditions. This is best reputed to be good for colds. The ingredients used in this soup are more beneficial and gives more good result for health. Drinking this soup who is suffering from cold results more benefit. Let’s see how to make hot and sour veg soup.

Ingredients

  • Green capsicum = ½ medium
  • Carrot, grated = ½ medium
  • Finely chopped French beans = 4-6
  • Chopped button mushrooms = 2
  • Oil = 1 table spoon
  • Finely chopped Small onions = 1
  • Vegetable stock = 3 cups
  • Salt
  • Dark soy sauce = 2tbsp
  • Green chilli sauce = 2tbsp
  • Crushed black peppercorns
  • Corn flour (corn starch) = 2tbsp
  • White vinegar = 1 tbsp.
  • Chopped Garlic = 3-4
  • Sugar = ½ tbsp.
  • Chopped Spring onions  = 1 stalk
  • Chopped cabbage = ¼ small

How to make hot and sour veg soup

Step 1: Take a non-stick pan and heat the oil.

Step 2: Add onion, beans, mushrooms, cabbage, green capsicum and vegetable stock and cook.

Step 3: Mix the mixture by adding salt, dry sauce, green chilli sauce.

Step 4: Add crushed pepper corns and mix.

Step 5: Let the mixture boil for 10-15 min.

Step 6: Take a cornstarch in ½ cup water and mix till it comes smooth and add that to soup.

Step 7: Add ½ tbsp white vinegar and mix.

Step 8: Mix the mixture by adding garlic, sugar and remaining vinegar.

Step 9: Add spring onion greens and mix.

Step 10: Let it boil for 5 min and serve the soup by garnishing with coriander.

The making of hot and sour veg soup is easy and get ready to have it now. Enjoy.

How to make iced Tea

What is iced tea?

Iced tea is served in a glass with ice which is in the form of cold tea. It is the most popular drink. It is the mix of flavoured syrup with flavours like lemon, lime, passion fruit, strawberry, peach, raspberry and cherry. Most of the iced teas get the flavour from the tea leaves. Sometimes the iced tea is served with the temperature of about 80-100c. Some people call this is “sun tea”. Different flavours with delicious textures available in the lot of places. It is mostly used in the summer. It is said to be the best refreshing beverage.

How to make iced tea?

They are lot of varieties in the iced tea

  • Black iced tea
  • Fruity iced tea
  • Strawberry iced tea
  • Vanilla iced green tea
  • Sweet iced tea
  • Lemon iced tea

Let’s see how to make a simple Black iced tea

Black iced tea

Ingredients

  • Sugar
  • Ice cubes
  • Water
  • Mint
  • 3-4 black tea bags

Making of iced tea

Step 1: Boil 2 cups of water in a pot

Step 2: Turn off the heat.

Step 3: Add 3-4 bags of black tea. (Prefer the tea bags which are made for iced tea gives you best result).

Step 4: Allow the tea bags dipped for 5 minutes in the heat water. If you leave them for less time than that the tea will be too weak.

Step 5: Pour the tea in a pitcher and allow it to cool down at least for 5-10 min.

Step 6: Add two cups of cold water into the tea and stir the mixture.

Step 7: This should be refrigerated for 2-3 hours.

Step 8: Pour the tea into the glass and fill with ice. Squeeze a lemon slice into the tea and a spring of mint on top. (Add sugar half spoon for more taste).

Let’s see how to make strawberry iced tea

strawberry iced tea

Ingredients

  • Sugar to taste
  • Ice cubes
  • 3-4 black tea bags
  • Spring to mint
  • 800grms pure strawberries
  • 2 whole strawberries

Making of strawberry iced tea

Step 1: Take 2 quarters of hot black tea into glass.

Step 2: Add the 1/3 cups of superfine sugar to the tea.

Step 3: Mix ½ cup of fresh lemon juice.

Step 4: Take Strawberries and remove the pips. Press on the mixture with the back of a wooden spoon.

Step 5: Get the tea cool and mix puree. Refrigirate the mixture for 30 min and serve it with mixing of the ice.

Step 6: Garnish the tea with mint and serve.

How to make the Christmas cup cakes

Christmas is the most colorful festival when the day is celebrated with lot of food items. Among the food items the best and top most item is the CUPCAKE. Cupcakes are said to be a delicious dessert on Christmas day. In most of the countries the people give cakes as a gift on Christmas day. Wishing the Christmas and giving the cake as a gift is the common trend followed in most of the places in the world. We can’t imagine the day without the Christmas cakes.

Knowing this recipe you can easily light up your Christmas day with colorful cakes. There are many types of cupcakes with different flavors. So let’s see some of the most used flavors of the Cupcakes.

Vanilla cupcakes: Making of the vanilla cupcakes is the most easy and simple to make.

Ingredients for making the vanilla tasty cupcake

  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 1½ cup plain flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 130g unsalted butter, soft end
  • ¼ cup milk

For butter Cream icing

  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 2tbsp milk
  • 50 g unsalted butter
  • Food color

Method of preparation

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 180c and line a 12 whole muffin tin with paper cases

Step 2: Take a bowl and add sugar, butter in it. Mix them until it comes to pale.

Step 3: Beat the eggs and stir in the vanilla extract.

Step 4: Fold the flour using a spoon by adding a little milk until the mixture is of dropping consistency.

Step 5: Fill the paper cases with the flour mixed until the half of the case.

Step 6: Bake in the oven for 10-15 min until a skewer inserted into the middle of a cupcake comes out clean. And allow them to cool completely.

Icing:

Step 1: Beat the butter in a large bowl until soft.

Step 2: Add half icing sugar and beat until it comes smooth.

Step 3: Add the remaining icing sugar with one tbsp of milk until the mixture is smooth and creamy.

Step 4: Spoon the icing into a piping bag which is having the star nozzle and pipe the icing in a shape which you like on to the cupcake in a large swirl.

Tips:

  • Adding proper measures of ingredients is the important thing in baking cupcakes.
  • Preparing the pan and cups is the other thing because the nice shape of the cake gives you the good feeling when seeing. Choosing the good order cups is the major task.
  • Fill the cups with an decorating bag gives more effective output.
  • Adding the extra flavors and textures gives you more taste. Eg: cherries, fruits.

Now the cup cake with vanilla flavor is ready to eat. Enjoy the Christmas with the cup cake.

How to make Christmas dry fruit plum cake

Christmas is the religious festival celebrated all over the world. There are some customs to celebrate this festival such as decorating Christmas tree, exchanging gifts, waiting for Santa clause to take gifts, going to church, enjoying lunch with family and friends. Christmas cake is the most integral part of the festival. Mostly,Christmas cake is made up of dry fruits. Christmas Cakes are prepared in different methods based on the country.

At this Christmas season fruit cake have more demand. the Christmas cakes have huge demand in the market in this particular season. Everyone feel so wonderful in preparing the delicious Christmas cake at home. Let us see the how to prepare the Christmas fruit cake at home.

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons of almond
  • 5 tablespoons of cherries
  • 2 tablespoons of brandy
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1/2 spoon salt
  • ¼ spoon of nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon of molasses
  • 1 cup butter ,softened
  • 4 eggs room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 spoons of cocoa powder

For the toppings:

  • 200 gm marzipan
  • 2 spoons of fruit jam
  • 3 egg whites
  • 600 gm of powdered sugar
  • 2 spoons of glycerin
  • 1 table spoon fresh lemon juice

Procedure:

Step 1: First Chop the almonds, Take all the dried fruits in a bowl, Add 2 spoons of brandy to the mixture.  Add chopped almonds to the mixture.

Step 2: Cover the bowl with a cotton cloth over night or for 5 hours till the whole mixture gets soaked.

Step 3: Sieve the flour, salt and spices into a mixed bowl. Mix cocoa powder, eggs mix them well till the ingredients gets softened.

Step 4: Combine wet and dry ingredients in a bow till it dough. Add dry fruits to the mixture.

Step 5: Take a cake pan, cut one sheet of parchment paper and arrange on the pan. Spread cake mixture into pan until the top surface is even

Step 6: After 1 or 1 and 1/2 hr, check the cake with the wooden stick until it comes easily to center.

Step 7: Take the cake pan out of the oven. Remove the parchment pare from the bottom of the cake.  You can decorate the cake with toppings and store in airtight container.

Preparation method of a salad for breakfast

Salad for breakfast—why not? A salad for breakfast may seem unexpected, but this rich and flavorful recipe will turn you into a believer. Add a nutrient boost to morning meals with these simply delicious dishes. From yolky eggs and spinach atop tender lettuce, to fruity pear with Bleu cheese, spinach and toast, breakfast just got mouth wateringly healthy.

It is packed with healthy veggies like pumpkin and bell pepper and topped with fiber-rich pepitas and a protein-packed egg, this salad is sure to help you start the day feeling energized and refreshed. With this in your tummy there will be no weighing you down!

Ingredients for the salad

  • 9 1/2 -ounce piece pumpkin, unpeeled, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
  • 1 large zucchini, cut diagonally into 1/2-inch thick slices
  • 3 ounces swiss brown mushrooms, halved
  • 2 cups trimmed watercress leaves
  • 1 small red bell pepper, sliced thickly
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon toasted pepitas

For the lemon-thyme dressing

  • 1 tablespoon cold-pressed extra-virgin coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. To make lemon and thyme dressing, mix the ingredients in a screw-top jar and season to taste. Then shake well.
  3. Add vegetables and one tablespoon dressing in a large baking dish. Bake about 25 minutes or until vegetables are browned lightly and tender that makes them to leave nutrients. So don’t cook more.
  4. Bring a saucepan of water to a boil then reduce to simmer. Break each egg into a cup and slide into the water in the center of the pan. Cook for five minutes or until the eggs are cooked to your liking, and remove with a slotted spoon.
  5. Add some vegetables and watercress in a large bowl. Transfer to serving plates, then sprinkle with pepitas. Drizzle with remaining dressing.

Super foods you should eat

Many of these super foods are delicious too. Super foods generally contain both exceptional amounts of healthy nutrients and exotically named compounds that do indeed do superhero-like things, such as prevent cancer.

Super foods are nutrient that pack large doses of antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins and minerals. Eating them may reduce the risk of chronic disease and prolong life and people who eat more of them are healthier and thinner than those who don’t. Eating well is one of the nicest things you can do for yourself.

Super foods are like fruits, veggies and whole grains that promise everything from a wrinkle-free existence to everlasting life. Super food can refer to any nutrient dense food, which explains why it gets thrown around so often. Some foods like Acai berries and tomatoes are super legit and good for you both inside and out.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes contain high amounts of potassium, fiber, vitamin C and Lycopene, which an antioxidant rarely found in other foods. It protects the skin against harmful UV rays and prevents certain cancers and lower cholesterol. These help fight free radicals and brighten skin. Tomatoes play a starring role, which clarifies the skin and boosts radiance with help from the vine-ripened fruit.

Blueberries

Berries are full of phyto-nutrients that neutralize free radicals. Instead of simply sprinkling blueberries in your yogurt, try this warm banana blueberry bread right out of the oven. The antioxidants in these berries may also protect against cancer and reduce the effects of age related conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. These are best in their raw form; the tiny berry’s fibre content is also great for reducing cholesterol.

Kale

Kale contains a type of phyto-nutrient that appears to lessen the occurrence of a wide variety of cancers, including breast and ovarian. The phytonutrients in kale trigger the liver to produce enzymes that neutralize potentially cancer-causing substances. The leafy super food is loaded with sulphur and fiber; both great detoxifiers that help keep the liver healthy.

Eating your greens doesn’t have to be a chore. Try it in smoothies, pestos or create a sweet and savoury meal like a cumin roasted beets, kale and feta salad. It helps to maintain normal blood clotting that improves the immune system and is a great diet food that’s full of nutrients but very few calories.

Beans

Beans an excellent source of fibre and are chock full of protein, which promotes a healthy heart. Powerful vitamin B6 in beans is great for reducing skin inflammations. A cup of beans packs 15 grams of protein, with none of the artery-clogging saturated fat found in meat. Plus, they’re full of heart-healthy fiber, antioxidants and energy boosting iron.

Coconut oil

The multi-purpose health food is garnering a lot of attention. Fatty acids help strengthen the skin’s connective tissues, reducing the appearance of fine line. Because it’s so pure, coconut oil acts as a great moisturizer and can improve the lipid content of your skin. The medium chain fatty acids found in coconut oil have anti- bacterial and antifungal properties, which can help skin, ward off infections and breakouts. Coconut oils is also used in oil pulling, the activity of swishing oil in your mouth for 20 minutes to draw out the toxins. It’s an oral health savior, ingested, it boosts metabolism, stabilizes blood sugar levels and kills bacteria.

Calcium

Calcium helps build strong bones and prevents osteoporosis. Calcium helps with weight loss. More than half of women in their 20s get less than the 1,000mg of calcium they need daily to do that. Here is the calcium levels recommended for adults as follows.

  • Age 9 to 18 — 1,300 mg
  • Age 19 to 50 — 1,000 mg
  • Age 51 and more — 1,200 mg

Dark Chocolate

Dr. Avviva Romm, President of the American Herbalists Guild, says that the high antioxidant levels make it a perfect indulgence. It’s just like chocolate to crash the party, but it’s no mistake that the dark variety confers health benefits. Chocolate is high in flavonoids, substances that have been shown to improve blood flow, suppress cough, improve memory, and give you hydrates smooth skin. Dark chocolate is packed with antioxidants and can lower blood pressure. The darker it is, the lower the fat and sugar content. It is recommended that you look for chocolate with 60% or higher cocoa content; the darker, the better.

Oats

Oats are rich in fiber and rich source of magnesium, potassium and phytonutrients. They contain a special type of fiber that helps to lower cholesterol and prevent heart disease. Magnesium works to regulate blood sugar levels and research suggests that eating whole grain oats may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Turmeric

The root that gives curry its orange color is the go-to natural drug for treating many ailments such as liver disease and breast cancer, there’s even new research that suggests the curcumin in the spice could help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Turmeric is an antioxidant that can be very beneficial to your health as well. If the plan is to add it into a drink recipe, only add a little suggests Bonci, as it can create strong, savory flavor.

Beets

Beets are also a good source of folate, which guards against birth defects, colon cancer and osteoporosis and are high in fiber and beta-carotene. The pigment betacyanin, which gives beets their distinctive hue which is just one of several disease-fighting phytonutrients found in this root vegetable.

Garlic

Garlic is great for killing infections like athlete’s foot. Garlic is a super food and anti-bacterial properties and is nothing to sneer at a tad strong in the raw form as this immune-boosting. It is ideal for warding off colds, flues and preventing hardening of the arteries.

Acai and Goji Berries

Superfoods have health benefits as reported by people who use them.  Goji is high in vitamin C and bioflavonoids which help to protect the heart, improve circulation, strengthen blood capillaries, build collagen, and act as a major antioxidant, as well as regenerating other antioxidants like vitamin E.  For example, those who eat the goji berry as part of their diet tend to have better circulation and fewer incidences of heart disease.  They also tend to balance blood sugar. Another antioxidant fruit is the acai berry.  This fruit has particularly good heart protective benefits, with its strong antioxidant anthocyanins and rich levels of vitamin C and E.

Eggs

Eggs play a beneficial part of your diet if you’re looking to achieve health, strength and energy. Most people raising livestock for eggs have ducks and chickens. If you aren’t able to raise your own, chicken eggs are the most widely available and affordable. Some people may have an allergy to chicken eggs and can have digestive problems. Somehow the health industry has convinced the population that egg yolks are unhealthy. More than a few restaurants and cafes offer an egg white sandwich or meal.

Acai Berry

Acai berry is one of the buzziest super foods now-a-days. This rainforest grown, grape-like fruit packs a megadose of antioxidants, fatty acids and protein in just single handful. You can get some of the benefits from applying aca topically, according to Dr. Wechsler. Acai is particularly dense in anthosyanins, the same antiaging compound found in red wine.

Pomegranate

Pomegranate is ruby-red fruit which is rich in vitamin C and can help smooth, brighten skin, says Dr. Wechsler, as well as ellagic acid, an antioxidant believed to help slow the breakdown of collagen, thereby leading to fewer wrinkles. Pomegranate pigments abound in pure lip & cheek tint, contributing to the all-natural formula’s rich color payoff.

Food that you keep in the freezer at all times

Imagine a world where you could eat something different for dinner every night of the week without having to start a meal from scratch each time. A reality where, say, seemingly time-consuming dishes like homemade pizza, could actually be ready in minutes.

Times are based on a freezer set at 0 degrees Fahrenheit or colder. Storing and eating frozen foods past these deadlines isn’t dangerous, but flavors and textures will begin to deteriorate.

The key to this wonderful existence where every night is a different culinary adventure lies in your freezer. Here are some things you might not think to keep in your freezer but definitely should.

Shredded cheese

That good hunk of cheese left over from one of these recipes which inevitably seems to go moldy before you can even eat it all doesn’t have to go bad. If you want to use it next time you have leftovers, shred the remainder of the cheese, freeze it in a plastic bag, and thaw it out in just a few minutes as you need it.

Sliced bread

Having sliced bread in your freezer is the best thing since sliced bread–no really. Just pop it in the oven or toaster and make yourself a sandwich. So it is time saving and be ready in a minute when you are hungry. It is something trendy like avocado toast.

Nuts

The freezer actually makes nuts last longer because it keeps the oils in them from going rancid which makes them to be fresh at any time. If you buy your nuts in bulk, only keep out what you think you will eat soon and freeze the rest. They thaw really quickly on your kitchen counter and you can always have them on hand for pestos, salads, baking, or snacking.

Cooked grains

We’re going to go ahead and make a bold statement right now: You should probably always cook more grains than you think you need. Cooked rice is one of the best things you can have in your freezer and you’ll be so happy to come home after a long day and know that you don’t have to wait 30 minutes to cook a new batch. Just store it in a freezer-proof container and add a couple tablespoons of water to a saucepan or microwave-safe bowl to heat it back up again. As it is time saving and best to be on hunger.

Puff pastry

Frozen puff pastry is a lifesaver for the last minute host/hostess. You can transform into an impressive and insanely delicious appetizer, main, or dessert in almost no time. You just need to heat it up and have it at your snacks.

Wine

Did you fall a little short in finishing that bottle of vine last night? Freeze it in an ice-cube tray and just pop a cube into your pan the next time your recipe calls for some wine. Your pasta sauces will thank you. Have it when you want it with hot recipes.

Pizza Dough

If you’re one of those people who likes to eat pizza weekly (like we do), then having some pizza dough in your freezer isn’t a bad idea. Just thaw it in the fridge 24 hours before you want to eat it, then roll it out, top it off with deliciousness, and bake it as normal with your desired recipes.

 Bacon

We love to freeze bacon slices because it thaws really quickly at room temperature and, well, because we always want to eat it. Wrap 3 to 4 slices side by side in parchment paper before putting in a freezer-proof bag. It’s better to store them in freezer as soon as you have finished off and place the remaining bacon in the freezer.

Citrus

If you happen to have a family member in Florida who sends you care packages of citrus (or maybe you just bought too many lemons one day), you might want to keep some of those fruits in your freezer. Just wash the skin and cut away any broken or bruised spots that could contain micro-organisms that lead to food-borne illness. You can freeze the fruits whole, cut in half, or sliced into sections.

Ripe Bananas

Who actually has the foresight to prepare for banana bread craving by buying bananas a week ahead of time and waiting for them to be ready? Thanks to your freezer, now you don’t have to because you can just freeze your ripe bananas and have them handy the next time you’ve got a hankering. Adding a frozen banana to smoothies makes it super creamy and have you guys ever had banana soft serve like this.

The foods that you can store in the freezer are as follows.

  • Chicken or turkey pieces, uncooked: nine months
  • Fruit pies, unbaked: eight months
  • Fruit: 6 to 12 months
  • Steaks, uncooked: 6 to 12 months
  • Butter: 6 to 9 months
  • Lean fish: six months
  • Roasts, uncooked: 4 to 12 months
  • Chicken or turkey, cooked: 4 to 6 months
  • Chops, uncooked: 4 to 6 months
  • Shellfish, uncooked: 3 to 6 months
  • Hamburger: 3 to 4 months
  • Bread and cake: three months
  • Cookies, baked or dough: three months
  • Meat casseroles, cooked: three months
  • Fatty fish: 2 to 3 months
  • Soups and stews: 2 to 3 months
  • Ice cream and sorbet: two months
  • Ham, cooked: 1 to 2 months
  • Bacon: one month

Is microwave oven food safe? What foods to cook in ovens and what should not cook?

The microwave oven was invented in the 20th century; over 90% of homes in America have at least one. Today, many people use microwave ovens daily to prepare foods, it is important to know some cooking basics to ensure food safety. It is important to use a food thermometer and test food in several placed to be sure it has reached the recommended safe temperature to destroy bacteria and other pathogens that could cause food borne illness.

Microwave ovens are popular for reheating previously cooked foods and cooking vegetables. It is useful for rapid heating of otherwise slowly prepared cooking items, such as hot butter, fats and chocolate. Unlike conventional ovens, microwave ovens usually do not directly brown or caramelize food.

Although heat is produced directly in the food, microwave ovens do not cook food from the “inside out.” When thick foods are cooked, the outer layers are heated and cooked primarily by microwaves while the inside is cooked mainly by the conduction of heat from the hot outer layers.

Microwave cooking can be more energy efficient than conventional cooking because foods cook faster and the energy heats only the food, not the whole oven compartment. Microwave cooking does not reduce the nutritional value of foods any more than conventional cooking. In fact, foods cooked in a microwave oven may keep more of their vitamins and minerals, because microwave ovens can cook more quickly and without adding water.

Bacteria will be destroyed during microwave cooking just as in other types of ovens, so the food is safe cooked in a microwave oven. However the food can cook less evenly than in a conventional oven. Microwave cooking can be uneven just as with frying and grilling.

To promote uniform cooking, arrange food items evenly in a covered dish and add some liquid if needed. Where possible, debone large pieces of meat; bone can shield meat from thorough cooking.

Cover the dish with a lid or plastic wrap. Allow enough space between the food and the top of the dish so that plastic wrap does not touch the food. Loosen or vent the lid or wrap to allow steam to vent. The moist heat that is created will help destroy harmful bacteria and ensure uniform cooking. Cooking bags also provide safe, even cooking.

Stir, rotate, or turn foods upside down (where possible) midway through the microwaving time to even the cooking and eliminate cold spots where harmful bacteria can survive. Even if the microwave oven has a turntable, it’s still helpful to stir and turn food top to bottom.

Follow cooking instructions on the product label (or recipe instructions). If a range of time is given, start with the fewest minutes recommended. Add cooking time if necessary to reach a safe internal temperature.

Observe the “standing time.” Cooking continues and is completed during standing time. Most importantly, follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Never partially cook food and store it for later use because any bacteria present wouldn’t have been destroyed. When partially cooking food in the microwave oven to finish cooking on the grill or in a conventional oven, it is important to transfer the microwaved food to the other heat source immediately.

Microwaves might affect the human body as it is known that microwave radiation can heat body tissue the same way it heats food. Exposing to high levels of microwaves can cause a painful burn. Exposure to high levels of microwave energy can alter or kill sperm, producing temporary sterility. Different types of injuries like burns, cataracts, temporary sterility can only be caused by exposure to large amounts of microwave radiation much more than the 5mW limit for microwave oven leakage.

  • Microwaved food, when consumed continuously over a long period, “shorts out” electrical impulses in the brain, depolarizing or de-magnetizing brain tissue.
  • Microwaving food changes its chemical composition in some mysterious, unknown way, destroying the “vital energy” and nutrients in food.
  • Microwaving water cause changes in its “structure or energy.”
  • Microwaving food or water causes the formation of “radiolytic compounds” — new chemicals created by the tearing apart of molecules.

Here are some real, not-hidden hazards of microwave cooking like heat, bacteria, metals, plastics, empty and damaged oven.

Foods that contain vitamins for a healthy diet

A vitamin doesn’t give you energy, but do help you stay healthy. Vitamins must get them from the foods you eat. Vitamins need small amounts and most people can meet their vitamin needs and eating a variety of healthy foods.

Two types of vitamins are available that are water soluble and fat soluble. Water soluble vitamins include vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, vitamin C, biotin and folate. Because they are not stored in large amounts in the body and some extra is lost through your urine. Fat soluble vitamins include vitamins A, D, E and K and they can be stored in your body.

A diet that includes most of these fruits, vegetables, meats and dairy products will ensure that you get your daily vitamin requirement, without the need for supplements.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A plays a vital role in bone growth, vision and cell division. As it promotes good vision and helps to maintain healthy bones, teeth, skin and soft tissues. Sources of vitamin A include both animal and plant sources.

Vitamin A is available in eggs, chicken, fish, seafood, apple, apricots, oranges, mangos, cantaloupe, watermelon, kiwis, plums, peaches, blackberries, green vegetables, carrots, spinach, pumpkin, peas, broccoli, tomato, wheat germ and dairy products such as cheese, milk and yogurt.

Vitamin B

Vitamin B complex includes B1, B2, B3, B6, B12 and folate folic acid. It helps in cell repair, digestion and metabolism and boosts that immune system. Sources are bananas, broccoli, dates, dairy products, fish, figs, nuts, seeds, spinach, pulses and potatoes

Vitamin B1 Thiamine

It gives healthy heart & nervous system, optimizes your metabolism & brain function. It aids in circulation, blood formation, growth, muscle tone, energy and learning. It may be helpful in protecting against Alzheimer’s disease.

Vitamin B2 Riboflavin

It gives healthy skin, hair, and nails. It maintains formation of antibodies and red blood cells. It can facilitate carbohydrate, fat, and protein metabolism. It aids against stress and fatigue. It may be helpful protecting against bowel cancer.

Vitamin B3 Niacin

It gives healthy nervous system, skin, tongue, and digestive system. It aids in better blood circulation and energy. Lowers the bad LDL cholesterol levels and increases the good HDL levels in the blood.

Vitamin B5 Pantothenic Acid

This anti-stress vitamin fortifies white blood cells. It supports the adrenal glands in producing hormones. Builds cells and assists them in metabolizing fats & carbohydrates to produce energy.

Vitamin B6 Pyridoxine

It promotes a healthy central nervous and immune system. It aids in normal cellular growth and healthy skin. It helps to turn food into energy.

Vitamin B12 Cyanocobalamin

Maintains a healthy nervous system and creates nerve coverings called myelin sheaths that protect nerve endings. It supports red blood cell production. It helps in preventing anemia and the use of iron.

Vitamin C

May help prevent cell damage and reduce the risk of certain cancers, heart disease and other diseases. Helps heal cuts and wounds and keeps gums healthy. It protects you from infections by keeping your immune system healthy. Increases the amount of iron your body absorbs from some foods. Sources of vitamin C are Citrus fruits such as oranges, grapefruits, and their juices, kiwi, strawberries, mangoes, papaya, red, yellow and green peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, tomatoes, raw dark leafy vegetables.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is vital for healthy bones and teeth as it absorbs calcium and maintains the level of calcium and phosphorous. Sun is the best source for vitamin D. Several food sources are also available with the best food sources of vitamin D. They include cereals, corn flakes, mashed potatoes, dairy products, green vegetables, milk, yogurt, organ meats, eggs and salmon.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is an antioxidant and helps in the production of red blood cells. Foods that are rich in vitamin E are avocado, tomato, watercress, Brussels, spinach, berries, salmon, whole grain, nuts, sunflower oil, olive oil and mackerel.

Vitamin K

Vitamin K plays a vital role in the blood clotting process in the body and helps to main strong bones. The best food sources of vitamin K are meat, liver, egg yolk, whole grain, sprouts, celery, parsley, iceberg lettuce, peas, asparagus, cabbage, cucumbers, broccoli and soybean.

Vitamin P

Vitamin P is known as biaflavonoids and it helps in blood circulation by strengthening the capillaries. People whose diet includes fruits and vegetables, automatically can fulfill vitamin P requirement as brightly colored fruits and vegetables are good sources of vitamin P. The best food sources of vitamin P are oranges, lemons, tangerines, mangos, grapefruit, cherries, blackberries and plums, carrots, tomatoes, green pepper, broccoli, onions, red wine, buckwheat and garlic.

Best mineral foods – The most nutritious foods rich in minerals

Minerals that help your body grow and stay healthy. Your body needs minerals to perform different functions, from building healthy bones to transmitting electrical impulses along nerves. In fact, some minerals help to maintain a normal heart beat and make hormones. Since minerals are an essential part of a healthy diet, it is important to learn which foods are good sources of these nutrients.

Foods Rich in Magnesium, Calcium and Potassium

Magnesium: A good source of magnesium includes vegetables, dry fruits and meat products. Good dietary sources of magnesium includes legumes, whole grains, wheat bran, soybean flour, whole-wheat flour, oat bran, spinach, beet greens, green leafy vegetables and Swiss chard. Your muscles, kidneys and heart require magnesium to function optimally.

Calcium: Milk and dairy products are main source of calcium. There are essential minerals by consuming drumsticks, fenugreek, black gram and watermelon. Good sources of calcium include cheeses, kale, cabbage, turnip greens, bok choy, broccoli, dark leafy greens, kelp, dried figs, sardines, canned salmon, oysters, hazelnuts, yogurt, milk and cottage cheese. Your body uses calcium to form and maintain strong bones and teeth. Seafood is also a good source of calcium.

Potassium: Potassium is found in mils, fresh fruits, radish, potatoes, garlic and meat. Foods such as tomatoes, avocados, orange juice, bananas, cantaloupes, cod, flounder, salmon and chicken contain decent amounts of potassium. Potassium ensures that your digestive and muscular systems perform their assigned functions effectively.

Foods Rich in Sodium, Phosphorus and Chloride

Sodium: Sodium is essentially found in common salt, milk, carrots, radishes, beetroots, egg, fish and meat. Sodium helps control your blood volume and blood pressure. Good sources of sodium include celery. Both calcium and phosphorus helps build strong bones and teeth.

Phosphorus: The foods that contain substantial amounts of phosphorus include eggs, dairy products, fish, meat, poultry, legumes and nuts.

Chloride: Chloride helps maintain proper balance of fluids in your body. Tomatoes, lettuce, seaweed, rye, olives, table salt and celery contain high levels of chloride.

Foods Rich in Iron, Manganese and Zinc

Iron: The main source of iron is green leafy vegetables, green grams, dates, seasame mangoes, eggs and meat. Iron is a component of red blood cells, which carry oxygen to the cells throughout your body. Dried peas and beans, nuts and seeds, legumes and whole grains contain good amounts of iron, as do lean red meat, shellfish, poultry, fish, liver and other organ meats.

Manganese: A food source of magnesium includes legumes, vegetables, dry fruits, fish and meat products. Your body needs manganese to make sex hormones, blood-clotting factors, connective tissue and bones. Pineapples, wheat germ, nuts and seeds, whole grains and legumes are rich dietary sources of manganese.

Zinc: Zinc plays a vital role in reproduction, vision, growth, blood clotting, smell and the immune system. Black-eyed peas, pinto beans, soybeans, lima beans, whole grains, pumpkin, mushrooms, cooked greens and sunflower seeds are good sources of zinc.

Foods Rich in Iodine and Chromium

Iodine: Iodine helps regulate the rate of energy production and body weight and promotes proper growth. It also promotes healthy hair, nails, skin and teeth. Your body synthesizes thyroid hormones with the support of iodine. Thyroid hormones contribute to normal growth and development. Great sources of iodine include lima beans, soybeans, garlic, sesame seeds, Swiss chard, seafood, spinach, turnip greens and summer squash.

Chromium: Chromium helps to enhance the function of a hormone called insulin, which plays a fundamental role in regulating blood sugar levels. Your body uses insulin to convert sugar and starches into the energy. Brewer’s yeast, oatmeal, mushrooms, asparagus, whole grains, organ meats, nuts and prunes have high amounts of chromium.

Foods Rich in Copper, Selenium and Molybdenum

Copper: Copper is involved in the absorption, storage and metabolism of iron and the formation of red blood cells. It also helps supply oxygen to the body. Enriched cereals, navy beans, lentils, soybeans, mushrooms, potatoes, tomatoes, sweet potatoes and organ meats are rich sources of copper.

Selenium: Selenium is a part of several enzymes necessary for the body to properly function. Excellent sources of selenium include shellfish, butter, fish, wheat germ, whole grains, brewer’s yeast, sunflower seeds and Brazil nuts.

Molybdenum: Molybdenum plays an important role in various biological processes, including the production of energy in cells, the development of the nervous system and the processing of waste in the kidneys. Molybdenum includes legumes, such as peas, lentils and beans, grain products and nuts.

Healthy Diet – Eat more vegetables

Healthy eating is not about strict dietary limitations, staying unrealistically thin, or depriving yourself of the foods you love. Vegetables are the foundation of a healthy diet. They are low in calories and nutrient dense, which means they are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber. Eating more fresh vegetables is one of the simplest choices you can make to improve your overall health.

Vegetables with different colors provide different benefits. So you should eat rainbow of vegetables every day with every meal that keeps you with good health. Vegetables contain higher concentrations of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants.

Vegetables may be raw or cooked; fresh, frozen, canned, or dried/dehydrated; and may be whole, cut-up, or mashed. Based on their nutrient content, vegetables are organized into 5 subgroups: dark green vegetables, starchy vegetables, red and orange vegetables, beans and peas, and other vegetables.

Green vegetables

Take vegetables that are bright and dark green lettuce. Mustard greens, Chinese cabbage, broccoli, spinach and kale are just a few of the options that all packed with calcium magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc and vitamins A, C, E and K.

Starchy/Sweet vegetables

Add healthy sweetness to your meals. The natural sweet vegetables are corn, yams, onions, corn, green bananas, green peas, water chestnuts and squash.

Red and orange vegetables

Red and orange vegetables are good sources of potassium, which is an essential nutrient for regulating your blood pressure. The red and orange vegetables are acorn squash, carrots, pumpkin, red peppers, sweet potatoes, tomatoes.

Beans and peas

Beans are high in soluble fiber, folate, magnesium, iron and potassium. These heart healthy nutrients help to lower cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure and reduce risk of coronary artery disease, diabetes and osteoporosis.

Peas are soluble in fiber, lean protein, folate, magnesium, potassium and zinc. They contain vitamin B6, high iron and a mineral that helps manage blood pressure and prevent osteoporosis. Some of the peas and beans are black beans, black eyed peas, split peas, kidney beans, lentils, soy beans, navy and white beans.

Other vegetables

There are some more other vegetables like avocado, cabbage, cauliflower, cucumber, eggplant, beets, mushrooms, okra, artichokes and asparagus.

How much is needed?

The amount of vegetables you need to eat depends on your age, sex, and level of physical activity. Vegetable subgroup recommendations are given as amounts to eat weekly. It is not necessary to eat vegetables from each subgroup daily. However, over a week, try to consume the amounts listed from each subgroup as a way to reach your daily intake recommendation.

In general, 1 cup of raw or cooked vegetables or vegetable juice, or 2 cups of raw leafy greens can be considered as 1 cup from the Vegetable Group. The specific amounts that count as 1 cup of vegetables (in some cases equivalents for ½ cup are also shown) towards your recommended intake.

Health benefits

Eating vegetables provides health benefits with people who eat more vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet are likely to have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases. Vegetables provide nutrients vital for health and maintenance of your body.

  • Vegetables that are rich in fiber may reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes.
  • Vegetables with high potassium may lower blood pressure and may reduce the risk of developing kidney stones and help to decrease bone loss.
  • Vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories. None have cholesterol.
  • Vegetables are important sources of many nutrients like potassium, dietary fiber, folate, vitamin A and vitamin C.

Selection of vegetables

Organic verities tend to be smaller but have rich flavor, possess some good concentration of vitamins, minerals and loaded with numerous health benefiting anti-oxidants.

  • Buy that feature freshness, bright in color and flavor and feel heavy in your hands.
  • Look carefully for blemishes, spots, fungal mold and signs of insecticide spray. Buy whole vegetables instead of section of them (for example, pumpkin).

How to use vegetables?

You need to do immediately after shopping, wash them, especially green leafy vegetables. Rinse in salt water for few minutes and gently swish in cool water until you are satisfied with cleanliness.

Health Tips – Foods for natural, healthy, glowing skin

Most women got a great length to make sure that their skin glows and they look attractive. Eating right foods can also improve the quality of your skin. A diet rich in antioxidants and vitamins is considered good for your skin. If we don’t eat foods with the nutrients we need, our body cannot produce hormones correctly or maintain hormonal balance because it doesn’t have the building blocks to do so. The human body needs a balance of all three macronutrients, carbohydrates, protein and especially fat which is crucial element for hormonal balance.

Simple lifestyle changes like including fruits in your daily diet can give you glowing skin. Fruits help with clear complexion, skin rejuvenation, natural hydration, improvement of skin texture and making the skin appear youthful and glowing.

These are the skin-friendly components in our diet can help us acquire glowing skin naturally.

Tomatoes

Tomato will help you in combating with stubborn spots or acne. It is good to include tomato based food like sauce, tomato juice etc., to your daily diet over 3-5 times every week. Tomatoes contain as photochemical called Lycopene, which gives red color to it. Tomatoes also help in protecting your skin from UV rays.

Green Tea

Green tea will reduce the levels of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is an acne-producing hormone. Green tea is packed with lots of antioxidants that help you in making your skin look a lot healthier and younger too. It contains vitamin C, vitamin D and vitamin K which helps in growing hair naturally and take 3-5 cups a day. It helps you to improve your skin complexion in one week by essential minerals such as copper, zinc, calcium, magnesium and iron.

Berries

Berries will help you in fighting off blemishes. Cherries, blueberries and other deeply colored berries are best sources for antioxidants. Suffering with severe acne means that you will have very low levels of blood antioxidants. Acne causes local oxidative stress results in depletion of antioxidants.

 Dark green leafy vegetables

Your daily diet is one of the easiest ways to enhance the skin’s natural radiance by adding dark green leafy vegetables. Because they consist of antioxidants, essential vitamins and nutrients, dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach, Swiss chard, arugula help rid our skin of dullness and endow us with glowing skin.

Kiwi

Kiwi is rich in vitamin C content as it protects your skin against the onset of wrinkles. Any vitamin C rich food such as guavas, oranges, bell peppers, grapefruits, strawberries, pineapple etc., will make your skin glow. As vitamin C has multiple benefits for our skin including protecting it from sun damage and promoting cell turnover, it will help in preserving the youth and beauty of our skin.

 Nuts

We can acquire smooth, healthy and glowing skin through consuming of nuts like walnuts, almonds. It is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and is essential for providing skin with a healthy dose of natural oils that in turn reduces inflammation, acne, scaly skin and redness.

Carrots

Carrots contain high levels of carotene, vitamin A and antioxidants, carrots can give you healthy skin from the inside by flushing out toxins. It also protects your skin from sun induced damage preventing premature ageing and wrinkles.

Water

Drinking plenty of water will keep your system internally hydrated which in turn directly reflects on your skin. It helps you to flush out the harmful toxins from our system but also by keeping those ugly wrinkles at bay and giving us naturally getting glowing skin.

Pumpkin seeds

Pumpkin seeds are great skin-beautifying agents. They get their power of skin beautification from zinc, the beauty mineral and essential fatty acids like omega 3, 6, 9. It also helps you in reducing the inflammation in your body. You can eat them by sprinkling them on to your favorite salads, smoothies.

Bananas

Bananas are rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin B and Vitamin E, act as an anti-ageing agent. It is a rich source of fiber, minerals, magnesium and potassium; they help in proper blood circulation in our body and build immunity from within. You can also opt for a facial using a freshly mashed banana mixed with honey to get glowing skin.

Healthy tips – Eating more fruits

Fruits are a great source of nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and fiber that will help and keeps you healthy.

Fruits are available in an almost infinite variety there’s always something new to try! Fruits are nature’s treat and easy to grab for a snack. Fruits are safe with no side effects and are cost-effective at the same time.

Uses of Fruits

Color & texture: Fruits add color, texture and appeal to your plate.

Fiber: Fruits provide fiber that helps to fill you up and keeps your digestive system happy.

Reduces disease risk: Eating plenty of fruits may help to reduce the risk of many diseases including heart disease, high blood pressure and some sort of cancers.

Vitamins and Minerals: Fruits are rich in vitamins and minerals that help you fell healthy and energized.

Calories: Fruits are naturally low in calories.

Convenience: Fruits are nutritious in any form like fresh, frozen, canned, dried and juice which are ready when you are hungry.

Include fruits into your day

  • Eat fruits with different colors like purple grapes, green grapes, green apples, oranges etc.
  • Slice bananas, canned peaches, or frozen berries on cereal, or add to yogurt.
  • Prepare a fruit salad for dessert.
  • Dried fruits make a great snack.

Healthy breakfast

Never skip breakfast because we do not have time to prepare a meal. But breakfast offers us energy to get through the morning. Those who eat breakfast are better able to concentrate at work and are less likely overeat at other meals. Nutritious morning meals you can eat while driving, walking. Grab an apple, wrap 1 to 2 ounces of Cheddar in plastic, and toss ¼ cup of fiber- and protein-rich walnuts into a resalable plastic bag.

  • Grab a fruit cup or fresh fruit pieces.
  • Mix low fat plain or vanilla yogurt with fresh fruit or cereal like raisin bran or low fat granola.
  • Spread 1 tablespoon peanut butter on whole wheat bread and wrap it around a banana.
  • Gran ¼ cup each of plain low fat yogurt and orange juice with ¼ a banana and a few frozen berries.
  • Instead of consuming a whole grain or bran toaster waffle in syrup, you can just cut the sugar and boost the protein and fiber by spreading it with 2 tablespoons of peanut butter.
  • Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of raisins, sesame seeds or peanuts for more fiber on peanut butter waffle which helps deliver the meals nutrients slowly and steadily.

Lunch and Dinner

We are driving between meetings, tight schedules, squeezing in a 30 minute lunch break; there are days that we need to eat a meal on-the-go.

  • Do not add a sugary, calorie-rich drink to your meal. Water is available everywhere and is good for you. You can also try skim or low fat milk or unsweetened iced tea instead of soda.
  • Eat more fruits that have the nutrients you need for health including potassium, calcium, vitamin D and fiber.
  • Add fruits to meals as part of main or side dishes or as dessert. Cut calories by drinking water or unsweetened beverages.

Snacks

Snacks can be a source of extra calories throughout the day but they can also be a way to fit in healthy foods.

Dried fruits, fresh fruits, 100% juice boxes, nuts are healthy snacks which gives more energy and low calories. Fresh fruit is already packaged to go and always a convenient, nutritious snack.

Eating 250 – 500 fewer calories per day will result in 1/2 to 1 pound weight loss per week. Take 1.5 cups of fruit a day which will be equals to half cup of cooked, chopped raw or canned fruits, 1 small piece of fruit, ¼ cup dried fruit and ½ cup 100% fruit juice.

Dietary fiber from fruits, as part of an overall healthy diet, helps reduce blood cholesterol levels and may lower risk of heart disease.  Fiber-containing foods such as fruits help provide a feeling of fullness with fewer calories. Vitamin C is important for growth and repair of all body tissues, helps heal cuts and wounds, and keeps teeth and gums healthy. Folate (folic acid) helps the body form red blood cells.

Health tips – Most unhealthy cancer causing foods to avoid

Cancer is one of the most dreaded diseases of the modern age and diet plays an important role in causing cancer, apart from other factors such as genetics, exposure to chemicals and life style.  To avoid cancer risk one should have basic knowledge about the food items that are harmful to our body.  Eating good food is very important to keep healthier. Today’s world even homemade food is not completely safe. So avoid fast food, parties and junk food.

The unhealthiest, cancer causing foods that you should never eat again.

Genetically- modified organisms (GMOs)

The development of biotechnology has led to the increased production of genetically modified organisms for food. The genetically modified vegetables, fish and poultry are produced using chemicals that promote rapid growth of tumors in humans. Genetically modified corn, tomatoes, potatoes, soybeans, canola, salmons poses threat to our health and hence should not be considered as cancer free diet. Be cautions in selecting food items which are certified as non-GMO foods or organic foods produced using natural methods.

Processed meats

Meats preserved by smoking, curing/salting, or chemical preservatives that make them appear fresh, are linked to an increased risk of colon cancer. Both sodium nitrite and sodium nitrate have been linked to significantly increasing the risk of colon and other forms of cancer, so be sure to choose only uncured meat products made without nitrates, and preferably from grass-fed sources

Microwave popcorn

Microwave popcorn might be convenient but the lining of the microwave popcorn bag contain perfluoroctanoic acid (PFOA) which belongs to a class of compounds that is linked to liver, testicular and pancreatic cancers. When the bag is microwave, the chemicals vaporize and get absorbed by the popcorn which will ultimately reach your body.

Soda pop

Like processed meats, soda pop has been shown to cause cancer. It’s loaded with sugar, food chemicals and colorings; soda acidifies the body and literally feeds cancer cells. Common soda pop chemicals like caramel color and its derivative 4-methylimidazole (4-MI) have also specifically been linked to causing cancer.

Diet Foods, beverages

A recent scientific review issued by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is more than 20 separate research studies found that aspartame, one of the most common artificial sweeteners, causes a range of illnesses including birth defects and cancer. Sucralose, saccharin and various other artificial sweeteners have also been linked to causing cancer. Sweetened and carbonated beverages like soda and other drinks sold commercially have high levels of refined sugar, added color and preservatives.

Refined white flours

Refined flour is a common ingredient in processed foods, but its excess carbohydrate content is a serious cause for concern. Regular consumption of refined carbohydrates was linked to a 220 percent increase in breast cancer among women. High-glycemic foods in general have also been shown to rapidly raise blood sugar levels in the body, which directly feeds cancer cell growth and spread.

Refined sugars

Refined sugars rend to rapidly spike insulin levels and feed the growth of cancer cells. Fructose-rich sweeteners like high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) are particularly offensive, as cancer cells have been shown to quickly and easily metabolize them in order to proliferate. And since cookies, cakes, pies, sodas, juices, sauces, cereals, and many other popular, mostly processed, food items are loaded with HFCS which leads to cancer.

Conventional apples, grapes and other dirty fruits

Many people think they are eating healthy when they buy apples, grapes, or strawberries from the store. But unless these fruits are organic or verified to be pesticide-free, there could be a major cancer risk.

Hydrogenated oils

Hydrogenated oils are used for preparing the food which needs a longer shelf life. Hydrogenated vegetable oils can change the structure of the cell membrane and make them more susceptible to diseases like cancer. These trans-fats are still used by commercial food manufacturing units. Check the food labels to make sure that they are free of hydrogenated vegetable oil.

Canned tomatoes

Canned tomatoes have a chemical ingredient called Bisphenol-A known to cause heart disease, infertility and intestinal damage.

Framed salmon

Framed Salmon is a well-known Cancer-causing food. If you like Salmon you should eat a fresh one that has greater vitamin D content. There are many carcinogens and pesticides in framed salmon.