Thursday, February 16, 2017

Vegan Mango Chia Pudding - Healthy Vegan Recipes For Weight Loss


mango chia pudding

Vegan mango chia pudding, chia seeds for weight loss. This vegan mango chia pudding is healthy, refined sugar free pudding with chia seeds and mango and the perfect breakfast if you are trying to lose weight. Chia seeds are rich in fibre and one of the best plant based sources of omega 3 fatty acids. Did you know that omega-3 promotes weight loss??

Chia seeds are one of the best plant based sources of omega 3 fatty acids, reduces harmful cholesterol levels, reduce the risk of diabetes, reduces appetite, and fat storage. This mango chia pudding will keep you fuller for a longer time and helps to keep hunger pangs away.



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Ghee Burns Fat? - Health Benefits Of Ghee


ghee burns fat

Ghee: does ghee burns fat? does it help to lose weight? and some health benefits of ghee and why you should include ghee in your diet. Ghee or clarified butter is made from the cream of milk and it has been a part of Indian cuisine since a very very long time and hence most Indians are familiar with ghee. Many of you grew up on ghee right from childhood; it must be your mom or dadi or nani who mixed ghee with hot steaming rice or on parathas and you must have enjoyed it during your childhood. And some way along the road, you just assumed that ghee is fattening and you totally avoided it, am I right?

Ayurveda says that the consumption of ghee offers a wide range of benefits including clarity of mind and a sound digestion. That means ghee helps to sustain a healthy microbes in the GI tract to promote effective digestion and elimination. It nourishes all the tissues of the body, including the nervous system translating into a calm energy through out the day. So, wanna beat stress? include atleast a tsp of ghee in your diet.

Those with a constitution of vata and pitta will benefit most from ghee. The short chain fatty acids (SCFA) in ghee promote fat burning and also promotes healthy bacteria in the gut and this is the reason why I use ghee in my recipes. Another important reason as to why I use ghee in my weight loss meal is because ghee reduces the glycemic index of the food. this ensures that there is a slow, steady rise in blood sugars and you will have better energy levels through out the day. If you have thyroid issues, pcod/pcos, diabetes, or if you are overweight; then ghee should definitely be in your daily diet.

Ghee has the highest smoking point about 450 Fahrenheit and do you know why this high smoke point of ghee is important?. Well, heating oils above their smoke points destroys the essential phytonutrients and can result in an increase of free radicals (and may be carcinogenic).

Apart from sunlight, you need to include foods that provide Vitamin D like eggs, mushroom, sardine etc in your diet. This vitamin D is fat soluble hence healthy fats like ghee is needed for Vitamin D absorption. Other healthy fats that can help in absorption of Vitamin D are flaxseeds, milk, olives etc.

So, ladies if you are pregnant or lactating then, you need an extra dollop of ghee in your diet to boost your Vitamin D. Vitamin D plays a critical role in regulating thyroid glands. For those with pcod/pcos issues ghee will help to absorb vitamins especially A, E, and D. The short chain fatty acids in ghee will keep the intestinal mucus healthy and also ensures good digestion. Remember, ghee enhances the absorption of nutrients.

So, ghee with its vitamins A, D, E, K, K2, and ClA (conjugated Linoleic Acid)  promotes weight loss, keeps the gut healthy, strengthens the immune system, hydrates skin, makes hair grow thick, and nourishes the nervous system....'translating into calm energy and clarity of the mind through the day'.

Studies also shows that ghee help protect from cancer.

The SCFA in ghee is pre-biotic meaning it creates an environment in your gut for the friendly bacteria to prosper. Lack of probiotic bacteria also gives belly bloating. The SCFA in ghee actually helps to break down fat!! So, need any more reason for including ghee in your diet?

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Tuesday, February 07, 2017

How To Make Indian Desi Ghee At Home For Weight Loss - The Traditional Way



how to make Indian ghee/desi ghee at home for weight loss, the traditional Ayurvedic way. ghee or clarified butter is an healthy fat which has many benefits and can be made from the cream/malai of milk. Ghee is a superfood and homemade ghee is a must in your diet as it contains many vital nutrients much needed for the body. Ghee helps to lose body fat with its short chain fatty acids. It also helps to absorb fat soluble vitamins like A, E, D, and K2 much needed for combating issues like thyroid, pcod, leaky gut syndrome etc.

Homemade ghee has a subtle yellow color and I have not added any color or flavourings. Desi ghee will harden a little once it has cool down completely.

Do check my video on how to make homemade ghee the traditional Ayurvedic way.




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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Poha Upma Recipe For Weight Loss


poha upma recipe

poha upma recipe, poha upma for weight loss - poha or flattened rice or beaten rice is light on the stomach and helps to keep your fuller for a longer time. This meal is ideal for breakfast, lunch, or dinner; replace one meal with this traditional upma to help you lose weight.

I am using the thick variety of red poha which is hand pound, poha is completely gluten free, light on the stomach, and an excellent source of energy. It provides vitamin B1, iron, zinc, magnesium, vitamin c, vitamin A, and calcium. It contains no cholesterol and saturated fat. It is an excellent option for hypothyroid and pcod diet or for people who are anemic.

Poha is inexpensive and easily available and is a whole some food.

I used ghee in this recipe; did you know that ghee reduces the glycemic index of the food it is added too?


Ingredients:
1 cup poha
peanuts: 1/4 cup
1 tbsp: coconut oil or ghee
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds
1 whole red chilli
1 sprig curry leaves
1 chopped onion
2 chopped green chilies
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 grated carrots
1/4 capsicum
1/2 tsp pink himalayan salt
1/2 lemon



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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Thyroid Diet Plan For Weight Loss


thyroid diet for weight loss

thyroid diet for weight loss, sharing a vegetarian full day thyroid friendly diet plan which not only helps you to lose weight but also nourish your thyroid gland.

banana is an integral part of thyroid health and it is one fruit that is available all through the year round in Kerala and sadly we have instilled this myth in our minds that banana is FATTENING!! Banana on the other hand is packed with nutrients and is rich in potassium, vitamin B6, and iodine!! yes, they contain iodine and so does carrots!! and can help nourish your thyroid cells. And ladies, if you are over 45 and nearing menopause then you need them in your diet and younger ladies if you are pregnant or lactating then you need them more! Did you know that without adequate supply of iodine in your diet you are more vulnerable to osteoporosis and diabetes?

whole grains are also rich in iodine source and the reason why I included whole wheat roti (homemade, of course) and poha (flattened rice) in this plan. I have divided the meals into 3 main meals and 2 small meals so that you are never hungry between meals, and having wholesome meals will reassure and support your thyroid and also encourages to improve metabolism.

no refined sugar is as important as adequate natural iodine supply along with vitamin B, C, and E. you will also need to wean off from refined oils to healthy fats like coconut oil or ghee (ghee is not fattening, it actually burns fat and that calls for another write up on ghee). Natural fats like mustard oil, ground nut oil also works well, but I live in Kerala and hence coconut oil and ghee are the best bet! So, get local and use fruits, oils, grains etc that comes from the place you live in.

With regard to salt, I am using pink Himalayan salt for the meals as it is a natural salt and reduces water retention, but limit salt consumption. Did you know that all processed foods are rich in salt? when you have too much salt you actually upset the balance of sodium and potassium in your cells and that makes it impossible for your thyroid to absorb the iodine that is being pumped through food or even your pill. Disturbed sodium and potassium balance is what it makes you feel "bloated", feeling bloating is the most frequent complaint by a person who has thyroid issues. So, the idea is less refined salt, no refined sugar, no refined oil, no processed foods (biscuits, fruit juices etc) but only wholesome and homemade food!

Get healthy fats also through cashew nuts, peanuts, almonds, walnuts etc...yes, a handful of dried fruits to snack is optimal for thyroid health.


Full day veg meal plan:
7 am: Lemon water
8.30 am, breakfast
10-30 am, mid morning snack
12.30 am, lunch
3.30 am, snack
7 pm, dinner
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Drink 8-10 glasses of water, you can have green tea or your favourite infused water.
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Friday, January 20, 2017

Thyroid Diet - Chocolate Breakfast Smoothie For Weight Loss With Poha/Aval




thyroid diet smoothie for weight loss

thyroid diet smoothie recipe, chocolate smoothie for breakfast with poha or aval is a filling and gluten free breakfast meal and perfect way to start your day. thyroid health is a concern these days and trying to include foods that are good for your thyroid heath is a great way to combat the disease naturally. thyroid and weight loss is easy to manage if you include certain foods in your diet which will not only help to reduce weight, bloating and fatigue but will give you more energy and a glowing and radiant skin.

my favourite thyroid food is cacao, if you ask me its the best thing in the world. Cacao nibs are rich in iron , magnesium, zinc, copper, manganese, and vitamin C and that means it is great for your thyroid health. Be sure to choose raw cacao powder.  The best thing about cacao is that it increased brain function, metabolism, and prevents and treats depression...yes, cacao makes you happy! it certainly does make me!!

Banana is one healthy natural plant based food for a healthy thyroid and along with poha or aval (flattened rice) it will provide more magnesium, zinc, iron, protein, etc....much required for thyroid health.

Including flaxseeds in your diet will give thiamine which has the same benefits for thyroid health as vitamin B12.

Homemade curd: probiotics are a must for a healthy digestive function. In fact, thyroid conditions are lined to a problem called leaky gut syndrome; it is something that a protein like gluten can leak through the gut and get in the blood stream and cause inflammation through the gut and get into the blood stream and cause inflammation through out the body, and can also cause inflammation of the thyroid gland. Thus, for healing leaky gut syndrome probiotics are the no.1 supplement and what better that real good homemade curd/dahi to provide good probiotics.



INGREDIENTS:
1 frozen banana
1/2 -3/4 cup aval/poha (I used thin aval)
1/2 cup homemade dahi/curd
3/4 cup water
coconut sugar: 1-2 tsp or as needed OR use 2 dates instead
raw cocoa powder: 1 1/2 tbsp
Flaxseeds: 1 tbsp
Chiaseeds: 1 tbsp
Cinnamon powder: 1 tsp
Cacao nibs: 1 tbsp or as needed
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Dry roast the aval/poha without burning on medium to low flame
you can use milk instead of curd, though I prefer curd for it probiotics and its good for the stomach. You will not know there is curd in this smoothie if you use fresh homemade curd which is not sour.
I used brown poha/aval as it is available here in Kerala. You can use white or brown
have this chocolate shake as a post workout drink, it is light on the stomach yet keeps you fuller for a longer period
its a healthy chocolate shake for kids.

Copyright (c): nisahomey.com, this recipe is developed and first published on Jan 17, 2017 by Nisa Homey

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Cacao Nibs: Super Food That Burns Fat


cacao nibs

heard of cacao nibs?? its not cocoa nibs! its cacao nibs! they are raw chocolate chips, no processing, no added refined sugar, but you still get that chocolate flavour plus all the amazing natural benefits of chocolate and this my friends is a super food that should be included in your diet if you are a chocoholic like me.

if you are not familiar with cacao nibs, then you should continue reading. Most of us knows that cacao or Theobroma cacao, is the source of original natural chocolate. It actually comes from the seeds of the fruit of the cacao tree; I remember during my childhood on one summer holidays while playing with my cousins at Kottayam, we came across the cacao tree and we managed to pull out a large fruit and somehow opened it and found some white seeds and in my all kiddish innocence thinking it is pure cacao I tasted some and it was the most bitterest taste I have experienced and the reason why I still remember it when I think of original cacao fruit. So, the seeds of cacao fruit does not taste like chocolate at all.

Raw cocoa is a super food which contains phytonutrients, sulfur, magnesium etc. The nutrients provides some benefits like gives you more focus and alertness, keeps you in a good mood, decrease depression etc.

Cacao nibs have more antioxidants than tea, wine, blue berries, and even goji berries. Epicatechin is a flavanol found in cacoa which in the process of manufacturing dark chocolate retains, but whereas milk chocolate does not retain much.

So, to get all the benefits cacao needs to be pure, least processed etc and that makes cacao nibs special. They are cacao beans that have been roasted, separated from their husks and broken into smaller pieces.

Here is one super healthy chocolate smoothie recipe for you to try with cacao nibs.

Some benefits of cacao nibs are:
Helps to lose weight and manage weight : Pure unrefined cacao nibs has lots of fiber and makes you feel fuller plus it helps with your chocolate cravings minus the calories. Moreover, the serotonin levels are increased which will make your brain feel that you are full and suppress hunger.
Prevents Anemia and iron deficiency, reduce risk or coronary disease and stroke, is rich in antioxidant and the phytonutrients in cacao nibs helps to absorb the free radicles that cause damage to our body.
Enhances mood: Raw cacao contains natural chemicals that keep you alert, boost your mood, decrease depression, and help you focus. Depression is one cause for weight gain and feeling happy by consuming cacao means that our desire to overeat reduces.

So, need any more excuse for not including cacao nibs in your diet?

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Super Weight Loss Chocolate Smoothie



super weight loss chocolate smoothie - healthy chocolate banana shake ; is one of my favourite healthy refined sugar free breakfast smoothie and best of all it keeps you fuller and satiated for a long time...and helps you to lose weight fast. chocolate for weight loss?? yes!!

does chocolate makes you happy?? well, it does it seems it releases some good hormones which elevates our moods! so, need any more reason not to have chocolate for breakfast?

to make this a power packed, fortified with antioxidants and omega 3s, I am using some super foods plus they will also keeps you fuller for a long time.

no refined sugar?? where does the sweetness comes from? its bananas! the trick is to freeze banana once it is ripened and that gives more sweetness, try it!!

if you feel you need more sweetness; then my choice would be dates!

raw cacao  nibs! how much I love thee! if you bite into raw cacao nibs, you sure wont like the bitter taste (the more bitter the more healthier, haven't you heard?); but when you add it in smoothies and shakes, it gives a nice chocolate flavoured crunch and I love it!!

here is the video recipe on how to make super weight loss chocolate smoothie


INGREDIENTS:
banana: 1 (frozen)
pineapple chunks: 1 cup (frozen)
1 cup water
chia seeds: 1 tbsp
flax seeds: 1 tbsp
turmeric tea milk: 1/3 tsp (check above for recipe link)
raw cocoa powder: 1 1/2 tbsp
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Toppings:
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
1 tbs raw cacao  nibs
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the pineapple will give extra dietary fiber, bananas will give you sweetness and also keep your energy levels high.
flax seeds and chia seeds will give you extra omega 3 and antioxidants
turmeric tea mix will help with weight loss
cinnamon will target your belly fat
raw cacao  nibs will give a nice crunch to the smoothie and best of all this chocolate smoothie will give you a "feel good" mood, plus makes you feel fuller for a long time. Your chocolate cravings are taken care off!


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Friday, January 06, 2017

Turmeric Tea Mix Recipe For Weight Loss - Homemade/DIY (Golden) Turmeric Tea Mix


turmeric tea mix

turmeric tea mix - diy turmeric mix to make turmeric tea or golden milk. turmeric tea for weight loss, for a flat belly, stomach bloating, and for overall health.

this homemade mix is an excellent fat burner and also will boost immunity. have this on empty stomach in the morning for best results. the active ingredient in turmeric known as curcumin has powerful anti inflammatory effects and is a strong anti oxidant. curcumin is not easily absorbed by the body and that is the reason inspite of us Indians having lots of turmeric in our diet, do not get its full benefits. black pepper is the one natural ingredient that helps the curcumin to be absorbed into the body by around 2000%, wow! So, do not skip black pepper when taking turmeric. All the ingredients I used in this homemade turmeric tea mix are locally acquired and organic.

curcumin/turmeric is fat soluble so it is also a good option to have a warm cup after a heavy meal.

studies shows that turmeric can prevent cancer, helps to manage arthritic pains, respiratory infections etc

turmeric is the best natural detoxifier and it cleanses your system.



INGREDIENTS:
turmeric powder: 6 tbsp
cinnamon powder: 1 1/2 tbsp
ginger powder: 1 1/2 tbsp
Pepper powder: 1 1/2 tsp

NOTES/TIPS:
Use a measuring spoon to measure the ingredients.
Boil one cup hot water, add 1/3 tsp of the turmeric mix into a cup and pour boiling hot water over it, Mix well and allow it to seep for about 10 mins, have this drink on an empty stomach in the morning, for best results have another cup at bedtime.
have breakfast after 30-40 mins of this drink
you can continue this drink even after 5 days but as in every remedy it is advisable to take a break of 2-3 days
turmeric tea helps to reduce belly fat and weight loss
turmeric tea helps to reduce stomach bloating
if you are on thyroid pills then have this drink only after 30 -40 mins of taking the pill
if you have acidity problems reduce ginger and pepper powder - ie use only 1 tsp when making the mix. If you have been having this tea for more than a month, then you can slowly increase pepper to 1 tbsp if you prefer.
this mix can be stored for long period, try not to make in bulk.
use locally available ingredients for best results.
this tea is good for people who has respiratory issues like asthma and also a good immunity booster.


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Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Curd Quinoa - How To Make Yogurt Quinoa - Quinoa Recipes


quinoa recipes

curd quinoa or yogurt quinoa is a simple and healthy recipe which you can put together in under 10 mins if you have some cooked quinoa in your refrigerator. When it comes to eating healthy, dinner is the most crucial time; I mean you eat healthy in the morning and at lunch, but dinner time you just lose the grip, maybe because you are tired after a hectic work schedule...whatever the reason maybe, sometimes cooking an elaborate healthy meal for dinner is most often cumbersome....well, at least in my case.

this recipe is inspired from curd rice which we all love; so I thought why not make the same with quinoa for a gluten free meal and I had some pomegranate seeds (which is in season now) and that added color to this dish along with a fruity crunch. quinoa, fox tail millet and dalia are the grains I like to use for a rice-less meal. And as always for everyday meals I love easy and quick recipes.

FYI quinoa is an ancient seed grain which is completely gluten free, pls check my youtube video for more info on quinoa.


curd quinoa recipe for lunch or dinner - recipe video


INGREDIENTS:
1 cup cooked quinoa
Curd/yogurt: 4-5 and more if needed
salt: as need
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1 tsp gingelly/sesame oil
1/4 cup raw peanuts
1/4 cup pottu kadala
salt as needed
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1 tsp gingelly/seasame oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp fenugree/methi seeds
1/4 inch chopped ginger
2 green chilies, chopped
1 sprig curry leaves
2 whole red chilies
1 tsp urad dal
1 tsp chana dal
1/4 tsp kayam/hing
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1/4 tsp black pepper powder
1/4 cup of pomegranate seeds
2-3 sprigs of moringa leaves (optional)
coriander leaves to garnish.



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