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Tired of tossing and turning, waiting for sleep to kiss you goodnight? Well we have six savior food options for you to ensure you get that good night’s sleep and wake up fresh and energised!
1. Sweet potatoes
Relaxes your muscles and soothes your aching joints and eases you to sleep.
Being a powerhouse of magnesium, almonds promote better sleep.
Bananas contain serotonin- a chemical proved to make one sleep sounder.
This delicious fruit contains melatonin, another chemical acclaimed to help you sleep better.
Apart from being a great breakfast option in the morning, oats is an equally excellent option to be consumed at night. It relaxes and preps you for better sleep.
6. Chamomile tea
Last but the best option out there, this relaxing brew is sure to calm the most stressed out of minds and lull them to sleep!
Oftentimes, we have to whisk up a meal in a hurry, especially if you have surprise visitors and you have closed the kitchen for the day. Keep these 10 valuable tips in mind to save time in the kitchen and prepare a meal quickly.
1Use prepared vegetables
This hack is a great time saver when you have to whip up a meal quickly and soaking and chopping veggies aren’t an option. You will easily get pre-chopped veggies from the market nowadays.
2. Use grains that need less cooking time
Resort to grains like quinoa, rice etc which cook in a few minutes and are are powerhouses of energy.
3. Plan ahead
This is by far the best tip. Take a look at all the ingredients you could use in your pantry and fridge and make a list of all meals you could prepare for the entire week. This helps eliminate the ‘what shall I cook today’ question.
4. Healthy canned options
Canned food shouldn’t be on your go to list of ingredients, but at the time of a necessity or when you are scrunched for time, this is your best alternative.
5. Make sure you have the right set of tools
Substituting one tool for another might end up in you taking more time and have not so satisfactory results at the same time.
6. Try considering eating unpeeled veggies
Vegetables like sweet potatoes, carrots etc have soft peels on boiling and are rich in nutrients. Cut back on the time to peel them and consume them whole.
7. Make sure you read the entire preparation method if you’re trying out an new recipe
Sometimes, recipes require a little extra preparation time. If you’re in a hurry those are the last recipes you should prefer.
8. Stock your freezer as much as possible
Make good use of discounted sales or coupons to stock your freezer with items like chicken, milk, bread, butter etc, which prove very handy when you are in a hurry.
9. Try and make extras of weekend delights
Weekends are days in and people tend to cook more on those days. If possible make two batches of items and store them well. Food like waffles, chicken broth etc will prove useful later on.
10. Try one pot recipes
The best things about these recipes are that you can finish cooking in one batch and you have a nutritious meal in front of you in no time.
It is important to make your body feel good by periodically eliminating the toxins accumulated in your body over the course of your meals ranging from packaged and fast foods. Try these amazing choices to cleanse your body and feel lighter and energized.
This nutrient rich superfood helps in boosting the liver for its filtration process. Along with detoxing your body, it also helps in burning excess fat. Talk about two birds for a stone.
A pro at curing indigestion, ginger also helps in soothing your digestive tract and eliminating toxins. Try chewing a piece of ginger or make some ginger tea. You can even consume the water boiled with a piece of ginger.
The isothiocyanates present in cabbage helps removing the carcinogens present in your body. Being low in carbs, it is an excellent diet food choice too. Cabbage can be used in salads or smoothies. Make sure you consume it raw for best benefits.
This works wonders on your livers and makes sure your liver properly flushes out all unwanted materials out of your body.
Delicious and refreshing, this yummy fruit contains bromelain which reduces inflammation and cleans your tract. It is soothing to your stomach.
An excellent choice to cleanse your digestive tract as it is packed with fibers and promotes the functions of the kidney.
We are all familiar with the benefits of lemon. Squeeze some lemon juice and mix it with water and cayenne pepper for an ideal cleanse. It also promotes more efficient digestion and eases your bowel movements.
1.The baker’s wife(1938)- In this little Provencal village, a new baker, Aimable, settles down. His wife Aurelie is beautiful and much younger than he. She departs with a shepherd the night after Aimable produces his first breads. Aimable is so afflicted that he can not work anymore. Therefore, the villagers, who initially laughed at his cuckoldry, take the matter very seriously (they want the bread) and organize a plan to find Aurelie and to bring her back to the bakery.
2.Chocolat(2000)- A woman and her daughter open a chocolate shop in a small French village that shakes up the rigid morality of the community.
3.Lunchbox (2013) – A mistaken delivery in Mumbai’s famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects a young housewife to an older man in the dusk of his life as they build a fantasy world together through notes in the lunchbox.
4.Ratatouille(2007)- A movie about a rat who can cook and the turn of events when he befriends a young kitchen worker at a famous restaurant.
5.The hundred foot journey(2014)- The Kadam family leaves India for France where they open a restaurant directly across the road from Madame Mallory’s Michelin-starred eatery.
6. Fast food nation(2006)- An ensemble piece examining the health risks involved in the fast food industry and its environmental and social consequences as well.
7 . Big night(1996)- A failing Italian restaurant run by two brothers gambles on one special night to try to save the business.
8. Willy wonka and the chocolate factory(1971)- A poor boy wins the opportunity to tour the most eccentric and wonderful candy factory of all.
9.Short order(2005)- A little bit of life, love and wisdom come together over one night in the culinary underbelly where Life is a buffet and everything is “Short Order”.
10 .My dinner with Andre(1981)- Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory, apparently playing themselves, share their lives over the course of an evening meal at a restaurant. Gregory, a theater director from New York, is the more talkative of the pair. He relates to Shawn his tales of dropping out, traveling around the world, and experiencing the variety of ways people live, such as a monk who could balance his entire weight on his fingertips. Shawn listens avidly, but questions the value of Gregory’s seeming abandonment of the pragmatic aspects of life.
11.Kitchen stories(2003)- A scientific observer’s job of observing an old cantankerous single man’s kitchen habits is complicated by his growing friendship with him.
12.The God of Cookery(1996)- The most renowned and feared chef in the world loses his title of God of Cookery because of his pompous attitude. Humbled he sets out to reclaim his title.
13.Today’s special(2009)- In this super-feel-good foodie comedy, young Manhattan chef Samir rediscovers his heritage and his passion for life through the enchanting art of cooking Indian food.
14.Bon appetite(2010)- A romantic comedy centered on two young cooks and a female sommelier working in a famous Zurich luxury restaurant.
15.Mostly Martha(2001)- When a headstrong chef takes charge of her equally stubborn 8-year-old niece, the tensions between them mount… until an Italian sous-chef arrives to lighten the mood.
Time and again a lot of myths and delusions have encircled food and nutrition concepts, thereby giving rise to false theories which not only prevent you from consuming some of your favorite items, but take a toll on your body as well. It is time to segregate the truth from all these random beliefs existing far and wide. Here we debunk 10 commonly prevalent food and nutrition myths.
Skipping breakfast helps you lose weight
It might seem logical that consuming a meal lesser a day will help promote your weight check measures but studies show that people who skip breakfast end up gaining more weight that people who consume it. Breakfast- commonly termed as ‘brain food’ is essential for your body and when you avoid eating it, you succumb to more quantity of food during other meals, which probably has more calories than a simple bowl of cereal or toast.
Red wine is the best category of wine for your heart
Red wine contains high levels of resveratrol, which acts as an antioxidant and reduces inflammation. But studies show that it is the alcohol content in red wine, white wine or beer that holds good for your heart. Thus red wine as such does not hold any significant heart benefits on its own.
You have to combine beans with rice to tap its proteins appropriately
Our body needs proteins for many system functions. Proteins are a combination of 20 amino acids out of which only 11 are processed in our body. So we have to depend on protein rich food to obtain the remaining nine. But that does not mean you have to pair beans with rice since our body is capable of obtaining the essential amino acids from other food items we eat as well.
4. Consuming calories at night makes you fat
Many people have the habit of consuming a midnight snack and many a time they opt for sugary or calorie rich products. But binging at night on calorie rich food won’t make you any fatter than it would if consumed during daytime. It is the total amount of calories consumed that matter in the long run.
5. Microwaving zaps out nutrients from food
It doesn’t matter how you want to cook your food- solar heating, microwave or grill, it is the time and heat used to cook that actually matters. The longer and hotter you cook, the more you will zap out some water sensitive nutrients from food. Generally, since a microwave takes lesser time to cook it can actually help prevent the nutrient loss.
Mid meal snacking helps control weight
Consuming mini meals instead of larger and proper meals will tweak our metabolism and burn only a few more calories in addition. This difference is quite small. Snacking midway between meals helps dieters from being too hungry but it won’t help you lose weight.
Fasting is necessary to cleanse the body of toxins
The vital organs like liver, kidneys and spleen present in our body are well adapted to remove toxins effectively from our body. Therefore skipping food to cleanse your body is not a good idea since it does not ensure your body shall be purified any better.
Eggs are bad for heart
Egg yolks do contain a significant amount of cholesterol which is a fatty material that clogs arteries which in turn leads to heart diseases. Generally, eggs or any other protein rich food does not escalate your cholesterol level since the body automatically compensates for excess by minimizing the cholesterol production on its own. It is saturated and trans-fats you have to watch out for.
Meat is essential if you want to escalate your protein levels
You can obtain all the essential proteins you need from eating protein rich plant foods like soy beans, grains, legumes and nuts. Though meat contains high levels of protein, protein rich plant foods contain phytochemicals, which improves your immunity levels.
Eating carbohydrates make you fat
Refined carbohydrate items like white bread, pasta, doughnuts, etc can prove detrimental to your heart and the sugar content in them leads to diabetes as well. But the essential natural carbohydrates present in whole grains, beans, fruits and vegetables supply many vital nutrients and fibers and also provides energy to your body to perform its various tasks.
Take a walk down the lane and the delicious wafts from the yummy snacks in the bakery or your favorite street food van, hits you smack on your face. Or your friend is giving a party or it’s someone’s birthday at the office. Better still, it’s Thanksgiving or Christmas and you are surrounded by gorgeous, gleaming and heavenly meals. Ah, we totally get you when you say it’s difficult to resist temptation and dive nose down into these amazing foods but, we don’t want pot bellies or bulging hips do we? Here’s how you eat smart and stay fit.
Don’t say a no to your favorite foods
Instead, try eating smaller quantities. If you decide to give up on your darling dishes one fine day, chances are high that you will crave it so bad that you tend to overeat- which completely busts the notion of healthy eating.
Never ever skip breakfast
Make sure you stick to this golden rule because a scrumptious breakfast that ensures you don’t go hungry for the rest of the day and run to unhealthy or heavier stuff. Plus it supplies you with the energy and nutrients for the length of the day.
Water- the elixir
We all know the important role water plays in our body but the question is, how many of us drink the required quantity of it. Keep yourself replenished with 8-10 glasses a day. Not soda, not diet coke or anything processed. Plain good old water. Still or sparkling that’s up to you.
Switch from processed food to whole grains and organic items
Whilst food is processed, and drenched in preservatives to give it all the more shelf life, it’s your life that is put at stake. Processing results in a lot of chemical changes to food that’s in turn detrimental to your health. Therefore, stick to healthy and organic variants.
Keep the red list food away from your larder
We know what we love to binge on and which foods are responsible for that extra calorie and excess fat around our hips. Time to mark them and keep them away from your house. We are pretty sure you won’t indulge if you can’t access those traitor foods!
Dieting does not mean not eating or boring food
Okay so you can’t eat your favorite fast food or other high density foods as much as you did, but that doesn’t mean you have to live with steamed veggies either! The trick is to eat right. Just do your bit of searching and you can find millions of good, tasty and healthy recipes out there today.
Plan your meal
Whether it’s what you want to consume daily or when you are out for dinner at a restaurant or a friend’s place, have a clear plan in your head if not in pen and paper. Knowing what you are going to eat helps you from jumping recklessly into your favorite foods the minute you lay eyes on them.
Close your kitchen before bedtime
Bedtime snacking is a villain when it comes to unhealthy weight gain. Your body clock is set to sleep and rest during the wee hours. Making them function all over again won’t be a wise thing to do.
Well that’s it folks! Make sure you stay fit ‘cos health is happiness.
Astrologists comment that each of the twelve zodiac signs has distinct eating habits and food preferences. Here is a compilation on the attitude of the different zodiac signs to food, all over the world.
Aries- Aries born craves spicy food. Always on the move, they prefer eating quickly as opposed to tedious and long sit down meals. They love experimenting with food and prefer eating in company.
Taurus- Taureans have a huge appetite and absolutely crave food! They loathe the word diet and enjoy cooking as much as consuming food. Consider yourself lucky if a Taurean asks you out on a date, they know where the best food is served!
Gemini- Geminis are another category of people who prefer eating in company as they always enjoy a good conversation during a meal. They are not as fanatical about eating as opposed to cooking. Geminis are passionate when it comes to preparing meals and experimenting in the meanwhile.
Cancer- Cancerians are known to love home cooked food and they cherish their grandmother’s traditional recipes. Known to eat fast, the people under this sun sign dislike sharing their food. They tend to over eat when nervous and also possess a sensitive stomach.
Leo- Leos are fond of expensive food and wouldn’t mind dishing out money for the finest quality meals. They often eat quickly and love bonding over the table. Leos are not passionate about cooking but wouldn’t mind stepping into the kitchen at times to please loved ones.
Virgo- Virgos possess a sensitive stomach and so it is advised to eat easily digestible foods. They are born magicians in kitchen and can make you crave for another helping of their delicious preparations!
Libra- Libras are hard core food lovers who see every meal as a feast. Being dessert lovers with a sweet tooth for chocolate, they readily give up a full course meal to readily jump into the desserts!
Scorpio- Scorpios crave a high calorie meal and often hunt down their refrigerators at night to prepare a midnight snack. They love spicy food and are good cooks too. Nothing infuriates them like an empty refrigerator or non-spicy food.
Sagittarius- Sagittarians are curious souls who love experimenting anything and everything that comes their way. They are unstable when it comes to food, either eating greedily or going off the hook for days together. Owing to their tendency to over eat and over drink, they are prone to digestive issues.
Capricorn- Capricorns are traditional folks who love home cooked meals. The dining atmosphere is equally important to them and they hold quality over quantity. A classic trait of Capricorn born people is to overdo salt in their meals.
Aquarians- Aquarians are large hearted when it comes to sharing their food. People under this sun sign are generally vegetarians owing to their humanitarian nature. They abhor coking and when it happens once in a blue moon, they don’t strictly follow recipes and end up adding a little creativity of their own to the meal.
Pisces- Pisceans prefer the look of food on their plate rather than the taste or quality. They love home cooked meals. The down trait of this sun sign is that they tend to exaggerate alcohol.
DETOXIFICATION – an essential routine
Oftentimes, we tend to overlook the necessity to give a break to our digestive system. Like any other functional system, your stomach too needs to have some time off from its hectic schedule. Detoxification involves simple steps to revive your digestive health without you going hungry or taking a complete break from eating. The key tip is to relax and rely on soothing foods. Here are some efficient detoxification tips which can be carried out over a period of three to seven days.
Say goodbye to processed foods, fast food, fried food, caffeine and alcohol. Your stomach will thank you later.
Consume only brightly colored vegetables since they are rich in antioxidants which are necessary to remove harmful substances in your body. Spinach, cranberries and kale are some good suggestions to try.
Opt for sulphur rich food like garlic, onions, eggs etc, which help your body create its own antioxidant- glutathione, which in turn helps to flush out the toxins I your body.
Go for organic vegetables as much as possible to keep the pesticides at bay.
It’s quintessential to stay hydrated during this phase so drink up at least 8-10 glasses of water every day.
If you go hungry in between meals, try light snacks with vegetables or steamed meat. You can rely on nuts too.
Herbal tea with ginger or dandelion is a great option to wash out toxic substances percolating through your body.
Adhering to this regime, you will notice substantial changes in a few days. Sugar and alcohol free food will help you feel healthier and happier. Get started on your detoxification today!