October 11, 2017

Healthy Food Practises in ITALY


A few months back, I promised to write a series.. "Healthy food practises around the WORLD"..

Then, I completely forgot about it. Nowadays, I get ample amount of time to spend in LIBRARY.. I'm reading some interesting books to enrich my content.. Thank God !! For time and books !!

We are gonna walk through some healthy food practises around the world.. Just tidbits of interesting facts.. Don't worry,, I won't load you with my blah blah blahs.. Crack a CRISP !!

The first country you guys are gonna visit along with me is "ITALY", the OLIVE NATION.....


What strikes, thinking of ITALY and its FOOD ?

Pizzas, Pastas, Cheese, Cheese Cakes, Olive Oil .. Whatever it is.. I am damn sure you guyz might have a thought that the people in Italy must be plumpy.. Yeah, of course.. You may think so.. Can someone be slim and fit eating the pizzas and pastas ? Those are meant for the weight gain and obesity right ?

FAT FAT and FAT,,


Of Course.. CHEESY..

The hard truth is.. IT IS NOT SO.. Trust me.. I'm sure..

As per most of the health reports, Italians are the most healthy persons.. Hmmmmmmmmmmm.. Yep.. They have longer years to live.. And they are SLIM and FIT.. With a gooooood HEART health..

Uhhhhhhhhh.. How come these guys maintain super good curves and fitness ? That owes to their routines and food practises.. C'mon let's have a look at that..

SECRET 1 - Eat in a calm, ambient and enjoyable place.. Enjoying lunch or dinners in parks, under tree benches, sit outs or roof gardens have been their favorite.. Eating in groups, chit chatting and laughing together is what they love to do.. And that tooooo HOMEMADE Food.. BANGGGGGGGGGGGG.. We never do that uhhhhhhhhhh.. This practise makes puts an end card to STRESS EATING..

See.. How charming is the restaurant sit outs in ITALY !!

SECRET 2 - Eat smaller portions in repetitions.. Eat as slow as you can.. Eat until you stop yourself, when feeling full.. This makes you feel full with limited quantity of food..

Look at the portion size in this table.. Quiet less served in plates !!

SECRET 3 - Eat one and only fresh food.. No tinned or canned items.. Make everything fresh and eat.. No additives, No preservatives..

All freshly made.. From sauces to sandwiches !! Nothing frozen and then defrost !!

SECRET 4 - Eat a lighter breakfast. Eat a lighter dinner. Make your lunch a fully satisfying one. Their breakfast is simply coffee, mostly without milk along with biscottis. And dinner is some meat with vegetables. Carbs is completely cut off in nights. Makes sense.

A typical Italian Breakfast.. So light..


Lunch.. Full, full.. I'm full..


And Dinner.. Light but with more lean protein..

SECRET 5 - The food in Italy is not just pizzas and pastas. It is their occasional food too. They include more whole wheat pastas, fish, red meat, vegetables and fruits. They select the low fat and light sauces as far as possible. They have low fat and less sweet gelatos instead of fat rich ice creams. The fact is that we don't mind to note it..

FISH with italian seasoning.. HERBS and Olives..


Gelato and Sorbets.. Less in Sugar and Fat..

SECRET 6 - Using extra virgin olive oil.. But not liters and liters.. Include it in right quantity and get good fats.. That has been their topmost health statement..

measured quantity of extra virgin olive oil



SECRET 7 - The ITALIAN HERBS.. In Italy they have more herbs.. They are quite peculiar and locals.. Known for their health benefits, they are almost used in every part of the world now. Among them Parsley, Oregano, Rosemary and Basil are more common.. These herbs improve immunity, bone health and heart health..You might have heard of and tasted pesto sauce pastas.. Pesto is made with these herbs..

Some of the herbs and Pesto made out of them..

SECRET 8 - Red Wine.. Really, it's not my cup of tea. But this post stays incomplete, if I fail to mention this. Red Wine has more and more anti-oxidants and make them more young and fit. It's just an ounce.. OKAY..

please don't overdo

And finally,, they enjoy physical workouts and exercises much !! Games, swimming, fishing, etc,..

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October 10, 2017

Turning 30 - FOOD , thats what you should care more BABY !!!!

Hi Guys, Happy to meet you after a long break !! I'll try to blog more in the days nearby.. Let this one be a nice start.

So I am back with a perfect post that I would gift myself on my 30th birthday !! Yep, I am not 29 running completed and 30 running.. Though I never feel that I have grown this much older, my body feels much. Yeah,, there are typically a few things every lady should take care more about,,,, ON or AFTER 30.. The first and foremost thing is FOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD..



C'mon gals.. Let us see about a few things we should keep an eye..

1. Use Measuring Cups and Spoons

It's now time to get rid of those eye and hand measures.. It's not gonna work out anymore.. If you fail to measure what you eat, might be sugar, might be carbs or might be helpless fats, definitely your body weight will shoot up. So I would better suggest to use MEASURING CUPS AND SPOONS


2. Reduce your current servings of WHITE RICE

Baby, your metabolism is never gonna be same as before.. No other go than putting down your sweet cravings and rice cravings. Better try to include only 7 to 10 servings of rice. That too,,, a single cup of cooked rice.


3. Hydrate yourself

No other GOOOOOOOOOOOO. You might be busy, might be travelling, might be working hard, might be careless.. If you fail to hydrate yourself, your skin will definitely show up turning dry and hence the age.. Drink 3 to 4 liters of water a day. And,,,,,, use a bottle.. Don't roughly measure..


4. Try to include more Gooseberries

Just for Iron and Antioxidants to stay young forever.. Avvaiyare sollirukkanga :)


5. Include more GOOD FATS

Olive oil, nuts, fish oil and avocados will form a  powerhouse with more good fats. This would help to improve metabolism, eyesight, control hair fall and maintain skin health. This is one key to stay young..


6. Include more LEAN PROTEIN

Proteins will help to build muscles. Inturn it shoots up metabolism. This would help you to control body weight.. Full of HEALTH.. No worries..


7. Include more GREENS

I mean spinach and fibers. It is rich in iron, folate and fiber. If you wish to maintain a thick and lustrous hair forever, you should definitely include all sorts of greens.


Let's meet with another post sharing some other thoughts on this same topic...... Turning 30 - HEALTH, a main topic of interest
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December 27, 2016

Healthy FOOD Practises Around the WORLD - A Serial Post


Being a foodie, writing about food will be the more interesting thing. FOOD  is the mirror of a community or locality's history, cultivation, culture, landscape and climate. If we dig more into this topic, we could definitely learn a lot about basic geography around the world. Just because of my interest over different variety of foods, I am gonna start this series. I think this will be a lengthy series. I love food. Let us see how this goes. If you are also a foodie like me, catch up this series. Hope it will be interesting :)

Last week, we had an excellent vacation. A trip to ORLANDO and MIAMI. It was something my husband planned for my kiddo. He thought she will enjoy the trip more than us. Of course, the same happened. She enjoyed much in Disney World. As per my husband's plan, the creamy layer of my interest is the countries they modelled in EPCOT.

EPCOT was really amazing. Although it was really a long walk, I enjoyed. Cheers !! Stepping into different countries, whenever you take 100 steps. I loved it much and more. What inspired me more was the food station they had. It was like a trip to food stations around the world. Because of time restriction and our tummy resisting various tastes at the same time, we were not able to taste everything. But overall, it was a nice experience.

A few pics for you from the trip...

SMOKY...........MIDDLE EAST

SHIVERING..... NORWAY

SWAGGY... JAPAN

VAST.. CHINA

LITTLE.. ITALY

MIGHTY.. MEXICO

I would say that the food stations intrigued me to write this post. Yep, I thought of learning about various cuisines around the world. But that is what I usually do getting into the libraries. I thought for a while. How this could be related to my blog ? I made up my mind to write about the healthy food practises around the world.

It will also get into some minor details with their culture, cultivation, staple food, method of cooking, oil they use, health concerns they have or take while cooking, etc.. Probably this health concern behind their food might be the reason behind their healthy or oblique physique. Let us see how far this series go.

As of now this is my plan. Starting my visit from some point in this map and proceeding, wherever my arrow goes. Most of the facts will be based on the facts I collect from internet and books I read. Comment me, question me or just argue with me, through your comments.

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December 26, 2016

Village Style Chicken Kuzhambu | Gramathu Kozhi Kuzhambu

gramathu kozhi kuzhambu

If you follow the exact method as I described, you can definitely get a very nice flavorful, spicy and tasty chicken kuzhambu. It will be in a pakka village style. I have seen most of the grannies using the same recipe. They don't include cardamom or other whole spices. They keep the masala and method very very simple. At the same time, there is no compromise made in the taste. For best results, we can use shallots and nattu thakali. If you don't have them handy, nothing to worry. We can also proceed with regular onions and tomatoes. The very nice flavor we get while pressure cooking would really step up the hunger. Hot steamed rice with this kind of village style kuzhambu will definitely be a superhit.Including this kind of simple protein rich dishes help you to increase VITAMIN B12 and PROTEIN. It satisfies the tastebuds. At the same time make a healthy meal too.

gramathu kozhi kuzhambu

village style chicken kuzhambu

Village Style Chicken Kuzhambu | Gramathu Kozhi Kuzhambu

Prep Time :
Cook Time:
village style chicken kuzhambu recipe
Yield:
2 to 3 cups
Svg Size:
1/2 to 1 cup
Average Rating:
5 for 5
Calories per Serving:
150 to 250
Posted By:
Cuisine:
Tamilnadu

Ingredients
  • 250g chicken
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 10 shallots
  • small piece of cinnamon
  • Curry leaves
  • 2 tsp gingerly oil
  • Chopped coriander leaves
  • Salt
For masala
  • 1/2 small size onion
  • 1 small tomato
  • 1/4 cup grated coconut
  • 1 inch piece of ginger
  • 2 to 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp curry masala powder

Quick Procedure
  • Heat some oil in a pan. Add chopped onion, garlic and ginger. Sauté till the onion becomes soft and transparent.
  • Add tomatoes and make them mushy. Add coconut and mix well.
  • This is time to add the spice powders, chilli powder, coriander powder and curry masala powder. Mix well till the raw smell go off.
  • Cool down this sautéed masala. Take it in a blender and grind it to a fine paste, adding very little water.
  • Heat a cooker. Add gingely oil. Add small stick of cinnamon, curry leaves and onions. Sauté till the onion becomes transparent.
  • Add the washed and cleaned chicken. Sauté for a while till the chicken gets heated up and turns color.
  • You can now add the ground masala. Add 1 cup of water. Add salt too. Let the gravy boil. Pressure cook for 1 or 2 whistles in medium flame.
  • After the pressure subtle, open the lid and add chopped coriander leaves. It is ready to serve with rice or any kind of pulavs.

Stepwise Pictures
Heat some oil in a pan. Add chopped onion, garlic and ginger. Sauté till the onion becomes soft and transparent. Add tomatoes and make them mushy.

Add coconut and mix well.This is time to add the spice powders, chilli powder, coriander powder and curry masala powder. Mix well till the raw smell go off.

Cool down this sautéed masala. Take it in a blender and grind it to a fine paste, adding very little water.

Heat a cooker. Add gingely oil. Add small stick of cinnamon, curry leaves and onions. Sauté till the onion becomes transparent. Add the washed and cleaned chicken. Sauté for a while till the chicken gets heated up and turns color.

You can now add the ground masala. Add 1 cup of water. Add salt too. Let the gravy boil. Pressure cook for 1 or 2 whistles in medium flame.

After the pressure subtle, open the lid and add chopped coriander leaves. It is ready to serve with rice or any kind of pulavs.


Tasty village style chicken kuzhambu
village style chicken kuzhambu
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December 24, 2016

Spicy Sweet Potato Soup

spicy sweet potato

Winter becomes awesome with soups. Sweet potatoes are the best. I had a fear whether the soup will be sweet. I want something spicy and hot. I thought of the method of making some southwest soup. I just adapted the same method for making this spicy sweet potato soup. It was really filling. One whole bowl of soup was completely enough to have it as a lunch. Having soups and salads really make weight loss faster. Soups with very less oil and salads with low fat dressing are in my menu for weight loss lunch and dinner. This sweet potato soup is my recent favorite thing. It was awesome.

spicy sweet potato

Spicy Sweet Potato Soup

Prep Time :
Cook Time:
spicy sweet potato recipe
Yield:
5 cups
Svg Size:
1 cup
Average Rating:
5 for 5
Calories per Serving:
150
Posted By:
Cuisine:
Tamilnadu

Ingredients
  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp cumin or seerakam
  • 1/2 medium size onion
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Salt

Quick Procedure
  • Heat coconut oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds and let them sputter.
  • Add onion and toss it for a few minutes. Then add chopped sweet potatoes. Sauté for 5 minutes.
  • Add chilli powder and sauté once or twice.
  • Add 2 cups of water and cover it. Cook till sweet potatoes becomes soft.
  • After they got cooked, cool them down. Reserve 1/4 portion and take the rest in a mixer jar. Purée it.
  • Again heat very little oil in a pan. Add crushed garlic. Add the cooked sweet potatoes and the purée.
  • Add salt and bring them to boil. Squeeze lemon juice. We are done.

Stepwise Pictures

Chop sweet potatoes and onions. Heat coconut oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds and let them sputter.
prep

Add onion and toss it for a few minutes. Then add chopped sweet potatoes. Sauté for 5 minutes.
prep

Add chilli powder and sauté once or twice.
prep

Add 2 cups of water and cover it. Cook till sweet potatoes becomes soft. After they got cooked, cool them down. Reserve 1/4 portion
prep

Take the rest in a mixer jar. Purée it.
prep

Again heat very little oil in a pan. Add crushed garlic. Add the cooked sweet potatoes and the purée. Add salt and bring them to boil. Squeeze lemon juice. We are done.
prep


Tasty, spicy sweet potato soup.
spicy sweet potato
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