January 31, 2016

3 Simple Yoga Poses for Strengthening Arms

Most of us are interested in Yoga.. We consider it as a healthy and easy way to lose weight and strengthen ourselves.. Of course, there is nothing wrong in this opinion.. Whenever I think about Yoga, only one things comes to my mind.. The yogas we did in our school days..

I did my primary schooling in an Anglo Indian School, High School in Sister's Convent and Higher Secondary in Government school.. One common thing I had in all these schools is YOGA.. We had Physical Education Teachers  in the school and there was a compulsory weekly yoga practise.. In the beginning, I used to hate those sessions.. After a few months it became interesting and that is how it I led me  to learn Yoga from masters.. There they lighten the correct methods and benefits of each and every yoga.. Now we are coming to the main topic..

There a lot of people who are interested in reducing upper body and tummy.. Because most of the people who fall under the category of APPLE shaped body, try to lose fat in arms, chest and tummy.. Now I am going to list out 5 simple yogas, which can be done in order to reduce or strengthen our upper body.. C'mon let us see those one by one..

After a cardio workout for 10-20 minutes, these yogas can be done.. Or after 10 sets of Suryanamaskar, these yogas can be done..

Ardha Chandrasana

Ardha Chandrasana is meant to strengthen your spine, arms.. It reduces extra fat in arms and strengthens it.. If you have spine injury or digestive problems, you should avoid doing this yoga..



Chaturangasana
This is simple to see, but there will be a difficulty to do this without practise.. This will look like a step in push-ups.. It is good for strengthening arms


Vasishtasana

This is simply side plank.. Holding 20 seconds, 2 sets on both sides itself is a great challenge for beginners.. This is a good pose to reduce arms..


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January 30, 2016

Step 15 - How to Lose Weight | Understand Calorie Value of Food

First of all, those who already know these details bear with me.. I wish this post should change people's views on Calories.. This post is for those who just blindly talk about high and low calorie food and never think about looking deep into that.. We all should understand one thing.. We can never label a food as gaining/losing food (high/low calorie) with a single calorie value number.. Calorie always have a split up..

calorie

Calorie value is mainly from 3 major food constituents
  • Carbohydrate ( which releases glucose in blood)
  • Protein (which build muscle)
  • Fats (which stores or not)
This Carbohydrate in turn can be categorized as,
  • High Glycemic Index (for those foods, which release glucose very fastly)
  • Medium Glycemic Index (for those foods, which releases glucose at medium rate)
  • Low Glycemic Index (for those foods, which releases glucose very slowly)
Again Fat may be
  • Saturated Fat (bad fat)
  • Mono & Poly Unsaturated Fat (good fat)
  • Trans Fat (bad fat)
Quite elaborate right.. Let us take an example now,, Cooked White Rice and Cooked Brown Rice.. 


Cooked White Rice
Cooked Brown Rice
Total Calories
243
218
Calories from Fat
3
14
Calories from Protein
16
20
Calories from Carbohydrates
224
184
Glycemic Index
65
55
Mono/ Poly Unsaturated Fats
Less
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Though the caloric values show no difference, Brown Rice is preferred more than White because of 3 reasons
  • Glycemic Index
  • Poly Unsaturated Fat
  • Fibre
This post would become incomplete if I do not give you tips on how to choose food for your diet.. Take these 4 points from this blog..
  • Never blindly categorize food as low and high calorie food
  • Always prefer more protein..
  • Prefer poly & mono unsaturated fatty acids more than saturated & trans..
  • If u aim for weight loss, prefer medium & low Glycemic Index Foods..
I know it is difficult for you to find Caloric Values and split ups for each and every food item.. I will keep posting on a glossary with those.. Keep visiting this website for that..

You can refer a few calorie charts from our website
  1. Understanding Calories
  2. Calories in South Indian Breakfast Items - 33 including Millets
  3. Calories in North Indian Gravies - my favorite 12

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January 28, 2016

Beetroot and Chickpeas Kebab | Healthy Snacks | Healthy Appetizers


Sometimes I will get a party mood and will need something crispy.. During my weight loss diet, I started finding out various tasty low fat snacks.. This Beetroot and Chickpeas Kebab is one among them.. This is made using soaked chickpea and the skin of chick pea makes this more crispy and tasty.. It can also be fried in oil to make Vada.. In days your are on a weight loss diet, it is better to make these as kebabs.. Two or Three small patties will make you filled.. This one is rich in protein and if you are a protein freak, you must try it one day.. This is a high protein snack..

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Beetroot and Chickpeas Kebab


Recipe Source: My Trial
Soaking Time: Overnight
Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Calories: 40 per patty

Ingredients
Chickpeas½ cup
Channa Dhal2 Tablespoons
Grated Beetroot1 cup
Ginger1 inch stick
Garlic2 large cloves
Saunf1 Teaspoon
Garam Masala1 Teaspoon
Chopped Coriander Leaves½ cup
Oil2 Tablespoons
Saltas per taste

Procedure
  1. Soak Chickpeas and Chana dal for 4 hours..
  2. Take ginger, garlic and saunf in a blender and grind it..
  3. Add soaked Chickpeas and Chana dal to the blender and pulse it in whipper.. Better don’t add water..
  4. Transfer the ground mixture to a wide vessel.. 
  5. Squeeze the juice from grated beetroot and add it to the ground mixture..
  6. Add grated beetroot, garam masala, salt and chopped coriander leaves..
  7. Mix together and make round balls out of it.. Make patties out of it..
  8. Heat a pan, add very little Oil and place the patties on it..
  9. Once it get cooked in one side, it will show up through a color change in the top.. Flip it to the other side and let it get cooked..
  10. By this time, the patties would have turned crispy.. You can serve it hot with sauce or chutneys..
Step- wise Pictures:

Soak Chickpeas and Chana dal for 4 hours.. Take ginger, garlic and saunf in a blender and grind it..
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Add soaked Chickpeas and Chana dal to the blender and pulse it in whipper.. Better don’t add water..Transfer the ground mixture to a wide vessel..
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 Squeeze the juice from grated beetroot and add it to the ground mixture..Add grated beetroot, garam masala, salt and chopped coriander leaves..
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 Mix together and make round balls out of it.. Make patties out of it..Heat a pan, add very little Oil and place the patties on it..
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 Once it get cooked in one side, it will show up through a color change in the top.. Flip it to the other side and let it get cooked..
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 By this time, the patties would have turned crispy.. You can serve it hot with sauce or chutneys..


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January 27, 2016

Drumstick Leaves and Egg Poriyal | Murungai Keerai Muttai Poriyal

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Here,, it is really difficult to find Drumstick Leaves.. I have not seen any Drumstick Leaves Bundle last 8 months.. Yesterday my husband really surprised me with a small, literally very small bundle of Drumstick leaves.. I feel gud as something is better than nothing.. Head straight to the kitchen, I made this poriyal recipe.. It was finished by me and baby in a minute..

Let us talk in health point of view.. 5 among 10 women are anemic, says report.. At worst case of anemia, doctors suggest Iron tablets and tonics.. Most of us do not like that too.. Drumstick Leaves are more than such tonics and tablets.. It increases Hb count.. Also the fiber in this relieves people from constipation problems.. So next time if your doctor advises to have Iron tonic or tablet, just buy a bundle of Drumstick and have it.. Take it 5-8 times in a month and see visible results..

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Drumstick Leaves and Egg Poriyal | Murungai Keerai Muttai Poriyal

Prep Time :
Cooking Time:
Yield:
2 cups
Serving Size: 1 cup Calories per Serving: 100


Ingredients
  • Drumstick Leaves - 1 bundle
  • Onion - ½ cup
  • Egg - 1 egg (yolk is optional)
  • Grated Coconut - 2 Teaspoons
  • Turmeric Powder - ¼ Teaspoon
  • Chilli powder - ¼ Teaspoon
  • Cumin Seeds - ½ Teaspoon
  • Mustard Seeds - ½ Teaspoon
  • Salt & Oil - as per taste

Quick Procedure
  • Heat a pan.. Add Oil.. Once heated, add Mustard Seeds and let it sputter.. Add onions and cook till they turn transparent..
  • Add Drumstick Leaves and saute for a few seconds.. Add water and salt.. Cover and cook..
  • Meanwhile, grind coconut,one shallot, cumin seeds, turmeric powder and chilli powder to a coarse mixture.. After Drumstick leaves are cooked well, uncover the vessel and let rest of the water evaporate.. Drain water, if it is more. You can drink this water as such. It increases Hb count. Add coarsely ground mixture.. Saute till the raw smell of coconut mixture goes off..
  • Now make a space at the centre of the vessel and drop one egg.. Scramble it.. After egg is scrambled and fried, mix it with rest of the poriyal..

Step-wise Pictures

Heat a pan.. Add Oil.. Once heated, add Mustard Seeds and let it sputter.. Add onions and cook till they turn transparent..

Add Drumstick Leaves and saute for a few seconds..

Add water

Add salt..

Cover and cook..

Meanwhile, grind coconut,one shallot, cumin seeds, turmeric powder and chilli powder to a coarse mixture..

After Drumstick leaves are cooked well, uncover the vessel and let rest of the water evaporate.. Drain water, if it is more. You can drink this water as such. It increases Hb count. Add coarsely ground mixture.. Saute till the raw smell of coconut mixture goes off..

Now make a space at the centre of the vessel and drop one egg..

Scramble it keeping it at the center..

After egg is scrambled and fried, mix it with rest of the poriyal..


Now Iron-Rich Drumstick Egg Poriyal is ready..

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Instant Ragi Dosa Recipe | Version 2

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This is another version of Ragi Dosa recipe. In my previous recipe, I used regular dosa batter for making ragi dosa. This recipe will be completely in instant style. We are going to use wheat flour and rice flour as binding agents. My athai only taught me this recipe. She told that she is using it for more than 5 to 6 years. As she promised that the recipe never fails, I confidently started following that. If you are very new to Ragi dosa, you can definitely try this recipe. You can make it with no effort. The taste will be too good.

Other Dosa Recipes,
Kambu Dosai or Pearl Millet Dosa
Spinach Dosai or Keerai Dosai
Instant Ragi Rava Dosa

Chutneys to make a good combination,
Onion Chutney or Vengaya Chutney
Pudhina Chutney or Mint Chutney
Coriander Chutney or Kothamalli Chutney

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Instant Ragi Dosa Recipe | Version 2

Prep Time :
Cook Time:
instant ragi dosa recipe
Yield:
515 to 20 dosas
Svg Size:
2 to 3 dosas
Average Rating:
5 for 5
Calories per Serving:
200 to 250
Posted By:
Cuisine:
Tamilnadu

Ingredients
  • 1 cup Ragi Flour
  • 1/2 cup Wheat Flour
  • 1/4 cup Rice Flour
  • 1/4 tsp Crushed Cumin or Seerakam
  • 1/4 tsp Asafoetida or Kayam
  • Salt
  • Oil for making Dosas
  • 1/4 cup Grated Carrot
  • little Chopped Curry Leaves

Quick Procedure
  • Take ragi flour, rice flour, wheat flour, cumin, asafoetida and salt in a mixing bowl. Add 2 and half cups of water. Mix well and form a batter. 
  • Add grated carrot and chopped curry leaves. Mix well and this forms the dosa batter.
  • Heat a griddle. Grease it with oil. Pour the batter at the sides first and then fill in the center. Apply little oil at the sides. Let it become crispy. Flip it to the next side. After it is done, you could transfer it to a plate and serve it with chutneys.

Stepwise Pictures
Take ragi flour, rice flour, wheat flour, cumin, asafoetida and salt in a mixing bowl. Add 2 and half cups of water. Mix well and form a batter.
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Add grated carrot and chopped curry leaves. Mix well and this forms the dosa batter.
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Heat a griddle. Grease it with oil. Pour the batter at the sides first and then fill in the center. Apply little oil at the sides. Let it become crispy. Flip it to the next side. After it is done, you could transfer it to a plate and serve it with chutneys.
prep


Crispy Dosas to serve with Chutneys or Sambar
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January 26, 2016

Carrot Popsicles | Low Calorie Snacks Recipe


However old we are, popsicle and ice creams would steal our mind in a jiffy.. Making popsicles is as much as interesting as having one in hand.. Instead of usual Orange, Mango and Pineapple, I just tried with carrot.. For the weight loss aspiring  ice cream lovers, I would suggest this popsicle.. Just two of these popsicles is enough to satisfy you.. In addition this is a power pack of Vitamin-A.. If you are interested in a low calorie snack, make a note of this carrot Popsicle..

Carrot Popsicles - Low Calorie Snacking

Recipe Source: Kitchen Trial
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Freezing Time: 4 hours
Servings: 5 Popsicle
Calories: 40 per serving

Ingredients
Carrot2 medium sized cut into cubes
Apple1 medium sized cut into cubes
Sugar2 Tablespoons
Milk1/3 cup

Procedure

Take carrot cubes and sugar in a blender.. Puree it..
Now add apple cubes to the pureed carrots and then grind into a fine paste..
Add milk and grind it once again..
Now the carrot puree is ready for making Popsicle..
Take a popsicle tray and fill it with the puree..
Insert sticks and keep it in freezer for 2 hours
After 2 hours it would have been frozen and ready.. Insert the Popsicle tray in hot water for few seconds and take out the carrot Popsicle.. You will love the colour.. I assure..

Step-wise Pictures
Take carrot cubes and sugar in a blender.. Puree it..Now add apple cubes to the pureed carrots and then grind into a fine paste..

 Add milk and grind it once again..Now the carrot puree is ready for making popsicles..

 

Take a popsicle tray and fill the moulds with the puree..Insert sticks into the popsicle moulds.. 

keep it in freezer for 2 hours..After 2 hours it would have been freezed and ready.. Insert the popsicle tray in hot water for few seconds and take out the carrot popsicles..

You will love the colour.. I assure..

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Vetrilai Mor | Betel Leaves in Buttermilk | Weight Loss Booster | Juice Fasting

Betel leaves are good for digestion.. The feasibility for gaining weight is more if fat assimilation in intestine is low.. Betel leaves improve the assimilation process and thereby acts as a weight loss booster.. When you are one a weight loss diet, it is better to have this drink once in a month.. It improves your metabolism.. Try this recipe if you have any digestion related problems.. This is an Indian weight loss recipe..

Vetrilai Mor or Betel Leaves in Buttermilk

Recipe Source: Mom
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 of 6 ounce
Calories: 70 per 6 ounce cup

Ingredients
Betel Leaves2 small sized
Curd¼ cup
Chillies1 small
Cumin Powder¼ Teaspoon
Asafoetidaa pinch

Procedure
Take betel leaves and chilly in a blender and grind it..
Add curd, chillies, cumin powder and asafoetida and grind it once again..
Add ½ cup water and salt.. Give a final pulse..
Vetrilai Mor is ready for serving.. It is good for digestion and it increases food assimilation

Step-wise Pictures
Take betel leaves and chilly in a blender and grind it..Add curd, chillies, cumin powder and asafoetida and grind it once again..
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Add ½ cup water and salt.. Give a final pulse..
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Vetrilai Mor is ready for serving.. It is good for digestion and it increases food assimilation

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