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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Top 10 Easy Summer Beverages To Beat The Heat

Soak up the Sun this summer with these Fruit-filled, kids-friendly punches and shakes that are perfect treats on hot days. Celebrate the summer season with these essential summer coolers. Need some non-boozy options? Try these favourite ones..!!

Drink Up..!!!

1. Quick Tang-Milkshake

Quick Tang-Milkshake
Mix 10 tsp of Tang( Mango flavour )with 500ml of Milk, add ice cubes and shake in the mixer until smooth. Serve with a scoop of ice cream.

2. Ice with Honeydew

Ice with Honeydew
Purée 1 cup each frozen honeydew melon and diced frozen cucumber with the juice of 1 lime and some sugar. Serve chill with a leaflet of Mint.

3. Lychee Sparkler

Lychee Sparkler
Purée 1 cup fresh frozen lychee with 1/2 cup each plain water and rose water and sugar. Serve Chill.

4. Kiwi Punch

Kiwi Punch
Purée 7 peeled and diced kiwis with 1/2 cup sugar, the juice of 2 limes and 1 cup water; strain and serve over ice.

5. Chocolate-Cherry Shake

Chocolate-Cherry Shake
Purée 1 cup vanilla ice cream, 1/4 cup milk, 1/2 cup frozen cherries and 8 chocolate wafers. Serve Chill with crushed Almonds.

6. Raspberry-Pink Lemonade

Raspberry-Pink Lemonade
Boil 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup water and 1 cup raspberries; let cool. Strain into a pitcher, stir well in 1/2 cup lemon juice, 1 cup cold water and ice. Serve Chilled.

7. Virgin Daiquiri

Virgin Daiquiri
Purée 2 cups crushed ice, 1 cup sliced strawberries, 1 Cup orange juice, 1/2 cup lime juice and 1 tablespoon superfine sugar. Pour into 2 glasses and serve chill.

8. Mexican Strawberry Water

Mexican Strawberry Water
Purée 4 cups frozen Strawberries with sugar, water and lime juice of 1 lime, strain and serve chilled.

9. Brazilian Lemonade

Brazilian Lemonade
Mix juice of 2 limes, 1/2 cup sugar, 3 cups water and 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk. Blend well in a blender. Serve Chill.

10. Berry Delicious

Berry Delicious
Blend together frozen mixed berries, 1 banana, 1 cup strawberry flavoured yogurt, 1 cup milk, sugar and ice. Pour in glasses and Serve Chill.

Eating A Rainbow – A Colorful Way To Eat Fruits

Fruits and vegetables are an important components of a healthy balanced diet. If we consume them daily in sufficient amounts they could help us prevent many diseases related to heart and certain types of cancers. The World Health Organization recommends eating a at least of 400-500 gm of fruits and vegetables per day to prevent chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes and obesity. 

Different colours indicate different nutrients in the food. Pigments and some chemical compounds are responsible for a particular colour of the food. Eg. Red colour of tomatoes is due to lycopene, orange colour of carrots is due to carotene present in it. These compounds add colour to fruits and vegetables and also hold nutritional significance.

Consuming a rainbow of fruits and vegetables helps ensure one gets enough of the different nutrients needed for good health. This is because these colorful fruits and vegetables indicate their different nutrient content.

Listed are the Colors and Their Significance along with the food sources:


The compounds that give green color to the vegetables are called glucosinolates. This compound help ward off cancer by inhibiting carcinogens. Green color of plants is due the presence of a pigment called Chlorophyll which is purifying for the body. Many green foods also contain calcium, vitamin A, vitamin C, Vitamin K, iron and many other antioxidants.

Green foods include

• Artichokes

• Kale, spinach and other leafy greens

• Green apples 

• Sea vegetables 

• Avocados 

• Asparagus 

• Green beans 

• Brussels sprouts 

• Broccoli 

• Cucumbers 

• Green cabbage 

• Green grapes 

• Lettuce 

• Kiwi fruit 

• Limes 

• Green onions 

• Peas 

• Zucchini


Red foods contain ellagic acid, lycopene, Quercetin, and Hesperidin. These food nutrients reduce the risk of prostate cancer, lower blood pressure, reduce the growth of tumors and also the reduces LDL cholesterol levels. These compounds also scavenge free-radicals that are harmful, and support joint tissue in arthritis cases.

Red foods include

• Tomatoes

• Beets 

• Radishes 

• Red cabbage 

• Cranberries 

• Cherries 

• Red grapes 

• Pink grapefruit 

• Red peppers 

• Pomegranates 

• Red potatoes 

• Watermelon 

• Raspberries 

• Red apples 

• Strawberries


The phytochemicals responsible for orange colour in fruits and vegetables such as mango, carrots, or pumpkin, are carotenoids α- y β-carotene. These Carotenoids may help improve your immunity and lower the risk of heart diseases, vision problem and several types cancer. Beta-carotene is a carotenoid which the body uses to create vitamin A. Folate, bromium, potassium and vitamin C are also often found in orange fruits and vegetables.

Orange foods include: 

• Yams and sweet potatoes

• Carrots 

• Apricots 

• Butternut squash 

• Cantaloupe 

• Grapefruit 

• Lemons 

• Mangoes 

• Nectarines 

• Oranges and Tangerines 

• Papayas 

• Peaches 

• Pears 


The flavonoids, are the largest group of phenolic compounds, they together with β-cryptoxanthin are responsible for the light yellow to orange colour of fruits like peach, orange or papaya. Dietary flavonoids possess anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antihistamine and antioxidant properties. These compounds are reported to inhibit lipid peroxidation, scavenge free radicals, and to modulate cell signalling pathways. Production of free radicals and peroxides has been linked to aging, cancer, ischemic injuries, and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Flavonoids protect LDL cholesterol from being oxidized, thus preventing the formation of plaques in the arterial wall.

Yellow foods include: 

• Yams and sweet potatoes

• Yellow apples 

• Peaches

• Butternut squash 

• Cantaloupe 

• Lemons 

• Mangoes 

• Lemons

• Papayas 

• Yellow peppers 

• Persimmons 

• Pineapple 

• Pumpkin 

• Yellow winter or summer squash 

• Yellow tomatoes

• Sweet corn 

Blue, Indigo, Violet: 

Blue, indigo and violet foods contain the compound anthocyanins that not only give color to the foods but also have been shown to reduce the risk of high blood pressure and increase the health of heart. Anthocyanins possess antioxidant properties that help limit the damage caused to the body cells by free radicals and may also lower your risk for stroke, heart disease, cancer, macular degeneration (vision loss) and memory problems.

Foods in this part of the rainbow include:

• Blackberries 

• Blueberries

• Purple grapes 

• Figs 

• Plums, fresh and dried (prunes)

• Raisins 

• Eggplant

White, Tan and Brown:

White fruits and vegetables get their color from the polyphenol compounds with their antioxidant properties called anthoxanthins, which are known to lower your risk of cancer and heart disease. Some white foods, like garlic contains a compound called allicin, which is known to lower the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, high cholesterol and cancer. These foods may also be good sources of vitamin C, potassium, folate, riboflavin and niacin. A study published in November 2011 in "Stroke" found that consuming more white fruits and vegetables may lower your risk for strokes. Tan and brown foods like garlic, onions, and mushrooms may promote heart health and reduce the risk of cancer.

Here are options for adding more of these colors to your diet:

• Bananas

• Onions 

• Cauliflower 

• Garlic 

• Ginger 

• Mushrooms 

• Potatoes 

• Parsnips 

• Turnips

• White corns

• White Nectarines

• Dates

• Brown pears

• Cheeku


Black colored fruits are becoming very popular in the recent years due to their high nutritive value for human health. These fruits are rich in vitamins, calcium, iron, selenium, zinc and other materials and also possess anti-cancer, anti-oxidation and anti-aging properties. Recent studies showed that black fruits show a black color in their skin because they are rich in pigments such as Proanthocyanidins and chlorophyll. In comparison with the light colored fruits, these pigments have a strong antioxidant property which can effectively increase the body’s resistance to bacteria. In addition, these black fruit are rich source of minerals like potassium, calcium and magnesium which play a vital role in the maintenance of nutritional balance of the human body.

Black Foods include:

• Mulberry

• Black Grapes 

• Elder Berries

• Black Berries

• Black Currants

• Dried plums

The popular phrase "eating a rainbow" of fruits and vegetables is a very simple way of remembering to get variety of color in your diet as possible, so that you can maximize your intake of a wide range of nutrients. The colors of vegetables and fruits are a small clue as to what vitamins and nutrients are included in that particular food. By getting a variety of different colored fruits and vegetables, one is sure of getting a diverse amount of essential vitamins and minerals in their diet.

It is advised to go Organic to gain maximum nutrients from a fruit. To know more about Organic Foods click here.

Monday, May 30, 2016

The Magic of Turmeric Latte - Kid's Special

The Guardian recently published a story discussing America’s obsession with Turmeric Lattes.

Turmeric (Haldi) is the vibrant yellow-orange kitchen herb affectionately known as the magic sword against inflammation, infections and immunity booster. It was birthed in India and centuries ago crowned as one of the great dosha balancers in ayurvedic medicine. With all the healing benefits, your child can taste the inherent goodness with each sip. It is just as delicious as it is nutritious. Since ages Indians have known the goodness of this golden spice and used in their kitchen for culinary purpose. Its many benefits have made it quite popular worldwide and these days turmeric is used in many preparations including beauty products, medicines and health supplements.

Here are few Health Benefits of Turmeric Latte (Haldi Doodh) listed below:


Turmeric milk is anti-inflammatory, and can prevent and protect from arthritis and stomach ulcers. It is also known as ‘natural aspirin’ in Ayurvedic medicine and can cure headaches, swelling and pain.

Respiratory Illness

Turmeric milk is an antimicrobial that attacks bacterial infections and viral infections. It is useful for treating illnesses related to the respiratory system, since the spice heats up your body and provides quick relief from lung congestion and sinuses. This is also an effective remedy to cure asthma and bronchitis.

Cold And Cough

Turmeric milk is considered the best remedy for cold and cough due to its antiviral and antibacterial properties. It gives instant relief to a sore throat, cough and cold.

Aches And Pains

Turmeric golden milk gives the best relief from aches and pains. This can also strengthen the spine and the joints in the body.

Heal Wounds

Turmeric happens to be a natural antiseptic as well as an antibacterial agent hence it is a great disinfectant. If your child has a wound then all you need to do is sprinkle some turmeric powder on the wound, this will speed up the healing process. Having turmeric milk will help to heal the wound from inside too.

Antioxidant Rich

Turmeric milk is an excellent source of antioxidants that fight free radicals. It can cure many ailments.

Blood Purifier

Turmeric milk is considered an excellent blood purifier and cleanser in Ayurvedic tradition. It can revitalize and boost the blood circulation in the body. It is also known as a blood thinner that cleanses the lymphatic system and the blood vessels from all impurities.The presence of a wide range of vital nutrients in this milk boosts blood circulation.

Liver Detox

Turmeric milk is a natural liver detoxifier and blood purifier that boosts the liver function. It supports the liver and cleanses the lymphatic system.

Bone Health

Turmeric milk is a good source of calcium which is necessary to keep the bones healthy and strong. Turmeric milk lowers the bone loss and osteoporosis.


It is a powerful antiseptic that promotes intestinal health and treats stomach ulcers and colitis. This helps in better digestion and prevents ulcers, diarrhoea and indigestion.

Protects from hepatitis

The antiviral action of turmeric milk is due to the presence of curcumin that prevents viruses from multiplying in the body, thereby hindering their growth. Additionally, it boosts your immune system and protects the liver from viral attack. Here are some key steps to prevent viral hepatitis.

Give a glass of Turmeric Milk to your baby a day and keep them healthy and agile.

Recipe - Turmeric Latte

INGREDIENTS (Serves - 1)

1 cup unsweetened almond, dairy or coconut milk

1 tablespoon fresh turmeric root, grated (or use approximately 2 teaspoons turmeric paste)

1 teaspoon cinnamon powder

1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger root (or 1 teaspoon ground)

1 tablespoon coconut oil

Raw honey or sugar (As per the taste)

Pinch of black pepper (optional)


To make the turmeric paste, combine 2 parts turmeric powder with 1 part boiling water. Mix and store any extra in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Gently warm the milk in a small saucepan. Do not boil. Add turmeric, ginger and cinnamon. Next, combine coconut oil with the mixture and gently heat together until melted. Whisk with immersion blender to create a foam. Continue to stir until frothy and heated through.

Stir in honey or sweetener of choice to taste. Sprinkle with cinnamon powder if desired. Sip, savor & enjoy.

10 Most Powerful Immunity Boosting Foods

Looking for ways to prevent frequent colds and flu? Your first step should take you to your local grocery store. Feeding your body certain kind of foods will help to keep your immune system running strong. Plan your meals to include the following 10 powerful immunity boosters and you may increase your family’s chances of fending off those bugs before they get anyone sick.

1. Oranges

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Oranges benefits your immune system by increasing the intake of vitamin C. A cup of orange juice contains 125 milligrams of vitamin C, which is recommended daily intake for men and women, according to the Institute of Medicine.

2. Green Tea

Green Tea
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Green teas are rich source of polyphenols, in the form of natural chemicals called catechins. The most powerful catechin in the green tea is epigallocatechin (EGCG), which was found in one study to be 25 to 100 times more potent than antioxidant vitamins C and E, which makes it an excellent immunity booster.

3. Mushrooms

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Mushrooms are known to strengthen your immune system because they are rich source of fiber, protein, vitamin B, vitamin C, calcium, and other minerals. Beta-glucans a powerful compound known for its immune enhancing properties is also present in Mushrooms.

4. Berries

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Berries are an excellent source of vitamin C which is known to prevent damage to the body cells and also protects the immune system against deficiencies. Dark berries like strawberries, blackberries and blueberries not only taste good but they are also a good source of highly effective antioxidants. Try to take a mix of different berries rather than just taking one or two separately, as combining them gives your body the best immunity boost.

5. Garlic

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Garlic an ancient herb has been used for centuries to improve the immune system. It is known to reduce the cholesterol levels and prevent the hardening of arteries. The immune-boosting properties of garlic is derived from one of its sulfur-containing compounds known as allicin. Garlic is also known to fight off free radicals. It is also believed that eating garlic regularly can protect against the development of various cancers.

6. Cabbage

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Cabbage is a wonderful source of glutamine, which is an immune-strengthening compound. Cabbage of any variety – red, white, Chinese is an efficient and cheap way to boost your immunity.

7. Bell Peppers

Bell Peppers
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Vitamin C is essential for maintaining a healthy immune system. Bell peppers are loaded with vitamin C. Ounce by ounce, bell peppers have more vitamin C than most citrus fruits.

8. Turmeric

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Turmeric has the highest antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Curcumin an active ingredient found in turmeric, is anti-fungal , anti-viral and can help protect against various forms cancer. Turmeric is 5-8 times stronger than vitamins C and E which are known to boost the immunity.

9. Almonds

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Nuts like almonds are packed with vitamin E which is an immunity booster. A half-cup serving of almonds provides nearly 100 percent of the recommended daily intake.

10. Yogurt

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If you are looking for a way to boost your immunity and reduce your chances of catching nasty cold and flu, it worthwhile to include yogurt in your regular meals or snacks. Full of protein and calcium, yogurt is already a healthy diet addition, and research points to its role in boosting immunity as well.