Stop Eating Breakfast ! Start Drinking…

New Years party invitation… You were so ready to have Blassssstttt and eat, drink and get drunk. You have this strapless black, body hugging, silky, elegant dress studded with a diamond lace ready for you to ROCK. You have been, wanting to wear this on such a special ocassion… Only to find out YOU don’t fit in it any more…. somehow you managed to kick the thought out of your mind and still went ahead to the party with another dress ….
But You couldn’t rock the party and You couldn’t ignore the fact that you have put on….

Has this ever happened with You? It has happened with me before till I found out this one true solution.

First you have to understand there is no MAGIC PILL…. The answer lies with ONLY and ONLY real

Fresh produce
BEST wayto incorporate abundant fresh produce in your daily diet is SMOOTHING….

I have started this 4 ingredient smoothie recipe regime..
It’s easy, simple, extra fast and yummy…
Spinana Smoothie – Spinach, Banana, Orange Juice and Almonds.

Why Spinach?

Spinach is high in nutritional value. It is rich in antioxidants and iron. Spinach is also an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C and folic acid. It is good source of manganese, magnesium, iron and vitamin B2. Vitamin K is important for maintaining bone health and it is difficult to find vegetables richer in vitamin K than spinach.
I can keep going on and on with its nutrition but I am sure you are already convinced about the goodness of this Popeye’s Super green juice….spinanan smoothie nutrition

Why Banana?
Bananas are well known for their potassium content, The potassium in bananas can help prevent muscle cramps after exercise. Banana contains vitamin C, vitamin B-6, manganese and fiber. A banana provides some iron, magnesium, calcium and phosphorus as well as vitamins A and E, folate, carotene and choline. Bananas also contain trace amounts of many amino acids.

Most importantly, a banana in morning will start your day off right and will give you the energy to make it through to lunch without snacking.

Why orange Juice?
There’s a compound in spinach called oxalic acid, which blocks the absorption of calcium and iron. An easy way to solve this problem is to pair spinach with a food high in vitamin C. Needless to say Orange juice is quickest easy way to get your daily dose of Vitamic C and it tastes awesome.

Why Almonds?
Almonds are extremely good for your heart. Almonds are rich in the vitamins and minerals that help build a healthy heart, especially vitamin E. It contains many protective nutrients – calcium and magnesium – for strong bones. Almond contains phytochemicals, which may help protect against cardiovascular disease and even cancer. Most of the fat in almonds is monounsaturated, also known as the “good” fat. This little nut is also loaded with minerals like phosphorus and zinc, as well as lots of healthy fiber.

For, instructions on How to make … check the video below

Vow!!! Getting all this goodness in just one glass…. Such a morning routine will set You Winning everyday. …

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Are you Struggling to keep your New Year’s resolutions ?

Do you always struggle to keep your New Year’s resolutions??

or

Do you have to drag yourself to work every Monday?

or

Do you not feel any enthusiasm  and zeal towards life?

If “YES” than you MUST… MUST… MUST… answer these 3 Questions and believe me, you won’t remain the same… If you want to be happy but not sure… how?  These 3 questions will clarify your mind .

1. What do you want to experience?
2. How do you want to grow?
3. How do you want to contribute?

 

Vishen Lakhiani, the founder of MindValley, did an awesome job by introducing  these life changing questions. These 3 Questions will make you wonder how you can move forward and work towards a brighter future.

How to do it ?
You can either just visualize these or write it down…
You need 90 seconds for each question and a quiet place…

Making list of experiences you want in life will clarify what you want to achieve. It can be experiencing best vacation or experiencing best relationship. When you know exactly what you want its first step in right direction. This exercise helped me manifest my subconscious thoughts making it real and doable.

Growth is in-evitable  “We are more fulfilled when we grow “.  So plan your growth. It can be growing spiritually or emotionally or physically.

Contribution
Verbatim by Vishen ….
“No matter how shitty your life might be when you think about giving back….for some inexplicable reason, Life seems to give you more and it tends to be one of surest pass to happiness…” so true…
Giving creates an inner joy and peace, which cannot be described in words. Giving can be in the form of money, time or knowledge.

My personal favorite part of the whole video is how the questions require the viewer to reflect and imagine how they can inspire themselves to be their very best. When you have answered these questions, you have set goals for life.

You know what experiences you want,  how you wish to grow and how you can contribute. Everyday you wake up with new passion and zeal . I have tried it and it had always given me huge motivation.

I urge you to try it and let me know how it worked for you.

Watch this 13 minutes video of Vishen Lakhiani,
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SiDTS1ro4o

 

Do you want to eat pizza and not screw your diet????

Sunday Late evening, I was finishing up my weekend chores. Kids were busy with their schoolwork. Suddenly, my husband announced, “I am taking you guys out for early dinner.” As usual guessing, we will have big fuss over choosing the restaurant, I ignored him. But to my surprise …… He declared I am taking you guys to a new Pizza place…

blazePizza1We reached the place. Being a health conscious mom and professional I started the inspection of venue and menu. The place impressed me. It was decent place with decent ambience.  It was trendy with black and brown color theme. Small wooden tables and black tables for seating. Enthusiastic, charming teenager boy greeted us. Kids were happy to see the modern décor and young crowd.

We stood in line. Soon line moved forward and it was our turn. We landed in front of assembly table. It contained red and white sauces compartments. The cheese bins included Parmesan, goat cheese, Gorgonzola and mozzarella. Meat section had all toppings of grilled chicken, meatballs, pepperoni etc. Viola!!! Un-limited vegetable toppings. Leafy greens, roasted red peppers and tomatoes, green peppers, mushrooms, black olives, artichokes, and zucchini.
The thin crust slices and many vegetable toppings options help you eat healthy. It doesn’t ruin your diet if you are calorie conscious like me. 

We placed our order. Our order was processed in front of us. We took our pizza plates and sat on outside seating. It was drizzling and weather felt a bit chilly.  The yummy, cheesy, crispy, colorful, warm pizza slice started melting in my mouth. .

They serve gluten free and vegan pizza options. 
Isn’t it great!!!
They have gluten free crust option, made daily from European non-GMO gluten-free ingredients.
They offer a vegan cheese option (soy-free), and none of their vegetable toppings contain any meat, egg or dairy products.

Comparison of Nutrition Facts of vegetable pizza per slice of popular pizza places:

Pizza Place Calories Total Fat (g) Saturated Fat (g) Sodium
(mg)
Total Carbohydrate (g) Protein
(g)
Blaze Pizza (6“) 130 5 2.5 310 15 6
Pizza Hut (6”) 140 5 2 320 18 6
Papa Johns
(8 “) no option of 6”
215 7 2.5 490 27 6
Dominos
(10”) no option of 6”
230 12.5 5.5 450 18 10

For this calorie test, I have selected vegetarian pizza slices.
In detail,
Pizza Hut’s “Vegie lover’s personal pan pizza” is competitive with Blaze pizza. Pizza Hut’s online Nutritional calculator was user friendly.
“Dominos Pacific Coast Veggie” is the vegetarian pizza.  There is smallest is 10”.
“Papa John’s Garden Fresh and Mediterranean vegetable” are vegetarian. They come only in size 14” and thin crust was not available in 8” … so u have to buy more and eat more…
Blaze has many possibilities with vegetarian options. You can play with different flavors of sauces and cheeses and mix and match according to your palate.

 Blaze team is committed to be eco-friendly.
Their packaging is made from post-consumer recycled and/or sustainable materials.
Forks, knives, cups, straws, lids – even those cute little containers of salad dressing – have are chosen to reduce the waste.
How Thoughtful!!!!

Now Remember, these are options for 1 slice of simple vegetable 6” sized pizza.
Lets admit we can’t stop on 1 slice… We eat at least 2 slices …right !!!
And some might eat more depending on appetite and liking.
So you will be consuming twice or thrice of above mentioned nutrients….

As a nutrition expert, I would suggest to have 2 to 3 slices maximum. Choosing healthier food rest of the time.
I agree, Life should be fun!!! We should enjoy pizza and donut once in a while….
But everything should be in moderation!!!
After all, to be fit and healthy isn’t a punishment….

 

 

Living Life with Passion !!!

 

What are you striving for in life?
Health, Wealth, Love and Happiness !
Oh No  … Sounds Cheesy right?
But still guys, You must be in shape to enjoy life , wealth of course is important but spiritual wealth is what I mean here. Love stands for Love for family, friends, humanity and for nature. Last but not least no matter what you do in life everything is to seek Happiness..
So doesn’t matter for the cliche it certainly holds the truth…

How are You going to do this?
You Eat Healthy, Exercise, Meditate, Be Inspired and Inspire others rest will fall in place.… Lets try to focus on all these aspects together and work together to be better in every way. Lets be passionate and live as we are accountable for our actions.

Smile and Enjoy life every moment
Life is enjoying every day/every moment and celebrating who we are becoming along the way. Appreciating, Gratifying everything happening for us, for there is reason for everything. We all are here for a reason – to make a difference in this world every instant by contributing in every possible way.

Lets Do this by creating a world of happy people. 

Marie Forleo

I totally believe The Secret – the Universe grants us whatever we ask for….

One lazy weekend afternoon, I was alone at home relaxing and was flipping through channels only to find out nothing interesting to watch on TV. So took IPad and started browsing through YouTube videos. I stumbled upon this video link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvu_UGzz2Bs and instantly fell in love.

Anyways, I am working on my small startup company for couple of months and wasn’t sure whether I was doing it right but had a very strong vision and great passion.

I felt so much connected to her words and related to every aspect of her being.

Marie left her career and worked hard for passion exactly what I was doing.

She seemed extremely spiritual and she is a very grounded person. I adore her personality.
I always felt like doing 10 different things, many of my friends couldn’t relate to me. I always wanted to create a difference in this world through my presence and my passion. I absolutely believe in listening to the inner gut feeling and following the “intuition” that feels right.

“Clarity comes from engagement not thought….”

Basically, ideas should be acted upon. You wont know whether they will work or not till you try them. Most importantly the whole process of trying and failing will teach valuable life lessons.

Marie inspired me to think….

Now, I truly embrace the fact that I am extremely special, talented and gifted and I believe so are you…we owe this society, this planet our unique gifts. Marie emphasizes on  the fact that we have to share these special gifts with the world and if we don’t, we are stealing from those who need it the most….

Success for me is enjoying every step of this (business) journey and celebrate who I am becoming along way. Cherishing where I am going because I am here to make a difference in this world every moment by contributing in every possible way.

 

 

 

Avocado – The fruit of the Kings !


So true
 …..
Sitting on a bar stool sipping the chilled dirty martini, so drained, dog-tired  from the day, you are trying to avoid a steady gaze of extremely handsome jaw dropping guy… Only thinking I wish I had eaten that extra piece of avocado in the morning.

Aphrodisiac it is – stimulates Sexual Desire
For the Aztecs, avocado was, “the fruit of the kings” and eaten as a luxurious aphrodisiac. The Aztecs also believed that avocado was the fertility fruit.

Treasure of Nutrients !!!
Among the twenty top fruits it ranks highest in lutein, vitamin E, glutathione, beta-sitosterol, folacin, fiber, potassium, and magnesium. Avocados act as a “nutrient booster” by enabling the body to absorb more fat-soluble nutrients, such as alpha and beta-carotene and lutein in foods that are eaten with it.

Banana or Avocado ?
It is good source of vitamin K, dietary fiber, vitamin B6, vitamin C, folate, copper, and contain more potassium than a medium banana. An avocado contains 877 grams of potassium vs. a banana has 470 grams and avocado has much less sugar!

Sooooo much FAT ??? But Good kind.
Avocados have fat content between 71 to 88% of their total calories, which is about 20 times the average for other fruits. A typical avocado contains 30 grams of fat but 20 grams of these fat are health-promoting monounsaturated fats, especially oleic acid. 
Thus single 30 gram serving of avocado is better than any other popular snack.

How much ?
It is recommended to eat up to two servings (2 ounces) or 100-calories worth of avocados per day, which can help you meet your recommended daily fruit intake. Due to the avocado’s mono and polyunsaturated fat content, they’re a great substitution for foods rich in saturated fat.

Avocados have numerous health benefits
They improve cardiovascular health, help in blood sugar regulation. It has anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory benefits.

Which one is right one?
A ripe, ready-to-eat avocado is slightly soft but should have no dark sunken spots or cracks. A firm avocado will ripen at room temperature within few days. As the fruit ripens, the skin will turn darker. Avocados should not be refrigerated until they are ripe. Once ripe, they can be kept refrigerated for up to a week.  Sprinkling the exposed surface(s) with lemon juice will help to prevent the browning.

Be Careful !!!!
Research has shown that the greatest concentration of carotenoids in avocado occurs in the dark green flesh that lies just beneath the skin. You don’t want to slice into that dark green portion any more than necessary when you are peeling an avocado.

More interesting ways of consumption….
Apart from adding avocados to sandwiches and salads or making popular guacamole, you can make Avocado shake and other recipes.

 

Fresh Vs. Frozen produce

Is frozen produce as good as fresh???? 

You Had a loooong exuasting day at work. Its already dark and biting cold out……
You want to reach home, get cozy and have a hot piping soup for dinner.
And what??? you remember… no grocery shopping over weekend because of harsh weather conditions…. so  no vegetables to add to soup … You decide to drive to the supermarket on your way back but in vain…. they hardly had anything left. Just the worn out, wilted leafy greens…. Now what???

Winter months in up North and Summer months down south make us struggle to get our fresh produce at reasonable rates. Most of the seasonal farmers’ market close during these peak winter and summer months, living us with hardly any options.

It is not unusual to prefer fresh produce over frozen.
Frozen foods are considered most unhealthy, chemically treated and flavorless and do not promote healthy eating habit.Until recently, I was very skeptic about frozen produce. Little research convinced me that frozen produce is not bad either rather it might be a great option.

In March 1998, Food and drug administration (FDA) indicated that frozen fruits and vegetables are equivalent to fresh product and may exceed the fresh product under certain circumstances.

Scientists have used flash freezing technique to freeze vegetables and fruits.
Clarence Birdseye invented flash freezing technique. He found out that preserving vegetable by rapidly freezing them at extremely cold temperatures retains its taste and turgor.This concept inspired massive frozen produce business.

In commercial processing, foods are flash frozen to maximize nutrient retention.
It also helps in keeping the food fresh and flavorful. Frozen vegetables are picked and frozen at peak of their ripeness retaining their nutrients and flavor. Before flash freezing, vegetables are blanched with hot water to kill bacteria. On the other hand fresh produce loses its nutritional value and flavor if not used quickly.

Frozen vegetables are good for cooking but not recommended for salads or raw eating. Frozen fruits can be used in baking. Frozen berries serve the purpose of quick and nutritious dessert and great addition for smoothies/ juices.

In conclusion, frozen produce is better option for off season and definitely serves the purpose of adding recommended 5-8 servings of fruits and vegetables a day.
Undoubtedly fresh produce is best in ideal situation but frozen vegetables and fruits are not bad either.

 

Next time when you grab the frozen slob of spinach instead of those fresh green beautiful looking leaves, be assured you are still doing the right thing. Eating vegetables and fruits is very important for good health and there is undeniable way to it…..