What’s the #best #drink of all?

People often say that it is difficult to drink enough fluids throughout the day as most of them do not want to interrupt their work by getting up to fill their bottle. Then there are those who, simply forget to drink water!


But, here, what most of them tend to forget is that our body is comprised of 50 to 60 per cent of water and needs to be replenished on a daily basis. Generally, eight glasses of fluids per day is recommended by medicos but this varies greatly according to the exercise level and diet that the individual follows.

And then, of course, there are those who insist on gulping down a lot of water just to meet the eight glasses per day guideline. For them, it is important to sip fluids slowly throughout the day to maximise the absorption.

Beverages to drink
Water: One should either drink warm water or water at room temperature. If you have existing digestive problems, cold water can just make it worse.Make sure that you use a good water purifier. Squeeze lemon, wedges into your water for a good flavour.

Herbal teas: Caffeine-free herbal teas are an excellent form of fluids. Peppermint, chamomile, and caraway in particular improve digestion and reduce bloating. You can also go for green tea.

Vegetable juice: Vegetable juices are a great way of getting your daily dose of vegetables and fluids. Avoid canned juices and vegetable cocktails that contain high levels of salt. Celery, wheatgrass, cucumber, fennel, parsley, and other non-starchy vegetables are some excellent choices. Carrots tend to be sweet, so be sure to drink carrot juice in moderation. If you enjoy the taste of vegetable juice, a home juicer is essential for you.

Smoothies: A smoothie, made of a combination of fresh or frozen fruits, a scoop of protein powder and skim milk, is a great way to start the day. If you are used to coffee or something sweet in the morning, you may find that a power smoothie gives you more sustained energy.

Fruit juices: In general, it is better to eat fruit than drink it. In liquid form, the sugar in the fruit juice is absorbed into the bloodstream relatively quickly. So, it is better to try diluting fruit juice with water — one part unsweetened fruit juice to one to three parts of water. Choose fruits that are not high in sugar content.

Decaffeinated coffee: Coffee as a rule isn’t the best drink and can dehydrate you. If you like to drink decaf, make sure that it is water processed. And use a small amount of milk if necessary, but keep minimum sugar, honey or artificial sweeteners in the coffee. Drink water after to keep yourself hydrated.

#Lemongrass, a #bounty of #health


Lemongrass is a herb cherished for its aroma and citrus-cum-ginger taste. It is also known as citronella and its botanical name is cymbopogon ciatrus. It is widely used in Asian cuisines, especially Thai, Malaysian and Vietnamese. Besides culinary purposes, lemongrass possesses a lot of medical and health benefits. Some of them are as follows:

Lemongrass contains anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties. It is useful in treating infections of the stomach, colon, urinary tract and wounds.

It helps to cure diseases like typhoid, skin infections, food poisoning and body odour.

Because it contains analgesic properties, lemongrass oil helps in relieving pain from headaches, joint pains and muscle pains.

Lemongrass possesses anti-pyretic properties that is beneficial in bringing down fever. Therefore, lemongrass is administered to people having fever.

#Unique #green #salad #ideas

Short of ideas to toss up a salad that’ll be appreciated by all at home? We bring you some quick summer salad recipes that are perfect for a small home gathering and a big luncheon too.


Go ahead, create you own wonderful green array!

Russian salad – for a small home gathering
Boiled potatoes, apples, boiled chicken, boiled beans, cream, yoghurt, mayonnaise, and salt to taste
Cut potatoes, chicken and apple into pieces. Mix yoghurt, cream and mayonnaise well. Add potatoes, chicken and apples, and your Russian salad is ready.

Hand tossed salad – an ideal picnic salad
Diced cucumber, tomato, radish, onion, carrot, beetroot, cabbage, lettuce, salt, white pepper, malt vinegar and coriander.
This is the most basic hand tossed salad, yet always a winner. Mix all diced vegetables. Add few drops of malt vinegar, salt/pepper to taste and garnish with coriander.

Cucumber cream salad – to accompany a rich Mughlai meal
Diced cucumber, salt, crushed green pepper corn, lemon and fresh cream.
Mix all ingredients together and serve chilled.

Pachadia salad – to accompany a South Indian menu
Cucumber, carrots, tomato, onion, curry leaves, mustard seeds, hang curd (dried curd), fresh cream, salt and pepper.
Cut all vegetables in Julian style. Mix them with curd and add fried mustard and curry leaves for seasoning. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Picotica salad – to accompany Mexican delicacies
Cucumbers, red and yellow bell pepper, tomatoes, finely chopped coriander, carrots, red chilli paste, lemon juice, salt, pepper, chopped garlic and cumin seeds powder.
Cut all vegetables into fine cubes. Mix all together with chilli paste, lemon juice and cumin seed powder. Add salt/pepper to taste.

Caesar salad – to accompany a Continental meal
Iceberg lettuce, red/yellow/green bell pepper, olives, sliced onions, croutons (fried bread crumbs), olive oil, eggs, parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, mustard sauce and fresh cream.
Break the lettuce leaves into two bunches with your hand. All bell pepper must be cut in diamond shape. Mix with onions, olives and add salt and pepper.
Method for dressing
Mix one egg yolk with 200 ml olive oil , fresh cream and mustard sauce. This will serve as the dressing. Garnish with croutons and parmesan cheese.

Crudites – to accompany finger food
Finger foods are usually accompanied by crudites which are vegetables dipped in vinagerette sauce. Vegetables used are carrots, radish, cucumber, beetroot, finger capsicum. These accompaniments are usually dipped in tartar sauce, cocktail sauce or barbeque sauce.

(Recipe courtesy: Executive chef, DC Bhatt, Tivoli Grand Hotel, GT Karnaal Road)

Will eating #corn make me #fat?

It’s difficult to say no to a delicious, piping hot corn on the cob seasoned with spices in this monsoon weather. But lately, it seems that many people are more reluctant than eager to take a bite.


This is because of the latest health buzz that eating corn will make you fat. As a matter of fact, nowadays many people have parted ways with corn altogether because of the fear of weight gain. Today, we take a look at this dilemma and help you answer the question: Will eating corn make me fat?

Tender corn has about 1/3rd the calories of dry corn. At 125 calories per 100 g, it contains about 5 g of protein and negligible amount of fat.

Bangalore-based Registered Dietitian and Wellness Consultant, Sheela Krishnaswamy answers the top 5 FAQs on corn for us:
Corn is full of natural sugars and carbs; does this make it unhealthy? Corn is not at all unhealthy. Since it’s rich in carbs, it’s a great source of energy. High in nutrients, corn is extremely rich in Vitamin B1, Vitamin B5 and Vitamin C, which helps in fighting diseases and generating new cells. High in fibre, corn also helps in lowering cholesterol levels in the body by reducing the levels of blood sugar in diabetics too. A whole grain product, it can be easily included in a healthy diet.
If raw and fresh corn is healthy, then why is popcorn unhealthy? Popcorn is not unhealthy either. It’s a great filler between meals, as long as it’s unbuttered and contains less salt. The buttered and salted popcorn should be restricted because of the fat and sodium content in it. Also, since popcorn is normally eaten while watching television or a movie, there’s a greater chance of eating large quantities of popcorn because one is more engrossed in the film rather than the quantity of popcorn eaten. Excess intake of fat and sodium has its consequences on health, as we all know.
Will eating corn chips make me fat? Yes, if the chips are fried and it’s consumed in large quantities and the excess calories are not burnt off, they are sure to make you fat. Weight gain is not about just one food, but an energy balance.
Are cornflakes healthy? Cornflakes are very low in fat and contain mostly starch. Also it’s eaten in combination with milk, which brings in a balance of carbohydrates and protein.
Regular consumption of corn, in moderate quantities, has been associated with better cardiovascular health. How true is the statement? Corn by itself cannot protect the heart. But yes, it’s as good as any other grain like brown rice, wheat, ragi, jowar, etc.

Corn can be used in many ways – as a breakfast cereal, as a snack (boiled corn / corn cup / popcorn), as part of a salad or soup, as an ingredient in a baked dish, etc. At the risk of sounding cliched, weight loss or gain is not about one single food. It’s about a healthy lifestyle.

Bottom-Line. Add corn to your meals and snacks to receive its health benefits. Just watch the amount you eat and practice portion control when eating corn and it will not make you fat!