Oct 3, 2012

Green Foods That Will Keep You Going For More

Green- The beautiful and peaceful color is a very important color in our diet. Green foods will help you keep your skin glowing, help you slim down and help lift your mood.So, don’t be envious of the color green.Embrace it and add it to your diet instead!

Spinach – Keeps Your Skin Glowing

Did you know that Popeye’s favorite vegetable is good for your skin?  Well, it is.  The vitamin A in spinach has shown to protect your skin from UV damage and ensures a healthy cell turnover.  Both these aspects will keep your skin glowing!

Some of the ways you can enjoy spinach is – adding it to salads, sandwiches, soups or do what my mom does best – make spinach curry - YUM

Pears – Helps kick your hunger

Research has shown that eating three small pears a day helps you control hunger.  Pears contain a lot of water and fiber, both of which will keep you feeling full for a longer period of time.  Also, fiber guards against drastic blood sugar spikes which can lead to over eating

Best way to enjoy pears is – eat them raw, bake them or grill them and serve them with a bit of vanilla ice cream for a sweet treat.

Avocado – helps lift your mood

When feeling frazzled, try eating an avocado rather than reaching for a high calorie candy bar.  Avocados are packed with monosaturated fat which provides a much needed pick me up.According to Susan Kleiner, PhD, RD, the author of the Good Mood Diet, the building blocks of brain cells are predominantly fat.  So, when you don’t eat enough, you can get grouchy, crabby and depressed.

The best way to eat avocado according to me is making Guacamole.  You can also have it straight up, drizzled with lime juice and grilled with olive oil.

So, there.  Now that you know the benefits of Green foods, I hope that you add them to your diet.

Sep 25, 2012

Blue And Purple Foods That Will Keep You Healthy and Strong

Today, in our colorful and healthy diet series, we are going to discuss the importance of adding foods that are the color blue and purple to your diet.  Blue and purple foods are important toward off summer time sniffles, improve your memory and fuel up a workout.

Plums- Ward off summer time sniffles

If you are suffering from summer time sniffles and are too hot to get a bowl of chicken noodle soup reach for a Plum.

Plums have shown to contain neochlorogenic and chlorogenigacids which are natural compounds that have shown to inhibit the growth of viruses and bacteria.

For a fun way to add plums to your diet, think about adding slices of plums to your salad, puree the fruit and put it on toast instead of jelly or do what I do, grab it and eat it raw!

Blueberries – Improve Your Memory

Did you know that this tiny little blue fruit will help your noggin stay sharp?  well, it is true.  Researchers at the University of Reading in England have stated that berries improve blood flow to the brain which help the brain cells stay in top notch shape.  Berries can help stave off dips in concentration, memory and logical thinking.

The best way to consume blueberries in my opinion, is raw!.But you can add them to muffins, cakes and pancakes.

Raisins- Fuel Up That Workout

Raisins are a fantastic pre workout snack. “Raisins are a stellar source of simple sugars which are a key source of energy”  according to Mark Kern, PhD, RD.

I love to eat raisins straight from the box or add them to my cereal  or my oatmeal in the morning.

So there. make your diet more colorful by adding blue and purple foods and improve your health.

Sep 19, 2012

White–Pure and Simple

Why is white important in your diet?  well, there are many reasons why it is important to add foods that are white in your diet.  The most important reasons are building bones,preventing cavities and strengthening the heart

Leeks – Building Bones

Leeks are great for fending off osteoporosis since they are packed with a plant fiber, inulin,which studies have shown to help increase the absorption of calcium.  Because of this fact, make sure that you have leeks with foods that are rich in calcium such as legumes, dark leafy greens and dairy product.  A great idea would be to make a caramelized leek soup using 1% milk.

Onions – Cavity Fighter

So, here is the funny thing.  One of the things that ends up making your breath stinky also helps you keep your teeth healthy.  According to Dr. Moulavi,onions contain sulphur which is a powerful antibiotic and Quercetin which is a powerful anti- inflammatory agent.  Both these agents have been shown to kill certain types of bacteria, such as Streptococcus mutants which promote tooth decay.

Best way to get some onions in your diet – add them to tacos, salads, curries, soups etc..

Potatoes – Strengthen your love machine – your heart

The poor little spud has gotten a bad rep. lately for being high in carbs.  But did you know that cooked in the right way (that means – no French fries!!) it can be a part of a heart- healthy diet?

Potatoes are loaded with vitamin B6 which helps hold down the the levels of the amino acid Homocystein.  A lower level of homocystein is in turn helps prevent against heart disease.  Only one medium baked potato contains 20% of your daily requirement of vitamin B6.

A great way to add the humble spud to your diet is to add boiled potatoes to salad or make it some spices to get a great Indian treat!

So, there you go.  From cool mama to you, more healthy tips and reasons why you should include “white” foods in your diet!

 

Sep 17, 2012

It is That Time Of The Year Already

Yep, it sure is.The kids are finally back in school and I have time once again to do what I love to do – Blog and write children’s books.Oh yah baby, it is finally time for the COOL MAMA!

The one thing that I realized this summer is, how difficult it is to motivate kids to read.  Especially with all the new computer games that are so readily available, kids are becoming more and more lazy about reading.

My older son does not require any coaxing to read.In fact, we have to tell him to stop reading at times!  But, the middle one, is a different story altogether.  This kid is totally addicted to screens – it really does not matter what kind of screen it is. It could be an i pod or and iPad or TV or a computer screen.  The kid just loves screens.  So, in order to encourage him to read, I decided to check out the types of I books that are available.  I was amazed!  there are so many different genres that are available on Amazon just to cater to the “screen addicts!”  But, unfortunately books that cater to children tend to how can I put it nicely .. .BORING.  Kids at the age of 6-8 love bodily functions – from barfing to farting to  pooping. Kids get a blast from reading about all types of bodily functions. 

Since there is a void of such books on the internet, I decided to write one and to publish it as a kindle book which can also be used on all the other screens such as the iPod and iPad. The books called “Do Princesses Toot?”  and can be checked out on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Jazzy-Princesses-Toot-Series-ebook/dp/B007B5KBIS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1347651911&sr=8-1&keywords=do+princesses+toot

In this book a little girl who is convinced that she is a princess, teaches her friend Sam, the normalcy of human bodily functions.  The story is humorous and very simple to read and the illustrations are bright and colorful for the kiddies to enjoy. The best thing is, my son LOVES  this book and so do all his friends in school!

The other book that I published on Amazon as an e book is “Lulu Goes To Bollywood”  http://www.amazon.com/Lulu-Goes-to-Bollywood-ebook/dp/B0077UDF1W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1347653612&sr=8-1&keywords=lulu+goes+to+bollywood

The main reason I wrote this book is to introduce kids to the East Indian culture.  I find that in this day and time when there is so much diversity in our schools, it is important that our kids learn all about the different cultures.

In this book, a dog that looks great in Indian outfits, sings Indian songs, ends up going to Bollywood which is the Indian equivalent to Hollywood.  This also is a great,easy read that kids of all ages to enjoy.

In order to promote the books and to make them readily available to all the kids, I have priced the books at $0.99or FREE for members of Amazon prime.

I really feel that if we increase the enjoyment kids get from reading, they will be willing to read more readily.

As I always say to kids that I read to…

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May 30, 2012

Red is the new in–for your health that is!

Recently I came across this fantastic article on the wonders of colors – as it pertains to your health.  Now, you do understand that I am not asking you to change your wardrobe – which would definitely be great for your health, but I am talking about how to incorporate color in your diet. 

So, I thought that I will discuss the benefits of each of the colors in the next few sessions.

(All information obtained from the article by Brian Underwood  - Originally published in FITNESS magazine, July/August 2010)

The first color is my favorite color- RED

1. Chili Peppers – studies have shown that people who consume red chili peppers for breakfast tend to eat less fat at lunch time and are less hungry after breakfast.

This is because, Capsaicin the “bite” in the red chili peppers increases the production of appetite suppressing hormones called catecholamines.  The result is a less hungry and more slimming you ! (and here you thought black was the slimming color for you!)

New goal – add chili peppers to your breakfast for instance in your scrambled eggs.

2. Strawberries – strawberries have shown to help you whiten your teeth!  the yummy, juicy fruit contains salicylic acid which is a natural tooth whiter. 

According to Janice cox, coauthor of Eco Beauty "Strawberries are a potent plaque fighter, and they actually contain a mild bleaching agent that's used in many commercial products,"

New goal – Eat a handful of strawberries with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar, a strawberry smoothie for an afternoon pick me up or a bunch of chocolate coated strawberries.

3. Beets – Researches have discovered that beets helped cyclists increase their endurance up to 16%.  It just happens that beets seem to reduce the amount of oxygen the body uses during exercise, thus helping us tolerate high intensity exercise of a longer time.

New goal – prior to exercising or going for a long bike ride, indulge in a delicious warm beet salad drizzled with red wine vinegar and olive oil.  Add a bit of salt and pepper and you are in for a treat.

So there.  Three RED foods that you should consider adding to your diet.

Next time, the benefits of the color ORANGE will be revealed (ha, the suspense must be killing you!!)

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