Wednesday, July 27, 2011

An apple a day keeps the doctor away

Fruits are one of the best snacks we can have and Apple comes with scores of advantages (apart from the fact that its so crunchy, juicy and tasty).

Apple facts:

1. Apple has a low glycemic index. That means, it'll not shoot up your blood sugar levels. Perfect if you are a diabetic.

2. It has beneficial antioxidants i.e. it'll help combat ageing.

3. Its phytochemicals (non-nutrient plant compound) have protective effect against heart diseases, cancer and asthma.

4. It has pectin, which is water soluble fiber. It helps in slowing the absorption of fats from intestine and thus helps in reducing cholesterol levels.

5. It gives you an energy boost and wakes you up when you get drowsy. A very good alternative to endless cups of coffee.

6. Processing raw apples (into pie, jams, jellies etc.) affects its phytochemical content, so its best to eat it raw.

Enough reasons to have at least one apple everyday?? No...You might like to visit the links given at the end of the post.

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Phytochemicals in Apple

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Make your lunch healthy

We load up on oat bran in the morning so we'll live forever. Then we spend the rest of the day living like there's no tomorrow. ~Lee Iacocca

Whenever I ask someone about their diet, they tend to tell me about the most healthy thing that they do in the day like; having a healthy breakfast or having only salad in dinner.

How many of us actually pay any attention to our lunch?

Make your lunch healthy; use these easy strategies

Carry lunch from home- this helps to control the quality & amount of food you eat. One inadvertently opts for a fresh and healthier choice when one carries his/her lunchbox to work. You can make healthy mixes like dal daliya, if you know you will lack time for a proper sit down at lunch.

Eat healthy snacks- Having fruits, vegetable salad, low fat yogurt and dry fruit mix at your desk instead of cans of colas or cups of coffee will keep up your energy levels and fill you up with essential nutrients and fiber.

Have correct portions of food- Protein rich foods( dals, lentils, beans, peas, tofu, paneer etc), carbohydrate rich foods (basically breads, rice, dosa, idli, chappati etc.) with vegetables (gourds, leafy vegetables etc.) will make a good Indian meal any given day.

Avoid fried & fatty foods- these make you feel drowsy in the afternoon which makes you reach for that large coffee mug. So malai kofta, wadas, pakoras, fried chicken, tikki- chole, bhature etc. are not the choices of food you want to have.

Take time for lunch- Hurried eating leads to improper digestion and may result in bloating & flatulence. Try to fix a proper lunch time and avoid office work during lunch hour.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Best snack for your day

One of my friends told me that she had this tendency of munching on junk food in between the meals. While its healthy to have between-meals snacks, it's actually counterproductive if we indulge in highly fatty, salty and sugary foods. The easiest and the best option was (and is) fruits. Fruits as snack have a multitude of advantages:

They are full of essential nutrients- From simple carbohydrates to fight off those hunger pangs to antioxidants which protect from cancer; fruits have a wide array of nutrients packed in them.

Easily available- From the street vendors to a five star hotel, fruits are available at all places.

Tasty- They are a treat for the taste buds. Sweet, sour, tangy , nutty , you name it and you get it. Not to mention that you can mix and make a fruit salad for a melody of flavours.

Guilt free snacks- With most fruits having a benefit for high fiber, dieters will not have trouble keeping their calorie intake in check.

Happy fruit snacking!!

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