Health benefits, Natural, Organic food/organic farming, Recepies,

Finger millet and Whole Wheat Bread

Due to the increasing popularity of wheat and rice flour, Finger Millet had lost its identity which is coming on the pace again nowadays and people are accepting this super millet with great enthusiasm. Rich in iron, calcium and protein, finger millet makes a perfect blend of health and taste.

The most amazing quality of Finger millet is that it is gluten free and has thirty times more calcium than rice does. It is cheap and easily available. What else could one ask for? Rich in fiber and nutrients, Finger Millets is definitely a super food.

Finger millet is a must for people suffering from deficiency of vitamin D and Gastro-intestinal problems. It helps you keeping full for longer as it is digested slowly which is why it is best for people who are trying to reduce their waist size. It improves the hemoglobin in blood.
Here is a quick recipe for you to include the goodness of finger millet in your daily diet.

Finger Millet and Whole Wheat Bread Recipe:

Preparation time: 10 Mins

Cooking Time: 45 Mins

Serving: 1 Loaf

Ingredients:

1 Cup Finger Millet Flour

1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour

½ Cup Oats

1 ¼ tbsp dried and activated yeast (check it is not more that 3 month old)

2 tbsp grated jaggery

1 teaspoon wheat gluten

1 teaspoon salt

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp sugar syrup (mix this in warm water that is going to be use in kneading the dough)

Instructions:

First, take some lukewarm water and try to dissolve the yeast completely in it. Make sure the water is not so hot also it should not be that cold else it will kill the yeast completely. Now, add grated jaggery to the yeast mixture and let it bubble up for some time.

Now, in a blending jar blend oats to make the flour out of it. Take a mixing bowl; add finger millet, whole wheat flour and oats flour in that bowl. Mix them well and wheat gluten to it. Stir in bubbled yeast mixture to it and add olive oil, salt at the same time. Now add lukewarm water to knead the flour.

Now, take a bread tin and grease it with some oil. Now pour the flour mixture in the tin and form free form bread. Grease the top of bread loaf with milk and butter. Sprinkle some rolled oats on the top of the loaf. Keep it aside and cover it for at least two hours until it gets double in size.

Preheat the oven at 350 F after preheating place the tin in oven for 40 mins at 220 C. After 40 mins take out the tin from the oven and let it cool completely. Now, take out the loaf out of the tin carefully and cut it in desirable shape. It’s ready to serve with your evening tea shots.
Be it some high tea party or brunch, this bread is always a saviour.

Essential Oils, Health benefits, Home Remedies, Natural,

The uses of Eucalyptus Oil

The eucalyptus tree is native to Australia which grows very fast and can be found very easily in various countries. The oil extracted from eucalyptus leaves has unique medicinal properties. Eucalyptus oil can be used in various ways.

Treatment for Colds & Flu

Eucalyptus oil can be used as an expectorant where several drops of this essential oil can be used in a diffuser before going to sleep and can get relief from severe cold and flu. In extreme situations 10-15 drops of eucalyptus oil can be mixed in hot boiling water and its steam can be used to get relieve from the acute cold and flu.

Hair Nourishment

Eucalyptus oil can be mixed with coconut oil and can be gently massaged on the scalp to impart a deep moisturizing effect to your hair. This is also very effective in removing the dandruff from your hair.

Lice Treatment

Eucalyptus oil is a proven remedy for treating lice and can easily replace chemicals which are often used to treat lice but also damage the hair.

Hand Sanitizer

It is an amazing cleaning agent which is used to remove the dirt and grease from hands and feet. Mix Eucalyptus oil with salt and water and all oil with dirt can be easily removed.

Anti-Microbial Properties

Essential oil has a very refreshing and nice fragrance which can be used in numerous home products. Not only this it can be used in almost everything like mop water, toilet cleaner, window cleaner, soap and detergent etc. where it imparts anti-microbial properties to home care product and helps in fighting germs.

Air freshener

Eucalyptus can be mixed with lemon oil in order to remove the stink from the socks and shoes. When properly mixed it can also be used as an air fresher and keep the surroundings fragrant and refreshing.

Stain Remover

Eucalyptus oil is a proven remedy to remove the stains and spots from your clothes, rugs and from almost every fabric. Mix some Eucalyptus oil with warm water and put it on the stains and spots and rub it for few minutes and leave it for another few minutes. After this give it a gentle wash and all the stubborn stains will be removed.

A natural healer for Respiratory problems

Diseases like Asthma, bronchitis, Pneumonia and tuberculosis can be treated easily with the help of Eucalyptus oil.  It is very effective in dilating the blood vessels and helps in infusing more oxygen into the lungs. When properly mixed with peppermint oil and coconut oil, it can be used as a vapor rub and can be applied on chest, around throat and nose to provide instant relief from cold and blocked nose.!

Treatment for Bruises and Cuts

Eucalyptus Oil has antiseptic properties which is highly effective in healing wounds, cuts, bug bites. When used as an ointment, it not only works as a pain reliever but also works as a natural anti septic which prevents the wounds and cuts from getting infected from germs and microbes.

The uses of Eucalyptus Oil are endless provided that it is used carefully and effectively.

Health benefits,

Improper Dieting

Improper dieting often pushes our body into several risks like we may become lethargic, moody and even can face various metabolism problems like rebound weight gain with dangerous medical problems. Extreme Dieting is also known as crash dieting. People are in a hurry to lose weight or to reduce their waist line and in that hurry they starve their body by cutting on the carbs and essential calories that are immediate requirement of their body. Extreme dieting has various risks laced with following side effects.

The repercussions of extreme dieting are numerous like constipation, malnutrition, fatigue, body ache, never ending hunger pangs, dehydration, gallbladder disorders, bloodshot eyes, rebounding weight gain, skin rashes, low sex drives and depression. We often tend to eat more while we are dieting without improperly and without the consultation of our dietician.

Dehydration

Actually when we are on the extreme dieting, we tend to lose the water rather than fat. The sudden success of weight loss usually enveloped by the loss of glycogen which is type of carbohydrate that is stored in the liver and muscles, so when we exhaust all our glycogen, the water attached to it also exits. This often leads to dehydration.

Improper Blood Sugar Levels

Improper Dieting often prevent the body from getting essential protein, fat, carbohydrates which disturbs the body sugar and insulin levels. This may even contribute to insulin resistance.

Slowing down of Metabolism

Our metabolism rate also decreases when we are on extreme dieting. Metabolism rate implies here that number of calories which we could have burnt before going on this crash dieting, now burns few calories while exercising, walking and talking. Our Metabolism becomes so slow that we stop losing weight while doing any physical activity and we end up eating more than before.

Malnutrition

Extreme form of dieting can also cause malnutrition which is again a very dangerous condition for our body. While adapting our body to extreme dieting and weaning it off the essential vitamins and minerals which act as effective antioxidants, we make our body prone to various diseases like heart failure, osteoporosis, weak immune system etc.

Brain Disorders

Brain Fog during Crash dieting is very common problem. Extreme form of dieting results in visual-spatial memory and decreased brain growth. When we are providing improper supply of calories during crash dieting we often end up increasing our brain’s level of stress hormone namely corticosterone. This condition makes our brain more prone to stress which further increases the risk of stress and pushes us towards binge-eating tendencies.

Loose Skin

People who are on extreme dieting without proper consultation of dietician often can be spotted with loose skin on the abdomen, arms and legs. This situation occurs as the skin does not get the time to contract with the rest part of the body and loose the elasticity. As a result, if the body does not contoured naturally then surgery is the only option left with us.

It is always advisable to follow a proper diet schedule to allay the above mentioned risks that our body can experience with improper dieting routines. A good dietician help and advice should be sought while dieting as it will be a healthy way of dieting which will be good for our body.

Ayurvedic, Essential Oils, Health benefits, Natural,

Usage of Moringa Oil

Moringa oil is produced from the seeds of Moringa Oleifera Tree and has great health benefits. Moringa oil has natural healing power as it contains anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. It is a source of vitamins and unsaturated fatty acids. It works as miracle for hair growth and scalp as well.

The goodness of Moringa oil is validating itself from the centuries even though its production is less.

Over all benefits of Moringa Oil:

  1. That Natural Glow:

From the ancient civilization, the Moringa oil acted as a boon for providing that radiant skin glow.It helps in softening the dry skin and maintaining the moisture in the skin. It works as a fighter against pollution and purifies the skin naturally.

 

  1. Anti –Aging:

Moringa oil has diverse usage when it comes to health and skin care. Being rich in nutrients, it helps in preventing wrinkles and sagging of facial skin. It prevents or delays fine lines. Moringa oil contains ‘Cytokinins’ hormone which helps in promoting cell growth and delaying damage or destruction of skin tissues.

 

  1. Best remedy for Acne:

Who doesn’t want a flawless skin? Well, Moringa acts as a miracle for reducing scars and prevent acne. The regular use of Moringa oil helps in disappearing dark spots and gives a perfect photo finish skin. It does have outstanding properties that help in fighting with black heads and high pigmentation as well.

 

  1. Nothing less than an antiseptic:

You can put your antiseptic aside if you are using Moringa oil. It works wonder if you are using it on small cuts, burns and bruises as it has immense anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties to heal of these small skin related problems.

 

  1. Increasing Hair Strength:

Moringa oil rejuvenates the hair from deep within. It works as natural source of minerals and vitamins that helps in achieving stronger hair if used regularly. It is a natural hair cleanser.

 

  1. Massage Oil:

The fresh smell of Moringa oil makes it a perfect massage oil which helps in moisturizing the scalp. It is the best remedy for people with dry scalp. Just wet your hair and apply Moringa oil with your finger tips and massage your scalp gently. It will reach the root and moisturize the scalp.

 

  1. Anti-Dandruff:

Moringa oil fights dandruff and prevent the split ends. It is the best hair care product available in nature as it is rich in vitamin C, minerals and nutrients.

 

  1. Natural Perfume:

The fresh smell of Moringa oil acts as a perfect natural perfume. It is being used commercially in making expensive perfumes that are synthesized using chemicals. It is also included in shampoos, soaps and body wash because it has powerful natural anti-oxidants. it is non-sticky hence it is used in lips balms as well.
Naturally produced Moringa oil is consider as the ultimate beauty and health secret in Asia and Africa by the experts.

Organic food/organic farming, Recepies,

Black Beans Soup

Black beans are nature’s health food. They are edible seeds of the plant and are packed with protein and fibers. They help in keeping one full and energetic for hours. If we talk about other nutrients, Black beans are a great source of carbohydrates as well and are useful when you are trying to lose weight. It helps in keeping you full if you can’t survive feeling hungry all the time. It works as magic if you are on a diet plan.

Black beans are also known as turtle beans as they have a hard shell-like appearance. They help in strengthen bones, lowering blood pressure, preventing cancer, warding off heart disease and controlling diabetes.

One of the best ways to include this superfood into your diet is by having a black bean soup before your meal daily.

Black Bean Soup:

This soup is the best as it is easy to cook, thick, healthy and zesty in taste.

The recipe of this magical black bean soup is here:

Preparation Time: 15 Mins

Cooking Time: 30 Mins

Serving: 2 bowls

Ingredients:

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp ground cumin

1 large onion, finely chopped

1 large tomato, finely chopped

1 stock of celery, finely chopped

2 carrot, finely chopped

4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

4 cups vegetable stock

4 cans black beans

1 can whole corn

2 inch ginger

2 teaspoon chili powder

1 pinch of black pepper

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Instructions:

First of all, pour 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a large pot and heat it over medium-high heat. Now add chopped onion, carrot, cloves of garlic and ginger to the oil and sauté all together for 5 mins. For seasoning add 2 teaspoons each for chili powder, black pepper, and cumin to the pot and cook for another 2 mins. Now, stir in 4 cups of vegetable stock, 2 cans of beans and corn as well as the pot. Now, you have to wait until it starts boiling.

Meanwhile, add two cans of black beans into the food processor along with the tomato and blend it to smooth paste. You can use a blender as well for making this paste. Now, add this paste to the boiling soup mixture. Reduce the heat to the medium flame for 5 mins and cook on a simmer flame for another 15 mins.

Your soup is ready to serve.

If you want to add more flavors to this easy to cook soup, you can stir coconut milk to this and change its texture to a completely creamy one. Add lemon juice as well.

For presentation, you can use lemon wedges and mint leaves.

Serve this and gain full marks on a diet plan. It will help in healthy digestion and weight loss. If you are using canned black beans make sure they don’t have added sodium.

Happy Dieting.

Organic food/organic farming, Recepies,

Black Bean Brownie

Black beans are rich in potassium, fiber, protein and antioxidants. Thus, they make a healthy addition to both non-vegetarian and vegetarian diet. Being rich in fiber, it decreases the risk of heart disease and lower downs the total cholesterol in the blood.

There are various ways to consume this super food and make the maximum out it.  We are not discussing the traditional black bean recipes, we are introducing a quirky yet delicious black bean recipe for you.

Black Bean Brownie:

This ultra fudgy chocolate dessert requires no flour and is a complete health pack when it comes to calories, fat and carbohydrates.

Preparation Time: 10 Mins
Cooking time: 15 mins

Serving: 8-12 Brownies

Ingredients:

  1. 5 cup black beans/approximately 250 gm (very well drained and rinsed)
  2. Half cup oats (50 gm)
  3. 2 tbsp cocoa powder (10 gm)
  4. ¼ tea spoon salt
  5. 1/3 cup pure honey, maple syrup (75gm)
  6. 2 tbsp sugar (if you don’t want to include the sugar, you can increase the quantity of maple syrup and honey by ½ cup)
  7. 2 tea spoon pure vanilla extract (5 gm)
  8. ¼ cup vegetable or coconut oil (40 gm)
  9. ½ tea spoon baking powder
  10. Half cup chocolate chips (if you don’t want to include, it’s optional)

For Presentation: Chocolate Chips

Instructions:

Below are the instructions to follow for the amazingly delicious black bean brownies

First: Preheat the oven to 350 F. Now, put the black beans in a food processor and blend it to a smooth paste. Blend it well to give it a perfect texture. Now add oats and other ingredients to the black beans paste except the chocolate chips and blend all together. You can use a blender as well for the paste but a food processor gives it a perfect texture and helps in adding taste to it.

Add the chocolate chips to the blended paste (optional). Now, grease an 8X8 baking tray with butter or vegetable oil and pour the mixture or paste into the greased tray. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top for the presentation purpose which is definitely optional.

Put the baking tray in preheated oven for 12-15 mins at 350 F. After 15 mins, take out the tray from the oven and let it cool for another 10 mins. Now, cut them into 8-12 pieces and serve them.
Special Trick: If they look undercooked or not firm then put them in the fridge overnight and they will be ready to serve all firmed up. It is an ultra-fudgy chocolate dense brownie.

If you are not health conscious and want to make it more presentable and delicious for kids, you can try icing it with whipped cream and chocolate sauce as well. Your kids will love it.

Try this at home and welcome your guest with a wonderful and healthy dessert.

Health benefits,

Easy Food Recipes for Dinner

No one wants to stand before the cooking oven for long to prepare dinner after coming back from office from a very tiring day. Also, readymade food is not good for health if used on a regular basis. So, here we have listed 4 easy and fast quick dinner recipes for you that will take just 25-30 minutes to prepare.

Spicy Salmon with rice

Salmon takes very less time to cook, so start cooking it one oven and light up other ovens to cook rice. To bring taste, add a pinch of honey, soy sauce, and red pepper. Also, you can steam the baby bok choy and it will be a great dinner ready in just 25 minutes.

Spinach Pasta with Shrimp and leek

This is a very delicious dinner which is light and hearty as well. Start cooking in one oven and sauté the shrimp and leek in butter. No need to cook the spinach as they will droop automatically while combined with Pasta. You can add light cream sauce and the meal will be ready in just 20 minutes.

Chicken Scaloppini with Artichokes

This is a very quick Italian recipe that can be made in just 15 minutes. Boil water in a skillet and the sleek thin cut pasta takes much lesser time to cook than other pasta. Capers and white wine can create an intensive flavor sauce to make the dinner much tastier.

Chicken curry

If you have craving for Indian food, this chicken curry can be a great dinner for you. Chicken is normally not a quick to cook dish but in order to make things easier, take rotisserie chicken for this recipe. Plain yogurt, heavy cream, few teaspoons of curry powder and a simple sauce, that’s it and your chicken curry will be ready in half an hour.

Essential Oils, Health benefits,

Benefits of Lemongrass Oil

Lemongrass oil is extracted from the dry lemongrass which is a very useful herb. Lemongrass oil is mainly used in cooking for its sweet and lemony smell but also has multiple health benefits.

Lemongrass oil is an antiseptic, antipyretic, astringent and has anti-inflammatory property, anti-fungal property which makes it important to cure several diseases.

  • It reduces depression. So, if you are suffering from high depression, be it related to career, family or anything else, add few drops of tea or coffee and drink it.
  • Its antipyretic property says that this is highly effective to bring down the high fever.
  • All kind of external wounds is treated wonderfully by this lemongrass oil.
  • Not just external rather internal wounds too can be treated by this oil. Lemongrass oil has anti-microbial property which helps to reduce severe diseases like malaria, typhoid, pox, stomach, urinary tracts etc.
  • The most effective use of lemongrass oil is to relieve pain such as a headache, muscle cramp, pain in joints is greatly treated by this herb oil.
  • Skin and hair health to is highly enhanced by the regular uses of lemongrass oil. It will help you own a healthy glowing skin while it prevents hair loss as well.

You can use it as deodorant instead of an expensive deodorant.

Health benefits, Natural,

Health Benefits of Green Tea

Green tea is a very healthy drink compared to all other tea and coffee which can help you stay away from various diseases. So, we all should drink green tea regularly. While many of us are aware of the health benefits of green tea, many might not know the magical benefits of drinking green tea and therefore we have discussed here the health benefits of green tea.

  • Green tea is good for heart. It contains calcium channel blockers, 10 beta-blocking compounds while also has the ACE-inhibiting property and all these compounds altogether ensure a good health.
  • Green tea can also help you stay safe from type 2 diabetes. As per the study, it is known to reduce the blood sugar level which lessens the risk of developing type-2 diabetes.
  • This tea is filled with various kinds of antioxidants and this reduces the risk of several cancers including prostate cancer, breast cancer and colorectal cancer.
  • Green tea also contains amino acid L-theanine and this compound along with caffeine is very helpful for brain function.
  • Green tea is just perfect for obesity. Yes, green tea increases the metabolism rate and thus the fat burning process too is accelerated. So, it can help you in weight loss.
  • Catechins in green tea prevent the growth of bacteria and other viruses thus save us from several diseases. It also improves the dental health and reduces bad breath.
Home Remedies,

Home Remedies for Pigmentation

Pigmentation, most popularly known as the hyperpigmentation is the dark spot or dark patches on the skin. These patches can be large and small. They can be easily concealed through makeup but would we not get rid of this dark spot if possible? Pigmentation is not harmful at all but definitely, they affect the self-esteem and the confidence level. There are thousands of natural ways to get rid of pigmentation and here in this article we have listed down the more effective and efficient ones. So, have a read.

  • Take 1 tbsp of Aloe Vera jelly and mix it with ½ tbsp of honey. Apply the mixture to the affected area on your face, wait for 10 minutes and rinse off with water.
  • Honey can also be mixed with lemon juice. Take 1 tbsp of lemon juice and mix it with 1 tbsp of honey. Apply the pack on pigmentation, keep it for 10 minutes and rinse with water.
  • Raw onion and potato are also very effective remedies for pigmentation. Take a slice of potato or onion and rub it on the affected area. Keep it for 15 minutes and then wash off with normal water.
  • Lemon juice is another good home remedy for pigmentation. Just squeeze the lemon, collect the juice and apply it with a cotton ball on the pigmentation area to leave for 15 minutes before washing off.
  • Cucumber is a very good natural remedy for hyperpigmentation. Take a cucumber slice and rub it on the face. That’s it.
  • Sandalwood is a very old medicine that has an antiseptic property which is why it is not just useful for pigmentation rather acne, scars etc. are also better handled by it.