Thursday, November 26, 2015

Flavorful Icy- Fruity Ideas For Leftover Fruits

I am not a great fan of being creative with leftover food. The other day I was watching FoodFood channel where the chef who anchors the Turban Tudkha program shared an amazing recipe chapatti-rice rolls made with leftover chapatti and rice.

So I got hooked up and tried my hand in being creative with the leftover fruits. Here are some great recipes for you to try.

Banana milk shake
·       Peel the bananas which have become over ripe
·       Discard the unwanted portions
·       Add some cold milk to the pulp
·       Mix it in a blender
·       Add sugar or a dollop of honey
·       Sprinkle some cardamom powder
·       Serve chilled in tall glasses.

Frozen fruit cubes

·       Wash the left over fruits, I used apple, plums and peaches

Cut the apple into pieces and make it a paste in a blender
·       Again cut the plums and make a paste
·       Remove the skin of the peaches and grind it
·       Take the ice tray and fill it with the fruit paste
·       Freeze it

·       Enjoy along with ice-cream

Hope you will try this tasty recipe

Take care

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Brilliant Ideas To Enhance Your Problem Solving Skills

If you see the world at large what do you find? Problems, so it becomes essential to be creative in order to solve all your problems. This is what the scientists have to say, they have found that being creative can be your greatest asset in problem-solving.


Scientists have found that developing a creative idea requires the simultaneous activation of two completely different networks in the brain- the spontaneous network alongside the normative network.

How to churn up creative ideas?

Studies say that walking freely generated original ideas than walking in straight lines. So if you are in a tight spot and does not know a way out, just have a leisurely walk. 

This will help break the mindset and generate a fresh supply of innovative ideas.
Interesting is it not? If you want to improve your work efficiency. You can create open office spaces to free up your minds.

It seems that distraction facilitates creative problem solving. Avoid monotony at all costs and spice up your life with healthy distractions.

Creative problem solving is enhanced by sleeping so say, scientists.

Finally, being positive and self-affirmation can increase your creative problem-solving ability.

If you have creative activities outside your work, then it acts as a boon and improves your job performance.

Bottom-line- Creativity can boost your problem-solving skills.

I will share with you, my personal story. The kids were watching TV on a lazy Saturday afternoon. I wanted them to do something worthwhile with their time. So I started my boring advice, within a second I could hear all the words which I used to tell them, were being repeated in unison back to me. The funny thing was that they were both still talking with their eyes glued to the television. I felt like a fool.

So you see I have got a problem here. So what did I do? I gave them some waste materials which I found were unique and some paint. The results were stunning.
Hope you got my point? Being creative can help you in a zillion ways.

Take care

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Amazing Health Benefits of Purslane (Luni- Bhaji)

Purslane is heavily loaded with nutrients and it is excellent for your health. Believe me, I did not know this truth. While I am shopping, I will pick all other greens and did not mind about this wonderful leafy vegetable.

Then the other day I read about Purslane in Authority Nutrition. I felt so bad that I have missed such a wealth of nutrients till now. But not anymore. So if you want to know more about this Purslane then read the entire post.


The North Indians called it Luni-bhaji. It seems that Gandhiji ate it and named it Luni. Though it had its origins in India. It is famous the world over. This leafy vegetable has a sour and salty taste.


Purslane has a wealth of nutrients waiting for you to consume them. It has the following nutrients.
Ø Vitamin A
Ø Vitamin E
Ø Vitamin B
Ø Calcium
Ø Potassium
Ø Iron
Ø Omega 3 fatty acids
Ø Vitamin C
Ø Niacin
Ø Pyridoxine
Ø Riboflavin
Ø Carotenoids
The other amazing facts about Purslane include
Ø They are very low in calories
Ø Rich in dietary fiber
Ø Contains alpha-linoleic acid which boosts cardiovascular health and it is an essential fatty acid.
Ø It contains potent antioxidants.

So far so good. Let us see what the research studies have to say about Purslane.
The researchers in Malaysia are exploring this interesting fact about purslane and its defense mechanism against the saline soil. 

The salt stress increases the levels of free radicals in the purslane, which can damage the DNA of the plant. To detoxify these free radicals, the plant produces amazing antioxidants such as phenolics, flavonoids, and carotenoids.

Now do you get it? Why I told you purslane is so healthy? When you consume this wonder leafy vegetable you consume all the goodness that it possess. Simple logic J

I did an amazing recipe with purslane. Let me tell you how.

1.    Purslane
2.    Onion 2 
3.    Tomato
4.    Cumin seeds ½ tsp
5.    Green chilies 2
6.    Chili powder ½ tsp
7.    Salt to taste
8.    sambar dal I cup

1.    Wash the leafy vegetable
2.    Heat oil in a pan
3.    Add cumin seeds
4.    Add onion, green chilies and fry well
5.    Add tomatoes and purslane leaves
6.    Cook dal along with ½ tsp cumin seeds, garlic 2 pods, a pinch of turmeric powder and few curry leaves
7.    When the tomatoes and purslane are cooked well add the cooked sambar dal
8.    Add chili powder and salt
9.    Serve with little ghee and decorate with coriander leaves

It goes well steamed hot rice and chapatti.

Try it and enjoy.

Take care

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The Glorious Diwali Celebration in Dubai

Joyous celebrations and creativity can boost our wellness in a greater way. Creativity can add volumes to our holistic health.

 Recently the festival of lights- the Diwali was celebrated all over the world where Indians are present.

Courtesy of Mrs. Bobi Sasi

Courtesy of Dr. Ruchi Agarwal

These are some of the awesome pictures of creative genius my friends shared with me. All these traditional forms of art give us a serene atmosphere and completely rejuvenates our soul and mind.

So it would be great if you spend some time to cultivate your creative passion. I know you are a busy individual, but setting apart some time for your creative endeavors greatly benefits your wholesome wellbeing.

Photos courtesy of Dr. Ruchi Agarwal and Mrs. Bobi Sasi.

Take care

Saturday, November 7, 2015

4 Science Backed Reasons That Cause Depression

Depression is not just singing away your blues. It should be taken seriously. Depression causes a persistent feeling of sadness and lack of interest. It steals away your zest for life. The life on the planet is a beautiful and precious one. Depression gives a feeling that life is cumbersome and boring.

So it becomes an urgent need to nip it in the bud. Below I have discussed some research-proven reasons that can lead to depression. So get out of the snares of depression and live your life that it is meant to be- happy, blissful, vibrant and holistic.

Poor Nutrition

A healthy diet is that which includes fruits, veggies, legumes and nuts. It is also low in processed meats. Guess what the good thing about healthy dietary practices? It prevents the onset of depression. 

Health scientists say that a high-fat diet may cause changes in the brain that leads to anxiety and depression. If you ask me, Mediterranean diet will be your best bet that prevents you from falling into a depressive mood.

Abnormalities of immune cells in brain

Researchers from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem have found that major depression is caused by abnormalities in the immune cells of the brain. They say that microglia cells in the brain acting as first and main form of defense of central nervous system may be the key to causing depression.

But the good news is that, apart from medication, spending time in nature could boost your mental health. Ming Kuo a health and wellness researcher says that there are 21 possible pathways between nature and good health. 

Nature is a like a multivitamin which provides all the nutrients we need. So lose yourself in the lap of Mother Nature and be refreshed and nourished.


Research studies say that burnout and depression overlap considerably. When you are burned out everything looks bleak and your problems seem insurmountable. You are in a constant state of unhappiness and detachment.

If you feel burnout, then slow down, get support and re-evaluate your goals and priorities. Set healthy boundaries and learn to tell the golden word “no”. Many of us want to be people pleasers and go beyond our way and means to please others.

In this fast paced world, the last thing one has is the time for oneself or the ‘me’ time. Have some space for yourself and include rest and relaxation into your daily routine to avoid burnout and depression.


Now you might wonder how a humble cell phone can lead to depression. According to new findings cell phones can damage romantic relationships and lead to depression. Scientists give it a new term Pphubbing or partner phone snubbing.

The researchers found that when a person perceives that their partner phubbed them. This created conflict and led to lower levels of relationship satisfaction which ultimately leads to increased levels of depression.

Something as common as a cell phone can undermine the bedrock of our happiness- the relationship with spouses or partners. The next time you want to meddle with your cell phone when your partner is near, remember my advice, and give them all the attention they deserve. This will improve your happiness quotient.


You are here on this beautiful planet to live a wholesome, healthy and joyous life. If you find any of the above reason that leads to depression, take some time alone to hear yourself think. Make the necessary changes, slow down and be proud of who you are.

Break away all the chains of depression, negativity, and self-pity. Lead your life with a clear vision, new goals, hopes, dreams, and values.

Take care

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Top Essential Oils to Give You a Youthful Glow Naturally

Some women never surrender their youth to time. And I salute them. When you reach your late thirties, you just want to cling onto each passing day and secretly wish that time stood still. But that’s a far cry to what is real. Yet there is a way to fodder your anti-aging fight. I have some great information regarding the secret to a youthful and glowing skin. So sit tight, here we go.
Essential oils are nature’s way of nourishing and replenishing your skin with essential nutrients, so the skin looks years younger and has a healthy glow.

Virgin coconut oil
This magical oil rejuvenates your skin. The virgin coconut oil prevents the free radical formation. It keeps the skin from developing liver spots and other blemishes caused by aging and exposure to sunlight. It boosts the health of connective tissues and prevents sagging and wrinkles. The coconut oil removes the dead layer of skin cells. Due to this the skin becomes even textured and has a healthy shine. This wonder oil moisturizes the skin and makes it soft and supple.

Pomegranate oil
Pomegranate is the symbol of eternal life and health.  This oil nourishes and rejuvenates the cells in the outer layer of skin and gives the skin a youthful appearance. Pomegranate oil contains punicic acid- an omega 5 fatty acid that reduces the inflammation of the skin. This oil contains amazing antioxidants that protect the skin against sun exposure. It is highly recommended for extra dry skin, psoriasis, eczema and sunburned skin. It hydrates the skin and gives it a soft feel.

Carrot seed oil
This oil is extracted by steam distillation mainly from the seeds of wild carrots. Carrot seed oil is rich in vitamin A, which reduces fine lines and wrinkles. It is one of the top vitamins that has an anti-aging effect. Carrot seed oil contains carotenoids which protect the skin from sun damage and, therefore, fights aging of the skin. The antioxidants present in this nourishing essential oil rejuvenates the skin, improves the skin tone and makes the skin firm by promoting cell regeneration. Carrot seed oil gives life to dull, mature and wrinkled skin and makes it soft, supple and vibrant.

Lavender oil
The pretty blue, violet or lilac, lavender flowers which bloom on spikes above the foliage works its charm on our skin by the way of its essential oil. Japanese scientists found that lavender oil inhibited the generation of one type of free radical that causes much of the damage from the ultraviolet radiation. So lavender essential oil can be said as Queen of essential oils that fight the effects of ageing. This wonder oil fight against the common skin and nail infections and thus keeps your skin healthy, youthful and glowing.

Taking care of yourself not only boosts your beauty quotient but also increases your confidence levels. Having a positive self-confidence greatly enhances your success levels in the big wide world. So pamper yourself with these awesome treasures of Mother Nature and step confidently with a beautiful and youthful skin.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

How to Protect Your Baby's Skin

Being a mom is a wonderful feeling, all the hard work you put in thrives before your very own eyes, in the form of your kids. I met my friend after 13 long years, the first thing we talked is about our kids. So you guess how our kids intermingle with our lives. The first years of a baby are very important. It lays the foundation for a whole life cycle.

In this post, I am going to tell you about 5 things that boost the skin health of your baby.
ü Sleep
ü Fresh air and sunlight
ü Organic products
ü Baby massage
ü Moisturizer


Sleep is essential for the healthy growth of the baby. A good night’s sleep boosts the immune system of the baby. If you use a cloth diaper, the baby’s sleep gets affected. If the baby wets the bed, the cloth diaper becomes wet and disturbs the sleep of the baby.

Pampers, on the other hand, gives a dry feeling because it has a more absorbing capacity. So your baby sleeps really well.  Pampers brings you the softest ever Pampers Premium Care Pants. Its cotton-like softness is #SoftestForBabySkin and allows it to breathe, thus keeping baby’s skin soft and healthy, and your baby happy. 

Fresh air and sunlight

A gentle stroll outside with your baby can do wonders for its skin health. Fresh air boosts the oxygen quotient of the red blood cells and the warm sunlight bestows the vitamin D essential for the skin. The baby gets to become more social by meeting new people on the way. 

A cheerful start to the day can boost the emotional health of the baby. This may directly pep up the skin health. Going for a walk in the park helps the baby to see the greenery which has a great beneficial effect on its growth and development.

Organic products

Using organic products can be safe for the skin of the baby. Harsh chemicals can play havoc on skin health. It can cause eczema, skin rash and allergic reactions. So it is always good to use natural organic products for the skin of the baby. 

Chamomile and Lavender have a relaxing and soothing effect on your baby’s skin. It would be great if you use natural toothpaste, scent free baby wash and shampoo, organic sun screen lotion and organic baby oil for massage.

Baby massage

Massage is essential for the growth of the baby. It relaxes the baby, improves blood circulation to the skin, promotes good sleep and reduces constipation and colic. A natural massage oil could enhance the skin shine of the baby.


Young skin is delicate and it is susceptible to become dry. To prevent this, it is best to moisturize the skin of the baby. Moisturizing formulas made with the goodness and richness of natural ingredients nourishes and protects the baby’s skin. So always go in for natural products which are safe for your baby.

Take care