We have enough information and researchers available online to tell us Americans just aren’t getting enough fruits and produce in their diet. Although we all understand the nutritional profile of fresh produce, we are all falling short of including it in our diet.
If you are someone who is struggling with this, inculcate these simple habits. We aren’t asking for a revolution! Just small steps.
- Target the breakfast: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. A meal 95% people eat every day at the same time. This also makes it the easiest meal to modify. Start your day with a glass of fruit smoothie, cup of fresh cut fruits or an avocado toast. Instead of a plain omelet add peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms or onions to give it a healthy spin.
- Make friends with Meatless Monday: The biggest question to this suggestion is “How do we get our protein?”. Remember animals need plants to make protein. The only difference being plant protein sources – beans, lentils, soy lack in amino acid profiles. Hence, instead of going vegetarian or vegan try going meatless for a day and on that have extra servings of fruits and produce. Your body will thank you for it.
- Try a new vegetable every week: We are all guilty of repeating the same dishes in the Kitchen. Maybe we have family favorites that need to be made each week or let’s face it some recipes are just close to our heart because we can prepare them in 30 minutes flat. But are you absolutely sure you have tried all the vegetables from the produce section of your favorite grocery store? We bet not! Make it your new thing, each week ditch the routine for a new vegetable or fruit recipe.
- Say Hello to a Vegetable Snack: What’s your favorite snack? We absolutely love chocolate chip cookies. Not the healthiest choice but we understand we each have a snack that we eat every day. How about switching that with a fresh fruit or carrots with hummus. There are plenty of choices out there. Give it a shot.
- Dip, Dip, Dip: Vegetable dips have been a rage for some time and there is a good reason for that. They are delicious and excellent nutritionally, guess what they can also provide you an extra serving of vegetable.
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Valentine’s week is upon us. While the idea of being at a fancy restaurant will be appealing to many, it may also be something that some don’t look forward to. They would rather have an intimate evening at home with their loved one. Does that mean it needs to be boring, we think not and that’s why we have some at home date ideas we bet your Valentine would love, trust us:
- Make an intimate meal for your Valentine’s: Before you say that’s the last thing you want to do on valentine’s day -HEAR Us! We know the mere idea of getting into the kitchen after a long day at work can be unexciting. Therefore, avoid any elaborate meal even making a mac and cheese together and relishing it with your favorite wine can be romantic. So, get inspired, find your valentines favorite recipe and start the party. The gesture alone will leave them floored.
- Get your PJ’s on for a movie night: Every girl needs a rom-com marathon since these nights mostly happens with their girlfriends they will be happy to hear you are genuinely interested in doing something like this together. Buy matching pj’s, get some popcorn, soda and let the fun begin. We recommend P. S I Love you.
- Have a spa date at home: Book an in-home couples massage. Get the bath salt, your favorite essential oils, scented candles, salt scrubs and soak it up.
- Do a reading session: We mean a love letter reading session. We all know it’s much easier to say things than write them but to have a hand-written note is a novelty now. Hence, spill your heart out, make the love note all about your Valentine and read it out loud to each. If you want to make take it a step further make a gratitude list – the reason why you are thankful to have them in your life. It will be a unique memory for you both.
- Have a date night in your backyard: This is a perfect weather for outdoor dates, it’s not too cold neither warm. Turn on the backyard lights, prepare a meal with love, set up the table and you have a setting for a perfect valentine date. The only drawback, you will be serving each other, however, if you are feeling particularly rich call someone to be the server who is planning to binge eat and stay home alone on valentine’s day. We are certain they won’t mind making an extra buck.
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2 large eggs
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup water
1 cup flour
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
3 Tbsp. melted butter
1/4 tsp. salt
additional butter, for coating the pan
- Blend all of the ingredients until completely incorporated (an immersion or regular blender works well for this). Let batter chill in the fridge for at least one hour. (This allows the bubbles to subside, making your batter nice and smooth.) Your batter can be made up to 48 hours in advance.
- Heat an 8″-10″ non-stick pan over medium-high. Add butter to coat. Pour a scant 1/4 cup of batter into the center of the pan and swirl to spread evenly (you want a very thin even layer of batter—adjust amount of batter according to the size of pan you are using). Cook for 45 seconds and flip. Cook for another 20 seconds.
- Refrigerate any leftover crepes in a resealable plastic bag with a sheet of wax paper between each crepe to prevent sticking. Well-sealed, they can be frozen for up to one month.
- When you are ready for breakfast, kids can help fill their crepes with ham and cheese, fresh fruit and cream cheese, Nutella and bananas, peanut butter and jam or any combination that appeals.
- Roll up crepes like a burrito or fold in quarters to make a simple, portable meal.
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Homemade Organic Egg Baked in Avocado
If 2018 is all about getting healthy and being the best version of yourself. We hear you. Eating healthy will be your biggest ally in this journey. The easiest way to drop pounds and slim down is to do exactly what you’re already doing: eat! Just refocus your energy on eating nutrient-rich foods instead of calorie-loaded foods. Sneak healthy foods in your everyday diet and see your body change dramatically. Here are three superfoods that should be in your diet everyday:
- Berries – There is reason why berries are known as the wonder fruit. They are a rich source of Fiber, a nutrient that is pertinent for the health of digestive system and one that most Americans don’t get from their diet. Nutritionist rely on a high fiber diet to aid weight loss, so next time you are at the grocery store, make sure you stock all kinds of berries – blueberry, strawberry and blackberry.
- Nuts: Nuts are the superfood everyone has been praising for centuries now. They are a powerhouse of nutrients, they prevent premature aging, support immunity, a healthy heart, curb hunger, deter risk of diabetes. Include a healthy dose of almonds, walnuts, pistachios in your diet guilt free. Need we say more? Grab a handful every day.
- Sweet Potatoes: Potatoes are a staple food in certain cultures. We suggest replacing them with sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are a powerful source of a powerful antioxidant – beta-carotene. This antioxidant is known to impart vibrant color to orange fruit and other vegetables. Beta-carotene is converted to vitamin A in the body, which supports a normal vision, the immune system, and reproduction.
- Eggs: There is a reason why eggs are called the most nutritious food on the planet. A whole egg contains – Vitamin A, Vitamin B 12, Vitamin B5, Folate, Vitamin B2, Phosphorus, Selenium. How many foods can give you this burst of nutrients in a single serving, we bet none. Try including them in your breakfast, preferably every single days.
- Avocado: They are often known as natures miracle food. They are a nutritional goldmine, they will provide your body the ‘good’ mono saturated fat, over 14 minerals, protein, complete with 18 essential amino acids. They are known to prevent heart related diseases, help maintain optimum weight and protect the eyes. Add them to your morning smoothie, enjoy them as a side dish or your entree.
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Children love cookies and chocolates, we can’t say the same about veggies and fruits. It will be a pleasant surprise to see a kid choose avocado over pizza. As a parent everyone has a cheat sheet to make their kids eat healthy, we have all mastered the art of sneaking spinach in a smoothie or flaxseeds in the pancakes.
Creating a healthy relationship with food and an atmosphere where your kids make healthy food choices is one of the most important things you can teach them at an early age. Once they become a certain age adapting healthy eating habits will become a lot tougher. Here are five tips to for children to healthy in 2018:
- Introduce healthy food in their diet early: The goal should be to make your kids love healthy food and not merely prevent unhealthy eating. A kid who understand nutrition is most likely to choose a bowl of fruits over pancakes for breakfast. Hence, from an early age familiarize your children with more and more healthy food. We understand it’s sometimes easier to order a pizza than make a stir fry but in the long run, early healthy habits become lifelong lifestyle choices.
- Limit the snacks: Kids are more active than adults and hence tend to burn more calories throughout the day. It is therefore natural for them to reach for snacks more than once during the day, but constant eating should be restricted. Try to give a mid-morning and mid-evening healthy snacks, choose fruits or smoothies instead of cookies and chips.
- Keep soda off the dinner table: Aerated beverages are everywhere to be found, there is no escaping them in the grocery store or the movie theater. Once you decide that soda is off limits for the kids, they will learn to love the milk and juice with same passion. They are both healthy options have a better nutritional value.
- Grocery store can be their learning ground: Kids often accompany their parents for a grocery run. They often just move from aisle to aisle without understanding why their parents are choosing certain foods over others. Make this a learning ground for them, teach them about healthy food, why organic food is better, homemade v/s processed food etc.
- Homemade food v/s processed food: Cooking has taken a backseat in every household owing to the busy schedules. Nevertheless, we cannot emphasize enough on the importance of homemade food v/s processed food. You can avoid the artificial flavoring, high fructose corn syrup, trans fats and much more with homemade food.
We are not recommending you become the food police, cultivating healthy food choices is a lifestyle that can be much easier adopted when young. Have a tip that isn’t mentioned here, share by commenting below.
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We are bidding goodbye to 2017. It has been a special year for us and we want to thank each one of you for that. We successfully launched our mobile app this year which made it even more special. We are raring to welcome 2018 and if you are anything like us so are you. We have resolutions that we really would like to achieve this year. If you haven’t already gotten around to this task, you barely have a few hours to do this, we encourage you to this. If one of your goals is to stay healthy, here are some sub resolutions that will help you achieve your goal.
New year resolution
- Meal Planning: You have heard about this gazillion times. Meal planning is the best way to save money, time and shed a few pounds. The process of planning your daily nutritional intake can aid your health goals in 2018. Meal planning will also substantially decrease the time you spend on grocery shopping.
- Read the food labels: Doing grocery is the most monotonous task for anyone. You go to the store, you find the aisle, pick up what you need and leave. We are sure you have your favorite food products which automatically make their way in your grocery cart. When was the last time you read a food label to understand the nutritional facts? We are all guilty of this. Make it a practice to read food labels more thoroughly before buying products.
- Shop Organic food: The popularity of organic food is at an all-time high. Is it just hype? No, organic food means healthier options with least artificial flavors and preservatives. Organic food is great for your gut and will improve your overall health. Once you start consuming organic food, you will be clearly able to make the distinction.
- Load up on produce: Being busy makes it difficult for us to cook, as a result, we end up having cheat meals 3-4 times a week. Going healthy means consuming at least 3 potions of produce in a day. Ditch the chips and cookies for fresh fruits and smoothies.
- Don’t overstock food: We all have the tendency to overstock, we really don’t want to make another trip to the grocery store mid-week. This can prove to detrimental to your health in the long run. The more food you have at home, the more are your chances to consume them. The next time you hit the grocery store, have two carts – one for essentials and the second for maybe’s. Once you finish grocery shopping re-evaluate the items in the maybe’s cart.
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Christmas is the time to indulge, be extravagant and relish delicious food and drinks available without giving it a second thought. After all, it comes only once every year. A little nudge from the friends and family and we end up eating that last slice of cake.
If you are someone who tries to eat healthily, we sympathize with you because it can be a daunting task during the festive season. Here are some tips that might help you to stick with your healthy eating goal during this season –
- Eat before you head out for the Christmas Treat: This might not sound like the advice you were looking for, but we have a strong reason for our recommendation. You probably know skipping meals often leads you to consume more calories during the next meal. During Christmas we tend to save our appetite for the feast, this is unhealthy because you will load up on calories. To avoid this proactively eat nuts or fruits before you head out for the feast.
- Hydrate regularly: Often people mistake dehydration for hunger and tend to overeat to satiate it. Keep yourself hydrated, try fresh juices, herbal teas and good old water for this. Dehydration and alcohol is a bad combination that leads to binge eating.
- Small plates = Portion control: It’s not a myth, large plates render one to overeat. You have more space to get more food, portion control goes out of the window. We suggest turning to small plates for meals hence.
- Keep the focus off food: Food is the focal point of every party but fun activities can easily take over it. Try to be innovative with the theme, if you are busy you are most likely to eat less.
- Limit the food: Don’t go overboard with the cooking, we understand you would want to since this festival comes only comes once a year. Instead of making five desserts probably stick to three. What we are trying to say is restrict the number of dishes. You will be happy with your decision.
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There is something spectacular about Christmas. It’s the best time to spend with our loved ones and be grateful for the amazing opportunities life has bestowed upon us. Exchanging gifts is often the most favorite thing for everyone. However, we have a list of activities that are to make Christmas 2017 unforgettable -
- Prepare an authentic meal: Christmas is often about sticking to age-old family recipes that can be enjoyed by the loved ones. How about changing that this year? We highly recommend experimenting and coming up with recipes that scream ‘you’. Look for authentic recipes to delight your loved one. We understand it’s a lot of work, but believe us it will be worth it. We recommend getting groceries for your recipes in advance, if you do miss something on your list, you can always count on online grocery delivery to come to your aid.
- Bake Cookies: This must be already on your to-do list for Christmas. However, make this activity a family affair. Bring everyone to help you especially your kids. Make a Santa cookie kit. They would love to be involved and we think it will be a useful training for them in the years to come.
- A Christmas movie marathon: Everybody is too occupied these days and hence Christmas becomes all the more important. It’s that time of the year where the whole family leaves everything to come together to celebrate and therefore we think a Christmas movie marathon is just apt for this occasion. Whether you are looking for a kid’s flick, a classic Christmas movie or a romantic comedy, there is something for everyone to reconnect.
- Do an ugly Christmas sweater party and drink hot chocolate: The ugly Christmas sweaters have been quite popular the past few years. You can find just about everyone wearing them. We suggest making a theme of it on the Christmas eve, curling up by the fire and enjoying the hot chocolate with your loved ones.
- Follow the Santa Tracker: In this day and age you can find just about everything online if you don’t know how to – ask your 5-year-old. Google has a special tracker that can tell you Santa’s travel on Christmas Eve. Follow it.
- Do a Christmas Treasure Hunt for the gift: If you are feeling a bit adventurous, this one is right up your alley. Instead of sharing the gift with each other the traditional way, do a treasure hunt, we think this has the potential to be a lot of fun. What say?
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Baking Christmas cookies is a wonderful holiday tradition! Kids love them and we all agree they go wonderfully well with a cold glass of milk.
A baking marathon that brings your family and loved ones together to create these delicious cookies is a WINNER. If you are anything like us, you have already set the date for a fun baking session. Refer to our checklist to make sure you don’t miss any ingredient for a perfect baking session:
- Baking Soda
- Spices (cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and of course ginger)
Some fun facts about the Christmas cookies we bet you didn’t know. Thank us later !
- Santa must thank Great Depression for the Christmas cookies: The practice of leaving cookies started in 1930’s during the time of economic depression. It was during this difficult time that parents encouraged the kids to leave cookies as a charitable deed. This has now become one of the most popular Christmas traditions and santa now enjoys a whole array of flavors now :-).
- Queen Elizabeth I invented gingerbread men: Queen Elizabeth I requested her royal bakers to create gingerbread cookies shaped like visiting dignitaries in order to honor them. Who knew at that point that they will become an instrumental part of Christmas tradition.
- On Christmas Eve Santa Claus eats over 300 million cookies.
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We bet you didn’t know these fun facts about mousse. Up your mousse knowledge with these fun facts:
- The word “mousse” is the French word for “froth” or “foam”. A name that aptly fits the dish considering it’s a light, fluffy, and decadent confection.
- The alphabet ‘u’ is silent in the word Mousse, it is pronounced as “moose.”
- The most popular mousse dish is Chocolate mousse and April 3rd and May 2nd are officially dedicated to celebrating the yumminess of this dessert.
- National mousse day is officially celebrated on November 30th of each year.
- Mousse is a French dish that first came into being in the 18th century. As the time went by, a variety of mousses were developed in the 19th century.
- The first written record of chocolate mousse in the United States comes from a Food Exposition held at Madison Square Garden in New York City in 1892.
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