Jan 04

Bell Peppers FTW

Bell Peppers are enriched with Vitamin C. The phytochemicals and carotenoids have magical antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which enhance your health. The capsaicin found in bell peppers not only helps in treating prostrate cancer but is also very effective in pain relief and reducing the fat content of the body. The following recipe not only incorporates the healthy lifestyle but also gives a zingy taste to your everyday pallet.

Stuffed Bell Peppers

Ingredients-

  • 4 medium green or red bell peppers
  • 1 cup diced fresh tomatoes
  • 1 cup no-salt-added cooked black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed
  • 3/4 cup salsa
  • 1 cup shredded reduced-fat Cheddar, divided
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro

Method-

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Cut tops off bell peppers and remove seeds. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl combine tomatoes, beans, corn, salsa, 3/4 cup of the cheese, cornmeal, green onions, cilantro and 1/4 cup water. Spoon mixture evenly into bell peppers; sprinkle each with 1 tablespoon of the cheese.
  4. Place stuffed peppers in an 8×8-inch baking pan. Add 1/2-inch water to pan. Bake, uncovered, 50 minutes or until peppers are tender and filling is heated through.
  5. Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes. Serve warm.
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Dec 15

The Magic of Pumpkins

Pumpkins are one of the wonders of nature that can be used in all kinds of foods. Whether you like savory or desserts or appetizers, the humble pumpkin is at your service. Pumpkins are packed with dietary fibres and so keep away hunger for a longer time. they are also rich in Vitamin A and phytoestrogens which enhance your vision and also prevent hyper tension. The following is a recipe for using pumpkins in a tasty and a healthy way.

Pumpkin Oatmeal

Ingredients-

  • 1 cup uncooked oatmeal
  • 3 cups one-percent milk
  • ¼ cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 pinches ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon pumpkin spice
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons toasted pumpkin seeds

Method-

  1. Place oatmeal in a sauce pan with the milk and allow to rest for five minutes.
  2. Bring the milk to a rapid simmer, add the spices and honey, then lower the heat. Whisk until almost thick.
  3. Add the pumpkin puree and cook until the pumpkin is heated to 165°.
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Nov 18

Autism – Myth vs Facts

Autism is one of the most common conditions in the world today. In layman’s terms Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder is a condition where a person perceives, feels, and interacts with the world in a different way than non-autistic people. Autism is not an illness or disease and hence cannot be cured. In common terms, autism is a way of life. Here are a few myths and the corresponding facts that can change the way you look at autism.

Myth – Autism is a rare condition and affects only a few.

Fact – Autism is one of the most commonly diagnosed conditions in the world and an estimated 500,000 children were diagnosed with autism in the US last year.

 

Myth – Autistic people are deliberately rude and avoid eye contact.

Fact – Autistic people may find it difficult or physically painful to make eye contact and those that do may not be for non-verbal communication.

 

Myth – Autism is a new condition

Fact – Autism was first diagnosed by Jean Ittard in 1799.

 

Myth – Autism is a middle class condition made up by parents to hide the bad behaviour of their children.

Fact – Autism has no barriers of race, class, gender, religion, or any other boundary.

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Nov 01

Flawless Skin Naturally

There is rarely anyone who would deny wanting a flawless and beautiful skin. But going to salons every now and then can be a time consuming and expensive chore. Nature has been hiding its best secrets of beauty for years but they are now readily available to each and every one of you. Get the instant glow and flawless skin through these easy to do DIY ideas.

Bread Crumb Mask

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Bread crumbs are rough and natural in texture and hence are excellent scrubbing agents. Unlike the synthetic scrub creams they can work wonder by removing dirt and oil from your skin.

Cucumber Slices

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Cucumber is a lot of water and ascorbic acid mixed together with acts soothing the skin and reducing pigmentation. It also is known to reduce skin irritation, burns, and swellings.

Tomatoes for All

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Tomatoes are filled with anti-oxidants rejuvenate the skin and create a nice moisture barrier keeping out the dryness and flakiness.

Saffron and Milk Cream Mask

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Saffron and Milk Cream work together perfectly to provide the right nourishment to your skin. People with dry skin are recommended to use this to get a soft and healthy skin.

Turmeric Mask

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Turmeric works as an amazing counteractive to dark circles and aging skin. It revitalises the skin to remove wrinkles and dark circles around your eyes.

 

Aug 26

The Tea-Pedia

Tea was one of the first non-alcoholic beverages to create one of the largest impacts over the world. It is used in almost 70% of the world in different ways. From using water, to milk, to being used in savory dishes. From being served hot or cold. Tea is a versatile beverage. One can have a hot cup of tea on a cold winters morning, or a freshly brewed chilled glass of iced tea on a hot summer afternoon. It refreshes the mind and the antioxidants present in the tea reenergize the body and the mind. There are a number of species and varieties of tea available around the world. India, China, Vietnam, and Sri Lanka are the largest producers of tea in the world. 30% of the world’s tea comes from the Indian sub-continent. The British colonialists acquired a taste of this wonderful beverage and by the early 18th century, this drink was served in most of the cafes around the Americas and Europe.

There are various types of tea available today, and different kinds serve different purposes. They contain different amounts of antioxidants and other nutrients that affect the body’s health in various ways.

White Tea – White tea acts as an elixir for people who suffer from diabetes or have a sugar problem. It decreases plasma glucose levels, increases insulin secretion, and induces excessive thirst. It is also considered as a great way to reduce weight and has anti bacterial properties that protect the body from various infections. Instead of using tea bags, one should use dry leaves and use them with hot water. Take care the water is not boiling as it might kill the essential nutrients in the tea.

Green Tea – Green tea is usually given as a prescribed food item for people who suffer from obesity and other weight problems. It drastically increases a person’s metabolism making them more energetic and lively. People with heart problems are also recommended to drink at least one cup of green tea a day. It has also been proven to have marvelous effects on the brain functions and thus is used for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s patients. The best way to use green tea is to soak the leaves in hot water and wait till the concoction turns light green.

Black Tea – People usually assume that just like coffee, black tea is also harmful. On the contrary, black tea has a number of benefits that many people are unaware of. For example, black tea acts as an excellent stress relief option. It improves the immune system, and also increases the efficiency of the digestive tract. Consumption in a specified quantity has proven to have excellent effects of cancer prevention. Black tea is the most widely consumed type of tea around the world. It can be taken plainly with water and can also be used with a small amount of milk.

Herbal Tea – Herbal tea is a vast bracket which includes a concoction of a number of ingredients or just a few mixed together in the right quantities. For example some herbal teabags contain most of the essential ingredients such as ginger, hibiscus, jasmine, mint, rooibos, chamomile, and Echinacea. All these components have various effects on the body and can be used in different quantities depending on one’s taste and necessity. They can remove colds in a jiffy, and can also help one sleep soundly after a busy day.

Oolong Tea – oolong tea is made by partially fermenting tea leaves. It is fermented just to the right quantity as to retain the specific nutrients. It was used in China and Ancient India by gurus and monks to sharpen mental skills and improve alertness. Even today, modern science has proven these effects and it is slowly gaining popularity throughout the world. It is easy to use and has a very mild taste. Two to three cups is the basic recommendation but one can change consumption according to their taste and their necessity.

Tea - Pedia