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Did You Know About the Things Your Electric Blender Can Make?

Did You Know About the Things Your Electric Blender Can Make?

Imagine making more than just batter and smoothies from your electric blender. Most people underutilize their electric blender and only stick to the traditional forms of cooking. However, certain technologically advanced electric blenders can be utilized for cooking a plethora of food items, and are highly underrated when it comes to their use cases.

For instance, the KENT Turbo Grinder and Blender comes with a heating function, and 12 presets for your innovative cooking needs. Its high-speed operation lets you grind and blend any food item. However, our favorite feature is its heating function, which allows the user to make hot beverages such as tea, soup, and soy milk.

Here is a list of items that you did not know you could make from an electric blender!


Everybody loves pancakes! Imagine banana pancakes and the best of taste with the added health benefits. They are among the healthiest breakfast options and are known for being light-weight. The batter for pancakes can be easily made using an electric blender. Just put the ingredients such as oats, banana, cinnamon, eggs, almond milk in the electric blender and blend for a smooth batter. High-speed operation of the KENT Turbo Grinder and Blender ensures that every ingredient is smoothly combined.


Yes, you can make creamy soups from an electric blender! The variety of recipes you can cook may surprise you. Forget about cooking blending vegetables and cooking the batter in a separate pan. With KENT Turbo Grinder and Blender, you can blend and cook your soup in the same jar. It comes with a soup preset, and all you need to do is put in the vegetables, required water and press the ‘Soup’ button on the menu. Your delicious soup is ready in straight twenty minutes. Easy, right?

Ice Creams and Sorbets

We know your electric blender is incapable of making ice cream. However, Turbo Grinder and Blender by KENT can make an ice cream chef in under a minute. Put frozen fruit, cream and ice into the jar and press the ice cream button on the menu. With its large LCD, the user can check the current menu in operation along with the temperature.



No need to buy condiments from the super store anymore! Homemade condiments such as mayonnaise or ketchup are far superior to the bottled counterparts. Making mayonnaise is easy, and all you need is four ingredients viz. Olive Oil, Eggs, Lemon Juice and Salt. Blend all the ingredients together except olive oil. Once smooth, let the oil drizzle in the mix. Similarly, condiments like tomato ketchup are easy to make with an electric blender.


Porridge is another breakfast option for the health-conscious people. Cooking porridge with a KENT Turbo Grinder and Blender is easy. The dedicated preset menu on the appliance allows you to cook porridge within twenty minutes. Put whole grains, water, milk, sugar and select the porridge option from the menu.

Soy Milk

Soy milk is high in protein and has an adequate amount of potassium which is essential for the body. With the goodness of soybeans and milk, soy milk can be a healthy option for people who want milk full of flavors. Grind overnight soaked soybeans in the KENT Grinder and Blender. Once smooth add milk and select the Soy Milk option on the appliance to have your soy milk ready.

An electric blender can be used for preparing a host of items and is a perfect cooking appliance for the modern kitchen. Today, people are adopting kitchen appliances that simplify their lives and add a range of options they can cook. With KENT Turbo Grinder and Blender is among the most useful kitchen appliances, and is known for its state-of-the-art features.

Nestlé India launches 4 new Maggi flavours #MasalasofIndia

Nestlé India launches 4 new Maggi flavours #MasalasofIndia

I remember vividly when Maggi was launched in India. This ‘2-minute’ noodle took the market by storm and captured the fancy of practically all kids and parents. There is no child who is immune to the taste of Maggi. I speak from experience of my own childhood and that of my two children. So when Nestlé India invited me to a select gathering for the launch of four new flavours of Maggi, I was excited. #MasalasofIndia is their new range which is exclusively available only on PayTm just now and will roll out in stores soon.

maggi #masalasofindia

This trendy 4 pack comes with single serve packs of the new flavours: Mumbaiya Chatak, Bengali Jhaal, Amritsari Achari and Super Chennai covering four regions of the country. India is the land of spices and considering that the original masala Maggi sells like hotcakes, I think bringing in more masala flavours in our familiar palates made a lot of sense. Will the flavours live up to their names? Will they be delicious? All these questions dogged my mind when I headed to the Slurp Studio  in Bangalore on a Friday evening.

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Terrible traffic aside, it is always a pleasure to meet with fellow bloggers and food enthusiasts. To take us on a fun culinary ride, Chef Zaheer from Nestlé India R&D team had flown in. The adventure kicked off when we had a blind tasting of sorts. Though I had some expectation about the taste, I must say that I was pleasantly surprised at how authentic and delicious each flavour was.  My favourite was Mumbaiya Chatak, must have been coined due to the chatkaara it brings to your tongue as you slurp this delicious riot of delightfully tangy and spicy flavours. Bengali Jhaal was the surprise packet with its uniquely Bengali appeal in its pungency and heat. Chennai Masala was comforting with its hint of sambar powder, mustard seeds and curry leaves. Amritsari Achari encapsulated the robust flavours of the Punjabi heartland with a very pickle feel with its saunf and kalonji flavours.

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Chicken Teriyaki with Mumbaiya Chataki Maggi

Having tasted each one, Chef Zaheer showed us two delightful recipes with the new flavours. Chicken Teriyaki paired with Mumbaiya Chatak may have gone either way when it comes to fusion cooking but turned out to be quite a delightful twist where the milder chicken teriyaki perfectly complemented the lovely spicy Maggi.

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A version of Jhaal muri made with Bengali Jhaal Maggi

The second dish was a version of the popular street food Jhaal muri which looked divine and tasted something between a salad and a murmura mix.

That done, it was our turn to don the mantle of chefs and innovate with the new Maggi flavours. My team included Monika, Raksha and I.

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Both the teams rushing around in the cookoff

My team chose to prepare a Burger with a Bengali twist. We loosely called it Bengali Jhaal Ramen burger. A dish very simple, it did turn out pretty well. Since we had chosen the flavours of Bengal, fish was definitely on the cards. We wanted the fish to speak for itself hence it was lightly marinated in salt, turmeric powder and panch phoron powder. Then it was shallow fried. Similarly aubergine was sliced and marinated in salt and chilly powder. This was shallow fried as well. A quick salad of lettuce, onion and zuchhini was rustled up with a light dressing of the Bengal Jhaal tastemaker and some oil to further accentuate this flavour. Then Bengali Jhaal maggi was cooked with tastemaker till done. The buns were cut into half and toasted with butter.

maggi #masalasofindia
Bengal Jhaal Ramen Burger made with Maggi Bengali Jhaal

Plating was done by piling up the aubergine, topped with maggi and finished with the cooked fish fillet garnished with some pomegranate seeds and sev followed by the other half of the bun. This was served with the mixed salad garnished with pomegranate seeds and sev. The chef loved our dish and admired the innovation. Isn’t it true that sometimes the simplest flavours are the best?

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Veg moussaka with Mumbaiya Chatak maggi

The second team made a lovely veg version of moussaka which was cheesy, spicy and delicious. It looked gorgeous too. What was not to like?

The chef played safe when he announced both the teams joint winners. No one wishes to annoy so many women. 🙂 This brought down the curtains to a fun event filled with laughter, chatter and of course Maggi.

A lovely event that not only introduced the new flavours in a unique fun way but helped us experience the flavours and also get our creative juices going.

I am itching to try out new recipes with these flavours and here’s one that has come from my kitchen.

maggi #masalasofindia

Delicious Veg Upma with Super Chennai Maggi

Serves 2


2 tsp. oil

1 tsp. mustard seeds

1 tsp. urad dal (white lentils)

1 sprig curry leaves

1 onion finely chopped

2 tomatoes finely chopped

2 slit green chillies

4-5 button mushroom chopped (you can use green beans, peas or any other vegetable you like)

chopped coriander leaves for garnish

2 packet Maggi Super Chennai


Heat oil in a pan. Tip in mustard seeds and urad dal. When they sputter, add curry leaves and green chillies. Fry for 30 seconds. Now add onion and cook till it is golden brown. Now add in the tomatoes. Allow to cook till the tomatoes are mushy. Now add chopped mushroom and cook for a minute. Add half a packet of the tastemaker to this mixture.

Simultaneously cook Maggi Super Chennai as per instructions on the pack. Keep a little of tastemaker aside. Add this to the upma seasoning you were preparing in the other pan.

Add the cooked maggi to the Upma seasoning and mix well. Serve it hot garnished with coriander leaves and some khara boondi. Got a thumbs up from the kids.

Try it.

Hope you enjoyed this post. Do share some of your Maggi memories and which is your favourite from the new ones introduced.

Metabolic Health Markers – What You Should Know?

Metabolic Health Markers – What You Should Know?

Metabolism is a term that has been in the limelight a lot these days. Since a lot of us are concerned with weight management, metabolism is what we equate with how many calories our body burns. In reality, that is only a part of what metabolism is. Metabolism is every chemical process of every cell in the body.

metabolic health markers

So metabolic health refers to the function of every cell in your body. Only when the cells function optimally can we expect to have proper endocrine function that leads to adequate secretion of hormones and good metabolic health. Metabolic health combines organs, hormones and enzymes working well together. Any dysfunction can cause a metabolic disorder adversely affecting your body. Good metabolic health is regulated by exercise, nutritionally balanced diet that gives your body adequate energy, good sleep and sunshine. You can achieve good metabolic health by looking at your body in a holistic manner instead of just counting calories.

Metabolic health markers measure whether the different systems in your body are working optimally.

Common metabolic risk factors are:

  1. Obesity/large waistline
  2. High Triglycerides in your blood
  3. Low HDL
  4. High Blood Pressure
  5. High Fasting Blood Sugar

By doing regular health checks, you can catch any problems in your body and do something to bring your parameters back to normal.

Here’s what I do for my family:

Exercise: Right from the adults to the kids and the dog, everyone exercises daily. Our bodies are machines that stay well oiled only when they are used regularly. As we age, our metabolism slows down. It is imperative to include weight-bearing exercise along with cardio to help exercise muscles, joints, organs as well as maintain bone health. Exercise helps our kids grow to their potential.

Diet: A balanced nutritious diet is of utmost importance. It goes hand in hand with exercise. Eat smaller meals spread throughout the day. Let each meal have a balance of protein, carbohydrates, minerals and fats. Fats are essential to assimilate certain vitamins and minerals and are important for us. Don’t shirk them. Just have them in moderation. It is also important to use good quality oils while cooking.  MUFA (mono-unsaturated fatty acids) oil are good for your health. Olive oil has high MUFA > 75%. They help reduce the bad LDL in your blood, whereas, they maintain the good HDL. They are also considered better for diabetics as they improve insulin and blood sugar control. They are plant-based oils egs. olive oil, etc. I regularly use olive oil-extra light for my stir fries, sautéing and xtra virgin olive oil for that burst of flavor and nutrition in my salads. Leonardo olive oil is a brand of choice for me as they are high quality and high in flavor and nutrition.

Limit empty calorie consumption: Food is much more than calories. Make sure that you make every calorie that you ingest count. I avoid processed food as much as possible. I cook regularly at home and incorporate whole grains, fresh veggies, legumes, pulses, fruits, eggs and meat in my family’s diet. I do not stock chips, biscuits, colas etc. and only buy them as treats once in a while. You are what you eat. Eating well will have a great effect on your body, skin and health.

Incorporate the lifestyle changes I have mentioned above to lead a life where your metabolic health stays good giving you enough energy for your daily activities and helping you maintain a healthy weight and a disease-free body. #IChooseHealth

Share what you do for maintaining good metabolic health for yourself and your family.

Pic courtesy: PhuShutter on Shutterstock.

Moms, Are You Ready for Your Child’s Second Growth Spurt?

Moms, Are You Ready for Your Child’s Second Growth Spurt?

As parents, one of the common complaints we’ve all had is how little our kids eat. I remember trying out innovative ways for them to eat their vegetables and fruits. But, I wasn’t paying too much attention to the protein in their diet hoping that the regular dal and milk will take care of their protein needs. I later realized that they needed much more protein during their growth spurts, and their diet may have been falling short.

second growth spurt

But then they crossed the 5-year mark and 10 and I relaxed. They had turned from fussy eaters to voracious eaters. I do crib about the large quantities of food that I cook these days. But you know my biggest challenge? It is to ensure that they do not ingest too many empty calories and to maintain a good protein and carbs balance in their diet. You know, how kids sneak in biscuits and snacks with their sweet smiles and persuasive honey-coated words. My younger son comes often with me for grocery shopping. And you should see his persuasive skills at work to buy the junk he likes. It takes me all my powers of patience to keep his demands at bay only giving in a little.

And then last year, the elder son turned 14. Suddenly the boy shot up in height. He had a huge growth spurt as we parents braced for puberty and teen tantrums. Now, I wanted him to have a perfectly balanced diet. I knew that his weight had to keep up with the changes in his body. Most parents are caught by surprise by what is called the second growth spurt which hits boys between 10 and 15 years of age and girls between 8 to 15 years of age.

This is also the time when his academics require a lot of attention and he is also at the peak of his playing and other co-curricular activities. There have been days in the past year when he has had activities all 7 days a week. Just seeing the way he studies, plays and attends quizzes makes my mind reel. I don’t want his body and mind to burn out. Of late, he has started hating milk. He wants coffee or tea these days and there goes another source of protein. He does like curd or yoghurt though and hence that is a good option that he has daily.

Good diet and exercise plays a crucial role now.

According to studies, children in the second growth spurt need 2X Protein as per Recommended Dietary Allowance(RDA), as compared to protein intake during childhood years (4-6yrs).

It is no surprise that their demand of protein touches sky high, as it is the most important component for growth and repair of muscles, organs and bones which is important for a child’s growth and development.

Then I came across this chart from National Nutrition Monitoring Bureau report (India). As the chart above shows, both girls and boys are consuming much less protein than they require even before they hit puberty and this deficit only widens in their second growth spurt. This compromises reaching their optimum growth in terms of height and weight.

Another important point to note is that the best quality protein (that contains all amino acids) comes from:

  • Milk and milk products
  • Egg
  • Soy protein
  • Meat products

Since I became aware of this, I’ve incorporated more proteins in his diet to ensure that his mind and body stay sharp and fit. I also took a look at the protein component in my son’s health drink. It had only 7.6 gm protein/100 gm. That cannot be enough. I needed a protein supplement that had at least 50% more protein than this. I found out that Protinex Grow had more protein per gram, suitable for my child’s second growth spurt.

Eggs, chicken, curd, paneer, milk (morning cornflakes) and loads of lentils and pulses are now a part of his regular diet.

Do you pay special attention to the protein intake of your kids especially during this second growth spurt?

Pic courtesy: Pavel L Photo and Video by Shutterstock.

Dining Out in a World of Indulgence

Dining Out in a World of Indulgence

Eating out is something that my family and I guess every family enjoys thoroughly. Indulging in carefully prepared food with exclusive ingredients, where attention is paid to every fine detail, is akin to so-called ‘foodie-bliss’. Today, I am going to share with you my favourite dining haunts that have left a mark on my palate and mind.


Source: Dineout

This upscale eatery at MG Road in Bangalore, even though a small place serves Indian food that is delectable. To stick out for one favourite dish would be a big stretch here. The Tandoori paneer tikka though mundane is done beautifully here. It is perfectly spiced with soft and perfect texture. I thoroughly enjoyed their methi fish curry with thick seer fish slices and a finger-licking gravy. Mix it with rice, close your eyes to savour the hit of methi with the gentle sweetness of fresh fish. And if you are a sarson-ka-saag fan, you just can’t miss it with makki ki roti and white butter here. It will transport you to the roadside dhabas of Punjab. A bit expensive but the food and its quality completely justifies it.


Source: CNN Travel

If Mughlai food makes your heart sing, then Khyber will create an exclusive symphony for you. Its tasteful décor is reminiscent of the Mughal era and complements the courteous service. The chicken tangdi kebabs were done perfectly. The meat was just the right moist, perfectly cooked with the the correct balance of spices. Chicken rara and Chicken makhanwala that you must have had in multiple places are quite delightful here. Simplicity and taste are things they score high on.


Source: CNN Travel
Source: CNN Travel

If seafood is your calling, especially Mangalore style, then a visit to Trishna will show you what a lovelier world is all about. I can rave on and on about the dishes here. Prawn Koliwada – crispy, hot, lip-smacking tasty. You have to order this one. If you are a crab lover just like me, try it in any form and you will love it. The sweet taste of fresh crab meat will have you licking your fingers in delight. Done just perfectly, you will be left asking for more.

Try their gravies, especially recommended is fish gassi. And of course, that solkadi that calms down all the spices. You will love it here.

Smoke House Deli

Source: Live in Style
Source: Live in Style

This eatery in Bangalore has a lovely ambience. Simple white walls with interesting hand-painted caricatures that provide an exclusive allure. The food is spectacular here. Everything I tasted here was fantastic. There was adequate thought given to curate the best flavours from freshest ingredients. You can choose your own pasta and risotto dishes by mixing and matching them. I enjoyed their mushroom and smoked chicken fettuccine that was beautifully plated and the smoky flavour perfectly complemented the pasta. The wild mushroom risotto will leave you ecstatic. If you have room left for dessert, both white chocolate crème brûlée and tiramisu are outstanding choices. Conversation ceases when the food is this good. Good that my husband took me here. I would love to go back.

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Vaya Tyffyn 600 ml. User Review

Vaya Tyffyn 600 ml. User Review

After taking the market by storm with its launch of premium Vaya Tyffyns the likes of which the Indian market had not seen till then, Vaya has now launched its premium Tyffyn 600 ml. variant recently. Sleek and stylish, like the original 1000 ml. Tyffyn, this one has a few feature modifications and retains the sleek, good looks of the original that Vaya is now synonymous with. Do read my review of the original Vaya Tyffyn here.


So, I received the spanking new Vaya Tyffyn 600 in a beautiful cardboard packaging. It only comes with a carry mat cum bag as a part of the launch offer and not otherwise. It does look even swankier in its smaller avatar.

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It is available in Maple, Wool and Graphite just like the larger Tyffyn. This time I got the classy looking Graphite Tyfftn.

Here is my review of Vaya Tyffyn 600 ml.

What Worked for Me:

Lighter: If you remember, I had complained about the heavier weight of original Tyffyn. Vaya has worked on that. The Tyffyn now has two containers each of 300 ml. capacity and does feel noticeably lighter.

Vaya Tyffyn 600

Perfect for the Young Ones: It is perfect for carrying snacks/lunch for your children, young adults or even for carrying snacks or light lunch for yourself. Its lightweight body is quite easy for the kids to carry.

Good Thoughtful Touches: The containers are still made of stainless steel with gleaming copper finish and spill-proof plastic lids. The groove on the lid that helps you pull it out is an improvement on the previous design and comes out easily. Definitely a big thumbs up for that.

Vaya Tyffyn 600

New Welcome Detail: The containers now have handy partitions that help you pack in more variety. Chutney and sambar can now be packed in along with idlis or dosas even in 2 containers. These partitions do not allow contents from one side to seep onto the other side.

Vaya Tyffyn 600

The Good Parts are Retained: Vaya Tyffyn is all about quality. Hence the high-quality side clasps are sturdy and leak proof. The handle of the Tyffyn niftily folds into a groove on the top. The outer case is made of strong stainless steel with inner copper lining that provides a good exterior to hold in the heat to keep your food warm even after 4-5 hours.

Vaya Tyffyn 600

Cardboard Packaging: I liked the neat and environment-friendly cardboard box that the Tyffyn comes in. No frills, sensible packaging.

What Can be Better:

Vaya Tyffyn 600

BagMat in Regular Orders: This BagMat is not only stylish but very useful as well. It has a space for cutlery and napkin and can open out into a mat that is very convenient for children. In its absence, I have to pack in the Tyffyn 600 ml. in another lunch bag and pack in the spoon and fork separately. A bit of an inconvenience. Also, kids prefer to carry their tiffin boxes in a lunch bag slung on their shoulder. We all know how they can easily misplace things carried in their hands. Hence this bag mat must really be included in the order along with the Tyffyn.

The BagMat can, however, be ordered separately on their website.

Suitable for One Meal: This Tyffyn can handle one meal at best. Since I have to pack two tiffin boxes for my children (for short break and lunch break), I will either need to use larger Vaya Tyffyn or send an additional lunch box (which makes no sense). So yes, I am trying to figure that part out.

Overall, I would highly recommend this product. Vaya continues to innovate with design and the quality of its product is superior to anything else that is there in the market. It keeps the food warm for the children and is quite easy to use even for those in 4th – 5th grade.

You can order your Vaya Tyffyn 600 at Vaya website here. It comes with 1-year warranty and is priced at Rs. 1990.

For a limited time, use code VYRACH and get a discount when you buy Vaya Tyffyn at www.vaya.in.

Disclosure: I was given a complimentary Tyffyn 600 ml. All opinions in this review are honest and my own.

Spirulina – Nature’s Wonder Food, A Review and Some Recipes

Spirulina – Nature’s Wonder Food, A Review and Some Recipes

Have you used the blue-green, nutrient dense algae called Spirulina? I hadn’t till recently. I had heard of it though but never really got around to using it. Recently Parry Wellness approached me to review their product – organic spirulina powder. An intensely dark, dense powder, it has a slight sea smell. I tasted plain powder and it has a slightly strong taste.

Here are the 10 major benefits of Spirulina

parry's spirulina

Now isn’t the product a miracle food? It is also a delight for healthy eaters as it is very high in protein, having 60% protein which better red meat (27% protein) and soy (34% protein). It is easily digestible and in its organic form perfectly safe to use. You may already find it as the super food lending its nutritional genius to your dark-green smoothies and health bars.

It also has essential phytonutrients like Vitamin B12 (not found in any other vegetarian source), carotenoids, essential fatty acids, trace minerals and antioxidants which are great for overall health and immunity.

I am actually aghast at its amazing properties.

Here are a couple of recipes that I tried using the product at home:

Avocado Milkshake with Parry’s Spirulina

parry's spirulina

Makes 4 glasses


1 ripe avocado mashed

750 ml. milk, heated and cooled

1 tsp. Parry’s Spirulina powder

3 tsp. sugar (or more depending upon taste)

Just blend everything together and serve your high energy avocado milk shake with the goodness of spirulina which has a deep green colour. You can add icecubes if you so desire. I could not really taste spirulina in the milkshake.

Beetroot, Carrot, Ginger and Lemon Juice with Parry’s Spirulina

parry's spirulina


4 beetroot

4 carrots

1 inch piece ginger

Juice of ½ lemon

Some black salt to taste

½ tsp. Parry’s Spirulina powder

Of late, I’ve been experimenting a bit with vegetable juices and beetroot, carrot, ginger and lime does taste quite good. The deep colour of beetroot overrides everything else that is mixed into it.

To prepare this juice, just juice all the ingredients together. Add black salt and spirulina powder to the combined juice and stir well. Serve chilled. This makes about 2 tall glasses of juice. Again, I did not get any additional taste of spirulina.

You can also make lemonade with spirulina by adding ¼ tsp. to a glass before serving it. It lends a dark green colour to the lemonade.

What you have to watch out for:

  1. Only buy Spirulina from absolutely safe organic sources. Since it comes from the sea, it must be processed correctly to be free from any toxins.
  2. Do not use Spirulina in hot foods.

parry's spirulina

Overall, my experiments with Parry’s Wellness Spirulina were good. The powder is dark green and dense and after opening the sachet, it must be stored in an air-tight jar. It is available both as tablets and in powder form.

I am keen to try out this product in other ways in my kitchen. Since it helps with nasal allergies, I wish to give it regularly to my elder son and see if it helps.

It being so high in protein, I am definitely going to add it to my smoothies post workout. Since it is a 100% vegan and organic product, it is digested easily by the body.

You can buy Parry’s Wellness Spirulina on Amazon.

Have you used Spirulina before? Do share your experiences if any.

Is your Daily Diet Missing Something in Your Daily Homemade Food?

Is your Daily Diet Missing Something in Your Daily Homemade Food?

protein deficiency

I love homemade food. Everyone who reads my blog knows how passionate I am about food. As I read more about food, I have realized how important it is for us to consume a well-balanced meal all the time. Each meal should contain all the nutrients i.e. proteins, carbohydrates, fats, fibre, vitamins and minerals.

I often find that we in India consider carbohydrates to be our enemy and denounce them from our diet thinking that it will make us lose weight faster and help in maintaining body weight. But, there is a very important nutrient in our diet which we often miss. The nutrient that is ignored in Indian cooking is protein.

Think of poori sabzi, upma and some of our other traditional breakfast and meal options and you will find them rich in carbohydrates, but low in proteins. Furthermore, if you are a vegetarian, then it may be a bit difficult to completely satisfy your protein requirements just by eating homemade food.

Let’s try and understand protein a bit better:

Protein is very important for the growth and maintenance of our cells and tissues. Our skin, hair, nails, body tissues are made up of protein. Proteins are also essential for formation of hemoglobin, hormones, enzymes, muscles and antibodies (required to maintain a healthy immune system). Thus, our body needs adequate proteins on a daily basis to function appropriately. Hence, if your diet is low in protein, you may experience dryness in skin and your nails and hair may become weaker. It is said that our bodies need 1.0g of protein for every kilogram of bodyweight. Therefore, protein is considered as a wonder nutrient that is absolutely crucial for our bodies.

One other very important fact about protein is that it cannot be stored in the body, unlike carbohydrates. Hence, the body does not have any reserves to fall back upon in times of need. This is the reason why you must meet all your protein requirements from your diet every day.

Since I got to know these essential truths about protein, I have become more conscious of incorporating it in every meal e.g. boiled egg with upma or veg paratha with curd. I have increased the quantity of dal, pulses and lentils consumed in every meal. And of course, for those times after my workout or when I have not had protein in my food, a protein shake like Protinex helps take care of any protein deficiencies that might occur in my diet on a regular basis. I have read that protein supplements based on milk protein -whey are the best to consume.

Are you having enough protein in your diet? Check out this Calculator to see where you stand.

Here are my results

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Do let me know how you handle protein deficiency in your diet?

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Catch up on Lost Growth of Children with Horlicks Growth+

Catch up on Lost Growth of Children with Horlicks Growth+

I remember that when my elder son was born, my biggest concern was that he be healthy. Right from his birth I was introduced to metrics especially percentiles that told me how he was doing in terms of weight and height for his age. I can’t tell you how stressed parents feel when children fall behind on those parameters. And a lot of time, it is not as simple as feeding them more that takes care of the issue. At every meet with the paediatrician, you check the percentiles and feel grumpy. Kids, well they have a mind of their own when it comes to eating.

As parents, we have all gone through phases when the child is overtly fussy, has low appetite or cannot eat due to sickness. It is the most frustrating time for a parent. And these kids, you put in so much effort for them to gain weight but one sickness and all that good work is undone. I remember going through that rollercoaster when the sons were younger. Luckily now they eat well and heartily. But there were days in their earlier days when I would be at my wit’s end as to how to make them eat adequately and make them gain weight.

Some children are naturally more energetic and burn off more calories than others while other children are genetically chubby. Each child is different but it is also true that the child undergoes maximum growth both physically and mentally by their 10th birthday. Hence it is important to track their development on a regular basis. Yes, you can do something about it. In fact, you must try to make up the lost growth of your child to allow her to be active, fit and have a good immunity. Children who are underweight also tend to catch infections faster and hence end up losing even more weight.

horlicks growth plus 2

If your child’s growth is of concern to you then it is best to discuss it with your doctor. Health supplements like Horlicks Growth+ help in replenishing deficiencies in nutrition and also help with weight gain. Horlicks Growth+ professes that you will see a noticeable change in the weight and height of your child within 6 months.

This is because it contains high-quality protein, essential amino acids, vitamins and minerals which are needed by the children for adequate growth. One surprising fact is that children need 1.2 times the protein that adults need for their growth and often they miss out on it during their growth phase. My mother I remember used to fret a lot as all three of us siblings were underweight. In those days, she would work hard at feeding us laddoos and more milk as there were no such supplements though I did like Horlicks in my milk. She would have felt so much happier now.

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But now, you can easily add a supplement like Horlicks Growth+ that contains milk whey protein and see visible changes in your child’s growth. Do check with your pediatrician before you begin. Also don’t forget to access Horlicks Growth+ website for interesting resources like checking your child’s milestones, information about growth and so on.

My perfect Monsoon Day

My perfect Monsoon Day

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I am lucky to be living in Bangalore where we experience beautiful weather almost throughout the year. Yet, monsoons have an unmatched charm even for me. Watching the rain pitter patter down, sometimes a slow drizzle and at other times pouring its heart out is a strangely soothing experience. There are times, when I pick up my laptop and sit in my balcony watching the rain provide the perfect backdrop to my thoughts as I work. Yes, I know that rains can create issues like traffic snarls and rivers on roads, but luckily I work from home. Hence, I truly enjoy the beauty of monsoons, its calming effect with the green carpet that it leaves in its wake.

A perfect monsoon day would be one where I could wake up late and curl up in a comforter with a book to read. Seriously, what can be more blissful than that? Oh yes, some good food is always welcome for company. Since the slightly chilly weather calls for it and because I don’t need an excuse to have coffee, I use my Morphy Richards coffeemaker to brew that perfect cuppa.

Morphy Richards

As the aroma of freshly brewed coffee percolates through the house, I am tempted to fix a tasty yet filling snack like a sandwich using my easy-to-use Morphy Richards sandwich maker and grill. Another favorite of mine is masala chai and pakodas, but these days I generally avoid fried foods often.

Morphy Richards

Catching a movie on TV is another favorite way of spending a rain-washed day. Of course, that has to be accompanied by home-made popcorn and masala chai or coffee depending upon the mood. Playing loud music and singing along especially romantic rain songs are also very high on the list of things I do on a rainy day.  Rains cheer me and bring my crazy side to the fore.

And evenings, I help my son float paperboats in the puddles created by the rain. Oh, what fun that is! Kids everywhere love rains. The potential for mischief reaches the sky for them. I also love going for my brisk walk outdoors when the rains have ceased and the firmament is sparkling and beautiful. The sparkling green soothes the soul and the dark skies sometimes make for the perfect, breathtaking setting to bring the curtains down on a very satisfying rainy day spent doing what I really enjoy.

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