Smart Snacking to boost work productivity

Frequent pangs of hunger at work are common, especially before lunch. The dip in blood sugars after breakfast energy has been consumed makes our cells crave food and glucose being the quickest energy source, we are bound to look for something sweet! Continue reading “Smart Snacking to boost work productivity”

How to manage elevated triglycerides

Indian population with predisposition to fat deposit in the abdominal area is more prone to high triglycerides than cholesterol. High waist circumference is a clear indication of high fat percentage in the body and an elevated triglyceride is a direct test to confirm the same. Although triglycerides is an important test within the lipid profile , it is often not understood by many. High triglycerides can independently increase risk of heart diseases and needs to be treated as seriously as high cholesterol.The management approach to high triglycerides is similar to that of cholesterol but additional points have to be remembered.

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Anemia or low hemoglobin levels

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are two billion people with anemia in the world and half of the anemia is due to iron deficiency . In India, anemia is a major public health issue. This deficiency has far-reaching effects on the country’s health as well as economy Continue reading “Anemia or low hemoglobin levels”

Food you should eat before a workout

Food you should eat before a workout

Pre workout meals / snacks

As we start to get regular with our exercise regimen, we need to gradually plan snacks/ meals to be consumed before and after exercise

What we eat before the exercise is important since we need to have enough energy to sustain the exercise at the level we intend to achieve. Now one may ask, why eat again while we actually want to mobilize the existing excess food stores. Well, there are 2 caveats to this:

Firstly, it’s not advisable to start exercise on an empty stomach. For example  early in the morning because there is a long gap between the last meal and subsequent one post exercise. Prolonged fasting period slows down the metabolism and we surely don’t want that. Continue reading “Food you should eat before a workout”

Whey water : Use it before you lose it!

Use of whey water - paneer

Where does it comes from?

In many Indian households, paneer/ chenna is prepared at home.  In addition to its use as paneer for a vegetable curry, chenna is widely used for making sweets such as sandesh or chenna payas. We often like the soft texture of fresh homemade paneer.

Although there are many uses of the curdled milk , we often tend to discard the liquid that remains behind after separating the curd / coagulated milk.This practice is prevalent merely out of  ignorance. Continue reading “Whey water : Use it before you lose it!”

Making your chapatis healthier!

Making your chapatis healthier

Most Indians cannot imagine a day without roti/ chapati, especially if you come from the North. The Indian flatbread made out of whole wheat flour has been a favoured staple because of its satiety value and unique taste.

The flatbread assumes different forms & names across the globe: Continue reading “Making your chapatis healthier!”

Indulge in mushroom healthily

healthy recipe involving mushroom

Mushroom (also known as dhingri or kukurmuta) is a fruity body of a fungus and is often used as a food source (not all types of mushrooms are edible). There are several types of mushrooms which serve as a low-calorie food.  White button mushrooms (Agaricus bisporus) is a strain of mushroom that constitutes 90% of mushrooms consumed in the U.S.

• The USDA reports that mushrooms contain high amounts of copper, which is needed to produce blood cells and maintain heart health.
• It also contains fair amounts of vitamins C, D and B; and the minerals selenium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium and zinc.
• White button mushrooms improve immunity and may have anti-cancer effects.

Try out this healthy recipe involving mushrooms! Continue reading “Indulge in mushroom healthily”

Goodness of the Garden cress


Goodness of the Garden cressGarden cress seeds are called Halim in Hindi and Aliv in Marathi. It is commonly cultivated throughout the temperate regions of India and Pakistan. It has several health benefits associated with it.

Both the stems, seeds and leaves of garden cress are edible but only the stems and leaves can be eaten raw in salads or used for other culinary purposes. The seeds can be roasted or cooked before eating. Garden cress belongs to the cruciferous family and is related to mustard, pepperwort , pepper grass and watercress. Continue reading “Goodness of the Garden cress”

The reality behind gluten-free diet claims

The reality behind gluten-free diet claims

Two popular claims of a gluten-free diet are weight loss and increased energy. But in reality, there may be other reasons why individuals experience those benefits.

Let us look at some of these reasons.

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Does eliminating gluten in healthy individuals really help?

Most North Indians cannot imagine a day without Roti or leavened bread.  The Roti has many variations such as chapatti, phulka, paratha, puri across different communities. But in the last decade, there is an emerging trend wherein people are eliminating wheat from the diet completely. Avoiding wheat and wheat products and also other grains containing gluten has shown promising health benefits for some individuals Continue reading “Does eliminating gluten in healthy individuals really help?”