Be ‘U’nique this New Year

This New Year make your own style statement by feeling good about yourself. Eat, move and live in sync with your body constitution. That way you will never be outdated! Giving importance to self does not make you selfish, in fact Continue reading “Be ‘U’nique this New Year”

Choose wise while eating outside

eating out.pngUsually eating out is synonymous to indulgence! We tend to select items on the menu that instantly appeal to our senses. The colour, smell and flavours of outside food often compel us to ditch our judgement about healthy and nutritious.  Even for those who have made the resolve to lose weight or eat healthy or simply stay fit, occasions to eat out makes them feel helpless and lost. Well, we ought to know that from among the many options available, there are quite a few healthy ones as well. While it is difficult to completely dodge the hidden fat and calories, it is possible to reduce their burden to some  extent.

Unlike food packets bought at a store, hotel menus or takeaway meals do not come with a nutrition label. Besides, the recipes contain trademark closely guarded secret ingredients that are often not spelled out entirely on the menu . Several additives including colours and preservatives are added to enhance the taste, smell, and colour of the food. — for example, seasonings, sauces, cheesy toppings or dressings.

Unknowingly we add on calories by consumption of these.

Here a few tip to eat smart while eating out

Soup- When eating out at a fine dining or chinese restaurant, do make it a point to start with soup. Soups cannot be very calorie dense and will contain a healthy mix of vegetables/ pulses/meat. Of course, choosing a clear sup versus a creamy /heavy one can help to avoid extra fats.

  • Vegetable clear soup
  • Chicken clear soup
  • Tomato shorba
  • Vegetable sweet corn

Salad- All restaurants these days do offer a decent variety of salads for their health-conscious patrons. Salads at restaurant look more exciting and taste great compared to ones at home because they make use of some of the exotic vegetables and spices which may not be available to us easily or we do not find it practical to stock them up

  • couscous / quinoa salad,
  • mexican salad with guacamole or vinaigrette,
  • salad with alfa alfa, etc

Starters/ Appetizers – Go for appetizers that include vegetable or fish or pulse/cottage cheese.  Avoid fried or breaded appetizers, which are generally high in calories.

  • eggplant singapore
  • chilli paneer/ mushrooms/ babycorn (non fried)

Breads/ Roti-   Choosing whole grains is not quite possible while eating out because not many options are available. Whole wheat flour bread or parathas can be chosen instead of those made from refined flour .

  • Plain roti instead of butter roti / lachcha paratha
  • Plain naan instead of butter or garlic naan

Main dish – Main dishes are the major culprits as they are calorie and fat dense. The North Indian gravies make use of cashews and heavy cream, pastas are made with extra cheese and cream, fried foods contain bread crumbs and maida, and many more unhealthy ingredients. To steer clear of these, order for some of the simple  dishes

  • Tava/handi vegetables instead of tikka masala
  • Stir fried vegetables
  • Dal tadka instead of dal fry /makhani
  • Grilled chicken instead of butter chicken

Dessert. If you can skip the dessert, it is half the battle won! But we know that it may not be easy,  however you can definitely share your dessert. ng it with one of your companions.

  • Fresh fruit yogurt
  • Chenna based sweets

Largely, South Indian food is more healthy and complete than North Indian counterparts. One cannot over-do idlis, dosas, pongal, appam,etc. Also, portion sizes these days are too large so one must always order less in the beginning and then see if you are still hungry for more.

There is a certain amount of joy and excitement attached to eating out with family, friends or colleagues and hence we do not condemn the idea. But remember that you can reach a win-win situation if you follow some of the above tips.

 

Reference:

 

http://diet.mayoclinic.org/diet/eat/make-healthy-choices-at-any-restaurant?xid=nl_MayoClinicDiet_20160916

 

5 steps to make your food safer!

 

how to make your food safer

We often hear the cases of food poisoning and health issues which can be attributed to the food we consume. Many of them arise out of seemingly healthy food. Despite precautions there are often some gaps remaining which can cause several health issues.

How can you make your food safer?

Here are some steps!

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Does consuming nuts make one fat?

are nuts good for health

“Consuming nuts can make me fat” is a common notion. But is it really true?

Or is it just another myths in the long list of myths related to eating?

It is a well know fact that nuts are fat- and energy-dense foods. But, studies have shown that frequent nut consumption is associated with lower rates of coronary artery disease (CAD). Also, nut-rich diets improve the serum lipid profile of participants in dietary intervention trials. In fact , those who eat nuts on a regular basis have shown to have lower Body mass Index as compared to those who do not consume them at all.

Nuts and oilseeds like almonds, walnuts, pistachios, flaxseeds, peanuts and til (sesame seeds) are natural foods. They are loaded with lots of minerals, vitamins, proteins, fiber and healthy fats. Continue reading “Does consuming nuts make one fat?”

Healthy recipes – Spinach and baby corn

Whether you are trying lose weight, get in shape or just live a healthier life, eating healthy is of utmost importance. Lets look at simple, quick and easy recipe that is loaded with variety of benefits. Spinach and baby corn blend together to offer a scrumptious and nutritious dish – Baby Corn Palak.

-Dr. Pooja, Senior Nutritionist @eKincare.com

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How to Detox?

In continuation to our last blog, where we saw what toxins are and how they affect us. This time we explore some popular forms of Detox.

Detoxification does not have to be extreme to be effective. Given that most people have a lifetime’s accumulation of toxins stored in the body, a gentler approach is often a safer choice.

– Dr. Pooja, Senior Nutritionist @ eKincare.com

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It has been quite some time I have been trying to manage my weight!

Once we realize that we have issues with body weight, we start our search on internet and all the possible “.com’s”, searching all possible answers to help handle the weight issues. The question is why am I putting on weight? why am I not putting on weight?; How come he has lost weight and I am not losing weight? These concerns are really a bother to everyone. Continue reading “It has been quite some time I have been trying to manage my weight!”