Pumpkins are nutritious and can also enhance the flavor of your daily recipes. Add them to your breakfast oatmeal for a morning twist. Spread pumpkin butter on your toast rather than the usual toast spread. Keep yourself warm and healthy with a pumpkin soup. For snacks, have pumpkin bread or pumpkin hummus with fresh vegetables.
Commercially available cleaners, detergents, and dishwashing liquids can affect your health in various ways. Moreover, they are non-biodegradable and can cause environmental pollution too. It's best to use non-toxic ingredients like vinegar, washing soda, Castille soap, borax and essential oils to make safe all-purpose cleaners, detergents, dishwashing liquid and air fresheners.
Coconut water is present in tender coconuts whereas coconut milk can be made by blending its flesh. Coconut water has been scientifically proven to be great for hydration, lowering bad cholesterol and high blood sugar levels. Coconut milk also has similar actions in addition to being an excellent non-dairy alternative for individuals who are lactose intolerant or follow a vegan lifestyle.
Fruits are a uniquely compact source of nutrients, vitamins and minerals. They are synonymous with good health and glowing skin. They are also a wonderful source of all primary vitamins and minerals needed for humans to survive. The inclusion of fruits in our diet is critical for good health, especially[.....]
Gram flour is a versatile ingredient. It fights pimples, removes tan, and reduces the oiliness of skin and moisturizes it too. It can be mixed with a variety of ingredients to clean and nourish your hair, make it shiny, help it grow, and remove dandruff. Its high nutrient and fiber content improves your cholesterol levels, fights fatigue, regulates your blood pressure, controls diabetes, and strengthens your bones.
Raisins are good for the bones thanks to their calcium content. The polyphenolic antioxidants in raisins lower blood pressure and levels of harmful lipids, while the iron in them reduces the risk of anemia. They also prevent tooth decay, thanks to the antibacterial oleanolic acid. Ayurveda recommends having soaked raisins blended in water to relieve constipation.
When it comes to healthy eats, homemade apple cider vinegar (ACV) salad dressing is a must. Its tangy flavor can amp up your salads, making them fun to eat. Gone are the days of eating store-bought salad dressings. You’ll spare yourself the extra fat, sodium, and sugar. The power of[.....]
Not only is avocado oil loaded with healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals, it helps your body absorb nutrients like carotenoids too. While its mild flavor lends it well to curries, grills, and bakes, its high smoking point of 255 °C makes it ideal for deep frying, not just for stir-frying or as salad dressing. Store it in a cool, dry, and dark place to prevent its monounsaturated and saturated fats from going bad because of oxidization.
Blend 1 cup mango and 1 avocado, both peeled, deseeded, and chopped up, 1/4 cup milk, 2 tbsps honey, and 2 tsps lime juice into a smoothie to lower harmful LDL cholesterol levels. For good health, drink an antioxidant-rich juice of 1/4 avocado, peeled, deseeded, and chopped up, 1 grated carrot, 1/2 cup orange juice, and 1/4 cup water. Retain the green part of the avocado flesh. Don't add sugar; use a sweet fruit or honey.
An avocado (130 g) a day meets 30% of your folate need for a stronger spine, skull, and brain of the fetus. This high-potassium, low-sodium fruit prevents leg cramps. It also packs in good doses of phosphorus, calcium, iron, and magnesium. As it helps absorb carotenoids better, by 15.3 times, even, toss it into salads and add its oil to salsa to keep your carotenoid levels high. Avocado oleic acid also enriches breast milk.
Add color, texture, and nutrients to your salad with red cabbages, sprouts, beets, avocados, carrots, peppers, kale, leafy greens, etc. Dice and store veggies in advance and use pre-washed greens to cut down on prep time. Recycle protein from dinner leftovers (grilled chicken or steak) as toppings for the salad. Add fat-rich avocados, olive oil, and nuts to absorb nutrients.
Ayurveda recommends drinking 1 to 2 cups of Ashwagandha tea daily to treat both mental and physical fatigue. Boil 1/2 cup milk, 1 tsp Ashwagandha root powder, 1 tsp sugar and 1/2 cup water on low flame till the mixture reduces to 1/2 cup. Add a pinch of cardamom and let it cool down to a lukewarm temperature. Have this herbal tea, once or twice a day. Add other herbs like basil for even more benefits!
Beetroots consist of 87% water, 8% carbs, 3% fiber, folate, manganese, potassium, iron, vit C, betanin, inorganic nitrate, vulgaxanthin and less than 60 cals. Smoothie recipe: Combine 1½ cup pineapple chunks, ½ cup sliced cooked beets, ¼ cup celery leaves, 1 cup vanilla almond milk and ½ cup fresh orange juice in a blender and puree until smooth. Serve chilled.
Turmeric is effective in treating heart disease, cancer, arthritis, inflammation and depression. Turmeric Tonic: In a cup of water mix a tsp of raw honey, 1 tsp of lemon juice, 1 tsp turmeric powder and ¼ tsp of cayenne pepper powder. Mix well and enjoy. You can also mix it with you favorite tea or fruit juice.
Pick peppermint leaves that are not bruised and dry them. Crush them lightly until they start to release their natural oils, but don't break them. Add it to a glass jar, cover with a carrier oil like almond oil. Place it for 24 hrs in a warm place out of direct sunlight. Strain it with a cheesecloth and repeat the process 2-3 times until it reaches the desired strength.
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