Friday, 30 August 2013

Best Superfoods for Weight Loss

Black Beans: They contain large amounts of proteins which does not involve any fats that are saturated and which affect the body, the ideal quantity of black beans that is to be consumed should be a cup which contains around 15 grams of proteins in it.

Oats: They help in increasing the metabolism and also burn fats so quickly, the fiber component in it helps you feel away from hunger all over the day even if consumed in sufficient amount. Half a cup of oats contains resistant starch around 5 grams.

Apples: These are very healthy foods which contain low calories and diet can be maintained because of phytonutrients that are present in them. The antioxidants and fiber which plays a main role in maintaining diet are also present in them. They keep you away from diseases and help to maintain good health.

Blueberries: They contain fiber in higher quantities which quiets the hunger for a longer time. The antioxidants that is present in them helps in reducing the fats

Avocados: They contain fiber and proteins and also fats which are helpful in reducing the fats .Oleic acid, which produces monounsaturated fats that helps you in reducing the hunger, is present in avocados. Large amounts of fats can be melted away by consuming small amount of this fruit.

Salmon:  These contain fewer fats in them and sufficient quantity of proteins that keeps you away from hunger. It is a low fat diet that helps in burning fats and maintains considerable diet.


Green Tea:  It contains antioxidants that reduces fats and calories and helps in maintaining perfect diet. The extra amounts of fats and calories that are present in the body can be burnt by consuming around 2-3 cups of green tea as a routine

Watermelons: It is a natural super food that helps in reducing the fats in the body because of the powerful antioxidant that it contains. It contains water in large ratio comprising of Vitamins A and C.


Mushrooms:  They contain fewer amounts of calories when compared to meat but gives the taste of meat and it is a pure vegetarian food. This also helps in burning fats in the body and weight can be reduced consuming a cup daily.


Broccoli:It is of a plant family which contains phytonutrients, vitamins and proteins that helps in shedding weight. Sufficient amount of Fiber is present in less amount of broccoli which helps in reducing fats.


Yogurt: It contains B-Vitamin and calcium and is very easily digestible compared to milk. It helps you boost immunity, reduces the risk of colon cancer and always regulates your blood sugar level and keeps your hunger pangs in control.

Brown Rice: It contains fibre, protein, selenium and is a low calorie rice substitute. Brown rice is low in saturated fats and has less Cholesterol and Sodium quantities. It serves as a heavy filling and you will not be hungry. Half cup of Brown rice contains around 1.7 grams of Resistant Starch; it helps you boost your metabolism and burn fat faster.

Pomegranate: Pomegranates contain folic acids, Vitamin C, potassium and antioxidants. They are rich sources of fiber and are very low in calories. It is the healthiest fruit that helps you fight against cell damage, erectile dysfunction and inflammation of arthritis. This fruit also increases the oxygen levels of the heart. It satisfies your sugar cravings and controls your body weight. It can be taken either in raw fruit form, juices or can also be added into salads.

Pears: Pears are the best sources of anti-inflammatory nutrients and antioxidants. They contain 4 times the phenolic phytonutrients compared to flesh. They help in reducing the risk of cancer and contain dietary fiber, which can be easily digested. They contain about 15% of your daily fiber intake. So do not peel it off, add this fruit into your diet with peel.

Lentils: They are the best sources of fiber and protein. Half cup of lentils contain about 3.4 grams of Resistant Starch, which is a carbohydrate that aids in burning excess fat and also helps you boost metabolism.


Hot Chile Peppers: Talking hot Chile peppers along with fresh tomato juice about thirty minutes prior to your meal, consuming this juice ensures that your appetite is satisfied faster and you’ll eat 10% less than your regular quantity. So these peppers are considered to be the best food for losing weight.

Grapefruit:  It is a tangy fruit that contains protein and has lots of water. It helps you in lowering your insulin levels and the fat-storage hormone present in this fruit, will help you reduce weight. Before having a meal, eat half a grapefruit, it helps you lose about one pound a week. Since it contains 90% of water, it fills you up soon so that you’ll eat less.

Almonds:  Almonds are one of the super foods that have healthy fats, which help you in slimming down faster. Add nuts to your daily low-calorie diet, it aids you in losing more weight, as more chewing of the almonds releases more fat and high fiber and satisfies your hunger pangs.

Kidney Beans: Kidney beans contain cholesterol-lowering fiber; it also prevents the blood sugar levels from rising after each meal. These beans offer a lot of protein and fiber to your daily meal. Half cup of Kidney beans contains Resistant Starch and provides around 2 grams of slimming carbohydrates.


Olive Oil:Oils generally contain fats in them, but olive oil is something which contains right fats that helps in burning fats, helping for weight loss. Olive oil keeps you full for longer hours due to the poly unsaturated fatty acids that are present in it; some ratio of oleic acid is present in it which also helps in reducing fats.

Bananas:  Ripe bananas contain some quantity resistant starch which helps in metabolism. Ideal sized banana which is slightly greenish contains around 12 grams of resistant starch which helps in weight loss and body slimming.

Cranberry Juice: The antioxidants in cranberry juice aids in the process of calorie and fat burning. The fluids are reduced in the body, fluid retention helps in reducing fats and helps in weight loss

Eggs:  Having eggs for breakfast helps in weight reduction and also calorie and fat burning process. Survey has been carried out that though there is cholesterol present in eggs they do not affect the body as they are not highly bad cholesterols.

Potatoes: They contain some amount of carbohydrates and a slight amount of fiber in them; they help in the metabolism due to high percentage of resistant starch present in them which helps in reducing fats

Cheese: The fatty acids that are present in the cheese help in fat burning and weight loss. These fatty acids help hunger pangs away which in turn help in body slimming and make you look fit.

Dark Chocolate:  The digestion process can be retarded by consuming fewer amounts of dark chocolate, which makes you feel full. It boosts the process of metabolism that aids in the fat and calorie burning process.

White Beans: They contain carbohydrates that increases the metabolism helps in fat reduction and calorie burning. It also contains resistant starch around 4 grams that helps in losing weight, stay fit and healthy.

Oranges:  The fiber content present in the oranges pangs away the hunger and makes you feel full which keeps you stay longer for the next meal. So, oranges help in weight reduction and health care.

Pine Nuts: Pine Nuts are another super food that provides healthy fatty acids to the heart. These nuts will suppress hunger hormones and help you in burning belly fat. The saturated fats that are present in the nuts will help you lose weight overweight without exercising or reducing your calorie intake.

Monday, 12 August 2013

Benefits and Remedies of Nutmeg


Known as a popular spice around the world, nutmeg is also popular for its many health benefits. In fact, since ancient times, nutmeg has been used as a remedy for various ailments or to improve health in general. Here are some of the health benefits that nutmeg provides.

1. Brain Tonic
During ancient times, Roman and Greek civilizations used nutmeg as a type of brain tonic. This is because nutmeg can effectively stimulate your brain. It contains a natural organic compound called myristicin, which is known to shield your brain against degenerative disease such as Alzheimer’s. As a result, it can help eliminate fatigue and stress. Nutmeg can also improve concentration to become more efficient and focused at work or at school. If you are suffering from anxiety or depression, nutmeg may also be a good remedy.

2. Pain Relief
Nutmeg is also an effective sedative. In fact, nutmeg is a staple in ancient Chinese medicine. The Chinese used the spice to treat inflammation and abdominal pain. Use nutmeg if you are suffering from aching joints, muscle pain, arthritis, sores and other ailments. To relieve the pain, apply nutmeg oil to the affected areas.

3. Indigestion Relief
If you suffer from digestion-related problems like diarrhoea, constipation, bloating, and flatulence and so on, nutmeg can effectively offer you relief. Nutmeg oil relieves stomach-aches by removing the excess gas from your intestines. Nutmeg can also boost your appetite. It is used in small dosages to reduce flatulence [excessive stomach or intestinal gas], aid digestion and improve appetite. Drops of nutmeg oil can also be mixed with honey to treat nausea, gastroenteritis, chronic diarrhoea and indigestion. To relieve diarrhoea, drink a filtered mix of 1/4th teaspoon of ground nutmeg, 1 teaspoon of ground coffee in one cup of water.

4. Bad Breath Treatment
Because of its antibacterial properties, nutmeg can also effectively treat halitosis or bad breath. As you probably know, bad breath is usually caused by a build-up of bacteria in your mouth. Nutmeg can ride your mouth of these bacteria. This is the reason why nutmeg is a common ingredient in many brands of toothpastes.

5. Treat Toothaches
Nutmeg oil is used to treat toothaches. Drops of essential oil are put on cotton swab and applied to the gums around an aching tooth.

6. Liver and Kidney Detox
Detoxification is an important factor of good health. Diet, pollution, stress, tobacco, medication and other external substances can lead to the build-up of toxins in your organs. The liver and kidney are two of the organs where this toxic build-up usually develops. As a tonic, nutmeg can clean your liver and kidney and remove these toxins. If you are suffering from a liver disease then nutmeg can also be beneficial. Nutmeg is also effective in preventing and dissolving kidney stones. When your liver and kidney are successfully detoxified, they can perform their function better.

7. Skin Care
If skin care is one of your priorities then you might want to incorporate nutmeg into your regimen. Nutmeg can actually help you achieve smoother and healthier skin by helping you treat several skin problems. A scrub made from nutmeg powder and orange lentil powder can help you remove blackheads, a type of acne characterized by pores clogged with excess oil and dead skin cells. If you suffer from acne marks, nutmeg can also help make your scars less noticeable. What you need to do is mix some nutmeg powder with some honey to make a paste, which you will then apply to the acne marks.or grind 2 – 3 nutmeg seeds and add little milk to make a paste. After washing the face with warm water, pat it dry, and then spread the paste evenly over the acne. After two hours, use warm water to remove the paste, followed by cold water to close the pores. This paste also acts as a scrub to treat blackheads.

8. Sleep Aid
If you have difficulty sleeping at night, drink one cup of milk boiled with 1/4th teaspoon of ground nutmeg. This will help you achieve relaxation and will induce sleep.

9. Heart
Like cloves, nutmeg contains eugenol, a compound that may benefit the heart. Nutmeg can help to combat asthma. It is also used to relax muscles. To calm chest cold, make a paste of nutmeg powder and flour with water. Cover the cotton cloth with paste and apply to the chest.
  • Nutmeg should be used in moderation—a pinch or two is considered safe. However, large doses can trigger an acute psychiatric disorder. It contains myristicin, which in large doses can cause hallucinations. Users may feel a sensation of blood rush to the head or a strong euphoria and dissociation. It can also lead to convulsions, palpitations, generalised body pain, vomiting, nausea and eventual dehydration. Followed by long, deep almost coma-like sleep, it can even cause death.

  • Pregnant women and nursing mothers should avoid the use of nutmeg. It can cause miscarriage in pregnant women. It also inhibits prostaglandin production [involved in child birth process] and contains hallucinogens that may affect the foetus, if consumed in large quantities. It can also trigger dizziness, nausea and difficulty in urination.

  • Touching nutmeg can cause allergic skin reaction. It should be kept out of reach of children and pets.
Note: One whole nutmeg grated is equal to 2 – 3 teaspoon of ground nutmeg

Monday, 5 August 2013

Nestum Biscuit

Hari Raya is around the corner and I believe most of us, prefer to have healthy and yummy cookies.
 So, I created this recipe with Nestum cereal.  Nestum is  available at any supermarkets and easy to bake for those with less or no experience.

  • 125 g Unsalted Butter
  • 85 g Brown Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 150 g Flour
  • 125 g Nestum


1. Whisk butter and brown sugar till fluffy and smooth.
2. Add egg and vanilla.
3. Mix flour and nestum alternatively till dough is developed.
4. Leave it for 5-10 minute.
5. Butter the tray and place the dough  according to your desired shape using cookies cutter.
6. Bake in preheated oven at 120 Deg C for 10 to 12 min.
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