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GM, Paleo, South Beach, Blood type, Keto or any other. What diet are you on? Have you ever felt overwhelmed by so many diet routines making the rounds? And even more overwhelmed and confused by the different opinions about these diets. Some swear by these routines and some call them a fad. Being totally honest with you, through my 35 kilos of weight loss journey, I was never able to follow any of these diets for more than 2 days. Early on in my 12 years fitness journey I realized that there is no formula for fitness that works for everyone. Mostly, I worked with simple goals guided by my body intuitions and eating preferences. I always created a nutrition regime around my preferred foods, habits, schedule and requirements. However, I do bilieve in some logical nutrition concepts like “right protein intake”. Unfortunately, in early years of my weight loss…

At breakfast time, Protein is bae for my family. Essentially, we eat 3 things for breakfast in rotation – Eggs, Protein Pancakes & Oats : ) Naturally it’s very important for me to invent new recipes around these 3 to keep it interesting and healthy! So, here I am sharing the latest and brightest oatmeal from my breakfast-innovation brain. Not just that in this recipe I am taking the healthy-ness to next level, venturing into the power of healing turmeric. This oats recipe is referenced from the Indian recipe turmeric milk, traditionally used for healing fresh wounds or ailing body aches. This bright yellow breakfast bowl looks like sunshine early morning and lights you up for the day literally. My dear, breakfast loving brigade, this recipe is totally “healthy checked” and “quick-cooking certified”! Still thinking what’s unique? Let me speedy spell again? This oatmeal is…. Cooked with the good Indian…

Here’s another recipe conceptualized as a result of my incessant yen “Why Indian Food doesn’t have salads?” To remind you of my classic itch that became a yen in my life….. I am born in India, presuming with a spicy DNA, further conditioned to cook and relish Indian food. In the course of my travel life my love for food enlarged to many more cuisine cultures. On top I picked up this healthy cooking germ through my 30kgs weight loss journey in the last decade. Long story, cut to current life – My core craves Indian food flavors but desires them in a healthy format. That is the yen! So to feed my yen I often create recipes adapting from some of my favorite Indian recipes into a healthy avatar. The unique thing about these recipes is that I try inheriting the benefits of the Indian spices and herbs, substitute…

Ok hand on my heart. I have a sweet tooth! But the problem of my life is not that ; ) It is that if I have a single sweet tooth, my husband has at least 5..… and the problem gets bigger when we make a baby together who probably has a whole denture full of sweet tooth. Well by now we have acknowledged that we have this sweet problem in the family. So instead of blaming dental genetics let’s do something about it. How about having sweets but in a healthy version? No compromise made on the taste and easy to make for mommy! Sounds fair & workable. So let’s make some Smart Sweets! Thinking what’s that? Smart Sweets = (Healthy ingredients + alternate sugars) * Measured portions  Here is my smart sweet recipe called the “Hi-5 Ladoo” This is made of 5 super nutritious ingredients, shaped into round balls or…

Rice kheer is true Indian tradition India is all about festivities and food! Let me tell you, no Indian feast is reckoned celebratory without a desert delicacy. The one that is most popular on festivals is a rice kheer. Kheer is a milk based dessert recipe, where milk, rice and nuts are cooked together for prolonged hours. Essentially, the longer you cook the tastier it gets. You may also find many versions of rice kheer in different cultures like “Sheer” in Persian cultures, “Payesh” in Bengal region of India or “Firni” in Middle east, Pakistan and North India. My memories of Diwali festival & Rice Kheer….. In my home it’s customary to prepare rice kheer on Diwali. For me it’s a childhood memory when every Diwali morning my mom would set me and my brother up for decorating the house. In the kitchen, she would start preparing for the grand…

If you are an Indian food lover, then Lassi needs no introduction. You may have spotted Lassi on the menu of almost every Indian restaurant world over. This authentic Indian yogurt tumbler, with its sweet and refreshing taste, plays the perfect partner with savory Indian food. Also Lassi’s fruity version, Mango Lassi is quite popular on the smoothie circuit these days. By the way, this may be a lesser realized fact that much before the smoothie revolution began, Lassi has been swirling in the Indian kitchens as a good old summer staple. Being an Indian food lover, true to my origin, I lust over a glass of Lassi just anytime. By the way, as Lassi is a well-known drink, I have come several fusion attempts of Lassi like Strawberry Lassi, Pistachio Lassi, Guava Lassi and even a Chocolate Lassi (yes I was aghast) Well, everyone is entitled to have their…