Five Drinks That Help in Weight loss

Juices that aid in weight loss
Juices that aid in weight loss

Only way to lose that extra pound that you gain during the holiday season is by combining workouts with balanced and nutritious diet. To speed up the fat burning process and hasten the weight loss there are various types of juices that you can include in your diet regularly.

  1. Detox Juices

Citrus aids in detoxification and weight loss
Citrus aids in detoxification and weight loss

Citrus fruits are known for their detox capability therefore, you should include them in the detox juice. Use ginger, carrots or apples to make detox juice. These juices are an excellent source of anti-oxidants. Consume at least a glass of detox juice in a week to remove the toxins that have accumulated in the body.

2. Vegetable juices

Cruciferous vegetable juce
Cruciferous vegetable juice

Cruciferous vegetables such as kale, broccoli, cauliflower are known for weight loss. Adding a few leaves of these to other vegetables while making juices will do wonders. A notable benefit of vegetable juices is that apart from fighting free radicals, they also aid in balancing hormone levels.  Cruciferous veggies are excellent sources of phytonutrients that help in reducing inflammation and balancing blood sugar levels, hormone levels, and also in boosting metabolism.

3. Green Tea

Green tea for weight loss
Green tea for weight loss

Green tea has many health benefits and weight loss is just one of them. Though consuming green tea alone will not aid in weight loss immediately, in the long run it will help in burning fat by hastening metabolism. Green tea is enriched with antioxidants, has ability to increase the overall energy level and is a natural appetite suppressant.

4. Cranberry and Pear Juices

Cranberry and pear juice
Cranberry and pear juice

Fruit juices are an excellent source of nutrients, minerals and vitamins. Cranberries and Pears are rich in vitamin c and calcium. Also, these two fruits have the ability to boost your metabolism, thus aiding in weight loss. Pear is known to contain magnesium, phosphorus and potassium the essential minerals required by the body.

5. Black Coffee

Black Coffee
Black Coffee

Consuming black coffee in moderation is good for health. However, if you want to coffee to aid in weight loss you should have it without sugar or milk. Coffee contains antioxidants that curbs the movement of free radicals thereby reducing the risk of certain cancer types.

Add these detoxifying juices in your regular diet to aid in weight loss. Share your thoughts and ideas with us in comment section.

Cranberry Juice For Glowing Skin

Cranberry juice for glowing skin
Cranberry juice for glowing skin

Cranberry is an evergreen shrub that is native to North America. This shrub has dark green leaves and pink flowers. It bears dark red fruit that are tangy in taste and is oval in shape. Cranberries are super berries power-packed with anti-oxidants, vitamin C, B-6, and K. It also contains minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, magnesium and zinc. Consuming cranberries in form of ripe and fresh or dried fruit or as juice has many health benefits. There are many recipes that uses cranberry.

Skin benefits of Cranberry juice

Cranberries have 87% water content and therefore offers plethora of skin benefits.

Anti-aging and glowing skin
Anti-aging and glowing skin
  • Anti-aging properties

Regular consumption of cranberry juice shields the cells against any damage caused due to environmental factors. Vitamins C, B3 and B5 controls the free radicals thereby curbing the formation of wrinkles, reduces the pigmentation and redness on the skin. The antioxidants slow the aging process.

  • Tones the skin

Cranberry juice is an excellent toner as the enzymes present in this fruit exfoliates the skin and unclogs the sebaceous glands. Cranberry juice should be consumed by those with oily skin.

  • Treats Acne

Cranberry is a rich source of resveratrol, an antioxidant. This antioxidant aids in reducing acne and pimples. You can make a mask using cranberry juice to brighten the skin and treat. Make a paste using cranberry juice and orange peel powder. To this add a bit of honey. Apply it on the face and neck and leave the same on for 15-20 minutes. Wash with lukewarm water. It gives skin a lighter tone.

Softens and firms the skin

The amino acid that produces collagen in the body require vitamin C. Cranberry is an excellent source of this vitamin.  Regular consumption of cranberry juice during harsh winters provides ample protection to the skin. Therefore the skin remains soft and supple even during winter season.

What To Do With Turkey Leftovers From Thanksgiving Feast

Turkey leftover
Turkey leftover

When your turkey is a big bird, there is bound to be leftovers.  The left over could have been avoided if you knew how much turkey to buy. However, if you have turkey leftovers do not worry as there are many ways you can use the meat without your family getting bored with it. Before that here are a few top tips to refrigerate your leftover turkey.

Tips To Refrigerate Turkey Leftover

turkey-in-sealed-containers

  • Before your post-feasting nap, tuck your turkey leftovers in the fridge. Leaving it outside may make it unsafe to eat.
  • Leftover turkey should be consumed with two-three days. However, if you think that’s not possible, then store it in your freezer compartment.
  • Wrap the leftover bird in an aluminum foil or in a air tight container.
  • If you are placing it in the fridge, store it in a sealed container and place it in the middle shelf along with the other ready-to-eat foods.

3 Delicious Turkey Leftover Recipes

 

  • Homemade turkey soup
Creamy turkey soup
Creamy turkey soup

In a heavy-bottom saucepan, throw in even the smallest pieces of the meat including the bones and add some chicken or vegetable broth. The bones give a rich flavor. The bones can be removed later.  To this add cooked rice, vegetables and cream. What you get is a yummy and delicious turkey soup.

  • Post-Thanksgiving Casserole
Leftover turkey transformed into thanksgiving casserol
Leftover turkey transformed into thanksgiving casserole

It’s an easy dish that can be put-together for a Saturday evening. Sauté celery and onion in butter, add the poultry seasoning and sage. Add broth of chicken or vegetables. Bring it to boil before removing from the heat. Combine garlic powder, turkey and cream with the soup. Transfer this to a baking tray. Layer it with mashed potatoes that is combined with cream cheese, salt and pepper. If you want it to be cheesy, sprinkle cheese over it. Bake at 350-degree F for 30-35 minutes.

  • Turkey Club Sandwich

In a bowl, mix mayonnaise, cranberry sauce, Dijon mustard, honey and roasted and chopped pecans/walnuts. Use this mixture to spread on one side of the bread slice. Over this layer lettuce, cheese, tomato, turkey and bacon. On another slice spread the mayo mixture and cover the bread top. Cut it into wedges and serve.

How To Choose The Right Size Thanksgiving Turkey

Roasted turkey
Roasted turkey

The best thing about Thanksgiving Day is the roasted turkey. With the leftover turkey, you make sandwiches for that night and also add it in various dishes for many days after Thanksgiving. If you buy a small bird, it’s going to be a total disaster. Therefore, you need to know how to choose the right measure of turkey to feed your guests on Thanksgiving Day. Remember, when it comes to feeding a crowd, it’s always better to have excess Thanksgiving turkey than having too little.

Thumb Rule To Pick The Right Amount Of Thanksgiving Turkey

The thumb rule for picking the right size turkey is to buy a pound per person. Never go by the size of the turkey.

If your fridge or oven does not have room for a 20-pound bird, buy turkey drumsticks or breast pieces to supplement the whole bird.

Remember the raw turkey shrinks when its cooked. Therefore, a pound of raw turkey is less than a pound when cooked.

Cut the roasted turkey into small bite able pieces so the guests can enjoy a healthy portion of the same.

A portion of turkey has around 291 calories, 13.6 gms of fat and 39 gms of protein.

Fresh Or Frozen : Choosing Your Thanksgiving Turkey

It’s a personal preference whether you want a fresh or frozen turkey. It also depends largely on how soon you plan on cooking your turkey.

Fresh turkeys are the best if you have very little time to before the final preparation.

Frozen turkeys need several days to thaw and you need adequate space in your freezer as you can store weeks well in advance.

As a last note, you need to know how many guests you have for Thanksgiving Feast.

 

Thanksgiving Cookies From Cookie Guru Dorie Greenspan

How about baking jammers for Thanksgiving table
How about baking jammers for Thanksgiving table

Holiday season is here bringing with it a gamut of reasons to bite into something delicious, crispy and sweet. Like Thanksgiving cookies. Dorie Greenspan, a world renowned cookie expert, a three-time winner of James Beard Foundation award and author of 11 cookbooks has launched her latest cookbook by the name Dorie’s Cookies.

Her book is a collection of 170 recipes, ranging from classic graham crackers, and daring Triscuit-and-chutney-filled rugelach to  French vanilla sablés and spicy togarashi meringues that can be paired with cocktails.

Her cookie boutique, Beurre & Sel, in New York that was closed in 2013, was famous for her World Peace Cookies as well as Classic Jammers. She was quick to give a negative reply when queried about opening another cookie boutique.

However, she had thousand tongues when talking about her latest cook book. “It was fascinating. I found that thinking about cookies 24/7 for three years made me more creative than less. The more I thought about cookies, the more I imagined. I could have gone on forever, I think.”

Greenspan encourages home bakers to consider baking cookies for their Thanksgiving table. She stretches on using the traditional flavor for baking Thanksgiving cookies and tarts.

She opines that so much hard work goes into creating beautiful pies that on thanksgiving day it doesn’t get the much-deserved attention as “everyone has already had turkey and stuffing, and … pies are kind of too big at the end!”

According to her, Thanksgiving cookies are much faster to make. Even those who have never baked a pie before can also make a pie crust for Thanksgiving bars. Secondly, you can bake more cookies with the given amount of dough than pies.

This is what she had to tell the home bakers “Cookies and Kindness. Bake some cookies from the book to give to someone.”

Dorie’s Baking Tips

  • Use wine bottles if you do not have a rolling pin.
  • Instead of rolling out the dough after chilling, you can always place the dough between parchment sheets and roll out and then chill it.
  • Use your scoops to scoop out the dough to make the balls. This means you get the same size dough balls and the cookies will all bake at the same time. Not only that children will not fight over who gets the bigger cookie.

How about a few platters of cookies for Thanksgiving Table 2016

Foods That Will Reduce Hair Fall

Lush Healthy Hair
Lush Healthy Hair

Are you experiencing considerable amount of hair loss in spite of taking good care of it? Are all your attempts at salvaging your hair futile? Then it’s time to turn your attention to what you eat. By consuming proper diet, you would be able to prevent hair fall and also ensure it grows well.

The Foods That strengthen Hair

  • Spinach
Sautéed Spinch
Sautéed Spinch

This green leafy vegetable contains sebum which is a natural hair conditioner. It’s also a rich source of iron.

  • Citrus fruits
Juicy Oranges
Juicy Oranges

Add oranges and lime juice to your diet. The vitamin C rich fruits aids in the easy absorption of iron. One of the reasons for hair fall is lack of iron.

  • Yogurt
Yogurt with Strawwberries
Yogurt with Strawwberries

Include yogurt to the diet regularly. The reason is its enriched with Vitamin B5 and D. These two vitamins promote health of hair follicle.

  • Carrot
Carrot a day keeps hair loss away
Carrot a day keeps hair loss away

Deficiency of vitamin A leads to dry and itchy scalp. Carrots are an excellent source of this vitamin.

  • Walnuts
Walnut, king of nuts
Walnut, king of nuts

They contain B vitamins, Vitamin E and Biotin. These vitamins protect hair cuticles and the scalp.

  • Oats
A wholesome comfort food
A wholesome comfort food

Apart from containing dietary fiber, oats is also a source of Omega-6 fatty acids and Zinc. All these aid in hair growth and development

  • Shrimp
Shrimps and Spaghetti
Shrimps and Spaghetti

Shrimps contain vitamin B12, iron and zinc that are nourishment for hair growth.

  • Eggs
Start your day with eggs, bread toast and fruits
Start your day with eggs, bread toast and fruits

Biotin in the eggs wards of hair loss. Consume at least one egg a day.

  • Barley
Barley flour
Barley flour

Its a excellent source of Vitamin E. Protects hair damage due the heat of the sun.

  • Chicken
peanut sauce and grilled chicken
Peanut sauce and grilled chicken

Rich in protein , the building block of the body. Chicken helps to strengthen hair.

These are some of the foods that you should have in various combinations on regular basis if you want to prevent hair fall.

Also share your tips with us.

Delicious Thanksgiving Salad Recipes for Diabetes

Ingredients for Thanksgiving salad
Ingredients for Thanksgiving salad

No worries if you are a diabetic. There are many diabetic friendly Thanksgiving food including salads, side-dishes, and desserts. You can make an excellent Thanksgiving feast that can be enjoyed by those with diabetics. Try out these healthy Thanksgiving salads.

Crunchy Grapes and Fennel Salads

Grape salad with a twist
Grape salad with a twist

Ingredients

  • Extra-virgin olive oil – 2 tbsp
  • White wine vinegar – 2 tbsp
  • Fennel seeds lightly crushed –  1/2 tsp
  • Salt – 1/4 tsp
  • Kosher salt – as per taste
  • Ground pepper – 1/4 tsp
  • Green and red seedless grapes – 5 cups
  • Celery – 2 stalks finely sliced diagonal
  • Spring onions – 4 nos, finely sliced
  • Slivered almonds – 3 tbsp.

Method

Whisk oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, and fennel seeds in a mixing bowl.

To this add grapes, spring onions, fennel, and celery.

Sprinkle almonds on the top and serve.

Waldorf Salad

Delicious Walfdorf Salad
Delicious Waldorf Salad

Ingredients

  • Orange – 1
  • Sweet red apples diced – 2
  • Celery – 1 cup chopped
  • Raisins – 1/3 cup
  • Chopped walnuts – 1/3 cup
  • Yogurt – 1/4 cup
  • Low-fat mayonnaise – 3 tbsp.
  • Salt – 1/2 tsp
  • Cayenne pepper – as per taste

Method

In a medium mixing bowl whisk, together mayonnaise, yogurt, salt and cayenne. To this add the grated 2 tsp of orange.

Slice between each segment of the orange slices and add this to the mixing bowl. Add celery, raisins, apples and walnuts.

Toss well to combine.

Green Salad with Citronette

Simple green Salad
Simple green Salad

Ingredients

  • Dijon Mustard – 2 tsp
  • Shallot finely chopped – 1
  • Watercress, radicchio – 4 cups
  • Boston lettuce, baby spinach – 8 cups
  • Red onion thinly sliced – 1/3 cup
  • Extra-virgin olive – 1/4 cup
  • Lemon juice – 1/4 cup
  • Orange juice – 1/4 cup
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper as per taste

Method

In a jar, add orange and lemon juices, salt, mustard, and pepper. Close the jar and shake well so as to combine all the ingredients.

Place greens, and onion slices in a large salad bowl. Drizzle the dressing and toss the greens.

You can make this salad dressing a couple of days before the Thanksgiving Day and refrigerate this. Bring it to room temperature before using.

Try these easy to make Thanksgiving Salads for those guests who are suffering from diabetes. There also many gluten-free sides for Thanksgiving

How To Make Thanksgiving Turkey Gravy

Sensational Thanksgiving Turkey gravy
Sensational Thanksgiving Turkey gravy

Turkey gravy is an essential item on the Thanksgiving Day menu. The perfect time to start preparing your turkey gravy is while the roasted turkey is resting on the cutting board to be carved. Allow the bird to rest outside the oven for 20 minutes. Remove the bird on to the cutting board. Transfer the pan drippings into a measuring cup. Then scrape the browned turkey bits from the pan and add it to the measuring cup.

Method To Make Turkey Gravy

Skim 1/4 cup of the fat from the drippings into thick-bottom saucepan.

To this add 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour and stir well.

To the pan dripping in the measuring cup add reduced chicken broth so the entire measure is equal to 2 cups.

Add this to flour mixture in the saucepan and cook while continuously stirring over medium heat until it bubbles.

Strain the turkey gravy into a serving bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Now its ready to serve.

Tips To Make Perfect And Sensational Turkey Gravy

  • De-glaze the pan and use the drippings to add extra flavor to the gravy, if you are making gravy from something that’s been roasted or pan-fried.
  • To make get lump-free gravy, ensure that the corn starch or the all-purpose flour is mixed well with either fat or the cold liquid before cooking it.
  • Use a balloon whisk to stir the gravy while bringing it to boil.
  • Browned bits of turkey, (any meat or poultry) adds flavor to the gravy, so it’s not necessary to strain them out.

Season the gravy with salt and pepper. If you want to thin the gravy add either milk, broth or wine.

How to make turkey gravy without roasting turkey

No turkey roast pan drippings? Nothing to worry. Try this recipe

Ingredients

  • All-purpose flour – 1/3 cup
  • Chicken broth – 3 cups
  • Butter – 1/3 cup
  • Ground black pepper – 1/4 teaspoon
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Parsley finely chopped – 1 tbsp.

Method

In a thick-bottom saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk until its smooth and it gives out aroma.

To this add chicken broth and pepper.

Allow it to thicken and bubble, while constantly stirring it with a whisk.

Add salt and garnish with parsley.

Share your tips with us on how to make yummy and delicious turkey gravy

Gluten Free Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Gluten free thanksgiving feast
Gluten free thanksgiving feast

There are so many mouth-watering Thanksgiving dishes that are usually out-of-reach for those with a gluten allergy. And this means missing out on some of the staples such as pumpkin pie, cornbread and you name it. For those with gluten allergy there are many unique gluten free Thanksgiving side dishes to add spice to feast this year.

Crunchy Cheesy Asparagus

  • Cheese sticks – 12
  • Asparagus stalks – 12
  • Eggs -2
  • Flour  – 1/2 cup
  • Bread crumbs – 1 cup
  • Oil – for frying

Method

Cut the stalks of the asparagus to match the same length of the cheese sticks.

Make a slit down the center of the cheese sticks. Insert the asparagus stalks into the cheese sticks.

Dip the whole thing in flour and then in the whisked eggs and finally roll it into the bread crumbs.

Do the same for the remaining sticks. Refrigerate them for a couple of hours.

Heat oil in a pan and fry each stick till they are golden brown.

Easy to make Meatloaf

Mouth-watering and basic meat loaf
Mouth-watering and basic meat loaf

Ingredients

  • Ground beef – 1 pound
  • Ground pork (optional)- 1 pound
  • Eggs – 2
  • Bread crumbs – 1 cup
  • milk – 1/3 cup
  • Garlic minced – 3 cloves
  • Ground cloves – 1/4 tsp
  • Ground nutmeg – 1/4 tsp
  • Ground allspice – 1/4 tsp
  • Ketchup – 1/4 cup
  • Mustard – 2 tbsp
  • salt and pepper as per taste
  • bay leaves – 4 to 5

Method

Preheat the oven to 350-degree F. In a mixing bowl, combine milk and bread crumbs and allow it to rest for a couple of minutes.

Add the remaining ingredients and mix well either with your hand or with a hand blender.

Grease a loaf tin and put the meat mixture into it. Press the bay leaves on the top of the meat.

Bake for an hour. Then again for another 15 minutes.

Remove from the oven and allow it to rest for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

Quinoa Chickpea Salad with Greek dressing

Gluten Free quinoa salad
Gluten Free quinoa salad

Ingredients

  • Quinoa cooked in chicken/vegetable stock – 1 cup
  • Chickpeas – 1 can
  • Greek salad vegetables – Cucumbers, tomatoes, Sweet peppers, onions, olives – 5 cups
  • Green Salad Dressing – 3/4 tsp
  • Fresh herbs, feta cheese as desired

Method

Drain and rinse the chickpeas and transfer it to a large mixing bowl

Cut the vegetables and add it to the bowl.

Add the quinoa, add the dressing and toss well.

There you have a healthy gluten free side dishes for Thanksgiving meal. Share your gluten-free recipes with us.

How To Make Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Latte at home

Recently, Starbucks introduced real pumpkin in their Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL). If you do not want to dig a hole in your pocket to get your Fall fix, here is the recipe to make PSL that rivals Starbuck's latte. Pumpkin Spice Latte Ingredients  Milk - 1 cup Pumpkin Spice syrup - 1 tbsp. Vanilla extract - 1 tsp Coffee - 1 cup Whipped cream to garnish Method Add pumpkin spice syrup, milk and vanilla syrup in a microwave safe jar. Seal the jar and shake well till the milk is frothy and the mixture has doubled in volume.  Remove the lid and microwave for a couple of minutes.  Pour the mixture into a cup of coffee. Top it with whipped cream, and season it with a pinch of pumpkin spice powder. The ingredients mentioned above will be enough to make only 1 cup. Increase the ingredients if you want to make more pumpkin spice latte. Pumpkin Spice Syrup Pumpkin puree - 1 can or 15 ounces Brown sugar - 1/2 cup Granulated sugar - 2 tbsp. Cinnamon - 1/2 tbsp. Nutmeg - 1 pinch Water - 1 cup  Method  Whisk together in a heavy bottom saucepan and bring it to boil over a low heat.  Remove from the heat, cool and strain. You will get about 1 cup of syrup. Pumpkin Spice Seasoning Cinnamon powder - 1 tsp Ground nutmeg - 1/4 tsp Ground ginger - 1/4 tsp  Method Sieve all the ingredients together so they mix well. Store in an airtight container.  These measures will be enough for one recipe. Increase the quantity of the ingredients.  Now try this Pumpkin Spice Latte at home. It will taste better than the one you get in Starbucks. Remember, the ones you buy in a cafeteria could be made using pumpkin essence. But when you make it at home, you are using the real pumpkin and not the essence.
Pumpkin Spice Latte, I can smell it . Can you too?

Recently, Starbuks introduced real pumpkin in their Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL). If you do not want to dig a hole in your pocket to get your Fall fix, here is the recipe to make PSL that rivals Starbuck’s latte.

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Ingredients

  •  Milk – 1 cup
  • Pumpkin Spice syrup – 1 tbsp.
  • Vanilla extract – 1 tsp
  • Coffee – 1 cup
  • Whipped cream to garnish

Method

Add pumpkin spice syrup, milk and vanilla syrup in a microwave safe jar. Seal the jar and shake well till the milk is frothy and the mixture has doubled in volume.

Remove the lid and microwave for a couple of minutes.

Pour the mixture into a cup of coffee. Top it with whipped cream, and season it with a pinch of pumpkin spice powder.

Note: The ingredients mentioned above will be enough to make only 1 cup. Increase the ingredients if you want to make more pumpkin spice latte.

Pumpkin Spice Syrup

Make your own pumpkin syrup
Make your own pumpkin syrup

Ingredients

  • Pumpkin puree – 1 can or 15 ounces
  • Brown sugar – 1/2 cup
  • Granulated sugar – 2 tbsp.
  • Cinnamon – 1/2 tbsp.
  • Nutmeg – 1 pinch
  • Water – 1 cup

Method

Whisk together in a heavy bottom saucepan and bring it to boil over a low heat.

Remove from the heat, cool and strain.

Note:  You will get about 1 cup of syrup.

Pumpkin Spice Seasoning

  • Cinnamon powder – 1 tsp
  • Ground nutmeg – 1/4 tsp
  • Ground ginger – 1/4 tsp

Method

Sieve all the ingredients together so they mix well. Store in an airtight container.

Note: These measures will be enough for one recipe. Increase the quantity of the ingredients.

Now try this Pumpkin Spice Latte at home. It will realize that it tastes better than the one you get in Starbucks. Remember, the ones you buy in a cafeteria could be made using pumpkin essence. But when you make it at home, you are using the real pumpkin and not the essence.