Ushering into the New Year…

My Canada and US tour is somewhat over and while I wait here to get back to my country in anticipation, the humongous amount of snow everywhere just does not seem to go down in quantity. The flights are already delayed (and some of them cancelled as well!). I am stuck here because of the snow and God only knows when this is going to get over (I really am eager to get back home now!)

Leaving my departure hassles aside, let me just talk about New Year which is around the corner. With Christmas just before the New Year, we see homes, markets and other places already lit up and dazzling with the festive and celebration mood. Trust me, it is one of my favourite times of the year with so much of happiness and joy around. And what better than food to enjoy this mood with. Try out some of my choices for this Christmas and the year end on

Bailey’s Irish Crème Mousse

With New Year, come resolutions because we all feel the need to change and what day is better than the beginning of the year, January 1. Resolutions help us to start afresh habits than to break an old one. This year, make sure to fulfil the goals that you set by planning them well before. Share your resolutions with family and friends and I’m sure they will help you to achieve it by encouraging and supporting you at every step. I know for sure the satisfaction that you can gain when you see yourself completing something which you’ve decided to. So, I would say just go ahead and throw up a challenge for yourself and aim to complete it!

Sticky Date Pudding

Take a pledge to maintain a healthy lifestyle by including fruits and vegetables in your diet, drinking lots of water, exercising, be good to humans as well as the flora and fauna, spread happiness around…all in all, just build a more positive behaviour! Just plan to work on such things and leave the rest to God. I’m sure He’s always there to bless and help everybody!

Apple Crumble

Till I get back home.
Sanjeev Kapoor

Veggies can help you lose fat

With so much being written about weight loss and appetite suppressants, I believe one does feel baffled by the information flux. I read recently that people with undesired fat content should understand that their bodies are crying out for nutrients and are in strict denial and that is why the fat is stored and there are metabolism issues. Here I want to give you a brief dekho into the world of foods that are nutritious and can help you lose weight in a safe and natural way.

Foods that help in fat burning have three essential features: they are high in moisture and fibre and low in carbohydrates and protein. It could be a safe and natural way to lose weight without starving. It is a well-established fact that the extra bulk that fibre contains will help you feel fuller for longer and thus help you stave off hunger pangs and lose weight. These foods should be incorporated in the daily meals because they will provide all essential nutrients. In fact once you look it over it will strike you that fruits and vegetables in the raw form are the foods that we need to munch on seriously and that they provide the essential fibre, moisture, vitamins and minerals to our daily diet. In fact vitamins stimulate the tissues to produce enzymes that break down the caloric nutrients of the foods.

Experts tell us that we need to include five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables in our daily diet for it to be termed healthy. Eating this suggested amount is difficult for many people. Fruits and vegetables have maximum benefits when eaten without any junk foods that are empty calorie foods. I suggest when in need of a snack reach out for celery sticks or an apple and forget the chips and cookies. When you make a sandwich ensure some lettuce and thick slices of tomato make the filling. Salads can help to supplement any meal even when you are on a diet that is being monitored for calories. At the dessert display at a buffet or party, look for the bowls of chopped fruits. And serve yourself some!

I should bring to your notice that I have not included any non vegetarian or even eggs in the category of foods that can help you burn calories while digesting them. For ready reference I have a short list of foods that can help you in weight loss: Asparagus, beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, celery, capsicums, cucumber, garlic, green beans, gourds, lettuce, onion, radishes, spinach, turnip, zucchini, lemon, grapefruit, apple, papaya, orange, pineapple to name a few. Given here are some easy recipes that can help you along.

Balinese vegetable soup
Button mushroom salad

Tamatar ki chutney

Happy Cooking
Sanjeev Kapoor.

Tips to aid digestion

It came as a revelation to me: the fact that lack of sleep or sleep deprivation can lead to indigestion. And I am sure indigestion can ruin a perfect day for anyone. Anyway, there are other reasons too for indigestion so best to take care and avoid them. How? Best not to chew with mouth open, especially happens when one talks while chewing leading to swallow too much air while gulping down food. Some people advocate not having liquids during a meal simply because they tend to wash down needed enzymes needed for digestion. Experts also say that having any sort of food allergy causes fermentation of food in the colon that produces hydrogen and carbon dioxide. So better to get checked up.

In fact there are simple steps that can help one feel better. So why not help yourself? If you smoke, stop smoking. If some foods bother your stomach, try to avoid eating them. Carbohydrates are the main food source responsible for gas because of the bacteria they contain. It is important to find out which foods your body cannot digest and thereby stay away from those foods that cause this allergic reaction. Try to reduce the stress in your life. If you have acid reflux, do not eat just before bedtime. Raising the head of your bed with blocks under two legs may also help. Unless your doctor tells you, do not take a lot of anti-inflammatory medicines.

Consume well-balanced meals with plenty of fibre-rich foods such as fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grain cereal products. Avoid refined carbohydrates (sugar), bakery products, macaroni, dairy products, caffeine, citrus juices, tomatoes, pepper, carbonated beverages, potato chips, junk foods, fried and fatty foods, spicy foods, red meat, beans, snacks and colas. Decrease salt consumption. Processed foods and all dairy products cause excess mucus formation, which results in inadequate digestion of proteins. Limit your intake of peanuts, lentils and soybeans as they contain an enzyme inhibitor which hinders absorption and thereby causes indigestion.

Exercise such as brisk walking and stretching enhance the digestive process.

And sleep? The topic that started it all! Anything between seven to eight hours.

Some light foods for you.

Asparagus and pears salad in honey mustard dressing
Crunchy Chicken Salad

Till I write again
Sanjeev Kapoor.