Munch on: Here are 7 healthy yet delicious snacks for each day of the week

Baked potato chips are healthier than fried chips.

There’s a common perception that diet food is boring. But that’s not true. You can eat healthy without compromising on taste, and yes, that includes low calorie desserts too. Diet food contains fewer calories, and serves as a healthier alternative to conventional snacks such as potato chips, burgers and other fast food. Some diet foods are full of antioxidants, essential nutrients. Experts at salebhai.com list some of the healthy diet snacks and food that could be consumed on different days of the week.

* Mondays: Diet chivda is a mixed snack popular across India and served with hot beverages. It is made of ingredients such as flattened rice, dried peas, raisins, and so on. Available in different combinations, diet chivda is an excellent healthy treat as most of the ingredients are either dried or baked, and contain little to no oil or fat.

* Tuesdays: While fried potato chips top the list of unhealthy foods in the world, its diet version is the opposite, without compromising on taste. Diet potato chips are mostly baked and use little to no oil, and make for a yummy snack between meals.

* Wednesdays: Chira (flattened rice) is the main ingredient in poha. When lightly roasted, it can be mixed with various spices and consumed as a healthy snack throughout the day.

Granola bars are loved by gym-goers. (Shutterstock)

* Thursdays: A container of masala chickpeas packs several vitamins, minerals, dietary fibre and protein, keeping one fuller for longer.

* Fridays: Quinoa has become popular over the years both as a superfood and a versatile ingredient. Native to South America, it is prepared by being boiled in water. The nutrient-rich grain is mostly consumed as part of a salad, but there are treats such as quinoa puffs that are equally healthy and delicious.

* Saturdays: A favourite among gym goers and fitness aficionados, muesli or granola bars are the perfect choice that also boost metabolism. A great alternative to candy bars, they can satiate anyone’s sweet tooth or sudden cravings without any adverse effects to health. Muesli bars are made up of refined flour, hazelnut, cashew, almond, dark chocolate, honey, oats, butter, and sugar.

* Sunday: Although a new entrant in the list of healthiest foods, kale chips have quickly become one of the most tried new ingredients in the global food market. A close cousin of the cabbage family, kale has a high fibre content and low calories, making it a great diet food.

How to Remove Stretch Marks: 7 Effective Natural Remedies

How to Remove Stretch Marks: 7 Effective Natural Remedies

Most women suffer from stretch marks usually after pregnancy, but that’s not the only cause for it. Men too have stretch marks and so do women who are not pregnant. Stretch marks occur due to a sudden weight gain or weight loss.

There are various natural products that can help reduce stretch marks and lighten them if not make them disappear completely. However, it requires a regular skin care programme and strict discipline.

 

Here are a few effective home remedies to reduce stretch marks –

 

1. Aloe Vera

 

Aloe vera is a plant that helps regenerate skin tissue and as such it has miraculous healing properties. Take the fresh gel from the leaf and massage onto the area with stretch marks and leave on for 20-30 minutes. Do it daily and wash off with tepid water.

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2. Cocoa Butter

 

The use of cocoa butter helps reduce stretch marks and I have seen that if used during and after pregnancy it makes the stretch marks disappear completely. The best time to use cocoa butter is at night, so massage it well into the skin and over a period of time you will find the stretch marks reducing and fading away.

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3. Cucumber and Lemon Juice

 

Lemon juice’s natural acidity helps heal and reduce scars and cucumber juice provides the cool soothing effect leaving your skin fresh.

 

Mix lime juice and cucumber juice in equal parts, and apply the mixture on the affected areas till it gets soaked up by the skin. Let it be on your skin for approx. 10 minutes after which you can rinse it off using warm water.

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4. Almond and Coconut Oil

 

Use almond and coconut oil in equal quantities to reduce stretch marks. Massage it on the skin regularly.

5. Apricot Mask and Oil

 

Apricots have great exfoliating tendencies, which make them very effective when it comes to healing stretch marks. Take 2-3 apricots, cut them and take out the seeds. Crush the fruit into a paste and apply this mask on the stretch mark affected areas and leave it on for 15 minutes. Using warm water, wash it off and then repeat the process every day for a month to see results.

 

Pure apricot oil has skin rejuvenating properties and therefore helps in reducing stretch marks. Massage onto the skin with some lemon juice for effective results.

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6. Castor Oil

 

Because of their dried, shrivelled up look, stretch marks need nourishment and moisture. Castor oil when massaged onto the skin will help heal and smoothen the marks slowly. But this is something that you need to constantly feed the skin with.

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7. Nourishing Skin Mask

 

Over my 20 years of experience in beauty, I have seen the incredible effect of the following nourishing mask in reducing stretch marks –

 

2 egg yolks, beaten

 

Juice of one lemon

 

2tsp oatmeal

 

2tsp almond paste

 

Enough milk to mix to a smooth paste

 

Method: Mix all the ingredients well and apply on the marks and let it dry completely. Wash off with cold water while scrubbing gently. This should be done on alternate days.

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As you may have noticed while reading through my article, treating stretch marks the natural way is not an overnight miracle. It will require your time and patience but the results will be fruitful. So now that you have some easy and useful home remedies to deal with stubborn stretch marks, start right away.

7 per cent decline in road deaths, crashes

Road fatalities have fallen during the first quarter of this calendar year in comparison to the January-March period in 2016. Both fatalities and crashes have decreased by at least 7 per cent, according to the data shared by state governments with the Supreme Court committee on road safety. The maximum reduction, in numbers, was recorded in Karnataka, followed by Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu.

Details accessed by TOI also show that the number of injuries has reduced by 8.06 per cent. “We have submitted the data to the Supreme Court in our 11th report. We have sought court directions to the Centre and states to take time-bound actions so that the number of deaths and injuries reduces. We want the number of road deaths to come down drastically since every one of us is vulnerable on the road,” panel chairperson Justice K S Radhakrishnan told TOI.

The data submitted to the apex court show that barring 11 states (including Haryana, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand, Assam and Goa), the number of people killed in road crashes has fallen.

The maximum increase in road deaths was reported from Manipur where 48 people died between January and March this year compared to 26 during the same period in 2016.

“The positive trends from most of the major states is a good sign. But we have to sustain this. There has been a remarkable change in the approach of state governments towards issues relating to road safety and each one of them is implementing the panel’s directions,” Justice Radhakrishnan said.

Till now, two wings of the Central government -the transport research wing and National Crime Records Bureau -have been coming out with annual data on road accidents. The data for 2016 has not yet been published.

“Now states are providing quarterly data to the SC appointed committee and that’s a good signal. Updated information will help us focus on where we need to work more and which states need to pull up their socks,” said K K Kapila of International Road Federation.

Road safety expert Rohit Baluja said countries like US, Sweden, UK have the system for compilation of latest data. “But their data is based on scientific study and analysis. We need to do that, else it will be like garbage in garbage out,” he added.

7 succumb to H1N1 and lepto in first two weeks of July in Mumbai

With the monsoon gaining momentum, infectious diseases too have spiralled in the city. Seven people have succumbed to H1N1 influenza and leptospirosis in the first two weeks of July, while hundreds have been affected by suspected dengue and gastroenteritis. Cholera too has made a comeback.The H1N1influenza, widely circulating since June, claimed five lives, including that of a four-year-old child from Mankhurd, in July. Worryingly, a delay in treatment with the antiviral oseltamivir contributed to four of the five deaths, BMC said on Monday .

The city’s death toll for the viral infection now stands at 14, including nine deaths in June.In Maharashtra, deaths caused by H1N1 crossed 300 on Sunday .More than 65% victims has underlying conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and obesity. Four adults who died from the city had at least one chronic condition. While two of the deceased had hypothyroidism, the other two were known cases of hypertension.

“H1N1 is predominant among all other seasonal infections circulating in the country . Maharashtra, Kerala and Gujarat have contributed to more than 70% of the 600 odd deaths nationally . Tamil Nadu and Karnataka are lea ding in cases. But we understand little about its severity compared with regular flu,” said Dr AC Dhariwal, director of the Delhi-based National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). An NCDC team, which toured the state in June to review deaths, had pointed to a “considerable delay” in initiating treatment in patients with co-morbid conditions as the prime reason for the high fatality rate.

As per the civic report, among the latest victims was a 57-year-old man from Bandra who had a history of diabetes and hypertension. He died after developing bilateral pneu monia and multi-organ failure. All other victims were women, including a 65-year-old Parel resident, a patient of hypertension. She died of bilateral pneumonia and sepsis following the H1N1infection.

A 41-year-old woman from Borivli (W), a known case of hypothyroidism, died after developing acute respiratory distress syndrome. The third deceased too, a 45-year-old woman from Goregaon, had hypothyroidism.State epidemiologist Dr Pradeep Awate said most deaths were recorded in the 22-50 age group this year. The 4-year-old child was treated in three hospitals before succumbing in a public hospital.

Natural Lip Scrubs: 7 Amazing Beauty Recipes to Take Care of Chapped Lips

Chapped or dry lips is something we all dread because not only does it look dreadful, it is painful as well. A common problem that occurs during winters due to the cold climate, it is a result of dryness. As such it becomes a compulsion to religiously apply lip balms to keep it moisturised and prevent the problem. However, most commercial lip balms hardly live up to their promise of bringing instant relief, providing only short-lived solutions. Even the lip balms we carry in our hand bags give us a very temporary relief. But more than lip balms what can help you even more are lip scrubs. They work effectively in removing chapped skin and giving you smooth lips. So why not go for natural lip scrubs and get rid of this problem permanently? They will not only save you from buying extravagant products but also leave your lips beautiful. Here’s our list of favourites –

Natural Lip Scrubs: 7 Amazing Beauty Recipes to Take Care of Chapped Lips

1. Sugar Lip Scrub

 

It is one of the easiest things that can be made at home as it comprises only three ingredients: coconut oil, honey and brown sugar. The sugar acts as an exfoliating agent while the honey moisturises after the sugar scrub removes the dead skin. It is a very efficient therapy for sore or chapped lips.

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2. Coffee Scrub

 

The caffeine content in the coffee rejuvenates the lips making them flush with colour and life. Though it might not leave a very nice after taste, it gives a intriguing effect. You can use a sweet balm for follow up. Mix a tablespoon of ground coffee and olive oil and gently apply on your lips. Leave it for five minutes and rinse it with water thereafter followed to make your lips softer.

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3. Mint Lip Scrub

 

In case you don’t like the fragrance or the taste of coffee you can go for the mint lip scrub, which also helps in reviving the lips. The addition of peppermint does wonders to dry and chapped lips. Your lips will feel soft and plump.

peppermint

4. Coco Lip Scrub

 

This scrub adds moisture to the lips and comes very expensive at the stores. But you can make it at your home using only two ingredients. You need one teaspoon of coconut oil and sea salt. Mix them together and rub it on your lips in circular motion. Do it daily to get better pouts and red lips.

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5. Lemonade Lip Scrub

 

Since there is lemon in the scrub, it turns out to be very refreshing as well as effective especially in the summers. The Vitamin C presence in the scrub performs its wonders. The lemon juice acts as cleanser and kills the bacteria on the lips.

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6. Honey, Lemon and Sugar Lip Scrub

 

This combination gives benefits of three supreme ingredients for healthy lips. Honey is a powerhouse of antioxidants and lemon provides the necessary vitamins. Besides exfoliating, this scrub also acts as a moisturiser for the lips.

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7. Honey Lip Scrub

 

This scrub is a combination of honey, baking soda and olive oil. The sweetness of honey takes care of the icky flavor the baking soda and exfoliates the lips beautifully. Rub the mixture of baking soda, honey and few drops of olive oil gently on your lips and further rinse with warm water. It will help in removing the dead cells.

Jojoba Oil Benefits: 7 Incredible Ways to Use it For Beautiful Skin and Hair

Jojoba oil is a great beauty ingredient. It is a natural oil extracted from the seed of the jojoba plant is is closest to the oil produced by the human skin called ‘sebum’ that helps protect and heal the skin from external toxins. It is the first defense barrier for the skin. Jojoba oil being the closest in construction to the human sebum is a natural replacement for it. When the body is unable to produce enough sebum to protect against harsh external elements, jojoba oil can be the perfect skincare solution.

Jojoba Oil Benefits: 7 Incredible Ways to Use it For Beautiful Skin and Hair

Jojoba oil contains essential vitamins for the skin such as Vitamin B, E and key minerals such as zinc, copper. In adulthood, your skin tends to produce lesser sebum hence making the skin dry and dull looking. Jojoba is a natural supplement that can be used for your regular skin care routine. Here are seven benefits of Jojoba oil which you probably didn’t know.

1. Retains moisture:

Jojoba oil helps retain moisture in the skin

thereby keeping the skin hydrated and looking fresh. Jojoba oil helps moisturize the skin, without clogging the pores, allowing for a healthy skin type. In addition, it also prevents the buildup of bacteria in the pores of the face, which tend to cause blackheads and breakout of acne.

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2. For soft lips:

For fresh and soft lips, jojoba oil can be gently massaged on the lips to ensure no dryness and cracks.

3. Reduces wrinkles:

The essential vitamins present in Jojoba oil help greatly reduce wrinkles and the visible effects of ageing

. Since jojoba contains no harmful chemicals it can be used as part of one’s daily grooming routine.

4. A natural sunscreen:

Jojoba oil is also applied on the full body, which makes it a good natural alternative to harsh sun screen creams

.

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5. Treats skin burns:

Jojoba soothes any burnt skin by going deeper into the tissues and healing them, this helps the pain after a sunburn or tan. With its natural healing properties Jojoba oil is helpful in reducing skin burns during shaving.

6. Good for your hair:

Jojoba oil helps strengthen hair follicles on the scalp causing hair to grow stronger and healthier. The presence of Vitamin E & B conditions the hair shaft making the hair shinier, adding volume and density. The stronger hair shaft prevents hair breakage due to drying wet hair every day. Head massages with jojoba oil help to also condition the scalp which removes scalp dryness. Thus avoiding dandruff and itching.

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7. Great make-up remover

: In addition to all its amazing all round applications jojoba oil can be used as an effective and natural makeup remover.

All you need to do is take a few drops of the oil on a cotton sob and simply glide it to remove stubborn eye shadow and kohl.

7 Creative Kachori Fillings You Must Try this Monsoon

Kachori is a famous street food snack which is perfect for the monsoon season. It is golden and flaky and is loaded with a special filling that may vary from state to state. These heavenly bites, deep fried in hot oil and sometimes in desi ghee, are perfect to gorge on a rainy day. In Uttar Pradesh, it is enjoyed as a popular breakfast item and is generally eaten with aloo ki sabziand raita. Kachori is believed to have been created and popularized by the Marwaris in Rajasthan. A typical kachori is filled with a spicy mix of moong dal and urad dal

, but over the years, people have experimented with many other fillings which are equally delicious. Here are some of the most popular types of kachoris with different fillings that you must try this monsoon.

 

7 Creative Kachori Fillings You Must Try this Monsoon

1. Pyaz ki Kachori

 

Pyaz ki Kachori is a traditional snack from Rajasthan. You would find these kachoris in every nook and corner of the cities across the state. It is believed that the Pyaz ki Kachori was first made in Jodhpur and eventually became popular in other cities. This spicy kachori is filled with onions, kalonji, bay leaves, coriander leaves, garam masala, green chillies and fennel seeds and fried in ghee. This kachori tastes brilliant with saunth, a sweet and spicy tamarind chutney.

 

Where to Find: Rawat Kachori, Jaipur

 

2. Paneer ki Kachori

 

Paneer ki kachori is popular in Uttar Pradesh. It is generally eaten for breakfast along with coriander chutney or aloo ki sabzi. It is filled with lots of paneer, asafoetida, chaat masala, coriander powder, garam masala and cumin seeds. It is also great with your evening cup of tea.

 

3. Hare Chane ki Kachori

 

Hara chana makes for a delicious filling in a kachori. The kachoris are usually made with wheat flour and stuffed with hara chana, ginger, coriander leaves, green chili and various spices. The filling becomes a little dry and therefore, people like to savour it with raita or spiced yogurt.

 

4. Dry Fruit Kachori or Mawa Kachori

 

Dry fruit Kachori or Mawa Kachori is a sweet version of the kachori. It is believed that the Mawa Kachori was invented by a halwai named Shri Rawatmal Ji Deora of Rawat Mishthan Bhandar in Jodhpur. It is made with dry fruits like cashew nuts, almonds, walnuts and pistachios and lots of khoya (mawa). It is fried in desi ghee and then dipped in sugar syrup.

 

Where to Find: Rawat Mishthan Bhandar, Jodhpur

 

5. Spicy Masala Kachori

 

This one is a regional favourite from Gujarat and like all the other Gujarati delicacies it has a sweet and salty flavour. It is made with a spiced dough which is filled with peanuts, clove powder, cardamom powder and coconut and is fried till crisp.

Where to Find: Shivam Snacks, Rajkot

 

6. Matar Ki Kachori

 

It is stuffed with sweet green peas mixed with spices. Matar ki Kachori is also known as ‘Vatana Ni Kachori’ in Gujarat. These are not as crisp but absolutely delicious. They should be paired with coriander chutney and tamarind chutney to add a mix of sweet and tangy flavours.

Where to Find: Shyam Sweets, Chawri Bazaar, Delhi

 

7. Aloo ki Kachori

 

Loaded with a flavourful mix of mashed potatoes, Aloo Kachoris are served with mango pickle, coriander chutney and sliced onions. Boiled potatoes are mixed with some spices and then rolled and stuffed into the wheat flour dough and which is then fried. In Uttar Pradesh, it is often known as the ‘Khasta Kachori’.

 

Where to Find: Bajpai Kachodi Bhandar, Lucknow

Head to your nearest spot to try their heavenly kachoris that are best enjoyed in this weather with a hot cup of tea.

 

7 New Fried Desserts to Enjoy While The Monsoon Season Lasts

While the rain makes the weather breezy and beautiful, it also comes with an intense craving for fried foods. The change in weather prompts a change in our menu with summery snacks giving way to inventive and innovative fried food items. But why should we restrict ourselves to tea time savouries? There’s a lot out there to satisfy your sweet tooth too. The magnificent monsoon lends itself to a rainbow of the most delicious fried desserts. Crisp on the outside, moist and sweet on the inside, these desserts will leave you drooling and tempt you to run to your kitchen. Here’s a list of 8 unusual fried desserts that will satisfy your cravings instantly.

7 New Fried Desserts to Enjoy While The Monsoon Season Lasts

1. Chocolate Jalebi 

 

As the weather shifts from the scorching heat to pleasant skies, we all get that tingly feeling in our tummies craving for something hot and crispy. Since we’re surrounded by tons of sweets, how do we pick which dessert would be perfect for the season? It is next to impossible to resist the chocolate jalebi! A lovely combination of your favourite fried Indian dessert jalebi and chocolate.

How To Make: Add a cup of flour, one tablespoon baking soda, a cup of water and a little bit of color (orange) in a bowl, mix it well and pour it into a frying pan to make jalebis with the help of a cheesecloth. Once they’re ready, dip them in a bowl of melted chocolate and serve hot.

 

2.  Fried Ice-Cream

The epitome of soul food – ice-cream! Admit it or not, we all have a soft corner for ice-cream in our hearts. This time around, try the fried ice-cream. You are sure to get addicted.

How To Make: Scoop 6-8 balls of vanilla ice-cream and freeze it further for an hour. After freezing, dip the balls in whipped egg whites one by one and further cover them with some crushed biscuits. Deep fry the ice-cream and enjoy.

 

3. Deep Fried Cookie Dough

 

Deep fried cookie dough is one of the best fried desserts you could have asked for. Cookies always manage to lift our mood and trust us, fried cookie dough is even better. Every single bite will leave you craving for more.

How to Make: Add 1 stick of butter, ½ cup of brown sugar, 2 tablespoon granulated sugar, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 egg, 1 ¼ cup all purpose flour, ½ tsp salt, 1 cup milk and lots of chocolate chips in a bowl to make the cookie dough. Mix them well to make cookie batter and leave it to freeze for an hour. For frying, coat the cough dough balls with corn flakes or bread crumbs and fry away.

 

4. Banana Balls

 

The great part about bananas is that they can be eaten with or without experimentation. To add a quirky twist to the fruit, we can fry the bananas pieces. Banana balls serve as the perfect snack for your evening coffee or tea.

How To Make: Cut bananas into small pieces and mix it with brown sugar to make a paste. Add a little bit of flour, cardamom powder, desiccated coconut powder and baking soda and coat the bananas with this mix. Make little balls and fry them for tea-time.

5. Cake Fries

What could be better than sizzling and crispy French fries? Well, nothing really but now you can enjoy fries for dessert! These fries are made with ingredients that are used to bake a cake. This is probably one of the most unusual and inventive desserts that can be served at your weekend gathering. Serve them with a dark chocolate dip or plain maple syrup.

How To Make: Add 3 eggs, 2 cups of milk, ¼ cup of granulated sugar, 3 cups of all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoon baking powder, ½ teaspoon salt. Whisk everything together for a smooth batter. Add the batter to a funnel with a large hole in order to make funnel cake strands and fry these strands to have the yummy cake fries!

6. Fried Chocolate and Coconut Modak

Sweet dumplings but covered with chocolate? Now, that sounds exquisite. Usually, modak is eaten during festivals keeping us away from it for a long time. To satisfy your needs, this famous Indian dessert can now be made with a chocolaty twist.

How To Cook: Take a bowl and saute one cup of shredded coconut for about 7-8 minutes. In a separate bowl, melt ¼ cup of milk and chocolate side by side. Once its melted, add the chocolate to shredded coconut and keep it aside. For the batter, take a bowl and add 1 cup all-purpose flour, ¼ cup of wheat flour, ¼ cup of suji, ½ cup of milk, 1 tsp oil, and a pinch of salt for tasting. Mix all of them together to make the dough and keep them aside for 20 minutes. Roll little puris, fill the chocolate and coconut mix in the center and shape them like a modak (tear-drop shaped) which can then be deep fried and enjoyed.

 

7. Fried Donut Holes

 

Donuts have been around for years. They are a beloved American snack but are enjoyed all over the world. These donut holes originate from donuts – the portion that is cut out to make the rings. These sweet treats can be easily made at home if one is in the mood to experiment!

How To Make: In a bowl, add 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 3 tablespoon sugar, 1 tablespoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt, 5 tablespoon cold butter, and ¾ cups of milk. Whisk them together to make a smooth batter. Make little balls and fry them into a pan. Once they’re out of the pan, roll them in a bowl of sugar. You can even glaze them if you like and serve with jam or caramel sauce.

 

8. Apple Fritters

 

This fruity dessert that can easily satisfy your sugar cravings. This dessert gives you everything that you are looking for to enjoy the nippy weather. They are best served warm and crispy and give you a beautiful fruity taste.

How To Make: In a large bowl, whisk together 2 cups of flour, ¼ cups of granulated sugar, 2 ¼ baking powder and 1 teaspoon of salt. In another bowl, whisk together ¾ cups of milk, 2 eggs, 2 tablespoon butter and ½ tsp vanilla. Gently fold the milk mixture into the flour mixture. Cut the apples into circular slices and dip them in the batter. Fry them in a pan for a few minutes and enjoy the hot and crispy fritters!
Alright, we know you’re already tempted to try them. So, get going.

7 Fun Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Mumbai

Most of the times when you go out with your kids, you may not be left with too many options where their needs with regards to nourishment and entertainment are catered to. Mumbai is now offering those choices with many kid-friendly restaurants where your little champs can enjoy a meal and so can you. Here are six fun kid-friendly restaurants in Mumbai that you must try.

7 Fun Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Mumbai

1. Pizza Express:

While you have a lovely conversation over food, your little chefs get to make their own pizzas – with the option of either doing it on the table or in the kitchen itself. When they say make your own pizza, they mean everything  – right from the making of dough to topping it with sauce. Before you go, please check if it is a ‘make-your-pizza’ day. As a rule, it’s usually on Mondays and Thursday and on Sundays between 3-7 P.M

Address: Near the Gateway of India. Ground Floor, Dhanraj Mahal, Apollo Bunder, Mumbai.

2. Smoke House Deli

: Smoke House Deli proposed its children menu in November 2016 and it’s a hit. They offer a bunch of choices from pizzas, burgers and shakes. There’s a lot of creativity that has gone into planning how kids can submit their request. Peel and stick stickers for requesting what you need or use colored pencils to make your customized menu. Add to that their ever-accommodating and tolerant staff, disclosing each dish to your tiny tots.

Address: Main Courtyard, High Street Phoenix, Phoenix Mills Compound Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai

3. Le Pain Quotidien

: Le Pain Quotidien provides you ample space to let your kids go free. They are known for their child-friendly staff and a child- friendly menu with interesting soups, sandwiches, risottos, desserts and freshly baked breads making it a perfect place to be on lazy Sunday. They also provide a little corner for kids to play and interact with each other.

Address: Dhanraj Mahal, CSM Road, Apollo Bunder, Gateway of India,  Colaba, Mumbai

4. Millk: This new foundation has an eatery, a play zone for kids and even a lovely spa for adults all under one roof. The idea was to have an entertaining space for kids and adults, so while their parents appreciate a relaxed feast or even enjoy at their spa and salon, the kids can have a fun time too. The bistro is right next to the play zone allowing the parents to keep an eye on their kids.

Address: Kamala Mills Compound, Lower Parel, Mumbai.

5. Seven Kitchens

: Another incredible place to visit alongside your kids. Why? It has a huge assortment of cuisines that can please every palate. If that is not a reason enough, they have a play corner where kids can indulge in some art and craft activities while you enjoy your feast. It also gives you a chance to help your kids move past pizzas and burgers and open them up to new cuisines.

Address: The St. Regis, 462 Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai

6. Cafe Food For Thought at Kitab Khana

: This cafe is a great place to enjoy some quality time with your kids. They a have small kids room cornered by four colorful lazy bean bags which makes it perfect little cozy place for kids to read their books. Right across the kid’s section is a little cafe called Food for Thought that serves delicious cupcakes and other treats on display. You should also try their Mexican bowl, chocolate mud pie and crispy French fries.

Address: Somaiya Bhavan, Flora Fountain, opposite the parking lot, opposite HSBC, near davars College.

7 Powerful Home Remedies for Sinus That Bring Relief Naturally

Sinuses are air filled cavities located on either side of the nose. Due to allergies, cold, or bacterial infections, these may sometimes get clogged or infected. This can create various complications like headache, snoring or difficulty in breathing. In serious cases, a sinus infection may even lead to brain fever or meningitis. There are four types of sinus problems which are common. Acute sinus usually lasts for 4 weeks or less. Sub acute lasts for 4 to 8 weeks, chronic sinus lasts 8 weeks or longer while a recurrent inflammation symptom is followed with several attacks within a year. The good news is that there are certain home remedies for sinus that can provide instant relief. Read on to know more.

Certain foods that can trigger sinus symptoms should be avoided, like fried and starchy foods, rice, meat and strong spices. Regular intake of foods rich in Vitamin A can help you build a strong defense against the sinus infection. Dr. Ashutosh Gautam, Clinical Operations and Coordination Manager, Baidyanath, suggests the some dietary precautions that you must take. “Dairy products

 7 Powerful Home Remedies for Sinus That Bring Relief Naturally

, especially cheese, yogurt and ice cream should be avoided. Also, stay away from chocolate, sugar and yeast containing foods as they trigger excess mucus production in the sinuses. Cold drinks are a big no-no. The intake of cold liquids will stall cilia movement within the nose, making it difficult for nasal mucus to flow through the nasal passages,” he says.

Along with these, here are seven effective home remedies for sinus that can help you tackle the problem naturally.

1.Stay Hydrated

Drinking water, tea or juices without sugar are good ways to keep your system hydrated. These fluids help in thinning out the mucus and bring relief to the irritated sinuses. One should avoid alcohol, caffeine and smoking, which lead to dehydration.

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2. Pungent Spices

Spices such as cayenne pepper

with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, help in breaking up and draining out congested mucus. Similarly, horseradish can be mixed with apple cider vinegar andlemon juice to create a mucus dissolving elixir. As an alternative, 1/4 teaspoon of the freshly grated horseradish root can be held in the mouth for a few minutes, once the taste has evaporated, it can be swallowed.

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3.Steam

This one works like magic and doctors prescribe it too. Add 3 drops of pine or rosemary oil with 3 drops of peppermint, and 2 drops of eucalyptus oil to a steaming hot bowl of water or add 3 drops of rosemary with 1 drop of thyme and peppermint oil. With your face down over the water, drape a towel over the back of your head and inhale the steam, this will help in clearing a blocked nasal passage.

steam

4. Turmeric (haldi) and Ginger Root

Turmeric root is a wonderful, fragrant spice commonly found in Indian. Not only does turmeric contain natural anti-inflammatory properties, it is also rich in antioxidants.  When combined with spicy ginger root and brewed in hot tea, this combination can help loosen mucus from clogged nasal passages, relax sinus pressure, and make you feel instantly better. In his book, ‘The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies’, Vasant Lad suggests that a mixture of fresh ginger juice with 1 tsp honey taken 2 to 3 times a day can be helpful.

turmeric

5. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a wonderful natural ingredient with many health benefits. A cup of hot water or tea, taken three times daily with two or three tablespoons of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar

will help thin out excessive mucus relieving congestion and sinus pressure.  Mix with lemon and honey to taste. You can also simply take 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar 3 times a day for better results.

apple cider vinegar

6. Soup

A number of studies support the benefits of having soup in helping ease congestion. From chicken soup to vegetable soup with fresh herbs, you can choose from a range of recipes and pick your favourite. It is the steam combined with a bunch of healthy ingredients which help clear the sinuses.

soup

7. Nasal irrigation

Nasal irrigation is very effective for relieving nasal congestion and irritation. Also known as saline irrigation, it simply means gently flushing out your nasal passages with a saline solution. According to author and Ayurvedic expert, Vasant Lad, you can dissolve ½ teaspoon salt into ½ cup lukewarm water. Pour the mixture in a squeeze bottle; instill 5 drops of the solution into one nostril while tilting your head so it flows out of the other nostril. Do this with each nostril. This will soothe your sinuses and also flush away bacteria and irritants.

nasal irrigation