From apple jalebis to macarons: Six places in Delhi where you can eat amazing desserts

Gulkand Ice Cream at Dramz Whiskey Bar & Lounge.

Who doesn’t like to tuck into a plateful of sinfully gooey chocolate cakes, especially on a rain soaked day? It’s the stuff dreams are made of where you can just stare at the downpour through the window, share a laugh with friends and chomp away to glory! If you are from the Capital and a dessert lover you probably already know of The Big Chill Cafe’s Banoffee Pie or Elma’s Bakery’s Red Velvet Cake. But they are not the only places where you can add an Instagram post and devour every bit of sugar you can lay your fingers on.

Here are a few other places where you can get a sugar high too:

The Artful Baker: Can’t afford a trip to France? No problem. Instead, make a trip to Khan Market to try out the Monte Cristo, a concoction of Belgian chocolate and hazelnut chocolate on a bed of almond sponge. You won’t be disappointed.

Apple Jalebis at Cafe Lota. (Source: Flickr/Anita)Apple Jalebis at Cafe Lota. (Source: Flickr/Anita)

Cafe Lota: Their apple jalebis with coconut rabdi– crispy apple fritters, dusted with cinnamon and served with a coconut dip is a must have. It goes well with a cup of Attikan coffee – a Chikmagalur roast.

Groghead: Their Groggy Chocolate Fondue – melted Swiss chocolate with dark rum and chocolate liqueur, served with fruits, marshmallows, jujubes, churros and the Apple Cider Cake – pound cake, mascarpone, apple cider glaze will give you dessert goals.

Sugarama Patisserie: Enjoy little blobs of sugary goodness at this quaint little bakery. The Belgian Chocolate and Peanut Butter macarons are a must-have.

Macarons at Sugarama Patisserie. (Source: Facebook/Sugarama Patisserie) Macarons at Sugarama Patisserie. (Source: Facebook/Sugarama Patisserie)

Dramz Whiskey Bar & Lounge: You will love their Gulkand Ice Cream – traditional ice cream flavoured with rose preserve and their Kesari Phirni – ground rice cooked in milk, flavoured with cardamon and saffron.

Sakura: Try the Black Sesame Seed Ice Cream and the Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream at Sakura. It will nearly give you a food-gasm. It’s that good!

Here are some yummy ‘healthy’ recipes you can try without worrying about calories

Here’s a healthy version of Apple Cinnamon cake.

Every day, we are exposed to a host of celebrities and brand marketing initiatives — endorsing health-food brands, conducting workout and yoga workshops, organising marathons and cyclathons, and so on.

However, in their day-to-day lives, people also come up with ways, worthy of emulating to stay healthy and fit. HT Café speaks to a few such Mumbaiites who, in their own way, are doing their bit to build a better, fitter Mumbai.

Sarojini Jose

Sarojini Jose (HT PHOTO)

Sarojini Jose, a retired teacher, gives a quirky twist to health drinks. Talking about Chukku Kaapi, a ginger and jaggery-based drink, she says, “It is a cherished recipe that was passed on to me by my mother. Our ancestors were wise in teaching us kitchen cures for minor ailments. Instead of opting to pop the pill for cold and cough, this remedy is better,” adding, “Those who have had this drink tell me that they feel better immediately, that their throat is soothed and the congestion is relieved.” Being a diabetic herself, she is always coming up with new recipes that are safe for diabetics such as the Coconut Water with a Twist.

“I came up with this drink because having plain coconut water or serving it to guests was a little boring. Saffron was incorporated as a means to add natural food colour. And, for kids, juice means something sweet, so I added the honey,” she explains.

Coconut water with a twist

Ingredients:

1 glass coconut water

3-4 strands of saffron

1/2tsp basil seeds

Honey (optional)

Method:

Put the strands of saffron in coconut water and keep aside for an hour.Around the same time put the basil seeds in half a cup of water and let it soak. In an hour both the ingredients would be well-soaked. The coconut water would have an orange tinge and the basil seeds would now have a wispy white layer. If there’s excess water in the soaked basil seeds, drain them. Then add the soaked seeds to the coconut water and serve. If the coconut water isn’t sweet naturally, or if the drink is served for kids, add honey as needed.

Chukku Kaapi

Ingredients:

1inch piece dried ginger, well-pounded

1tsp palm jaggery

1/2tsp pepper

A handful of fresh basil leaves

Method:

Add all the ingredients to one large mug of water and bring the water to boil After the water boils, it will deepen in colour within a minute. Turn off the fire. Place a heavy lid on the pot and wait for two minutes. Serve piping hot.

Sangita Garg

The mother of six-year-old twins, practised medicine before she took the plunge to become Atta Girl. She churns healthy batters for idlis, dosas, appams, etc. Atta Girl is the brainchild of almost two years of self-discovery, patience and hard work. When asked why she opted for it, she says, “There came a point when I said, ‘I cannot see any sick patients anymore’, and I realised the root cause is the food that is being consumed. Also, I wanted to take up something that let me devote enough time to work as well as my kids. This seemed to be the most ideal job that served both purposes,” she adds.

Her batters comprise of 70% concentration of the cereal ragi (millets). She describes herself as a foodie and makes batters specifically for south-Indian dishes. She explains, “I love south Indian food. I make dosas and idlis every other day at home. So, it was the perfect choice”.

Ragi Idli Poha

Ingredients:

1tbsp ghee or oil , 1tsp mustard seed, 2-3 green chillies, finely chopped, 2 onions chopped

1/4tsp, turmeric powder, Few sprigs of fresh coriander leaves, Few curry leaves

2 potatoes, boiled and chopped, 100gm peas, boiled, 4-5 wholegrain idlis

Salt and lemon juice to taste

Method:

Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and let them splutter. Add green chillies and onions, and sauté Add the boiled peas and potatoes, and stir well for a few seconds. Add turmeric powder, and salt to taste.Break the idlis and crumble them in coarse pieces or cut them into small squares and mix it in the pan. Sprinkle some water and mix well again. Add some lemon juice and chopped coriander and serve hot.

Bonnie D’silva

Bonnie D’silva (Praful Gangurde)

Bonnie, a home-baker, started by taking orders for cakes and sweets from relatives and friends. She gained instant popularity. However, it was an order that she received from the mother of a one-year-old that changed the way she baked. This mum insisted that the cake for her kid should not include any sugar or artificial sweetener. She says, “I tried explaining to the lady that sugar not only sweetens but also adds a certain texture to the cake that cannot be substituted. But she insisted. After a lot of attempts I baked a wholewheat banana muffin where I used honey, apple stock and bananas to sweeten the cake.” Since then there has been no looking back. By experimenting frequently, she has come up with more dishes such as Apple and Cinnamon Yogurt Cake, Oatmeal and Raisin Cookies and Low-fat Cheesecake using hung curd and 70% Dark Chocolate Nut Clusters.

Oatmeal and Raisin Cookie

Oatmeal and Raisin Cookie (Praful Gangurde)

Ingredients:

115gm butter, 100gm brown sugar, 30gm honey, 140gm oats,

125gm wholewheat flour,1/2tsp cinnamon

1/2tsp baking soda, 100gm raisins

Method:

In a bowl, whisk together oats, flour, cinnamon, baking soda and raisins. Beat butter and brown sugar till light and creamy, and then add honey. Add the dry mix and stir till the mixture has combined well. Let the cookie dough chill in the refrigerator for around four hours. Preheat the oven at 160 degrees celsius, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop the dough onto the parchment and bake for 20 minutes.

Wholewheat sugar-free banana muffins

Ingredients:

4 bananas, ripe n 1/3 cup coconut oil (any other oil will also do)

1 egg ,1tsp vanilla extract ,1 1/2 cup wholewheat flour, 1tsp cinnamon powder,

1tsp baking soda, 1tsp baking powder, 1 cup walnut (optional)

Method:

Sift the wholewheat flour, cinnamon powder, baking soda and baking powder in a bowl. Walnuts, if used, should be mixed with the flour. Beat the egg with bananas and oil. Add the vanilla extract. Gently fold the dry mix together, do not over mix it. Fill the muffin tins and bake at 170 degrees Celsius for two minutes. Let it cool and serve.

How a compound in turmeric can kill cancer cells in infants

Researchers found that nanoparticles can be used to deliver the turmeric compound to tumour sites.

Attaching curcumin — a compound found in turmeric — to nanoparticles can be used to destroy treatment-resistant neuroblastoma, the most common cancer in infants, said researchers (including one of Indian origin). Unique approaches to target tumour cells with nanoparticle delivery systems hold promise for treatment of resistant tumours, such as the high risk neuroblastoma, researchers said. Previous research showed how turmeric has strong antioxidant properties that inhibits free radical production, and controls ageing. It is also linked to slowing prostate cancer growth.

“High-risk neuroblastoma can be resistant to traditional therapy, and survival can be poor,” said Tamarah J Westmoreland, a paediatric surgeon at Nemours Children’s Hospital in the US. “This research demonstrates a novel method of treating this tumour without the toxicity of aggressive therapy that can also have late effects on the patient’s health,” said Westmoreland, senior author of the study published in the journal Nanoscale.

Neuroblastomas are cancers that start in early nerve cells and commonly form in the tissue of the adrenal glands, near the kidneys. High-risk neuroblastoma is hard to cure and is more likely to become resistant to standard therapies or recur. These cancers are also associated with late effects after treatments have ended, including developmental delays, hearing loss, or other disabilities, researchers said.

Curcumin has been shown to have substantial anti-cancer ability, but its low solubility and poor stability have made its use in medicinal applications challenging. Researchers found that nanoparticles can be used to deliver curcumin to tumour sites. “This shows that nanoparticles can be an effective delivery vehicle for cancer drugs,” said Professor Sudipta Seal, from University of Central Florida (UCF) in the US.

“More research is needed, but we are hopeful it could lead to more effective treatment of this devastating disease in the future,” said Seal, a collaborator on the study. In the study, researchers loaded Cerium oxide nanoparticles with curcumin and coated them with dextran to test in cell lines of a high-risk form of neuroblastoma, known as MYCN-amplified, as well as non-amplified neuroblastoma.

This formulation induced substantial cell death in neuroblastoma cells while producing no or only minor toxicity in healthy cells, researchers said. Overall, the nano-therapeutic treatments showed a more pronounced effect in MYCN-amplified cells, which are traditionally more resistant to drug therapies, they said.

You can eat healthy without ditching taste. Just follow these top 5 tricks

Olive oil is full of mono-unsaturated fats, which have fat burning properties.

Small changes in your food habits go a long way. Instead of going on a crash diet or adopting the latest health fad, it’s better to make healthy choices and modify your everyday meals. We get Indizza – The Delivery Kitchen’s head chef, Bijender Singh, to show you how.

1) Say yes to smart fats:

Use olive oil, grapeseed oil, avocados, and avocado seed oil for cooking, or as a salad dressing. These oils are rich stores of precious mono-unsaturated fats, which have fat burning properties.

2) Consume complex carbs:

There are many benefits of switching from simple carbohydrates to complex carbs. They contain more fibre and help boost metabolism. For instance, you can substitute all-purpose flour with whole wheat or multi-grain flour. Swap rice with brown rice or cauliflower rice. It’s light and fluffy, like couscous. It’s also tender.

3) Roast, bake and steam:

Home cooks can effortlessly opt for methods like baking, roasting or steaming, over frying. A dry-heat cooking method, baking requires little-added fat. And if you use a roasting rack, any fat will drain out during cooking.

Ditch white sugar for natural sweeteners like raw honey. (Shutterstock)

4) Go for natural sweeteners:

Who said you can’t eat dessert if you’re trying to eat healthy? Switch from white sugar to natural sweeteners like raw honey and jaggery as they are packed with nutrients that help with good digestion.

5) Make healthy dips and spreads:

Instead of using low-calorie mayonnaise or low fat spreads, go for a healthier option of using hung curd with simple seasoning. While other dressing and dips may make you feel bloated, hung curd is actually a cooling agent that also hydrates the body. It also acts as an antioxidant.

How can you learn to love your own fate?

How can you learn to love your own fate?
In life, good and bad happen to all of us. The good is fine but how does one deal with the bad? In Latin, there’s a word called Amor Fati, which means love of one’s fate. The philosophy says you don’t just accept your fate but learn to love it. It may sound difficult as we’ve always been told that we make our own fate. While that may be true, even the best laid plans do — and have — gone awry, haven’t they? It’s called fate. And more than believing in it, your approach to it — embracing life as a spiritual warrior — makes you come out on top. Here’s how to go about it.

– Live with no resentment: The theory of Amor Fati makes you accept good and bad experiences life throws at you. It helps you live without any bitterness or resentment, embracing whatever life brings.

– Accept challenges: If you accept life’s challenges, you accept the principle of Amor Fati by saying ‘yes’ to life and fate. The theory helps you look at the upside and downside of life, and teaches you life lessons for inner growth and transformation. Spiritualists believe this perspective helps you live in bliss. When life’s inevitable chaos throws you at a hard place, and you deal with it simply because there’s no other way, you also become aware of your own strength and the Universe’s power.

Jeff R Noordermeer, a Dutch who wrote about the bombing of Rotterdam, The Netherlands, during WWII in his memoirs, says accepting what life brings you helps you live to the highest levels as there is no conflict within you after that. Your situation is what it is. No amount of wishing for something different will change anything. If you face your problem, you begin to address it.

– Don’t fight fate: Contentment, fulfillment can only come by embracing all that life has to offer us. Being fully open to the positive and the negative is to avoid inner suffering. When we cannot change situations in life, letting go and surrendering can be empowering.

– Be compassionate to your experiences: When you accept Amor Fati, you free your mind from self-criticism. It will help you heal and move beyond the hurt. After acceptance, compassion is essential to heal yourself.

4 Kitchen Ingredients You Can Use to Protect Your Feet During Monsoons

The monsoon season brings with it beautiful weather, cool breeze and a joyful mood. But the change in weather can may not be too kind to your skin and can cause several beauty problems. Some monsoon woes that most of us may face are hair fall, oily skin, allergies and fungal infections. While you would do everything you can to protect your face and hair, your feet that bare the brunt of the places you take them are often neglected. If you don’t give them attention, it may lead to cracked heels, brittle nails and tired feet. Use these easily available kitchen ingredients to pamper your feet at home and save a trip to the salon.

4 Kitchen Ingredients You Can Use to Protect Your Feet During Monsoons

 

1. Lemon for exfoliation

Lemon slices act as a great natural scrub that can help in exfoliating and getting rid of dry skin. You can even mix of lime juice with honey and olive oil and apply over worn-out feet for a moisturizing effect. A lemon foot soak is a great remedy for smelly feet. Squeeze some lime juice in a tub of lukewarm water and soak your feet in it for 10-15 minutes.

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A lemon foot soak is a great remedy for smelly feet

2. Yogurt for tanning

The good-old cooling curd works like magic for removing sun tan. Apply it every alternate day on your feet and leave it on for 10-15 minutes before you wash off. You see a difference in two-three applications.

strained yogurt

Yogurt helps in removing sun tan

3. Milk and baking soda for DIY pedicure

Why head to a salon when you can do your own pedicure at home with natural ingredients? All you need is two-three cups of milk mixed with three tablespoons of baking soda. Warm the milk and then add the baking soda to it. Dip your feet in this mixture and let it soak for at least 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water later. This works really well for dry and scaly feet.

home pedicure

Milk and baking soda are great for DIY pedicure

4. Coconut oil for cracked heels

Cracked heels can be painful. Treat them by rubbing some coconut oil gently over the affected area and leave it on overnight. Coconut oil moisturizes your skin and makes your heels smooth. You can cover with socks to allow the skin to totally absorb the oil.

coconut oil pure home madeCoconut oil moisturizes your skin

Try these natural home remedies and say goodbye to all your beauty problems this monsoon season.

 

9 Interesting Food Festivals You Can Attend This Monsoon in Delhi-NCR

The best way to enjoy the lovely weather during monsoons is to indulge in some good food. So, here’s a list of some of the upcoming food festivals offering interesting, exciting and unique experience for all the foodies out there. Whether you feel like learning a new skill or trying a new cuisine, there’s a lot on offer.

9 Interesting Food Festivals You Can Attend This Monsoon in Delhi-NCR

1. Paint and Vineyard

 

Feel artistic? Then, spend your Sunday afternoon recreating some of the masterpieces at Dirty Apron (The Piano Man). Spread over 3 hours, this event can be enjoyed with friends, family or can be a way to meet new people while learning a new skill. Enjoy your afternoon painting along with some great wine, sangria and delicious pizzas.

 

When: 16th July’17 – Pablo Picasso Collage and Acrylic on Canvas Board, 23rd July’17 – Georgia O’Keeffe with Acrylic on Canvas Board, 30th July’17 – Van Gogh with Acrylic on Canvas Board with Palette Knife Technique

 

Where: B-6 Commercial Complex, Safdarjung Enclave, Opposite Deer Park, Hauz Khas, Delhi

 

Time: 3 P.M. to 6 P.M.

 

Cost: INR 3000 per head: Pizza, Sangria, Beer and all the painting supplies, INR 200 per head: Pizza and all the painting supplies, INR 1800 per head: Painting supplies (All-inclusive of taxes)

food festPhoto Credit: Dirty Apron

2. Great India Beer Festival

What’s better than a beer festival to celebrate the seasonal downpour? Get ready to try beer in all its forms and brews as The Great Indian Beer festival brings hundreds of real ales, craft beers and ciders from renowned microbreweries in Delhi-NCR under one roof. The event will also be some great cafes and street food joints to pair your brews with. While enjoying live music, you can also test your skill on a variety of traditional Beer games.

 

When: 19-20 August

 

Where: Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium, Lodhi Road, New Delhi-03

 

Time: 2pm – 11pm

 

Cost: 1 Day entry: INR 700, 2 Day entry: INR 1,000. Prices may vary.

beer festivalPhoto Credit: Istock

3. Rajasthani Food Festival

If you craving some spicy food, the New Town Cafe at Park Plaza is where you should head this monsoon. They are all set to take you through a royal culinary journey of Rajasthan. They have an array of quintessential favorites like Gatte ki Subzi, Dal Bati Churma, Ker Sangari, Bajrey ki roti and much more.

 

When: 13 to 23 july

 

Where: Hotel Park Plaza, Gurugram

 

Time: Lunch: 12:30P.M to 3P.M, Dinner: 9 P.M to 10:30P.M

 

Cost: INR 999 per head (plus all applicable taxes), INR 1099 per head (plus all applicable taxes)

rajasthani food festivalPhoto Credit: Istock

4. Organic Food Festival

This month-long event is to let people explore different cuisines and dishes all made with organic ingredients. The organic menu by Chef Noah is globally inspired including Indian fusion dishes. He will ensure that the food served is 100% chemical-free, preservative-free, and pesticide-free. Dive into a roasted beetroot tartare with mint and a salted jaggery drizzle, followed by chimichurri chicken skewers with roasted red peppers and cumin hummus. For main course, you can choose from infused roasted eggplant with sliced potato stacks or bok choy zucchini and squash with organic soy, peanut, ginger, and sesame.

 

When: Starts from 15th July

 

Where: The hungry Monkey. B 6/6 DDA Market, Safdarjung Enclave, Opp. Deer Park New Delhi, India

 

Time: 12 P.M to 1 A.M.

zucchiniPhoto Credit: Hungry Monkey

5. Feast of the Seven Kingdoms

Many of you have been part of the Game of Thrones family for six seasons, experiencing the stunning visuals and being engulfed in the storm of heartbreak and revenge. To welcome the seventh season, Science and Cooking is organizing a feast that takes you on a culinary journey through the halls of King’s Landing to the warm comfort foods of the north and to the rich sumptuous treats of the east. It’ll be a hands-on cooking workshop where you can learn the secrets of the kitchens of the seven kingdoms, create your own bloody sauces, carve our own meats or prepare our own rustic feast and recreate this magical world for yourselves!

 

When: 22 Jul 2017 6:00 PM

 

Where: Science and Cooking, Gurugram

 

Time: 6 P.M.

 

Cost: INR 2000 (inclusive of taxes)

got themed festivalPhoto Credit: Facebook/Science and Cooking

6. Street Food Festival

 

During the monsoon season, it is tough to resist the urge to dig into the tempting street food and you don’t have to! Enjoy some amazing street food delights from around the country under one roof. You will find the glorious Aloo Tikki from Lucknow, Tawa Aloo Chaat from Old Delhi, the tangy and chatpata Moong Dal Pakodi from Uttar Pradesh, along with Akki Roti from Karnataka, the famous Bhel Puri from the by-lanes of Mumbai and the authentic spicy Lakhanpur de Bhalle from Jammu Kashmir.

 

When: 1st August to 31st August 2017

 

Where: Plaza Premium Lounge, Domestic Departures, Delhi,

 

Cost: Lounge access starts at INR 1200 plus taxes

street food festivalPhoto Credit: Plaza Premium Lounge

7. Masaledar Monsoon

To satisfy your monsoon cravings, indulge in masaledaar delicacies and chatpata thirst quencher. Drool over delectable dishes including Biryani Pakodas, Poatleez, Tundla Station Cutlets, Raincoat Chicken, and Barsati Mutton Pepper Fry along with refreshing drinks like Kaala Khatta, Hi with Chai, Setting Chai, Mad Over Mango and many more.

 

When: Till 30th July 2017

 

Where: Kopper Kadai, J2/6B, 1st & 2nd Floor, B.K. Dutta Market, Rajouri Garden, New Delhi

 

Time: 12 noon to 11pm

 

Cost: INR 1400 (Meal for two)

masaledar monsoonPhoto Credit: Kopper Kadai

8. Thai Street Affair

‘Siam Jan Deaw’ at Thai Pavilion is an interesting Thai street food festival where the menu incorporates an exclusive array of one-bowl delicacies from the vibrant streets of Siam. Here’s a chance to savour popular delicacies from the streets of Thailand from their curated menu and enjoy some authentic Thai flavours this monsoon.

 

When: 14 to 23 July, 2017

 

Where: Thai Pavilion at Vivanta by Taj ,Gurugram

thai food festivalPhoto Credit: Thai Pavilion

9. The Burger Fest

It’s time to celebrate the most favorite food of all time. Yes, burgers! Café Yell has organized a burger festival to satisfy all your burger cravings. They’re definitely going to be some of the most exciting burgers around town all under one roof.

 

When: 13th to 25th July 2017

 

Where: CafeYell, 35,Defence colony mkt New Delhi India 110024

 

Time: 8 am onwards

burger fest

 

 

Long Work Hours May Pose Heart Risk, Here Are 6 Foods Which Can Help Cut Down Stress

A recent study published in the European Heart Journal, comes as a wake-up call to all those who have been working extra hours at their workplace. As per the British study, spending long hours at work may increase the risk of developing an irregular heart rhythm — known as atrial fibrillation — as well as contribute to the development of stroke and heart failure, according to a study.

 

The study compared to people who worked a normal week of between 35-40 hours and those who worked 55 hours or more were approximately 40 per cent more likely to develop atrial fibrillation.

 Long Work Hours May Pose Heart Risk, Here Are 6 Foods Which Can Help Cut Down Stress

 

Mika Kivimaki, Professor at the University College London, “A 40 per cent increased extra risk is an important hazard for people who already have a high overall risk of cardiovascular disease due to other risk factors such as older age, male sex, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, overweight, smoking and physical inactivity or living with an established cardiovascular disease”

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“This could be one of the mechanisms that explain the previously observed increased risk of stroke among those working long hours. Atrial fibrillation is known to contribute to the development of stroke, but also other adverse health outcomes such as heart failure and stroke-related dementia,” Kivimaki added.

 

Researchers analysed data from 85,494 men and women from the UK, Denmark, Sweden and Finland who took part in one of eight studies in these countries. During the ten-year follow-up period, the researchers found 1,061 new cases of atrial fibrillation. This gave an incidence rate of 12.4 per 1,000 people in the study, but among the 4,484 people working 55 hours or more, the incidence was 17.6 per 1,000.

 

Long work hours has long been co-linked with stress and anxiety, this stress not only takes a toll on your overall behavior and social life but also poses a major threat to the heart health. Here are some foods which can help you cut down stress.

 

1. Oats: Mornings are the most stressful hours of the day. Start your day on a stress-free note. A bowl of oats and some fresh fruits finished off with a drop of honey, boosts positive energy as it is considered to be a serotonin enhancer, a chemical that makes you happy.

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2. Lentils: Lentils are packed with all types of Vitamin B, nature’s own happy pill. It helps reduce tiredness and fatigue. Lentils also stabilize the blood sugar and fire-up your energy levels.

3. Banana: Bananas are rich in Vitamin C which is a great stress-fighting nutrient. It helps repair cell damage caused due to stress. Also, the potassium that it contains helps in maintaining healthy heart muscles.

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4. Orange Juice: According to the book, ‘The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies’ by Dr. Vasant Lad, For anxiety accompanied by a fast heart rate, a cup of orange juice with 1 teaspoon of honey and a pinch of nutmeg powder can prove to be effective.

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5. Brahmi: The wonder herb of Ayurveda, should be your next resort to beat stress, According to ‘The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies’ by Dr. Vasant Lad, drinking a tea of herbs like Brahmi and Ashwagandha can help cut down on fear, anxiety and nervousness.

 

6. Coconut: The water, the flesh, the oil or the butter, all of the coconut is trending and for good reason. Coconuts contain medium chain fats that improve our metal health and infuse positive energy. The scent of the coconut is known

Can olive oil be used for frying? We debunk four myths about this wonder oil

Whether making the heart healthy or regulating sugar levels or bringing with itself vitamins and antioxidants, olive oil is an ideal companion for all who wish to lead a healthy life. Recent studies say it can also help in preventing brain cancer and reduce cholesterol levels. But due to a lack of precise knowledge about this oil, some are reluctant to make it part of their daily lives. This is, to some extent, a result of all the crazy marketing out there: Peruse the olive oils in a typical grocery store and you’ll be greeted by all kinds of terminology.

Some of it is confusing — like “pure” and “extra-virgin” — which is better? Other terms are just pointless — “cold-pressed”, for example, doesn’t really mean much. Basically, all extra-virgin olive oil is cold-pressed. So it’s time we debunk some of the myths about this beneficial Mediterranean favourite.

Factors like olive variety, growing conditions and country of origin create variability in oil colour. (Shutterstock)

Myth #1: If olive oil gets cloudy or solidifies in the refrigerator, it is 100% authentic and of high quality.

Fact: There is no home test to check for olive oil authenticity. Some oils get cloudy in the refrigerator and some don’t. Quality is best checked through taste and smell — authenticity is best-tested in a properly-equipped lab.

Myth #2: A very green colour indicates high quality olive oil.

Fact: Colour is not an indicator of the oil’s quality. Quality olive oil isn’t a generic product. Factors like olive variety, growing conditions and country of origin create variability in oil colour — from pale yellow to dark green — and how fast the oil will cloud or solidify in the refrigerator.

Myth #3: Heat diminishes olive oil’s health benefits; so it is best to use extra virgin olive oil “raw” or straight from the bottle.

Fact: Flavour may change when heated, but the health benefits remain. You can cook with all types of olive oil without losing health benefits because their smoking point is higher than most other cooking oils.

Myth #4: Olive oil cannot be used for cooking, frying and sautéing.

Fact: You can cook on high heat with olive oil. Here, the answer lies in understanding the various grades of olive oil. In India, one can most certainly find three grades of olive oil — extra virgin, classic/pure and extra light and, lastly, pomace, which is a chemically extracted variant of olive oil.

The difference lies in the taste, aroma and smoking point. Extra virgin olive oil has a strong flavour of olives and low smoking point as it is obtained from cold pressing. Pure olive oil is obtained from refining olive oil, so its smoking point is high but has the flavour of olives, so it can be heated and used for cooking pizzas, pastas, sautéing vegetables et al. Extra light has neutral/no flavour of olives and be used for everyday cooking/frying in Indian kitchens.

A yo-yo diet or weight cycling can harm your heart, metabolism and cause depression. Here’s how

When home-maker and mother Karishma Sharma (35) was trying to lose weight, she tried different kinds of diets. While some were low in calorie, others required her to consume only protein-rich food. While she lost a few pounds initially, over a period of time, Sharma’s body stopped reacting to all form of dieting.

Sharma is among a host of people who end up opting for unhealthy and extreme fad diets to lose weight. This phenomenon is referred to as yo-yo dieting or weight cycling where you lose and then regain at least 5 to 10 pounds of weight repeatedly.

As with other diets, celebrities are also guilty of promoting this kind of weight loss. Singers Christina Aguilera and Mariah Carey, actor Chris Pratt, and talk show host Oprah Winfrey are among several celebs who have been in the spotlight for weight cycling.

Controlling food portion sizes and eating fruits and vegetables are a better way to lose weight. (Shutterstock)

In the past, there has been conflicting studies on the topic. While a study by Ohio University reported that it is better to attempt to lose weight despite repeated failures, experts also warned that such dieting fads cause grave damage to physical and mental health. Most experts caution that this type of dieting leads to health issues such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and cancer.

Dr Vinny Makhijani, senior dietitian, Masina Hospital says that yo-yo dieting can actually be more hazardous than being overweight. “Most weight cyclers eventually gain back more weight than they had lost because the shame and stress involved with gaining weight can lead to eating more. It also damages the heart; women who were weight cyclers had a great risk of heart disease beginning shortly after menopause,” says Makhijani.

Nutritionist Anjali Peswani elaborates on some more effects of this diet: “It can disturb the hormones and interfere with our absorption and digestion of food. It creates havoc in your hormones thus affecting your metabolism which is directly proportional to weight loss,” says Peswani.

And the effects are not just physical; it can impact your mental health as well. “Studies have reported that yo-yo dieting can increase the risk for mental distress and depression,” says Makhijani.

Both experts agree that yo-yo dieting has become increasingly common today as people seek a quick fix without making lifestyle changes. Instead of jumping from diet to diet and facing erratic weight loss, Peswani suggests a way out: “Don’t go overboard with anything, be it your workouts or your diet. Have control on the portion sizes and eat till you are 80% full. When eating out, stick to one dish only.”

Makhijani also advises a gradual way of losing weight: “Lose weight through a consistent loss of 1 kg per week. Consume non-starchy vegetables and fruits, moderate amounts of lean protein and dairy products, legumes and whole grains, and few or no refined carbohydrates and saturated fats.”