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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who celebrates it but it can be a day to show your gratitude towards everyone around you- your family, friends, neighbors, no matter what your faith or religion is. It is a day to reflect upon your blessings and what you have and be thankful for it.

So here is a recipe for this day which I found very inspiring!!

 

Healthy Summer Cooler!!

So simple to make, yet so nutritious for those hot summer days. If you like, add your favorite Vodka or any citrus liqueur to kick it up a notch. I did not add any sugar to it, but if you feel the watermelons are not so sweet, you can add 3-4 tbsp of brown sugar.

Watch quick recipe at this link:

Health Perks:

  • Watermelon: Helps You Hydrate, contains Nutrients and Beneficial Plant compounds, contains Compounds That May Help Prevent Cancer, may Improve Heart Health, may Lower Inflammation , may Help Relieve Muscle Soreness

Aloe Vera Mojito!!

Simple, yet healthy cooling drink for those hot summer days. Mojito is a traditional Cuban drink. I used fresh Aloe Vera leaf here, if it is not available, you can get organic Aloe Vera juice or pulp from Whole foods or Sprouts. If you want to kick it up a notch, add some orange liqueur or vodka.

For recipe and health perks, please see this video: aloemojito

Food Myths!!

General rule of thumb for food intake is moderation. Eating one type of food such as high carbohydrate diet or high protein diet can have adverse effects on the human body. On World Health Day, below are certain myths and the reason for the myth based upon my research.
  • Kids Need to Drink Cow’s Milk: Is someone after you to drink milk and that too cow’s milk? First of all, The American Academy of Pediatrics doesn’t recommend cow’s milk for children younger than one. Kids who do not drink milk are as healthy as kids who drink milk. These days if you are not getting organic milk, chances are the source of milk you are getting is coming from cows who are injected with hormones to produce more milk and can be harmful to your body.

  • To Lose Weight, You Must Avoid Carbs: Bread, pasta, beans, and other high-carbohydrate foods are lower in calories than fatty foods, like cheese or French fries. That’s one reason why people whose eat carbohydrate-based diets – people living in rural Asia and vegetarians, for example – tend to be thinner than people whose diets are based on fatty foods

  • Drink 8 glasses of water in a day: Drinking water is definitely essential to keep your body hydrated and all your organs functioning but a very important point to keep in mind is that drinking lots of water can lower the sodium content in the body which can impact your brain as brain signals need sodium

  • Fish is awesome: No doubt Fish contains about 30% Omega 3 which has lot of benefits such as reducing inflammation, but Fish also has saturated fat – around 70%. Another thing to watch out for mercury content in different fishes. Here is a good link to check for mercury levels in different fishes: Mercury levels
  • Soy is the meat for vegans: Moderation is the key here, increased or daily intake of soy is harmful to female reproductive system and has impact on thyroid functioning