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Our mood, health, energy and reactions are heavily influenced by our second brain; our gut, which is a result of what we eat. Pinterest

2020 is unlike any year we have seen and in parts of the country this monsoon is unlike any we have seen.

Staying healthy is essential to staying happy; and while we are well versed with the power of the mind for wellness, or the “top-down” approach as some call it, however one shouldn’t underestimate the “bottom up approach” either.

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With the rains comes the common cold and cough, flu and viral fevers, in addition we have COVID-19 to deal with as well. If you get sick, your immunity is lowered making you more suspectable to virus.

If you get sick, your immunity is lowered making you more susceptible to virus. Pixabay

Our mood, health, energy and reactions are heavily influenced by our second brain; our gut, which is a result of what we eat. Try these simple recipes to help get super charged with the nutrients you need.

Overnight Chia Pudding

I call this a pudding because it truly tastes like one. Chia seeds are filled with fiber, antioxidants essential fatty acids and good quality protein; add to this the humble curd and you have a good dose of probiotics, protein and fats. Fruit adds fresh sweetness and flavour along with phytonutrients and essential vitamins. Cinnamon adds flavour and you get its medicinal properties too– antioxidants and anti-inflammatory.


2 tablespoons chia seeds

6-8 tablespoons of homemade / store bought curd

3/4 cup chopped Mango

1/2 tsp cinnamon powder / vanilla essence (optional)

1tsp of my seed powder (optional)

6 – 7 thin slices of coconut ( optional)


Mix all the ingredients together the night before and you are good to go in the morning

The yogurt / curd mixture should be runny like a milkshake or dosa batter.

Store it overnight in the fridge

Before serving top with the chopped mango and the coconut slices


One small banana + half an apple chopped small

One small banana + half mango + coconut meat

One small banana + 1 tsp instant coffee powder 1/2 cup strawberries

One small banana + 1 tbsp cocoa powder + toasted almond slices

Pina colada – Coconut Milk + Pineapple

Hot Chocolate

Chocolate has long been known for its antioxidant properties and magnesium. This helps fight free radicals, however one can’t say the same for commercial chocolate which is mostly sugar. Using cacoa gives us the myriad benefits this super food has to offer, in addition to how comforting it is to hold a hot cup of chocolate.

Chocolate has long been known for its antioxidant properties. Pixabay

This simple hot chocolate tastes like molten chocolate in a cup. Try this low calorie version every time you crave chocolate and you’ll thank me. I prefer to use unsweetened cocoa powder as this helps control the amount of sugar you want to add. You can use any sweetener of your choice. If you just keep boiling this down slowly you get a chocolate sauce. If you want to make the sauce more indulgent, just add a tiny bit of butter at the end.


1 heaped tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

1 inch square of jaggery (or sweetener of choice)

1 cup water


Mix the cocoa powder into room temperature water

Mix till there are no lumps remaining

Add the jaggery or sweetener and simmer on low heat for about 5 minutes

Once it starts to boil down, reduce to about 3/4 cup

Switch off when you think its thick enough

Sprinkle with Chocolate Powder and serve hot

Super seed powder

Seeds are a nutritional powerhouse and a must include for everyone. Especially for vegetarians and vegans, due to their plant based protein and omega 3. They are a brilliant source of protein, healthy fats, fiber, minerals and vitamins. Each seed has its unique benefits which is why my recipe uses a mix to ensure we get a little of all the important ones. I grind the to ensure max absorption.

How to use it? Just add it to your overnight oats, atta dough or sprinkle on your curd. This is a versatile recipe you should make ahead and use daily for everyone in the family. Think of it as your multi-vitamin.


3/4 cup flax seed

1/2 cup hemp seeds

1/2 cup mixed seeds (pumpkin, sesame, sunflower, watermelon)

1/4 cup cacao nibs

1 tsp turmeric (haldi)

1/2 tsp ground pepper


Mix all the seeds

Use the chutney jar of the grinder

Ensure its completely dry

Do a quick pulse, open and mix

Do short pulses to reach a powder consistency. Do not over grind or it will turn into a a clumpy mess

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator

Also Read: Consume Vitamins, Minerals to Boost Immunity, Fight Pandemic: Experts


You can use any blend of seeds. I’ve incorporated all to ensure a variety of nutrients

Do not exclude hemp seeds with shell as it is it extremely high in protein

I usually mix in some chia seeds into the powder. So they remain whole


Haldi or turmeric – It adds a boost with its anti-inflammatory properties and it keeps the seed powder fresh longer.

Pepper to boost the absorption of turmeric

Raw cacao nibs

(Simrun Chopra, Lifestyle and Transformation Coach). (IANS)



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Milky Way galaxy as seen from Chitkul Valley

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The possible exoplanet -- or planets outside of our Solar System -- candidate is located in the spiral galaxy Messier 51 (M51), also called the Whirlpool Galaxy because of its distinctive profile, NASA said in a statement.

Astronomers have, so far, found all other known exoplanets and exoplanet candidates in the Milky Way galaxy, almost all of them less than about 3,000 light-years from Earth.

An exoplanet in M51 would be about 28 million light-years away, meaning it would be thousands of times farther away than those in the Milky Way, NASA said.

"We are trying to open up a whole new arena for finding other worlds by searching for planet candidates at X-ray wavelengths, a strategy that makes it possible to discover them in other galaxies," said Rosanne Di Stefano of the Center for Astrophysics at Harvard and Smithsonian (CfA) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who led the study.

The findings are published in the journal Nature Astronomy.

The exoplanet candidate was spotted in a binary system called M51-ULS-1, located in M51. This binary system contains a black hole or neutron star orbiting a companion star with a mass about 20 times that of the Sun. The X-ray transit they found using Chandra data lasted about three hours, during which the X-ray emission decreased to zero.

Based on this and other information, the team estimates the exoplanet candidate in M51-ULS-1 would be roughly the size of Saturn and orbit the neutron star or black hole at about twice the distance of Saturn from the Sun.

The team looked for X-ray transits in three galaxies beyond the Milky Way galaxy, using both Chandra and the European Space Agency's XMM-Newton. Their search covered 55 systems in M51, 64 systems in Messier 101 (the "Pinwheel" galaxy), and 119 systems in Messier 104 (the "Sombrero" galaxy).

However, more data would be needed to verify the interpretation as an extragalactic exoplanet. One challenge is that the planet candidate's large orbit means it would not cross in front of its binary partner again for about 70 years, thwarting any attempts for a confirming observation for decades, NASA said.

Named in honor of the late Indian-American Nobel laureate, Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, the Chandra X-ray Observatory is the world's most powerful X-ray telescope. It has eight times greater resolution and is able to detect sources more than 20-times fainter than any previous X-ray telescope.

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