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Eating healthy is never boring!

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Go for some quick recipes to make healthy eating more fun. Pixabay

Eating right is on everyone’s agenda. Who ever said that taste and healthy are at odds with each other? You may find healthy recipes in this lifestyle article

Celebrity chef Amrita Raichand believes that “Healthy is not boring!”. A mummy herself, Raichand shares some quick recipes to make healthy eating more fun.

TATER TOTS

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Boil some potatoes for making some healthy tater tots. Pixabay

Ingredients

  • Boiled Potatoes – 2 ( medium )
  • Paneer – 100 Gms

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  • Oats flour – 2 ½ tbsp
  • Soya granules -½ cup
  • Garlic paste – 2 tbsp
  • Ginger paste – 1tbsp
  • Turmeric – ½ tsp
  • Pink salt – to taste
  • Raw mango powder – 1 tsp
  • Garam masala – 1 tsp
  • Cheese slice – 1 slice
  • Roasted peanuts – 2 tbsp ( crushed )
  • Lemon juice – ½ tsp
  • Oil – 1½ tbsp
  • Chopped coriander – for garnish

Method

1. In a pan heat some oil, add the ginger- garlic paste, cook for 1 min, then add the turmeric and cook for another ½ a minute or so.

2. In a mixing bowl, mash the boiled potatoes and the paneer. Then add half of the cooked gg paste, mixing them well. Now add the Oats flour, some pink salt and raw mango powder and bring everything together to form a dough.

3. Now for the filling , heat the same pan in which the gg paste was cooked and add the soaked soya granules to the remaining gg paste. Cook for a few mins. Add the garam masala, crushed peanuts and cheese slice and cook till the cheese melts. Squeeze some lemon juice finish with some chopped coriander.

4. Once cool, take small balls of potato dough, stuff it with the filling, and shape them into small cylinders, about an inch in height.

5. Deep fry these in hot oil till golden brown and serve with a dip of your choice.

SCHEZWAN SOYA BURGER

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Not all burgers are unhealthy. You can always make your burgers healthy. Pixabay

Ingredients

  • Boiled sweet potatoes-1cup
  • Soya granules-1/2cup
  • Salt-1tsp
  • Pepper-1 tsp
  • Potato starch-1/2tbsp
  • Chopped coriander-1/4tbsp
  • Green peas mashed-1.5 tbsp
  • Carrot small dices-1.5 tbsp
  • Oats-2 tbsp
  • Schezwan Sauce-
  • Ginger-2tbsp
  • Garlic-2tbsp
  • Chopped onion-2tbsp
  • Chilly paste-3tbsp
  • Vinegar-1/2tbsp
  • Salt-1tsp
  • Sugar-1/2tbsp
  • Tomato paste-1tbsp

Method

1. Soak the soya granules in warm water till plump and soft. Once done squeeze out the excess water and keep aside.

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2. To make the schezwan sauce, heat the oil in a pan, add the chopped garlic & ginger and saute for 5 to 7 minutes. Now add the chopped onion, once it gets translucent, add the chili paste and let it cook for 15 to 20 minutes. Then add the vinegar, tomato paste, sugar and salt and cook for another 5 minutes. Once the mixture starts releasing its oil, remove from the pan and keep aside.

3. Now take the boiled sweet potato and green peas in a bowl and mash properly. Add the soya granules, boiled carrot dice, a little of the prepared schezwan sauce (or more depending on your taste)and salt, pepper to taste. Mix the filling properly and add a little potato starch to bind the mixture.

4. Once well mixed, make small cutlets of around 35 to 40 gms each, coat with the oats and shallow fry patties till nicely cooked and golden on each side. Remove on kitchen towels to absorb the excess oil.

5. Cut healthy bread slices into roundels with a cookie cutter. Line it with lettuce, a slice of tomato and cheese slices. Then place the soya Pattie on it, drizzle the sauce of choice and serve.

FRESH FRUIT PARFAIT

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Fruit parfaits are very healthy and tasty. Pixabay

Ingredients

  • Crushed cornflakes 1½ cup
  • Crushed chikki 1½ cup
  • Yogurt -½ cup
  • Papaya- ½ cup (cut into small cubes)

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  • Strawberries 5 whole (4 cut into small cubes and 1 for garnish)
  • Mint leaves a sprig (for garnish)

Method

1. To make parfait, start with the layer of crushed cornflakes in a desired glass.

2. Add the next layer of papaya then add yogurt gently on top making sure it does not weigh the bottom layer down.

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3. Add the next layer of crushed chikki followed by strawberry and then yogurt.

4. Cut a strawberry in the shape of a flower and garnish the Parfait along with a sprig of mint leaf. (IANS)

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Moon Mission: NASA Seeking Healthy US Citizens For 8-Month Isolation

NASA is looking for candidates between the ages of 30 and 55

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NASA is looking for healthy individuals for their study on isolation for 8 months. Pixabay

NASA is seeking US citizens for an eight-month study on social isolation in preparation for missions to Mars and the moon.

The international space agency is preparing for its next spaceflight simulation study and is seeking healthy participants to live together with a small crew in isolation for eight months in Moscow, Russia.

Participants will be staying in a lab located in Moscow, and they will experience environmental aspects similar to those astronauts are expected to experience on future missions to Mars that will have crew members from different nations.

NASA is looking for highly motivated and healthy individuals between the ages of 30 and 55 who are fluent in both English and Russian. They must also have an MS., PhD, MD. or have completed military officer training.

The space agency will consider other participants with a bachelor’s degree and other qualifications such as military or professional experience.

They will study the psychological and physiological effects astronauts are likely to face as a result of isolation on long missions.

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NASA is also looking for people who are fluent in both English and Russian. Pixabay

According to NASA, participants will experience environmental aspects similar to those astronauts are expected to experience on future missions to Mars.

A small international crew will live together in isolation for eight months conducting scientific research, using virtual reality and performing robotic operations among a number of other tasks during the lunar mission.

The research is being done to study the effects of isolation and confinement as participants work to complete simulated space missions.

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Results from ground-based missions like this help NASA prepare for the real-life challenges of space exploration and provide important scientific data to solve some of these problems and to develop countermeasures.

Participants will be compensated, and there are varying levels of pay depending on whether you’re associated with NASA.

This study builds on a four-month study conducted in 2019. The SIRIUS-19 analog mission had six participants — two US citizens and four Russians — isolated in a metal habitat that acted as their spacecraft, lunar lander and home. (IANS)

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Back to the Soil With Organic Farming

Here's the story of various people who have returned back to their soil, organically

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Many professionals have returned back to their soil. PIxabay

By Sukant Deepak

A banker from Canada, a resort director, a top executive in a leading IT company and a senior corporate communications professional with a major hospital chain. Defying all stereotypes and preconceived notions of farmhands, an increasing number of highly qualified professionals from both genders are quitting their lucrative professions and getting back to the soil in Punjab full-time,making responsible farming their way of life.

Using social media including WhatsApp to spread the word, participating in pop-up organic farmers’ markets across the region and organising day-long farm tours, these new-age farmers, compost kit makers and teachers are ascertaining that those wanting pesticide-free food grains don’t have to look too hard.

Rahul Sharma’s wife would always laugh when on a typical IT sprint meeting call, he would be discussing his project at Flipkart, and a few hours later, talking about manure collection with a farmer.

This organic farmer who now grows cereal grains, pulses, oil seeds, turmeric and garlic at his five acre farm in Kapurthala full time, insists that the ongoing lockdown has made people aware about the importance of growing their own food, and that too pesticide-free. “But yes, if the government is serious about providing nutritional security, then it must ascertain economic benefits to farmers so they can go in for sustainable agriculture,” he stresses.

For someone who started doing organic farming in 2016, the thrill that comes with growing safe food for others is unparalled.”The fact that there is a patch of land which is now free of poison, where life thrives, and that I am contributing towards healthy soil.”

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Rahul Sharma now grows cereal grains, pulses, oil seeds, turmeric and garlic at his five acre farm in Kapurthala full time. Pixabay

Not regretting his switch from a corporate IT job, which never allowed him to pursue his passions like photography, Sharma has now decided to streamline production and ordering process. “I have now a set rotation of crops which provide nutrition to the soil, as well as work well in the consumer market. I am also working on an online platform to make it easier for my consumers to order grains and be in touch with me,” he adds. He also lectures and interacts with school and college students at his farm about the importance of sustainable agriculture/lifestyle.

Shivraj Bhullar, who has a four-acre farm in Manimajra and grows a variety of seasonal vegetables, leafy greens and fruits left his cushy banker job in Canada to start organic farming on his piece of land in 2014 post volunteering at different farms across India to learn the ropes. “The organic farming convention that was held in the region in 2015 brought a lot of people together. Since then, the movement has been growing with greater awareness amongst consumers in this part of the country,” he says. For someone who has always been interested in Yoga and nutrition, one of the major factors that keeps him excited is the community around the organic farming movement in Punjab. “Farmers go out of their way to help each other out. It’s been a humbling and continuous learning experience for me,” he adds.

Planning to take his farm to the next level by installing a drip irrigation system and rain water harvesting for water conservation, Bhullar is all set to buy more animals so as to decrease his dependence on outside sources for manure.

Coordinator of the Chandigarh Farmers’ Market, Seema Jolly, who owns a five-acre farm in village Karoran in Punjab and grows vegetables,fruit, grains, oilseeds and pulses wants her farm to be a school for organic/natural farming, yoga and Ayurveda in the near future. One of the directors of the Baikunth Resorts Pvt Ltd, Jolly started organic farming in 2011 and there has been no looking back since then. “There is a certain joy in knowing that what you supply is not harming the consumer in any way,” she says. Instrumental in organising trips for school children to different farmers across Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, Jolly also helps small organic farmers with logistics and selling their produce. “The organic farmers market initiative, in July 2015 was a landmark in bringing relief to the marketing problems of organic farmers and encouraging more farmers to turn organic. Frankly, what is needed is small markets like these in all districts. It may take time, but people are bound to tilt towards organic if there is easy availability.”

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There are many people who own farms including Former National level hockey player Mohanjit Dhaliwal who has two farms. Pixabay

Former National level hockey player Mohanjit Dhaliwal who has two farms — one if Ropar and another in Fathegrah Sahib, the latter being part of permaculture food forest in ‘Sanjhi Mitti Food Forest Community’, has been involved in organic farmer for more than 10 years now. Talking about the roadblocks when it comes to shifting to organic, he feels, that the government’s policy of 100 per cent wheat paddy procurement has to change. “Farmers, who used to be entrepreneurs and solutions finders are now behaving like robots.Nothing is going to change unless policy makers get out of whole process.”

Besides holding regular workshops on permaculture which is attended by people from around the country, Dhaliwal, who is working on a forest therapy centre, adds, ” Our Eco library at the farm where anyone can read or borrow books on related subjects is quite a hit with both children and adults.”

Chandigarh-based Jyoti Arora, who supplies odour-free composters in Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Chandigarh to houses, hotels, institutions, municipalities, and engages with Swachh Bharat teams of different municipalities, says, “I also do a lot of lecture demonstrations to sensitise people and encourage people to go green. In fact, my farming is a by product of the compost generated from my domestic waste in which the produce comes solely out of the compost.”

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Everything changed for Diksha Suri, a former corporate communications head with a major hospital chain when she spent time at Auroville in 2004. “Being there and learning from experts started a journey of a more conscious approach towards the living greens and browns. I attended formal workshops and started experimenting an organic way of living,” says Suri, who, along with a friend set up Chandigarh’s first Nature Club in 2012.

From organising organic farm visits, forest walks and fossil sites for children and their parents, Suri says that she has been able to make hundreds of children conscious about what they eat. “A lot of them are now at ease with composting, growing vegetables, identifying birds, and more than anything, being in sync with nature. We now regularly hold talks and workshops on organic farming, composting, waste management, across schools, colleges and corporate offices in the region.”

Chandigarh-based Rishi Miranshah, who has made the nine-part docu-series ‘The Story of Food – A No Fresh Carbon Footprint’ which is available to watch online on Films for Action website and YouTube says, “Considering what chemicals have been doing to our food and the need to switch to organic, it was important for me to make this documentary which is an investigation, tracing the trail of devastations bringing us to the point where we are today. Food being the thread that connects us to life; and the way we obtain our food being that connects us to a way of life, the movie begins by examining our agri-culture, our very relationship with the land.” (IANS)

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Keep Your Nutrition and Overall Health Goals Spot On During Lockdown

Here's how you can meet your health goals while at home

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Keeping a check on nutrition can be tough during lockdown. Pixabay

By Aditi Roy

“Work from Home” during quarantine has changed our lifestyles; keeping a check on nutrition can be tough when our home is our office. A few Diet Tips can be helpful during this time.

Unlike at the office, here we have plenty of packed food in the refrigerator all to ourself and enough time to graze. We could be working long hours without having eaten a thing and then accidentally reaching out for an entire packet of chips.

However, this can not only sabotage immunity but also distort our waistline. While we have plenty of time to focus on our hobbies and going by the trend, for most of us it seems to be cooking, baking and filling our stomach with easy & unhealthy food. However, it is also important to break these habits and switch to something healthier.

Let’s see how a small switch can bring us back on track? Here are some tips shared by By Kimaye Health- INI Farms to keep your nutrition and overall health goals spot on.

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We have plenty of packed food in the refrigerator all to ourself during the lockdown. pixabay

Ditch the noodles

Did you skip breakfast again to spend hours on a project? Well, in that case, the onset of laziness will make you reach for a pack of instant noodles. But considering health as a priority, homemade oatmeal porridge seems to be a better option. Top it with a dollop of peanut butter and banana slices and voila! A great meal to start your day with!

Workout while you WFH

Making time to workout while you WFH? This new work trend may keep you glued to your screen and your couch. Taking breaks at regular intervals to ease off some stress while keeping yourself off the couch — walk around the house, do 50 skips or squats and you are good to go.

Plan your meals

Plan your meals throughout the day just like you plan your day at work. Set aside some time towards the end of the day to plan for the next day. This will not just boost your productivity but will keep you from being a hungry mess at 5 in the evening and draw lines of discipline.

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You should plan your meals a day prior. Pixabay

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Cut out on caffeine

Are you reaching out for a cup of tea or coffee during odd hours? Here’s a wakeup call — start your day with a fresh pomegranate juice or fresh fruit. This will ensure a healthy sleep pattern and will keep your skin glowing.

Still binge-watching?

Binge-watching and couch potato go hand in hand. With screen times shooting up for as long as 10 hours, it is essential to give yourself a break from excessive screen time. Begin with a minimum of 30 minutes, it’s time to focus on your inner-self and cut out the external noises. (IANS)