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I am trying to switch to a healthy diet and a better lifestyle. I believe fitness and healthy habits are lifelong pursuits, not fads and trends. It is extremely important for us to continue to lead a healthy lifestyle! It includes eating nutritious food, drinking sufficient water, plenty of exercises and adequate sleep every day. These attitude of positive health habits will help us to stay healthy and reduce the chances of corpulent.
There is a wrong notion in the society that being healthy is an expensive and very critical, in fact, it is not. It is just the mindset of the people. Some are very much smug and comfortable in their lifestyle, rather reluctant to make changes in their lives. This is the obstacle that holds people from leading a healthy lifestyle.
One of the major components to lead a healthy life is to change the way we usually eat. We need to add plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meat, and fish on our plate. It is true that few vegetables and fruits are bit expensive, on the other hand, if we spend little extra on our lifestyle in the long run we can save some hospital expenses. We can also choose fruits and vegetables which are locally available or in the farmers market.
Daily 30 minutes exercise is important for everyone. Exercise doesn’t mean to hit the expensive gymnasium every day. We can go for walking, biking, sit-ups, stretching, dancing or whatever suits you. Fitness demands dedication, hard work, commitment and rewards are longer, happier, and healthier life.
Usually, physically fit people have a positive attitude towards life. Apart from food, we should enjoy our life with good books, good movies, with near and dear ones and little bit discipline.
Am sharing few healthy recipes with you!
Cracked Wheat (Dalia)
Cracked wheat (dalia) – 1/2 cup (roasted)
Green chilli -1
Ginger – 1-inch piece finely chopped
Mixed vegetables – 3/4 – 1 cup (carrot, beans, potato, broccoli)
Fresh Peas – handful (optional)
For the seasoning
Oil – 11/2 tbsp.
Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
Urad dal – 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves – few
Roast it in a medium flame Chop the vegetables finely. Cook peas separately with a little salt till soft. Keep everything aside.
Heat oil, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add urad dal and curry leaves. Then add finely chopped onions, ginger, green chillies and sauté till onions turn transparent.
Then add all the vegetables and cook for further 3-4 minutes. Add 1 cup + 2 tbsp. of water, needed salt, peas and bring water to boil.
Simmer the flame, add the dalia slowly, stirring continuously to prevent it from forming lumps.
Cover and cook on low flame, stirring in between, till all the water has evaporated and it becomes soft. (You may sprinkle water, if needed, in between).
Lemon Garlic Basa Fish
Prep 10 minutes
Cook 20 minutes
4 Basa fillets
1 teaspoon garlic paste
3 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon melted butter
1 teaspoon dried parsley
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven at 190oC or Gas 5. Spray a baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Clean Basa fillets under running water, and pat dry with kitchen towel. Place in a baking dish.
Combine the garlic and lemon juice with the melted butter. Pour the butter mix over the fillets, sprinkle with parsley, salt and pepper to taste.
Bake the fish in the oven for 15 minutes, or until the fish is cooked properly.
Prep time-20 minutes
Cook time- 10 minutes
500gms onion chopped
Sea salt-1/2 tsp
5 cloves garlic minced
2 medium sized broccoli crowns chopped
5cups vegetable stock
Minced chilli according to taste
1/2 cup parsley leaf
Chives finely chopped
2 boil potato medium sized
Heat oil in a pan. Add chopped onions, garlic and sauté for sometime. Add broccoli, potatoes, salt and sauté for about 2 minutes.
Add vegetable stock and cook until broccoli becomes soft. Let it cool and blend it to a smooth puree.
Reheat the soup with water. Garnish with pepper powder, chilli flakes and chives.
Serve hot with bread.
©Sarika Sarkar Das
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