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5 Refreshing Cool Drinks For Summer!

Refreshing Cool Drinks For Summer!

Hello All!!!

You just enter home from the scorching heat outside and you are welcomed with a glass of chilled smoothie or slushie! Heaven on Earth indeed! So, yes without much ado let’s get into making refreshing cool drinks for summer!

1) Delightful Mango Smoothie

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Mango is the much loved king of fruits and summer is the only time when you get to eat it. Here is a mango smoothie recipe that serves four.

You need: 4 large-sized ripe mangoes, 6 tablespoons of yoghurt and 3 cups of chilled milk. For sweetening use stevia.

Peel off and then chop 3 large mangoes and keep them in the freezer. Cut the 4th mango into cubes of size 1cm. Now, you need to blend the frozen slices, milk and yoghurt well in your mixer or blender. Take tall glasses and add the diced mango pieces into it. Pour out the smoothie into the glasses and serve! It is a totally yum way to beat the heat!

2) Watermelon slushie

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There are plenty of watermelons available during this season. So, try this slushie!

You need: Half a cup of pomegranate juice and 2 cups of watermelon slices of 1 inch each along with half a cup of ice cubes.

Simply put in the pieces of watermelon, pomegranate juice and ice cubes in a blender and once you are done blending just pour it into a glass.

3) Refreshing Apple juice

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Apples are always around so why not use them to make a chilled surprise for yourself. Make sure that the apples you use are fresh and crisp.

You need: 2 apples, 4 cups of apples juice and 8 dip bags of green tea or hibiscus tea.

Pour 4 cups of water in a medium-sized saucepan and bring to boil. After boiling the water remove it from the heat and add tea bags to the boiled water.

Steep it for a good 4 minutes and remove the tea bags. Let the tea cool down. Side by side, slice the apples and make sure that the slices are pretty thin. Add them to the tea concentrate along with the apple juice. Mix well. You can add ice cubes and serve it chilled.

4) Cool cucumber soda

Cucumber soda Refreshing cool drinks for summer

Cucumber is also a great way to beat the heat.

You need: 300 g of fresh cucumber and some mint or basil (Tulsi) leaves, crushed ice and soda

Peel the cucumber, wash it and chop it into small pieces. Pour them into the blender and add crushed ice and blend it to make a smooth mixture. Pour this into a glass and pour soda on top. You can add chaat masala to this if you like. Garnish well with mint leaves or basil.

5) Orange kick

Orange juice Refreshing cool drinks for summer

Oranges are also loved a lot! So, you need to have a drink with them as the base!

You need: 4-5 ice cubes, a couple of oranges and 6 basil leaves along with a  drizzle of honey.

Peel the oranges, put them in a blender and mix them up well with honey and ice cubes. You need to strain the smooth liquid out and pour it into a glass. Garnish with fresh basil leaves and enjoy!

So, how did you like these 5 refreshing cool drinks for summer? You are always welcome to send in your comments.

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Refined Coconut Oil Vs Unrefined Coconut Oil – Which Is Best?

Refined Coconut Oil Vs Unrefined Coconut Oil

Quite often on most health sites, forums and debates, everyone asks one major question —

‘Refined Coconut Oil Vs Unrefined Coconut Oil – Which Is Best To Consume!’

We are sure you have the same question in your mind- should one use cold pressed coconut oil or should one opt for the organic touch, let’s find out!

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Let’s clear the air

The air needs to be cleared on whether the coconut oil we use for consumption and cooking, should be refined or unrefined! The opinions out there are half and half, but what does medical science say?

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According to an article in the New York Times:

“Partial hydrogenation creates dreaded trans fats. It also destroys many of the good essential fatty acids, antioxidants and other positive components present in virgin coconut oil. And while it’s true that most of the fats in virgin coconut oil are saturated, opinions are changing on whether saturated fats are the arterial villains they were made out to be. “I think we in the nutrition field are beginning to say that saturated fats are not so bad, and the evidence that said they were is not so strong,” Dr. Brenna said.”

 

So does that means, unrefined oil wins the saga here? Maybe yes and maybe not, this is an assumption based thought. There are still many that choose to use refined coconut oil after weighing the pros and cons of the same. For a better understanding, let’s take a look at the pros and cons, shall we?

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The fat content

Amongst the many benefits of using coconut oil, one of it most needed would be the fatty acid composition in it. The oil when unrefined is a house of very high levels of medium chain saturated fatty acids. Thus helping the body naturally fight inflammation. Inflammation happens when there are too many polyunsaturated fatty acids found in the body. Medium chain saturated fats are great to fight pesky bacteria in the body with, viruses and even fungi too. And the best part is, they can be easily digested as well.

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This however doesn’t mean that unrefined coconut oil has a better fatty acid level than that of refined coconut oil! Experts say it is the same.

What is in the coconut meat!

The oil comes from the meat of the coconut, which has the following-

  1. 17 amino acids
  2. B vitamins
  3. Potassium
  4. Iron
  5. Fibre

These five are what we get in unrefined oils, however, most of them are filtered out when the coconut oil is made. So whether it is virgin or refined, you would have the same amount in most cases.

Taste wise

Experts and studies show that flavour is more practical with refined than unrefined coconut oil. Flavorless coconut oil helps blend into the dish we make, much more than what naturally flavoured coconut oil can help with. Unless you are born eating unrefined coconut oil in foods made at home or around where you live, chances are you wouldn’t fancy the natural taste of coconut oil in everything you munch.

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Helps better with digestion

Digestion and allergies are part and parcel of the human system, and we all fail at it at some point in life. Experts say unrefined oil only adds to the woes of the two. This is because coconut solids have allergenic compounds in them, whereas the same have been removed in refined oil- making it flavourless and odourless! Refined oils for some doesn’t make the stomach churn and pain; as what would happen to the same individual when unrefined versions are cooked with.

Disclaimer: We are no one to judge what oil is best for you, which is why speaking to a health expert or a nutritionist can be of help. Their words would take precedence over what is written here.

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Simple Tricks To Drink More Water This Summer!

Tricks To Drink More Water This Summer!

Hello All!!

So summers are here and it is getting sultry by the day! The most important thing to remember during summers is that you need to drink enough water throughout the day. Only then you will be well-hydrated.

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All of us know that but still there are some people who avoid drinking water to reduce their washroom visits or are plain lazy to get up and fetch a bottle of water for themselves! Here are Simple Tricks To Drink More Water This Summer!

Keep a tab on your water intake

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Technology can come to your rescue if you forget to drink water. There are smart phone apps that keep a track of the number of glasses of water you drink in a day. These apps will send you reminders during the day to drink water after you set the number of glasses you want to drink in a day. Personally, I have been using the app Plant Nanny and it is a fun way to get reminded to drink water.

Jazz it up

Health Benefits Of Drinking Warm Lemon Water Every Morning

Don’t like drinking plain water? Well, you can jazz it up by squeezing in some lemon into the water. Lemon water is not just refreshing but also helps in preventing dehydration and adrenal fatigue.

Set a timer

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You can also keep reminding yourself of drinking water with the help of timers or sticky notes by placing them in places where you spend the maximum amount of time. This will help you drink sufficient amount of water.

Eat fruits and veggies that have water

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Apart from providing you with essential nutrients, your fruits and veggies can provide you with a good amount of water. Eating foods like watermelon, cucumber and tomatoes can fulfill 20% of your daily recommended water intake.

Carry a bottle of water with you

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If you are heading outdoors or are going to sit at your desk, just make sure that you carry a water bottle along. Whenever you are thirsty, it will be convenient for you to drink water.

Consume soups and juices

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When you add soups and juices to your diet, you can increase your water intake. Consuming clear soups or broth based ones will not alone rehydrate your body but will also help in maintaining a low calorie count.

Take water breaks

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If you have a desk job that involves only staring at the computer screen the whole day, then you have more chances of missing out on drinking water. Get up in between and take a water break along with your colleague and just relax for a while.

Make drinking water a ritual

You can turn drinking water into a ritual. For instance, you can drink 2 glasses if water when you wake up in the morning, 1 glass after every meal, 1 glass after every restroom visit and once when you retire to bed. This way you will get to drink sufficient water all day long.

Use fancy water bottles

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You are more likely to each out for a fancy looking water bottle to drink water. So, keep attractive water bottles for yourself.

Motivate yourself for good health

Self-motivation has a major role to play when you want to meet targets. Measuring the water consumed by you and pushing yourself to drink more water for good health can go a long way!

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FAQs About How To Use A Sunscreen

How To Use A Sunscreen And Which Is The Right One?

Hello All!!!

Winters have withdrawn and it is the summer that is standing at your doorstep. With the heat wave hitting India, it is that time of the year when girls and women start their frantic search for sunscreens. The biggest problem faced by these ladies is that there are so many brands of sunscreens all around, how does one known which one to choose?

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Here is a glimpse at what sunscreens are, how to use a sunscreen and how choose the right one.

1) Sun Protection Factor or SPF

In layman terms, SPF is a measure of how well a sunscreen works in protecting the skin from UV rays. SPF is between the range if 15 to 60. Now, for Indian skin which one would be better? A sunscreen with an SPF of a minimum of 20 would be sufficient. Most sunscreens in the market have a minimum SPF of 15, However, are you aware of the most glorious part of the Indian skin tone? Belonging to the brown skinned race, we naturally possess a pigment called melanin in the skin that protects us from the sun with an inbuilt SPF of 15. So, we gorgeous Indians need not buy a sunscreen of more than 19. This is the ideal protection we need from the sun.

Another frequently asked question is the following:

Is a sunscreen with a higher SPF better?

Not really, if there is a comparison between SPF 15 and 30 there is just a 4% difference in sun protection rate. In a 30 SPF and 60 SPF sunscreen there is just a 2% difference as 60 SPF offers 99 percent protection and 30 SPF offers a 97 percent protection.

Moreover, higher the SPF of the sunscreen, the stickier it is! This means a no-no for oily skinned beauties.

2) How to apply the sunscreen?

You need to apply the sunscreen 30 mins prior to heading outdoors as this is the amount of time required for the sunscreen to bind to your skin cells and get activated. No more laziness girls, wake up a good half an hour early so that you can apply the cream and sit indoors for half an hour.

3) When to reapply the sunscreen?

You need to reapply the sunscreen if you are going to be in the sun for longer than 3 hours. This is because when you sweat, the sunscreen gets diluted and gets washed off. So, in summers you need to carry around your sunscreen tube with you wherever you go!

4) Should the sunscreen be applied before makeup or after makeup?

This is one question that pops up in the mind of every woman. You need to wear your sunscreen before applying makeup. It will help in protecting the skin and will make your make-up stick on to your skin better.

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So, if all your questions have been answered here what are you waiting for? You need not hesitate from stepping out in the sun anymore use a sunscreen!

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