Today’s Breakfast :)

Hey angels !

Hope you have been doing well. Thought of making a food blog post today and whats better than writing about what breakfast I myself had in the morning. 🙂 If you guys have been following me then you know what a big food lover I am and how I feel that breakfast is the most important meal in a day.

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I am milk addict. Literally, I can live for days having just milk. And, I also love cereals. So, I have different varieties of cereals with milk for breakfast. Sometimes cornflakes, sometimes oats, sometimes museli and so on. Today I had some wheatflakes from kellogg’s alongwith milk. Yeah, kellogg’s happens to be my favorite brand when it comes to cereals. They have such a wide variety which has almost taken over the Indian market since years. I also added some Amway Nutrilite plant protein powder to the milk as I mostly eat vegan.

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I also had a multigrain bread sandwich stuffed with loads of raw veggies. For flavor I had added some black pepper powder to boost up my metabolism and also spread some crunchy peanut butter before layering the veggies.

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To keep myself hydrated I had a glass of fresh tender coconut water. It was purely organic as the tender coconut was from my own garden. It is very good for detoxing and is always a better replacement for the store bought packaged juices which have a lot of added sugars and preservatives.

Hope you have liked this post. Do let me know if you have any healthy breakfast ideas so that I can incorporate it to my life.

Stay healthy!

XOXOX

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Weekend Luncheon at Bhubaneswar !!

Hi friends,

Hope you have been doing great. Today I am going to make a very different blog post. It is going to be about 2 good restaurants I had been in the last weekend. At least once in every 2 weeks or so, my body screams to eat something good outside and the scenario goes something like this, “Where do you want to eat today? What do you feel like?” And if you folks know me, you know how I am when it comes to food. While eating outside, the first thing I want is good ambiance. No, I don’t mind eating at small dhabas and stalls but once in a while I love to indulge in heavenly food in a more heavenly environment to attain that ultimate peace. 😛 Also, the food should be something which makes me ‘fall in love at the first bite’. Last but not the least, I prefer eating somewhere which doesn’t burn a hole in the pocket. But, unfortunately its difficult getting all the 3 together.

So, in today’s post, I shall be sharing my experience at 2 restaurants which I absolutely loved eating at in the last weekend. The first one is ‘Aangan Heritage’ which falls on the Infocity road, Patia, Bhubaneswar. I had been there once before when it had newly opened and I was in my last days at college so it was a very nostalgic feeling, being there. If you want a quiet, calm and private place to have some alone time or with your near and dear ones. It has small cabins for each table which gives you your nice little corner. It is definitely pocket friendly as 2 people can easily have a 3 course meal within Rs. 500-800.

I instantly fall in love with restaurants which serve you great soups. We had chicken burnt garlic soup which smelled as good as it tasted. Don’t remember the time when I had a soup that tasted better than this one. Also had cheese balls for starters which melted amazingly within a couple of seconds in the mouth. They also served french fries along with the cheese balls which I didn’t expect.

For main course we had butter chicken tikka with tandoori roti, masala kulcha and paneer kulcha which all tasted equally good. We also had some green salad. (Try to eat something healthy when eating unhealthy :P)

Finally for desserts there is the newly opened ‘The Chocolate House’ infront of Bhawani Mall, Bhubaneswar. It was my first time there and I really wanted to be there since the first time I saw it after I moved back to Bhubaneswar. The moment I entered the restaurant, I was in love at first sight with place. The chocolaty aroma , the handmade chocolates for sale, the ambient lighting, the beautiful interiors were more than enough to take my heart. It is a must try for all the chocolate lovers out there. This pretty little cafe also provides you books to while away your time if you are eating alone or waiting for someone. You can also treat yourself for as less as Rs. 100 there. We had some black forest ice-cream and some hot chocolate brownie with ice-cream. I also bought some handmade chocolates while returning to have later at home.

Hope you liked this blog post of mine. Do let me know what are your favorite restaurants in the city so that I can be there next time. Check out my blog for more such posts.

Stay happy !

XOXOX

5 ways to be happy :)

“When you are joyful, when you say yes to life and have fun and project positivity all around you, you become a sun in the center of every constellation, and people want to be near you.” – Shannon L. Alder

Hey friends,

Welcome back to my blog. Today I am going to post something very different from my older posts. We all have a void in our lives which needs to be filled up with loads of happiness. So, to know 5 ways how to be happier, keep reading. 🙂

1. Have less expectations. Having less expectations from everything and everybody helps in giving a higher satisfaction when you get something which results in more happiness. Keep working hard to achieve your goals and be ambitious. But, learn to enjoy the results as well. If you are not able to meet up the target, then worrying is not going to lead you to anywhere. Be happy with whatever you got and try harder next time.

2. Stop stalking people on social media. People generally have a more happening life on social media than in real. Say, you have a 1000 friends on facebook. And when you log on, you see 100 of them posting happy and happening stuff while you are going through a bad day. Hold on! What about the other 900? They might be having a day like yours, or maybe even worse. Log on to instagram and you see posts of your friends partying, eating at fancy restaurants or travelling to exotic locations and you feel that you have the most boring life ever. But, we all know that the best memories of our lives are the ones we don’t have pictures of. So ditch out that smartphone and enjoy more of real life.

3. Stay away from toxic people. We all have at least one of those in our life who happens to ruin our mood no matter what. Bullies or nosy people or bossy people who happen to surround us everywhere can’t just stand to see happiness in us. Just stay away from them. You don’t want that much of negativity in your life.

4. Stay close to happy people. Again, we have at least a person in our life who always makes us happy. It can be somebody who is very motivating or somebody who always happens to be jolly. Happiness is contagious. If you spend more time hanging around this person or talking to this person, you tend to be happier.

5. Stay healthy. Everybody knows that a healthy body always has a healthy mind. Eat healthy, workout, meditate, have good sleep and you can find the happy hormones boosting up.

Hope you enjoyed reading this. Follow my blog for more.

Stay happy!

XOXOX

Have a great start with a great breakfast.

“Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper”-Adelle Davis

  Hi, friends here I am once again with you to share some healthy eating habits we must choose throughout the day to keep our metabolism running. The first and most important meal to start your day is breakfast; you can program your entire day’s metabolism just by making right breakfast choices. I personally feel one healthy breakfast is comprised of all the macros needed for running a healthy body. But, sadly, I have seen many of my friends skipping breakfast. This is one of the worst things you can do to yourself. People who skip breakfast generally tend to overeat during lunch and dinner. Breakfast skippers often feel tired, irritable and restless in the morning because they do not have adequate energy for their brains and muscles to sustain activity throughout the day. Also, they have hunger pangs throughout the day so they choose foods which are readily available around them like cookies, chips and lots of fast food. So, people who have been health freaks, people who have always loved fast food, people who love eating desserts for breakfast (I love to eat desserts anytime of the day, not as a dessert but as a main course :P), and people who have always been in a hurry and unable to find time during the morning for breakfast, this post is for you. Read it until the end as there will be lots of tips for you in this post.

It’s not for only gym goers but everyone should start their day with a healthy mix of complex carbohydrates, protein, healthy fats and fibers. Carbohydrates and healthy fats provides energy to keep us going throughout the day. Protein helps to build and repair our body. Fiber helps to keep us full for a longer time and also helps in proper bowel movement.

Nobody can deny that oatmeal is a healthy source of complex carbs, fiber and protein and by complex carbs I mean one which keeps you full for longer hours. Throw in some fruits in it with some scrambled eggs and you have got the perfect right mix of all the four.

In a typical Indian household scenario you may not find so much time to make so many different recipes for a healthy breakfast so what you can do is  make mix vegetable curry with lots of gravy and throw in some dry roasted oats in it and believe me it tastes much better than oats upma. If you hit the gym on the day then you might like to increase protein content in it. You can have chicken breast curry with oats in it. Alternatively, have scrambled eggs with it.People who have a sweet-tooth like me can add lots of honey and dry fruits to oats cooked with milk. It is a healthier alternative to the traditional kheer we love so much.

 

Many people don’t like the taste of oats. If oatmeal doesn’t go down your throat then you have many other choices as well. Try brown rice which is very easy to make. Boil some water and add some brown rice in a rice cooker. It’s ready in just ten minutes. Brown rice keeps you full for longer and it has got just right amount of dietary fibers and some minerals. Cook some mixed vegetables curry or chicken breast curry with light gravy and mix it with brown rice and it can be a healthier alternative to biryani.

Those who like to start their day with fast food, you have many options to make it healthier. You can prepare whole wheat pasta with lots of vegetables in it sauteed with some eggs in it or if you are a vegetarian add some paneer(cottage cheese) or tofu. Use fresh tomatoes n chilies rather than tomato n chili sauce the former tastes much better n also is free from preservatives and packed with all the goodness of tomatoes.

I have been living in Hyderabad for the last 4 months and I got a hint of how yummy the South-Indian food can be. Many of my friends also love eating them. If you are a person who cannot refrain from south Indian delicacies like idli and dosa, go for multigrain idli and with dosa batter, mix some gram flour pulses and other grains and serve with sambhar and coconut chutney.

Now, it is the 21st century and our lives are getting faster everyday. Office, school and college goers usually are in a rush every morning. So, for people who are always on the go and don’t have time to prepare and eat breakfast in the morning, I have some ideas for you. In hot countries like India, we always love to have something cool. Throw in some cut-fruit of your choice, skimmed milk or yoghurt, ice-cubes and oats into the mixer to make it a delicious smoothie in less than 5 mins. You can then transfer it to a mason jar and have it on the way. If you can spare a little more time, you can have a smoothie bowl of the same while adding some dry fruits to the smoothie to make it more interesting.  Alternatively, you can also have some low fat yoghurt with fruits or stuff salad vegetables or chicken or egg inside whole-wheat or multigrain bread and make a sandwich out of it. Also you can have a quick breakfast of whole grain cereals or muesli with some skimmed milk or low fat yoghurt.

Friends, no matter whatever you choose to eat, make sure that you eat something nutritious at the start of the day to keep yourself fueled up throughout. If you liked the post, also share it with your friends. Also, let me know which one is your favorite breakfast out of all the above ideas.

Stay healthy! 🙂