Friday, March 8, 2013

Apple Oats Smoothie!!!!!!!! very smoothy!!!!!!

     Yes sometime apples go the way as mangoes or bananas do and also I am a smoothie person.Smoothies are the best when you wish you had some extra hours to finish your work and they help you to steal time......... Smoothies give the best of taste, flavour, delight and healthy meal/breakfast or a quick nutritious evening snack. Like this Apple Oats Smoothie.

       This smoothie serves best for breakfast when you are short for time and  you need something good to fill yourself  with , which is also good for your health.It gives you the delicious meal for the best part of your morning rich in fibre and nutrients. Do try it and have a happy Breakfast and ENJOY your DAY AHEAD!!!!!!

Inspired from Nithya's Blog.

1 big apple
1 1/2 tablespoon oats porridge ( I made it in water)
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon sugar ( Sugar as per taste)
Pinch Of salt
250ml chilled water
2 Almonds to garnish

 Peel the apple and chop it into small cubes. Prepare oats porridge. Mix the apple,oats porridge and all other ingredients except almonds into blender and blend for a minute.Add water as per you desire consistency of your smoothie.Pour it into a glass, garnish with almonds and gulp it off readily.

Foot Notes: 
I have made this smoothie using water.You make with milk also. 
This Smoothie is not very sweet : the sweetness comes from the little sugar,honey and apple. If required you can add sugar.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Do you have enough Selenium in your diet!!!!!!!!!!


   Selenium is an essential micro-nutrient in our we have enough selenium in our diet. Selenium is a micro-nutrient which is required for normal thyroid function; it  enhances ,maintains immunity and it reduces stress by working as an anti-oxidant. Studies have shown Selenium is effective in Cancer, heart disease. Apart from any pathological condition; lets come to daily life where we encounter stress at every moment. No matter whether you are in your office, at home or any place we are confronted with stress: as in you have to completes your work in a deadline, your senior will ask all sort of questions related to your work and you should have answer to all. At home- it is your kid or family e.g. academics/sport or other performance of kid. You have to manage things also in time. And all above that you need to manage people and  also get things going on correctly. So don't you think , this all knowingly and unknowingly increases stress on our mind , body and soul. 

      Hence, in order to face this stress it important that we stay fit physically. One thing of doing this is adequate dietary intake of micro-nutrients. Stress increases risk of various diseases like cancer or heart diseases. Selenium helps to reduce this stress by its anti-oxidant property to eliminate free radicals from body formed in your body as a result of stress. Selenium performs its functions with the help of selenoproteins and enzymes like selenium-glutatlione  peroxidase.  But however it should be kept in mind that overdose of selenium also causes toxicity and therefore it should be taken in proper amount. The recommended dietary allowance for adult is 55 mcg/day. The requirement changes in children, pregnancy and lactation.(Source: Institute of Medicine, Food and Nutrition Board. Dietary Reference Intakes: Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Selenium, and Carotenoids. National Academy Press, Washington, DC, 2000.)
              Emphasize on intake of variety of fruits, vegetables, garlic, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products.Whole grain breads, cereals, and noodles, brown rice, tuna and low fat cottage cheese can be good sources of selenium. This will make you ready to face stress without harming your body.

BE STRESS FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1. Benjamin S. Weeks et. al. Dietary selenium and selenoprotein function.  Med Sci Monit, 2012; 18(8): RA127-132.
2.E. Ekweagwu et. al. The role of micronutrients in child health: A review of
the literature.African Journal of Biotechnology  5 November , 2008;Vol. 7 (21), pp. 3804-3810.
3.  Elizabeth Williams and Melinda Harrison.Selenium: From Health to the Biological Food Chain.Journal of Biotech Research, 2010; 2:112-120.
This information should not take the place of medical advice. Take advise of your health care providers (doctor, registered dietitian, etc.) about your interest in, questions about,what may be best for your overall health or use of dietary supplements .