Green Smoothie, Spinach Green Weighloss Smoothie

Smoothies are a great way to add greens in your diet. This smoothie is a fast forward way to reach your weigh loss goals. I love this smoothie recipe for my breakfast. Its delicious, filling and full of nutrients.

Since spinach is rich in Iron you will need to consume this smoothie right away!

Zero oil tomato & pumpkin soup for weigh loss

Is green smoothie good for weight loss?

This green smoothie is packed with fruit and veg to give you a great energy boost or a quick pick me up drink. Its packed with nutrients and fibre must for weighloss.

Can I freeze the green smoothie?

No you can not prepare and freeze the smoothie. However you can prep the ingredients before hand and make smoothie when you need. All the fruit and veg can be frozen in a zip lock bag for one portion smoothie use.

Can I use banana in the green smoothie?

Yes, most definitely you can. You can even use a frozen banana. That does give a thicker consistency and more body to the smoothie.

Can I use frozen fruit to make green smoothie?

Yes, its a great idea to use frozen fruit for this recipe.

Can I use regular spinach instead of baby spinach?

Baby spinach is recommended to use because they are tender and sweet. Regular spinach can be a little bitter and turn the over all taste bitter. But yes still can be used.

Can I substitute spinach with anything else?

Since its a green smoothie you can substitute spinach with any other green like kale, chards etc.

Can I use milk if I dont need green smoothie to be vegan?

Yes, you can use regular milk for this recipe too. However if your goal is to loose weight then its a good idea to use any plant based milk like almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk or oats milk.

Can I use coconut water to replace ice?

Yes, I often freeze fresh coconut milk to use in recipes like this.

Can I use a green apple in this recipe?

Yes, you can use any type of apple available to you.

Green-smoothie

Recipe Video-

Directions to make green smoothie-

1 cup baby spinach

1/2 apple

1/2 cup pineapple

1 tsp flax seeds powder

1 inch ginger peeled

1/2 cup curd/greek yogurt or vegan yogurt(for vegan)

1/4 cup almond milk

6-7 ice cubes or use frozen coconut water instead

Method-

In a blender add the spinach, apple and pineapple.

Add flax seed powder, ginger, yogurt, ice and almond milk.

Blend everything together to form a liquid smoothie.

Pour in a tall glass and enjoy!

consume right away.

Zero Oil Tomato & Pumpkin Soup For Weighloss

Haven’t yoh heard a gazillion times how you need to have more soup and veg if you are to loose weight.

I am a fan of soups and make them often for dinner time. Yes admittedly I am also wanting to loose a few inches and weigh less than what I currently weigh.

Most soups have so many additions that keeps reducing its nutrient value.

Tomato and pumpkin soup

The tomato and pumpkin soup is a winner for me as its-

🔹Zero oil

🔹No additives like soy or cornflour

🔹Naturally sweet from the pumpkin

🔹Tastes yum

If all these reasons are not enough then what is??

Tomato and pumpkin soup

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Can I make this soup ahead of time-

Yes, definitely. This soup is one of those soups that are simple to make and can be made ahead of time.

Can I freeze tomato & pumpkin soup?

Yes you can freeze this soup for up to 15 days. My recommendation would be to freeze and usable portions so that you avoid taking out the whole batch all together. Remember to date your soup batches and use them accordingly. I have yet to tru freezing the soup for more than 15 day, if I do I will update here.

Is making fresh soup better than freezing in bulk?

Its entirety up to you. Yes fresh soup with fresh ingredients is better. But for most people who would freeze a soup will want to do that convenience. Imaging you are a mom or a working professional and this way you can enjoy the soup if you find time to cook once a week too. So yes its okay to freeze soup if you cant cook daily.

Tomato and pumpkin soup

Here’s a quick video I made. Use it for a reference. Do like and subscribe to my channel.

Directions to make Tomato & Pumpkin Soup-

Ingredients-

200 gms roughly chopped tomato

200 gms roughly chopped orange pumpkin

1 red onion chopped roughly chopped

5-6 cloves of garlic

Salt as per taste

Pepper as per taste

1 litre of water

Method-

In a pressure cooker add tomato, pumpkin, onion garlic.

Add litre of water. Close the lid.

Pressure cook it on low for 20 mins.

Switch off the flam and let it release the steam itself.

Open the lid after 20 mins. Blend the soup with a hand blender.

Add salt & pepper as per your taste.

I dont like to strain my soup mostly but you can choose to do it too.

Serve warm.

Enjoy!!

More weighloss soup ideas on the blog-

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My Top 5 Places to buy rakhi online

Its that time of the year when the love of brother and sister is celebrated. Rakshabandhan is an Indian festival that celebrates the bond between a brother and sister.

On this day a brother swears to protect their sister from anything and everything.

Its the time to buy rakhi and what best to buy rakhi and to never step out of the house. There are so many options to choose from.

With every passing year their is a variety of rakhi’s to choose from.

Places to buy rakhi online

Here are list of my top 5 top places to buy rakhi online from-

Ferns & Petals- Ferns and petal is a great place for gifting. From flowers to chocolate and now rakhi’s are available at very reasonable cost. And they have a fantastic record of delivery in time.

SeedRakhi.com- If you are someone who is environment friendly. Then buy a rakhi that can convert into a seed and plant it later. It really makes you feel happy that one small decision of buying a seed rakhi will save our planet.

Floweraura.com- They have a beautiful array of rakhi’s and such friendly prices. They deliver on time and all over India. A must visit for all things rakhi and even buying gifts for sister. They also have an option of same day delivery.

archiesonline.com- Archie’s is a popular destination for buying gifts online and what better place to buy trending rakhi’s. A must visit place for rakhi and buying gifts for brother and sister.

IGP.com- A must visit site for awesome rakhi. They have a last minute sale going on and you must take advantage of that. And they have an express delivery option too.

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Ways You Can Celebrate This Rakshabandhan Unconventionally!


Rakshabandhan is perhaps the most anticipated celebrations in India. The festival that celebrates the bond between siblings has been long associated with brothers protecting their sisters. While growing up, we all believed that our brothers were supposed to don the role of a saviour for his sister.


However, over the years, we have seen this stereotype breaking through fresh and new narratives. After all, it is only about tying a rakhi on someone who gives protection. Be it your sister, teacher, watchman, or even your colleague.

And ever since the pandemic began, there is one group who has been selflessly working and been the real protectors – our medical personnel!

I recently noticed a brand post of Nickelodeon celebrating Surakshabandhan wherein Rudra & other toons were encouraging kids to pay tribute to the medical personnel. That’s when it got me thinking!

Why restrict this beautiful festival to only celebrating with brothers? Let’s redefine this norm and extend it to all the real protectors!

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Here’s a list of people you should thank them for their work and pray for their safety.

  1. Medical staff for their selfless services-  

Frontline warriors have made a huge difference by selflessly working in these testing times! They have kept us, and our loved ones stay protected from this novel virus! This year let’s celebrate Surakshabandhan by saying thanks to them, cheering them and making them feel uncommon. Really, why not visit them and tie rakhis or ‘bands of protection’ as a token of thank you?


In case that’s difficult, you can simply upload your DIY Rakhi, tag @nickindiaofficial and send a special message to them!


2. Vendors and sweepers for working despite the world coming to a halt-


While we all were confined within our homes, sweepers were battling the infection by keeping the hygiene in check. Vendors went beyond to ensure that the basic essentials were met. How about cheering them when they come to provide something at your entryway or purchase a few desserts and bless them to the sweepers and celebrate Surakshabandhan?

Rakshabandhan

3. Teachers for holding our hands throughout-


As much as it was new for kids meet their friends virtually, it was equally difficult for teachers to adapt to the new normal and ensure that learning doesn’t stop! They have literally gone out of their way. While we do have a day to celebrate them every year, this year lets tie the band of protection to them, thanking them for protecting our growth by not letting it stop because of the pandemic, for understanding that we need special attention in these tough times.

Though this list will be never-ending, let’s celebrate this Rakshabandhan in the most unconventional way. Your sweet gesture can brighten up someone’s festival!

Rakshabandhan

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What Does Labor Pain Actually Feels Like Tells Mom Of 2

The most dreadful question I had when I was pregnant was what does labor pain actually feel like.

Turns out I never got a real answer. Yes I read tons of articles which gave me an idea about what labour pain feels like but I feel like it didn’t do justice to the actual pain.

Okay so anyone reading this please dont be alarmed this is my experience and it may or may not be the same for you.

Labor pain

So what exactly labor pain feels like?

The truth is its impossible to tell exactly how it feels. Partially because it is different for everyone.

You may or may not start with a strong pain but they progress differently for everyone.

What happens when labor pain starts-

You will feel a sharp pain around your abdomen, back or lower back and hips.

You may feel cramps like in periods but only stronger.

You may have some pain or discomfort in the vaginal or pelvic area.

You may experience uterus tightening at fixed intervals which will get close together as your labor progress.

You can be 2-3cm dilated for 1-2 days. It gets uncomfortable but it’s totally normal.

Whap happens when labor pain increases-

Once you reach hospital you will not be allowed to eat anything to prepare you for any possibility of c-sec.

As labor pain increases the intensity of pain also increases. Your contractions will be close together.

Your gynac will ask you to time your contractions and will need to know for how long you have each contraction and what is the time gap between each contraction.

As your contractions come and go you will need to monitor baby’s heartbeat and movements. It’s best to reach your hospital as soon as you confirm you are in labor.

After you are 4-5 cm dilated you will be shifted to the labor ward or the delivery room depending on your hospital policy.

At this time if you choose for a painless delivery the anesthesiologist will administer epidural. It will take away most of your pain.

It takes some time for epidural to kick in so if you plan to use it make sure your doc is aware in advance. It just makes things easier.

In my case epidural expedited my delivery and my labor progress rapidly. I delivered within 60 min in both my deliveries. JUST FYI.

What happens in labor just before delivery-

Once you reach 7-8 cms dilated you will have contractions very close. Its basically your uterus tightening and making your baby push down so that you can push soon.

There will be a lot of people around for delivery so don’t be alarmed for privacy. Honestly you won’t even bother as the labor pain makes it impossible to see or care about anything else.

If you plan to have your husband in delivery room then tell your doc beforehand.

You may poop during delivery and its only natural and normal. Don’t worry.

When it’s final 9-10 cm dilated it’s time to push. You basically will have an urge to push. And you cannot stop any more.

All of this happens so quickly that you will barely realise.

Labor pain

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