New Year Resolution – Good Health!

 

So the year 2014 is coming to an end and I can confidently say that my endeavor of achieving good health and setting healthy lifestyle examples for my little one has been achieved. A pat on my back for this!! Now I want to take my goals to a next level. I want every one of you to set health related goals for the New Year 2015. New Goals of achieving good health through a healthy body and also a healthy and positive mind. Good health besides losing weight also means to have a positive attitude, a healthy mind, lots of laughter and happiness which in turn brings excitement into our lives and the mindset which helps us to tackle day to day challenges with elan.

 

Now that the new resolution has been set let’s take baby steps:

 

In the first step I will talk about food. Yum! I completely understand how difficult it is to sacrifice delicious gourmet food. :) But who’s talking about sacrificing? :) We are going to find out ways to eat everything and yet achieve our healthy eating goals. In our daily routine we should try to cook at home as much as possible with natural and fresh ingredients.  Eat seasonal produce as much as possible and include healthy carbs, good fats and lots of proteins into your diet. If you are attending any invitation make sure you don’t go starving. Always munch on healthy food before going to the party so that you are able to make the right decisions. Snacking at regular intervals boosts your metabolism and make sure your metabolism is always working for your body to be able to burn fats which in turn would help you to lose weight.  Remember to always make right and healthy decisions when it comes to food and never go on an empty stomach to a grocery store. :)

 

In the second step I will talk about the importance of physical activities. We all know that exercise is an important part while losing weight but the physical activities have other benefits too. To start with, you can register for 5K or 10K run  or you can do some exercises at home which would be non-equipment exercises, standing jogging or climbing up and down the stairs and many more.

 

For example:
1.    It helps in blood circulation
2.    It helps in free flow of oxygen all over the body.
3.    Promotes healthy and glowing skin
4.    Burns calories
5.    Tones the muscles
6.    Helps in building the muscle mass
7.    Brings flexibility in you.

 

In the third step let’s talk about the overall happiness. With good health and healthy lifestyle you are able to build up immense confidence. Happiness flows in your heart and your mind is positively active. You are also able to explore your creative part and generate lots of energy inside you. Good health brings you the motivation to strive for new challenges. Good health also brings positivity in your mind which helps you to sail through your low/tough times.

 

Let’s work together towards achieving long term good health goals and adopt a healthy lifestyle in the NEW Year 2015.

 

Health tip of the week

“Work towards achieving happiness via good health”.

Banana Hazelnut Cookies

 

Ripe bananas mashed with honey and combined with hazelnut meal and baked into cookies. I simply love the combination. :)

 

banana cookies 2.0

 

I love the aroma of the fresh baked cookies and if I get a chance to bite a cookie immediately out of the oven its mind blowing. I had some bananas that were ripe and I wanted to see the outcome of any dessert with hazelnut meal. So I combined the both and created Banana Hazelnut Cookies. These cookies are very easy to bake and I used the ingredients that I had at home. Also the cookies vanished in couple of days and there was a demand for more. :) I was super excited to bake another batch of Banana Hazelnut Cookies.

 

banana cookies ingredients pic

 

These cookies are quite special to me because this recipe is approved by my daughter who is quite a picky eater. It’s usually difficult to get any recipe approved by her but she loved Banana Hazelnut Cookies and finished the whole batch. In fact she had her meals with these cookies and I was happy because these are healthy and nutritious cookies. The most happy and funny moment was when daddy bear and baby bear were fighting for the last cookie. I could not stop laughing that my husband had become a child at that time. :) My family truly appreciated the cookies and I would say that this recipe is a Must Try!

 

banana cookies 1-2.0

 

Banana Hazelnut Cookies

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Number of servings: 10

Per Serving 205 calories

Fat 15 g

Carbs 16 g

Protein 5 g

10

Ingredients

  • 2 cups hazelnut meal
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 whole bananas (over ripe and skin peeled)
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ½ tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs (beaten)

 

Directions:

 

1.    Preheat oven at 370 degree Fahrenheit. Prepare a cookie sheet with a liner and slightly grease it.

 

2.    Combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.

 

3.    In separate bowl combine bananas, honey and vanilla extract. Mash it with a fork or hand. I prefer mashing bananas with hand to make sure it’s properly mashed.

 

4.    Mix the banana mixture into the dry ingredients and mix roughly with a spoon.

 

5.    Add the whipped eggs to the batter and mix well with a spoon.

 

6.    Pour a spoonful of the batter onto the cookie sheet for 20 cookies.

 

7.    Put it in the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until the tooth pick comes out clean.

 

8.    Let it cool for a while and serve with your favorite beverage.

 

Note: The above recipe yields 20 cookies and the serving size is 2 cookies per person.

These cookies can be stored in an air tight container in the refrigerator for couple of days.

Plum Chutney

 

While sitting on our couch, as I and my daughter were biting into Fresh, Juicy, Sweet, flavorful Red Plums I came up with an idea of Plums Chutney. By the time I was cooking up the recipe in my mind I realized we had already eaten half of the box of plums. I only had few remaining to try the recipe. I quickly stepped into my favorite corner of the house ‘KITCHEN’ and started heating up the pan.

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Moderate Eating and Exercising for a Balanced Lifestyle

 

Moderation is the key word for a balanced lifestyle. Here Moderation means regulating or controlling food intake and also physical activities. Too much of healthy food or too much of exercise causes imbalance of health.  Just like when we over eat or indulge too much on fried food or heavy desserts or when we spend too much time on our comfortable couches or beds then the bell starts ringing in our minds that we should do such things in moderation.  The same goes hand in hand with healthy eating and exercises too. Moderation means never over doing with eating or exercising.

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