Friday, September 16, 2016

Healthy and Shiny hair : Henna and Aloe Vera hair pack

A Chemical Free Hair dye 

Henna is the chemical free natural alternative to artificial hair dyes. Besides unforeseen damage to your hair ,shockingly the chemicals in hair dyes have also being linked with cancer.

Henna for hair growth and conditioning

Regular use of henna can strengthen hair roots,promote hair growth ,prevent hair fall and restore its shine and bounce.

Color Change

 Be mindful if you have light color hair or grey hair,using henna will color hair to a orange reddish color. Darker black hair colors ,will not see any change in color,only a maroonish shade in sunlight.

Be aware BLACK HENNA is NOT really Natural.

Be sure to buy only all natural henna or herbal henna powder free of any chemicals

Henna and Aloe vera hair pack for Healthy Hair
Mixing henna powder with aloe vera gel provides the added nourishment for the hair. Aloe vera is known to prevent dandruff ,strengthen hair and promote hair growth.
Black Tea
The liquid used in the mix is black tea , that darkens the color of henna while adding natural luster to the hair and also prevents hair dryness
Finally one whole egg which is rich in protein is great for conditioning the hair.
Use this every 3-4 weeks for healthy hair and promoting hair growth.

Hair Pack Recipe for 1 application Medium length hair :
1 cup Henna(can use herbal henna with added ingredients like amla powder and shikakai powder)
1 1/2 cup black tea(drop 1 tea bag in water and let sit for few minutes ,before squeezing it out)
2 tablespoon Aloe vera gel
1 Egg

Slowly mix all the ingredients in a glass or steel bowl until smooth ,might have some lumps,that should be fine. Cover and let sit for 3-4 hours before applying on hair.

Steps to apply henna to your hair :
1.Lightly apply coconut oil to your hair and massage all over the scalp
2.Use an applicator brush for applying or if using fingers wear gloves to prevent any color on your fingers
3.Start from the front ,take few strands of hair, apply from bottom to top. Make sure the mixture gets to the scalp
4.Swirl and pile the strands of your hair one over the other like a hair bun on top
5.Keep it on for 2-3 hours before rinsing in cold water. If kept longer can get too dry and difficult to rinse off. If you are not looking for darker color ,can rinse off in one hour. Your hair will still get the sufficient conditioning needed.

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Bakrid Special : Mutton Baingan(Egg plant) Roast

Vegetables blended in to meaty flavors of goat , this mutton roast has combined goodness of meat and egg plants. Very appetizingly spicy let's get to the spicy recipe without further ado.

For Egg plant Chutney
1/2 lb baingan(small egg plants) ,tops cut-off and halved
1 plum red tomato , quartered
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds

1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
1 inch ginger peeled sliced
2 cloves garlic peeled
2 dry red chillies
few curry leaves
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon canola oil

1/2 teaspoon salt

For Meat 
1 pound or 1/2 kg Lamb or Goat ,white fat trimmed
1 medium onions,finely chopped

1/2 teaspoon salt

Cook the Meat 
Mix the meat with 1/2 cup of water ,chopped onions and salt then pressure cook for 15-20 minutes on medium heat until meat is tender or if cooking in covered skillet, takes about 1 hour for meat to get tender.

To make the Eggplant(baingan) Chutney
Heat oil in a pan at medium heat , add cumin seeds,coriander seeds ,curry leaves and dry chillies. Saute for a minute.Add chopped onions, garlic, ginger slices and saute for 2 minutes. Add rest of the spices and sliced egg plants and cook until tender. Let cool then blend to a paste with cilantro until smooth. 

Roast the chutney with cooked meat
In the same pan ,add the egg plant chutney and the cooked meat ,then cook on medium high heat for another 5-10 minutes until flavors blend and gravy is concentrated.

Serve warm with rice or roti or parathas or Naan.

Watch the video of Recipe here

Eid Mubarak to all the viewers celebrating Eid around the world!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Aloe Vera Oats Skin Soothing Daily Mask

Your search for a daily nourishing face mask ends here.This simple 3 ingredient face mask not only leaves your skin smooth and supple, it also totally natural and free of chemicals.

  Learn more aloe vera from my previous post here

Watch this video for the Amazing Aloe Vera Oats Skin Soothing Daily Mask recipe.

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Sunday, September 4, 2016

How to Grow Sprouts? Different Kinds of Sprouts and Recipes

Impressive Health Benefits of Sprouts
*Improves digestive process
*Lower blood pressure and cholesterol
*Fights against cancer
*Boosts skin health
*Supports Immune system
*Improves Vision

 I find some sprouts are easier to grow at home like Mung Beans ,Fenugreek Seeds ,Black eyed peas and Chick peas,as these beans are easily available in Asian Stores. There are others I usually bring from stores like Alfa Alfa and Broccoli Sprouts, mainly because its seeds are not commonly available in Stores to grow at home.

Watch this video to learn how to easily and hygienically grow sprouts at home. And the flashback of Sprouts recipes posted in past.

Find complete list of Sprouts recipes here 

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Top Healthiest Whole Grains

Whole grains unlike the refined grains have there nutrients intact that includes B Vitamins , Fiber ,antioxidants and Minerals. Also unlike refined grains ,the Whole grains keep you fuller longer,reducing the cravings of eating between the meals eventually helping in controlling weight.

Whole grains are particularly good for prevention of :
Cardiovascular disease.
Type 2 diabetes
* Certain kinds of Cancers
* Obesity
Read more at about whole grain benefits at WebMD

Top Healthiest Whole Grains 

Nutrition: Quinoa(pronounced KEEN-wah) originating from the Andes region of South America,is revered for its excellent nutritional profile.Its gluten-free with an exceptional source of protein,contains all eight essential amino acids and is high in iron,calcium,magnesium,phosphorus,B vitamins and fiber.With mild,slightly nutty flavor ,its a sensible substitute for white rice or couscous
Health Benefits : Reduces risk of cardio vascular diseases ,type 2 diabetes ,controlling blood sugar ,and preventing certain cancers
Where to BuyIn well stocked grocery stores and supermarkets

Quinoa Recipes

Nutrition:Oats are an excellent source of manganese and molybdenum. They are also a very good source of phosphorus as well as a good source of copper, biotin, vitamin B1, magnesium, dietary fiber, chromium, zinc and protein.
Health Benefits : Helps in lowering Cholesterol and reduces the risk of cardio vascular diseases and stabilizes blood sugar read more at whfoods
Where to BuyIn well stocked grocery stores and supermarkets

Oats Recipes

Nutrition : A very good source of molybdenum, manganese, dietary fiber, and selenium, and a good source of copper, vitamin B1, chromium, phosphorus, magnesium, and niacin. 
Health Benefits :Excellent for digestive health ,prevention of cardio vascular diseases and diabetes
read more at whfoods
Where to BuyIn well stocked grocery stores and supermarkets

Barley Recipes 

Nutrition : A good source of some very important nutrients, including copper, manganese, phosphorus, and magnesium
Health Benefits : Lower the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Read more at whfoods
Where to BuyAsian Stores(Indian and Pakistani) 

Millet Recipes


Nutrition : Good source of B Vitamins and fiber
Health Benefits : Helps in weight control and lowering cholesterol . Read at whfoods

Where to Buy : In well stocked grocery stores , supermarkets and Asian Stores

Brown rice Recipes

Nutrition : Good source of B Vitamins. 
Health Benefits :Provides protection against heart disease diabetes and cancers. Read more at whfoods
Where to Buy In well stocked grocery stores and supermarkets

Buckwheat recipes

Nutrition : Its a low carb(low glycemic index < 55) food high in fiber,has more protein, vitamins, and minerals than other grains commonly consumed like White rice,brown rice or wheat.The grain is also unbelievably rich in calcium and iron. Read More about its nutrition
Health Benefits : Helps in weight control,blood sugar control ,reduces risk of heart disease and certain cancers
Where to BuyIn Middle Eastern stores

Freekeh recipes

Nutrition : Wild rice is a good source of essential minerals such as phosphorus, zinc and folate, which give you energy and nurture your bones. Vitamins A, C and E are essential for overall health and immunity.
Health Benefits : Helps in weight control,blood sugar control ,reduces risk of heart disease and certain cancers
Where to BuyIn well stocked grocery stores and supermarkets

Wild Rice recipes

Nutrition : Good source of several vitamins and minerals, including selenium, manganese, phosphorus, copper, and folate.
Health Benefits : Helps in weight control,blood sugar control ,reduces risk of heart disease and certain cancers
Where to Buy In well stocked grocery stores, supermarkets ,Asian and Middle Eastern Stores

Whole Wheat recipes

10. FARRO 
Nutrition : Good source of protein ,vitamins and minerals. 
Health Benefits : Helps in weight control,blood sugar control ,reduces risk of heart disease and certain cancers. Great for digestive health
Where to BuyIn well stocked grocery stores, supermarkets,Italian and Middle Eastern Stores

Farro recipes(coming soon on Health nut blog)

11. CORN
Nutrition : A definite good news for gluten intolerant,the corn is perfect alternative to wheat.A complex carbohydrate low in fat,whole corn is good source of fiber and essential B vitamins.
Health Benefits : Helps in weight control,blood sugar control and digestive health
Where to Buy In well stocked grocery stores, supermarkets and Asian Stores

Corn recipes

12. RYE
Nutrition : Good source of vitamins and minerals. 
Health Benefits : Helps maintain good cardiovascular health and prevention of diabetes and certain cancers
Where to Buy In well stocked grocery stores and supermarkets

Rye Recipes (coming soon ,not many posted at health nut)

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