Green Smoothie lifestyle

 

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Time to give thought to ‘Healthy’- Give Green smoothies a try. It is the best fast food you can ever down. With a preparation time of under 10 minutes, it is packed with the goodness of  leafy greens and fruits. It aids in boosting your immune system, increases your energy, packed with anti-oxidants and helps with weight loss. It’s yummylicious and guaranteed to make you insanely addicted.

Ingredients

2 cups of fresh or frozen Spinach
2 cups of Papaya
1 cup mango
1/2  cup Celery
6-7 blueberries
2 cm piece of ginger
1 cup Greek yoghurt
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoon Linseed
1 tablespoon  honey (optional)

Preparation

Process all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Sit back sip and enjoy some power packed green infusion.

 

 

*Disclaimer: I am one who enjoys creative, healthy cooking. My family table is a place of comfort, nourishment and satisfaction. My past work experience qualified me to be a service trainer for a leading International airline assessing service rendered in fine dining environments. I am not a chef and have no formal eduction in food preparation, food writing or food photography. Everything I write  is from my own experience. I  love to help women in all walks of life create a healthy lifestyle and enjoy an abundant life in every area.

 

 

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Spiced Banana Berries Smoothie

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Ingredients

2 bananas
4-5 strawberries and a small hand-full blueberries ( use your choice of mixed berries)
1 cup low-fat flavored yogurt (strawberry or blueberry)
3/4 cup skimmed milk
1/4 cup crushed ice
1 -2 tablespoon  honey (optional)
2 cloves, 1/2 a tsp nutmeg powder and 1/2 a tsp cinnamon poder

Preparation

Process all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Garnish with a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg powder. Serve immediately.

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Fried Veggies and Quinoa

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INGREDIENTS
  •  1 cup Quinoa
  • 2 Tsp sesame oil
  •  2 cloves of garlic chopped
  • A small hand full of sliced carrots, beans and mushrooms
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce (more or less to taste. I add less if i am serving children)
  • 1 teaspoon Oyster sauce
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. In a bowl cook 1 cup Quinoa with 2 cups of water and set aside
  2. Preheat a large skillet or wok to medium heat. Pour sesame oil in the bottom. Add garlic and saute a few seconds. Then add carrots, beans and mushrooms and fry until tender but not soft. carrots should still be in texture to bite into
  3. Add the sauces and some ground pepper
  4. Add the cooked Quinoa to the veggies. Stir and fry the  mixture until heated through and combined. If you like it spicy add some chilly sauce to this. Enjoy some healthy goodness.
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A bowl of easy and healthy

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Our family is on a detoxing mode after the holidays. It is not dieting I am talking about and not skipping meals either. It is all about adding the right ingredients and removing the wrong ones from your daily diet. I eat though the day, trust me on this one. My big discovery to staying fit and lean: DO NOT SKIP MEALS, WATCH WHAT YOU EAT AND EAT SMALL PORTIONS THROUGHOUT THE DAY. MOVE AROUND AND WALK, WALK, WALK! THIS KEEPS YOUR METABOLISM ON HIGH. YOU EAT THROUGH THE DAY AND BURN ALL YOU EAT.

Our January plan:

1. My children have home cooked meals through the week and on the weekends we give them their fast food choices. We are limiting fast food to: once a week a happy meal. If you skip it, get more HAPPY..a happy treat like playing in a play area/park for longer or a movie date. Yay!!

2. We are including more fruits and veggies to our meals. So everyone eats a bowl of fruits for breakfast and bowl of salad with dinner.

3. Each member right up to our youngest have our own bottle of water and have to go through 2 refills minimum a day.

4. We have increased our intake of dried fruits and nuts. Our children love, love, love it! and so do we :)

Sneha’s super-easy tangy mixed salad recipe.

  • 1 cup frozen sweet corn, thawed
  • 1 to 2 cups black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 a red thai chilly finely sliced
  • 1/2 cup capsicum (Green large pepper) chopped in fine squares
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
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  • A small bunch of fresh cilantro or coriander leaf finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 
Lime juice from 1 or 2 lime squeezed
  • Pinch of salt, brown sugar and pepper
 according to taste
  • A tinge of chilly sauce to add the kick

Simply mix everything together for a yummy flavorful salad !

Another version of the same kind of salad is

 super-easy tangy grated salad recipe.

  • 1/2 a red thai chilly finely sliced
  • A small bunch of fresh cilantro or coriander leaf, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Lime juice from 1 or 2 lime squeezed
  • Pinch of salt, brown sugar and pepper
 according to taste
  • 1 carrots grated fine using hand grater (thin long)
  • 1 cucumber grated fine (thin long)
  • 1 Raw mango grated fine (thin long)

    Simply mix everything together for a delightful tangy goodness !

 

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Make room for the meaningful and let go of the vain

A New Year is here. It is that time of the year yet again to embrace change. We are optimistic people intrigued and looking forward to what the future holds. This new year I challenge my readers to embark on a journey which leads to a meaningful life. Are you set about to transform your life from fear to one grounded in confidence, from lack to living content, from anxiety to finding peace, from depressed to rooted in joy. If you are on a pursuit to happiness and good living then there are a few important questions you need to answer. Firstly, what are the foundations for how you live and the decisions you make? If you have an answer to this, and conviction to back the answer then you have found yourself meaning to live. The next question would be how are you fulfilling your purpose to this meaningful life?

This New Year I have decided not to chase after resolutions but to live by principles my best life, giving it my best. The first principle being I am created with a purpose to glorify my creator, so no matter what I do, let it all be done reflecting the greatest light. I am going to be authentic with no strings attached and no masks to fall behind. I will remember to love someone who is hostile and  who has wronged me and practice love when it is the hardest. I will choose to celebrate the life I live and remain content and remember not to compare. I will be intentional about investing my time to nurture my family and relationships. I will practice a culture of appreciation and bury up the urge to judge. I will veer away from negative thoughts and surround myself with abundant life. I will dust off disappointments and honor my beliefs by pressing on and conquering. I will live to inspire through my words and deeds.

This New Year I am out to live an unconventional life, a life beyond normal, a life filled with meaning and purpose, the life I was called to live. I invite you to discover a new life, a life worth living and a life worth dying for. Make room for the meaningful and let go of the vain.

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A mom’s Review- Fun City Dubai

As a mom of 3 kids aged 5 and under I have trawled through Dubai’s myriad of play areas to find a suitable one, where I could let my kids run around and burn off some steam. As for myself what I look for in a play area is a place that combines fun, safety and affordability. This weekend I enjoyed a play date with some of the C2B mommies and kids at ‘Fun City’ in Arabian Center, Mirdif. This Play area is worth a drive if you have never been. It is packed with high fun factor with a variety of play features. It is set in many locations in Dubai city, nestled within accessible shopping malls. Many of the features are similar to other play areas, but with a definite twist. My kids got excited the most over games that awarded tickets when you play and the redemption area with exciting prizes. This facility has entertainment geared for children of all ages, including an enclosed padded area for toddlers. My 2-year-old son loved it too and was able to keep up with his 5-year-old brother. Entry is on a card system basis, which gives accessibility to any of their play areas without having to register every time. To make the most of the card buy higher credit and be awarded with more points.

Features:

Video games, art and craft zone, Fun and learn zones, Soft play area and gym with climbing features, entertaining rides, party hall and games that give redemption tickets.

What’s Great:

* Friendly staff

* Safety and sanitation protocols in place

* Affordable and accessible.

* Variety of play options

* Suitable for different genders and different age groups

What’s not:

* Prices are not inclusive for art.

Verdict : 4.5 (out of 5)

Overall this indoor play area is guaranteed to capture the curiosity of your toddlers while it provides a one-stop-shop entertainment for your older sparks.

 

 

 

 

Disclaimer: I was invited to check out Fun City for the purpose of this review. All content and comments are based on my own opinion and was not influenced by any external factors.

 

 

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When Love takes you IN

This weekend my husband and I had the unique privilege of spending the day with our dear friend Daryl Heald. He has been a man who has challenged and inspired us to live life generously for others, not only with our resources but also with our time and family. Daryl currently serves as Director of Generosity with The Maclellan Foundation as well as serving on the boards of Crown Financial Ministries, Excellence in Giving, ProVision Foundation and the Haggai Institute. His wife Cathy is by all means what I would call chief of supermoms. Daryl and Cathy, live in Georgia, with their eight children. They have 5 biological children (Frances, Hallie, Hamilton, Anders and Louisa) and 3 adopted children (Lee Lee,Lucy Wu and Bella from China). Their adoption story is anything but typical.

Daryl and his friend Michael Dennehy, who have adopted, have created a video on adoption. I would encourage all my readers to watch this 15-minute video on their story. I share it with the hope that it may help others who are considering or beginning the adoption journey.

In a self-gratifying world this production is counter-cultural. I promise you this creative effort will tug your heart and take ahold of you as it sheds light on the beautiful world of adoption.  

 

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Odyssey of a sun-kissed princess

My heart was thumping like a heard of galloping horses as I awaited the results of my oldest s’ MRI scan. AB was rushed to the hospital as he suffered excruciating pain and had restricted movement around his neck and head. The doctors ran many tests to investigate the underlying cause of the pain and to conclude what events lead to this. Upon examining the medical reports and hearing my boys’ story they arrived at a diagnosis that he suffers a condition called ‘strain’. Phew, that’s a relief! Not as serious as one would imagine it to be. Watching a screen in an unsuitable position for extended periods caused this. Prior to this incident AB was enjoying his playtime indulging in some Xbox extravaganza at our neighbors home with his buddy’s. I had reasoned with him that the great outdoors had much adventure to offer than plugging into a fantasy world indoors. He convinced me saying he would play outdoors 4 days a week and 3 days he would spend time gaming indoors. It seemed like a reasonable proposition, so I agreed. In hindsight I wish I had not.

This incident left me turning back pages in my memory book. It brought back spirited memories of my childhood. When I was AB’s age I was rushed to the doctors after I fell off a guava tree in my grandmas home. It was painful, but at least I re-lived ‘Mowgli’ from ‘Jungle book’ and enjoyed a few bites of ripe organic goodness before my fall. This one little incident taught me 2 valuable life lessons: how to measure risks and how to take responsibility of myself. Looking back, I cannot recall one amazing memory of watching the little TV I got to watch as a child. But I hold close an array of fond memories of exploring the wild and running barefoot on my granddad’s 10 acres of rustic landscape.

Growing up I was let loose to enjoy free-unstructured play. I eagerly waited for the holiday seasons to head to my grandparents home where I could build dollhouses with thatched coconut leaves and twigs. I even remember building a hideaway hut for myself. I enjoyed trawling the wild and scouring them looking for cashew fruits and fallen mangoes. I have a particular fond memory of trying my hand at milking a cow and getting kicked by it at the same time. My favorite part of the great outdoors was at dusk where the children got to chase the hens, ducks and lamb back to its coop and barns. There were ponds, woods, muddy patches and open spaces. The environment was challenging and inspiring and I created my own adventure. I learned problem solving, managing resources, flexibility and teamwork. I have learned to love nature and to survive and be creative. I am dreaming that my children will experience this to some extend and all this would not just be a fairy tale from yester years.

With the invasion of technology sadly, children’s contact with nature is declining and they are on a road to transforming to what I would term ‘Digital zombies’. I agree we cannot bring back the vast countryside experience to our urban kids. But there is always room to teach them appreciation for nature, creation and the creator.

Usher your little treasures into an experience of enjoying the brilliance of God’s paint over the sunset. Engage in chasing the bright visions of spectacular prints in every unique butterfly. Experience the feeling of God’s rest as you remove your shoes along with the tiny feet folks and sink your toes in the lush green grass. Encourage the younglings to close their eyes and enjoy the kiss of a soft breeze, which resonates with the creator’s peace. Connect with your tiny sparks as you help them perceive the wonder of nature which points to a creative genius. Help your kids create memories as they live a life bursting with flavor.

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Educate the heart of your child to transform the heart of your world

Today as I spent time helping a dear friend with her beautiful new born I had a flash back down memory lane. I was reminded of the incredible moment in my life when my oldest was born. Nothing compares to the rush and excitement of holding the bone of your bone and the flesh of your flesh for the very first time.

As new parents my husband and I were not sure what to expect and how to steward this treasure we were given. Today as guardians of 3 spirited young hearts we are not looking at being the perfect parents but intentional about our parenting. I chose to feed the heart before I feed the head. My focus is not narrowed to raising high achievers rather to raise my bars on Godly character and good virtues with my boys. I believe if you can get this right then your children would grow up to excel at what they were made for.

As a mother I decided to make a list of life lessons I wish for my boys to take when they leave home. As I started off i was not sure if i would have 5 points on that list. As i progressed i was surprised to see how long and daunting it seemed to be. I encourage each of you to take time and journal a list of life lessons you would like to leave with your children. As you pen down your thoughts you will realize what a powerful yet life molding journey you have embarked on with parenting. Investing into a strong foundation of values for your home will leave you and your loved ones withstanding any storm that comes by.

Like many mothers the ongoing world events have troubled me much. It concerns me enough to worry that my children are growing in unpredictable dangerous times. What often keeps me brooding over is the thought that I want to see change but I am limited with my influence and position to bring about meaningful change. As I have been reflecting over these thoughts I have realized that motherhood has tethered me into learning that as mothers we have the greatest weapons of change in our hand. We are positioned with the greatest opportunity to shape young minds to be decision makers for a better world. What is a more important take away for me is my learning that it is matters more to focus on the kind of citizen I help my child become than worry about the world in which he grows in.

The best gift you can offer this world as mothers is to raise your children to be seeds of transformation to your future unseen world. As parents I encourage you to invest into educating the heart of your child, which will bring about change to the heart of your world.

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