Archive for April, 2012

April 13, 2012

Glow food for the skin-Yummy Strawberries!!!



“Doubtless God could have made a better berry (than the tempting luscious strawberry), but then looks like  God never ever did!!!” 😉 Honestly,if there was one inviting  fruit that said the loudest- “Eat-Me”………..it would be the luscious strawberry,wouldn’t it!!:) And the best part is that you would be none the worse for it,unlike most other tempting foods-thank goodness for that!!;)
For Strawberries are truly glow food for the skin,bursting with Vitamin C,antioxidants,AHA,flavanoids,minerals and fibre.Did you know that luscious strawberries are not only yummy to eat,but can drive acne and other skin ailments away as well??Let me tell you how…..

MAGICAL BENEFITS OF STRAWBERRIES FOR THE SKIN


1.Fabulous Skin Cleansers:

Strawberries have  been formulated into  fabulous skin cleansers,face washes ,refreshing bubble baths and rejuvenating facemasks  as they contain Vitamin C, salicylic acid, antioxidants and exfoliants. Salicylic acid sloughs dead skin cells from the face as it tightens pores and brightens skin. This luscious fruit contains ellagic acid which is an antioxidants helping combat skin damage to keep skin looking young and fresh. Strawberries also exfoliate the skin and remove impurities while keeping skin soft. They soothe skin bothered by allergies or other irritants,protect against  pollution and the elements, and also whiten the skin&teeth.

2.Excellent Rebuilding Blocks:

  • The vitamin C in strawberries helps the body grow and repair its tissues, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center . It also helps to make collagen, an important protein needed by the  skin and other parts of the body, and helps heal wounds more quickly.Vitamin C being water-soluble is not stored in the body,so it is essential to make it a part of your daily diet…and what better &more delicious way of doing it than eating yummy strawberries???;) According to the  World’s Healthiest Foods,just one cup of strawberries has over 100 percent of the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for Vitamin C, 20 percent RDA for manganese and nearly 15 percent RDA for fiber…..so have as many as you can-they’re good for health 🙂

3.Protection From UV Light:

According to Science Daily, a 2009 study by Korean scientists showed that ellagic acid used topically helped to protect the skin against the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays, a main cause of aging skin.Raspberries, cranberries and pomegranates are also rich in ellagic acid.

4.Reduces Pigmentation:

Research has shown that the oral ingestion of pomegranate and strawberry extract, both rich in ellagic acid, helps to lighten slight hyper pigmentation caused by UV rays, by inhibiting the synthesis of melanin, the chemical that gives skin its color.

 5.Anti Aging

  • Strawberries are bursting with antioxidants &vitamin C which can prevent damage caused by free radicals to the skin&the  body.Free radicals occur when our bodies transform food into energy, according to UMMC. It has been suggested that a build-up of free radicals may be responsible for the aging process, and vitamin C and other antioxidants may block some of the damage caused by these free radicals.

    6.Anti Acne: 

Strawberries are rich in AHA’s,vitamin C,salicylic acid &flavanoids  which help clear acne and reduce oil,and are  the same key ingredient in many commercial acne products and moisturisers.Strawberries also reduce puffiness and circles beneath the eyes,and are antiaging as well because of their high antioxidant content.

Thus the scrumptious strawberries are not only a  perfect snack by themselves or in salads but are also a great ingredient to use in face masks, since they’re bursting with vitamin C and alpha-hydroxy acids(AHA) which help exfoliate the skin. .Strawberries also reduce puffiness and circles beneath the eyes,as they are astringent in nature.So fresh strawberry masks are great for people with dull, damaged or acne-prone skin…do check here for a grape n strawberry heavenly mask
So what are you waiting for-make the  yummy   luscious strawberries a part of your daily diet-&GLOW!!!!:)And do keep a look out for some fabulous facemasks coming your way on our blog soon…..do feel free to add your own berry tips as well 🙂

April 10, 2012

CONTEST WINNERS -OUR PAPAYA HEALTHY ORIGINAL RECIPE CONTEST!!!


                                                                             

JOINT CONTEST WINNERS OF THE PAPAYA HEALTHY RECIPE CONTEST:SUJATA BHIDE&SHRI KRIPA

Just love the brightly coloured luscious papaya fruit which is not only delicious in taste,but also a very rich source of antioxidant nutrients which can be made into fruity packs which rejuvenate the skin and hair beautifully.Truly the beauty of this wonderful plant is that all its parts have excellent medicinal &nutritive value…The ripe fruit or even the raw fruit are both storehouses of  nutrients such as carotenes,vitamin C and flavonoids; the B vitamins, folate and pantothenic acid; the minerals, potassium and magnesium; and last but not the least lots of fiber.It helps with the digestive system as well, by breaking down the proteins and supporting production of digestive enzymes.Most people relish papayas  as is,but we wanted to find more delicious ways of having it as well……..Hence we decide to run a contest for the most original,innovative&healthy recipe using either ripe or raw papaya…..All the recipes were delicious-showcasing the 2 most original winning entries for you……:)

1.WINNING ENTRY FROM SUJATA BHIDE:PAPAYA PRESERVE/JAM

Ingredients:

  • 500 g Papaya (half-ripe)
  • 2 cup sugar
  •  1 tsp Citric Acid

How to make Papaya Preserve:•Peel the papaya and remove the seeds.•Cut papaya into big pieces.•Boil the papaya pieces till tender.•In a pan, mix sugar with one cup of water.•When the sugar dissolves completely, add citric acid and boil this mixture for two to three minutes.•Once done, remove from heat and strain.•Cook over low heat, till the syrup strings a thread.•Remove from heat, cool and store in a bottle.
This yummy preserve can be relished  in any season with chapati or bread rolls, or even as a just after dinner dessert…like I do 😉

WINNING ENTRY FROM SHRI KRIPA-PAPAYA BURFI:
Ingredients:

  • 4 cups- grated raw papaya
  •  1 cup-grated coconut
  • 4 tsp-ghee
  •  1 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup- milk
  •  1tsp-cardamompowder
  • Method:Take a thick bottomed pan or non stick pan ,heat ghee in this and add grated raw papaya and fry till the raw smell of papaya vanishes.After the raw smell disappears,add milk and coconut and mix. When the milk evaporates add sugar and mix well till this papaya mixture leaves the sides of the pan..When it is done pour this mixture onto a greased plate and press nicely and make flat.After it cools cut into desired shapes and serve.Yummy Papaya barfi is ready to eat!!….

Do try out these innovative new dishes  with all the goodness of papaya as the star attraction in them…..Enjoy!!! 🙂

April 6, 2012

Beat the heat with a Refreshing Summer drink from black grapes……Enjoy!!!:)


Summer’s here and what better way to beat the heat, than with this  lovely summer drink made from luscious  black grapes………………These black beauties are simply a powerhouse of antioxidants,flavanoids,vitamins&minerals-fabulous for the skin&for all round health as well.
Black grapes are not only great natural cleansers,moisturisers and reduce acne,fine lines&dryness-They can be made into fabulous skin pampering facemasks as well which add a glow to your skin…Check here for more details .The fruit is antibacterial and anti inflammatory and contain phytochemicals known as flavonoids-powerful antioxidants that help to protect the body against damage caused by free radicals and aging.So here’s the recipe for black grape juice courtesy Nayana Shetty

REFRESHING GRAPE JUICE
– Recipe from my superchef of an aunt  Nayana Shetty….:)
Ingredients:Fresh black grapes———1/2 kg Seedless
Sugar optional
Ice cubes—few
Soaked sabja seeds or falooda seeds——–1/4tsp
Chat masala optional——–pinchMethod:1.Soak the grapes and little salt&1 tsp vinegar in cold water filled bowl for 2 minutes.
2. Wash and rinse well
3.Put the grapes in to blender along with ice cubes and blend to a smooth paste.
4.Strain with strainer using little cold water.
5 .Add soaked sabja seeds, chat masala(optional) serve chilled.
 Relax with  this refreshing summer drink&pamper your skin&soul…….Enjoy&do let us know if you liked it too !!!!:)
April 6, 2012

Go Fruity!!!Grapes and Strawberry Mask Reduces Acne,Dryness&Aging of skin



Just dive into your fruit basket this season&you’ll find a solution to all your skin ailments.
Try out this heavenly Grape n Strawberry Facemask to Reduce Dryness,Acne,Fine lines,Pigmentation &add a glow to your skin……….
Method: Mash 5-6 black  grapes &1-2 strawberries in a small bowl until they are smooth.Add 2 tbsp  honey. Wash your face gently and pat dry. Apply the face mask evenly to your face and neck and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse again with warm water and pat dry with a soft towel.
Strawberries are rich in AHA’s,vitamin C,salicylic acid &flavanoids  which help clear acne and reduce oil.Strawberries also reduce puffiness and circles beneath the eyes,and are antiaging as well because of their high antioxidant content.
Honey kills bacteria and reduces swelling , inflammation and fine lines giving the skin a taut, youthful appearance.
Black grapes are great natural cleansers,moisturisers and reduce acne as well.The fruit is antibacterial and anti inflammatory and contain phytochemicals known as flavonoids-powerful antioxidants that help to protect the body against damage caused by free radicals and aging.

You can alternatively also use just a grape mask as well:
Method:Simply split a few grapes into halves and rub gently across your face for several minutes, then rinse with cool water. Alternatively, you can also mash a few grapes and apply, allow to dry, then rinse off after 15 minutes.