The Foods Which Make You Less Hungry

#1 Cinnamon

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Next time you have cereal, oatmeal, fruit, or even coffee, sprinkle some cinnamon on it. This zesty spice, like other ones like cloves and ginger, helps lower blood sugar levels, which helps to control your appetite. Cinnamon flavoured chewing gums are available in the market, you can give a try.

#2 Wasabi(Japanese horse radish)

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This spicy little something suppresses appetite and reduces inflammation (that’s bloating!). No wonder why you feel full after eating sushi!

#3 Virgin Bloody Marys

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Need something to make your morning a little brighter? Look no further than everyone’s favorite hangover antidote. Hot sauce reduces hunger and calorie intake, and horseradish suppresses appetite and increase digestion.

#4 Grape seed Oil

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Have two teaspoons of this “good fat” two hours before lunch. It will slow down gastric functions, helping you to stay fuller longer.

#5 Pasta – Yep, Pasta

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These are no ordinary noodles. They’re made of a soluble fiber found in the konjac root, called glucomannan. This miracle food literally “soaks up your hunger.” While it reduces the amount of carbs your digestive tract absorbs, it also combats constipation, diabetes, and cravings. Use it in powders, supplements, and noodles.

#6 Pine Nuts   dheevadhaaru (దేవదారు)

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These little packages contain big benefits – namely, the ingredient pinolenic acid, which stimulates the hormones that make your brain think, “I’m full!” Have a shot-glass full of these to combat hunger and increase protein intake.

#7 Umeboshi Plums   రేగుపండు

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These are simply plums that are pickled to be extra sour – a great shock to that stubborn sweet tooth. You can find them at a specialty or health food store, or Asian supermarket.

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GRILLED TANDOORI CHICKEN / TOFU SKEWERS WITH CUCUMBER MINT RAITA

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Here’s a recipe we’ve been serving up lately both in catering and at home. It bridges the gap between summer and fall, with aromatic, earthy spices, and can still be made on the grill, before you pack it up for winter.   It’s a fast easy dinner,that is made with tofu or chicken (or both like we have here).

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If you are up for it, it’s really fun to make your own tandoori spice blend. But this is not a necessity- store bought works just fine too. For even better flavor (and more tender chicken), marinate the chicken or tofu the night before, giving it a full 24 hours to soak up all the goodness. But, once again, if pressed for time, a quick 30 minute marinade will also work.

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Making your own spice blend comes together quickly, making your kitchen smell delicious. I found this Tandoori Spice recipe some time ago now, and have stuck with it ever since. It makes about 3/4 of a cup which you can save for a later use. The more whole seeds you use, the deeper the flavors, but substituting ground spices will work too.

Traditionally, dried kashmiri chillies, a mild red chile, originating from India are used in the recipe. But they can be difficult to find. These deeply red, wrinkled chillies are known not only for the stunning vibrant color they impart to spice blends and curries, they are highly regarded for their flavor.  I substitute a 2-3 chiles de arbol and add sweet paprika (not smoked) to enhance the color, without adding too much heat.

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Whole seeds like cumin, coriander, cardamon pods, cloves, fenugreek, and cinnamon bark are toasted in a skillet  along with a mild red chilies, until aromatic.  Blend them in a blender or coffee grinder until finely ground.  The rest of the ground spices are added and you end up with a very fragrant delicious blend.

For the marinade, add a few tablespoons of Tandoori Spice to plain whole milk yogurt, along with salt, olive oil and lemon juice, and you are pretty much done. Sometimes I’ll add fresh garlic and ginger for added punch.

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Marinate the tofu or chicken for 30 minutes – or preferably or overnight. I will tell you, the longer you marinate, the better the flavor. So I’ll either marinate overnight or first thing in the morning.

The Cucumber Raita with Mint and Cilantro comes together especially fast. Usually I just make this while the grill is pre-heating.

The Cucumber Raita with Mint and Cilantro comes together especially fast. Usually I just make this while the grill is pre-heating. Yogurt, cucumber, fresh, mint and cilantro

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If you don’t feel like starting up your barbecue, a grill pan over your stove top works great. Make sure to grease your grill or grill pan well. Grill each side so all sides are nicely marked, and finish in a warm oven.

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So many families these days have a vegetarian or vegan mixed in with the meat-eaters. Or a meat-eater mixed in with the vegetarians. This recipe easily accommodates that. Often, I will make both chicken and tofu for us….they have the same preparation, its just a matter of dividing the marinade.

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Is it Good to Eat Breakfast in the Morning?

Eating breakfast boosts concentration and helps your overall health.

Breakfast is often called the most important meal of the day, and with good reason. Like gasoline in your car, breakfast provides the fuel you need to take on the challenges of your day. Breakfast powers up your body and your brain and reduces the risk of weight gain. Even a quick breakfast is better than nothing.

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Concentration

Studies show eating breakfast improves attention and academic achievement. In one study of school children published in the journal “Indian Pediatrics” in October 2008, those who ate breakfast every day had better concentration, attention, memory and academic achievement than those who skipped breakfast. Hard-boiled eggs can be a smart breakfast choice. Besides being quick and easy, eggs contain choline, a nutrient that may benefit your brain. Higher intakes of choline were found to be related to better cognitive performance in a study published in the December 2011 issue of “The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.”

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Weight Control

Breakfast helps you maintain a healthy weight by reducing hunger later in the day. Skipping meals has been shown to lead to overeating at snack time or lunchtime as hunger gets the best of you. Additionally, the prolonged fast that occurs when you skip your morning meal can increase your insulin response, causing fat storage and weight gain, according to the Mayo Clinic. In fact, skipping breakfast increases the risk of obesity, the clinic reports.

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Overall Health

Starting your day with a nutritious, healthy meal lays the foundation for healthy habits. People who eat breakfast tend to consume less fat and cholesterol because they’re less likely to pig out on junk food due to hunger, according to Connie Diekman, a registered dietitian in St. Louis and former president of the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Eating a nutritious breakfast also gives you more energy, Diekman says. Skipping breakfast is associated with decreased physical activity, according to Mayo Clinic. When you have the energy to be active, you’re more likely to be fit and healthy, says Diekman.

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Breakfast can be any nutritious food. A bowl of soup, a sandwich or leftovers from last night’s dinner can work as breakfast, notes the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. For a more traditional quick breakfast, stock your kitchen with ready-to-eat cereal, hard-boiled eggs, small bagels, yogurt and fresh fruit. If you’re a breakfast skipper because you’re not hungry in the morning, Diekman suggests having a glass of 100 percent juice and a piece of whole-wheat toast before dashing out the door and a nutritious mid-morning snack within a few hours.

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Take a peg, Relax and read this article…. the amazing health benefits of Whisky .. Just for a Change!!

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Whiskey is one of the best alcohols you can drink. Not only is it the least likely to give you a hangover, but it’s also one of the healthiest around. You’ll find that having a few fingers of whiskey every week can help to:

  1. No Weight gain issues

 Whiskey is a low-calorie alcohol, especially when compared to the many cocktails, beers, and wines you can find on supermarket and other stores. You can drink a tumbler of whiskey without worrying about packing on the pounds thanks to its low sugar content.

  1. Good for Heartheart

Did you know that drinking whiskey can actually make your heart healthier? Aside from wine and dark beer, what other alcohols can claim that? Not only will whiskey reduce the risk of blood clots, but it will lower your stroke and heart attack risk as well. The antioxidants in whiskey stop cholesterol from clogging your arteries, and it can even boost your good cholesterol.

  1. Reduces the Risk of Cancer

Whiskey is rich in antioxidants, particularly one known as ellagic acid. This antioxidant stops your body’s DNA from coming in contact with cancer-causing compounds, reducing the risk of carcinogens forming. It can also protect your body from chemotherapy, and will reduce oxidation in your body.

  1. Improves your Memorymemory

 A study conducted in 2003 discovered that drinking whiskey reduces your risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia. If you’re worried that your brain is slowing down in your old age, it’s time to start drinking whiskey to protect your very important organ from damage.

  1. Reduce the Risk of Stroke

 Whiskey not only helps to prevent cholesterol from building up in your arteries, but it can actually help to get rid of any cholesterol present in your blood vessels at the moment. It will also help to relax the walls of your arteries, ensuring that your blood can flow without obstruction. One of the greatest health benefits of whiskey is the reduced stroke risk, and we can all drink to that!

  1. Stress Busterstrewss

Stress can cause a wide range of health problems in the human body, but thankfully we’ve got whiskey to kick stress’ butt! Whiskey helps to reduce anxiety and stress, calming your nerves and helping to relax your body. It can increase circulation throughout your body, providing your organs with fresh, oxygenated blood. A serving or two of whiskey can help to calm stressed nerves effectively!

  1. Good for Digestion

 Did you know that whiskey has long been drunk as a digestive aid? It was usually consumed after a meal, helping to relax the body after eating heavy food. It can also help to shut down your appetite, preventing you from overeating. Best of all, it will aid in digestion, reducing your risk of stomach ache or indigestion after a heavy meal.

  1. Live Long

 Whiskey is loaded with healthy antioxidants, and these nutrients can help to increase your lifespan by reducing your risk of disease. By protecting your body against disease, you prevent the slow breakdown of important cells in your body–thereby helping you to live longer.

  1. Great for Diabetics

 Whiskey is a zero-carb alcohol, so you can drink it without worrying about the effect it will have on your blood sugar levels. If you suffer from diabetes, a finger or two of whiskey will be the right choice for you!

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13 Foods that can lead you Headache… be careful when you choose!!.

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There are a number of foods that can trigger migraine headaches, each one of them independent of the other. What exactly in these foods causes or triggers headaches is still not known but researchers believe that certain substances in these foods interact with nerves and blood vessels of the brain triggering migraine headache.

One of the theories suggests that certain chemicals in food may constrict blood vessels in the brain which decreases the blood flow to the brain resulting in migraine. Scientists believe that these foods alter the amount of a neuro chemical called serotonin that may play a role in causing changes the blood vessels and blood flow headaches. Try these home remedies to cure headaches.

Tyramine containing foods: Most foods that cause headache contain the substance tyramine, which is thought to influence the release of serotonin. 

1. Chocolate

2. Banana

3. Cheese

4. Vinegar

5. Yoghurt  

6. Soy sauce

7. Fermented foods

8. Red wine  

9. Citrus fruits: Often you must have experienced shooting pain in your head after eating sour oranges, lemons or mosambis. Sour fruits are highly acidic and can disturb the pH balance of your blood, which on reaching your brain may trigger headache. Citrus fruits also contain histamines and small quantities of tyramine that add on to other triggers. 

10. Coffee: Unlike other foods that cause headache after consumption, coffee triggers headache when it is not consumed. People who are addicted to caffeine containing beverages often complain of throbbing pain in the head with withdrawal. In some people who have migraine, drinking coffee causes headache while in others it may be the other way round. Here are more reasons why you should cut down your coffee intake.

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11. Additives: If you read food labels carefully before buying them, you will notice that most packaged foods contain a substance called mono sodium glutamate, which can cause headaches. It is a food additive which brings flavour to packaged foods. Most common examples are potato chips, packed roasted nuts, diet foods, mayonnaise and other frozen foods. Read more about toxic chemicals in foods.

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12. Leftover foods: Eating leftover food is a common household habit. But people suffering from migraine should avoid eating leftover foods to prevent headache due to increased amount of tyramine. Tyramine is actually a substance derived from the amino acid tyrosine that is present in a lot of foods. When you store food for a long time, more and more tyrosine is converted to tyramine. The amount of tyramine is higher in foods that are not stored properly or not refrigerated for a long time. If you want to store food, use airtight containers to store them. Read more about makeover for leftover foods.

13. Artificial sweeteners: All foods that contain artificial sweeteners may give you a headache. These include diet beverages, low-calorie desserts, yogurts and candies. Here are foods that you should stay away from to keep depression away.

References:

  • The Headache Prevention Cookbook: Eating Right to Prevent Migraines and … By David R. Marks
  • Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Chronic Headaches by Douglas Hanna
  • The Times of India: Foods that can give you a headache 

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WOW Food. Flax seed Gun Powder, a very tasty and healthy accompaniment for all the dishes.

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Although flax seed contains all sorts of healthy components, it owes its primary healthy reputation to three of them:

  1. Omega-3 essential fatty acids, “good” fats that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects. Each tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains about 1.8 grams of plant omega-3s.
  2. Lignans, which have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities.Flaxseed contains 75 to 800 times more lignans than other plant foods.
  3. Fiber. Flax seed contains both the soluble and insoluble types.

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As with everything, moderation is key. Too many flaxseeds may cause negative effects. Just one tablespoon per day is enough in most cases. If you are unsure how much is right for you, ask your doctor how much he or she recommends.

Method:
1. Dry roast the flax seeds, sesame seeds and moongdal separately. Keep it aside.
2. Add 1/4 tsp oil in the same kadai and roast the chana dal. Keep it aside.
3. In the same kadai, add the chilli and roast the same for one minute. Switch off the gas.
4. Keep stirring in between after few minutes. The chillies will become crisp.
5. Let all the ingredients to cool.
6. In the mixer, first put the red chilli and chana dal and grind.
7. When it is half done add all the other ingredients and grind to a coarse powder.
8. You can use this powder for idli, dosa, uttappa etc. as you use the normal milagai podi.

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Weekend yummy and awesome food preparation with cauliflower @ JFC food consulting

These crispy homemade tots are so flavorful, you won’t miss the potato. The cauliflower texture is so similar to the potato, some might even be fooled into thinking these are regular tater tots.

My cauliflower obsession continues. I really love how these turned out. And unlike some of the other recipes where you could still taste the cauliflower, in this one I couldn’t. I actually kind of missed the roasted cauliflower flavor, but these were still super tasty.

Mr. K has his annual physical in a few days, so he’s been more amiable to my healthier substitutions. I’m taking advantage by making as many healthier dishes as possible. He gave this one his seal of approval.

These come out of the oven very crispy, with cheese and Italian seasoning to give them a delicious flavor. The bits of cauliflower felt just like the little bits of potato in my mouth. I’m definitely making this one again.

CAULIFLOWER TOTS

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 cups finely chopped cooked cauliflower (approximately 1 head of cauliflower)
  • 1 cup Italian seasoned panko bread crumbs (make sure you used seasoned, otherwise you’ll need to add other flavoring to these)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 eggs

DIRECTIONS:

1. To prepare the cauliflower, first boil florets until soft. Then either finely chop with a knife, or pulse a few times in a food processor until it resembles large course crumbs, like photo above.

2. Add the 3 cups of chopped cauliflower, breadcrumbs, cheese and eggs into a large mixing bowl. Mix with a large spoon until everything is combined.

3. Preheat oven to 400F. While oven is preheating, shape cauliflower mixture to form small cylinders, the size of tater tots (about 1 inch long). Make sure to first press the mixture together firmly between your palms before shaping, so that the ingredients hold together. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

4. Bake for about 15 minutes. Bottom of tots should be brown. Flip tots over and bake for another 10 minutes. If your tots are larger, you may need to bake longer so that they are crispy. Serve with ketchup or other dipping sauce.

Enjoy the dish

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