How was your week? I received mails from some of you about your weight loss routines and inspiration and I was very very happy that this segment motivated you to take control of your weight. Today I’m sharing 3 delicious, healthy recipes that I’ve been incorporating quite often in my diet this week.
1. Fruit Smoothie
I love fruits, I love milk and I love yogurt. Throw the 3 together and I’ve got my perfect mini-meal! I’ve been mostly having a banana smoothie after my workout and it gives me the much needed energy after exercise. I also add a few dry fruits if I’ve missed that meal of the day – mostly almonds, prunes and walnuts and occasionally raisins. Apart from bananas, I also tried out a watermelon smoothie the other day and it was delicious! This is my most anticipated and cherished meal of the day!
Recipe : Pretty simple to make – 1 banana, 3 large spoonfuls of dahi (yogurt) and half a cup of milk. Throw in some dry fruits (almonds, prunes, raisins, walnuts ) and blend the mixture in a blender/mixer for 2 minutes. You can also add ice but I prefer not too as it dilutes the consistency and I like it thick. Since the keep the milk and yogurt in the refrigerator anyway, the smoothie is cold enough for me. You can also add a pinch of cardamom powder (ilaichi) or cinnamon (dalchini) for some added flavor.
2. Cucumber Mint cooler
I love having this for dinner. I get bored with the chopped salads sometimes so this is a nice variation though I’ve been told that salads should be eaten whole (same goes for fruits). Its not actually as watery and thin in consistency as a cooler but I didn’t know what else to name it 😐
Recipe : 2 cucumbers, 6-7 mint leaves, salt/pepper/sugar to taste , 2-3 ice cubes. Blend everything in a mixer, refrigerate for some time and have it cool. Go easy on the sugar, I just add half a teaspoon for some taste. This quantity will give about 2 glasses of the cooler, you can make it more watery by adding more ice cubes but I like the thick consistency so I skip the ice cubes. You can garnish it with mint leaves.
3. Navratan Salad
Well I named it Navratan Salad when my Mum made it one day on my visit home because it had 9 components! This will require a little more effort than the other 2 recipes but its really tasty, filling and healthy!
The 9 components of this salad : Cabbage, Peas, Cucumber, Carrots, Capsicum, Tomato, Corn, Peanuts, Pomegranate.
The following components need to be boiled a bit : Carrots, Corn, Peanuts, Peas
The following need to be sauteed in rai(mustard seeds)+1/2 tbsp oil : Cabbage, Capsicum (don’t saute for more than 1-2 min)
Mix all the ingredients together (after boiling/sauteeing the ones that need it) and add some salt, fresh lemon juice and some apple cider vinegar. The vinegar gives a nice flavor to the salad.
And now for the Progress..
[note color=”#FFE4C4″]Diet-wise, I’ve been quite good. I’ve got the momentum now since I’ve been regular since the past 2 weeks so my hunger is totally in control. I did treat myself to a thin crust pizza last Sunday and I’m wondering what to eat tomorrow (Sundays are my treat days!)
I’ve actually cut down my lunch from 2 rotis to one. I take extra sabzi instead and I don’t feel hungry. Exercise-wise, I missed 2 days of workout because of the shoot I had mentioned earlier but after that I haven’t missed any day. I’ve taken to walking (45 min to 1 hour) on the days I am not able to go to the gym and today for the first time, I was able to squeeze in 1 hour of walking early morning too! I see no change in the weight but I am losing inches, I have lost another inch off my upper waist and 2 inches off my lower waist so I’m happy with my progress! I generally lose weight fastest on my upper body, the lower body especially the legs are the hardest!
How is your progress so far? If you don’t feel comfortable sharing it in the comments, you can always drop me a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. [/note]
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Some motivation for the coming week for you :
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