5 ways fenugreek seeds help care for our health.

5 ways fenugreek seeds help care for our health.

I discovered the goodness of fenugreek seeds some time back while experimenting with hair masks. I had heard about how fenugreek, or methi, could help combat hair fall and add shine to dull, lustreless hair.

I ground some methi seeds and added the powder to the henna that I applied to my hair. That’s one benefit of using henna instead of chemical colours! Okay, I digress.

So, after a couple of hours, I washed my hair, oiled it after it had dried and left it at that. The next day, after the hair wash, I noticed my hair fell significantly less while combing. And, that’s when I realised it had been the magic of the fenugreek powder I had added to the henna.

Fenugreek seeds not only benefit our hair, but also our skin. However, it’s how these little ochre yellow gems help our body from within that matters to me the most.

Hubby was diagnosed with diabetes. His cholesterol levels had shot up, too. The LDL levels–the Bad cholesterol– that need to be kept under control had risen at an unhealthy level. Prescription drugs do the needful in bringing down the sugar and cholesterol levels, no doubt, but, how long does one depend on them?

So, I researched into the benefits of fenugreek that I had heard/read about and have made it a part of our daily diet. These seeds aren’t really great to taste. But, there are always alternatives one can work on to make something a priority for one’s health.

So, listing below, the benefits of fenugreek and also how one can include these seeds in one’s daily diet program.

Benefits of fenugreek:

Helps control diabetes:

Fenugreek seeds are high in soluble fibre which slows down digestion and absorption of carbohydrates resulting in the lowering of blood sugar.

Helps lower the bad cholesterol:

According to studies, the flavonoids in fenugreek prevent the absorption of cholesterol.Now, frankly, as long as fenugreek helps bring down the bad cholesterol level, I don’t want to bother how it manages to do so. For as I said, I graduated in Arts, so the scientific angle of these studies won’t make sense to me as much as how the foodstuff helps our bodies!

Helps reduce arthritic pain:

The anti-inflammatory properties of fenugreek help alleviate the pain that one suffers from due to arthritis. That’s another reason I have begun having these seeds, too. The aches and pains in the joints need to GO!

Helps in weight loss:

Being rich in soluble fibre, fenugreek helps in digestion and weight loss. It helps fight constipation, too.

Act as vitamin & mineral supplement:

Fenugreek leaves contain Vitamin A, C and folic acid and are rich in calcium, potassium and iron. The seeds are rich in Vitamin K. So, instead of popping a multi-vitamin, why not chomp on a spoonful of fenugreek seeds every morning, or make the leaves a regular part of your diet?

 

Ways to include fenugreek in your daily diet:

You may soak a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in water overnight and eat it the next morning on an empty stomach. But, make sure you eat just a teaspoonful. And, do drink a glassful of water after you have chewed the seeds well. Or, you can also sprout them and have a spoonful of the sprouted seeds every morning. The sprouted seeds taste much better than the soaked ones, which are rather slimy and bitter to taste.

Adding the seeds to vegetables or daal while tempering adds to not just the taste of the recipe, but also ups its nutritive value. And, if the bitter seeds find no takers at your dinner table, then you can always grind the seeds into powder and add the powder to your recipes!

You could also dry roast fenugreek seeds along with flax seeds to munch on. The crispy seeds give an awesome taste and also help in ways more than giving you fresh breath!

Using the fenugreek leaves for preparing parathas, theplas or sabji, is a common practice. But, you may also sprout the seeds and add them to your salads, or veggie recipes.

How to use fenugreek seeds for hair and skin:

Grind the seeds and add a spoonful to henna just before applying it to your hair. As I mentioned earlier, it not only arrests hair fall, but also adds shine to your hair.

Heat coconut oil in a pan and add some fenugreek seeds to it. Heat it till the oil changes colour. Once cool,store it in a bottle and apply this oil on a regular basis.

Using the powder in your face packs also helps in giving a well-moisturised skin. Add some to a tablespoon of yoghurt and apply it to the face for about 30 minutes. The slightly coarse texture of the powder helps in exfoliating your skin to get rid of the dead cells leaving your skin feeling smooth and pampered.

So, that’s all the information about fenugreek seeds that I have gathered and put to good use. Like all things natural, it takes time for the kind of results you expect. So, it’s best to follow the new regimen regularly and have patience. Do enquire with your doctor before you begin using the seeds, especially if you are on meds for your diabetes.

Do try it out for yourself and let me know your experience. Also, do share any more information you might have about these wonder seeds!

Love,

SHILPA…

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What’s your ‘poison’ ? #FlavoursomeTuesdays

What’s your ‘poison’ ? #FlavoursomeTuesdays

Hello, people, and welcome to FlavoursomeTuesdays!

May just flew by, didn’t it? The heat, the humidity, the vacations, and oh, the mangoes, too — all of these making an exit, for the monsoon is here! But, that’s Life…days and months passing by, in the blink of an eye.

So, let’s get on with our foodie talks, shall we?

As I asked in the title above, what is your poison?

Okay, poison here means what is it that you like to drink…IN THE MORNING!? As in TEA or COFFEE? What did you think was I asking? What alcoholic drink is your preference? Oh, come on! This is a health and wellness blog, guys! 😛 And, I am a good girl. Well, sometimes!!! *wink wink*

Okay, so, about that poison I asked.

Mine is COFFEE…always has been, except on the rare occasion when I feel like having a minor change in my daily schedule and I reach for TEA.

Hubby gets the Davidoff coffee for me (lucky me!) which is simply out of this world! The moment I open the jar, the aroma hits me and transports me to a Wonderland, or should I say, Coffeeland!? Have you tried this brand? Do try…it’s awesome!

There is something about coffee–the aroma, the taste and the sound of the word ‘coffee’– that arouses in me a feeling of happiness not many things do. My day doesn’t begin with coffee, as such, but my breakfast does end with a mugful of chilled, sweetish coffee. I like two spoonfuls of sugar to one of coffee, and some cream, too, to make it nice and frothy! Calories be damned!

Every sip of this heavenly brew mesmerises me and I find myself feeling buoyant and energised as it enters my system. I so wish the mug was a tad bigger in size, with a larger holding capacity–like, maybe, a litre, at least!

However, there are some rare moments, like the chilly winters (a rarity in Mumbai) when I reach for a cup of warm tea to soothe my sore throat, or maybe, just for a change of taste. Of course, such occasions are really really rare, for I am so not a tea person. I am too much in love with my coffee!

I prefer the light Twinnings Earl Grey tea, which I prepare without milk or sugar. Just dip- dip a tea bag in a cup of hot water and my tea is ready! The commonly preferred ginger tea, or adrak wali chai with loads of milk, sugar and extra tea leaves isn’t, ahem, my cup of chai! My family, though, is full of tea people. And, I learned the art of preparing the perfect cuppa from mum, the taste of which I know not, to date. I never drink the tea I prepare for others. 😛

So, how about you? What do you prefer?

Chai, or coffee?

Oh, and I almost forgot to add…I love having a few banana chips after my coffee, because as much as I love the taste of coffee, the aftertaste feels, mmm…not very pleasant. So, this is my favorite combo, in case you invite me to your place some afternoon for coffee. Chilled coffee and banana chips. That’s all. I don’t need any biscuits, or cakes, or any other accompaniment for my coffee.

Just a heart to heart conversation with you along with the coffee, and you will have made my day!

Do share with me about your ‘poison’, will you? Would love to know, and also make notes, just in case you drop by at my place, someday. Would love to have you over!

Love,

SHILPA…

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Coffee or Tea?

FlavoursomeTuesdays is held on the first Tuesday of every month. Sunita Rajwade and I invite bloggers to share their foodie tales and just have some fun.

You may share:

Recipes

Restaurant reviews

Foodie memories

Posts on food and nutrition

Or, even foodie pictures

Simply add the badge to your post and share it with the hashtag #FlavoursomeTuesdays on your blog and other social media platforms. And, oh, do visit as many blogs in the Linky, as you can, and share the love.

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Food for my blog.

April A to Z Blogging Challenge

Food, as a category, was never on my mind when I created Metanoia.  It just happened one day, when at a restaurant I went crazy clicking pictures of the lavish spread before me and then wondered how to share them! That’s when I decided to create a separate category just for FOOD.

A place for restaurant reviews, recipes, posts on healthy eating and nutrition on my blog sounded quite exciting.  So, I first created an Instagram account dedicated to food – Foodiezms –  and then the ‘Food’ tag on my blog.

Then, last year,  I met a blogger friend and a brilliant cook, Sunita Rajwade of BellyBytes, who came up with the idea of  #FlavoursomeTuesdays.

If you have visited Metanoia earlier, you will know that on the first Tuesday of the month, we -Sunita and I – hosted the #FlavoursomeTuesdays, where we invited bloggers to share foodie tales, memories revolving around food, recipes, restaurant reviews…everything related to food.

We received a good response at our first  Linky Party and were encouraged to take it further on our blogs.  However, this year, we decided to take a break from flavoursometuesdays. But, it sure was fun doing these food posts!

This is the badge I created for our posts:

FlavoursomeTuesdays

Cool, isn’t it?

My interest in food and nutrition developed way back in college when as part of my B.A. curriculum,  I chose it as one of the subjects.

So, when the idea of having a category for food came to mind, I decided to make it really special. There would be not just entertaining posts on food, but also informative ones that would help my readers in making changes in their diet that would help them improve their health.

And, Metanoia being a Health & Wellness blog, inspiring others to look after their diet and giving information on food and nutrition seemed like a great idea.

If, as a newbie blogger, you wonder about a niche for your blog, and if you are a foodie, or a cook, then a food blog will be the best thing to do. I know, most of you are well aware of such possibilities, but for those who are clueless (like I was), do give it a thought.

You could share your personal recipes, restaurant reviews, cooking tips and tricks….oh, the list is endless about what you could do with your food blog!

Sharing some of the food blogs I visit for the recipes and also to gaze and drool at the food on display:

Rachnacooks  by Rachna Parmar

somethingscooking by Shalini Nair

happinessquotient by Bhawna and Jyoti

 

Do visit these blogs if you need the inspiration to begin your own food blog. It will be your favourite place after the kitchen!

 

Love,

SHILPA…

#FlavoursomeTuesdays

 

 

April 2018 A to Z blogging Challenge

 

My theme for the A to Z Blogging Challenge is all about my blog, Metanoia, and my blogging journey from the time  I started, 5 years ago. The lessons I learnt, the tips and tricks I picked up from fellow bloggers and the guidelines I could have used back when I began. 

You will find all of my A to Z posts here.

 

 

 

 

A culinary faux pas.

A culinary faux pas.

Accidents happen all the time. It is a sad reality, no doubt. But today, I am talking about the accidents that leave us red-faced, embarrassed and feeling guilty. The kind which, I wish, wouldn’t happen, but, do!

The kind that take place in the KITCHEN!

Some time ago, hubby’s friend was to visit  us as she wanted to invite us for her wedding. Hubby, the official menu-planner at home, suggested we prepare sheera, or sooji ka halwa,  the most common dessert in most Indian households.

You all must be familiar with the dish, and preparing it with much elan, too – most of you all love the dish so, don’t you?  Well, but not me. I am NOT AT ALL FOND OF it. The caps must make my emotions clear, don’t they? And, “not fond of” is just a mild way of putting it. Frankly, I find it nauseating!

So, coming back to my sheera story. I hadn’t prepared it before that day, but  I wondered how difficult that would be because I knew the recipe. I would make it in a jiffy! I mean, I can cook, okay!

So, into the kitchen I went to make the preparations. Alas, when the guest arrived, and my time to serve the dish approached, I realised my sheera making had been a complete disaster! For whatever I had prepared was miles away from even appearing as the said dish.

It had turned rock solid, wasn’t sweet at all and I knew I had made a complete mess of it! I had even served it in the bowls, but seeing what I had done, I quietly wrapped it in a polythene bag and dumped it in the trash can! Shivering with panic, hands cold and sweaty,  unable to make head or tail of what the hell I was supposed to do to get it right, I prayed for divine intervention.

Had I served that sheera, hubby would definitely have served me a divorce notice! Hehehe…

I brought out the sooji jar, and poured out some sooji to begin roasting it, all over again. Hubby called out to  ask when I will be serving the guest. I timidly replied, “Just a few minutes!”  I had tears in my eyes as I wondered what hubby would say.

This time, though, the sheera appeared much better, tasted okay-ish, and felt fine when I served it in the bowls. But, by the time we began eating it, it had dried up. You know what I mean? The ghee should have been more, as well as the sugar.  I gulped it down, so did hubby. But, our guest left it half-eaten and left. How I wished the earth would swallow me!

Hubby – as I had expected – gave me quite an earful. I felt guilty I had let him down. He being a brilliant cook would never blunder; of course he was expected to lose his cool!

I apologised in every way I could, but didn’t give any excuses. All I wanted to do that day, was to prepare a dish hubby had suggested, and make him happy. Instead, I had failed. Miserably.

This incident happened about a month ago, but I still remember it like it happened yesterday. Will always remember it, and, feel guilty. Just writing about that incident today makes my hands tremble!

Sheera is a dish my MIL prepared often – she loved it, and prepared it beautifully.  However, I wasn’t so fond of it, but would eat it so as to not offend her. Being taught to “eat whatever’s served”, that’s my conditioned response!  But, all that eating left a bad taste in my mouth… literally! And, after she passed away, I never prepared it myself.  I reasoned that,  I wasn’t fond of the dish,  so why prepare it?

Sigh. All I hope for is that hubby forgives and forgets the entire episode. I won’t, though! I can’t. Such memories stay forever, and haunt us each time we enter the kitchen to try on a new recipe!

How about you? Did you ever blunder in the kitchen? Do share your stories with me – it will do me a world of good knowing I am not alone!

 

 

Love,

SHILPA…

 

Culinary adventures that leave us embarrassed.

 

 

 

Pink balls of fluff. #FlavoursomeTuesdays.

Pink balls of fluff. #FlavoursomeTuesdays.

Happy New Year, folks!

How time flies! It’s the second day of 2018 already,  and before we know it, we will have stepped into another year!  But, that’s how the Universe functions, isn’t it?  We just have to keep moving, keep living.. and keep eating! Hehe..

So, welcome to the first  FlavoursomeTuesday of the new year!

When I was a kid, we did not have too many ‘sinful’ things calling out to us from every other shop window, like the kind of cakes, chocolates, candies and what-nots do  these days. There were just a few, and I for one, was not too crazy about it all.

But, there’s something that we got back then which is also very much a favourite today,  which is fluffy and pink and wrapped on a thin stick. Yeah, candy floss! We used to call it ‘budhiya ke baal’  (granny’s hair! Eww!)

A guy  used to make the rounds of our neighbourhood on his bicycle. He would have these pink, fluffies packed in small plastic packets which were all strung together, all of which appeared  like a huge pink mass following him everywhere.  He would ring the bell of his cycle incessantly to attract our attention and make a sale of the pink,  fluffy wares.

Mother had warned us of the aftereffects of eating that awful stuff for it was prepared out of god-knows-what! And,  being the good kids that we were, we kept distance from the guy and the stuff he sold. So much so, that to this day, I haven’t touched it, leave alone tasted it!

Sorry, sorry! I know many of you are fond of it, but I just can’t imagine myself eating the pink mass of fluff. Too much sugar and the dubious colour used to make it all pink-y and attractive!

However, for those of you who love it, I am sharing this picture I found on Pixabay the other day when I was surfing around.

Feast your eyes on it and enjoy! And, have a fabulous new year!

And, if you have any food-related stories/memories, or any recipes, then do share them on your blog with the hashtag #FlavoursomeTuesdays.

Do visit my friend, Ash, here  and here  for her foodie posts., and  for Balaka Basu’s post here.

Love,

SHILPA…

Image courtesy: PIXABAY