Thursday, April 26, 2012

Sunshine Fruit Salad-- Healthy snack for your family

Hunger pangs in between meals area common among one and all, irrespective of age and unhealthy snacking is what we normally prefer. Instead of opting for nuts, fruits or juice, we happily snack on chocolates, fries or carbonated drinks. We usually do that because we find healthy snacks to be too bland for our taste and not exciting enough. We know what fries and chips do to our bodies, but still we give in to the temptation. But there are many ways to make regular healthy food like fruits exciting to our taste buds. Fruits can be consumed in the forms of snacks, salads and deserts. One such recipe is the Sunshine Fruit Salad. 

Recipe: Sunshine Fruit Salad

1.Mango --- peeled and cubed: 1cup
2.Musk melon ---- peeled and cubed: 2cups
3.Banana ------- peeled and cubed:1 cup
4.Pineapple ----- peeled and cubed: 1cup
5.Orange Marmalade --- sugar free: 1 and a halfcups
6.Water ----- 1 and a half  cups

Serves: 8 persons

Step 1: Melt the marmalade with the water over a low flame 
Step 2: Cool and chill the mixture in the refrigerator 
Step 3: Peel and cube the fruits as mentioned in the ingredients 
Step 4: Toss the mix the fruits in the chilled marmalade solution 
Step 5: Serve chilled 

Note: This recipe can be treated both as a snack and a desert. The dish doesnot contain sugar but is sweet due to the marmalade, mangoes and bananas. It is not recommended for diabetic people.

Variations: There can be several variations to this dish. For example:
  • Instead of the water and marmalade solution, half a cup of flavored or plain yogurt can be used. If yogurt is used, a teaspoon of sugar needs to be added. All the ingredients, except the banana, can be simply mixed or tossed in a bowl and then refrigerated for 30 minutes. Add the sliced bananas just before serving.
  • Personal choice of fruits can be used like kiwifruit, apples, grapes, berries, peaches and oranges. But this dish is incomplete without bananas. If you do not like bananas, you can do without them.
  • Canned fruits like pineapple and mandarin oranges, either drained or along with the juices.

Nutritional Facts:1 serving contains--
  • Fat -- 1g
  • Calories --116
  • Cholesterol -- 1mg
  • Sodium -- 13mg
  • Carbohydrate -- 27g
  • Fiber -- 3g
  • Protein -- 2 g
Fruits are great snacks with high nutritional value. With their inherent nutrients like vitamins and minerals, every fruit has a role to play in our bodies. Plus they are beneficial for people of any age. Fruits help in losing weight, improving health, regulating blood circulation and digestion. Fruits are a natural remedy against several diseases and are great antioxidants that prevent cell damage. Given so many benefits of fruits, do not shy away from them. Instead, benefit from the various tasty recipes and ways of consuming fruits. So bid adieu to unhealthy snacking and welcome sunshine to your health with a dash of fruits.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Water and Your Body--How to make water taste better

When we are thirsty, most of prefer carbonated drinks as packaged fruit juices to plain water. Water is best thing to quench our thirst and at the same time beneficial to our body. Yet many of us consider simple water as boring. And due to this notion products like Vitamin Water, which is nothing but bottled water with color, flavor and vitamins as additives, are finding a place in the beverages market. So if you are one of those people, who would prefer water to other beverages if water tastes more exciting, then we have tips to make your regular drinking water more flavorful.

There are several ways to make water tastes tastier and refreshing. Here are a few natural ways to do so:

1. Salt: Adding a pinch of salt to your glass of water adds both taste and electrolytes to it. It also helps the body in absorbing the water fast. Please use only a pinch for the flavor and do not go overboard.

2. Berries: You can mash berries like raspberries and blueberries at the bottom of the glass and add still or sparkling water. You get both nutrition and taste.

3. Fresh Fruits: Take a large jug filled with water and add slices of fresh fruits, like orange, lemon, melon and berries. Refrigerate the water overnight and enjoy it the next day. Apart from tasting good, fruits contain vitamins and antioxidants which are extremely good for your health.

4. Cucumber, Pineapple and Citrus fruits:You can soak either slices of cucumber, chunks of pineapple or slices of lemon and lime to water for a couple of hours before consumption. You water is now filled with vitamins and flavors.

5. Herbs:Crushed or minced herbs like fresh mint or lemongrass add loads of aroma to your regular water.

6. Ginger: If you are fan of spices, ginger is a good additive. In case you are suffering from a cold or sinus problem, drinking warm water with crushed ginger can work wonders.

7. Vegetables:When you boil vegetables like cauliflower,french beans and carrots, do not throw away the water. Retain the water and refrigerate it overnight and have nutritious drink packed with vitamins.

8. Flavored ice-cubes:Use your flavor creativity with ice. Make different flavored ice cubes with any of the ingredients mentioned above or your own creativity. Simple add the ice-cubes to your glass of plain water and enjoy.

9. Sparkling Water:You can add sparkling water to your glass of regular water to make it bubbly. You can also add any of the ingredients mentioned above to make it more exciting.

The tips we have mentioned is just the idea. You can mix and match any of the additives to plain water, sparkling or soda water and get yourself a refreshing drink. Additives like sugar-free fruit mixes, rose water or artificial sweeteners can also be used. Such creative beverage is a very creative and new item to serve your guests. So do you still think that water is boring?

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

How to deal with difficult people at work

The original article was published in "How to Deal with" on January 20, 2012.
Any workplace brings together different personalities with diversified characteristics. All of them can not get along well but have to work together and cooperate nevertheless. Difficult people at work come in all shapes and sizes. Here are a few tips on how to deal with such difficult people at work.

1. Be calm and forgiving

You are frustrated and irritated to no limits by this person. But losing your calm and behaving irrationally will not help you. On the contrary, such behavior may backfire and project you in bad light. Just be patient and maintain your calm. If the person is simply chattering or sharing gossip with you, try changing the subject. Or simply convey politely that you are busy and will catch up later. If someone tries to delegate his/her share of work to you, tell him/her that your hands are already full and would not be able to take up more stuff. In whatever way you tackle, it is important to be polite and calm. As far as possible, resist the urge to fight or argue. And most importantly learn to forgive. Keeping grudges is not going to harm anyone but yourself. Forgiving is the way to peace and happiness.  


2. Stop talking about it

It is very normal and natural that we tend to discuss about the difficult people we encounter at work or outside. And it is also healthy as it vents out our anger. But as they say that too much of anything is bad, the same is true in this case also. The more we talk about that person, the more irritated we get. We start noticing minute irritating behavior which we did not notice earlier. The best way to tackle is to stop giving it attention. Any matter will bother us only when we give it attention and importance. So, simply stop talking about it.


3. Learn a lesson

Every situation in life has a lesson to teach. No matter how difficult a person is to handle, there is always something you can learn from the experience. Working with such people will help you to understand them and improve your communication skills. The experience will also help you to identify tricky situations and learn how to avoid or tackle them. No matter how negative a situation might be, there will always be a lesson to be learned. Tough situations help us to grow and evolve to become a better and stronger person, so always look for lessons.


4. Build a rapport and give respect

It is possible that certain people irritate us because we do not know them well. Try to reach out to your co-workers and learn about them. Keep a personal touch by asking about their family, health and life in general. Such gestures go a long way in your work life. Be empathetic. Every person behaves in a certain way due to certain underlying reasons. Try to understand such behavior and react accordingly. And above all, treat everyone with respect. If you give respect, you will get respect. If you do not treat someone with dignity, that person is likely to treat you in the same way.


5. Ignore and do not respond

If no strategy works, simply ignore and avoid the annoying people at work. If you start ignoring what the chatterbox or gossip monger is saying, he/she is likely to stop bothering you with his/her blabbering. The same is true for the complainers. Avoid working or interacting with the difficult people as far as possible. Usually, when a person initiates negative action, it is to trigger similar reaction from you. So, do not give them what they want and surprise them with your calm behavior. Simply do not react. When such people see that nothing can perturb you, they will stop bothering you altogether

How to deal with a bipolar person

The original article was published in "How to Deal with" on January 20, 2012.

Bipolar disorder is an illness like any other medical condition. If someone you know or care about, like a family member, friend or a colleague, is suffering from bipolar disorder, your love and support can go a long way. Here are a few ways to understand and deal with a bipolar person.

1. Learn about Bipolar Disorder

Equip yourself with knowledge and information about the disease. The more you know, the better prepared you are. Study about the disorder, what are the causes, the symptoms, the treatment options, dealing on a personal level and so on. Generally, bipolar disorder is misunderstood as a mental condition and the patient is not given due respect. It is important to understand that this disorder is a disease just like diabetes, etc. and it has to be treated accordingly. Mania and depression are two sides of the symptoms of this disease. Familiarize yourself with the symptoms. When affected person is talking about himself/herself too much, he/she may come across as a conceited person. On the contrary, this is a symptom of mania. Many a times, the symptoms of the disorder are misunderstood and are taken as the inherent personality traits of the person. So it is very important to learn about the disease on the very onset. Do not act like a layman while dealing with your loved ones.


2. Encourage the person to get help

Bipolar disorder is a real illness and it needs medical treatment like any other illness. The affected people are often reluctant to admit that they need medical attention as they feel embarrassed or are in a state of denial. If you notice that someone you care about is displaying any of the symptoms of the disease, talk to them, help them to come out of their shell and encourage them to see a specialist. If the person by no means want to admit to such a possibility, do not argue. You need to be sensitive with your loved ones. Instead of forcing them to see a specialist, suggest a routine medical check up. Meanwhile you can contact the suggested doctor and talk about your concerns about bipolar disorder. The affected person has to understand that without immediate medical attention, the condition can worsen.


3. Be patient and understanding

One thing is very important in dealing with a bipolar person and that is patience. You have to understand that bipolar disorder is nobody's fault and it is of no use getting frustrated. Even if the person is undergoing medical treatment, he/she is not going to recover overnight. Managing bipolar disorder is a continuous process and so needs sheer patience. You need to be caring and supportive of a bipolar person. You need to constantly remind the person that you are there when he/she needs you. That you understand their problems and always are ready to help them. Compliment them on a regular basis. That will boost their confidence and hep them stabilize their behavior. Whenever possible, take part in their treatment. Go with them on visits to the doctor. Family therapy goes a long way in managing a bipolar person.


4. Accept the person's limits

You will have to accept and understand that a bipolar person can not control his/her moods. Bipolar people can not simply snap out of their manic or depressed episodes on will. It is no use of shouting at them or asking them to stop acting the way they do. They can not control their moods through will power or self control. Do not expect anything extraordinary from such people. But again expecting too little can hinder recovery. So it is essential to strike a balance between encouraging independence and providing support. You also have to accept the fact that you can not cure a bipolar person. It is not in your hands.


5. Communicate honestly

Having an open and frank communication with the affected goes a long way. Let the person know that he/she is not alone and that you are always there for him/her. Inquire from time to time how they are feeling and if they need to talk about anything. Always make an effort to answer their questions honestly. But at the same time, avoid arguing or engaging them in an intense conversation. During episodes, bipolar people often say hurtful things out of excitement which they do not actually mean. Do not take such comments personally. Avoid talking or arguing with them during such manic episodes.


Monday, January 9, 2012

Stack up in style with MyShelf

This article was originally published in HomeTone on January 7, 2012.
a. The Designer/Manufacturer
'MyShelf' is a product from Ronda Design under their product segment called 'Magnetika'. Ronda Design is the design laboratory of the Ronda Group. The Group started as a small family business in Italy in the mid-forties. Today, it is considered as a leader across Europe. Its products are basically in aluminum and steel. Ronda's main designers are Vittore Niolu and Alessandro Antoniazzi. Ronda Designs essentially spell style, elegance, innovation and leadership.
b. Overview
'MyShelf' is a product in the Magnetika segment of Ronda Design. As the name suggests, Magnetika uses the phenomenon of magnetism in its products. It invites everyone to explore and discover the magnetic aspect of all things around us. The material used for this product is steel. MyShelf are the magnetic shelves that can be paneled as per the requirement. The magnetic shelves can be arranged, rearranged, positioned and repositioned in random ways. They are held strongly in place by their powerful magnets. MyShelf comes in metal shelves with the support surfaces. These support surfaces are the facings with leather and other textures with decorative paint of every kind. One can explore and use it creatively in creating any kind of shelve to stack up the stuff. A very basic book shelf could be fit in any position which can be again rearranged or repositioned according to your mood or requirement.
c. High Points
The USP of Myshelf is that in this product maximum composition freedom meets maximum variety of finishes. You get variety, multiple usability, style and most importantly the opportunity to use and explore your own creativity. You can use this product to match your requirement as well as your whimsical mood. To sum up, MyShelf is innovative, useful, stylish and creative. So, go ahead and stack up your stuff in style.