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Influencers – Dr Madhuri Palli

Fitness, Influencers

When I first requested her for an interview, Dr Madhuri replied with, “Sure, but I’m not doing anything all that great!”, while I’m convinced she is! Serene, modest and calm, Dr Madhuri has a friendly personality that can easily belie the steely resolve that lay underneath, for she’s a true go-getter once she’s made up her mind. She runs, cycles, lifts weights, treks, swims, enrols into Zumba classes even – all with a full-time career…

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Influencers – Mahua Deb

Fitness, Influencers

Ever-bubbly, cheerful, ready to help, Mahua is a rare personality – the kind you will want to have more of around you. I first met Mahua during one of our Healthy Eating Awareness events at Kausalya, and she was very kind to hold my hand through my healthy cooking demonstration. We realised we were doing our Diploma in Nutrition & Health Education together too, and that was another torturous journey we undertook together. Her passion…

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Influencers – Vishwa Bharath Reddy

Fitness, Influencers

“I can’t work out because I have this knee problem/ weak shoulders/ wrist pain/ random health condition” “The gym is crowded in evenings when I’m free” “It’s all fine for you – you don’t have kids or a full-time job” I keep reiterating – most ‘reasons’ that keep you from working out regularly and take care of your health are actually glorified excuses. Fitness enthusiasts have heard them all, and guess what, some of them…

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Chickpea Quinoa Feta Vegetable Salad with Lemony Tahini Dressing

Nutrition, Recipes

The goodness of chickpeas, quinoa, loaded with spinach and veggies, feta – all enveloped in a creamy lemony tahini dressing. Easy to assemble with the simplest, no-fuss ingredients, a salad that isn’t at all boring but a balanced meal in itself! Until two years ago, my idea of salad was greens and carrots thrown together on a plate. Perhaps I need not explain that salads represented penance to me, with veggies topped with a store-bought…

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Influencers – Dr Kavita

Fitness, Influencers

I met Dr. Kavita, or ‘Doctor’ as we fondly address her, through my previous venture Rangkosh owing to her passion for handloom weaves, but it was merely a social acquaintance. However, an FB post narrating her foray into fitness and running is what got us to meet up finally. Once we met, our common interest in healthy eating and fitness as a way of life created a special bond, one that I have come to…

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Spinach Whole-Wheat Pasta in Avocado Mushroom Sauce

Nutrition, Recipes

Creamy richness of avocados in spinach whole-wheat fusilli – a delicious, guilt-free comfort food option that is a balanced meal in itself too – you can’t ask for more! I love pasta. I seriously do! However, the free calorie overload that comes along with pasta made from refined flour, especially while you are watching your weight or worse, trying to fight those love handles, makes it an unfriendly food option. Not to mention the oodles…

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Idli Deconstructed – The Good, Bad and Ways to Make Them Healthier

Nutrition, Recipes

The humble, modest, ubiquitous idlis are a favoured breakfast option for their ease of availability (especially if you stay down South of India) and quick preparation. Is idli a healthy breakfast as some claim? What is the right batter ratio? How to enhance its nutritional profile? Originating from South India, Idli is a steamed cake made from a batter of fermented rice and black lentils, usually paired with sambhar (a spicy lentil soup), a chutney,…

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Punjabi Anda Masala/ Egg Curry

Nutrition, Recipes

Eggs in a rich, fragrant onion-tomato gravy, for when you just HAVE to have some Indian food. Makes for a great balanced meal when combined with rice or rotis, requires simplest ingredients and is ready in a jiffy – what’s not to love! Some days you cannot be bothered with salads and smoothies, however much you love them, yet need to keep your meals healthy. Consider it as another healthy meal – and not a…

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Detox Smoothie – Spinach Banana Pineapple Smoothie

Nutrition, Recipes

Spinach, pineapple, bananas blend together to form a delicious base, topped with seasonal fruits, millets muesli and seeds rich in essential fats and micronutrients. Anyone ever tell you a detox smoothie can be utterly delicious too? Summers are here in full blast, and the easiest chores and meal preps in the kitchen seem like a punishment. At least they do where I live at, especially as I live near the sea where humidity is often…

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Healthy Muffins – Chocolate Banana Muffins with Buckwheat Oats Flour Mix

Nutrition, Recipes

Healthiest, most wholesome muffins you could come across, with goodness of Buckwheat, Oats, Whole-wheat flour, flax meal, pumpkin seeds, bananas, coconut oil, palm sugar and the darkest, most decadent cocoa you’ve ever seen! Do I have your unwavering attention yet?  My chocolate obsession has peaked over years – I NEED to have a chocolate bar by my side constantly. But then, Lindt’s 85% & above dark chocolates are relatively expensive and scant, and once you’ve…