HEALTHY START

HealthStart

It’s 2014 and now is the right time to give up the binging and drinking since the party season is over. This is the right time to get back in shape and shed those extra few pounds that you may have gained last month. The extra weight can really be a bother, but fret not, here are a few healthy, easy-to make, quick bites that will put your metabolism in overdrive and cleanse your system as well.

TOMATOES
Don’t crinkle your nose, now! This sweet, juicy and delicious fruit is a great source antioxidants. Tomatoes are low in calories, fat-free and packed with vitamin C. What’s more, they sure know how to make your taste buds happy. Take two tomatoes, slice them and sprinkle a pinch of salt and cracked pepper. Drizzle some olive oil and it’s ready to eat. You can eat this for breakfast or simply as a quick snack

SPRINKLE CAYENNE
Cayenne pepper is known for its pungent flavor and healthy healing powers, but the spice can also boost your metabolism by kicking up your body’s temperature. Don’t worry about covering your food in this spicy stuff ! Just a small amount goes a long way.

PUFFED RICE
Yes, you read it right. Puffed rice is extremely healthy as it doesn’t contain any fat. You can have puffed rice with milk and a little sugar or make a snack out of it. Take one cup of puffed rice (preferably the brown variety) and wash it nicely. Add salt and keep it aside. In one teaspoon oil, add mustard seeds and wait till they crackle. Next, add curry leaves and mix in the puffed rice. You can also make a salad out of puffed rice by adding one tomato, one onion and some lime juice.

GO BANANAS
One banana has all the nutrients that your body needs. It’s a natural storehouse of energy, keeps you feeling full for hours and is loaded with potassium which prevents cramps. Easy to carry and eat, this fruit is great for weight reduction.

SPRINKLE CINNAMON
This warming spice is easy to add to food and is a delicious way to pep up your metabolism. Sprinkle some on a slice of whole wheat toast, a bowl of oatmeal and even in your soup.

GO NUTS
While salty chips may be off limits, not all crunchy snacks are unhealthy. Nuts like almonds, cashews and walnuts are excellent sources of magnesium. The nutrients present are not only good for a healthy heart, but also gives your metabolism a nice little boost. What’s more, it keeps you feeling full for longer.

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DRINK GREEN TEA
Drinking four cups of green tea a day helps reduce weight as it increases the metabolism rate. Green tea contains catechins — an antioxidant that raises resting metabolism by four per cent (about 80 calories a day). So, have a cup after every meal. If you want, you can add some honey as well

CANTALOUPE
Like most fruits, cantaloupe contains loads of water, and is also packed with beta-carotene and is low in calories. Eat about half a cantaloupe a day and like all fruits, it keeps you feeling full for longer.

RASPBERRIES
One cup raspberries with two tablespoons of lowcalorie yogurt and one teaspoon honey will keep you satisfied until you can break away from your desk for a proper meal. So, don’t hesitate and indulge in this guilt-free fibre-packed combo.

EGG AND BREAD
This is not your usual fried egg with bread. Make an omlete with two egg whites with a pinch of salt, cracked pepper and vegetables. Eat this with a slice of whole wheat toasted bread. This breakfast dish, which is high in proteins and carbs, is light, yet will give you day an energizing start.

 

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