World Health Day 2022 And Foods You Must Eat For Good Health

The theme for World Health Day 2022 is ‘Our Planet, Our Health’. This year’s theme aims to direct global attention toward the well-being of our planet and the humans living on it.

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World Health Day 2022: Date, Theme And Foods You Must Eat For Good Health

World Health Day is celebrated on 7th April

We have witnessed a sharp bent of mind towards healthy living in recent years. The pandemic, especially, has shifted our attention towards our health with a special focus on diet to keep various diseases at bay. But much before this, The World Health Organization has been doing its bit to spread awareness about health and health-related issues and how to deal with them. The organisation has even earmarked the 7th of April of every year as World Health Day, with different themes every year focusing on the currently prevailing health matters requiring immediate attention. World Health, Day was first conceptualized at the first Health Assembly in the year 1948 and was started celebrating from the year 1950. 

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World Health Day 2022 Theme: 

The theme for World Health Day 2021 last year was ‘building a fairer, healthier world for everyone’ which focused on achieving good health for people from all walks of life, regardless of their age, race, religion and socio-economic status. 

The theme for World Health Day 2022 is ‘Our Planet, Our Health’. This year’s theme aims to direct global attention toward the well-being of our planet and the humans living on it. “In the midst of a pandemic, a polluted planet, increasing diseases like cancer, asthma, heart disease, on World Health Day 2022, WHO will focus global attention on urgent actions needed to keep humans and the planet healthy and foster a movement to create societies focused on well-being,” wrote WHO on its official website.  

WHO estimates that more than 13 million deaths around the world each year are due to avoidable environmental causes. This includes the climate crisis which is the single biggest health threat facing humanity. The climate crisis is also a health crisis. 

While there’s not much that common people can do to reverse climatic conditions, but everyone can surely keep their health in check by following a good diet. When we talk about environmental factors that may adversely affect our health, pollution comes to the mind first. So, following a diet comprising foods that may help combat air pollution may be a good idea for all. 

5 Foods That May Fight The Effects Of Air Pollution: 

1.Turmeric:  

Prized for its high anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, turmeric (haldi) is one of the best foods to ward off not just climate-infested ailments; this magical spice is known to help with several other diseases.  

2. Spinach: 

Nutritionist Rupali Datta voices her opinion of the superfood, “Chlorophyll gives the vegetable its green colour, and it is the same chlorophyll that also gives spinach its powerful antioxidant with anti-mutagenic properties that are known to be great for lung health.” 

3. Tomatoes toward

The bright red vegetable is used in almost every recipe. A study published in the European Respiratory Journal highlighted its benefits: “Adults who ate more than two tomatoes a day had a slower rate of natural lung function decline.”

4. Broccoli 

The Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins Universi revealed in its study that broccoli contains sulforaphane, an anti-carcinogenic compound that helps flush out toxins associated with air pollution.  

5. Flaxseed 

Omega-3 fatty acids present in these seeds have been found to protect cardiovascular system by reducing the effects of smog. And, phytoestrogens, also present in flaxseeds provide antioxidant properties to protect the lungs from all kinds of pollution-related symptoms. 

This World Health Day 2022, make a pledge to give yourself and your family a healthy and happy life. And start off by following a healthy diet.

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9 Tips to tweak the simple buttermilk (chaach) for weight loss

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01/10 Here’s how you can use buttermilk for weight loss

When looking for healthy drinks for #weightloss, buttermilk is one drink that comes on the top. It’s a healthy drink that most people enjoy in scorching summers, as it helps to beat the heat. It’s a delicious concoction of chilled curd, water and spices like cumin and mint to ward off any heat. It is one of the most effective drinks in Ayurveda and can help in digestion. It is for this reason that chaach is recommended by nutritionists in summer. We talked to Holistic Nutritionist Shweta Shah, who gave some tips on how to use this simple drink for weight loss. She also said that one can drink buttermilk at any time of the day & it is a great substitute for accelerated drinks. Shweta says, according to Ayurveda, it is best to consume buttermilk post-lunch as it is easy to digest. However, she cautions, one must avoid it at night as it can aggravate the Vata & Pitta, which will cause an imbalance in the body. Here are some of the tips mentioned by Shweta. (Images courtesy: iStock)

02/10 Tip#1

Add some freshly ground cumin powder in buttermilk. It will not just help in easing gastric problems but aid in weight loss as well.

03/10 Tip#2

Freshly ground some ginger and take out its juice. Add 1 tsp of this ginger juice to fresh buttermilk. It will regulate the bile secretion and improve digestion for weight loss.

04/10 Tip#3

If you are a spice lover, add a fresh green chilli paste in a glass of buttermilk. It will improve your metabolism while speeding up the digestive process.

05/10 Tip#4

Always, add some rock/pink salt to the buttermilk. It helps in regulating the water levels in your body while controlling excess sweat and dehydration.

06/10 Tip#5

One of the best ways you can use buttermilk for weight loss is by adding some mint in it. It is an excellent coolant and works by fastening the gastric juices, which further helps in weight loss.

07/10 Tip#6

If you are a fan of coriander, add some of it in powdered form or use it fresh while making chaach. This ingredient helps in relieving gas and bloating, which is quite beneficial for weight loss.

08/10 Tip#7

You can also add some freshly ground black pepper to the buttermilk. It not only enhances the taste but boosts the metabolism, which is quite important for weight loss.

09/10 Tip#8

If you have been suffering from abdominal swelling caused by intestinal perforation, then mix Pippali with honey in chaach. It will ease the condition.

10/10 Tip#9

For vegans, it’s best to make buttermilk with coconut milk along with spices like black pepper, cumin, and pink salt with some fresh coriander leaves.

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Shrikhand recipes with a twist to amp your traditional Gudi Padwa feast

Happy new year!

Once again, it is time to celebrate, leave your worries behind and start with a fresh mind. You must be wondering, is it December already? You are right, it is just April and no, we are not pranking. As per the lunisolar method of the Hindu calendar, it is the beginning of the new year. The first day of the month of Chaitra as per this calendar, corresponds with the English months of March or April.

This is the time when people celebrate Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra with pomp and joy. The word ‘Gudi’ stands for Lord Brahma’s flag while the word ‘Padwa’ is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘pradurbhu’ or ‘pratipada’ meaning the first day of the lunar month. The legend has it, it was on this day that Lord Brahma created the universe. Others say this day signifies the victory of Lord Rama over Ravana and his subsequent coronation after his 14 years of exile.

In Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka this day is celebrated as Ugadi. The word Ugadi is a combination of the words yuga (era) and aadi (beginning). This festival follows Holi, which signifies the end of the old.

Gudi Padwa may be known by different names in the country, but the sentiments remain the same- pure joy, enthusiasm and positivity to bring in a brand-new year!

In the Maharashtrian tradition, Gudi Padwa is one of the four most auspicious days of the year. People adorn their homes with a gudi (flag) brass pot that hangs upside down on a bamboo pole, adorned with a bright coloured silk cloth, flower garland, mango and neem leaves and Battasha garland (Sugar candy garland). A Gudi is raised to ward off evil, invite prosperity and good luck into the house. This Gudi is raised at the time of sunrise and taken down before the sunset. The bright morning sun shines upon the gudi and marks the beginning of the harvest season.

Devotees offer special prayers and make offerings at temples on this day. People consider this day auspicious to start a new venture or celebrate any special occasions like weddings, house-warmings and for buying gold, silver or property.

Most begin their day by eating a paste of neem leaves mixed with jaggery or sugar and tamarind. This bitter sweet mixture indicates that life is a blend of good and bad, happiness and sorrow, so we must accept sweet and bitter experiences in our lives with grace and dignity. This age-old tradition is still significant in modern lives today!

Nevertheless, no Indian festival is complete without an elaborate menu of dishes and sweets. Every festival calls for some special dish. In Karnataka and Andhra, sour-and-spicy tamarind rice – called puliyogare (in Kannada) and pulihora (in Telugu) is made. A sweet called holige (which is a cousin of puran poli) is also made. Gudi Padwa is almost incomplete without some amazing Shrikhand, hot fried puri and batatyachi bhaaji. But instead of the usual beloved shrikhand, add in fruity flavours to make it even better. Here are some simple and easy shrikhand recipes for Gudi Pawda.

Pineapple Shrikhand

As the name suggests, this one is filled with the yumminess of pineapple and creaminess of shrikhand. All you need to do is get some hung yogurt, add in generous amount of chopped pineapple, Kesar (saffron) and sugar, mix it all together and serve it. Oh, just before serving, garnish it with some nuts to also make it look even more pretty. Trust us, this unique flavour of the shrikhand will impress everyone at home.

Fruit Shrikhand

Ok, why just a single fruit when you can have a variety? This fruity twist to the shrikhand is sure to get you drooling. Choose your favourite fruits, chop them into pieces and then follow the recipe by Chef to make outstanding fruit shrikhand. On that note, it is mango season, so don’t forget to add in mangoes!

Stewed Fruits Shrikhand

Festivities call for some great looking fancy dishes. Here is the perfect fancy recipe of fruity shrikhand. Watch the video to check out the step by step recipe of how to make stewed fruits shrikhand. Flavourful mix of stewed fruits are placed carefully on a plate and topped with shrikhand to make a master piece.

Fruit Shrikhand Delight

A dessert that is perfect for your celebrations is here – baked fruit shrikhand. Fruits of choice mixed with shrikhand then arranged along with a layer of crushed sweet mix of arrowroot biscuits in a bowl and baked to perfection. You must give this recipe a try. It is so unique that your friends and family will keep you asking for its recipe. So get ready to flaunt your skills with this easy and tasty recipe.

Puri and Batatyachi Bhaji

Finally, we need some amazing meal to go with the fruity rich shrikhand. And we think what can be better than the traditional Puri and Batatyachi Bhaji! It is a classic Maharashtrian combo that you must have along with shrikhand. The fried puris and medium spicy batatyachi bhaji (potato sabzi) are going to multiply happiness. Here is the recipe of how to make Puri and Batatyachi Bhajiat home.

Try out these delicious shrikhand recipes along with Puri and Batatyachi Bhaji as you celebrate Gudi Padwa.

FoodFood wishes you all a happy, healthy and prosperous new year.

11 vegetables & fruits that can replace bread!

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01/12Why you need to ditch bread

The next best food after our chapati is our beloved bread. Bread butter and masala chai are considered to be a healthy way of starting our day. So much so that we have almost become addicted to this refined flour product. We need to understand that breads available off the market shelves are an amalgamation of refined flour, butter and sugar and excess of anything can harm us more than we think. One slice of bread has 53 empty calories, hurting your weight loss more than you think. Ever wondered, why after continuous days of vigorous workouts, the weighing scale does not seem to dip down? Your answer maybe your midday brown bread sandwiches. Here we have listed some delicious alternatives to your all time favourite bread which can help you in two ways: Get rid of your bread addiction and losing fat and weight at the same time.

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02/12​Potatoes

POTATOES: Even though the carb content in potatoes is high, using potatoes in place of bread is a better option as these contain complex carbs which are good for those following an intense cardio workout regime. This is because after a cardio workout our body craves for carbs more than any other nutrient, and bread is not the ideal choice due to the presence of refined flours – which is found in most multigrain breads too. Therefore, replace your bread with potatoes and see the difference in your satiety levels.

03/12​Bell peppers

BELL PEPPERS: We love adding colours to our salads and what better way to have a colourful sandwich instead. You can grill the bell pepper and add cheese, olives and lettuce in the middle to have a treat of your own!

04/12​Eggplants

EGGPLANTS: We know that our treasured eggplant is usually cooked in the form of a subzi in our homes, but another yummy way to add this rich in dietary fiber vegetable in your diet is by replacing your bread with thin slices of grilled eggplant. You can add bell peppers, cheese, potato tikki to experiment and have this as a healthy snack.

05/12​Tomatoes

TOMATOES: As Indians, tomatoes are special to us. We add these everywhere and anywhere we think our food may lack taste. We usually put two slices of tomatoes in the middle of our sandwiches. If you want your sandwich to be healthy, remove those two slices of bread and let the rest of the filling remain the same within two slices of tomatoes. Not only will you get the same flavour but no one will end up evil-eyeing your big fat sandwich!

06/12​Cucumbers

CUCUMBERS: Cucumbers can be used in a variety of ways to make a veggie sandwich without bread. You can make mini open sandwiches with paneer, olives and tomatoes. Or you can use cucumber shavings (thin) and wrap your fillings inside. Low in calorie and rich in dietary fiber, this is the perfect way to snack on a sandwich.

07/12​Apples

APPLES: We have all seen videos of apple fruit salad. The next best alternative, rich in carbohydrates are apples! You can also do a bit of cheating here. Add peanut butter and walnuts between two slices of an apple and munch on these as a midday snack.

08/12​Lettuce

LETTUCE: You can use a variety of lettuce to make healthy wraps. These can be romaine, iceberg, green leaf, red leaf etc. These can be used as they have big lettuce leaves enough to make into a wrap. You can add your favourite fillings like cheese, olives, cherry tomatoes, cubed tikkis to make a delicious wrap, which will not only fill you up but also cater to your ‘bread hunger pang’.

09/12​Zucchini slices

ZUCCHINI SLICES: Zucchinis are rich in antioxidants and are low in GI and calories at the same time! You can use either yellow or green zucchini to make sandwich or burger look colourful. Grill these and add tomatoes and eggplants to make your very own rainbow sandwich.

10/12​Pineapple slices

PINEAPPLE SLICES: Yes, some of us do detest pineapples on our pizzas, but they make some yummylicious substitutes to your unhealthy refined flour filled bread. With fruit sandwiches, there are plenty of cheats you can try to cater to your sweet tooth. You can grill the pineapple slices with brown sugar on top and add herbs like rosemary and fennel in the middle of your sandwich to make it an antioxidant rich snack.

11/12​Cabbage

CABBAGE: Our desi ‘patta gobhi’ maybe an underdog but has the rich in dietary fiber, vitamin K and C. Just like lettuce, you can use cabbage leaves to make a wrap with your favourite veggies and add chicken or potato cubes to savour as an evening snack. Not having your favourite ‘brown bread’ sandwich does not seem like a bad idea now right?

12/12​Carrots

CARROTS: Just like cucumbers, you can either use carrot shavings or slices to make yourself a sandwich or burger. Try blanching the carrot before using it in your sandwich as it will make it softer to chew. Have a heart condition and doctors advised to you have healthy food but sandwiches are your favourite? Carrots to your rescue! Carrots have been known to lower chronic heart diseases and these will be great for you as a snack.

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