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Fatal Attraction : Cosmetics & Chemicals

How many of you use a deodorant, lipstick, sunscreen or a baby shampoo?

It’s unlikely your answer is a ‘NO’.  While we have provided a list of the dirty dozen toxic chemicals that you must watch out for in your cosmetics, here’s a super interesting infographic that you cannot, must not and should not miss.

Glance through this infographic for your own sake and for the ones you love, especially if you have little children at home.  A lot of us have ignored this and probably have also said ‘chalta hai’ (it’s okay) or may be ‘kuch nahin hota'(nothing will happen).  Here’s proof that you cannot let this pass anymore and the time is now to say no  to products with toxic chemicals.

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Chickpea Salad with Lime & Mustard Dressing

How do you like your salad?

Most of us like to complicate or rather are scared to experiment with salads. Some people find it ‘Boring’ or some find it too ‘Healthy’. It all depends on  what you WANT from your salad. Salad making may sound very simple but it’s not. It is an art. An art of blending ingredients and flavours. Even a slight change or an off balance can make the salad taste too leafy, raw or there is something missing. A perfect salad should have a balance of sweetness & sourness. Some salads do ask for some spice but it’s a personal choice again.

Here are some basic tips to keep in mind when it comes to showcasing your salads:

  • Wash your salad leaves thoroughly and pat dry them. Shake the excess water in a salad spinner. If  you don’t have a salad spinner, you can try this at home.
  • Use only one or two fruits and not more than that, unless you are making a fruit salad.
  • All salads require some texture or crunchiness. Either use nuts or some red radish depending on your salad.
  • You can garnish your salad with some  cheese or bacon bits to give it some texture.
  • Pre mix your dressing at least an hour before you serve.
  • Always mix your dressing, just before serving your salad. In some cases, where the leafy veggies are negated, you can mix the dressing  serve on a bed of salad leaves (demonstrated below).
  • Keep some extra dressing on the table just in case any one would like use some more.

These are some of the basics things that I follow and it works really well.

1 cup (250gm) chickpeas, cooked with salt
1-2 small red radish
1/2 onion, chopped small
juice from 1/2 lime
2tbs chopped cilantro
2tbs mint or orange mint (available at Nature’s Basket)
1/2 Tbs sugar
1Tbs i2cook mustard
1clove garlic, finely minced
1/2 tbs olive oil
salt & pepper to taste
salad leaves for serving – use any kind ( I’ve used lettuce)

Mix all the ingredients for the dressing in a salad bowl. Pour the chickpea  and mix well.  Refrigerate for an hour for flavours to blend well.

Just before serving arrange the plates or serving bowl with some salad leaves  and pour in the dressed chickpea mixture. Serves two.

Who am I?
My name is Megha from ‘i2cook’. Yup I’m the one who makes peanut butter and other organic products. You can buy my products online. I’m a guest author on Natural Mantra and will be posting all things healthy. I don’t mind being assertive when it comes to talking about all things healthy/organic that are good for you. Feel free to share your thoughts. There’s always room for a little improvement…..what say ;)