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Oats for breakfast, sure! But Oats for healthy and glowing skin, even better!

A hot bowl of Oatmeal is a healthy and delicious start to the day, but Oats also have amazing skin benefits that we should be taking advantage of. And this wonder food is just what we need to add to our healthy, organic, green and sustainable lifestyle.

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Face Exfoliator:

Combine 1 tsp of ground oatmeal, 1 tsp of lemon juice, and 2 tsp of yogurt and apply to the face. This scrub tones and hydrates the skin.

Cleanser:

Oatmeal is great at removing excess oil and dirt from the body and face, thanks to the saponins it contains. Their cleansing and exfoliating properties make oatmeal a powerful ingredient in many face scrubs, cleansers and shampoos. You can also use ground oats to eliminate excess oil from your scalp, which will give you an extra day or two between washings. Plus, oatmeal has strong anti-inflammatory properties and can be used to relieve itchy, uncomfortable skin.

Hand Scrub:

If you have a sink drain that can handle the roughage, you can make an awesome hand scrub with oatmeal, honey and a dash of olive oil. You can add in your favorite essential oils to make it more fragrant, or just leave as is. It’s great for sensitive skin because it exfoliates gently.

Bath Soak:

Oatmeal, best known for it’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits, is especially good for sensitive skin. It can be used in the bath for skin softening and very gentle exfoliation. Next time your skin is feeling rough from the harsh winds of winter, add a 1/2 cup of oatmeal to your bath with some lavender essential oil. Your skin will feel softer and the aromatherapy effects of the lavender will help you relax and rejuvenate.

Dry Shampoo:

Oatmeal works great as a dry shampoo as the oats absorb excess oil. Just rub some ground oats over your scalp and brush out the excess oats with a boar bristle brush. Voila, natural dry shampoo!

Hydration:

Oatmeal helps with hydration because it is rich in lipids. It locks in moisture and its proteins protect the skin’s barrier function.

Skin Reliever:

Oatmeal mixed with cool water can be beneficial for sunburn, windburn, redness, chicken pox, eczema and itchiness. Bathing in colloidal oatmeal (finely ground) can really sooth irritated skin.

Face Mask:

Oatmeal helps with acne because it contains ‘saponins’, which remove dirt from pores and are anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidants. Oatmeal is also very moisturizing due to the high level of healthy fat in it.

 

 


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Give in to the big, irresistible weekend breakfast smartly!

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Living healthy does not mean cutting out your favorite foods, especially not on lazy weekends. Staying at home with the family or going out to happy brunches with friends over the weekend, makes it impossible to stick to just a soup and salad. Weekend breakfasts all over the world, especially on Sundays, are all about gluttony in excess! Idlis, Aloo Parathas, Waffles, Pancakes, Eggs, Hash Browns, French Toast, Milkshakes, Cold Cuts, Danish pastries, Donuts, Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches, Muffins et al are all the foods we try and avoid all week in a bid to live healthier, but when the weekend rolls around, it is really hard not to give in and live a little.

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Just making small changes in your toppings, add-ons, cooking oils and portions can make your weekend indulgences feel lighter on your body, your inner health and your mind. Try these tricks on your next big weekend breakfast, at home or at a brunch.

MAPLE SYRUP V/S HONEY – Drizzling raw, organic honey on your blueberry buttermilk pancake stack is a healthier option than the staple maple syrup. Also, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches can be made with organic peanut butter and raw honey.

CINNAMON V/S ICING SUGAR – Sprinkling ground, organic cinnamon over your French toasts instead of icing sugar will help increase your metabolism and whittle down your waist. You can add cinnamon to hot coffees and teas too.

UNSALTED COLD CUTS – Eating cold cuts that are not pre-salted will not only taste better, but also not make you feel bloated with unnecessary water retention after your meal.

MILKSHAKES V/S FRESH JUICES – Milkshakes are awesome undeniably, but so are slow-pressed fresh fruit juices. Slow pressed juices retain a high percentage of the fruit’s nutritive values and are as good as eating the fruit itself. And whilst milkshakes fill you up with added sugar and milk, fruit juices don’t.

HALVING DONUTS / MUFFINS / DANISHES – Eating donuts, muffins and Danish pastries is heavenly, but halving all these delights will give you as much joy and satisfaction as having all of them whole. Isn’t that smarter?

COOKING MEDIUMS – If you are cooking at home, switch to healthier oils like Olive Oil, Organic Desi Ghee and Mustard Oil to minimizer the cholesterol level of the foods in the cooking process itself. Not only will your Parathas, Hash Browns and Idlis taste better, but will feel lighter on your digestive system too.

ORGANIC BUTTER V/S SALTED BUTTER – The main difference between organic butter and salted butter is shelf life – organic butter has a short shelf life and salted butter can stay in your fridge for weeks on. Organic butter is a smarter choice when making Waffles and Pancakes at home.

COOKING METHODS – Whenever possible, eating poached or boiled eggs is definitely healthier, but if you like your eggs sunny side up and scrambled, then organically farmed eggs is the way to go.

So it is quite simple really to shake off some of the bad calories with some organic, natural good on your plate. What’s life really without foods that taste so good, right? So, go on indulge yourself without any regrets!


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Don’t Rush your Breakfast, Don’t miss it too!

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Have you woken up in the morning without actually feeling hungry? If you give it a good thought, or pay attention to it in the next few days, you will realize that you never really wake up hungry. That is puzzling, isn’t it?

When you are asleep, you are fasting. So ideally you should be hungry the minute you wake up. But that doesn’t happen, and we will tell you why. The answer is because our body’s metabolism already feeds us in the morning. While sleeping, we are fasting; and fasting is a high-fat meal of our own adipose tissues. Fasting leads to weight-loss, which is because you are burning your own fat. Surprised?!  There is more!

Fat-burning is most intense in the morning, because we haven’t eaten all night. So when we wake up, we’re already eating a steady diet…of fat. Furthermore, our bodies give us a shot of cortisol in the morning as we wake up. Cortisol increases gluconeogenesis (the process by which our liver creates glucose), so that we can maintain normal blood sugar when we’re not eating anything.

The morning cortisol explains why we’re not hungry immediately upon waking: not only are we already burning our own fat for energy, our liver has already gone to work making glucose for us! Hence, when you wake up, you’re not really fasting, but feasting on your fat!

This explains why we feel so stuffed even after a small bowl of cereal or fruit or toast bread. All said and done, breakfast still remains the most important meal of the day. Studies have proven that:

-People who skip breakfast are more likely to be obese than the ones who don’t.

-Breakfast reduces the risk of Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

-Those that eat breakfast tend to consume fewer calories during the rest of the day.

-High-energy foods in breakfast improve memory and concentration.

-If you have breakfast less often, your body starts picking more fats and fewer nutrients.

So how to you get yourself to eat a healthy breakfast while you are in a rush to begin your day, and when you are not even that hungry? You need something that doesn’t have lot of preparation time, something that you can even take with you on the go and something that doesn’t bore you with the same taste over and over again.

Switch to breakfast cereals. Cereals don’t just mean Corn Flakes. There are various kinds of cereals and if you don’t have a sweet-tooth, there are many savory options that you can try out too. Here is a list of health foods that not just tastes good but is extremely good for your body too:

Pristine Organics Organic Breakfast Cereal: Beginnings Mixed Millet – This cereal is extremely rich in dietary fibers.  Make a tasty snack with Beginnings by mixing chaat masala, amchur and little oil or just add honey for a sweet and healthy snack. You can also have Beginnings with milk and sugar to taste or with chopped Fruits or fruit juice. You can buy it from Natural Mantra: http://bit.ly/151LNCC

Nature’s Path Pumpkin Flax Plus Granola: High in Omega acids and no trans-fats, this granola cereal is the perfect marriage between the whole grain goodness of flax granola, healthy pumpkin seeds, and delicious rolled oats with a cinnamon flavor.  Eat it with hot or cold milk. It is made of healthy whole grains and is 100% organic. Order it from Natural Mantra: http://bit.ly/147lbQB

Nature’s Path Optimum Slim, Low Fat Vanilla: If you’re on a diet, breakfast is even more important for you. Believe it or not, the right kind of breakfast will help you in losing weight! Try the Optimum Slim cereal that is packed with fiber, protein and whole grains to fill you up and keep you going. This balanced diet based on natural whole foods gives you everything you need and little you don’t. Ensure that you don’t reach out for an unhealthy snack by 11 am by having Optimum Slim in breakfast with hot or cold milk. Buy it from Natural Mantra: http://bit.ly/17iKLGk

Corn Flakes: The Vitamin E in corn flakes is equal to 4 almonds, taking care of 6.5% of your RDA. Corn has the ability to improve overall nourishment. Corn being rich in carbohydrates keeps you energized for the day yet makes a light breakfast. It is only wise to take corn as corn flakes for one of your meals to break away from the monotony of rice or wheat. So why not order organic corn flakes from Natural Mantra: http://bit.ly/19M4Yop

Honey Stars: Made from Amaranth, Soybean Oil Extracts, Rice, Whole Wheat, Jowar and Honey that is sourced from the forests of the Himalayas, the 24 Letter Mantra Honey Stars will be an instant hit with your kids and you will be sure to love it too. Get this organic breakfast delivered to you by Natural Mantra: http://bit.ly/147lta9

Fresh Fruits were and always remain a healthy breakfast choice. But fruits get digested very easily and they may leave you hungry after a while, hence just eating fruits isn’t enough. You could also include dry-fruits in your breakfast, though they are also not a full meal in themselves.

You can whip up a smoothie using yogurt or milk and fresh fruits as well and pack it up if you’re not hungry while preparing it. You can also make it at night and store it in the refrigerator.

While we discussed foods that we know are healthy eats for breakfast, let’s look at some breakfast items that are a strict no-no:

-A healthy serving of orange juice is about as much as you can squeeze out of one orange. So say no to canned juices.

-Avoid anything that is deep-fried, processed or too greasy.

-Cereals with lots of sugar.

-Pastries…they are loaded with everything that will make you put on weight.

-Too much cheese.

-Processed foods.

They say well begun is half done. Similarly, a good morning breakfast will keep your day good too. No matter how much the rush, don’t miss out on this meal of the day. And as clichéd as it may sound, remember to Eat Your Breakfast Like a King!

 

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