Mangoes – which ones are your favorite?

As children we used to look forward to summer as it would be mango season again! Mostly 3-4 varieties of mangoes that spread across summer timeline indicated whether summer was at its peak or getting over! Now, interesting to see more than 50 varieties of mangoes around the world!

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Effect of sodium on our weight

Sometimes we notice our weight increases significantly over a short duration. Check if these apply and change your diet appropriately to bring it back to normal levels.

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Learning about Neem and its benefits

All parts of a Neem tree offers a lot of health benefits. It was interesting to understand how the stem, leaves and especially flowers help in Ayurvedic medicine.

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Flavored milk

Sometimes making kids drink their milk is a challenge. My mother used to face the same and made us used to colored (and flavored) milk. As we grew, the choices and options seems to increase! Sharing some of our favorite recipes.

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Pink pineapples are now available

Yes… Pink pineapples seem to be available for purchase online and are available in some grocery stores. How different is it? Is it safe to consume? How does it look?

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Blood oranges (not Grapefruits)

I cut an orange from my home delivered groceries and was surprised to see the color inside. At first, I thought it was a grapefruit – but tasted much sweeter than sour. Realized it was a blood orange! I am a big fan of blood oranges now!

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Necessity driven Innovation – Cooking on a truck

My mother forwarded a video today that was truly inspirational! The simplicity of the idea and ease of implementation was amazing! A simple scientific concept with a good implementation supporting thousands of people eat meals everyday!

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Fasting – Good for health

While fasting is a process observed across many cultures, nutritionists also find it to be helpful for our overall health.

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Chikitsa (Treatment) in Ayurveda

It is interesting to observe how different disciplines of medicine follow very different treatment protocols. Sharing some of my observations!

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Local entrepreneur series #3 – Delhi Tiffin

A common friend introduced me to Arsh, a local entrepreneur who runs the Delhi tiffin business, catering meals for families who need the extra help – either for parties or weekly meals. During the pandemic, we can support local small businesses and entrepreneurs in some way we can! Every bit counts!

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Local entrepreneur series #2 – Shankara caterers

A common friend introduced me to Suresh Ganesh, a local entrepreneur. They have been catering Indian snacks and food items in US for long. However, their business seems to have been impacted by COVID. During the pandemic, we can support local small businesses and entrepreneurs in some way we can! Every bit counts!

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Deepavali – Festival of lights

Diwali or Deepavali is an array of lights celebrated by lighting lamps of different types across the house. It is always beautiful to see all homes lit outside with oil and wick lamps. Every family has the habit of lighting lamps indoors and outdoors, and there is a competitive atmosphere to see who has lit the best and most innovative lamp designs.

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Snacks to eat when you are hungry at night

While it is important to have a good daily routine, sometimes due to school or office work, we tend to focus on meeting our deadlines and end up going to bed late. The typical question of what to eat when we are hungry at night comes up! Sharing some nutritious tips to snack at night!

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Vitamin D levels – Time to check and supplement

With the cold weather and rainy season setting in, we tend to lose the extra sunshine in our lives. Time to check our Vitamin D levels and supplement..! Do you know the telltale symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency…? Sharing some of them based on my experience…

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Low Hemoglobin levels – Parenting tips

For non-vegetarians meat products are filled with iron that helps keep up hemoglobin levels. What can vegetarians eat to reduce the risk of anemia? As a parent, knowing and including these foods in the diet helps reduce many health complications in future.

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Seasonal festivities in India – Navaratri and Durga Puja

While it is baking, Halloween and Thankgiving in this side of the world, how do Indians celebrate Fall season? Our cultures line up a series of festive occasions to induce a happy mindset, making sure we are focusing on happy thoughts and happy moments. How does that happen?

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Making a food chart helps

Mommy – what do you have for lunch? Anything special that I like? Typical dilemma faced by any mother who tries her best to balance between healthy meals and trying to accommodate tastes and likes of kids (extends to adults too).

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Heartburn – Home remedies

It is common to have a heartburn after a sumptuous meal. How do we get rid of the heartburn that follows? Sharing some tips that have helped me over years.

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