A Cuppa a Day – 4 Reasons to Love Tea

Your morning (or evening) cup of tea is about to get a lot more refreshing. Those tiny tea leaves that uplift your mood and clear your blues, are loaded with numerous health benefits.

Detoxify with Chai

A cup of green tea won’t just help you with weight loss but is also helpful in detoxifying your body. Green tea and black tea contain nutrients that prevent cell damage that can cause stroke, heart attack and memory loss. Tea is a staple in the Chinese and Japanese diet, and the occurrences of heart disease is much lower when compared to their western counterparts.

Say Tea!

Save a visit to the dentist because tea can help you get rid of plaque build-up and yellowing. Tea contains fluoride, which is found in most toothpastes to prevent tooth decay. Tea should now not only be a part of your diet, but also your dental routine.

green tea

Tea for Immunity

Tea is packed with polyphenols and flavonoids, which are anti-oxidants that help our body fight problems like the common illnesses like flu food poisoning, infections, nasal congestion etc. Now you know what to do when the common cold is in the air! These anti-oxidants also slow down the progression of cancer, diabetes and neurological disorders.

Beauty and the Tea

Tea has anti-inflammatory properties that can clear acne and leave you with a healthy skin. It also keeps blood sugar and insulin levels in our body under control, both of which are directly related to acne outbreaks. What are you waiting for? Put on the kettle!

 

Having discussed all the benefits tea has to offer, it is important to note that chai as most people like it, with milk, does not provide the same benefits. Milk negates all the benefits of tea, blocking the functions of the anti-oxidants, leaving your cup of tea with no real health benefits.

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Make lemon iced green tea with basil seeds:

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Raining Cats and Dogs

One cloudy evening, Uncle Rana and Kii sat at his shop watching the events of a thunderstorm unfold. As dark clouds overshadowed the blue skies of Bangalore and the monsoon winds made the weather chilly, Uncle Rana transcended into a mood of reminiscence. He was not devoid of a keen audience as Kii eagerly listened to Uncle Rana’s tales from the good old days.

 

 

As they both had a hearty laugh about it raining cats and dogs, Uncle Rana began to tell Kii stories about the monsoons back in his village, how the children raced their paper boats and how they sometimes spotted peacocks dance on terraces.

A-Z Menstruation Guide

An A-Z Guide on how you can better your monthly ordeal.

A – Apps
Keep track of your period to ensure your periods aren’t delayed. With an app, you don’t have to remember your dates, which most of us tend to forget. Some of the apps you can try are Period Tracker, Flo, Clue.

B – Bloating
If you’ve noticed a bloated tummy and larger than usual or sensitive breasts, your menstruation cycle is around the corner. These symptoms occur because of higher levels of hormones in your system. Make sure you drink a lot of water and eat a balanced diet to get rid of the bloated-ness.

C – Cramps
Cramps are something that makes almost every woman curse the monthly ‘chum’. Include lots of fruits in your diet, especially banana. Acupuncture also helps relieve the pain by relaxing the nervous system. In cases of severe pain, it is best to consult a gynecologist.

D – Dark Chocolate
Satisfy your sweet tooth during periods with dark chocolate. Not only does it help with cramps but contains the “happy hormones” that can help with the mood swings.

E – Exercise
Though most women feel fatigued during their period and tend to avoid any physical exercise, it is recommended that you engage in light exercise. Maybe just a walk or some light stretching can help you have an easier and comfortable period.

F – Fluids
Keep yourself hydrated with lots of fluids, especially water. Drinking water also helps with the bloating sensation and keeps you up and energetic.

G – Gynecologist
As important as it is to get regular dental checkups, health checkups and so on, it is essential to visit a gynecologist at least once a year. If your periods are irregular or excruciatingly painful, it is better to visit the doc rather than self-medicating.

H – Heat
If only period cramps had an instant remedy…well, they might. Try keeping a hot water bottle on your lower abdomen to ease the period pain.

I – Iron
Loss of blood causes loss of iron in the body, which is essential for a healthy immune system and to transport oxygen in the body. Make spinach and other greens a part of your diet in order to maintain the right level of iron in your body.

K – Kale
Kale is a period superfood. It might not give you instant results and relief, but it is a healthy addition to your diet to increase iron levels. It contains high level of fiber which aids digestion and constipation, which is a problem many women face during their period.

L – Lavender Oil
Aromatherapy can lift your mood, clear your blues, and leave you calm and happy. Studies suggest that using lavender oil to massage the stomach reduces cramps and the period discomfort. Also, it smells pretty good!

M – Missed Period
One missed period and you convince yourself that via some supernatural intervention you are pregnant. Other than the obvious reason that you might be pregnant, there are a hundred different reasons why you might have missed your period. Stress, anxiety, a change in routine, dietary changes are all factors that cause a missed period. It is best to consult a gynecologist and figure out why you might’ve missed your period.

N – Nuts
Before period cramps drive you nuts, it is recommended that you eat some. Walnuts, sesame seeds, almonds, peanuts, are all energy boosters and are packed with vitamins and a list of other nutrients that will help you sail smoothly through your period.

O – Oranges
Eat a bunch of oranges during your period to give your body a good and yummy supply of Vitamin C. Oranges and lemons are a good way to keep yourself energized and hydrated.

P – PMS
For everybody that thinks it’s a myth, its real. Women experience emotional and physical changes few days before their period and might also suffer from acne, anxiety, sore breasts, bloating and constipation. A handy tip is to tell your closest ones that it’s that ‘time of the month’ so they pardon your mood swings and funny food cravings.

Q – Quit
To help a comfortable period, avoid foods that are cramp or PMS inducing. Reducing caffeine and dairy products helps with the problematic symptoms of PMSing and cramps respectively.

R – Regular
The importance of changing your sanitary napkin regularly cannot be stressed enough. It is essential to change your pad every 4-5 hours irrespective of the flow. Not changing your pad/tampon regularly can cause a life-threatening complication, a bacterial infection called Toxic Shock Syndrome. So ladies, keep ‘em changing!

S – Sanitary Napkins/Tampons
You can choose between a sanitary pad, tampon, or even a menstrual cup. Stick to what you feel most comfortable in. Women prefer wearing tampons while swimming or exercising. Cups may be preferred as they reusable. However, the most popular is the sanitary pad because all you have to do is stick them on!
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T – Tea
Your morning cuppa can save you from period cramps. Use this time of the month to try out different kinds of tea, relief from cramps is just an added perk. =P
Try these: Chamomile tea, fennel tea, peppermint tea, cinnamon tea, green tea, ginger tea.

U – Understand and Learn
Your body goes through a lot of change before and during your period. These changes can be physical as well as emotional. It is important that you understand and acknowledge these changes and notice the pattern your body undergoes in order to draw differences between what is normal and what isn’t.

V – Veggies
Use this time to hone your masterchef skills and toss up a salad or two. Include lots of leafy greens in your diet as they replenish the iron levels in your body.

X – XO XO
Welcome your period with open arms and embrace it, literally! Hugging and cuddling releases the happy hormones in your body and helps in reducing cramps, aches and stress. This month, indulge in a lot of hugging. 😛

Y – Yoga
Light yoga can make you feel relaxed during your period. Try the supine twist, child’s pose, and forward bends. Avoid inversions like handstand or the headstand.

Z – ZzZzZ
Everything said and done, it’s no lie that you feel more tired than usual when on your period. The best solution to that is snooze, take some rest, and sleep it off!

 

Make this your menstruation handbook! 

Tender Coconut

Kii had begun enjoying her frequent visits to the local kirana store and the best part about her daily trips was, of course, her conversations with Mr. Rana.

The homely ambience of the local kirana store greatly appealed to her and she was curious to know if everyone felt at home at this wonderful little store, just like she did.

Although she did not really have anything to purchase, she decided to make her way to the kirana store and have a chat Mr. Rana anyway.

Kii and Rana

 

As Kii sipped on some more coconut water, she noticed all the happy customers in Uncle Rana’s shop. To her, grocery shopping was becoming interesting by the day! 

 

Protein Rich Super Foods that Give you Lustrous Locks

lustrous locks

Healthy hair isn’t just the result of products like shampoos, oils, conditioners and serums. It is also the result of the food that you eat. Hair is largely made up of protein and foods rich in this nutrient need to be a part of your everyday diet in order to keep your locks bouncy and shiny. When faced with hair woes that refuse to go away (no matter what you do) look back at your plate and start paying attention to what you consume. Here is a list of 7 super foods that you can add to your meals/snacks to keep your tresses healthy.

# 1 – Legumes

A protein-rich vegetarian diet contains beans and legumes inevitably. These foods are also rich in dietary fibre and essential amino acids. Black beans, chickpeas, soybean, kidney beans, peas, and lentils are all foods that can work wonders for your hair. Bake them, sprout them, combine them into a salad or simply stick to your favourite roti-dal and rajma-chawal to give your hair a good protein boost.

# 2 – Peanut Butter

Peanut butter

If a slice of bread or sandwiches make up your daily breakfast menu, you can bank on peanut butter to give your hair a good dose of protein. You can also add this spread to smoothies or shakes and gulp down a good serving of the hair-reviving nutrient.

 # 3 – Meat

meat

Meat is one of the best sources of protein. White or poultry meat, such as chicken, is extremely nutritious and healthy because it contains a higher content of lean protein than red meat. Add meat to your diet in baked, boiled or roasted forms for maximum nutritive intake.

# 4 – Cottage Cheese

cottage cheese

Here’s some good news for all those who love paneer. If you are a vegetarian and not particularly fond of consuming beans or legumes, you can take the help of paneer/cottage cheese to give your hair a good bout of protein. This dairy product is also loaded with calcium, phosphorus, selenium, vitamin B12, riboflavin (vitamin B2) and various other nutrients that keep your locks healthy and shiny. Toss paneer cubes into vegetable salads, combine them with sandwich fillings or simply prepare the rich and creamy Paneer Butter Masala and eat the dish with roti or naan (keep a tab on the fat levels though!).

# 5 – Tofu

tofu

Tofu is a vegetarian product that is also a vegan alternative to paneer.  Made from coagulated soy milk, this food is especially beneficial as it has a low calorie count and relatively large amounts of protein. Tofu is also rich in magnesium, iron and other essential nutrients. This food helps restore keratin to hair, promotes growth and gives it a healthy appearance.

# 6 – Eggs

eggs

As kids, we were fed eggs almost every other day. Turns out this calcium and protein rich food is beneficial not only to your body, but also to your hair. Fatty acids, lecithin and a host of vitamins present in eggs work to keep your hair healthy. They improve the condition of your scalp and hair and prevent dandruff, dryness, hair loss, and breakage. These nutrients also help improve the texture of your hair and make it more manageable. Explains why many shampoos and conditioners are made with egg proteins, right?

# 7 – Milk and Curd

milk for hair care

Dairy products like milk and curd are an excellent source of high quality protein and calcium. These nutrients play a vital role in strengthening hair roots, promoting hair growth, adding volume and giving hair that healthy shine. A glass of milk every morning with your breakfast or a cup of curd with your paratha is all that you would need to add this healthy nutrient to your diet. If on a weight loss program, opt for the low fat versions of these dairy products.

Do you know of any other super foods that keep your hair healthy? Send them to us, because we’d like to know too!

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Your Coffee Handbook

A lot can indeed happen over a cup of coffee but…what type of coffee? We thought it’s about time to brew some learning. Here’s a guide to help you next time you’re at a coffee counter helplessly gazing at the menu:

Espresso

A shot of espresso

This is a concentrated form of coffee with coffee and water as the only ingredients. Other forms of drinking coffee like latte and cappuccino are actually just variations of an espresso. An espresso is taken as a shot in a small cup called demitasse, which is half the size of a regular coffee cup. An espresso is often called a ‘bold’ beverage as it is stronger than the other types. 

Macchiato

Macchiato

A macchiato is an espresso with a small amount of milk. Macchiato in Italian actually translates to ‘spotted’, signifying the spot of milk in the espresso. Caramel macchiato is a popular variation that is prepared by adding caramel and steamed milk to the regular macchiato.

Cappuccino

Cappuccino

If you prefer more milk than coffee with a subtle taste of the espresso, this should be your choice. Cappuccinos are prepared using the 1/3rd rule, with espresso, steamed milk and milk foam in equal 1/3rd proportions. If you’ve ever noticed those cups of coffee with a heart or leaf decoration, this one is it.

Latte

Latte

This is a milkier coffee, with one shot of espresso, steamed milk and a thick layer of milk foam on top.

The espresso to milk ratio is usually 1:3. It’s a coffee art lover’s favourite!

 

Mocha

Mocha

Also called a Mochachino, this one is for the chocolate lovers. It contains espresso, milk and chocolate, making it an in-between between a cappuccino and a hot chocolate. It’s usually topped off with milk foam or whipped cream and sometimes even marshmallows.  

Frappe

Frappe

 

 

This is an iced coffee often served with ice cream and whipped cream. 

Frappuccino

 

Frappuccino is a trademark drink of Starbucks. It is an iced cappuccino topped with whipped cream.

Filter Coffee

Filter Coffee

Filter Coffee is not just a beverage in South India, but it’s a culture. It is prepared by mixing finely ground coffee powder with boiling milk that has frothed, in a traditional Indian filter.

 

 

 

Which one’s your favourite? Tell us 😀

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Store Pickup

It was dusk, accompanied by the regular cacophony of rumbling buses, maneuvering bikers, and rushed pedestrians. The air had in it a whiff of freshly fried bondas and bhajis. Kii was returning home after a game of badminton with her friend when she decided to make a stop at Uncle Rana’s shop to catch up. Uncle Rana waved at her from his shop as he saw her approaching.

 

As Kii jogged home after her chat, she went past little kids racing on their bicycles and Sethi Uncle sitting in his balcony sipping hot coffee, she took in the aroma of freshly tossed up masala puri and thought about what she wanted to ask Uncle Rana on her next visit to his shop.

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Stay tuned for next week’s Kii and Rana chat! 

The Secrets to Healthy Hair Lie in your Kitchen

Taking good care of your hair can be a hard task, especially with changing climate, pollution levels and our food intake. Keeping your hair healthy, shiny and good looking at all times can be time consuming and quite expensive.

However, it may be wise to invest time in these DIY hair care home remedies to protect your hair and give it that bounce and shine.

1. Eggs on Scalp

If hair breakage is your enemy, eggs are the solution. It prevents hair loss and facilitates growth of healthy hair with minimal breakage. Eggs even make frizzy hair more manageable and treat dandruff.

Eggs on Scalp

Prepare a hair mask with one egg and a few tablespoons of olive oil and blend the two. Apply the mixture on your scalp and leave it for about 20-25 minutes. Shampoo your hair with cold water to avoid an eggy smell.

The yolk and olive oil together strengthen your hair. If you have an oily scalp, add some honey to the mixture.

If you didn’t know already, eggs are good for the skin and hair, whether eaten or applied!

2. Butter Them

Butter can breathe a new life into your hair

If you struggle with dry, damaged and brittle hair, a little bit of butter can give your hair a new life.

Massage butter on your hair and cover it with a shower cap for about 30 minutes. Your hair absorbs fatty acids contained in the butter, leaving your hair smooth and moisturized. After half an hour, just shampoo and make sure you rinse out the butter fully.  

3. Avocado on Hair

Avocado works as a natural moisturizer for your hair

Avocado works as a natural conditioner to smoothen your hair and moisturize your scalp. It is a buttery fruit that rejuvenates brittle and damaged hair and prevents split ends.

Prepare your hair mask with one avocado, two tablespoons of olive oil and two tablespoons of honey. Apply this mixture on damp hair and cover your hair with a shower cap for about 40 minutes. Then shampoo and condition as usual.

Try avocado and banana along with a few tablespoons of olive oil for glossy hair.

4. Chop up some Onions

What made you cry will now make you smile. Onions can make your thinning

Use toothbrush to get rid of pungent smells
Try onions for voluminous hair 

hair voluminous and facilitate healthy hair growth. They contain high amount of sulfur, which helps with blood circulation.

Apply onion juice on your hair and let it remain for about 5 minutes. Wash it off with shampoo and your hair will feel immediately rejuvenated.

All that you need for healthy hair is in your kitchen. Here’s everything Have more secrets? Share them with us! 😀 

 

 

 

Filter Coffee

Someone once said,“I don’t need an inspirational quote, I need coffee!”

Irrespective of whichever part of the country you hail from, one of the things that remain common throughout is the influence and culture of coffee. As we bring our focus to the beautiful city of Bangalore (and South India in general), we find that both are quite heavily influenced by the glorious tradition of coffee, filter coffee to be a little more precise.

Strong, aromatic and delightfully sweet with a tinge of bitter, filter coffee is more than a cup of hot beverage – it is an experience. Today, Kii was going to experience it for the first time, thanks to her good friend, Uncle Rana.

The day had just started and the door to Uncle Rana’s kirana was already open to customers. Uncle Rana was enjoying his newspaper and a hot cup of filter coffee before little Kii entered his kirana store.

 

As Kii walked down the aisles with Uncle Rana, she couldn’t seem to forget the aroma of this wonderful beverage that had engulfed her in a big warm hug.