19 June 2016

List of negative calorie foods - Lose weight fast and healthy !

Mr.Calorie-"Will U marry me ?"....Lady replies -"No way "!!

 Medicalnewstoday.com defines "Calories as a unit of energy. In nutritional language,calories refer to energy consumption through eating and drinking and energy usage through physical activity ."

Our body requires the right amount of calories to survive .Without energy , our metabolism will lag, our immune system would suffer,our cells would perish,our hearts,lungs,brain would stop functioning and we will be dead.

If we consume right amount of calories ,our body will be healthy and flourishing .If it is less or more than required, then it will create complicated health conditions one by one and the billion dollar pharmaceutical industry will be the only one who will be quite thankful to us but "we",we will be totally screwed in and out .

So,the question arises,what is the apt amount of calories one is supposed to consume ?

The apt amount of calorie consumption will depend on several factors like individual's general health,sex,height,weight,shape,physical activity etc.

According to US health standards,an average man requires 2700 calories per day and an average woman would require 2,200 cals.

However, NHS (National Health service ),UK recommends 2500 and 2000 cals respectively.

And the FAO (Food and agriculture Organization) suggests that ,the average adult should consume no less than 1,800 calories per day.

The main types of calories are derived from: Carbohydrates, Fats and proteins .When we consume foods (carbs,fats,proteins),they get converted in the body into heat energy.

Depending upon carbs,fats and proteins ,they can be further classified as high calorie,low calorie,empty calorie AND negative calorie foods ...

High calorie foods are like fast foods or foods loaded with sugar,fats etc ,low calorie are the foods with moderation like low fat yogurt,cheese etc,empty calorie are foods that adds up calories but empty up/provide no nutrients ..

 It (calorie) is simple yet complicated and so is misused ,abused or unused properly .

Not to mention, calorie is a dreaded word when it comes to weight loss . Ignorance can be anti-bliss here.Everyone wants to look slim,trim and in shape and calorie is kinda considered to be akin to fat promoting stuffs to our body .Some may assume,lesser the calorie intake,more easily one can lose weight and they may think and wish, the calorie never existed at all or may somehow disappear into thin air .

Concentrating on the big picture of losing weight super fast ,we may knowingly or unknowingly opt for wrong types of calories or may even take inadequate calories which may hamper our health in the long run.

So,in such cases,negative calorie foods plays the vital role and should be the "go-to" calorie foods for losing or maintaining weight in a healthy way.

Now,negative calorie foods or also popularly known as zero calorie foods, doesn't imply that they have no calories or less than 0 calories.In fact,negative calorie foods are those foods that requires more energy to be digested in the body ,in which case, more calories are burned than what they actually possess.So,it is kind of giving all the vital nutrients to the body yet burning calories side by side.That's what we call the "Smart choice" of foods with a negative calorie effect in the body.

So, basically, negative calorie foods are whole unprocessed foods - low in calorie,rich in fiber,proteins,high in water contents that possess thermogenic properties meaning ,producing heat in the body when consumed,that boosts the metabolism ,aids in enzyme production and thereby burning more calories and aiding in losing weight effectively. They are basically plant based - vegetables and fruits ,grains ,legumes and spices (with exceptions though).

SO,imagine a diet plan, that will not only make you look beautiful outside, but also from inside . So,here are the negative calorie food items that you can include in your diet plan for losing weight efficiently ,effectively without compromising your health in and out.

Negative calorie food list – Eat these friendly calorie foods to lose weight fast and healthy !!

Herbs &Spices
Black Pepper
Plain Tea
Plain Coffee
Beet Roots
Natural Lemonade with no sugar

Brussels Sprout




Dry red chilli


Honey Dew
Flax seeds

Mustard seeds


Chilli Peppers




Garden Cress

Green Beans



















According to brainyweightloss.com,the health benefits other than weight loss are :
  • Boosts metabolism,immune system and energy .
  • Suppresses appetite and hunger pangs.
  • Gentle diuretic ,helps in eliminating excess water from the body .
  • Stabilizes blood sugar and cholesterol.
  • Cleans liver,the fat burning organ.
  • Anti inflammatory effect .
  • Lowers stress,anxiety,depression and improves mental focus and clarity.
  • Sound sleep.
  • Clears complexion,promotes shiny hair and strong nails
  • Good overall health.
To lose weight aptly ,you must eat atleast 2-3 pounds of combination of these foods daily and make sure that they are organic,fresh and raw as much as possible and try not to mix with any empty calorie food and spoil the purpose.

Let your imagination go wild here,be creative and mix and match the foods together and voila,you will be surprised that you can lose weight fast eating the right food which is also quite tasty and who knows may be without any strenuous exercises day and night or enrolling in expensive gyms ,you may still lose weight with less effort and pain happily.

So,if you are dieting,DON'T STARVE YOURSELF instead go for these foods with negative calories and fat burning effects in a healthy,vibrant way and if you are not dieting ,you can as well opt for these foods as a part of a balanced diet for taking care of and maintaining an optimum health forever ,getting rid of any diseases (prevention is better than any cure!)  ,there by reducing any hospital visits or frustrating bills and never forgetting that "Health is indeed wealth !"

So,what are you waiting for,give it a shot,you will not lose anything except weight and gain more than you can imagine.Atleast ,your body will be happy and grateful to you !

As B.K.S Iyengar said," Your body is your temple.Keep it pure or clean for the soul to reside in."

Good luck and good health to you !

References : DoctorOz.com ,Chewfo.com,BrainyWeightLoss.com,Livestrong.com..Thank You !

06 June 2016

SOS list - Vegetables/Food/Snacks names in American English vs Indian (British) English for Indians in USA

Marriage is such a transitional phase for a girl ! It is like a rebirth -- as a grown up into a new home,new environment,new people,new beliefs,rules,rituals and a room that scares you the most,haunted and ruled by mother-in-law -The kitchen ! ....and you feel like a scapegoat ,ready to be butchered by the home minister,the M-I-L at any point of time especially if you don't no the A,B,C of cooking ...Well,that was me ...A cooking illiterate !! ...Of all the good things my parents gifted me,the one thing I really treasured the most was a diary and papers filled with cooking terms and conditions and recipes to save my back during any cooking emergency...


Since I belong to that creed of women ,old fashioned beliefs (yet funky ),I wanted and would always want to be a good wife,good daughter-in-law first and the foremost for sure (I try lol)..So,to become one ,I rephrased that a way to man's and his mom's heart is through the humble kitchen - the cooking,the food-is-apt-to-be-swallowed kinda...So,it was a struggle yet a learning phase for me ..However,I was not an elaborate cook may be initially but Thank God and Thank mom for nagging me every now and then to learn the basics at least....Needless to say, I was a Jhansi-ki-rani in the kitchen -fighting my fears and winning the daily cooking challenges...

However,,by God's esteeeemed grace, after a few months,we left India for good and landed in US...Yeah You are right ...What a relief !! ...Now you have a kitchen and you can make anything,however you want ,whatever you want and no one- expert ,will be supervising or judging you...Luckily,even though my hubby is a good cook by himself,he is very forgiving,adjusting and encouraging and well,by God's grace and his grace and support I became nothing less than a cooking scientist and experimented until I became good,praised by him and our friends..even though my mom is still my biggest critic .


So,yeah my culinary domain was totally under control ...But you know what,sometimes,happiness also takes a break and sends a setback as a replacement for a small or long duration...So,I was facing a major setback in my culinary adda/domain ...Guess what ,grocery stores in US woke up my idle brain ,I felt blood flushing through out every neurons I've inside ,I guess even new cells regenerated...How ?

Well,did you know a lot of vegetables are called differently here in US and a lot of them were kinda new to me that I never saw in India or may be since I was brought up in a small city ,I never saw them as long as I can remember .....

I felt like even plants were challenging my general knowledge ......Wanna know the vegetables or edible items that made my brain,tummy,kitchen,cooking,food idle to ideal...Here are they :

This edible thing in American English =This edible thing in Indian/British English----Their Purpose
  1. Eggplant  /   Aubergine  =   Brinjal     - A vegetable in purple color/light violet color/green color (small ones)/white in color which I confirmed don't lay eggs...
  2. Okra =    Lady'sfinger  - A vegetable that has got nothing to do with a lady's finger and in US stores (Non-Indian),Lady'sfinger means elongated oval shaped sugar cookies.
  3. Sweet Onion/Red Onion/Yellow Onion/White onions  = Just Onion ! - A vegetable that can make you cry for no reason..In U.S., there are all those varieties with different taste and texture but in India,we call it simply onions regardless and red and yellow onions are the staple ones at every home.
  4. Pearl Onions   = In India,it can be confused as shallots as both are mini types of onions and taste may not be that different even though their appearance are..
  5. Chilli pepper = Chillies - Red chillies,green chillies etc etc..They don't have any qualities to chill you though...
  6. Cilantro leaves = Coriander leaves - Leaves used for garnishing or tempering especially and making chutneys or drinks...
  7. Yogurt = Curd - In USA,there are many flavored and low fat and fat free yogurts as well...and curd in US may be assumed as cheese in fact...
  8. Buttermilk in US refers to "cultured milk" which has got nothing to do with the butter and is used exclusively to give flavor,body and as a leavening agent while baking and it is quite simple to make by adding little vinegar or lemon juice to homogenized,pasteurized milk and after a few minutes -voila,buttermilk is ready to use. However,in India,it is a quite popular "summer special dairy drink" made by simply adding cold water to the curd/yogurt and lightly churned and then seasoned simply with salt or spiced up with some cumin seeds,cilantro leaves/mint leaves and other variations likewise . It is more like a digestive drink or a summer cooler .
  9. Pickle - In India is made with or without any brine (salty water solution) and  especially with lots of spices,oil and vinegar but in US, they are vegetables like Cucumbers,Dills,Carrots,Jalapenos,Onions etc soaked in brine and vinegar and left for a while for fermentation.
  10. Peanuts = Groundnuts - The only nut that grows underground and is definitely bigger than a size of a pea and don't get confuse by the pronunciation as it doesn't pee of course...:P
  11. Beets = Beetroots - The roots that won't beat you and it has got nothing to do with bee-s too...So many root vegetables are there,one among them is the one that can leave beautiful dark pinkish color and is damn nutritious...
  12. Greens = Vegetables especially leafy ones - since they are mostly green in color ...Majority wins!...Go green !
  13. Snap Beans /String beans = Green beans , yeah the beans with a string on each sides ,that once removed can be snapped into many pieces for Indian style of cooking.In US,the beans are just steamed completely to eat ,most of the time ..
  14. Bell Peppers = Capsicum , yeah they do like closed bells or caps ...Big chilies would have been perfect - what say?
  15. Cookies = Biscuits ,whether it is Britannia ,Monaco or Milano ,they are biscuits in India Whereas in USA,biscuits means a small scone shaped quick bread or hard bun.
  16. Crackers = Thin Salt Biscuits or plain biscuits that don't compete with tea/coffee as to who is more sweeter...
  17. Candy = Chocolate/Toffee - In India,anything that are not chocolate bar or Bubble gum/Chewing gum are chocolates or toffees but in US,Toffees are usually a candy made up caramelizing sugar or molasses along with butter and almonds and then broken into chunks.
  18. Chocolate = Toffees or chocolate bars like Dairy milk,KitKat etc
  19. Creamer is not equal to but kinda equivalent to the milk powder in India ,as the creamer is used in place of milk or cream while making coffee which doesn't have any milk in it .In US,they prefer,Half and half which is half creamer and half milk .
  20. Garbanzos = chickpeas ,this lentil chick pees....:0)..(whoops..eh-choose me !):|
  21. Mung Beans = Mung Dals - A dal/lentil that also falls under beans category and vice versa. 
  22. Snap Peas = Green Peas ,they snap and then pee ..(Ohh my..bad again...X-qse me !) ,peas in a pod are quite healthy....
  23.  Sweet Corn = Maize/Corn , how corn-y ! ...very healthy...
  24. Green Onion/Scallion = Spring Onions - Small onion bulbs with looong leaves used for garnishing especially...
  25. Zucchini = Courgette - A kind of summer squash , I always thought was a lady with an exotic name.... 
Then there are veges like Lettuce,Broccoli,Asparagus,Brussel Sprouts ,Avocados etc etc which I've never heard in my life ,before I came to USA...

These are a few major ones (for me), I can remember as of now,I may keep on updating it from time to time and if someone wants to add something or if I am wrong somewhere ,do mail me/let me know.

You will be wondering if I know all these, why the heckz I am writing it here.Well,I hope it will be helpful to newcomers in US who won't be in a situation playing dumb charades at any US grocery stores like I did and even if you are not in US,I bet it will be good to know right . Ohh and my corny descriptions ?..as always neva mind..Weirdness in me - Oh my -habits die hard!:| ..like all those different names...Thanks for your patience though !

S.O.S -I mean See you in Other Sarcastic post..

Keep smiling,

07 May 2016

Butter cake recipe|How to make a cake in a pressure cooker without any sand or salt

The first homemade cake I ever had was prepared in a pressure cooker by my mom.It was perfect .I remember, there was no hand blender to make the cake batter.In fact my mom used her palm to mix the final batter.She said,with palm you can feel the smoothness of the batter and not only that the warmth of your palm improves the texture of the cake. Every time she baked a cake in pressure cooker,it just came out awesome.

That aroma, that would fill the entire home was so out of the world or should I say ,would put you in a magical world .All of a sudden, I would be head over heels for the pressure cooker ...staring ,flirting,waiting,wooing...wishing if the pressure cooker can somehow hear me and make this baking process faster...or at least trying to pass my time and testing the depth of my patience.Even though I used to hate kitchen once,this baking aroma would lure me into the kitchen ..I would become the watchman err..watch woman of the kitchen all of a sudden..

And when mom opened that pressure cooker,I would be standing there all speechless and breathless and when the cake came out...Man, I was floored !! ..Such a beautiful cake !! All of a sudden I would be having a deep respect for this pressure cooker..thinking "kitna kaam karna padta hai bechari ko.../what all things a pressure cooker is under pressure to do ?...We eventually bought a oven though...However,a cake made in a pressure cooker is what gives me the biggest nostalgia and smile !!


However,in my case ,I got lucky that ,after landing in US,I was pretty surprised to see the cooking stove here comes with a huge oven beneath it and that certainly poked and woke up the baking instinct in me for sure.Poor oven !!They withstood all my baking dares and disasters silently and patiently until it became a signature/better!!

Once it did give me a warning with some minor issues ..but guess what that helped me to bake a cake without oven on stove top using my pizza pan. Which inspired my curiosity to bake another cake without oven on stove top in a frying pan.

So,I used to bake in my oven as and when needed .However,baking in a pressure cooker was pending and in my wishlist since long.After a few trials  and errors ,failures and success ,tips and tricks I baked a cake in my pressure cooker directly without any sand or salt ,as is the norm usually to make a pressure cooker cake and my mom just used the cake/small stand that came with the pressure cookers only.However,my pressure cooker didn't have one.So,after lots of research,anatomy and experiments ,I baked a few cakes successfully in my pressure cooker with no salt/sand/stand.

I even made a video that will show and highlight how to make a cake in pressure cooker without any sand or salt using a loophole ...So,I made a simple butter cake for the same.So,butter cake recipe is included in the video itself.

Unlike oven ,pressure cooker also builds pressure inside me,since I can't see if it's baking well or not.Anyways,all is well that ends well.