Healthy Endeavor

Dear Readers,
e-Sandesh is proud to welcome our newest Columnist - Sneh Jaisingh. Sneh is a Nutritionist but also a Mom of a 7 year old and she will be writing the Healthy Endevor column to bring us practical nutrition tips and delicious recipes. Welcome, Sneh !

- Ashish Cowlagi,
Managing Editor, eSandesh.



Sneh Jaisingh
Being healthy is more of an art than a science. One formula can’t be the answer to everyone’s unique condition and/or lifestyle. However, being healthy
is not very difficult, it’s more intuitive and instinctive. With a little guidance, a little motivation and by listening to your mind/body, you can achieve the right balance in life.

In a fast paced world, interpreting and implementing nutrition information can be both stressful and confusing, causing us to explore some radical concepts of weight loss and/or "being healthy".

This is where I come in. Through this blog I am very excited to share my personal and professional experiences, struggles and thoughts about trying to eat well, exercise, and finding balance in life. I hope that you’ll get some tidbits that inspire and help you improve your own diet or develop a healthier relationship with food and be open to exploring becoming more fit. I think food should be fun, refreshing, fulfilling and flavorful!

Besides being a Nutritionist, I’m a mom of a 7 yr old who is my biggest challenge as a nutritionist. Join me in my Health Endeavor, where we will share simple, sensible nutrition information.

Eat well, Feel well and Be Happy!

Here is a sweet recipe to get us started :

Guilt Free Suji Halva

INGREDIENTSsuji

  • 1 cup semolina/suji (rava)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2.5 cups skim milk1-2 ripe banana
  • 6-8 raisins
  • 6 to 8 almonds/cashew(optional)
  • Cardamom and saffron
  • Fruits for garnish (optional like grapes, pomegranate, etc)

METHOD

  1. Take a good quality non-stick pan ( like cephalon)
  2. Roast suji on a slow flame until it turns light brown
  3. Boil skim milk and add sugar, cardamom and saffron in another pan
  4. Slowly add the milk to the suji, stirring continously.
  5. Add mashed banana (this will cut down the sugar and also enhance the taste)
  6. Add raisins, and half of the nuts.
  7. Take off the flame.
  8. Garnish with rest of the nuts, and fruits.

VARIATIONS

  1. May substitute skim milk with whole milk for creamy texture
  2. For those who love the ghee flavor, add 1 tsp of ghee when you are mixing the milk and suji.
  3. for a complete fat-free version, skip the nuts.

NUTRITIONALS:

  1. A complete and well balanced recipe.
  2. Suji is a good source of carbohydrates
  3. Milk is a good source of proteins and calcium
  4. Banana provides good source of potassium.
  5. Saffron has healing properties and a great immune booster
  6. Nuts are an excellent source of “good” fat.

 



Sneh Jaisingh, MS CNC,  is a Clinical and Holistic Nutritionist based in Shrewsbury. You can find her on Facebook  at http://www.facebook.com/nutriage#!/nutriage