5 healthy recipes for your “just started eating” baby!

Being a mom, you must be very particular about what is going inside your baby’s body(esp. if you are a little obsessed and possessive mom, like me :P). Feeding your baby healthy should always be your top priority. Here are five healthy recipes which you can give to those babies who are above the age of 6 months and can’t eat solid foods. Not to mention, food shouldn’t replace mother’s milk at any cost till the baby turns one. Here you go:

1) Sweet potato porriage:

* Boil 1 sweet potato(pressure cook it).
* Peel the boiled sweet potato and mash it; keep aside.
* Take 1 cup of milk in a sauce pan and bring it to boil.
* Add the mashed potato and sugar(according to your baby’s taste).
* Stir for 1-2 minutes and then off the stove. Let it cool down a bit; Serve warm.

Sweet potato is a good source of iron & calcium. It also helps in increasing the amount of vitamin A. The best part is, it metabolizes really fast. You can also add cardamom powder if your baby likes it.

2) Protein soup:

* Take 2 tbsp of lentil and wash it; keep aside.
* Grate carrot, green beans/french beans and tomato.
* Now in a pressure cooker, add the lentil and grated vegetables along with salt and 1 cup of water.
* Pressure cook till two whistles.
* When pressure releases, blend the soup with hand blender; add a tsp of ghee and serve.

Lentil as we know is full of protein while carrot is rich in beta-carotene, which changes into vitamin A. Green beans are also rich in may vitamins like-A, B,C & K.They have omega 3 fatty acid too and are rich in iron also, while tomato is a great source of potassium and vitamins.

3) Avocado and blueberries in yogurt:

* Mash ½ avocado.
* Make puree of 5-6 blueberries.
* Take ¾ bowl of yogurt and add the mashed avocado and blueberries puree.
* Add sugar and cinnamon powder. Mix well and serve.

Blueberries are very good for you baby’s brain and eyes.
Avocados are also very good for brain and are rich source of unsaturated fats.

4) Vegetable khichdi:

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* Take 2 tbsp of masoor/moong dal and 1 tbsp of rice. Wash them and keep aside.
* Take 1-2 leaves of spinach; wash and chop it.
* Grate carrot.
* Now in a pressure cooker, add rice and dal with chopped spinach and carrot. Add 6-7 peas and 1 cup of water along with salt with turmeric.
* Pressure cook till two whistles.
* Blend the khichdi to make smooth puree. Add ghee or you can also give temper it with cumin and asafoetida powder(good for digestion). Serve.

Rice is a great source of carbohydrate. Dal, rich source of protein while spinach is very rich in iron which is very important for baby’s development.

5) Whole wheat pasta with spinach:

* Take 1/2 cup of boiled pasta.
* In a pan fry blanched and chopped spinach along with grated carrot, corn and chopped beans(all sum-up to 1/2 cup)
* Now add salt in it and 1/4 tsp cornflour in it.
* Mix them well; now add 1/4 cup of milk and mix well.
* Add 3-4 tsp of grated parmesan cheese.
* Add pasta in it; mix for 1-2 minutes. Switch off the stove. Serve.

Pasta is a good source of carbohydrate. Parmesan cheese is good in calcium.
You can skip cornflour part if you want. And you can add black pepper powder. My son loves it with black pepper added so I dust little bit of it.

IMPORTANT: Don’t give all new foods to your baby together. Whenever you give anything new to the baby, wait for at least 3 days to observe whether his body is accepting these food properly and if he is not allergic to anything. Then try the another new food after a gap of 3 days.

Happy feeding 🙂

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Do your drink sufficient water according to your body weight?

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We have been repeatedly told to drink sufficient water. There are so many advatages of drinking water:

1) It helps in weight loss.
2) It is good for our skin and makes us look younger.
3) It helps and prevent in skin discoloration.
4) It gives us energy and makes us energetic.
5) It helps in removing toxins from the body.
6) It increases our metabolic rate and aids in digestion.
7) It fights againts flu, kidney stones, respiratory disease, arthritis, head aches, back pain.
8) It helps maintaining body Ph of 7 (neutral) for better body function.
9) It helps in keeping our brain alert thus leads to the ability to think.

But how much should be sufficient amount of water for any particular person? Ideally, water intake per day should be half of your weight in lbs.

In other words, if your weight is 65 kg = 65*2.2 = 143 lbs, your daily water intake should be: 143/2 = 71.5 oz
A small glass is approx 10 oz, so 7 glass of water everyday!

So are you drinking much? 😉

5 tips to deal with toddler tantrums!

When I was not a mom and used to see those toddlers rolling on the floor of the malls for one thing or the other, I used to pity their parents. But now I can understand their conditions better 😉 Sometimes toddlers give us really tough time handling them. Here are the five tips which would help handle the situation:

1) DISTRACT. Babies/toddler mostly have very short span of attention, it is very easy to deviate their minds. So try distract his mind and deviate it to something else.

2) IGNORE. Ignoring sometimes is the best of options available to us. Don’t react, just ignore. He would perform his tantrum dance, get tired and at the end will go back to his normal sense. Why would he continue his tantrum, if he knows no one is really caring for it? 😛

3) ENGAGE. If you are going to supermarket carry his favourite toys or candies etc and let him be engaged in it.

4) KEEP THINGS OUT OF SIGHT. If you know that your toddle will ask for a particular thing he gets to see, try to keep those things out of his sight to avoid his unnecessary tantrum. For eg, if you know he will ask to switch on a laptop or iPad when he gets to see that, just keep them at that place which is not visible to him.

5) NO MEANS NO. Don’t ever change your NO into YES. Kids know that with little tantrum they can get what they want, so they act that way deliberately. When you say “no” to something it shouldn’t be “yes” just because he is acting that way.

Hope these tips helps! 🙂

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Kesari Sewai

Kesari Sewai

Kesari Sewai

An easy to make dessert with a great taste quotient 🙂

Ingredients:

Milk-1 liter
Ghee-1 tbsp
Cashew nut-10-12 nos.
Saffron(kesar)-4-6 nos.
Vermicelli-5 tbsp
Sugar-to taste

Method:

-> Soak kesar & cashewnuts in 2-3 tbsp of lukewarm milk for 5-10 minutes.
Then grind it and keep aside.
-> In the meanwhile, keep rest of the milk on stove and bring it to boil(keep stirring).
-> In a pan roast vermicelli in ghee till it turns golden brown.
-> Now add vermicelli in the boiling milk and stir for 5 minutes.
-> Add cashewnut and saffron paste in it.
-> Cook for 15-20 minutes till the vermicellis are soft. Keep stirring so that it doesn’t stick or burn at the bottom.
-> When you find that the vermicellis are cooked properly. Switch off the flame.

You can also add green cardamom powder and finely chopped pistachio to it. Serve it hot or chilled 🙂

Kadhai Paneer

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This is very famous paneer dish and paneer lovers (like me simply loves it). At one point in time, I was so much addicted to this dish that whenever I used to go out for dinner, it was just a default order from my side 😉

Ingredients:

Coriander seeds-1 tbsp
Coriander seeds- 1/2 tsp(crushed-for tempering)
Fenugreek seeds-1/4 tsp
Cumin seeds-1/2 tsp
Black pepper-1/4 tsp
Red chilli-1 pc
Capsicum-1 small
Onion- 1 small (chop half and cut half into big pieces)
Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
Ginger-garlic paste-1 tsp
Tomato puree-4 tbsp
Paneer(cottage cheese)-100 gm
Kasuri methi-2 tsp(crushed).
Oil-2 tbsp
Salt-to taste

Method:

-> Dry roast coriander seeds, fenugreek seeds, cumin seeds, black pepper and red chilli. Grind them to make a powder.
-> Dice paneer and capsicum. Shallow fry paneer, capsicum and big-sized cut onion.
-> Now heat oil in a wok and add cumin seeds. When it starts crackling add crushed coriander seeds and finely cut onion.
-> Add ginger-garlic paste, turmeric powder and salt. Fry for a while.
-> Add the ground masala. Fry for a while , then put tomato puree and cook for 15 minutes (stirring in between).
-> Now add capsicum, paneer and onion. Also add crushed kasuri methi. Give it a nice mix and switch off the stove.

Our favorite kadhai paneer is ready to be served with roti or naan 🙂

5 ideas to make this “Valentine’s Day” special!

Being a mom keeps us so engaged that we hardly get much time to spend with our spouses. We have to literally grab any opportunity that comes along our way. So what about grabbing an opportunity this V-Day? 😉 Here are 5 ideas for the same-

1) You can ask your partner to take leave from his office on that day and can send your baby at daycare so that you both can spend the whole day together, relaxing and pampering each other.

2) You can drop your baby at your relative’s or friend’s place for 1-2 hours and can go for a dinner date.

3) You can spend time together watching your wedding video.

4) Make your baby sleep early, order dinner from outside and have a candle light dinner at home only.

5) You can watch a late night romantic movie together with your favourite snacks around.

So enjoy the much-deserved ‘couple time’ this Valentine’s day! 🙂

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Strawberry Shake

Strawberry Shake

Strawberry Shake

This is such a refreshing drink; I simply love to have it during summer. It is healthy too as it has milk and anti-oxidant rich, strawberries in it 🙂

Ingredients:

Milk-250 ml
Strawberry-2-3 nos.
Ice-cream(vanilla or of the flavour you like)-2 tbsp(optional)
Ice cubes-4-5 nos.
Sugar-2 tbsp(or as per your liking)

Method:

-> Blend milk, strawberries(chopped), sugar and crushed ice cubes in a smoothie or blender.
-> Add ice-cream and run smoothie just once.

Now relish this tasty, quick and easy-to-make drink. Hmm..yummy 😛

Palak Raita

Palak Raita

Palak Raita

An easy-to-make raita with spinach adding to its health quotient!

Ingredients:

Spinach-1 bunch
Mint leaves(optional)-5-6 nos.
Black salt-to taste
Roasted cumin powder(jeera powder)-2 tsp
Red chilli powder-1/2 tsp
Curd-200 gm

Method:

-> Blanch spinach in salted water.
-> To retain the green colour of spinach, dip the blanched spinach in chilled water.
-> Now take out spinach from water and blend it with mint leaves in a blender or mixer.
-> Add curd, black salt, jeera powder and red chilli powder. Mix well.

Serve it as a side dish with lunch or dinner 🙂

Soya Palak (Soyabean Spinach)

Soya Palak

Soya Palak

A tasty dish, high in protein and rich in iron!

Ingredients:

Soyabean-2 cups
Spinach-1 bunch
Onion-1 medium size
Tomato-1 small
Garlic-2 nos.
Ginger-1 inch
Black pepper-4 nos.
Cumin seeds-1 tsp
Oil-2 tbsp
Coriander powder-1 tbsp
Red chilli powder-1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder-1 tsp
Garam masala-1/2 tsp
Salt-to taste
Cream-Optional

Method:

-> Boil soyabean in salted water, strain.
-> Blanch spinach in salted water.
-> Now make a paste of onion, garlic, ginger, black pepper(say paste 1).
-> And another paste of blanched spinach and tomato(say paste 2).
-> Heat up oil in a wok.
-> Add cumin seeds, when it starts crackling, add paste 1, coriander powder, turmeric powder, and chilli powder. Fry till it leaves oil.
-> Now add paste 2, salt and garam masala. Fry for 2 minutes.
-> Add water and add the squeezed soybean(make sure all water is drained out of the soybean, else they will taste watery plus the gravy will not enter into them).
-> Put the lid and let it cook for another 5-7 minutes.
-> Switch off the stove and add 2 tbsp of beaten cream to it.

Serve hot with roti or rice 🙂

How to calculate your estimated or expected date of delivery(EDD)?

EDD calculation

EDD calculation

Whenever a woman gets to know that she is pregnant, the next thing on her mind is when she would be delivering her little bundle of joy i.e, what’s the EDD. The duration of pregnancy is 40 weeks, but 90% of the births do occur anytime between 39th to 41st weeks. Not to mention that in some rare cases like in pre-mature babies cases, it can occur even before that. But for EDD calculation, we consider 40 weeks as our benchmark. Ok, so now coming to the method.
You can calculate your expected delivery date in just 4 steps.

1) Take a paper and write down the first day of your last menstrual period(LMP).
2) Now shift the date to 3 months back.
3) Now add 7 days to it.
4) Last step, add one year to the date.

Here is an example,

1) Suppose the 1st day of your last menstrual period(LMP) is 26th Jan 2013. Write down on a paper.
2) Now shift the date 3 months back. In this case 26th Jan’13 will be shifted to 26th Oct’12.
3) Now add 7 days to it. So 26th Oct’12 will be now 2nd Nov’12.
4) Now add 1 year to the date. So 2nd Nov’12 will be 2nd Nov’13.

So your EDD is 2nd Nov’13! 🙂