A real wonder fruit – Banana. 5

Banana is the most commonly available fruit all over the world. Yet many are ignorant about the loads of benefits that this wonder fruit has to offer.

It is an instant energy booster and can help you relieve from the sudden hunger pang. So if you are going to have a super busy day, don’t forget to pack a banana in your bag.

This fruit is super rich in two important nutrients- Potassium and Magnesium. Both are equally good for keeping our heart healthy.

Want to know other health benefits of this fruit?

Here you go-

  • Health benefits for children: The wonder fruit is a must have in your child’s diet. The goodness of vitamin A helps in maintaining  a good eyesight among children. The rich iron content and high potassium levels give boost to a child’s mental health and keep the fatigue at bay.  And also the calcium rich food helps in the good health of bones of your child.
  • Rich in Fibre: Banana is a rich source of fibre, both soluble and insoluble. It helps in both preventing and curing  constipation and also as the soluble fibre is known to slow down the digestion process, it helps us to remain full for longer time. So add banana to your breakfast platter to kick start your busy day.
  • Good for heart: A good source of Potassium and Mangnesium and also fibre, it helps keeping the heart problems away and lowers down the risk of heart diseases.
  • Digestion friendly: The salt content present in this fruit helps in stimulating the digestive juices which further helps in digestion and builds up metabolism.
  • Extra Goodness: You will be super amazed to know that one single fruit, Banana, is rich in so many nutrients. It is a must have fruit for all ages. It is rich in niacin, potassium, mangnesium,riboflavin,calcium, protein,folate and vitamin B6. All these nutritions are required by the body for its proper functioning and growth.

Still doubt the goodness of the super power of this fruit. Check some more benefits of banana which makes it essential to be included in the diet.

  • Low in salt content and rich source of potassium makes this fruit boon for those having high blood pressure.
  • The rich iron content of this fruit makes it good to have for those who are suffering from anaemia.
  • The zero cholesterol property of this fruit makes it good for people having heart diseases. As it is rich in fibre, potassium and mangnesium this helps in keeping the heart problems under check.

Now you would love to know how to include this wonder fruit in your diet,isn’t it?

  • Grab it, peel it and have it.
  • Blend it with milk and few drops of vanilla essence and your banana milk shake is ready.
  • you can add this fruit in cake batter. Bake it and have a slice of banana cake.

Want to know about more dessert that can be made out of banana?

This wonder fruit can be used in many dessert. Add it to kheer, Malpua, halwa, Pyassam and many more.

Even the raw state of banana is used globally in many cuisines. It can be used to make curries, kebabs, wafers and pakoras. The famous Kerala curry Avial and Kaplan also have raw banana as its ingredient.

So what are you waiting for. Grab your banana today.

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Why Fast Food business is gaining weight?? 91

The idea of having delicious food at reasonable prices is something which everyone looks for to have in order to get a change from the routine food they are having and as a result, end up falling for fast foods. From using tempting smells to irresistible flavors to attractive meal deals the fast food is luring our tongue to have them frequently.

Let’s delve through as to what makes fast food so appealing:

SPEED AND CONVENIENCE

The fast food chains have made it easier for the people to have their food by adopting services like take away, drive thru, placing an order through internet or telephone etc. Moreover, the food served at the outlets in really quick. The time it takes between ordering and obtaining is hardly few minutes justifying it as to why it is called ‘fast food’.

TASTE

Yummylicious fast foods are mainly loaded with lots of fat and sodium which makes the people go crazy for them. but also not to forget that these foods are loaded with many addictive ingredients that encourage customers to eat more than they should, and make customers want to eat the same foods again.

MARKETING

If you have ever given up into the pleading of your child to stop by a fast food outlet for the meal because of the toy being offered then you have witnessed the strongest marketing tool which these fast food chains use. Kids fall off easily for the meal for toys or the cartoon characters which some of the companies use.

EASE OF ACCESS

One does not have to struggle to have their favorite fast food at an outlet. There are many of them available near to you making it an easy option to dine in.

OFFERS

Fast food chains provide attractive offers which appeal to people to have it whether being providing a discount, meal deals or the second food item is free, such offers lures the people and they find it pocket-friendly and a good reason to have fast food.

An occasional fast food meal won’t be harming your body and can be a fun way to celebrate special occasions. Fast food is not bad if consumed within limits. Fast food often gets a bad rep for being high in fat, calories etc but its obvious appeal is mouth watering and can be a good profitable business today.

My next blog will take you on a roadmap of how to start a successful Fast food business. After all, it’s a $630bn industry.

If you have the ability to love, Love Yourself first! 324

YES…..Marry yourself first.

The concept of loving oneself is not new. We have TED talks, articles and movies that are spreading more and more awareness about the importance of self-love. My induction into the concept happened some three years back when I was facing some personal challenges. The situations forced me to take a hard look at some patterns that I could not stop. I wanted answers and looked into the plethora of spiritual resources – Osho, TED talks, Buddhism, psychology studies. Even though my journey with self-love started long back, I can only now (after three years) say that I truly understand and live the concept.

The concept is very simple. We reflect our shortcomings on other people. When something bothers, upsets, anger, or just irritates us in another person, it is very rare outside of us. If someone else can upset you – you have given your power and energy away. Having realized this, I set on this mission to never let anyone else get under my skin. My approach was incorrect. I saw the symptom – which was my irritation – and I jumped to eliminating it. I did not spend time introspecting the cause of the irritation or anger in the first place. The cause was simple – I did not accept myself completely. I did not accept my shortcomings and flaws. Hence, when someone else triggered my flaws, I did not exhibit the awareness to understand, register and let the irritation go. Instead, I reacted.

How could this go on? I have family, friends, work colleagues. I spend time with all of them. However, the one person I do not get any rest from is myself. I have to live in my body, in my mind, in my soul – all my life. Even when I sleep, my overactive imagination sends messages through dreams! It is impossible to get away from myself and I would be a fool not to try loving myself!

Self-love does not work in isolation of self-work. In order to love myself, it was important for me to follow these three steps:

Introspect

A lot of introspection to helps me understand myself better. When I am not surrounded by people who validate my existence, how do I validate it on my own? Who am I when no one is watching? This was tough. Mix the social life in the city with work – you hardly spend time with yourself. I had to make conscious efforts of turning down invitations if my heart wanted to spend time with myself. Eventually, I could see a clear shift. From being restless with spending time with myself, I started enjoying my cuppa, book and diary. Now I am at a point that me-time is one of the most rejuvenating parts of my schedule.

Accept

Introspection is not always pretty. The process does not always involve a cup of coffee and a faint smile on the face. Introspection has a very honest face which exposes your shortcomings and flaws. Oh, how tough this stage was for me! I had been dealing with anger issues for a long time and only now was I beginning to understand that anger was just a symptom. There were layers of self-doubt and self-defense that had shifted my primary response to anger. I had to accept it and let go of the guilt with it. I saw myself as I was. Not as others saw me. The moment we think anyone is watching, we lose our true selves.

The reality is what is inside you. This step is the toughest. We are tuned to come up with excuses for our behavior – ‘the circumstances are tough, hence I act out’, ‘I have grown up seeing anger, hence I react with it too’, ‘nobody understands me’, ‘my work is demanding and I do not have time for feelings’. We are also tuned to protect ourselves – hence more often than not, our justification for reacting to a situation in a certain way will be very comforting. We forget to question in that moment why circumstances triggered the emotions we felt. That is key. Undiluted honesty.

Pat yourself on the back

However, another very important part of acceptance is giving yourself a pat on the back for the strength in your character. I maintain a gratefulness journal and every now and then, I would write down my strong qualities that had either been passed on by my parents or that I had built. I am grateful for being the person I am, albeit with flaws.

Transform

This part was easy. I knew my flaws. I understood them. I understood what triggered them. It was time to let go. I worked on letting go my anger and of transforming myself into a person I would want to spend time with. It is an ongoing life project and I can say it is the most rewarding one. I am building myself every day.

None of the above has a start and end date. It is a cyclical process. However, once you pass the first cycle truthfully, you will look at yourself in the mirror and feel happy with the person you see. I got married in Dec of last year and it is only recently this year that I could say with certainty that I love the person I have become and I would be happy to spend the rest of my life with myself.

People often confuse this self-love with selfishness. To those people, I would appeal – please go through the cycle J, your introspection might well reveal your inability to love yourself, triggering you to reject my ability to self-love. If in doubt, if in a reactive mode, just ask yourself – would you want to spend the rest of your life with this person?