Winter Shots!

amla Honey ShotsWith winter setting in cough and cold are in the air and are very easy to catch. Smoothen this change of season with a few shots! No not Tequila shots, but healthy Amla shots. Amla, also known as the Indian Gooseberry is a rich source of Vitamin C and even contains more of it than Oranges, which are known for the aforementioned Vitamin. We also tend to eat more of comfort food during this season, thereby putting on weight. An Amla Shot a Day will keep all that away too!

Use your Usha Juicer Mixer Grinder to make this healthy concoction with ease, its durable and efficient blade will ensure that your final shot is smooth and easy on your throat. The JMG’s detachable parts also make it easy to clean.

Ingredients

  • 4 whole Amla, deseeded and chopped roughly
  • 1 tsp Amla crush syrup
  • Pinch of star anise powder
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 cup of water

 Method

  • Combine amla, amla crush, star anise powder and 1 cup of water in a mixer and blend till smooth. Strain the liquid and keep aside.
  • Combine the strained liquid and honey and mix well in a mixing glass.
  • In each shot glass, pour equal quantity of the juice
  • Serve garnished with a star anise on the rim of each glass

The Defending Blueberry Smoothie

Juice BluebberryBlueberries aid the immune system by neutralizing the free radicals produced during metabolism thereby protecting the body from harmful effects.  Making them an ideal must-have before a Game, helping us to strengthen our immune system which at times gets compromised during intensive pre-match exercise routines.  As such a glass of Blueberry Smoothie will do you a lot good before a game or an exercise routine.

This unique Smoothie is especially great for kids since they are more prone to viral infections, now that winter is knocking at our doors. And you know kids, come rain or cold their playtime is sacred. Besides it is Blue in colour – a colour, no kid can resist in the liquid form.

Make this smoothie with ease with the Usha Juicer Mixer Grinder 3274, which comes equipped with 5 different functions, Anti drip spout and Overheat protection for safety. The JMG also features unique detachable parts for easy cleaning and storage; along with a 2 litre extra large pulp container for convenience.

And this is how you make this yummy-licious Smoothie:

Ingredients

  • ½ cup vanilla soy milk (optional)
  • 1 cup vanilla yoghurt
  • 1 ½ tsp honey
  • 1 cup blueberry yoghurt

Method

Place all the ingredients in the blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve.

Go Bananas: The Sports Drink

Banana Green ROriginally the scientific name for banana was musa sapientum, meaning ‘fruit of the wise men,’ it could very well been called musa ludum or ‘fruit of the sportsmen.’ Besides being a good source for vitamin C, potassium and dietary fiber, they are great for sports and workouts because they replenish necessary carbohydrates, glycogen and body fluids burned during a game or exercise. As such a Banana Shake makes for an apt pre-match or pre-exercise drink. Add to that Spinach and you have unlimited Popeye power to tap into.

The best place to make this one-of-a-kind Banana Green Smoothie is the Usha JMG 3274, which features fully safe operation with 5 different functions, Anti drip spout and Overheat protection for safety. The Juicer Mixer Grinder’s large feeder tube for full fruit juicing will help you fit in all the ingredients nice and proper, while the safety function ensures that the Juicer does not operate unless properly fitted. Its 5 functions include – Juicing, Blending, Mixing, Light grinding and Mincing. That’s like having your own food preparation Team!

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup baby spinach or to taste
  • 1 carrot ( cut into large chunks)
  • ¾ cup plain yoghurt or to taste
  • ¾ cup ice
  • 2 tbsp honey

Method

Place spinach, banana, carrot, yoghurt, ice and honey in a blender; blend until smooth.

Berry Berry Nice Smoothie

Juice1Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie is the ideal morning drink for the family. It is great for those who love a quick nutritious breakfast on the go and those who relish a long extended breakfast. It will please even those little kids who won’t touch anything on their plates unless there is something exotic on the table.

The Usha Juicer Mixer Grinder 3274 is ideal for making this healthy and delicious potion in a jiffy. Its stylish look and safety lock make it perfect for the breakfast table ensuring there is never any spillage. The JMG 3274 also features a large feeder tube for full fruit juicing; for you are bound to skip between strawberries, apples, oranges and pears as days come and go. It will also help you to meet all your other needs – breakfast, lunch or dinner – from juicing, grinding, and mixing to light grinding and mincing.

Ingredients

  • 8 strawberries (diced)
  • ½ cup skim milk
  • ½ cup plain yoghurt
  • Use Mawana Select Sugar to taste
  • 2 drops vanilla essence
  • 6 ice cubes (crushed)

Method

  1. In a blender combine strawberries, milk, yogurt, Mawana Select Sugar and vanilla. Toss in the ice.
  2. Blend until smooth and creamy. Pour into glasses and serve.Strawberries

Diet Hard Or Gone in 8 Minutes

Mary Kom at The HAB by USHA

Mary Kom at The HAB by USHA

Years and months of training are all put to test in just 8 minutes inside the boxing ring. The result of all your disciplined routines of exercises, practice bouts and diet plans either will see you through or rest you in peace with the knockout that you never see coming.

When it comes to Mary Kom, though she follows a regular and a much MC BWdisciplined diet and training routine, it was not so during her initial years. As a struggling boxer she was “fighting five years without any good diet. No supplement, no eggs. No breakfast. Just lunch and dinner, vegetable only and rice. Sometimes when the relative I am staying with in Imphal, when he gets salary, then we get meat. Once a month.”

mary_kom copyHowever as the medals kept coming things got better, both her diet plans and training regime improved. Gone were the days of protein-less life. Today, she survives on light snacks before her training, followed by a healthy breakfast. Lunch around 2 and Dinner before 9 pm. And in between, she drinks a lot of juices, ending her day with a glass of milk. Morning follows with a similar diet routine coupled with her training schedule, which consists of early morning runs, followed by punching and kicking the Punching bag for an hour. And o’ course bouts of practice fighting, follow.

While at The HAB by Usha Mary Kom claimed that this routine helped her to lose 2 kgs a day, after her pregnancy! Impossible though that may seem to us, we all can try and live healthy lives, even with our offices, meetings and daily chores. No, you won’t lose 2 kgs a day but healthy you will stay. The secret dietary plan that normal boxers follow, which you could too in order to stay in shape goes something like this: To begin with skip from 3 heavy meals a day to 6 small meals a day – smaller meals keep you energized and keep your metabolism high.

From: Expert Boxing

From: Expert Boxing

Workout on the above graph would translate into your daily official chores in place of rigorously punching bags or co-workers around the office! We highly recommend you refrain from the punching part.

If you do have a craving for fried food, which is natural – cook them using devices that use minimum amount of oil like the USHA Halogen Oven (click for recipes). For snacks sandwiches work best and USHA has some of the best Sandwich Toasters around, pick one up for your light in-between meals – they are pretty portable too.

Usha Halogen Oven and Sandwich Toaster

Usha Halogen Oven and Sandwich Toaster

And no diet as stated by Mary Kom, Dietitians and a zillion boxers is complete without fresh juices. The USHA Juicer Mixer Grinder can be your best friend here. And if you are looking for what juices to drink, we have a complete Juice Therapy course for you. Click Here.

Usha Juicer Mixer Grinder

Usha Juicer Mixer Grinder

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Kitchen Vastushastra Explained

The USHA Kitchen

The USHA Kitchen

Lately there has been a resurgence in ancient Indian philosophy from a very scientific point of view. Take for instance the myth of Dashaavatar where the 10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu can be viewed within an evolution perspective, as Homo Sapiens moved from Matsya (the fish), Kurma (the amphibious tortoise), through Narshima (half man-half beast),  Rama (the ideal Man) and finally to Kalki (the destroyer of beings – resembling Darwin’s struggle for ‘survival of the fittest’). Similarly Vastushastra or the ancient Hindu doctrine of temple architecture is today being used more and more to plan out living spaces. A huge treatise in itself, of which we will only discuss the kitchen in this post. However, even as we take our first baby steps into the world of Kitchen Vastushastra let me warn you that things have changed – people live differently today. And with new lifestyles old ways innovate with style. So switch on to a New Life With USHA. 

USHA COOKTOPS: Vastu dictates the cooking stove to be at South-East

USHA COOKTOPS: Vastu dictates the cooking stove to be at South-East

Let’s begin with the most basic kitchen appliance, the Cooking Stove / Cooktop. Vastu dictates that it should be at the South-East and shouldn’t be too close to the wall. The former is simple space logic, having a stove at the South-East allows people to store both kitchen utensils and grocery/ingredients along the South and West for easy access. As the ancient laws also dictate that storage units for essential commodities like grains, pulses spices and other non-perishable commodities should be stocked along the South or the West direction. Regions where sunlight wasn’t really necessary – as most ancient kitchens windows were in the East, giving the previous farming communities early access to sunlight.

USHA HOODS, enable you to place your cooktop at any distance from the walls

USHA HOODS, enable you to place your cooktop at any distance from the walls

As for the latter reason of avoiding stoves too close to the walls was because during those days most homes were built with combustible materials; and people were just being cautious.However, today with the emergence of Hoods and new building materials this rule has almost become redundant in most urban homes.

USHA WATER DISPENSER: Store water towards the North East

USHA WATER DISPENSER: Store water towards the North East

The ancient Treatise also instructed people to build their kitchen sinks and store their Drinking water towards the North-East of the Kitchen, this was to ensure that the early morning rays killed the germs thereby keeping the water purified. Similarly fruits and other perishable materials were stored by the water for the very same reasons, which today could be replaced as a place for our Juicers.

USHA JUICERS: Keeping fruits by the window if not inside a Fridge makes sense

USHA JUICERS: Keeping fruits by the window if not inside a Fridge makes sense

Other Cooking Utensils were to be stored next to or near the cooking stove for convenience, in ancient times it could have meant pots and pans, as they were frequently used. For us it would mean our Ovens and Fryers, which would help us to keep a lookout on things – if we happen to be cooking more than a single dish at a time using various different appliances.

USHA FRYER: Appliances located close will help you watch-over your dishes

USHA FRYER: Appliances located close will help you watch-over your dishes

That’s some science titbits behind the glorious art of Vastu, but as we had mentioned earlier, times have changed and with our modern USHA appliances you can place anything, anywhere as you like; as long as you add logic and a little style to it.

USHA HALOGEN OVEN: Happy Cooking!

USHA HALOGEN OVEN: Happy Cooking!

Thinking of rearranging your kitchen? Go ahead and Play with USHA kitchen appliances – Jaw-dropping both in style and the delicious recipes they can cook up.

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Melon Juice: The Fountain of Youth

Why can’t Melons get married? Because they can’t-elope!

Musk Melon or Kharbuja, is popularly known as Cantaloupe in the Western world; ever since their seeds from the East were first planted at the Papal Gardens in the Italian city of Cantalupo during the 16th century. Jokes apart and history aside, if you are trying to lose weight than the Cantaloupe is a must for your menu!

For the health conscious a daily glass of Musk Melon juice is great for the body and eyesight. But best of all it helps you to fight aging with its high content of Vitamin C, which drives away free radicals and barbarian viruses responsible for damaging your cells. Ergo, you have found your own private Fountain of Youth in the USHA Juicer!

So here is the secret recipe:

Untitled-1 copyIngredients

  1. 1 Musk Melon
  2. Sugar as per required (brown sugar is a great option as it would deepen the colour and give a caramelized flavor to the juice, using honey would make it more healthier)

Method – Preparation in 5 minutes.

  • Rinse the Musk Melon in water.
  • Then slice them into long pieces.
  • Remove the peel and separate it from the flesh and remove seeds.
  • Add musk melon to your juicer / juicer mixer grinder with sugar and ice cubes.
  • Enjoy refreshing juice. Enjoy life!

Before we sign off here is another piece of advice: Always buy evenly shaped melons, which do not bear any cuts and bruises; and select the heavy ones, they make the best juices.

The USHA Fountain of Youth

The USHA Fountain of Youth

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Juicing For Fitness: Carrot Coconut Juice

You have got your numbers right, pitches presented and plans approved, all in a day’s work! Well done to you and to your body who saw you through the daily grind. Your body carries you through the thick and thin every single day, it is only right that you devote at least a few minutes to it too: Be it exercise, cycling, gyming, aerobics, yoga or any other fitness regime that you prefer. And some among you can’t get enough of crunches, laps and push-ups, following a religion of a fitness regime and even tracking it on the latest gadgets from Jawbone Up and Nike Fuel bands.

Irrespective of the group you belong to, here is a nice little additional after-workout celebration that you all must partake in – a cool glass of Carrot Coconut Juice to rejuvenate and refresh yourself back (almost) with an ‘Ode to joy’. So take out that Usha Juicer and prepare this glass of sheer seventh heaven bliss, as you let your body relax on cloud 9!

Untitled-1 copyIngredients

  1. 2 glasses of water
  2. 2 tsp Sugar (optional)
  3. 4 Small Carrots
  4. Small piece of Ginger
  5. 1 cup Coconut (grated)

MethodPreparation in 5 minutes.

  • Chop the carrots into small pieces and juice it with your Usha centrifugal juicer.
  • Grind coconut, ginger and sugar together.
  • Mix both juices for natural and refreshing taste.
  • Enjoy it with ice cubes.

And for those not very keen on the whole fitness thing. Simply Juice for pleasure – every drop of this awesome juice is simply worth all of Seventh Heaven in itself. Cheers!

Grape Smoothie: The Elegant Drink

A lot of people throw around names such as Bordeaux 1813, Lafitte 1916 and so on. A few of them happen to be real connoisseurs of wine , while the rest are just snobbish name-droppers – they don’t have a single clue what they are talking about. And in all of this the Non-Wine Drinker stands aloof trying to follow all that Greek; evident every time you organize a party where both drinkers and non-drinkers try their best to mingle. So here is an elegant drink that you can serve as a Mocktail and when asked by a nosy wine snob which year, simply answer ‘120 flat!’ as grape juice helps to lower Blood pressure and keep it in check.

Ingredients

  1. 1 cup milk
  2. 1 cup grapes, seedless or seed them
  3. ½ cup yogurt, vanilla , 1 cup ice

Grape juiceMethod
Preparation in 5 minutes.

Blend in your blender jar the above mentioned ingredients, until smooth and enjoy! (That’s It)

Besides parties, do you also need an extra kick in the nutrition department? A grape smoothie can help! Grapes can easily add a nice dose of vitamin C as well as some other much needed antioxidants that will take your smoothie up a notch.

A Chef Speaks: Kunal Kapur

As school children we loved our Show and Tell sessions, now watch Masterchef Kunal Kapur do the same as he discusses ingredients, his life and experiences as one of the best chefs in the country.

He begins with the marvelous spice Asafoetida, locally and more popularly known as Hing. Hing, as we learnt during the talk is actually a gum exuded from the roots of the herb Ferula assa-foetida to keep away animals from eating it – a yet another biological evolution, which like many others landed up in the Human Kitchen!

During the course of this fun trivia he enlightens us about a lot many curious spices and ingredients from the exotic Southeast Asian delicacy Bird’s Nest, which is essentially built with bird saliva to the most expensive Coffee in the whole wide world -Kopi luwak also known as Civet Coffee as it is made from the fermented coffee beans excreted by the Civet, which feeds on coffee plants!

This list of curiosity moves along followed by one after another lesser known facts, almost taking a ‘Ripley’s (rather Kunal’s) Believe it or Not!’ tone, dotted with anecdotes both personal and professional. To know more, watch the video below featuring Kunal Kapur at Usha presents Mountain Echoes 2014.