USHA Big Fat Goan HAT 2015

11049554_10156103683190251_4279534687597190249_nUSHA INTERNATIONAL sponsored ‘USHA Big Fat Goan HAT 2015’

USHA International, sponsored the ‘USHA Big Fat Goan HAT, the first ever Ultimate Frisbee tournament in Goa. Approved by Goa Tourism, it was a three day tournament slated between November 6th -8th 2015. Tournament started with pool games at Manderem Beach on 6th-7th November and finale was played on 8th November at Miramar beach, Goa.

2Usha Big Fat Goan Hat’15 was a 5 on 5 person game that was played in a beach format with two end zones. There were 100 international and national players and about 7 to 8 under-15 kids were competing in the tournament. Being a HAT tournament, players had registered individually and then grouped into teams. The tournament consisted of 24 teams of 4 to 5 players each. All the competing teams first played 7 Round Robins in pool stages. Further, top 4 teams played in the finals for the winner title of Usha Big Fat Goan HAT 2015.

Usha strongly believes in the brand ethos ‘Play’ and thereby supports and promotes a wide array of sports initiatives across the country which includes the Mawana Marathon, Ultimate Frisbee, Golf (junior and ladies), IPL, cricket for deaf and football.

1Ultimate, a global sport recognized with the international Olympic association, blends perfectly with the Usha brand ethos ‘Play’. Usha has been associated with ultimate for more than four years now.

The new age appliances from the company, like Infiniti Cook Halogen Oven, slow juicers, on the go blenders, air coolers with ionizers and many other appliances also represent Usha’s commitment to promote a fun, active and healthy lifestyle.

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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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.

Pineapple & Banana Smoothie: Sweet Medicine

Banana ShkeMade with two fabulous ingredients, the Pineapple and Banana Smoothie is a King among juices. Scientifically called Musa Sapientum, the banana means ‘fruit of the wise men’. While the Pineapple native to Brazil and Paraguay is known as the ‘Fruit of King’ in their local idioms. A good source of vitamins, minerals and fibers the Banana will give a school going kid just the right ingredients for healthy growth and an adult the right energy to rejuvenate after a hard day’s work. Whereas packed with Vitamin C the Pineapple will keep the flu and viruses away. You, can well imagine what a concoction of these two fruits will do to summer weary kids and adults – make them invincible, no matter how high or low the barometer readings go.

An one of a kind Back to School drink, it is perfect for kids beginning their new semester after a long and lazy summer vacation. Now without further ado, let’s make this king of a wise drink, and gulp it down as sweet medicine (for once literally) .

Ingredients

  1. 1 chopped pineapple
  2. 1 pineapple juice
  3. 1 bananas (6 ounces)
  4. 6 big tsp nonfat yogurt (plain)
  5. ½ cup ice cubes grated nutmeg

Method – Preparation in 5 minutes.

  •  In your juice blender jar (in JMG and MG), combine chopped pineapple and juice, banana, yogurt, and ice cubes.
  • Puree until smooth.
  • Sprinkle with grated nutmeg and serve.

Now, enjoy the nutritious and low fat Smoothie , with tantalizing flavors and textures.

The-Benefits-of-Banana-Peel1Wait, we are not yet done; since we are talking ‘healthy’ here are a few more organic tips regarding the unused Banana peels! Instead of throwing them away there is a lot you can do with these peels. For instance rubbing the insides of the peel over a mosquito bite or a burn will stop the itch or pain and also keeps them from swelling. Similarly, if you rub the insides of the peel over your teeth for 2 minutes regularly before sleeping, it will whiten your teeth! As for the Pineapple peel it is better to keep away from any rubbing.

Go Natural! Go Bananas!