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Weight reduction is observed among those who regularly intake some nuts

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Eat raw nuts!

Nuts are beneficial food for the body. They can be taken as raw nuts or can be used in roosted and cooked form. Both these types offer nutrient benefits.

But, most of the health specialists recommend raw nuts which are widely available in shops in dried form.

Each nut has its own nutrients and benefits that are particularly associated with that raw nut.

Eating raw nuts offer tremendous benefits which are as follows:


Healthy Benefits offered by raw nuts

– Raw nuts have little amount of sodium present in them. Use those nuts which have unsalted raw nuts.

– Raw nuts have fewer calories present as compared to the cooked nuts, in which use oil is used for roasting the nuts.

– Dried form of raw nuts is free from harmful acids which avoid nutrition deficiencies. Phytic acid is removed while… Continue reading

Fish en Papillote, or Fish wrapped in Paper

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Fish en Papillote, or Fish wrapped in Paper

Most white fish, like hake, trout and other such contain high levels of protein, phosphorus and nutritious fatty acids which are great not just for your waistline, but also for your hair, skin and stomach. Moreover, white fish is really easy to digest, and is often featured in many menus meant for the health-conscious.

The term “en papillote” means to cover with parchment or paper, and here, the fish would be cooked inside a paper bag, inside an oven, to ensure that the fish is perfectly cooked, and yet without a single drop of oil.

The recipe thus makes it easy for you to follow your diet regime while not compromising on the taste. Here we will use sturdy parchment paper to make individual bags for each diner.


4 white fish fillets, deboned and skinned… Continue reading

Cold Cucumber and Mint Soup

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Cucumbers are essentially recommended by each and every weight loss diet as it is really low in calories and helps keep the stomach stay full for hours. They contain high amounts of potassium, and a small amount of Vitamin C, which make them great as an addition to any salad. Cucumber also cools down the body and soothes your skin.

They are also intensely hydrating to the skin, so they are often used to remove dark circles under the eyes and reduce swelling of the skin.


2 cucumbers, peeled and chopped, about 3 cups in total

1 cup of non-fat buttermilk

2 tablespoon mint, chopped

1 clove of garlic

1 bell pepper, chopped

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar or red wine vinegar

Salt to taste

A pinch of black pepper


In a food processor, combine the cucumbers with the bell peppers and grind… Continue reading

Mixed Salad with Tomato, Olive and Feta Cheese

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Mixed Salad with Tomato, Olive and Feta Cheese

Feta cheese is a great source of getting some protein and calcium into your system. It is a great source of protein for those who do not eat meat or fish.

As this cheese is quite salty, a little goes a long way, and it is one of the best ways of brightening an otherwise boring salad very easily. The recipe here feeds four easily, or can be served to six people as a side dish.


1 small head of lettuce chopped into chunks and washed thoroughly

2 tomato cut in quarters

1 onion, sliced thinly

1 green bell pepper, sliced thinly

A handful of olives, preferably black olives brined in water

2 teaspoons of crumbled feta cheese


For the Dressing:

2 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

A big pinch of… Continue reading