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Benifits of fruit and vegetables

Fruit and vegetables can be an enjoyable part of your child’s diet. Fruit and vegetables contain essential nutrients that are important for a child’s health, growth and development. Parents may worry their child is not eating enough fruit and vegetables. If you eat and enjoy fruit and vegetables every day, your child will usually follow your example. Colourful and crunchy fruit and vegetables are an important and enjoyable part of your child’s diet. Both vegetables and fruit contain essential nutrients that are important for their health, growth and development. Some of the vitamins and minerals found in fruits and vegetables as follows: Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Potassium, Folate, Fiber.










Apple: An apple a day keeps the doctor away”…but why? Do you really know what makes an apple so special? Why is it that we never hear an orange or a banana a day keeps the doctor away? It contains all the properties that all other fruits have individually. Its benefits have been proven overtime.  It has many properties like, Vitamin C, Prevent Heart Diseases, -Apple contains Vitamin C, Low in calories, Apples contain phenols, Prevent tooth decay, Protects your brain from brain disease, Healthier Lungs, They taste great, Prevent Cancers.

Most vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories. None have cholesterol. (Sauces or seasonings may add fat, calories, or cholesterol.)
Vegetables are important sources of many nutrients, including potassium, dietary fiber, folate (folic acid), vitamin A, and vitamin C.
Diets rich in potassium may help to maintain healthy blood pressure. Vegetable sources of potassium include sweet potatoes, white potatoes, white beans, tomato products (paste, sauce, and juice), beet greens, soybeans, lima beans, spinach, lentils, and kidney beans.
Dietary fiber from vegetables, as part of an overall healthy diet, helps reduce blood cholesterol levels and may lower risk of heart disease. Fiber is important for proper bowel function. It helps reduce constipation and diverticulosis. Fiber-containing foods such as vegetables help provide a feeling of fullness with fewer calories.
Folate (folic acid) helps the body form red blood cells. Women of childbearing age who may become pregnant should consume adequate folate from foods, and in addition 400 mcg of synthetic folic acid from fortified foods or supplements. This reduces the risk of neural tube defects, spina bifida, and anencephaly during fetal development.
Vitamin A keeps eyes and skin healthy and helps to protect against infections.
Vitamin C helps heal cuts and wounds and keeps teeth and gums healthy. Vitamin C aids in iron absorption.


It is used to prepare a variety of food recipes such as lemon cakes, lemon chicken and beverages like lemonade and lemon-flavored drinks. Lemon is a rich source of vitamin C.Lemon is generally consumed in the form of lemon juice or lemon water. Lemon water makes a healthy drink, especially when taken in the morning. Daily consumption of lemon water provides a number of health benefits like: Good for stomach, Blood purifier, Excellent for Skin Care, Good for Weight Loss, Controls High Blood Pressure, Assist in curing Respiratory Disorders and many more.










Finally, eating fruits and vegetables of various colors brings many health benefits. In addition, adding color on the menu, it’s nice for the eyes and it breaks monotony!

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Travails to be a Yummy Mummy

  1. When I realized I was pregnant, my first thought was “Oh God!I shall now be fat”. It was a mission for me to not put on more weight than required. Though I have been blessed with lucky genes, I was conscious and gained only 10 kgs by the end of my pregnancy. It’s a myth that pregnant women need to eat for 02 people. And especially in India, where overly dominating aunties would walk up to me and tell me that I was not eating enough and my child could turn out to be weak and under developed. Though, I was determined to not let this affect me, it did cause a chink in my armour. And I would scurry to my husband and call my gynecologist who would check me and laugh over my unfounded worries. Over a few months I learned to ignore their “well meaning” advice and kept myself fit and active all throughout 09 months. Being a housewife who loves to cook and bake, has an active social circle the temptations were many. But, better sense prevailed and this was my fitness mantra all throughout pregnancy.DIET CHARTP.S- FOR A VEGETARIAN WHO HATES PANEER, GHEE AND REFUSED TO EAT EGG WHITES OR HAVE WHEY PROTEIN TO DRINK AS A SUBSTITUTE
    Thyronom 50 mgAfter an hours break
    A cup of strong adrak Tea without sugar, and some biscuitsBreakfast
    Poha/Semiya Upma with veggies/Toast with chutney and boiled potatoes/Idlis/ Stuffed Parathas without oil or ghee
    -Orofer xt
    -A nap for 30-45 minutes, or just rest with a book in bed

    Mid Morning
    Milk/Tea/Buttermilk/Fresh juice/Coconut water/Iced Tea
    05 Almonds
    Roasted Chivda/ Fruits /
    – Slow paced walk for about 15-20 minutes (if weather and body permitted)

    03 chapatis without ghee
    Choice of vegetable
    Any dal without tadka, just some roasted jeera and heeng while boiling and garnished with lots of fresh chopped dhaniya
    -Siesta for about an hour or so

    Early evening
    Tea with couple of biscuits/ Fruit/Coconut water/Iced Tea
    -Slow paced walking for about 15-20 minutes, followed by visit to the park for about half –one hour

    03 chapatis or 02 chapatis and little rice
    Choice of dal
    -Post dinner, I would either have some fruits or half a bar of Mars/5-star followed by a stroll

    – Dexorange Capsule
    -Calcimax Forte

    My bed side table always had a box of salted biscuits, cream biscuits, almonds and some chocolates which I would have late night when sleep would elude me

    When a craving would strike I did indulge in it be it Chinese food (without mono sodium glutamate) to Chaat Papdi and Vada-Pav. But, I always ensured that it was either made at home or eaten at a good quality restaurant

    The battle is now on to lose the last stubborn kilo or so, so that I can fit into my new LBD