Say yes to wellness. Say YES to you!

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Saturday, June 9, 2018 marks Global Welness Day 💕

For anyone who knows me, I’m not a very emotional person. But this shit matters. Mental health is not something we can ignore. Know this – for every person trying to knock you down, there are 10 more incredible people who want to help you stand back up. Be authentic, and never be afraid to ask for help. You are not alone.

Feed your mind positive thoughts, nourish your body with healthy food and fun activities, and most of all, take the time to do what makes your soul happy! 😍

Kids like to see their parents happy. Crazy but true. Seeing you engaged in something that makes you happy is guaranteed to pique your child’s interest in that activity. The experience you have while doing an activity you love may be much different when your child joins you. It may take a longer amount of time to complete, it may not be as relaxing, and it may be frustrating at times. For me, it was all of the above. Once I let go of the idea of a traditional yoga practice and embraced the idea that yoga can be silly, it was much more enjoyable for my child and I. We make a lot of goofy animals noises, sometimes we fall off balance, and we don’t take our yoga practice too seriously. Most importantly, we laugh. A lot.

As a parent, you don’t just pass on genes to your children. Whether you want them to or not, your kids will pick up your good and bad habits. So make them good, all good, and teach your children some well-being habits that they can carry along with them long after you can carry them.

xx Sanchali

Ten Toddler Breakfast Ideas

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Ten Toddler Breakfast Ideas to inspire your busy mornings! Mix and match these kid favorites below with milk for a great start to the day.

As the mother of a toddler and, most recently, a 3-week-old infant, breakfast is without question The Most Important Meal of the Day.

For all of us.

Learn to make ten different breakfasts for toddlers!

Breakfast time is the only time that is certain: I know where we will be and when, and now I know what we will eat. If lunch is sometimes a question mark, if dinner is an unknown, breakfast is my rock.

I cannot predict what my toddler will eat (or not eat) the rest of the day, but I know I can get him to eat a solid breakfast. Mix and match these 10 Toddler Breakfast Ideas to guarantee a nourishing start to your child’s day. And a bit of sanity to yours.

TODDLER MEAL IDEAS

Some foods shown below have to be prepared separately, while others are as simple as peeling and banana and slicing it up. Whenever possible, I have provided links to recipes when items could be homemade (or you may substitute a store-bought version).

While you may not have all of these components on hand at all times, I hope you are able to find some inspiration here to help answer that eternal question: What the heck am I going to feed my toddler today???

TODDLER BREAKFAST IDEA #1: TURKEY SAUSAGE, CLEMENTINE SLICES, TOASTED OAT CEREAL, AND MILK

Turkey sausage is one of the rare poultry options that I like as much as the full-fat version (turkey pepperoni is another favorite). I added clementine slices (or substitute mandarin oranges) for sweetness and some toasted oat cereal. If your child is coordinated enough, pour the milk into the bowl to enjoy the cereal the traditional way! Running behind? Toss the cereal into a bag and take it on the road for a quick snack.

A pink plate with 9 mandarin orange segments, two turkey sausage links, and a small fork and spoon. In a small glass bowl, there is toasted oat cereal, and next to it is a blue plastic cup with milk.

TODDLER BREAKFAST IDEA #2: PANCAKES WITH MAPLE SYRUP, CHOPPED STRAWBERRIES, AND MILK

If you cannot find the energy to mix up a batch of pancakes from scratch in the morning (and if you’re reading this post, you probably have a toddler, and therefore you definitely DON’T have the energy), give yourself a head start with a Healthy Homemade Pancake Mix. Top with butter and pure maple syrup and serve with a side of fresh strawberries and a glass of milk for an easy, toddler-pleasing morning.

In my house, pancakes = fewer tantrums.

A blue plastic plate with two pancakes topped with a pat of butter and maple syrup, 7 quarters of fresh straberries, and it is served with a small yellow polka dot cup of milk. There is a small fork and small knife to the top left of the plate.

TODDLER BREAKFAST IDEA #3: SCRAMBLED EGG WITH CHEESE, GRAPE TOMATO HALVES, ENGLISH MUFFIN WITH JAM, AND MILK

Everything is better with cheese (says the girl from America’s Dairyland) and your toddler thinks so, too. Even a tiny sprinkle of shredded cheese might be all it takes to convince your toddler that eggs are a good idea in the morning (my recipe for Simple Scrambled Eggs is below). As for the grape tomato halves… my toddler loves these. Yours might not. That’s okay. Serve with a small piece of toasted English muffin and strawberry jam and – you guessed it – a glass of milk.

A green plate with six cherry tomato halves, scrambled eggs with melted cheddar cheese, and half of an English muffin with strawberry jam. There is a small fork to the bottom of the plate.

TODDLER BREAKFAST IDEA #4: CRACKERS WITH COTTAGE CHEESE AND A MILK & BERRY SMOOTHIE

This is a favorite snack in my house but it doubles as a quick breakfast idea, too. Blend some 1/2 banana and 4 fresh or frozen strawberries into 6 ounces of milk for a sweet and satisfying toddler-sized smoothie. Then call it dessert!

A yellow plastic plate with a small bowl of cottage cheese served with crackers and a small pink cuot of milk and berry smoothie.

TODDLER BREAKFAST IDEA #5: WHOLE WHEAT TOAST WITH PEANUT BUTTER, BANANA SLICES, AND MILK

Peanut butter toast with bananas on top is an obvious breakfast idea for anyone – except a toddler. The banana slices must be on the side – always on the side! No questions asked! If you start your child off eating wheat toast from the beginning, they won’t even want squishy white bread as they grow up. Hey, it worked for me when my mom did it! Don’t forget the milk to wash down all that peanut butter.

10 Toddler Breakfast Ideas | Culinary Hill

TODDLER BREAKFAST IDEA #6: TURKEY BACON, A MINI PUMPKIN MUFFIN (WITH ADDED CHIA SEEDS), APPLESAUCE, AND MILK

I find that turkey bacon often tastes a look like a ham slice. Which is definitely a good thing! The pumpkin muffins can be made on a weekend for an easy breakfast or snacking idea all week long. I added 1 Tablespoon of chia seeds to my recipe. It doesn’t sound like much, but with chia seeds, a little goes a long way! Applesauce and milk on the side complete this breakfast of champions.

A green plastic plate with four half slices of turkey bacon, a pumpkin muffin and a small fork. There is a small glass bowl with applesauce and a utensil in it, and a small orange plastic cup with milk.

TODDLER BREAKFAST IDEA #7: YOGURT WITH GRANOLA, BLUEBERRIES, AND MILK

This is another “assembly” breakfast idea that requires no actual cooking. Keep the components separate at first in case your toddler doesn’t like everything mixed together (mine doesn’t). Either homemade or store-bought granola works here (although you’ll want to make the granola in advance, not in the morning while you are trying to get out the door to preschool). Substitute your child’s favorite berry of choice if blueberries aren’t preferred, and don’t forget the milk!

A yellow plate with fresh blueberries, a small serving of granola, a small glass bowl of yogurt and a cup of milk. There is a small spoon next to the cup of milk.

TODDLER BREAKFAST IDEA #8: APPLE SLICES WITH ALMOND BUTTER, STRING CHEESE, AND MILK

Possibly the easiest breakfast idea yet, and that’s saying something! (None of these are rocket science). I tend to keep almond butter on hand for those fleeting moments when my husband suddenly goes Paleo.  It’s also the easiest thing ever to make at home if you have a food processor or a good blender. Almond butter is surprisingly delicious when you spread it on apple slices (my toddler prefers a cup for dipping). Wash it down with a glass of milk and add a piece of string cheese on the side. Super simple, and it also makes a great snack idea!

An orange plate with apple slices and a small serving of almond butter, served with string cheese and a cup of milk.

TODDLER BREAKFAST IDEA #9: MINI BAGEL WITH CREAM CHEESE, GRAPES, AND MILK

Obviously regular bagels work just as well here, you may just end up using half a bagel instead of the whole thing. Depending on the size of your toddler’s tummy. Spread the bagel with thick petals of cream cheese and serve with grapes (halved lengthwise if necessary) and a glass of milk on the side.

A blue plastic plate with a mini bagel with cream cheese spread on it, and sixteen small purple grapes, served with a yellow polka dot cup of milk.

TODDLER BREAKFAST IDEA #10: BREAKFAST SANDWICH (CANADIAN BACK AND CHEESE), CANTALOUPE, AND MILK

The breakfast sandwiches can be customized based on what you like (click here for a make-ahead freezer option using deli ham, cheddar cheese, and eggs). My son is a melon fanatic, so cantaloupe (or honey dew, or watermelon) was an obvious pairing for me. A foamy glass of milk on the side completes this fun and nutritious breakfast idea!

A pink plastic plate with Canadian bacon and cheese on an English muffin served with a side of cantalope pieces and a yellow polka dot cup of milk.

As you choose foods for your toddler, for breakfast and the rest of the day, consider involving them in the process so they start to understand how to compose a plate at mealtime.

Source: culinaryhill 

English Breakfast Tea

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5 reasons why drinking breakfast tea is scientifically good for you

Tea has been around for yonks, but it can do much more than just perk up your morning commute. So if tea is the only thing that will perk you up in the morning, throughout the day and well into the night, worry not – because here are five great reasons to drink more of it.

1. IT CAN DE-STRESS YOU (AND KEEP YOU LOOKING YOUNG AND TRIM)

A recent study by UCL suggested tea may make your cortisol levels – the stress hormone that contributes to belly fat and makes your skin age quicker – spike less. The study, published in the journal Psychopharmacology, found that people who drank tea were able to de-stress more quickly than those who drank a fake tea substitute. Furthermore, the study participants – who drank a black tea concoction four times a day for six weeks – were found to have lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol in their blood after a stressful event, compared with a control group who drank the fake or placebo tea for the same period of time.

2. IT CAN REDUCE THE RISK OF HEART ATTACK AND STROKE

A researcher at the Boston University School of Medicine conducted a study of 70 people with coronary arteries that were at least 70 percent blocked. After drinking black tea (English breakfast tea is a black tea blend) instead of other beverages for four weeks, blood vessel functioning improved by nearly 50 percent, leading Dr. Vita to conclude that drinking tea can prevent or reverse some types of artery diseases and reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. They concluded that this is because tea’s concentration of flavonoids, plant compounds that behave as antioxidants, prevent the formation of plaque in artery walls.

3. IT CAN PREVENT CANCER

Drinking English breakfast tea might also keep cancer at bay. Researchers at Rutgers University identified a compound in black tea known as theaflavin-3′-monogallate, or TF-2, that caused colorectal cancer cells to destroy themselves without harming normal cells. In addition, they found that TF-2 suppressed Cox 2, a gene that is often associated with colon cancer.

4. IT CAN INCREASE YOUR MEMORY, FOCUS AND CONCENTRATION

Got a big presentation coming up? Drink a cup of tea before you head into the boardroom. Extensive research has shown that the combination of caffeine and L-Theanine, a naturally-occurring amino acid found in tea, improves reaction time and memory, while increasing focus and concentration.

5. IT CAN LOWER YOUR CHOLESTEROL

Want to lower your cholesterol? Drink tea. A study in the Journal of Nutrition found that black tea consumption may help lower cholesterol levels in high-cholesterol adults. The study, conducted on 15 people over the course of three weeks, found that five servings of black tea per day lowered total cholesterol levels by 6.5 percent.

Article from standard.co.uk/lifestyle

Stuffed Chicken Legs

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Today, I bring you a very delicious, yet inexpensive weekend meal. This is an easy & elegant baked lemon chicken legs recipe with full of flavours from the garlic, lemon, herbs and it is perfect for a quick and delicious meal.

Prep Time – 10 min

Cook Time – 45 min

Total Time – 55 min

Ingredients

6 chicken legs – with skin

For the Stuffing:

-Juice of a quarter lime

-1 cup cilantro or Italian parsley

-2 garlic cloves

-1 tsp. Sugar

-1/2 tsp. Cumin

-1/2 tsp. Turmeric

-1/2 tsp. Black pepper

-1/2 tsp. Salt

-1/2 tsp. Coriander powder

-4 tsp. Olive oil or butter

Method:

-Place all of the above in a food processor and give a few good chops.

-Preheat Oven at 375 degrees.

-Gently pull the skin from the leg and stuff the mixture into under the skin.

-Place the leg pieces in a baking dish and bake for 45-50 minutes or until a beautiful golden color appears and the juices run clear.

Serve and enjoy!

Note: For those who are not big fans of cilantro, feel free to substitute it with Italian parsley.

I look forward to seeing you again!

xoxo

Sanchali

Thai Vegetable Stir Fry

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As the weather turns hot and humid, I find myself increasingly indecisive about what I want to eat. Maybe my cravings are scrambled by the constant passage from sweltering Bahrain streets to air-conditioned stores and hone; maybe it’s the explosive vegetation, or the expanse of summer produce suddenly available at the market. Regardless, summertime stresses me out—there’s just so much food out there, and I want all of it.

Thai food not only makes a stunning sight, laid out in a lavish, colorful spread, but the boldly sweet, sour, and spicy notes seem to physically lower my body temperature—even when the dishes themselves are fiery-hot. This particular recipe is quick, easy, and hot weather-friendly.  This super tasty Thai Vegetable Stir Fry is a delicious, easy to make meal that proves vegetables need not be boring or tasteless!

The massive variety of seasonal vegetables is enough to make this Stir Fry a very healthy, fibre loaded meal.

Ingredients:
1/4 cup finely chopped shallots or purple onion,
5-6 cloves garlic, finely chopped,
1-2 thumb-size pieces ginger, sliced,
1/2 to 1 small fresh red chili, sliced, OR 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. chili flakes,
1 medium-size carrot, sliced,
5-6 mushrooms, sliced or left in halves or quarters,
1 small head broccoli, cut into florets,
1 red pepper, sliced into strips,
2-3 cups baby bok choy, or other Chinese cabbage (leaves left whole if not too large, otherwise cut in half or thirds),
handful fresh Thai basil,
2 tablespoons vegetable oil.
Stir-fry Sauce:
2/3 cup coconut milk,
2+1/2 tablespoons soy sauce,
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice,
1/3 to 1/2 teaspoon dried crushed chili (chili flakes),
2+1/2 teaspoons brown sugar. 

Method:
-Combine ‘stir fry sauce’ ingredients together in a cup or bowl. Stir well to dissolve the sugar. Taste-test, keeping in mind that the first taste should be spicy-salty, followed by sweetness and the rich taste of the coconut milk.
-Warm a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add oil and swirl around, then add the shallot/onion, garlic, ginger, and chili. Stir-fry 1-2 minutes, then add the carrot, mushrooms, and cauliflower (if using). Also, add 1/4 of the stir-fry sauce. Continue stir-frying 2-3 minutes.
-Add the broccoli and red pepper plus enough sauce to gently simmer vegetables (about 2 minutes).
-Finally, add the bok choy or Chinese cabbage. Add more of the stir-fry sauce as needed, almost enough to just cover vegetables in sauce. Simmer until bok choy or cabbage is cooked.
-Remove from heat and taste-test. If not salty enough, add a little more soy sauce. If too salty or sweet, add a squeeze of lime juice. –Add more sugar or chili if desired. Top with fresh basil.

Serve over Thai jasmine rice or Thai coconut rice.

Variations: Great as a side dish, or make it into the main course by adding tofu, wheat gluten, cashews, shrimp or slices of chicken.