Today on OiB I will teach you a very interesting recipe using raspberry and elderberry. You could call it a fruit juice or a jam. Just the thickness varies, that is all. Depending on the amounts of water and sugar, you add, you have either a fruit juice or jam.
I have tried it and it proved to be an instant skin energizer. For all you women out there, who feel that their skin is slightly on the dull side, will want to check this DIY recipe out.
The elderberry bush is a popular nature berry that can be found in several regions in the United States of America and Canada. They usually grow in cool areas. You can find the berries growing on their tress during the months of August and October.
The white flowers are something to see, really they are amazing. The tiny black fruit provides abundance of juice for such a small looking fruit. Don’t directly eat the fruits because they are extremely powerful, which is why little cooking is required before you pop them in your mouth.
These berries are ideal for making sauces, wines, and jams. And jams are my personal favorite. The berries are very good for skin and come with several other health properties like they cure a bad stomach and even come with anti cancer properties.
A cup of raspberries
A cup of elderberries
You will need to wash the elderberries and raspberries. This helps in getting rid of the stalks which are present on them. Instead of using your fingers, you can make use of a fork. Now, you will want to place the berries in a hot pan.
As you are cooking the berries, start to mash them. Once you are done mashing, you can pour them into the muslin. Leave the items overnight in the refrigerator. Next day morning all you need to do is measure the juice in the bowl and boil in a cleaned pan. You will then want to pour into warm jars.
When preparing a sauce or syrup, you need to dissolve the honey in warm water and then put it inside the refrigerator. You are done. Wasn’t it simple?
What’s the deal with Salads anyway? Some people adore salads whereas some despise them. I would say that after potato chips salad is the most popular item in restaurants all over the world. That’s why Today on OiB I will enlighten you with the different types of salads and how you can make them creative and tasty in a healthy way.
By definition a salad is strictly speaking a combination of meat, vegetables, fruit, nuts or cheese either cooked or raw and served with any dressing or dip.
Now that we’re clear with what a Salad actually is; let’s focus on the different varieties of salads you can find in functions, events, parties and family dinners.
Green Salad: The most common type of salad which can be found in restaurants all over the world. Lettuce is the main ingredient in this salad – after that you can add vegetables, meat, fish, nuts or eggs to complement the taste and nutrients. This type of salad is typically topped with mayonnaise or oil based vinegar.
Vegetable Salad: As the name states, this type of salad mostly consists of blanched vegetables along with cheese and nuts. Occasionally fruit may also be added. But, a sauce or dressing is a must as it helps in combining all the flavors together.
Mixed Green Salads: This salad is a mixture of numerous types of lettuces. Some varieties are sweet whereas others can be bit sour. The dressing of vinaigrette is usually prefereed as it helps in releasing the flavors of lettuces.
Fruit Salads: This type of salad is my personal favorite because it is super tasty and you can eat it any time of the day you want without any hassle. As the name states, this salad strictly comprises of fruits (either canned or seasonal) and sometimes whipped cream can be added for extra facor.
Seafood Salads: Just ask your relatives or friends living away from rivers or sea and they will tell you of how much they crave for fresh and tasty seafood. Adding flakes of a freshly caught fish into a green salad can do wonders because the taste is just extraordinary. Oh, and fish is extremely healthy and good for your health.
Complete Meal Salads: If you have left-over meat from yesterday’s dinner don’t just throw it away. Instead, add some eggs, cheese and vegetables in it and voila! You have got yourself a meal salad. The Italians have been doing this since centuries and they call it the antipasto salad.Pasta Salads: Last but not the least is the pasta salad which is getting increasingly popular as the days pass by. You can make this a great starter for your BBQ parties and family dinners.
Here is worth mentioning that for a dish to be called a SALAD. It has to have at least 2 or more than two ingredients.
In the end, I would like to say that don’t restrict your creativity and try creating new types of salad combinations using the left-over items in your fridge or by using premium seasonal fruits or vegetables. Also, I would love to hear out any WOW salad recipes from you guys so go ahead and surprise us with your unique salad recipe.
Everyone on the earth wants to live healthy and fresh, right? For keeping our body fit and sound, it’s very important to follow all the rules and regulations of a healthy lifestyle. But are we capable of doing so?
In this era of modern science, we’ve been busy so much with all our everyday works.
After waking up in the morning, we go to the washroom, take a breakfast, prepare for our working place, return home in the afternoon or evening, and take a bath, watch TV, make dinner and go to sleep – one of the most common types of everyday routines amongst us. We hardly have any time for taking care of ourselves. Such routine is almost unhealthy if you look closely.
In your workplace, you hardly follow any type of health rules. You might be eating junk food during lunch, sitting/working in a wrong way.
All these put a negative impact on yourself that results in all the anxiety, stress and various diseases. It’s scientifically proven that doing exercise for even 5 minutes every day will surely improve your physical and mental condition. Exercise is the best way to keep healthy and sound after all. Exercise requires a good amount of time, you may say. Well, here’s yoga to help you. It’s the least time- consuming yet extremely effective form of exercise that’s being improved for more than 5000 years!
Yes, it’s an ancient form of excessive perfection. There are numerous poses in the collection of yoga. Here, I’m sharing a good pose for stretching your back, hamstrings and your legs. It’s called Thread the Needle pose. Step 1
Lie down on the ground. Keep your legs long and together; your heels should be touching the ground. Relax both your hands on both sides of your body. Your head also should be relaxing. Firm your palms on the ground.
Press the ground to get some extra push while you bend your knees towards your chest. Keep your legs in a straight line with your shoulders. Put your feet on the air and your shin parallels with the ground. From your hips to your feet, your leg would look like an “L” shape. Step 2
Now, bend your left leg to bring your left foot over your right shin. It’s like you’re sitting on an
Make sure that your left leg is perpendicular on your right leg.
Keep your shoulders and head relaxed on the ground. Continue breathing gently and normally.
Bring both your palms under your right thigh. Keep your head on the ground and shoulders relaxed. Make an interlocking finger squeeze with your hands. Ensure that your legs don’t move out of their position. Step 4
Pull your right leg with both your hands. Use your biceps to pull your legs.
Ensure that your legs don’t displace their pose. Pull as much as you can. Now, you’re in Thread the Needle pose. Hold the pose for about 30-60 seconds. Then, release your leg and put them back on the ground. Now, do the same with your left leg.
This pose is very simple to do and it’s really specific to the glutes work.
This pose is really effective in stretching your hips, especially your piriformis muscles. Tension release in the hips area is essential to have a feel of ease throughout the entire body movement. This especially affects the knees and lower back. This pose can also be a gateway for you to more advanced yoga poses like Full Lotus or Pigeon pose. This pose is also good for keeping your anxiety and mental stress under control. In fact, this pose will surely get you free from all your concerns easily.
Make a flexible everyday routine that will allow you have some time to take care of yourself. This pose can easily be a part of that time.
Just like your car engine needs oil to keep it smoothly running and prolong its life. Similarly, a
human body needs to be well hydrated so that you remain fresh and active throughout the day.
That’s why today on OiB I will be telling you about 15 natural and organic food and drinks that
will keep you healthy throughout the day.
15 Foods and Drinks
1. Water: There is no replacement for water. It is the most vital hydrator a person can
consume. Heat, sweat and activity will empty the water level in your body and therefore
it is crucial that you keep on refilling your body with water supply. Additionally, adding
lemon to water will give you a natural vitamin C boost.
2. Cucumbers: 90% of cucumbers comprise of water. In addition to that, they have other
nutrients to nourish the body. Cucumbers also contain high amounts of caffeic acid
which is known to soothe the skin.
3. Coconut Water: Coconut water is specially effective in hot climate conditions and is a
suitable replacement for water. Coconut water contains minerals that will protect your
body from effects of heat.
4. Watermelon: Watermelon is one vegetable which children enjoy the most because of its
rich taste and the cooling effect it has on the human body especially in hot conditions
because of the presence of calcium, potassium and sodium.
5. Cabbage: Cabbage is the most important food for me in my salad. It is rich in vitamin C
and aids in weight loss by lowering the cholesterol level as it has more than sufficient
levels of fibers and natural probiotics.
6. Iced Herbal Tea: Don’t worry, Iced Herbal Tea has zero caffeine and is particularly
helpful if you have problems with your stomach or digestion. Iced herbal Tea is a healthy
and recommended alternative to contemporary soft drinks which don’t hydrate your
7. Salads: Lettuce contains high level of fiber and comprises of 90% water that’s why it will
keep your body hydrated for a long period.
8. Apples: Not only do Apples keep you hydrate but they also have been found in reducing
your cardio problems and lessen the side effects of cancer treatment.
9. Red Bell Peppers: Let’s face it, Bell peppers not only taste good but they also look good
in our food and salad. They contain handful of nutrients such as Vitamin B, folic acid and
10. Tomatoes: They say a tomato a day keeps the cancer away. Tomatoes are rich is
manganese and lycopene which aids in stopping certain cancers. Additionally, tomatoes
comprise of 94% water so you’re virtually eating water if you’re eating a tomato, How
cool is that!
11. Pineapples: Pineapple has many benefits for your health. It will also naturally detox your
body to keep you healthy and fresh.
12. Grapefruit: This oversized orange (what I call it) is very useful in controlling your hunger,
keep you hydrated and reduces weight. It also keeps you hydrated throughout the day.
However, if you don’t like the taste of Grapefruit then I would suggest you to add a
pinch of black salt which will enhance the flavor.
13. Celery: is made almost entirely out of water. It is rich in amino acid, vitamins and
mineral salts which keep you hydrated.
14. Berries: If you’re looking to naturally detoxify your body, keep yourself hydrated and
enjoy some tasty fruit. Then berries is the answer you’re looking for. Berries are rich in
fiber and anti-oxidants.
15. Carrots: On the face of it, carrots look dull and dry but then again you should never
judge a book by its cover because carrots are more than 85% water (SURPRISED).
Furthermore, carrots have been known to improve eyesight courtesy the beta-carotene
present in it.
DIY Tomato Juice::
3 large tomatoes
2 stalks celery
1/2 cucumber (peeled)
ginger (about 1/4 inch)
1/2 lemon (peeled)
1/4 inch hot pepper (or pinch cayenne pepper)
Salt, pepper & Stevia to taste
Cut the peel off the cucumber (mainly to remain the nice red color of the tomato juice, for
health you would like to leave the skin on. The juice will then look brownish though…Run all
ingredients through your juicer starting with the soft ingredients such as lemon and cucumber.
Add salt and pepper to taste. I like to add a few leafs or drops of stevia for sweetness. (or use raw
honey, apple, water mellon or mango if you don't have stevia)
I hope you find this list useful and you will incorporate some if not all the items in your daily routine.
In the end, I would highly encourage you guys to leave your valuable feedback and tell us any food or
drink which you think should be in this list.
Ever tried drinking any of these? If not then do it NOW
We’ve come to know that physical exercises and workouts are the best ways to stay fit and sound. It’s always said that “A sound mind lives in a sound body”. That’s why all of us need to think about our fitness. But it’s a harsh truth that we hardly even take a look at our body and physical condition. The advanced, mechanical civilization has involved our minds in so many tasks, leaving a very small time to focus on ourselves. Most of the time, we take a look when we become sick. It’s high time we started doing regular workouts for a better and safer life. That said, there are numerous types of exercises to work on. Yoga is definitely one of the major types of exercise. It’s a huge collection of numerous poses and stretches that focus on the whole body, turning your muscles and joints flexible and strong. Yoga also helps you clear your mind from daily life stresses.
Interested? Here are some good yoga poses for you to increase your flexibility of your back, legs, and hips.
1. Alternating Knee to Chest Pose
Lie down on the floor with your spine being in a neutral position. Bend your right knee and pull it towards your chest. Put your fingers on your shin – just underneath your knees. Pull your right leg with both your hands towards your chest. Straighten your left leg on the ground without any knee bend. Put your heel touched on the ground. Keep your shoulder and neck relaxed. While pulling your shin, make sure to use your biceps.
As you inhale, press your belly towards the thigh. This will put a pressure on the fat tissues.
As you exhale, pull your belly from the thigh.
Keep your head neutral and relaxed. Keep your shoulders balanced on both sides. Hold this pose for 2-3 minutes. Then, release your leg and stretch a little bit. Now, follow the same steps with your left leg. This pose is great for preventing any types of low back pains. It’s also excellent for stretching and stabilizing the pelvis and lower back.
2. Wind Reliving Pose
Lie down on the mat. Keep your feet together and relax your arms on both sides of your body.
Keep breathing gently. When you exhale, pull your right knee towards your chest. You’ll feel a pressure on your abdomen and belly from your right thigh. Use your right hand on your right shin to pull the leg.
Now, gently pull your left leg in the same way. Bring both legs into the same position.
Make a lock with your hands on both of your shins. Make a tight grip of your legs. Now, pull them towards your chest. Pull as much as you can.
Keep your head neutral. Breathe in and breathe out normally. Stay in the pose for 1-2 minutes. Then, release the pose and straighten your legs on the ground.Continue doing the pose for several times.
This is very helpful for making your back and abdominal muscles stronger. It works as a massage for intestines and other abdominal organs. For having a better digestion, this pose is very helpful. 3. Reclining Bound Angle Pose
Stand on the mat with a straight back. Spread your legs straight on your front and firm them on the ground. The heels should touch the ground. Keep your hands relaxed on both sides of your body.
Lie down on the ground keeping your back straight. Your legs should be sticking on the ground.
Bend your knees slightly and touch the soles of your feet, creating an “Anjali Mudra” with your feet. Keep your knees slightly over the ground.
Relax your head and shoulders. Face your palms on the ground. Keep your arms straight.
Close your eyes, take deep breaths and refresh your thoughts. Hold the pose for about 3-5 minutes. To release, sit back straight and straighten your legs. This is a good pose for refreshing your mind. It will also help you reduce your stress level and other tensions. This pose will also help you think properly and have more focus on your works. 4. Corpse Pose
Sit on the mat keeping your body straight and your legs in front of you while your hands relax on both sides of your body.
Lie down on the ground. Put your hands relaxed on each side. Your palms should be ~6 inches away from your body. Keep your legs straight and firm to the ground.
Let your leg relax on the ground. You may use a pillow or a bolster under your knees for a variation. Using a bolster is also good for a better-relaxed pose.
Breathe normally. Close your eyes and let your body drop heavy on the ground.
Relax your jaws and face. Allow your eyes drop inside their sockets. Release all your thoughts and calm down your mind.
Wait for 5 minutes in the pose. You can use this pose as an extension for other types of exercise as well. For example, after doing a hard workout, you can relax and refresh yourself with this pose. It’s also very common and popular. This pose mostly focus on your physic part. During this pose, you drop all your tensions and invite peace and silence into your body and soul. This pose also relaxes other parts of your body thoroughly. If you’re new to yoga, this pose is very crucial for you. Why? Because it teaches you how to relax properly and maintain a good mental balance. If you’re a beginner, you should never skip this pose. Yoga is very relaxing and a fun part of the exercise.
If you want, you can make it as a regular part of your everyday chores very easily. These supine poses are very easy to perform while they provide so many physic benefits. All these poses will help you lead a better and more controlled lifestyle, no matter whatever you do or wherever you live. So, live well!