Foods you should avoid and start eating in summer season

Foods you should avoid and start eating in summer season

Summers are here and we all are bound to feel thirsty and tired. What do we do? We all like to eat and drink when we are tired and thirsty. Grabbing a piece of burger and a chilled cola is the first thing that most of us resort to. But, wait a minute – are the ones we feel that is going to quench our thirst and provide us with all the energy we need to put us back on track are the right choices we have made. It could be that our choices are going to do more harm than good.

Summers, apart from being hot, humid and reasonably troublesome, are also the months to relish some of nature’s bounty. It is also the time to entertain and get entertained. The evenings are long and what could be a perfect set up for a bar-be-cue parties. But, we need to careful as certain foods in summers are dangerous and can make us sick and especially in summers when we need to be extra cautious with what we eat and drink.

Do you actually know that summers are the months when we tend to gain weight faster than other seasons? Summers have lot of temptations – bar-be-cues, poolside food vendors and a lot more. Here are certain foods that you must avoid in summers and also listed are the foods that you must start having during the hot weather.

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Must Avoid:

  • Bar-be-cue charred meat, poultry and fish

Bar-be-cued animal protein cooked over raw fire and at higher temperatures produces certain chemicals in the food that could be detrimental to human health and can even cause cancers if taken regularly. Having them regularly is in no way doing good for your health.

  • Deep fried dough and other fried stuffs

Battered and fried foods are amongst the worst sources of food filled with unhealthy trans fats. The same is with unhealthy fried dough products. These might taste good, but have unhealthy cholesterols and increases body inflammation.

  • Hot Dogs and Meat Burgers

Again it’s the processed and salty option to be blamed. Salami and ham are another bad options that should be strictly avoided.

  • Ice cones

These might help cool down for the moment, but are nothing apart from syrups made up of high fructose corn syrups and sweetened with sugar. Moreover, you never know the quality of water been used to make the ice.

  • Corn Cobs

These are not only bad for your gums, but are also high on carbs and calories. These have no vitamins, irons or other vital minerals and nutrients.

  • Watermelon with seeds

Watermelon is must to have food in summer, but not with its seeds. There is nothing to worry as the seeds of watermelon are not toxic or dangerous, but still it can cause discomfort or bloating.

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Must Eat:

  • Bottle Gourd or Lauki

This super vegetable is loaded with goddesses of vitamins, folate, magnesium and calcium. It is great for weight loss and acts a super blood purifier.

  • All melons

One fruit variety that you can enjoy whole heartedly are the melons. Eat as much as you like. A good for stomach, helps in weight loss, keeps cool and the list is endless.

  • Lemon water with mint

It is natural cleanser. Just a few drops of lemon juice in minted water and you are light and summer ready as ever.

  • Cucumbers

This one fruit is must for summers. Eat them the way you like – as juice, in salads and even peeled and raw. It is loaded with fibers and will never let you have problems with constipation.

  • Curd

It is one food that can be converted to as many varieties as you can imagine – smoothies, butter milk, shakes, lassi, raita and even plain. The cooling effects are just what the body needs in summers.

  • Green Leafy Veggies

These are one food that stands good all year around. They are rich in water content and is a must for summers. Make sure that you don’t overcook them to retain the water contents.

  • Onions

Yes, you read it right. Onions too have immense cooling effects on the body. It is a great aid in protecting from sun-strokes during summers. Add them to salads or vegetables or just have them raw, enjoy it the way you like.

The most important things to consider in summer is to protect yourself and your family from food poisoning, getting dehydrated and getting hit by sun stroke. The list above mentions certain food groups that you must avoid and the ones that you must have to keep safe and enjoy your summers.

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Source: Ms. Sheela Seharwat, Dietitian. She is one of the youngest successful entrepreneur of India, and founder and head mentor of Diet Clinic Health Care Pvt. Ltd.

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Food for a Healthy Life

Below food items you may add in your diet for a healthy life

Identify what choices of foods you need to plan for your weight loss/diet plan. Write out meals or diet options accordingly. This will help you to give more energy as well as reduce your weight. This will plan your weight loss program and adjust accordingly. Food plays an important role in reducing weight. Hence, it is important to choose the right kind of foods for this program. In order your weight loss plan to be effective, you have to start believing your body and giving it responsibility of keeping you fit and healthy. Following are the foods, which you should add to your daily diet plan:

  • Spinach- You should add spinach to your daily diet plan. It has rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, which will help you to lose weight and again at the same time it reduces the risk of heart diseases. Spinach is packed with lutein compounds that fight macular degeneration. Make your salad with spinach and egg and maintain a healthy eating habit.
  • Yogurt- this will help to boost your immune system and excellent probiotic organisms. You should add this to your daily diet plan for a spectacular result. This is rich in calcium and protein. This is light and low in calories.
  • Tomatoes- a glass of tomato juice is very good for your diet plan. However, this will reduce the risk of coronary artery disease. By adding this food to your diet program, you will get a satisfactory result and a healthy body relevantly.
  • Carrots- this vegetables work optimal for reducing weight and it is low in calories. Adding these vegetables to your daily eating plan, it can reduce inflammatory conditions and it is good for asthma. It has a low caloric density.
  • Black beans- All beans are excellent for your heart, but black beans have the capacity to boost your brain and give you a healthy body and mind. It has full of anthocyanin, antioxidant compounds that have been shown to improve brain function. A daily 1/2-cup serving provides 8 grams of protein and 7.5 grams of fiber.

By choosing these diet plan foods, you can lose weight quickly and stay healthy and fit. You should eat healthy foods regularly and these foods are easily available and cost effective. A healthy diet can help you to prevent certain long-term chronic disease. This will help you to keep healthy as well. The suggestions may be different for every people, but including these foods to your diet program would help you to reduce weight in a certain manner.

You can trust on these foods and add it to your diet plan on a daily basis. You will see the immediate result. Your body needs energy and certain foods will give you energy and minimize your weight as well. It is essential to find the right kind of nutrient foods in your everyday diet. A balanced diet will help your body to stay healthy and fit.

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Top 5 North Indian Dishes

Top 5 North Indian Dishes to eat

  1. Butter Chicken – Butter chicken is a dish made with tomato sauce. It is loved by everyone as it is mildly spiced and has a creamy texture.

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  1. Samosa – A samosa is a fried or baked (rarely) dish with a savoury filling, such as spiced potatoes, onions, peas, or lentils. These days you will get different variants of Samosa like Pizza Samosa, Chowmein Samosa and even Brownie Samosa. Surely you will be spoilt for choices.

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  1. Tandoori Chicken – Tandoori chicken is a chicken dish prepared by roasting chicken marinated in yoghurt and spices in a tandoor, a cylindrical clay oven. It has smokey flavour and will leave you drooling for more.

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  1. Masala Chai – Masala chai is a flavoured tea beverage made by brewing black tea with a mixture of aromatic spices and herbs. In North India, Masala tea is enjoyed with milk.

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  1. Tandoori Momos – This one is an Indian cousin of dimsums or dumplings you enjoy. It is marinated with different spices and cooked in Tandoor. Tandoori Momos available are Malai Tandoori Momos (made with cream), Spicy Tandoori Momos, Gravy Tandoori Momos, etc.

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100k on Instagram – Know Me More

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As many of you are aware, I have finally crossed 100k followers on Instagram and I cannot contain the excitement within me hence I am writing this blog. It took me over 3 years of hardwork in creating, editing content, making videos and interacting with my followers. Here’s how you could know more about me by following me on Instagram:

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Daily Posts – So mostly I upload 2-3 posts everyday unless I’m on vacation with my family. The categories I post are Travel, Food and Lifestyle.

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Daily Stories – Also I update about my whereabouts on my Instagram Stories. You could see the food I’m digging into or the places I visit. (Also sometimes those funny boomerangs)

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Live – So this is rare! I only go Live when I’m at a major event or in a Masterclass.

Collaborations – Instagram Influencers and Bloggers tend to promote new products before the product launch and you could be amongst the first ones to get more information about it.

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Your opinion matters – Most of the brands tend to ask public opinion about their likes/dislikes which you can vote accordingly on the stories posted.

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Collaboration with Thailand Tourism

Apart from my Blog and Instagram, you can also find me on other social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

UNO Chicago Bar & Grill

Finally visited UNO, they are popular for their deep dish pizzas.

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Peanut Butter Milkshake – This was absolutely delicious. The best Peanut Butter shake I have every tasted date. Though it was very filling but so yum that I could have drank two of them instead left some space to try their amazing deep dish pizza. MUST TRY!!

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Virgin Pina Colada – Mocktail was a blend of coconut and pineapple puree. It was refreshing and is a great option in case you do not want to consume the above calories :p

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Rock Prawn Dynamite – Prawns are battered and golden fried till crisp and served with chipotle sauce.

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Non-Veg Shareable Appetizers – You can choose 3 out of 4 appetizers. So I chose Skillet Meatballs, Crispy Chicken Wings and Chicken Tenders.

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Chicago Meat Market – This one is a Deep Dish heaven!! Pizza is stuffed with Lamb Mince, Chicken Chorizo, Chicken Pepperoni, Grilled Chicken and Parmesan. Though I ordered for a individual pizza (small), I could not finish two slices. MUST TRY!!

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UNO Deep Dish Sundae – A giant chocolate chip cookie which is baked in deep dish pan topped with chocolate sauce, vanilla ice-cream, whipped cream, walnuts and cherry.

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Olive’s All Day Cafe & Bar

Olly, Gurgaon

Fantastic all-day cafe located at DLF Cyber Hub, Gurgaon.

They serve scrumptious and Instagram worthy food.

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Love the fact they serve fresh juices, had the Red Juice (Beetroot, Red Apple, Pomegranate, Ginger) and Green Juice (Kale, Green Apple, Baby Spinach, Pineapple and Mint). These both were healthy and delicious at the same time. Also not to forget their Hot Chocolate with Toasted Marshmallow.

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Smoothie Crunch was loaded Kiwi, Coconut Shards, Berries, Chia, Mango, etc. This smoothie was a fabulous delight.

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Lamb Chops – Delectable lamb chops served on a bed of Cauliflower Couscous, Cucumber, Pomegranate and Tzatziki. A perfect blend of different flavours!

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Prawns Pil Pil – Ok! So for me, no meal is complete without Prawns. These yummy prawns were cooked to perfection in Chilli, Garlic and Parsley oil and served with sliced garlic buttery Baguette.

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Korean Fried Chicken Bowl – Such a delight to the eye!! Love the presentation and who can say no to a sunny side up. This bowl was full of fried chicken, sticky rice, kimchi, crunchy noodles, purple cabbage, carrots, etc.

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Loved the French Toast with Dark Chocolate Ganache, berries and nuts for desserts and also ordered for Apple Cinnamon Crumble topped with Vanilla ice cream.


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Artusi, Gurgaon

One of the most authentic Italian restaurant in Gurgaon, Artusi Ristorante is a fine dine located in One Horizon Center at the Golf Course Road.

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The owners and the chef of this restaurant hail from Northeastern Italy (Emilia Romagna region). They make their Pastas fresh by hand and are quite popular in their region and we get to savour their tradition here.

Their menu is vast and also offer fresh juices including watermelon, pineapple and orange. Also not to forget the wide range of wine and spirits they offer.

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Started our meal with refreshing Ferro Salad. Bowl full of lettuce and green leaves filled with pine nuts, raisins, pears, grapes and Caprino goat cheese. This was dressed with balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil.

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Sigari Crocaanti is a phyllo pastry in the shape of cigars stuffed with roasted delicious vegetables. It is served with two sauces.

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Branzino Al Vapore is a baked Sea bass made in Cartoccio with steamed veggies cooked in fish broth. This has mild flavours and is a super awesome healthy option.

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Chitarra Lobster – Spaghetti chitarra with prawns and lobster in a luscious, rich and silky bisque sauce. This was very appealing to the eye and was bursting with flavours.

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Cioccolate Mousse – This was just WOW. Dark chocolate mousse with caramelized orange peel. Was not so sure before ordering this one as I am not a fan of mousse but this one is a must for all dark chocolate lovers!

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Panna Cotta – This one is their signature dessert. Panna Cotta in caramel topped with almonds and caramelized figs. A delicious dessert which melted in mouth.

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Hyatt Place Gurgaon

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Recently stayed at Hyatt Place located in Udyog Vihar, Gurgaon. This fabulous business hotel is located centrally. It’s closely connected to the International/Domestic airports and local Metro Station. Also they are like 10 minutes away from the most popular business and dining hubs like DLF Cyber City, Unitech Infospace, Kingdom of Dreams and other Malls.
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Apart from this, there is free Wi-Fi everywhere to stay connected with friends and family and remote printing facility throughout the hotel.

The room was spacious, simple yet classy and had a plush double bed, work area, a huge sofa sleeper.

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Also they have 24/7 room service which is awesome. The hotel staff is polite and provide fast service.

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We had our meals in Gallery Café which serves buffet as well as tried few dishes from their newly launched à la carte menu. The best thing is they serve fresh fruit juices, loved orange and watermelon juice.

Even though the restaurant is located in a five-star hotel, menu prices are very reasonable and light on the pocket. Also would recommend Lamb Curry from the Indian buffet section, Chicken-Bacon Ceasar Salad, Grilled Fish and Shikanji from a la carte menu. They have an extensive buffet breakfast, loads of choices from Dosa to Sausages.

Their lunch and dinner buffet is no less and is sumptuous. Also not to forget the wide range of desserts and cakes. These are a must try. They have dining space outside in the garden as well.

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They also have 24/7 Gallery Market located near reception which serves delicious Doughnuts, Croissants, Salads, Sandwiches, Muffin, etc.

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They have 24-hour Gym which is very essential to stay fit. Love their outdoor swimming pool, best for relaxation.

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I highly recommend staying at this hotel.
Also watch Hotel Tour and my #Staycation video here.


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Gallery Cafe at Hyatt

Recently stayed at Hyatt Place located in Udyog Vihar, Gurgaon.

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We had our meals in Gallery Café which serves buffet as well as tried few dishes from their newly launched à la carte menu. The best thing is they serve fresh fruit juices, loved orange and watermelon juice. Even though the restaurant is located in a five-star hotel, menu prices are very reasonable and light on the pocket.

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Also would recommend some awesome dishes from their menu:

Shikanji – This was absolutely refreshing. Tangy, sweet and salty, all flavours at the same time.

Chicken-Bacon Caesar Salad – Really sumptuous salad with roasted chicken, bacon, carrots, lettuce and yummy caesar dressing. MUST TRY!!

Pan Seared Fish – Fish was fresh and just melted in mouth. It was served with grilled vegetables and mash potatoes.

Lamb Curry from the Indian buffet section – This was scrumptious and delectable. Had this with Garlic Butter Naan. MUST TRY!!

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They have extensive buffet breakfast, loads of choices from Dosa to Sausages. Their lunch and dinner buffet is no less and is sumptuous. Also not to forget the wide range of desserts and cakes. These are a must try. They have dining space outside in the garden as well.

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They also have 24/7 Gallery Market located near reception which serves delicious Doughnuts, Croissants, Salads, Sandwiches, Muffin, etc.

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Get Farzified

Have been visiting Farzi Cafe located at Cyber Hub, Gurgaon few times now. They have recently launched their new menu so could not wait to try it.

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Started the meal with Corn Chowder Soup which is thick and creamy.

Loved the Raw Papaya Salad with lotus steam, vinegary onions, peanuts and mango sauce. This is a must try.

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I am a hardcore non-vegetarian but the veggie mezze platter was a delight which had Samosa stuffed with veggies, Naan balls stuffed with palak paneer and yogurt cutlets with hummus and olives.

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Finally had this hyped Parle-G Cheescake dessert which is served with Rabri and topped with gems.

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