Condensed milk with food colouring for a painting activity???

Isn’t it something interesting. For kids its edible and safe to play as well.. Try this for your toddlers and it will be great.

The texture is sticky and goopy!! There is nothing to drip off the brush and it leaves behind a shiny, glossy picture.

Just pour the milk  in ice cube trays and add drops of  food colouring  in the separate compartments.

Note: Instead of paper, use cardboard for painting.

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Dietary fibre or cellulose is a close cousin of carbohydrates. Two characteristics are common to members of the fibre family — one, they occur only in plant foods and two, they cannot be digested by the juices in our stomach or intestines. However, certain types of fibre can be digested (rather, fermented) by germs that reside in our large intestine. Fermentation is associated with production of gases, which announce their departure from the body as flatus. Besides embarrassing us as the source of unwanted noise and odour, what else does fibre do? Since fibre is not digested, it doesn’t contribute to energy intake. But still we need fibre, and lots of it. Refined foods such as white rice and refined wheat flour or maida have contributed to the emergence of the diseases of modern civilization — piles, varicose veins, obesity, diabetes, heart disease and intestinal cancer.

Why do we need fibre?
Since fibre does not get digested, it is passed on from the stomach to the small intestine and from the small to the large intestine. One of the properties of fibre is that it soaks water, swells up and forms a viscous mass. The mass adds bulk to the contents of the large intestine and does not let them become dry or hard. That is how fibre prevents constipation. Fibre not only facilitates frequent passage of stool, it also makes stool soft. Constipation is not just a minor inconvenience. Chronic constipation is the mother of piles and varicose veins. Isapghula husk (isabgol) is a concentrated source of fibre. If you soak a spoon of isabgol in water for a few minutes, it grows in volume and forming a viscous gel. That is how isabgol treats constipation.

Besides preventing constipation, fibre is has important metabolic consequences. It improves glucose tolerance and reduces blood cholesterol. This makes it important for prevention and management of diabetes and heart disease.

Sources of fibre

Fibre is found in unrefined grains, fruits and vegetables. To get enough fibre, consume grains which have their husk (seed coat) intact. Coarse grains, such as barley (jau), oat and buckwheat (kuttoo) are also good sources.

Extract from Eating Wisely and Well by Ramesh Bijlani

Nothing is more thirst quenching than coconut water. The second purest drink after water,  and its unfailing ability to rejuvenate and rehydrate. The long list of nutritional qualities contained in coconut water read like any health purist’s dream, containing five of the essential electrolytes – magnesium, calcium, chloride, potassium and sodium, as well as being reassuringly fat-free.

While coconut water is the perfect choice for rehydration during the warmer seasons or post-workout, aside from its refreshing qualities as a drink, over winter we’ve found some other clever ways to take advantage of coconut water’s many benefits. Try one of the tricks below.

1.    The overzealous use of heat pumps during the cool winter months can wreck havoc on your skin, leaving your skin parched and dry. Try soaking some cotton pads in coconut water and then apply the pads to your face, leaving them to work their magic for up to 30 minutes. When it’s time to remove, gently buff the pads in a circular motion on the skin. This easy coconut water mask will leave your skin plumped up and seriously hydrated, smooth and radiant.

2.    Switch to coconut water at every chance you get. As it’s virtually tasteless. try swapping out milk in smoothies for coconut water or using it as a mixer for cocktails. A bonus? the electrolytes and hydrating qualities contained in coconut water will definitely help to ease the pain of a hangover the next day.

3.    Travelling? Coconut water is one of the best ways to rehydrate skin whilst flying. Flying, especially on long-haul flights, can be one of the most drying environments for skin, so it’s important to board the plane prepared. While we also recommend consuming coconut water before and after your flight, try pouring a small amount in a spray bottle (try and do this as close as your can to your time of departure) and use as a hydrating facial spray as often as you like throughout the flight. Doing so will ensure you land with your skin looking fresh and rejuvenated at your destination.

Pick up a bottle filled with coconut water next time – your body will thank you!

Ayurveda is the science of life, the sister science of yoga, and finds its origin in the Vedas. The concept of the Universe made of five elements (space, air, fire, water and earth), which combine into three doshas of vata, pitta, and kapha. These three dosha types create every individual’s unique constitution, and all of us have elements of each. Individual diet plans, strength of tissues and digestive fires, and levels of toxins (ama) all play a role in implementing an Ayurveda diet.

Much like yoga, the key concept of Ayurveda is finding balance. While we have many fad diets using celebrity endorsements, perhaps the long-standing success of Ayurveda should be sufficient endorsement.

1. Warm Lemon Water First Thing in the Morning – This warm elixir is full of vitamin C and alkalizes the body. All liquids should be room temperature or warm and never taken during a meal for optimal benefits in digestion.

2. Include 6 Tastes in Every Main Meal – Ayurveda classifies food into six tastes (sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent and astringent). Each taste acts to balance the appetite and digestion.

3. Prepare Food with Love – When we make our food, energy is transferred. If we are stressed or angry, this energy transfers to the food. Instead, make your meals with love and gratitude.

4. Eat Foods that Balance Your Dosha – For Vata type, eat foods that are more heavy or warm; for Pitta, eat foods that are cool or dry; for Kapha, eat foods that are light, warm.

5. Eat Sattvic Food – Foods that are fresh and rich in nutrients like fresh fruits, almonds, mung beans, fresh seasonal vegetables and leafy greens and almonds are some.

6. Eat Fresh and in Season – Eat foods that are fresh and free of genetic modifications. Foods that are canned or frozen lose their nutrients and lack prana (vital life force energy) and chetana (living intelligence).

7. Ayurveda Teas – Fennel, cumin, black pepper/ginger, and licorice are all wonderful options for tea. Add cinnamon for taste and to regulate insulin levels.

8. Have Ginger Before Meals – Ginger in tea or a small cut piece will help stimulate the digestion process.

9. Include Spices – Turmeric, cumin, coriander, ginger, and peppercorns are all wonderful spices to add to your foods. They reduce Kapha, which is key to weight loss.

10. Variety – Make your daily food an adventure, and avoid eating the same thing every day. This will ensure you eat in season foods, too.

Incorporating some simple Ayurveda tips, maintaining a regular yoga practice and keeping a cheerful disposition will ensure a healthy body, inside and out.


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Rachana aspires to make truly inspired accessories that reflect the spirit of the contemporary woman, and one-of-a-kind pieces that will live on like jewels in the crown.

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