Detox Series 3 – Water detox recipes

The first two blogs in this series focused on detoxification of mouth and skin – two most important gateways of our bodies. Today I am going to show you how we can make the water we drink act like a natural detoxifier for our bodies.

Detox Series 1 -Ancient practice to detoxify your body through Oil Pulling

Detox Series 2 – Dry brushing for skin detoxification

Did you know our bodies are naturally tuned to detoxify itself from all the unwanted chemicals and toxins we are exposed to on a regular basis? Our job is to support the detoxification process by either eliminating/reducing the toxin exposure or providing the body right tools to make the process easier.

One of the natural ways to flush toxins is through the water we drink. We all have heard it million times, drink more water. Water allows your kidneys to filter toxins and transport nutrients. If you don’t drink enough water then the toxins will start building up in your body leading to a weakened immune system.

Today, I am going to share different types of detox water you can drink depending on the condition you are targeting for.

  1. Full Body Cleansing with HONEY-LEMON-WATER: If you are low in energy when you wake up in the morning and feel tired throughout the day – you need a full body cleanse. Having warm water with honey and lemon first thing in the morning stimulates the liver to flush out the toxins from the body. The combination of lemon and honey in water is a rich source of antioxidants, help boost energy. As an added benefit, it helps burn fat which can lead to weight loss.

         How to make it:

  • Boil a cup of water and allow it to cool until it is just warm to touch.
  • Add a teaspoonful of raw, unfiltered honey and stir well to dissolve.
  • Squeeze the juice of half a lemon into the honey water, give it a stir and drink up.
  1. Stomach cleanse with this SPICE WATER: If you suffer from frequent bouts of acidity and headaches, sipping this water in the morning and throughout the day help reduce bloating, constipation, indigestion, and acidity. Stomach disorders could lead to an incomplete elimination of bodily waste and the toxins are reabsorbed by the body. Having this water 30 minutes before and 10 minutes after your meals will help cleanse your digestive tract and eliminate toxins.

         How to make it:

  • Boil a cup of water
  • In a cup, add ½ tsp of each : fenugreek seeds (methi dana), fennel seeds (saunf), bishop seeds (ajwain), cumin seeds (jeera)
  •  Pour the boiling water into the cup with the seeds mixture
  •  Cover and let it steep for a couple of hours
  • Take the water from this cup and drink
  • You can refill the water 2 more times before discarding the seeds 
  1. Respiratory support with STAR WATER: If you are often down with viral and flu infections quite often, it might be a good idea to cleanse your lungs with this antiviral/antifungal/antibacterial water. Star anise, the primary ingredient of this detox water, contains shikimic acid, which is used in the production of anti-influenza drugs. Another ingredient in this water is black cardamom, which is used to prevent and relieve cold and flu symptoms. Regular intake of black cardamom and star anise water will boost your immunity and protect you from respiratory infections. You can make this water and sip it throughout the day when during flu season to protect and prevent the upper respiratory illness.

     How to make it:

  • Boil 2 cups of water
  • Add 1 black cardamoms and let it boil for few minutes till water is reduced to half
  • Add ½ tsp of cinnamon powder
  • Take 2 star-anise in a cup
  • Pour the boiling water and the black cardamoms in the cup
  • Cover and let it steep for 15 minutes
  • Drink warm, add honey (optional)
  1. Stress management with TULSI WATER: Tulsi (Holy Basil), the sacred Indian plant is given that status for a reason. It is one of nature’s most powerful medicines. Tulsi not only helps protect the body from the degenerative effects of stress, but it also repairs the body from its damage. It is a powerful detox herb that helps reduce inflammation, lowers cholesterol, eliminates toxins and improves digestion. Tulsi is also a natural aphrodisiac, improves stamina and reduces anxiety.

     How to make it:

  • Boil a cup of water
  • Add ½ tsp of Tulsi leaves
  • Cover and let it steep for 15 minutes
  • Strain and drink
  1. Reduce inflammation with TURMERIC-GINGER WATER: Inflammation is body’s defense mechanism against external “attackers” but when the internal emergency alarm fails to shut off when it should, the inflammation becomes chronic. Chronic inflammation destroys the healthy tissues and creates pain in the body. It is a result of imbalanced and weak immune system. If you are experiencing unexplained pain in your body, most likely you are dealing with chronic inflammation. Both turmeric and ginger are excellent anti-inflammatory foods so this water can cleanse the body and reduce the inflammation.

       How to make it:

  • Boil 1 cup of water
  • Add 1 tsp of grated turmeric and ginger each, and then bring the heat down to a simmer
  • Add ½ tsp of black pepper
  • Allow the mixture to steep for 10-15 minutes.
  • Strain and enjoy with your meals

There is another level of water detox that requires you to drink only water for 24 hours – no food and no other drink. Have you tried water fasting? How was your experience?

I hope you can benefit from these different types of detox water. Please share it with your friends and family who may also benefit from these water detox recipes.







Anti-inflammatory Tomato Soup

Spring is playing tricks on us this year. One day it is snowing and the other day it is hot, sunny 70 degrees. This is causing a lot of sicknesses – cough, cold and sneezes going around everywhere. Yesterday, it was snowing so a perfect weather for a warm, hearty soup. My kids love tomato soup but the store bought tomato soup cans are full of undesirable ingredients. Here are the ingredients from Campbell Tomato Soup:


Now – High Fructose Corn syrup is one of the ingredients which is in my “dirty dozen” list, items that I avoid at any cost.  It is linked to a lot of modern day diseases. High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is an industrial food product and our body does not know how to process it. According to Huffington post – HFCS  leads to fatty liver, the most common disease in America today, affecting 90 million Americans. This, in turn, leads to diabesity — pre-diabetes and Type 2 diabetes. So, high fructose corn syrup is the real driver of the current epidemic of heart attacks, strokes, cancer, dementia, and of course, Type 2 diabetes.

It is very easy to make tomato soup at home from “real” ingredients.  This is one of the soups that are loved by all in our family. It is not only delicious but very nutritious and anti-inflammatory. My kids ask for multiple servings until we run out, with a promise to make it again the next day!!

Prep time: 10 Minutes

Cook time: 15 Minutes

Total Time: 25 Minutes


  • 6 ripe medium-size tomatoes
  • 2 celery stalks
  • I cup baby spinach leaves
  • 1 large carrot
  • 3-inch ginger root
  • ½ beetroot small
  • Handful cilantro leaves
  • 5 cups water (adjust for desired consistency)
  • ¼ cup full fat Coconut milk

For tempering

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp cayenne powder
  • ½ tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • Salt to taste


  • Combine all the ingredients (except coconut milk and tempering) in the pressure cooker and cook for about 15-20 minutes
  • Let it cool
  • Blend it in a high speed blender until it is smooth
  • In a pan – add butter
  • When the butter melts, add cumin seeds
  • When it starts to splatter, add the remaining ingredients
  • Add the blended soup
  • Add the coconut milk
  • Let it cook for 5 more minutes

Serve hot!

Please use all organic ingredients, if possible.



Detox Series 2 – Dry brushing for skin detoxification

We live in the world where there are toxins everywhere around us. It is coming from our environment, product we use, the water we drink and the food we eat.

I am doing this blog series on detoxification. Every week I will post small, simple steps you can take to detoxify your whole body. Last week, I posted about oil pulling. You can read about it here:

Today’s topic is Dry brushing –

Most people take good care of their facial skin by regularly exfoliating, cleansing, and moisturizing. But the skin of the rest of the body is mostly ignored. Skin is our largest organ that helps protect our body from external factors like weather and germs. When dead skin and toxins build up on our skin, it could not do its job efficiently.

Dry brushing is a simple technique of running a dry, soft-bristle brush over your skin, starting with your limbs but always motioning toward your heart.

Here are some of the benefits of Dry Brushing:

  • Stimulate the Lymphatic System: The lymphatic system is a major part of the body’s immune system. As we age, our lymphatic system becomes slow and sluggish, leading to low immunity in our bodies. Dry brushing stimulates the normal lymph flow within the body and helps the body detoxify itself naturally.
  • Exfoliation: Dry skin brushing removes dead dry skin leaving a super soft baby skin behind.
  • Increase Circulation: Dry brushing increases circulation to your skin, which encourages the elimination of metabolic waste.
  • Reduce Cellulite: Dry brushing may help stimulate the cells and break down toxins from beneath the skin.
  • Reduces dry skin itchiness – If you live in a cold climate like me and spending almost 7-8 months in a heated indoor environment, our skin becomes dry and itchy. Dry brushing eliminates that skin itchiness by removing the dry skin and opening the pores so our skin can breathe effortlessly.

There are many other benefits reported like it acts as a stress reliever, improves digestion and bloating. I dry brush once a week and have definitely experienced some of these benefits first hand.

Would you like to give it a try? All you need is a natural brush like this and 5 minutes of your time.

Here is the simple technique to dry brush – Gently stroke the brush in long circular motions towards your heart, starting from legs and moving your way upward.  It is most effective when done in morning before showering.

Try this simple technique to get a beautiful body both inside out!

Simple 4 ingredients Coconut Ice cream

Let’s face it – kids need variety and sometimes it can be a challenge to come up with healthy but delicious options for their ever-changing taste buds.This ice cream recipe is simple to make and super delicious to enjoy any time with both adults and kids. My friends served this to her 1-year-old baby. We had a great time watching him enjoy this yummy treat, licking the cup and demanding more!

Prep time: 5 Minutes

Cook time: 0 Minutes but you need to freeze it for at least 4 hours

Total Time: 5 Minutes

Yields about 10 cups



  • Blend all the ingredients together in a high-speed blender and freeze for at least 4 hours
  • I used this silicone muffin cups to freeze them.
  • You can replace the apple with any other fruit like mango, pineapple or berries to create this ice cream in different colors!

Detox Series 1 -Ancient practice to detoxify your body through Oil Pulling

Our body is constantly exposed to germs and toxins. Our mouth is the gateway for many germs, micro-organisms, and toxins to enter our system. Pathogens in our mouth can enter your bloodstream to circulate to other parts of the body. Therefore, it is very important to keep our mouths germ free for a healthy body.

Oil Pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic practice that has been used as a great tool for detoxification.  Oil pulling is the act of swishing oil (usually Sesame or Coconut) in the mouth for up to 20 minutes, preferably in the morning.

It is believed that this practice reduces bacterial growth in your mouth, strengthens your teeth and reduces inflammation in your gums.

Besides brushing and flossing twice a day, I have been doing oil pulling with Coconut oil for the last couple of years and have observed many health benefits like whiter teeth, better immunity and improved overall health.  Sometimes,  mucus is also eliminated from my system, as the coconut oil “pulls” the harmful bacteria from my body.

Oil pulling has been shown to reduce the number of Streptococcus Mutans bacteria in the mouth, especially when done with coconut oil. There are 17 different studies done on oil pulling with similar findings.

The process of oil pulling is very simple but it takes time, effort and commitment to make it a habit.

To get started, all you need is  Raw, organic coconut oil .

  1. First thing in the morning before you brush your teeth or drink anything – take a tablespoon of coconut oil and put it in your mouth
  2. Gently swish it in your mouth and between your teeth for 10–20 minutes
  3. Spit out the oil in the trash (not the sink so it doesn’t clog up the plumbing)  and immediately rinse your mouth out with warm water
  4. There – you are done.

Simple. Right!

Here are some of the strategies that might help to adopt this practice:

  • In the morning when I am packing my kid lunches and preparing breakfast, that is the time when I oil pull. There are no distractions and I love the quiet me time.
  • You can do it when you are in the shower – 10 minutes go by really fast
  • You can also try doing it while driving to work. All you need to do is carry a plastic bag to dispose of the spit when done.
  • Start doing it 3-5 times a week. I promise once you start doing it, you would want to do it every day. The squeaky, clean mouth feeling that you get after oil pulling is very pleasant.
  • It will be hard at first so try with a small quantity of oil and increase the amount as you get more comfortable with the process.
  • Most importantly – don’t spit it out in sink or toilet. It can clog the pipes. Always do it in a trash can.

Oil pulling is a common Ayurvedic practice that can help you get whiter teeth, treat tooth decay, kill bad breath, heal bleeding gums,  reduce inflammation, prevent cavities, heal cracked lips, boost the immune system and much more. You should start seeing the benefits in about a week of following the process.

I strongly recommend Coconut oil for oil pulling because of its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effects.

Loaded Tofu-Broccoli Paranthas

Paranthas are one of the most popular North Indian breakfast options. With the popularity of cereals and quick breakfast options, paranthas are taking a back seat.  Also, if you are watching your weight, it is recommended to avoid fatty foods like paranthas, which is far from true. I grew up eating paranthas for breakfast every single day of my childhood years and it still is my preferred breakfast food.

These paranthas are loaded with healthy fat, protein, vitamins/minerals that provide anti-inflammatory and cancer-fighting abilities to our body.

A healthy breakfast should comprise of a complex carb, vegetables/fruits, protein and healthy fat. Guess what  – these paranthas can provide all that and much more!

Here is the recipe for delicious, healthy and filling paranthas. The good news is these can be made in advance and refrigerated for 2-4 days. The rich ingredients of this recipe will provide a great kick start to your day and keep you full through lunch. It has the right balance of nutrition and taste. Here are some of the health benefits of the ingredients in this wonder food:

  • Tofu: Tofu is a good source of protein and contains all eight essential amino acids. It is also an excellent source of iron and calcium and the minerals manganese, selenium and phosphorous. Tofu is also a good source of magnesium, copper, zinc and vitamin B1.
  • Broccoli: Broccoli prevents many types of cancer, improve our digestive system, lower cholesterol levels, detoxify the body, and maximize vitamin and mineral uptake. Broccoli also prevents allergic reactions, boosts the immune system, protects the skin, prevents birth defects, lowers blood pressure, eliminates inflammation, and improves vision and ocular health.
  • Avocados: Avocados are a great source of vitamins C, E, K, and B-6, as well as riboflavin, niacin, folate, magnesium, and potassium. Eating healthy fats like avocado supports skin health, enhances the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients, and may even help boost the immune system.
  • Red Onions: Red onions are one of the best natural sources of quercetin, a bioflavonoid that scavenges on free radicals. It also has been found to possess cancer-fighting, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. Red onions also are high in vitamin C so it boosts up your immunity.
  • Ginger: Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties that heal the gut, relieves nausea, and can help prevent  Ginger also helps to strengthen the immune system, reduces inflammation levels especially involving joint pain.

Now that you see all the health benefits of these paranthas are you ready to try them!

Prep time: 15 Minutes

Cook time: 20 Minutes

Total Time: 25 Minutes

Serves:  4-6


  • 2.5 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup broccoli
  • 1 cup mashed tofu
  • 1 small red onion – chopped
  • 1 medium avocado – mashed
  • 1 heaped teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon chopped coriander leaves
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne/Chill powder
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder
  • Salt to taste
  • lukewarm water, to knead the dough
  • Ghee/oil for cooking


  1. Take a mixing bowl; add flour
  2. Place the broccoli in a food processor and pulse until a rice like consistency has formed
  3. Put all ingredients except water and oil and mix it well with flour
  4. Knead the dough, add lukewarm water as needed to make a soft dough
  5. Take little dough. Make a ball same size as a golf ball.
  6. Take a rolling pin. Spread the dough around 2″ diameter.
  7.  Apply ½ teaspoon ghee, fold it and make a ball again.
  8. Roll the dough to make it around 5″ diameter. Apply flour if it is hard to roll or if the dough is too sticky
  9. Heat Griddle; cook the dough for about a minute.
  10. Take some oil in a spoon and spread on edges of parantha on the griddle.
  11. Flip the parantha and cook other side. Cook for about a minute.
  12. Flip it again, apply some oil on top. Flip again and cook for about 30 seconds.
  13. Your parantha is ready

Serve it hot with butter and plain yogurt.


This parantha recipe is very versatile, feel free to add/reduce spices or replace broccoli with cauliflower or any other preferred veggie.

Healthy Cheesy-Breezy Pasta

Who does not like rich, creamy, cheesy pasta?  My kids love pasta in white/Alfredo sauce but most of the store-bought Alfredo sauce are highly processed. They not only contain high quantity of cheese but also have some controversial ingredients that are best to be avoided.

The good news is that it is very easy to make Alfredo sauce at home but what makes this recipe supercool is a secret vegetable that I add to make the sauce creamy and healthy – CAULIFLOWER!!  Cauliflower is a versatile vegetable which can be substituted for rice and flour in many recipes.  It is a member of the cruciferous family and an excellent source of antioxidants with many health benefits including:

  • Reduce Cancer Risk
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Decreases Risk for Heart Disease and Brain Disorders
  • Improves Digestion
  • Promotes Detoxification
  • Aids in Weight Loss
  • Helps Balance Hormones
  • Preserves Eye Health

I am sure you are now convinced to cook more with this wonderful vegetable.

Here is the recipe for Healthy Cheesy-Breezy Pasta. My kids love the taste so it is both kids and mom approved!

Prep time: 10 Minutes

Cook time: 15 Minutes

Total Time: 25 Minutes


  • 2 cups of grated cauliflower
  • 1 small white onion
  • 1 teaspoon garlic paste
  • 1 ½  tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup milk (more to achieve desired consistency)
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper (more to taste)
  • ¼ teaspoon of thyme powder
  • ¼ teaspoon of oregano powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Pasta (I used GoGo Organic Red and White Quinoa Macaroni available at Costco, cooked as per instructions)


  • Heat butter in a pan
  • Chop onions and shallow fry until they get translucent and golden brown
  • Add the garlic paste
  • Add the grated cauliflower
  • Cook on medium/low heat till it is soft and mushy
  • Let it cool
  • Add milk, cheese, spices and the cauliflower mixture in a blender
  • Blend till it is smooth and creamy
  • Mix the cooked pasta and the sauce in the pan
  • Simmer for a couple of minutes

Serve hot.  ENJOY!


  • You can add more/less milk depending on the consistency you prefer
  • The sauce can be made in bulk and stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days
  • Olive oil can be used in place of butter if needed

Try it and let me know how you like it.

Beat it with Beets!

Beat it with Beets!

Did you know that Beet is one of the most nutritious vegetables with a plethora of health benefits? Beets not only give a nice color to your dishes but also bring in a lot of essential vitamins and minerals important for your body functioning. Beets are our hearts best friend by keeping our blood vessels flexible and open for smooth blood flow.

Here are some of the health benefits of beets:

Lower Blood Pressure – Eating beets on a regular basis can help reduce your blood pressure. Beets are rich in nitrates, which are converted into nitric oxide in your body. Nitric oxide is a vasodilator that keeps our blood vessels wide open and relaxed, which in turn lowers our blood pressure.

Detoxify – Beets are known to purify your blood and liver. Beets contain betaine and polyphenol that increase livers ability to produce glutathione, which makes the toxins in our body water soluble so it can be easily excreted out of our system.

Improve stamina and athletic performance – Dietary nitrate, which is abundant in beet, have shown to reduce oxygen cost during physical exercise, leading to improved stamina and enhanced performance. Nitrates improve the efficiency of mitochondria, which are the powerhouse of our cells. Drink a glass of beet juice before the exercise to maximize your performance.

Reduce Inflammation – Beets are considered one of the best anti-inflammatory foods that help reduce pain in the body because of inflammation. Phytonutrients from beetroot, betanin and vulgaxanthin, have been shown to reduce inflammation in our bodies.

Fight Cancer – The powerful phytonutrients that give beets their red color also provide anti-cancer properties. Studies have shown that antioxidant from beets killed the leukemia cell and prevent lung and skin cancers.

It is so easy to incorporate beet in your diet.  Here are some of the ways I try to consume more beets on a daily basis.

  • Smoothies – Add beets to your morning Smoothie. Stay tuned, if you are looking for a simple and easy smoothie recipe. I will be posting a recipe very soon.
  • Salad – A simple beet salad can be made by adding beets, pears and a handful of walnuts. It tastes so good with beet and pear’s natural sweetness and crunchiness of walnuts.
  • Curries and Dishes – One to two tablespoon of grated beets can be added to any vegetable or curry without altering the original taste. My mom makes this delicious side dish with grated beets and coconut powder. It tastes heavenly. Yum!
  • Baking – Mashed beets can be substituted for oil in any baking to give a nice color and health benefits of beets. You might need to experiment with the sugar a bit as beets are naturally high in sugar.
  • Juice – Juice them with apple, carrots and oranges for a yummy drink.

Let me know how you like your beets!!

Please be aware that most of the beets sold in grocery store are genetically modified. Make sure you buy the organic and non-GMO variety only to experience all these health benefits.

Homemade Almond Milk

If you are avoiding dairy for health reasons, there are many options for milk available like Almond, Coconut, Soy, Hemp, Rice Milk etc.  Almond milk seems to be enjoying the most success (#1 in alt-milk category).

The problem is if you are drinking a store bought Almond Milk; you are also consuming a lot of undesired additives which are not good for your body. Carrageenan is one of the most common additives in most of the nut kinds of milk, even the organic variety.

What is Carrageenan: Although derived from a natural source (Seaweed), it has been found to have a harmful effect on the digestive system. It triggers an unnatural immune response similar to that your body has when invaded by bacteria. It can lead to inflammation, ulceration, and bleeding in your gut.

Also, in store bought milk there are only about 2% almonds so basically you are paying that high price for just plain water and additives.

The good news is that it is very easy to make Almond Milk at home and it is cost effective too.

Here is a simple recipe :


Serves:  4


  • 1 cup raw Almonds
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 dates
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)


  1. Soak the almonds for at least 12 hours in clean water with a pinch of sea salt
  2. Drain the water
  3. In a blender, blend the almonds, water, and dates
  4. Blend for 2-3 minutes until smooth
  5. Strain the milk by using a cheese cloth, nut bag or simple tea strainer
  6. Pour in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days


  • If you don’t have dates, you can also use maple syrup as a sweetener
  • You can add Coco powder or fruits like mango/berries/bananas to experiment with different flavors
  • Tea strainer works fine but it is a little bit messy to use. It takes longer to strain and requires patience
  • Add more or less water depending on the thickness you prefer (whole, 2% or 1%)
  • Don’t throw out the pulp. It can be used in many recipes like curries and baking

If you try this recipe, let me know how it turned out. Did you try any variations? Please share.

Power of a Power Nap

A power nap is a nap that’s long enough to get you recharged, but not so long that it makes you groggy.

Most people lean on caffeine to stay productive and charged.  However, Power napping is fun and efficient way that not only will recharge your body but also boost your memory, cognitive skills, creativity, and energy level. It is usually between lunch and dinner time and lasts about 10-30 minutes.

I am a power napper. On weekends, few minutes after lunch, I will take a quick 10-15 minutes nap and wake up recharged, energized and ready for my next thing!! My mental alarm (which I call a pillow alarm) wakes me up exactly when I desired to be up – in most cases 10 minutes. I believe I inherited this gift of power napping from my dad.

Benefits of Power Napping:

  • Boost Productivity
  • Improves Memory
  • Reduces Blood Pressure
  • Reduces Stress
  • Improves Mood 

A lot of studies and reports have linked insufficient sleep to a multitude of health problems like depressionADHDobesityType 2 diabetescardiovascular diseasecancer, and Alzheimer’s.  According to CDC, over 70 million adults are suffering from a sleep disorder. Today’s fast-paced world and overly busy schedules can somewhat be blamed for this sleep epidemic.

If you are one of those individuals who struggle to get enough sleep at night or just need a quick recharge, try power napping. You can start by setting an alarm to be up at the desired time but slowly your body will be trained to let you rest for an optimal time so you wake up to be refreshed and recharged!

Let me know in the comments if you try to power nap and do you feel the benefits from it.

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