MIGHTY MUMS MEET UP

June 23rd, along with various mom bloggers of in and around Delhi, the little one and I were invited to this super interesting event held by Palmers India and hosted by Funderland India.

Before I begin with the how abouts of the event, I’d like to draw your attention to how much fun my little chap had and I’m so glad we were a part of this event.

The reason for this happiness is the gala time we had at this indoor play area. Funderland not only impressed me with its facilities but also how warm the staff is. Every wish that was made by either the moms or the kids, was immediately fulfilled, thanks to the co-owner and Senior MD – Mr. Mayank Aggarwal, who made it a point to personally look after each and every one of our requirements.

What I liked most about Funderland is its hygiene (socks only policy) as soon as you enter the place and how they have divided the area for various activities so thoughtfully.

Seeing a ball pool the moment we entered the place made my little one so excited, he pulled his shoes off and dived into it immediately. A lovely carousel, tattoo artist, trampoline are few of the many activities available to keep the little ones occupied for hours. The kinetic sand pool kept him hooked for the longest time, post which the tattoo artist grabbed his attention and I felt free-er than ever. The staff is so courteous, they took care of him while I was busy with the moms meet up.

I also cant miss talking about the scrumptious snacks and meals we were offered during the course of the event, with extremely sincere staff who thoughtfully planned the meals to the T such that the moms and kids both could enjoy the same meal. The best part, they had the oreo shake for the kids and yum cold coffee for mums, that took my heart.

Not to forget the fact that Funderland has so much to do in the most reasonable prices and also some great deals for kids birthday parties and get togethers.

Apart from so much for the kiddo, there was a lot more for me too. Palmers, a brand that most moms are well aware of, especially during our pregnancies, introduced some new range of products. We have used their cocoa butter and stretch marks cream as a saviour during our pregnancy but what interested me here was the skin therapy oil. Loaded with vitamin E it heals problem skin with dark spots and lines and wrinkles, a must have for anyone above 30. Palmers was so generous with gifting all moms and kids goodie boxes with so lovely shampoos, lotions, conditioners and what not. All this is easily available on the Nykaa.com website.

If all that wasn’t enough, the gorgeous Dr Mahima Bakshi was there to chit chat with the moms discussing our pregnancies and diet and skin care related issues. She introduced her new book called Birthing Naturally, which is available on amazon.in and I’m sure is a great buy for expecting moms considering how well versed she is with the subject, being a lactation consultant too.

For more deets about any of the above, please refer to –

www.palmersindia.comwww.funderland.co.in

When the salad is the Main Dish

What’s summer without a salad?

I love salads especially the ones that aren’t just appetisers but actually fill you up. Here’s a protein rich chickpeas salad that I ate for lunch today. With the perfect balance of sweet and savoury & creamy and crunchy, it tasted fantastic.

Recipe:

Dressing –

Veeba low cal garlic mayonnaise+ veeba southwest/thousand island dressing + lemon + juice + olive oil+ salt + white pepper powder.

Mix together-

Chickpeas, diced veggies (onions, cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes) and torn salad leaves. Pour the dressing and mix well. Top with fresh parsley.

Healthy Weekend Binge

 

When you have kids and friends with kids, the weekend soirées have to have the perfect balance of healthy and yummy.

This scrumptious raw papaya and carrots salad that I made last night is exceedingly popular amongst each one of family members. While kids love to munch on it because of the tangy flavour, it is also a great accompaniment for the adults’ drinks.

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A must try + a super healthy alternative to binging on nachos or fried snacks.

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Recipe:

 

Dressing –

Mix together

Light soy sauce – 2 tbsp

Honey – 2 tbsp

Lemon juice – 2 lemons

Salt

Pepper

 

Toss together julienned raw papaya and carrots. Add peanuts. Pour in the dressing when you’re about to serve.

 

 

Couscous Salad

I don’t always eat salads, but when I do, I make sure they look like a garden with flowers of all colours 😍.

Never have I ever made a wimpy+boring salad. For me to eat a salad, it has to be aesthetically very pleasing and extremely satisfying for my taste buds.

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Loved today’s lunch – super delish, Couscous Salad. Such a feasty looking bowl with just about the right balance of healthy carbs+proteins+vitamins and most importantly, amazingly palatable.

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What’s even more important is that my mini man loved gorging on sucha a colourful bowl of food.

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How I made it – tossed in cooked couscous, cherry tomatoes, english cucumber, red onions, red and yellow bell pepper, avocado, beets and chickpeas. Tossed salt and pepper and garnished with lemon and parsley 👉🏼👉🏼good to go!

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Try out this amazingly fulfilling and power packed salad and let me know if you love it.

Healthy mornings

Mornings done right for this little guy, who’s abundantly in love with coconut water.

Coconut water is by far his mummy’s fave drink too, mainly because of the lovely health benefits it offers. Extremely hydrating and a wonderful source of nutrients and antioxidants, we love to make it a part of our diets everyday.

Healthy Sunday

Keeping my Sunday healthy, after all that binge I’ve done during the wedding season; gone up on the scale so bad 🤷🏼‍♀️.

Summers and vacays don’t allow you to cover-up the over eating done during the winter wedding season.

Clean eating is the key. I try my best to incorporate veggies and fresh fruits and thankfully the kiddo is fond of them too.

These stir fry veggies are the perfect munch for my junk cravings. They fulfil my appetite and detoxify my body. Also, eating clean definitely feels great too.

How I make stir fry veggies-

Just toss any veggies you love to eat in half spoon of olive oil (you can use butter but I prefer olive oil). Add salt and black pepper and mixed herbs. Sprinkle lemon juice. Good to eat.

Foxnuts- our favourite superfood

Ever since the little one entered the world, I have never stopped thinking about the right ways to provide nutrition to his body. For the first 6 months life was easy because he was exclusively breastfed and there were no worries about thinking of and cooking balanced meals every day. It was after he turned 6 mo that the mommy mind had to work continuously to bring up a healthy child.

Giving kids the right balance of nutrition is essential to fuel their growing bodies. It is absolutely compulsory to maintain balanced nutrition on daily basis and some foods, what we rightly call ‘Superfoods’ make this task a lot easier than it is.

Superfoods are foods packed with a variety of essential nutrients or a particular nutrient in abundance to make up for our dietary requirements. One such superfood that baby K and I absolutely love munching on, during our snack times is FOXNUTS which are basically the seeds of the lotus flower.

We prefer to roast this otherwise bland and chewy snack, in butter along with salt and pepper, to make it turn crisp and savoury.

As much as it tastes delish it is power packed with abundant healthiness.

  • They’re considered to be very high in antioxidants hence they’re great for detoxification of kidneys.
  • They have a great amount of fibre which is great to relieve constipation and promotes weight loss.
  • Being high on calcium, they prevent arthritis and joint pains and make bones stronger. They’re also known to reduce any inflammations in the body.
  • They’re rich in protein hence promote muscle buildup.
  • They’re low on saturated fats and high on fibre thus a great snacking option for heart patients and diabetics.

Hence we try making such an amazingly beneficial food a part of our daily diets.