Monthly Archives: May 2013

Save Money & Time at Market!

super market 1Saving money and time from a self-shopping experience with an attractive and strategic display in a supermarket is slightly difficult. On the other hand the uncertainty and economic conditions around us is encouraging the savings and wise spending. For this reason control over impulsive buying is important. Thus we decided to give you some shopping tips and guide you on how to save money and time at supermarket.

  • If you wish to keep shopping organized and time saving, make a list of what you supermarket 2need to buy. Do not rely on your memory as this may lead to a second trip to the market if you forget some necessities. Making a list will not just save your time but will also help you to save money by sticking to the list and avoiding over purchase.
  • The strategic display of the products is the main strength of a Supermarket. Essential and must buy products like milk and bread are placed in the inside corner of the store and you have to cross the whole store to get them. This result in picking up the items you don’t really need. Try not to be a target of this multifaceted presentation and pick only the items that are in your shopping list.
  • Customers buying behavior is influenced by social factors. If your shopping bags are filled with chocolates, chips, candies, stationary and cookies then it is very easy to guess that your children acted as influencers and the result is over spending. For this reason avoid taking kids to supermarkets when you wish to control your budget and save time.
  • One thing in supermarkets goes in your favor- the unit price listed on all items. In this way you can compare the prices and select the one that is offering you the best deal.
  • Being brand conscious means you have to pay extra for the name. Sometimes in general products like spices, bread and sugar you can save that extra money and buy other labels (at times supermarket offers their own brands in a cheaper price and same quality).
  • Mentally calculate the bill as you shop to stay in your budget. This will help you in shopping management and make your checkout easy.
  • Shelf setting in supermarkets is usually done in such a way that most expensive or popular brands are placed at our eye level and normally the lower shelves hold cheaper items. Along with considering the quality and ingredients before you buy also give a look to the brands in the lower shelves next time you go to a supermarket.
  • This may sound weird but it’s true in my case. I tend to shop more food items if I am hungry and end up in buying doughnuts or cheese fries on my way out from the food counters near the checkpoints. This means you spend more if you are hungry! You can avoid this overspending if you go for grocery shopping after your meal at home.supermarket 3
  • Eat fresh and seasonal produce. This is not just good for health but will also save your money as the non-seasonal fruits and vegetables are costly. So, reduce the burden on your pocket by avoiding the out of season produce.
  • It’s a good idea to inquire about sales or keep a regular check over the websites of these supermarkets for deals and discount offers. This way you can save some money from your monthly shopping budget.
  • Do you expect to save money if you buy something that you can get for free? I am talking about bottled water which is now a growing industry. You can easily save money by a little effort of boiling water at home and replacing bottled water.
  • Have you ever compared the convenience you get over the added cost you pay when you buy the prepared foods? How much time will be spent on grating cheese, cutting fries or cleaning chicken? Just for the sake of saving few minutes you spend so much extra on frozen fries, assorted packed vegetables, processed chicken and grated cheese?
  • Big supermarkets offer loyalty cards and using them can help you in gaining points and getting discounts. This is one advantage you get at a supermarket over the local shops.

If you follow some of the above stated suggestions on how to save money and time at supermarket, you will definitely save a great deal without compromising on the quality.

How to Make Naturally Sweet Watermelon Juice!

WatermelonWatermelon is the perfect fruit for summer to beat the heat and give you a refreshing feel.Watermelon has high water content that keeps you cool and hydrated and also contains lycopene, which protects skin cells from sun damage.

Here we are with a delicious Watermelon juice Recipe that you may enjoy with your friends or family members in a hot summer season

Ingredients:
1 watermelon that weighs 3 pounds (Make sure that it’s cut into ½ inch cubes without any parts of the rind)

Step 1:
Choose two or three watermelon cubes from the bowl and grate them along the cheese grater. Once you have grated through the two or three cubes, take the cheese grater off the medium sized bowl and place it on the counter beside you.

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Step 2:
Pick up all of the watermelon pulp from the bowl and squeeze the pulp with your hands to get out all of the juice. Place the pulp on the cheese grater.

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Step 3:
Carefully pick up the cheese grater with two hands from your workspace and place it on your medium sized bowl again. Then, take your meat tenderizer and hit the pulp with medium force. Place the meat tenderizer beside the medium sized bowl. Now, carefully move the watermelon pulp around on the cheese grater. Pick up the meat tenderizer and hit the pulp again with medium force.

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Step 4:
Carefully remove the cheese grater from the medium sized bowl without spilling any of the pulp and place it on the counter beside you. Take the pulp from the cheese grater in your hands and squeeze to get out all of the juice that you possibly can. Then, throw the pulp away into the trashcan.

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Step 5:
Repeat steps one to four until all the watermelon cubes are gone. You should have a bright colored liquid in the medium sized bowl.

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Step 6:
Pour the watermelon juice into the big bowl. Check for seeds and big clumps of watermelon pulp that could have been left inside the medium sized bowl and got poured into the big bowl. If seeds or watermelon pulp are found then remove them from the watermelon juice.

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Step 7:
You are now ready to serve! Pour the juice evenly into the three glasses.

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10 Healthy Reasons to Eat Mangoes!

eating mango 3Mango is the most awaited seasonal fruit and also known as the king of fruits specially for summer season for its sweetness taste and super flashy yellow color and also for its nutritional array of health benefits its offers.

Here we are with 10 health advantages why you should eat mangoes in this summer.

Heat stroke
When the sun is bogging you down this summer, Squeeze up the mango and put it in for juicer to do the rest; add a little water and a tbsp of sugar free or if you are cutting sugar for caloric diet than use honey instead. This juice will let you cool down and prevent heat stroke.

Keeps cholesterol in check
Mango has high level of vitamin C, pectin and fibres that help to lower serum cholesterol levels.

Skin cleanser
Mangoes help you unclog your pores and add freshness to the face. Mangoes are applicable to Eating mango 1any skin type.

Weight loss
Mango has a lot of vitamins and nutrients that help the body feel fuller. Also, the fibrous fruit boosts the digestive function of the body by burning additional calories, helping in weight loss.

Regulates diabetes
Not only the fruit but the leaves of mangoes are healthy too. For people suffering from diabetes, just boil 5-6 mango leaves in a vessel, soak it through night and drink the filtered decoction in the morning. This is helps in regulating your insulin levels.

Eye care
Did you know that mango is rich in vitamin A. One cup of sliced mangoes equals 25% intake of your daily need of vitamin A. Mangoes help in promoting good eye sight, fights dry eyes and also Eating mango 2prevent night blindness.

Strengthens your immune
The deadly combination of vitamin C, vitamin A and 25 different kinds of carotenoids keep your immune system healthy.

Body scrub
Make a paste of mashed mango, honey and milk and use as a body scrub, you will feel that your skin is tender and smooth.

Aids Concentration and Memory

Feed mangoes to children who find it difficult to concentrate on studies. The glutamine acid found in mangoes help in keeping cells alive and boosting memory.

High Iron for Women

Mango is rich in iron, hence it is a great natural solution for people suffering from anemia. Menopausal women can indulge in mangoes as this will increase their iron levels and calcium at the same time.

How to prepare Peach Smoothie!

Peach is one the most popular summer fruits which cause to be a cool and refreshing touch when added to the cocktails & recipes.  The peach recipes are sure to take your taste buds great in summer. So gear up and be ready to make some delicious taste of peach cocktail or add it in your different recipes to make your summer refreshing.

Start now to prepare Peach Smoothie Recipe in just 5 steps!

Step 1:
Slice the peaches in half. Cut or scoop out the peach flesh.

Step 2:
Drop the peach flesh into a blender. Add the water, lime juice, sugar and ice cubes.

Step 3:
Blend to liquefy the ingredients.

Step 4:
Pour into a pitcher or jug for storage. Alternatively, pour direct into glasses for immediate serving. Add some ice cubes, and a garnish of a peach slice and mint leaf.

Step 5:
Ready to Serve

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Beat The Heat Naturally!

In this summer we introduce some introduce some Natural ingredients that can help to protect your skin from the harsh summer heat.

Aloe Vera:
Aloe Vera is a popular and effective ingredient that helps to remove the unpleasant sun heat during summer. There are many Aloe Vera benefits from health to nutrition, from acne treatment to skin care. It is widely grown as an ornamental plant; however it is equally popular as medicinal plant due to several Aloe Vera uses. The healing properties of Aloe Vera make it beneficial for skin care and helps in restoring skin’s natural beauty. It is also an outstanding skin moisturizer and provides oxygen to the cells which strengthen the skin tissues and helps to keep the skin healthy.

 

Sandalwood:
A mixture of sandalwood powder (1tsb), turmeric powder (1 tsb), and a pinch of camphor mixed with few drops of sandalwood oil works in a great way on acne and pimples. Frequent use of this mixture helps pimple and acne to vanish and it is useful against blackheads also. For best results one should leave the mixture on the face overnight. Sandalwood oil is said to be a softening agent. Frequently massage face with sandalwood oil to exfoliate the skin and make it soft and supple.

 

Khus:
Popularly known as Khus, Vetiveria zizanioides is an ideal coolant to beat the summer heat. Owing to its effective cooling properties and fragrance, khus is often included in high quality soaps, powders, aroma therapy products and perfumes. With anti-inflammatory and antiseptic effects providing relief from inflammation, the oil obtained from khus also has sedative effect and aids in the treatment of emotional outbursts, such as anger, anxiety, epileptic and hysteric attacks, restlessness, nervousness, etc. Known for increasing the energy levels and fortified with various minerals like manganese, zinc, copper, magnesium and iodine, khus seeds (poppy seeds) are widely used to make Khus sharbat/syrups which are largely consumed by people in summers.

Ginger:
Ginger, just like khus is also a cooling agent for the body. It is surprising to know that ginger being a spice infect cools the body because of its property at the time of ultimate assimilation in the body. Also, it also helps to resolve skin related issues. Hypo pigmentation is also easily solved by ginger. One just need to do is to cut a part of the ginger and dab it in the pigmented areas of the skin.

 

Rose water:
Rose water face wash is perhaps one of the oldest and most sought after techniques of skin care. It effectively removes skin clogs and blackheads and reduces blotchiness and stickiness from the face. It helps clear all the impurities your face has collected through the day. Rose oil is said to have anti-inflammatory properties. Frequent use of the same will help clear off problems related to redness due to skin burns (over heat), and irritation. Proper face massage with rosewater will remove excess oil in the skin, keeping it evenly moisturized and exfoliated, thus restoring the lost pH balance and skin texture, preventing acnes and pimples, removing the dirt that gets accumulated in the skin pores.

Neem:
Neem is an ideal solution to all your summer related skin problems; need is the best medicine available to you. The benefits of neem can be utilized to the maximum extent in this hot sultry condition. The usage of different parts of the neem plant differs from one season to another. The juice of the neem leaves is especially useful for purification and maintenance of our skin and blood. Neem is also use as an ingredient in face wash and soaps that can be an ideal companion for you in this summer.

Top 9 Diabetes Eye Care Tips!

The most prevalent disease in our country after coronary heart disease is diabetes mellitus. It affects more than 70% of Asian population. The etiology is either genetic or related to obesity. This crippling disease not only impairs the metabolic system but also has affects on various other systems. One of the systems that get affected the earliest is the visual system. It causes diseases like cataracts and glaucoma.

Diabetes damages the small blood vessels in the retina, which leads to the development of diabetic retinopathy. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in age groups between 20 to 74.Since the end result of almost all the eye related problems caused by diabetes is blindness. This makes the diabetic eye care very important.

For that reason, it is important for people to know certain eye care tips. People who suffer from this illness need to take precautions to live a healthy life in which they can appreciate the various colors of life otherwise everything will turn black for them. One good thing is that the diabetic eye care despite being crucial to know is not too complicated. It is quite straightforward and easy to abide by.

Eye care tips that will help people suffering from Diabetes

1. Maintain your blood glucose levels. The diabetic eye care requires normal levels of blood sugar. Therefore this one of the most important eye care tips.

2. An essential eye care tip for diabetic eye care is to regularly schedule for appointments with the doctor. This will help in monitoring the eye status.

3. Eat a healthy diet. An eye care tips that will improve your vision. A person, who has this illness, needs to avoid complex carbohydrates and fats. These should be substituted with simple carbohydrates.

4. Monitor your blood pressure .It is an eye care tips that is even important for non-diabetic. The raised blood pressure affects eyes at once. The diabetic eye care involves regular blood pressure monitoring.

5. Avoid smoking. This eye care tip also implies on people who are not suffering from this dreadful disease.

6. Exercise regularly. This improves circulation in the body. Hence improves function of most organs present in the body. The diabetic eye care requires prompt blood supply to all organs. Therefore, exercise can reduce the incidence of eye related issues.

7. Control cholesterol levels. In diabetes, the cholesterol needs utmost attention so that it does not cause any cholesterol deposition. The diabetic eye care involves keeping cholesterol levels in check.

8. The diabetic eye care involves taking medication as told by the doctor. If this is not done appropriately then sugar levels can fluctuate and complicate the situation.

9. Signs that are alarming: In diabetic eye care, one should be aware of the signs that signify going to the doctor without delay; these include blurring of vision, black spots, flashlights and partial loss of vision. When someone with diabetes mellitus, comes to you with one of these symptoms. Then rush the patient to the hospital right away. The diabetic eye care in such conditions requires urgent treatment. Otherwise, blindness can follow.

I hope these eye care tips help you fight off the resulting eye problems due to diabetes. The diabetic eye care is simple and requires regular monitoring of various body profiles.

Health Benefits of Butter Milk!

Health experts and nutritionists recommend the consumption of butter milk, due to its several health benefits. A glass of this milk is known to give the body its daily requirement of several vitamins and minerals, helping the body to stay fit and healthy. This can be prepared at home or purchased in the from the market easily.

 Benefits

Good for bone health:
Our daily dose of calcium requirement is around 1200 mg per day and 1300 mg for kids aged between 9-12 years. This has been estimated for good bone health as per the National Institute of Medicine. A cup of butter milk is known to provide 284 mg of calcium. A cup of this milk assures strong bone health and better bone structure.

 Helps to lose weight:
If you are trying to lose weight since long and without success, try having a glass of buttermilk, without added sugar or cream every morning with salad as a part of your breakfast. It will give you much needed energy throughout the day and will also help to keep your weight under control.

Boosts general health:
Our body needs proteins for good health and fitness. A cup of buttermilk has 8.11 mg of proteins needed by our body everyday, which gives a boost to our immune system and protects the body from diseases and infections. Those who have this milk on a regular basis feel energetic, light and are mentally alert too.

Helps in better functioning of organs:
This milk contains a number of vitamins which includes vitamin A, C and B along with minerals like riboflavin, pantothenic acid and thiamin. It is rich in trace minerals that include zinc, phosphorous, magnesium and iron which are all essential for the healthy functioning of our heart, lungs, liver and kidney.

So let’s refresh your summer with butter milk and enjoy a happy healthy long life.

KERI (Raw Mangoes) keeps summer cool!

Whenever anyone calls the “KERI”, our mind is blowing with “KERI Ka ACHAR”.  Do you know that Kari (raw mangoes) are good for health? In this summer season if you want to retain the salt in your body, then make some appetizing Kari recipes and eat it. It is also a good source of antioxidant and keep you looking young & cool.

As we all know it is a rich source of Vitamin C and have the quality to retain iron in our blood. So especially females don’t miss Kari (raw mangoes) in this season. Raw mangoes also prevent you from diarrhea and heat stroke.

Now a day, Keri is available in the market with reasonable price, so let’s move towards your nearest market to get the Kari before stock ends.

Here are top 5 easy Keri recipes that make your summer cool and provide you energy to perform actively.

1)            Keri ka Achar
2)            Keri ka Murabba
3)            Keri ki Chatney
4)            Kachi kerry ka sharbat
5)            Raw Mango Sharbat

So let’s make your summer remarkable with delightful recipes of Raw Mangoes that are specially brought to you from the desk of experts by Karachifoods.com

Falsa Special Summer Refreshing Fruit!

Summer is here in all over the Pakistan and everybody wants to eat such a fruit that cause to make their body cool.  So Falsa (Grewia) is here it’s very famous as anti summer drink and locally it’s also known as “GARMI KA DUSHMAN ”

Grewia native to southern Asia from Pakistan east to Cambodia and widely cultivated in other tropical countries. It is extensively cultivated or use due to its delicious sweet and sour taste, it is easily available in the market during summer months under the name Falsa. The pleasant sherbet or squash is prepared from this fruit by mixing it with sugar and used as an astringent, stomachic and cooling agent. This is also said to be good for heart and blood disorders, fevers and diarrhea. The fruit is also good for the troubles of throat.

So let’s move towards kitchen make some refreshing falsa recipes like FALSE KA SHARBAT, Falsa Ice Lolly, Falsay Ka Jam, Falsay ki chutney and many more at karachifoods.com.

Foods for Your Healthy Hair!

Your gorgeous looks depend upon your healthy hair. If you have dry or dull hair your overall appearance will be affected by it. Looking good is also improve your confidence as well. When you will look good you will feel good. Like other parts of body, hair needs proper attention and care. Besides using a number of hair cosmetics and products, food also play role in making your hair healthy. A diet rich in iron and protein can help you attain your healthy hair goal.

The food that plays important role in making your hair healthy are:

Egg:
Good hair nutrition begins with getting enough protein, which is the building block of your hair. Egg is the excellent source of protein and amino acids. A diet rich in eggs will help will help you to achieve healthy hair. You must eat egg to make your hair beautiful.

Chicken
Chicken is a source of protein and helps strengthen fragile hair. Chicken is great source of iron that is a mineral that helps red bold cells carry oxygen to hair follics. This flow of oxygen is necessary for healthy hair growth and strong strands.

Salmon
White meat especially fish is perfect for your hair. When it comes to foods that have a beauty punch, it’s hard to beat salmon. Fish makes you healthy and salmon fish is especially for hair. This oily fish is enriched with omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, vitamin B 12 and iron. Your body cannot make those fatty acids, which your body needs to grow hair. A deficiency of omega-3 fatty acids can leave you with dry scalp and dull, lifeless hair. A healthy scalp is the first step to healthy hair.

Beef
Beef is source of zinc due to which beef is helpful in improving the appearance of hair. Zinc is helpful in combating premature graying of hair. A deficiency of zinc is also the cause of hair loss. Do include beef in to your diet to get healthy hair.

Green vegetables
We all know well the benefits of eating green leafy vegetables. They are full of health and nutrition. You will be surprised to know that green leafy vegetables are key to attain healthy hair. Spinach, broccoli, green beans and other vegetables help to produce sebum which is natural conditioner of your hair.

Banana
Lack of vitamin B6 in the diet has been attributed to hair thinning and hair losing. The vitamin B is responsible for helping the body in absorbing the essential nutrients that it receives from the food we eat. The vitamin B in bananas has an effect on the production of red blood cells and these cells care for your hair folics. Bananas have all those nutrients that you required for shine and growth of your hair.

The most important thing is water that keeps your hair hydrated and prevent from drying. Drink plenty of water to have beautiful and healthy hair.