Health & Beauty Corner

Healthy Winter Drinks

Very Merry Punch

There was a time when every household had

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Folks would roam from house to house testing

each one. With the blend of flavors in this punch,

revelers might never move on to other houses

on the block.

1 1/2 cups water
1 cup packed light brown sugar
2 750-ml bottles hearty red wine,
preferably Cabernet Sauvignon

1 apple, sliced
1 orange, halved and sliced
1 cup pineapple chunks, fresh or canned
4 whole star anise
1/2 cup orange curaçao

Place water and brown sugar in a Dutch oven. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring often, until the sugar has dissolved, about 2 minutes.
Add wine, apple, orange, pineapple and star anise. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for 10 minutes.
Stir in orange curaçao and cook for 5 minutes more. Discard star anise. Serve the punch in heat-safe wineglasses or coffee cups, spooning a little fruit into each glass.

Tips & notes
Make Ahead Tip: Let cool, cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day. Reheat on the stovetop over low heat or in the microwave on Medium.

199 calories; 0 g fat (0 g sat, 0 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 27 g carbohydrates; 0 g protein; 1 g fiber; 11 mg sodium; 234 mg potassium.

Carbohydrate Servings: 2

Exchanges: 2 other carbohydrates, 1 alcohol equivalent



Spiced Hot Chocolate
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4 cups prepared hot cocoa with 1% milk
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
4 cinnamon sticks

Combine cocoa, nutmeg and chili powder. Pour into mugs

and serve with a cinnamon stick.

Per serving: 175 calories; 4 g fat (2 g sat, 1 g mono); 12 mg cholesterol; 30 g carbohydrates; 8 g protein; 1 g fiber; 161 mg sodium; 487 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Calcium, protein, riboflavin (a B vitamin).

Carbohydrate Servings: 2

Exchanges: 2 other carbohydrate, 1 fat



Sleigh Driver
This scrumptious nonalcoholic punch adds pear, DSC_0904 n

cranberries and vanilla to the traditional hot cider.

1 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1 2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
3 pears, chopped into bite-size pieces, divided
2 quarts apple cider
1 lemon, halved and sliced
1 tablespoon ground allspice
1 cup fresh cranberries
2 tablespoons vanilla extract

Combine water, sugar, ginger and 1 pear in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Strain out the solids and return the mixture to the pan.
Add the remaining pears, cider, lemon and allspice and heat over medium-high heat, stirring often, for 15 minutes.
Add cranberries and vanilla and reduce the heat to medium-low (the liquid should be simmering, not boiling). Let simmer for 10 minutes more. Serve in heat-safe mugs.

Tips & note
Make Ahead Tip: Let cool, cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day. Reheat on the stove top over low heat or in the microwave on Medium.

169 calories; 0 g fat (0 g sat, 0 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 42 g carbohydrates; 0 g protein; 2 g fiber; 2 mg sodium; 61 mg potassium.

Carbohydrate Servings: 3

Exchanges: 1 fruit, 2 other carbohydrates


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6 Expert tips to keep your skin looking gorgeous in winter

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Winter is here and along with the cool breeze, it also brings along a few skin problems. People experience irritation, hardness and roughness of skin. Incidents of itchy skin due to dryness and contact allergies due to detergents and chemicals also increase in this season. Cold temperatures result in poor blood circulation and widened capillaries and as a result, the skin suffers.

But the cold alone isn’t responsible for this. The drop in humidity in addition to the use of heaters indoors also results in drying out the skin. Here are some skincare tips by Dr Manish Gautam, dermatologist at Sterling Wockhardt Hospital that will help you deal with winter beauty woes.

Drink lots of water People tend to drink less water during winters but it is highly important to hydrate your skin from within. Carry a bottle of water with you whenever you step outside. Herbal tea is also a great remedy to moisturise your skin from within. Don’t leave your skin thirsty. Drink more water and help your skin retain its shine.

Bathe with lukewarm water Winter is the time when your skin and hair need maximum attention. Though the idea of piping hot water is very tempting, stick to a lukewarm water bath every day. Make sure you use a mild non-drying soap or a moisturising soap to prevent your skin from getting dry and itchy.

Keep your skin moisturised Choose a good, oil-based moisturiser to keep the skin moisturised and soft. Pay special attention to the exposed parts (and the most affected areas) like your hands, nails, feet and lips. Keep them well moisturised at all times. Use a lip balm to keep your lips soft and supple. Lip balm with SPF works better. Even those who have oily skin must use light moisturising lotions after cleansing to keep the skin soft.

Use a good sunscreen People like to enjoy the sun during winters but little do they know that exposure to the sun can harm their skin in winter too. Use a sunscreen of SPF 15 or more when you step out in the open. In fact, it should be a part of your daily routine throughout the year. Don’t say goodbye to your sunscreen just because summer is over.

Do not lick your lips Winter is the season of chapped lips and licking them will make them more chapped. Instead, use a good lip balm, preferably which contains tea tree oil as it helps heal painful cracks.

Internal wellness This continues to be a requirement all through the year as a healthy skin is a reflection of good inner health. One should continue to eat healthy, drink plenty of water and exercise regularly.

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Creamy Mango & Honey Happiness



This sweet exotic pineapple juice is blended with tropical mango and creamy yoghurt with a touch of honey. To make it, juice ¼ pineapple then add to a blender with the flesh of ½ mango, 2 tablespoons of bio-live yoghurt and a tablespoon of manuka honey. It’s totally delicious and a great Saturday treat! You can find this recipe and many more in Funky Fresh Juice Book.

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Memory Aid Smoothie

Memory Aid Smoothie

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Here’s a great recipe to help with the old grey matter, the Memory Aid Smoothie! Juice 2 apples, then add to a blender with a handful of mixed berries, 100g of bio-live yoghurt and a couple of drops of Ginkgo biloba (optional) ; then blend until smooth. Alack of zinc has been linked to bad memory which is why I’ve put strawberries and raspberries in this one, plus if you can add the ginkgo it’s been proven to improve attention, information processing, and short term memory. Did I also mention it’s delicious?!

Simple daily skin care you can do by yourself


Our skin needs time and care for it to regenerate and leave behind the old and tired. Without this, improving our skin condition and color is an absolute impossibility. This is why we need to ensure the below basics to make time for the skin to heal itself.

  • Drink a lot of water
  • Sleep well
  • Exercise
  • Follow a good skin care routine. Do not skip the exfoliation on a regular basis! For without this we cannot get rid of dead and dry skin. You needn’t always buy a scrub. Homemade scrubs are just as effective! Use oatmeal for an exfoliator instead of a packaged product. There are many options!
  • Remove your makeup before you sleep every night. Yes every night without fail no matter how dead tired you are! With makeup on, our skin cannot repair itself.


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