Hello 2016!

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 Hi lovelies ;)

First of all: Wish you all a very happy & blessed New Year :)

I know – I haven’t posted anything on my blog since October last year, it’s been more than 2 months now! Pardon! – have been pretty much stressed and not that much into sharing anything, but now I’m back, hopefully stronger and happier than before - and I'm indeed looking forward to a great year :)

The past 6 months have been one hell of challenge, but I’m not giving up, and sure I’ll never do! ;)

Many of us usually pick of on or more useful and worthy new year’s resolutions, and this time I too decided to pick up some:

  • Keep on exercising 3 times a week
  • Read more
  • Keep sharing good stuff
  • Spending more time on creativity/art
  • Not spending too much money :P

Furthermore, I really love, and appreciate those who are into humanitarian and charity work. As a part of this, I last year became a member of UNICEF. I hope to do more of this kind of charity, and this will definitely be one of my aims too :)

Fitness is an important part of my life too, I use to exercise and eat healthy, and I’m surely a practitioner of clean eating, but I’ve troubles in avoiding dairy foods. However, that’s the other side of my lifestyle – according to me, fitness and healthy eating are 2 important things we all should try following, and we find very useful tips everywhere on how to keep on having these kinds of good habits. I too have decided to focus more on eating healthy, so I started this year this way ;) Many people keeps asking me if it’s not difficult to eat healthy while being a vegetarian, and my answer is: NO!

If you ask me, I’d say vegetarianism (or veganism) is the easiest way to get a healthy lifestyle, because you’ll for sure be eating more clean food too! Seriously, is meat clean? (apparently not) :)

If there’s anything I’d call “my fave fruit”, it’ll be avocados – not doubt at all! :D I’ll try to eat at least 2 avocados a week (if not 3 or 4!), and this is because they’re so yummy and so much healthy! :)

Let’s have a look:

Avocados are extremely nutritious; they contain several vitamins including vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, C, E, K and minerals like folate, iron, magnesium etc. Although avocados are high in fat, most of it is healthy fat, which means they don’t contain any kinds of cholesterol, and are low in saturated fat. Moreover they are they are popularly known as low-carb plant food.

What about potassium? We all know that bananas are high in potassium, but did you know that avocados contain more potassium than bananas? (OMG). Many people really doesn’t get enough potassium, which is very important to us as they help us maintaining the electrical gradients in the body’s cells and have other important functions too. A high potassium intake is related to reduced blood pressure, strokes, heart attacks and kidney failure.

The majority of fat in avocados are oleic fat (monosaturated fatty acid), making them very beneficial on reducing inflammation and genes linked to cancer. This kind of fat is a so called “heart healthy” fat.

How to eat avocados?

Avocados are actually fruits, but here are some tips on the uses:

1. Eat them pure, possible flavoured with your favourite seasoning or some lemon juice. I mostly prefer a little amount of salt and a good amout of chili or pepper. Can be eaten with any other seasoning too.

2. Add sliced avocados to your wrap/sandwich/burger – this is really yummy!

3. Use avocados as spread.

4. Cut them into cubes or slices, and adding them to your salads will be very tasty too :)

5. As guacamole, using it as a dip to veggies (or chips) or any other item is definitely great ;)

6. Combing avocados with other fruits will make a delicious fruit salad.

7.  Add some diced avocados to your omelet.

8. Use sliced avocados as a filling to your enchiladas/burritos. This. Is. So. Yummy.

9. Eat them with rice, I like them this way pretty much.

10. Use avocados as toppings on crackers or ciabatta bread, for appetizers.

11. Turn avocados into gelato - This is awesome!

12. Make into chocolate mousse, a cake or a brownie.

13. Whirl some avocado into your hummus - because hummus is nothing. Haha.

14. Make a smoothie or milkshake out of it.

15. Blend your avocados into a yummy, creamy soup. 

Here I'm eating a half avocado as it is, with some bread with haydari, a falafel and some tomatoes. 

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Hope this was useful ;)

#StayHealthy 

~AJ

Top #10: October 2015

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There have been some awesome tamil releases the past few weeks. No doubts in that ;) This guy, Anirudh is definitely the maestro of this time’s cinematic scores, I’m really impressed <3

Now here’s my top 10 for this month, enjoy ;)

 

1. Thangamey – Naanum Rowdy Thaan. I guess this is currently on the repeat mode on many people’s playlists ;)

2. Veera Vinayaka – Vedalam. Yes, I love this one.

3. 

Kaadhale Kaadhale - Indru Netru Naalai. Love, love, love this one. And yes, Shankar sir is my fave singer ;)

4. Yennai Maatrum Kadhale – Naanum Rowdy Thaan. Love.

5. Varavaa Varavaa – Naanum Rowdy Thaan. True sh*t!! :P I know it's inspired from Jigirthanda, and he's done a pretty good job here ;)

6. Naanum Rowdy Thaan theme song. This one is awesome, and makes me happy ;)

7. Indru Netru Naalai theme song – Don’t ask my anything, I just love the way Shankar Mahadevan sings and the composition of this song. Especially the veena-part, and Hip Hop Thamizha has used the zarangi so beautifully too. OMG! And I know, we’ll all agree with the lyrics, right? ;)

8. iPhone 6 Nee Yendral – Indru Netru Naalai – still lovely.

9. Kannala Kannala – Thani Oruvan. This one was actually no. 1 on my last month’s top 10.

10. Kannamma Reprise – Ko 2. I know, some people may wonder, but I actually like this reprise version better than the “original” one ;)

;)

~ AJ

Looking back: NAC 2015

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First of all, sorry I haven’t posted anything the past weeks- been so busy ;)

I’ve wanted to write about my small trip to Bergen, but never got the time to do it, but now I’ve! :)

I was asked to go for an audiological conference that was arranged by GN ReSound and held in Bergen in Norway. GN ReSound has this yearly conference called Nordic Audiology College, that takes place in a Scandinavian country. This time it was in Norway, and they’ve chosen Bergen for this occasion. I was very excited, as this was the first time I was attending such conference, and was looking forward to learn more and meet others from other places.

So, on thr 23rd of September, I took the train to the CPH Airport were we all met, those travelling from Denmark. The 4 from GN ReSound were so nice, and everything was arranged so perfectly. We flew to Bergen Airport, were we met the others from the other countries, and we went to the Radisson Blu Hotel at Bryggen in Bergen.

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Mexican inspired rice with a Middle East touch ;)

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Hello everyone <3

I know, it’s been ages since I last posted a recipe, really sorry for that! :P I’ve been so busy writing about other stuff that I totally forgot everything about posting some of my vegetarian recipes.

Today I made this lovely dish, some kind of Mexican inspired food with a Middle East touch. I mostly hate making food for myself, but enjoy cooking food for others. Hm, well. That’s true :P Anyway, today I made this wonderful dish, as it is Vinayaga Chathurthi and I’ve been fasting the whole day – so I definitely need some proper food to eat – and I made it double so that I have something tomorrow for work ;)

Of course, as I'm a vegetarian I only added vegetables - but I'm pretty much sure about some kind of meat can be added too.

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Capture the beautiful things the eyes see

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One of my newest gadgets, that I bought last month, is this beauty

Yaaa – a Canon EOS 750D :D

I actually had some trouble in deciding which cam to buy, of course I was sure about Canon, but not which model. My bro’s already got a 600D, which I was very happy to borrow. But I always felt like having one for myself. And you know what, I have been thinking about buying one the past 3-4 years, but it never happened. BUT!! Last month I suddenly decided to buy one, and luckily the Photo Care shop in Herning had some sale running, so many of the cams very sold to a lower price :D I first bought a Canon 100D as I’ve got some small fingers and because of the price, but just one hour later I returned it and bought 750D in stead.  I think 100D is good to start with, but not if you’ve already have been taking pictures with a 600D – you need something that is much smarter and better, so I therefore bought 750D, and I’m soooo happy about it.

I actually bought it some days before the temple festival, so I got to shoot many lovely pictures during the festival. All pictures on the temple’s Facebook page are actually shot on my cam :P haha!

Before starting using the cam, I took some test shots:

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This one is from the temple. Love this one so much ;)

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What do you think? :)

The pictures above a shot with either 18-55 or 55-200 lenses, but with different ISO settings ;)

Can’t wait to share more pictures with you guys ;)

Bye for now!

~ AJ

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