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We tend to limit our consumption of prawns to the times we go out for dinners (especially Chinese food), but why? They are infinitely delicious, super quick to prepare and absolute crowd pleasers. One thing to keep in mind when making prawns is that it’s okay to use frozen prawns if you can’t easily find […]

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Prawn recipes

We tend to limit our consumption of prawns to the times we go out for dinners (especially Chinese food), but why? They are infinitely delicious, super quick to prepare and absolute crowd pleasers.

One thing to keep in mind when making prawns is that it’s okay to use frozen prawns if you can’t easily find fresh. Since prawns need to be kept at a cold temperature, even the fresh ones are most likely frozen and thawed.

Here are a few restaurant favorites that you can easily put together at home:

Herbed spaghetti with olive oil and prawns

This spicy, garlicky dish is so delicious that one really doesn’t miss the cheese element. The following recipe will make enough for 2-3 servings.

Ingredients:

12-15 medium sized prawns (shelled and deveined)

12 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 heaped tsp. red chili flakes

3 tbsp. tbsp. butter

3-4 tbsp. olive oil

4 oz. spaghetti, boiled

4 cherry tomatoes, halved

Salt

Pepper

Garlic powder

Parsley, finely chopped

Parmesan cheese, to garnish

Method:

In a large frying pan, skillet or wok, heat the butter and olive oil until just melted.

Add chili flakes and garlic until fragrant, don’t let the garlic brown.

Prawns go in next, make sure you don’t over-cook them, 2-3 minutes are enough depending on the size you use.

Add cherry tomatoes, salt, freshly ground black pepper and a dash of garlic powder. Sauté for a minute before adding the boiled spaghetti. The olive oil and butter should nicely coat each noodle.

Now add fresh parsley and sprinkle some parmesan for garnish.

Related: Spicy Penne Arabiatta Recipe

Prawn Karhai

If you’ve ever been crabbing, you would have tried the famous Keamari prawn karhai. It is bursting with flavor and the ambience makes the experience irreplaceable. But that doesn’t mean we can’t try and recreate the recipe.

My tip here would be to use your favorite chicken karhai recipe, minus the chicken. Add prawns, more tomatoes and here’s the game changer- ½ tsp. of kalonji. Do not add extra water to the dish- it’s best served dry-ish. Serve with crispy fried naan.

Also Read: Cutting Carbs; How Will You Eat Your Salan Now?

Red Thai Curry With Prawns

This is my go-to dish any time I visit a Thai-food restaurant. The creamy but spicy curry and the succulent prawns are a sure win. I tried making this at home a few times and it comes super close to the original.

Ingredients:

10-12 medium sized prawns (shelled and deveined)

2 tbsp. oil

2 tbsp. Red Thai curry paste

1 cup coconut milk

½ cup coconut cream

Fresh basil leaves

¼ cup Bamboo shoots

Red chilies, halved

½ tbsp. fish sauce

Method:

Heat oil, add the curry paste and stir fry until fragrant. Now add the prawns and saute until cooked through. Add the coconut milk and cream and simmer for 3 minutes. Mix in the basil leaves, fish sauce bamboo shoots and red chilies. Serve with soft jasmine rice.

Read: The Best Desi Chicken ChowMein Recipe

Dynamite Prawns

Aha, did you think I wouldn’t add this to the list? No way! It’s the best thing created since mozzarella sticks. Dynamite prawns are basically crispy fried prawns coated in an sriracha-mayo based sauce on a bed of fresh iceberg lettuce.

Marinate the prawns in salt, pepper, sriracha, an egg and ½ cup each of flour and corn flour. Now dip them in a dry mix of flour, cornflour, salt, pepper and red chili powder. Deep fry until golden.

For the sauce: ½ cup mayo, 3 tbsp. sriracha, 1 tbsp. tomato ketchup, 1 tbsp. honey, red chili powder, 1 tsp. lemon juice, salt and pepper. Mix these together and adjust spice level to preference.

Coat the hot prawns in the sauce and serve on top of thinly sliced iceberg lettuce.

Spicy Grilled Prawn Tacos

Prawn tacos are popping up on menus all around town and it’s no surprise why. Mexican flavors very closely resonate with the Pakistani palate and these tacos (especially the soft shell ones) are not out of place on any table. You can either grill the prawns or fry them (using the recipe for dynamite prawns). If you wish to grill, then use a larger size of prawns and marinate with ginger garlic paste, salt, pepper, lemon juice, red chili flakes, and a dash of cumin powder. Grill them on a grill pan, atop a bbq or you can skewer them and bake in the oven.

You can skip out guacamole considering avocados are not easily available, and are SO expensive with no guarantee of whether they’ll ripen or not. Fill your small, soft tortilla with sliced iceberg, red cabbage, store-bought salsa, grilled prawns and dynamite sauce.

To.die.for.

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Top 3 Green Juice Superfoods That Should Be Part of Your Daily Diet https://htv.com.pk/articles/top-3-green-juice-superfoods Wed, 22 May 2019 08:03:36 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=44653 green juice

  Healthy living is the desire of every human being. No one enjoys sick days in and out of the hospital. For you to be healthy, you need to take the right meals – a balanced diet. Green juices are part of the diets. Particularly, health practitioners recommend it as the best disease prevention remedy. […]

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Healthy living is the desire of every human being. No one enjoys sick days in and out of the hospital. For you to be healthy, you need to take the right meals – a balanced diet. Green juices are part of the diets. Particularly, health practitioners recommend it as the best disease prevention remedy. Consuming raw and fresh green juices helps you to maintain your health and vitality.

Nevertheless, due to busy schedules, not every person can afford the time to search for greens and prepare such juices. Moving from one green grocery or veggie market is tiresome, time-consuming, and costly. But this should not be an excuse for living an unhealthy life.

The good news is: it is easy to get healthy green juice superfoods powders in your nearest marketplace. However, some manufacturers prioritize profit over your health. These manufacturers add extra sugars which corrupt the content of the green juices. For you to avoid such compromised products and enjoy the benefits, here are the top three green juice powders you need to consider:

Organifi Green Juice

Organifi Green Juice is one of the leading superfood powders available in the market. The powders prioritize offering the right mix greens with essential minerals. This juice comes with the whole contents of fruit vitamins and minerals. When accessing fruits in your daily diets is a challenge, a one-cup fruit juice made from this powder is an appropriate replacement.

Another advantage of the Organifi Green Juice is the opportunity to fit it with your drink of choice. Whether you want to mix it with water, your beverage, or make a smoothie, this powder is a good idea.

However, you need to dig deep in your pocket. Most customers consider it as one of the pricier green juice superfood powders. Fortunately, you acquire what you paid for in terms of nutritional values. The product is a good source of essential nutrients such as proteins, iron, calcium, and other dietary fiber. Also, it’s a remedy for inflammations, mood improvement, and mental health. If the product does not work for you, the company has a 100% money-back guarantee.

Amazing Green

Are you looking for all-vegan green juice? Certainly, you do not need a GMO green. Amazing Green is an organic superfood powder. It is a product from a Kansa farm which prioritizes eco-friendliness and healthy living. If you love a variety in flavors, Amazing Green offers plenty opportunity to make a choice. It comes with several delicious flavors making it easy to find your match. However, you need to pay over $50 per 100 scoops. But its benefits supersede the price.

Athletic Greens Ultimate Daily

How would it feel when you find a green juice superfood powder offering 75-ingredients? Athletic Greens is the said product. The powders combine multiple ingredients that offer essential nutrients and minerals to your body. It is purely natural and organically grown. Hence, it is a good option for all diets. Whether you’re a vegan, vegetarian, or paleo, Athletic Green will be a right match.

In a word, you can turn your precious time into an investment. Instead of going out to look for various greens and spend time to prepare juices, you can go for the green juice superfood powders. The powders contain the natural and organic nutrients needed in your daily diets.

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How to Make Lives of Parkinson’s Patients Easier https://htv.com.pk/health/parkinsons-patients-care Tue, 16 Apr 2019 08:18:20 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=43922 Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s Disease is a neurological disease which affects a specific part of the brain, causing a slow but progressive onset of movement disorders and behavioral disturbances. The disease is relatively common in people over the age of 50 years and is seen to have both genetic and environmental risk factors. The well-known signs and symptoms […]

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Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s Disease is a neurological disease which affects a specific part of the brain, causing a slow but progressive onset of movement disorders and behavioral disturbances. The disease is relatively common in people over the age of 50 years and is seen to have both genetic and environmental risk factors.

The well-known signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s include tremors, rigidity, slow movements and loss of balance. These symptoms develop really slowly but grow with time and create difficulties for the patient to perform their daily activities.

Mobility

Walking is a tedious task for Parkinson patients as legs become stiff with disease progression and patients may feel they are “freezing” while walking.

RELATED: #HealthForAll – How Well Is Pakistan Keeping Up?

Due to this hurdle, some patients avoid walking as they are afraid they might fall and hurt themselves.

Physicians treating Parkinson’s encourage patients to stay mobile, even if it may be with walkers or canes and keep exercising as much as possible. This keeps the joints mobile and delays the progression of stiffness.

Bathing and Grooming

Personal hygiene is a challenge for many Parkinson patients as simple movements become difficult and patients tire easily. These everyday tasks can be made easier through simple solutions, like placing a sturdy stool within the washroom to provide seating while teeth brushing or face washing. In addition, handrails can be placed to help with sitting and standing in the washroom.

Home Safety

Most falls occur within the home, therefore the interior designing of a Parkinson’s patient’s home should be changed to eliminate all potential environmental hazards. Special consideration should be given to removing wires and cables from the floor to avoid tripping and room lighting should be enhanced so patients can see the area better. Frequently used items should not be placed in hard-to-reach shelves and furniture should not be loose or movable, as they provide a risk of fall.

Preparing and Eating Meals

Care must be taken while preparing food as many injuries occur when patients with hand tremors handle kitchen equipment. Specially designed knives and pot stands are now available which help maintain the users’ grip and keep the utensils steady, thus reducing the risk of spills.

Patients often face difficulties while eating as their hand tremor makes the food fall off the spoon. Although expensive, new technology attachments have been designed for spoons and forks which stabilize the cutlery and make it easy for the patients to have their meals.

Clinical Guidance

Occupational therapy is a branch of Rehabilitative Sciences which trains patients on developing skills to perform everyday tasks. Occupational therapists show patients how they can remain independent and perform everyday tasks such as bathing, eating and dressing themselves.

Patients are encouraged to consult their physicians regularly and discuss any issues related to their prescription medicines.  It is advisable to seek clinical guidance if routine tasks include driving or operating machinery as stiff muscles can pose a risk of injury to themselves or others.

Although the movement-disorders of Parkinson’s are well established, the disease is also associated with non-movement disorders such as memory loss, anxiety, and sleeplessness. These conditions are much more difficult to control and need emotional therapy more than clinical therapy.

Support networks can be developed with other patients so they can learn from each other’s experiences, but the patient’s own caregivers play the biggest role in the success of the treatment regimen.

Just like any other chronic disease, it is essential to understand that patients are not in control of their symptoms and feel overwhelmed by the physical and psychological changes their body is undergoing. A little patience, empathy, and compassion can help patients feel they are not alone so that they deal with their symptoms confidently and make an effort to maintain the quality of their life.

 

References:

Parkinson’s Foundation

https://www.parkinson.org

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Most Essential Vitamins For Your Health https://htv.com.pk/health/most-essential-vitamins-for-your-health Tue, 12 Feb 2019 07:09:08 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=42889

In 2019 everything is moving too fast. Everything is happening at once. And while we don’t have time to check what foods we need to make sure we eat, we still want a strong immune system, clear skin, and shiny hair. So here’s a quick list of essential vitamins for your body and what foods […]

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In 2019 everything is moving too fast. Everything is happening at once. And while we don’t have time to check what foods we need to make sure we eat, we still want a strong immune system, clear skin, and shiny hair. So here’s a quick list of essential vitamins for your body and what foods to incorporate into your diet to ensure you get them.

Related: Vitamins for your skin

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a crucial factor in your body’s absorption of calcium. Inadequate intake can lead to weak bones and unhealthy teeth. Vitamin D can also aid weight-loss!

Signs That Your Vitamin D Is Low

To ensure you get your daily dose you can add egg yolks and fatty fish like salmon or tuna, into your diet.

Calcium

This brings us to calcium, the most important nutrient for healthy bones. In addition to that, it keeps our muscles functioning well, and ensures our blood clots when there is an open wound.

Some fantastic sources of calcium are milk, cheese, broccoli, and other dark leafed vegetables.

Read: 10 Dairy Free Sources Of Calcium

Magnesium

This one is incredibly important for regulating the different functions of your body. It works to balance nerves, blood sugar, muscle function, and blood pressure. It also assists in the processing of protein and DNA.

10 Natural Sources Of Magnesium

While brussel sprouts are great for magnesium intake, a more delicious way to get some into your system is through fruits! Get your hands on some raspberries, bananas, avocados, and figs (injeer)!

Related: 12 Amazing Benefits Of Injeer/Figs

Vitamin A

When they say we need carrots for good vision, they aren’t kidding! Vitamin A helps maintain good vision, a strong immune system and healthy reproduction. It’s also an important vitamin to ensure your organs continue to work smoothly.

If you don’t like carrots, you can cook up some lamb or beef liver. Or take some cod liver oil on a regular basis!

Folic Acid

Beyond essential, folic acid is vital for proper production and function of red blood cells. A deficiency can cause a drop in enough oxygen being carried to all parts of your body, resulting in anemia.

So chomp down some citrusy fruits and order in some pasta. If you’re not in the mood, you can alternate with a bread basket or some fried rice, and have a good time fulfilling your body’s needs.

B Vitamins

B vitamins are not given enough credit, but they are absolutely essential for metabolism and energy. They play a major role in converting nutrients into energy. Not to forget, they are great for your skin and adrenal function.

Healthy Moods: Vitamin B For A Happier You

Lean meats, beans/legumes and whole grains are high in Vitamin B. Haleem would actually be a great option to have for high levels of this vitamin.

Zinc

Did you know that zinc deficiency could be the reason behind stunted growth? Even recurring diarrhea could be for a lack of zinc. It gives us better immunity, better liver health and SO much more.

Read all about Zinc here.

The best foods to have for Zinc are: Yogurt and nuts/seeds.

Iron

Iron is directly related your hemoglobin, which ensures that oxygen is transferred from your lungs to your tissues. Low levels of iron means you can be classified as anemic.

Beans and spinach are great sources of iron.

Read: 5 Mouth-Watering Spinach Dishes

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What Your Nails Are Saying About Your Health https://htv.com.pk/health/what-your-nails-are-saying-about-your-health Mon, 11 Feb 2019 23:17:08 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=4358

Health experts have come to believe that the state of our nails is an indicator of the health of our bodies. While there is no guaranteed link between nail health and body health, there is a strong association between the two that cannot be denied.

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Health experts have come to believe that the state of our nails is an indicator of  the health of our bodies. While there is no guaranteed link between nail health and body health, there is a strong association between the two that cannot be denied. Health experts have stated that nail color and type of growth can serve as a window into the functioning of the body.

If you do feel that your nails match any of the descriptions provided below, consult your doctor and find out what the cause may be. Some of the medical conditions mentioned are quite severe. However, do not get stressed out if you feel that your health matches the description provided below. Your nail health may simply be a result of minor nutrient deficiencies. This is exactly why we recommend an appointment with your doctor for further clarification on what your nails are trying to indicate.

Pale Nails

If your nails are visibly pale in color, experts say that it could be because of the following health conditions:

  • Malnutrition
  • Anemia
  • Liver disease
  • Congestive heart failure

White Nails

If your nails are white in color and have dark rims, experts say that this could be an indication of liver trouble. White nails are often a side effect of hepatitis.

Related: Best Ways To Strengthen Your Liver

Yellow Nails

If your nails are turning increasingly yellow in color, it may be because of several reasons:

  • Fungal Infection
  • Diabetes

Read: The Dos and Don’ts of Diabetes

  • Psoriasis
  • Thyroid disease
  • Lung disease

Bluish Nails

If your nails seem to sport a bluish tinge, it may be because your body is not getting as much oxygen as it needs. This could be due to a more serious heart or lung condition due to which adequate oxygenated blood is not being transported around the body.

Cracked Nails

Experts say that cracked or split nails may be because of a fungal infection or thyroid disease.

Swollen Skin Around the Nails

If the skin around the nails is red and swollen, it may be because of an infection or due to a connective tissue disorder.

Bitten Nails

Nail biting does not lead to any serious medical condition. However, experts say that if nail biting continues unabated for a considerable duration of time, it may be because of acute anxiety or obsessive compulsive disorder.

The Takeaway

This information may be quite worrisome but please remember that every case of swollen skin or white nails will not be due to a serious medical condition. However, it is always safe to consult a dermatologist if you are concerned about your health.

 

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