Indian Superfoods

“The World’s Healthiest Meal”; packs the punch of 49 bowls of spinach (but taste soooo much better!

In our Winter 2013 issue, we featured Indian British celebrity chef Gurpareet Bains’ new book Indian Superfood. Here, we give you a sneak peak with his recipe for his “world’s healthiest meal,” the antioxidant-rich, cancer-fighting Chicken with Blueberries and Cinnamon Curry, served on a bed of Goji Berry and Green Pea Pilau (that’s the nutritional equivalent of 49 bowls of spinach!):

Chicken with Blueberry and Cinnamon Curry (Serves four)

Ingredients:

–  200 g fresh or frozen blueberies

–  20 g fresh coriander, coarsely chopped

–  2 tablespoons grated (peeled) fresh root giner

–  3/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste

–  500 g low-fat Greek yogurt

–  4 garlic cloves, finely chopped

–  3 tablespoons olive oil

–  1 teaspoon turmeric

–  2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

–  1 teaspoon chilli powder

–  500 g skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces

–  1 teaspoon garam masala

–  extra chopped fresh coriander, to garnish

1. In a food processor, blend together the blueberries, chopped coriander, ginger, salt, and yogurt to make a puree. Set aside.

2. Place  garlic into a deep saucepan with olive oil and cook over a low-medium flame until the garlic starts to turn brown — this should take no longer than one or two minutes.

3. Add turmeric, mix well, and heat through for 20 seconds. Stir in cinnamon and chilli powder and cook for 20 seconds.

4. Add chicken and cook until sealed all over, stirring frequently — this should take no more than five minutes.

5. Now slowly pour the yogurt mixture into the chicken, and bring to a simmer on low heat.

6. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes, stirring from time to time. Mix garam masala throughout. Garnish with extra coriander. Serve with Goji Berry and Green Pea Pilau (recipe below).


 

 

Goji Berry and Green Pea Pilau

Ingredients:

–  1 tablespoon olive oil

–  1 cinnamon stick

–  12 teaspoons of cumin seeds

–  1 small onion, thinly sliced

–  1 carrot, grated

–  200 g basmati rice

–  1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste

–  small handful of dried goji berries

–  handful of green peas (fresh or frozen)

1. Pour olive oil into a deep saucepan, add cinnamon stick and cumin seeds and cook over a low-medium heat until seeds begin to pop — this should take no more than two to three minutes.

2. Add the onion and cook until soft, stirring frequently — this should take no more than five minutes.

3. As soon as onion is soft, add carrot and cook for two to three minutes, stirring frequently.

4. Place the onion mixture, rice, salt and 400 ml boiling water into a large microwaveable bowl and mix with a fork.

5. Cook uncovered in the microwave for 4 minutes (700W), 3 1/2 minutes (800W) or 3 minutes (900W).

6. Mix and microwave for another 4 minutes (700W), 3 1/2 minutes (800W) or 3 minutes (900W)

7. Mix, cover the bowl and microwave for another 4 minutes (700W), 3 1/2 minutes (800W) or 3 minutes (900W).

8. Add goji berries and peas on top of the rice and and let stand covered for 10 minutes.

9. Fluff the pilau with a fork, and serve.

Recipes courtesy of Indian Superfood.

 

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How To Get a Lasting Curl

To all of my beautiful Asian ladies out there, I come to you with a serious struggle: My stubborn and inflexible, uncompromisingly flat, straight-as-an-arrow eyelashes. And I know many of you out there are fighting the same fight. We at Audrey just want you to know, we’re here for you.

I voiced my concern in the office today, and I was met with resounding solidarity in the movement against straight eyelashes. Being able to curl your lashes will not only result in beautiful and evenly mascara-clad curls, but it will also brighten up your face, tug at those smiling muscles, put you in a better mood, transform you into a pleasant person, and ultimately make the world a better place.

Obviously.

All jokes aside, East Asian and even Southeast Asian women generally do struggle with curling naturally stick-straight lashes. As a result, there’s been plenty of makeup tutorials and suggestions. So here’s a rundown of the best-reviewed products and tips for you to add to your daily makeup routine that will keep you and your eyelashes extra lifted.

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Asian Babies With Puppies

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There are a few things in life that can lift up my spirits, no matter how bad my day may be. On this list, easily, are puppies and Adorable Asian Babies. A quick scroll through any of my social media sites and I guarantee you that I will come across both of these a number of times within a single day.

As it turns out, you all like cute things just as much as I do. So if you’re having a bad day, we have just the thing for you.

What could possibly be better than puppies and cute babies? How about puppies AND adorable Asian babies. (Yes, we’re being cheesy and we took it there, but lets be honest- you’re gonna look through these pictures anyway.)

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Healthy Asian Food to Start Your New Year Off Right

It’s that time of year again. January means everyone is excited and determined to fulfill their New Year’s resolutions. We’re going to go ahead and guess that one of your 2015 resolutions is to eat healthier. Well have no fear! We’re here to help you tackle that goal while still eating yummy Asian food. Here are five flavorful and healthy Asian foods that can be incorporated into anyone’s diet:

 

1. Japchae

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Love noodles but want to eliminate carbs from your diet? Try japchae, which is made from Korean sweet potato noodles called dangmyeon. Topped with healthy veggies and occasionally fried eggs, japchae is usually served as “banchan” or an appetizer to a meal. Eat up!

 


 

2. Bok Choy

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Bok choy is essentially a Chinese cabbage. With only nine calories per serving and 0.1 grams of fat, bok choy is great for when you are ready to eat lots of tasty, flavorful green veggies.


3. Kimchi

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Now, it’s time for Korean cabbage. If you can handle the spiciness, load up on the kimchi. Low in calories, but high in fiber and antioxidants, kimchi helps regulate the cardiovascular and digestive system while providing vitamins that help reduce aging effects and blood sugar levels. Like japchae, kimchi is a quintessential Korean banchan dish.


4. Dal

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Dal is quite simply spiced Indian lentils. Lentils themselves are one of the healthiest foods out there: lentils help lower cholesterol, regulate blood sugar, and have a lot of protein without a lot of the fat. There are many different ways to make dal but all add flavor and comfort to the superfood that is lentils.

 


 

5. Sriracha

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Yes, really. The cult of sriracha has practically taken a life on it’s own and it’s all for the better. The red pepper chili sauce boosts metabolism and endorphins (which make you feel happier) while lowering blood sugar levels and cholesterol levels. Pour it up!
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Beautiful Jewel Tones To Inspire Your Winter Wardrobe Right Now

It’s time for end of season sales as retailers begin to make room for new collections and products!  If you aren’t sure what to add to your winter wardrobe, but have the itch to shop or put those gift cards from Christmas to use, take some color inspiration from a few of Audrey’s favorite style blogger icons.

Jewel toned palettes have continual moments of glory throughout fashion’s timeline, and the rich, classic hues of ruby, garnet, emerald, and turquoise seem to be a favorite for bloggers right now.  Ready-to-wear trends change rapidly, but these colors provide instant elegance with even the edgiest looks.

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Love what you see?  Check out these jewel toned finds in fabrics perfect for keeping warm.

1. Forever21 – Love21 Contemporary Genuine Suede Flat-Front Shorts: Available Here For $27.90

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2. H&M’s Biker Style Wool-Blend Coat: Available Here For $79

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3. Free People’s Brooks Ankle Boot: Available Here For $198

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4. ACNE Studios’ Lambskin Moto Jacket: Available Here For $1750

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5. Chriselle Lim’s Wool J.Crew Skirt Shown Above: Available Here For $130

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Girls’ Guide to Having Fun on a Budget

Being fun-employed is fun up until you realize that every time you go out, you’re dipping into the precious little life savings that you’ve managed to save up (god knows how) and you’re still not employed. Boo.

For those of you who are on a tight budget, I’ve put together a quick list of ways to enjoy the last bit Indian summer without spending too much.

 

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Rewind and Relax

The end of the year is a ton of fun. Lots of holiday parties to attend, lots of family and friends to see. But it can also be a lot of stress. Lots of Christmas shopping to get done, lots of last-minute deadlines to finish up.

I’ve been feeling the grunt of hard work lately, with my entire body wounded tight like a knot.

That’s when you know it’s time to go to the spa!

I checked in at Bliss Spa at the W Hotel in Hollywood and was hooked up with an Elemis Exotic Lime & Ginger Salt Glow for my entire body. It was (for lack of a better word) bliss.

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After changing, I was offered some yummy champagne, crackers, and cheese.  Then, I was led to the massage room where the treatment began.

I’m not gonna lie, I’m kind of a newbie at this whole body treatment stuff and it’s definitely a vulnerable state to be in.

Think about it, you’re naked and a specialist is dripping warm oil luxuriously all over your body.  Then, the exotic lime and ginger salt glow scrub is brushed on.  I kind of felt like a chicken getting ready to get baked.  (But in the best way possible!)

All of my anxieties subsided once I got on the massage bed.  Elemis is known for some of the most exotic and indulgent spa-therapies for face and body and it was definitely an unbeatably relaxing experience.  Catering to all my senses, I got to smell and feel the tranquility of the Elemis spa treatment for an entire hour.  It was far too short, if you ask me!

Bliss is also offering take-home versions of Elemis’ skin and body treatments available in all of its 15 U.S. locations and internationally in its London spa. I walked away with a goody bag full of them which I will be trying out over the next couple of weeks.

For more information on Bliss and Elemis spa treatments, check out here and here.

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New Year, New Do: Nails

When it comes to getting my nails done, I’d like to say that I’m my own manicurist. It’s not that I’m always able to make them look professionally painted, but somehow I resort to doing them myself because of the price of a manicure.  An average manicure is about $15 – $30, which is not a whole lot, but considering they only last a week or so, the cost really adds up if you keep getting them redone. A good quality nail polish costs about $6 – $9 and you can probably use it for more than ten times. Let’s say you also buy a base coat and a top coat, that will add to about $18 – $27; if you get a manicure done by a beautician ten times, that’s $150 – $300. That’s a huge price difference. I understand that you get the whole package at a salon, including filing, buffing, and cuticle treatment, but I guess nothing beats the comfort of my own home.

That being said, it does take some practice before you’re able to get your nails perfect on your own, but we do have some tips!

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10 Asian Celebrities Who Would Make Amazing Boyfriends


 

 

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1) CHOI SIWON
Where you’ve seen him: In the popular K-pop group, Super Junior. Oh, and starring in your favorite dreams.
Why he’s boyfriend material: Korean artist Choi Siwon is at the very top of this list for a reason. Not only is he talented (he’s an actor, model, and singer), he doesn’t let fame get to his head. If you’re looking for a gentlemanly boyfriend, Choi Siwon is your man. Known for his strong faith, his heroic deeds (take a look at him rescuing a puppy) and his undeniable kindness. And let’s not forget the killer smile and chiseled abs. Don’t lie, you like them too.

 


 

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2) STEVEN YEUN

Where you’ve seen him: Taking down walkers as Glenn on The Walking Dead. Maggie, you lucky girl, you.
Why he’s boyfriend material: We’ve already given you 10 Reasons Glenn Would Make A Great Boyfriend, but as it turns out, the Korean American actor behind Glenn makes an even better boyfriend. For starters, the guy’s smart. He has a degree in psychology, but the daring man gave up that route to follow what he loves: acting. Clearly, you don’t have to worry about passion with Yeun as a boyfriend. He is the perfect example of “adorkable” and even when he describes his awkward kissing techniques, we can’t help but fall for him more. If you’re looking for humor in your relationship, Yeun is your man.

 

 


 

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3) JEREMY LIN

Where you’ve seen him: Shooting baskets for The Houston Rockets The Los Angeles Lakers and on the big screen for Linsanity.
Why he’s boyfriend material: We’ve thought highly of him for so long that we even wrote a list of reasons Why Jeremy Lin Would Make a Great Boyfriend. This covers everything from his impressive height to his alumni status at Harvard. The story points out that “he practices what he preaches, works hard, looks like he’s genuinely enjoying himself, and never gives us the impression that he feels entitled.”


 

 

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4) DANIEL HENNEY
Where you’ve seen him: Distracting you from paying attention to X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Last Stand, and Seducing Mr. Perfect.
Why he’s boyfriend material: Aside from the fact that simply looking at Daniel Henney causes a strange desire to be in his arms, he’s also driven and ambitious. After achieving a huge fan base in Asia, he returned to the U.S. to pursue a career in Hollywood. In this interview, Henney points out that he’s willing to fight to get lead roles usually granted to Caucasians. If you’re into the ambitious type who is willing to fight for you, we’ve found your guy.

 


 

 

 

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5) BRUNO MARS

Where you’ve seen him: Winning countless awards for his music and, of course, winning our hearts in the process.
Why he’s boyfriend material: It doesn’t take much to figure out that this man has a beautiful heart. We saw this when he dedicated his Grammy to his late mother, when he gave an inspirational speech for aspiring musicians, and when he personally serenaded an 11-year-old who was injured by a drunk driver. Men with big hearts make incredible boyfriends and Mars clearly has one of the biggest.



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6) DARREN CRISS 

Where you’ve seen him: Making you blush when he played a hot version of Harry Potter in “A Very Potter Musical” and as Blaine on Glee.
Why he’s boyfriend material: Humor, talent, stage presence, a big heart, a good sense of style, and good looks? You’ve pretty much hit jackpot if you land Darren Criss as a boyfriend. Don’t believe me? Check out our list of the Top 5 Reason We Love Darren Criss, which includes everything from his talent to his charity work and good looks.

 


 


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7) SENDHIL RAMAMURTHY

Where you’ve seen him:  Being steamy in NBC’s Heroes and CW’s Beauty & The Beast.
Why he’s boyfriend material: Maybe you’re at a point in life where you’re looking for someone stable and serious (and sexy). If that’s the case, then actor Sendhil Ramamurthy is perfect. He began his adulthood with the belief that he would be going into the med field. However, during an “Intro to Acting” class, Ramamurthy fell in love with the art of acting and never looked back. Of course, acting isn’t the only commitment he’s loyal to. Ramamurthy has proven to be both a good husband and father to his two children.


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8) HARRY SHUM JR.

Where you’ve seen him: In the city of rock-hard abs — I mean, on Glee as Mike Chang.
Why he’s boyfriend material: Maybe you’re looking for a boyfriend who’s upbeat and fun. Well, Harry Shum Jr. can certainly help you out in that department. In addition to his television role, he has taken on a number of passion projects, such as his interpretive dance, “Painfully Shy,” and his video series “Parallels.” A man who can manage his time, has undeniable passion, and is extremely good at moving? Yes, please.

 


 

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9) KEV JUMBA 

Where you’ve seen him: Cracking you up with his comedy YouTube channel. Laughter is the way into the heart, right?
Why he’s boyfriend material: Interested in men who are funny and sincerely generous? Look no further. Kevin Wu, better known as KevJumba, fits the part. His humor has given him over 3 million subscribers on YouTube, but there’s so much more to him. In 2009, he began his YouTube charity called JumbaFund and after raising over $50,000, he opened a High School in Lenana, Kenya. Now that’s a keeper.


 


 

 

 

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10) MARIO MAURER
Where you’ve seen him: In Thai films The Love of Siam and First Love (because even if you don’t understand Thai, you know what a talented and attractive actor looks like).
Why he’s boyfriend material: Not only is this Thai-German actor (who is of Chinese German descent) absolutely gorgeous, he’s also a hard worker, polite, and family-oriented. Maurer is known as the lead star of Thailand’s highest grossing film of all time, Pee Mak, but he didn’t originally plan on being an actor at all. In fact, he only took up acting because he wanted to help out his family with finances (cue the collective “aww”). Luckily for his fans, he fell in love with acting and continued.


Know more Asian celebs who would make amazing boyfriends? Let us know!

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Keeping Away the ‘Freshman Fifteen’

Making healthy choices when it comes to food is probably not too high on the priority list for the majority of you college students. As far as to-do lists, it might fall somewhere in between washing that mug that’s been sitting on your desk since last week and organizing your sock drawer. And who can blame you, there’s an all you can eat buffet waiting for you for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There’s late night dining serving up pizza and burgers. And of course when it comes time to cramming for midterms and finals what better way to stay awake than mindlessly munching on candy and Doritos washed down with a sugar laden energy drink? We’ve been there. We’re here to help you stave off the infamous Freshman Fifteen and hopefully spark some good eating habits that will benefit you long after you move out of the dorms. Here are our top ten tips to navigate the murky nutritional waters that is the college dining experience.

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1) Go for the Green:

When faced with a multitude of tasty options in your dining hall, start at the stations with fresher choices.  This includes the salad bar or any fresh veggie sides. Fill your plate to your heart’s content; remember to go light on the dressing (balsamic vinegar and olive oil make a great, more healthful alternative). Besides offering a good range of nutrients, the fiber in the veggies will help you feel full and can keep you from feeling the need to fill up on heavier options.

 


 

2) Portion Control:

When choosing other options in the dining hall, don’t feel like you need to completely ban certain food groups. Carbs, such as brown rice, whole grain pastas, and breads as well as healthy fats, like those found in avocados, walnuts, salmon, and peanut butter are important for a balanced diet.  Just be aware of how much you’re putting on your plate.  For the figure- conscious, a general portion size of rice or pasta is ½ cups.  This is about the size of a hockey puck. For fats, depending on the type (olive oil, butter, nut butters) the general range for one serving is one to two teaspoons.

 


 

3) Say No to Social Eating

Food is a common thread in many outings, whether it’s for club events, after an intramural sports game, or just hanging out with friends. Pizza, late night fast food runs, and grocery store bought cookies and chips seem to be favorites. Basically, if you’re not hungry, don’t eat just because everyone around you is. If you know that you’ll be in this situation, eat something more substantial beforehand. Enjoy the company sans empty caloric intake.


 

 

4) Your Liver is Your Friend

We are not condemning alcohol. What would college be without it? A lot of studies have actually shown that moderate consumption of alcohol may lower your risk of developing osteoporosis, dementia, and even aid in weight loss. The key word ,however, is moderate consumption. Red wine is the most beneficial for the prevention of certain heart diseases and dementia. One glass a day is sufficient for women to reap the benefits. If your drink of choice is beer, go for lagers or wheat beers (examples: Heineken, Blue Moon, Shock Top), or light beers (all of which contain about half the calories and carbs of their original counterparts, ales, porters, and stouts).


 

 

 

5) Smart Snacking

When hunger strikes in between meals, reach for snacks that will help keep you full without weighing you down. Some good options are hummus and fresh veggie sticks, popcorn (not of the extra butter variety), apples or another favorite fruit with a tablespoon of peanut or almond butter, or a cup of lightly sweetened Greek yogurt topped with berries or some sliced bananas.


 

6) Have a Glass of Water

Keep hydrated throughout the day so you don’t confuse your body’s need for hydration with hunger. Keep a reusable water thermos with you while on campus and keep it filled. A good rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces of water.


 

7) Just Chew It

Sugar cravings are hard to shake. All you want is a red velvet cupcake or a rich, gooey brownie. Instead of giving in, chew a piece of sugar free gum. Yes, it’s ludicrous to think a piece of gum can completely satiate your overwhelming inclination to inhale anything chocolate, but it might just give you that burst of sweetness that will help you walk on by instead of tearing open that bag of M&Ms.


 

 

8) Late Night Dining

Don’t do it. Ideally, try not to eat two to three hours before you go to sleep.

 


 

9) Partner Up

Setting goals and sticking to them isn’t easy. Find a like-minded friend who wants to make his/ her health a priority and keep each other accountable.

 


 

 

10) Start Cooking

The best way to avoid unhealthy fast food and heat and eat meals is to get used to cooking. When you cook, you can control exactly what goes into your meals and snacks. When you don’t see all the hydrogenated oils, sodium, sugars, and preservatives going into store bought meals, you don’t think twice about them.

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