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Delicious Danone Yogurt Nutri Pots

Who says healthy food cannot be tasty food? Lets give yogurt a chance this time. Yoghurt is full for calcium and loaded with protein. It is also beneficial for Gut health and is good for lactose intolerant people. This new Greek Yogurt launched by DanoneIndia has 87% more protein than regular yogurts, introduced in mango and blueberry variants. At the  product launch Chef Varun Imandar churned up three healthy recipes that were delicious, the instant Parfait left me aghast and motivated to try something  of my own.   

It was now time to churn up a new recipe that fills you with great taste while being high in nutrient value.
Danone Nutri Pots ( A yogurt based sprouts and strawberry filled puri)

The basic Ingredients

This recipe will serve up two plates of Yogurt Nutri pots of 6 puris each


1 cup of sprouts (boiled with salt, add pinch of pepper)
1 cup chopped strawberry
1 tub Blueberry Greek Yogurt (80 grams)
20  Puffed puris (Pani puri available in market)
1 tsp Honey
A dash or lime.

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1. Mix the sprouts, chopped strawberries, honey and lime in a bowl.
2. Add the yogurt and give it a good mix.
3. Crack the top of the puri and full in the yogurt mixture.
4. Garnish with cut strawberries.

Tip- Serve it chilled and immediately. Soggy puris wont be all that enjoyable. With the mango season round the corner, I am going to try the Mango Greek Yogurt with mango pieces. I think this is gonna be a runaway hit for sure.


Its a pretty dish to serve up hungry kids who love snacking in between meals. If you liked this recipe you will definitely like my  Eggless Tiramisu

12 ways to be happier


Happiness is something that everybody wants but is misunderstood by many people. Happiness cannot be given to you on a platter,  it is an intentional state of being that comes about as a result of practice and conscious effort. If you want to be happy, you will be happy no matter what the circumstances around you are.

Thankfully, effort does not always mean hard work! Happiness comes at the price of small and pleasant habits that can easily be integrated into your life. This makes it difficult to believe but lets try to incorporate these simple habits in our lives and make the world a better place for you and for me.

1. Have you heard of Retail therapy ?

Remember that saying, “When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping?” Turns out there’s some truth to that adage. Women love it! But it can be a good thing for men as well. I’m not talking only of clothes, everything counts. Don’t you like to buy something new for yourself? We all like it, don’t we?


2. Avoid negativeness

Stop thinking only of bad things, get rid of your fears, try to be an optimist. Avoid negative topics for discussing. Don’t watch bad news on TV all the time. All this can make you depressed and not happy at all.


3. Exercise to boost happiness

Sure, you know exercise is good for you. It keeps your weight in check, makes you stronger, and keeps you feeling youthful and staying active into old age.But did you know that exercise can also make you a happier person? It’s true.
When you work out and stay active on a regular basis, it’s not just a coincidence that you feel less stressed out, less anxious, and generally happier.


4. Go get a Massage

Who wouldn’t mind receiving a pleasant massage? No matter whether it’s performed by a professional or by your spouse, gentle touches make everyone feel happy and good. Especially if it concerns women, who like massages most of all.


5. Music and dance

You should listen to music everyday. It can be classics or just a slow and calming melody, which will help you to relax and feel good. Any kind of dancing is a great thing to raise your mood, express your sexuality, and become happier.

6. Pick up that book.

Read a good book. It’s especially useful to read stories about people’s lives. Studying their fate, you can better understand your own personality


7. Cook up a dish

It’s a good thing when done together with your beloved. Doing something together will help you both to feel happier.


8.  Head Home to your haven

It’s not only a place where you sleep, it;s where you spend most of your time, you relax there, bring up your kids, etc. So do something for your home. Make it as comfortable and nice as you can.


9. Gulp down a glass of Water

Water is a great generator of a good mood. Starting with a bath or a shower and ending with pools, lakes or seas – this is a great way to relax, feel happy and enjoy your life.



10. Talking with friends.

When you talk to somebody who understands you very well and who can support you and help you whenever you need – this is true happiness.



11. Walking outdoors.

You need to spend time outdoors at least an hour a day. If you can, just don’t check your mobile phone for messages. Walking outdoors can greatly improve your mood, helps you to keep fit and remain healthy, thus making you a little bit happier.

12. Staying alone.

Spend some time alone. It’s a good chance to think over your problems, to analyze your work, make plans for the future.


I figured out that worrying only gives you wrinkles and grey hair. Hate it when my heart beats fast, palpitating and giving me an intense rush of negative thoughts. I rather laugh at myself and make others around me happy. So try out my tried and tested ways to be hap happ happy. 🙂

Au Revior from Sweetannu
Stay Blessed
Stay Happy

Wonder combination of Honey and Cinnamon

The combination of honey and cinnamon has been used for centuries in both traditional Chinese and Ayurveda, a system of healing founded 5000 years ago in India. The two ingredients with unique healing abilities have a long history as a home remedy. Cinnamon is one of the oldest spices known to mankind and honey’s popularity has continued throughout history
Honey and cinnamon are both nutritious foods and contain vitamins and minerals that help to maintain good health. They contain nutrients which include water, protein, fiber, sugars and various vitamins and minerals. Cinnamon also contains a very low level of fat.

1) HEART DISEASES: Apply honey and cinnamon powder on bread instead of using jam or butter and eat it regularly for breakfast. It is believed that in the long run, this can help prevent blockages in blood vessels, heart attacks and cholesterol.

2) ARTHRITIS: Apply a paste made of the two ingredients on the affected part of the body and massage slowly. Drinking tea with honey and cinnamon daily can also help relieve pain and stiffness in the joints.

3) HAIR LOSS: Apply a paste of hot olive oil, a tablespoon of honey, a teaspoon of cinnamon powder before bath, leave it for 15 min and wash.

4) BLADDER INFECTIONS: Mix a teaspoon of cinnamon powder and half a teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink. This can help destroy the bacteria in the urinary system.

5) CHOLESTEROL: Add honey to cinnamon powder mixed in boiled water or green tea and drink.

6) COLDS: Make a glass of lukewarm honey water mixed with a pinch of cinnamon powder to help boost your immune system during the cold season. It is also helpful in clearing the sinuses.

7) INDIGESTION: Cinnamon powder sprinkled on a spoonful of honey taken before food relieves acidity and prevents indigestion.

8) LONGEVITY: Regularly take tea made with honey and a little cinnamon powder to strengthen your immune system and protect your body from viral and bacterial attacks.

9) PIMPLES: Mix honey with cinnamon powder and apply paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash away the next morning.

10) BAD BREATH: Gargle with honey and cinnamon powder mixed in warm water so that breath stays fresh throughout the day.


  Best of all

TO LOSE WEIGHT: To reduce weight, daily drink a mixture of a teaspoon of honey with half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder boiled in water with an empty stomach in the morning about half an hour before breakfast.

You may think that honey may have a negative effect when using it for weight loss. However, it has a healthier glycemic index than regular white sugar. Therefore, a combination of these two main ingredients can help you drop some pounds.

Cinnamon is a powerful antioxidant and rich in manganese, fiber, calcium and iron which provides all the necessary ingredients to lose weight and also cleanse the colon and digestive system to clear the fat content in the body. Ceylon cinnamon is the best one among other types of cinnamon to treat weight loss.

This is all about Cinnamon and Honey for Weight Loss. Hope you’ll try this combination to lose weight and gain many health benefits.  Do you know any other methods in this combination for weight loss? Then share your experience with Sweetannu below in the comment section. 🙂 🙂





Start losing that extra weight.

I really don’t understand how a few cookies here and a small chocolate doughnut there, is causing the weighing machine to display that I have gained a few pounds.

Off lately I have been eating tremendous amount of junk food and giving into my sweet cravings. The little weight I piled up looked cute on my face but not around my hips. However when I had a setback in the month of August with a terrible knee injury, I knew I will have to get my diet under control. Being advised 10 days bed rest I decided to embark on my weight loss journey again.

I have always believed in eating right food and combining it with a good exercise regime. Here are a few tips I am going to follow while I try to lose weight.

Tips to Follow

  1. Eat more fibrous foods.
  2. Reduce the intake of carbohydrates
  3. Eat healthier fats
  4. A workout regime in your schedule is a must.
  5. Get rid of Junk
  6. Eat smaller portions
  7. Eat in smaller plates.
  8. Cook your own meals if possible.
  9. Drink more water
  10. Don’t Give Up

    I was used to drinking water throughout the day, but not in any planned way, and sometimes skipped the water a lot of the days. I  stumbled upon an interesting read by Steven Aitchison on how to lose weight in 10 days while using water as a weapon.
    It said ” How to lose 10 pounds in ten days” and here is the link to this tried and tested experiment I was going to undertake.
    Link :-10-pounds-in-10-days.


    Here is the simple yet effective way to do it.

    Time How much
    As soon as you get up each morning Drink between 300 – 600ml of water
    1 hour later (before breakfast) Drink between 250 – 500ml of water
    After every cup of coffee/tea Drink between 100 – 250ml of water
    20 Minutes before each main meal Drink between 250 – 500ml of water
    2 Hours before going to bed Drink between 300 – 600ml of water
    Total amount of water per day Between 1200 – 2,450ml

    Initially you will feel like frequenting the washroom too often but later your body will get use to it. Get ready to  reap the benefits of a fitter happier you 🙂

    Benefits of Water

    1.Drinking plenty of water is also great for your skin.  It flushes out all the impurities which will leave you with a glow and you  looking younger and healthier.

    2. Drinking lots of water suppresses the appetite naturally and helps the body metabolize stored fat.

    3. If you eat a lot of salt, drinking plenty water helps flush out the extra sodium from the kidneys.

    4. Water helps flush out waste from the bladder. Your urine should be light and odourless, if it is dark and has a strong odour it could indicate a problem in the bladder or kidneys and water helps this.

    5.Water, believe it or not, helps reduce water retention. Water retention is your body’s way of storing water if it thinks you are not getting enough, drinking plenty of water reduces this.

    6.  It can help freshen your breath. Dehydration can cause a dry tongue leading to a furry tongue which aids bacteria build up. Plenty water reduces this risk.




    I could go on and on about the benefits of water but I think you get the gist of what I am saying. Obviously there will evidence to the contrary but from a personal point of view I would recommend drinking plenty of water. So, why you still here? Get into the kitchen and gulp down that glass of water 🙂

Exercising with Triaction

Most of us are aware of what happens to the body when we exercise. We build more muscle and more stamina. Moreover exercising just makes you feel so happy. But one feels awkward with that bouncy movements during vigorous exercises. Continuous and repetitive movements can result in soreness, pain and sagging. Therefore, every woman, no matter what size she is, should wear a sports bra while running or exercising.


A Fitness session with Triumph and F2 Fitness.

Triumph is  one of the world’s largest intimate apparel companies. They announced the launch of its new Triaction Sports Bra collection on 30th June, 2016.  In collaboration with much reputed F2 Fitness, Bandra, they hosted an exhilarating fitness session where every participants got an exclusive preview and a chance to try out the new sports Bra.


Mrs. Jennifer Kapasi, Head of Operations, Triumph International introduced how to ‘Find the One’ sports bra that matches your body type and fitness goals.



Next, F2 Fitness co-founders Farah Vohra and Neville Almeida amped up the energy levels by giving the participants a glimpse into their internationally certified Les Mills classes. We got a few short sessions in Bodypump, Bodycombat and Bodyjam. Never felt so energized and pepped up after a workout. F2 Fitness ideally believes  “Getting Fit and Remaining Fit” helping each member to achieve their desired goals and fitness levels. WooH!!

Highlighting the new Triaction Sports Collection.

1)It comes in superb fit and energizing colours
2) Specially designed for women who are on the move, the racer back style brings added stability and support. 
3) Its moisture-absorbent mesh fabric add -on feature is definitely the plus point,  providing a dry feel to the wearer!
4) The foam pads give you a flattering look.
5) Individual cups control bounce and give extra support.


 My take on Triaction

Working out with Triaction was like magic. I didn’t once adjust my straps or even feel a slightest bit of discomfort. It felt dry and is a definite ‘must have’ for me, a woman who enjoys fitness. Now  yoga, gym, cycling, kickboxing or whatever I want to do, I will do with Triaction.


Find the One that moves with you at Triumph! Available at select large format stores, multi brand outlets and leading online portals.

  • Colours: Black, Neon Green and Neon Orange
  • Size Range: M to XXL
  • MRP: Rs. 1,699/-


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Winter Goodness – Recipe for Bajra ka Laddoo

Ring!! Ring!!
Thats the school bell.
Its 10.30 Am, time for a mid-morning snack for everyone. I am quite hungry by now and quickly take out my tiffin box just like the kids of my class.  I had carried a brown bread chutney sandwich that day as I try to eat healthy. My co teacher Ms Shabana showed me something very interesting she had brought in her box that day. Her aunty had prepared this special winter dish that  looked like a laddu but not a sweet one. It was a lasan and bajra atta laddoo. I had a small bite to taste and I must say that my tastebuds popped with pleasure. Hence SweetAnnu decided to research this recipe and do a blogpost after making it the very next day. 🙂

Lasan(Garlic) & Bajra( Millet)  Laddoo

This is a very old recipe from Gujarat. It is a very rustic and simple dish that is generally made during winter – when it is cold, because all ingredients are ‘hot’ for the body. The main two ingredients are green garlic which is fresh tasting, much milder than mature garlic.  Bajra is also had in winters. This combination was simply superb. These laddoos are generally eaten with curd and baingan bharta (eggplant)


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1. 3-4 chappatis  – made from 3 cups of millet flour and water.
2.1 cup finely chopped green garlic.
3. 2- 3 tablespoons ghee. I used GITS Pure Ghee.
( the diet conscious can use olive oil)
4. Salt to taste.

bajra roti

1. Break the chappatis  and grind into fine crumbs in a mixer.
2. Heat the ghee in a large pan, fry the garlic for a few seconds only,
do not overcook it.
3. Add the ground mixture and mix with the ghee and lasan.
4. Add half cup water and cook till its looks like dough.
5. Remove from heat, let it cool , and shape into meduim size balls.
6. Serve hot with curd, raita or aubergine bhurta.

I think this can be easily stored in an airtight container for few days. Need to heat on eating. An easy recipe for winters, 100% you will love making and relishing this dish.  Thank you Shabana for sharing the recipe with me. 🙂 🙂



The New Whisper Ultra Bloggers Meet

So where was I going on Saturday 19th December?
Any Guesses!!
Yes, to the St Regis hotel for a  “Discuss Out Loud Bloggers Handout” Exclusive bloggers Meet. In short to discuss about period problems during those five days of the month which we women encounter.
Wow!! SweetAnnu just got bold and beautiful discussing that sensitive topic. So read on ….

The Invite

This pretty invite came home in an unique basket with labelled flags. Innovative and  different, encouraging and motivating. I was all set to attend with my sweetpea daughter Zenia Irani. We were asked to wear green and white. It was great to see the blogger community taken effort to dress for the occasion.





On stage



1) Aditi Mittal – Up first she popped on stage bursting with energy, cracking those jokes on periods making the crowd go GA-ga over her comic timing.


2) Kalki Koechlin– This gorgeous diva came up next looking so pretty in white and green. She interacted and answered and spoke all about period taboos. There were  audio visuals and presentations on period problem.



3. Gynaecologist Dr Nandita Palshetkar – She showcased her expertise on menstruation. She also explained the  importance of keeping  track of ones  periods. Eating healthy food and  doing  normal exercises during periods should be practiced too.

4.Chetan Kotyalkar– The specialist from Whisper, Chetan demonstrates how Whisper helps you
The all new Whisper Ultra Clean  is 5 times better than any regular pad available in the market.




He explained through a demo the advantages of using new Whisper. Whisper being….
1, More absorption for long hours.
2. Better dryness for clean feeling.
3. Faster absorption for heavy flow.
4.Better comfort with top soft sheet.
5. Better Odour lock.


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The Fun that followed

Each one of us wrote our pledge on a pad and posted on the wall. It could be what you plan to do to #ownthose5days or an encouraging note to other women.


We also performed a  team task  in the form of physical activity with a sporting spirit. Three cheers to the gang number 6.


Kalki obliged with interviews and pictures. Her bindaas attitude made me her instant fan.


We were all set for some deliciousness now. There was an assortment of finger food, sandwiches and yummy desserts to suit each ones taste and liking.
Now we were a team of bloggers who were ready to spread the awareness of New Whisper Ultra Clean. We can now conquer the world even during menstruation. There was a take away gift for all those who attended .


Thank you to the team of Whisper and Blogmint for this fun, informative and unique experience. And to the host St Regis for their hospitality.

Check outmore details on their social media Handles.




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The dreaded Dengue

Last year in the month of August, I developed shivers and severe body ache, not knowing what was happening to my body I kept having antibiotics to curb the fever. My doctor suggested a blood test and yes, SweetAnnu was diagnosed with Dengue. Recovered now but the thought of that period of time when I suffered this dreaded virus only sends shivers down my spine.I hope and pray none of my family; friends and readers ever have to go through this.

What is dengue?
Dengue is a viral infection transmitted by the bite of an infected female Aedes mosquito. Symptoms appear in 3–14 days (average 4–7 days) after the infective bite. Dengue fever is a flu-like illness that affects infants, young children and adults.
According to health officials the most common symptoms are:
• FEVER – around 40°C
• WEAKNESS – intense fatigue
• PAIN IN THE BODY – behind the eyes and joints

Prevention is better than cure

When I gave a lecture about dengue in my school to spread awareness, the children came up with interesting ways to protect themselves from mosquitoes. One kid wanted to send all mosquitoes to the planet of Mars while another said it was more dangerous than a tiger.However I explained to them in an easy way how we can protect ourselves against dengue fever by taking the following precautions:
• Prevent mosquito breeding inside and outside your home
• Avoid visiting areas prone to mosquitoes
• Apply mosquito repellant lotion to exposed skin and/or clothing.
• Wear long-sleeves and long pants to cover your arms and legs.• Use mosquito nets while sleeping.
• Guard against bites by using a mosquito coil in the house or in open areas like a veranda.
• One can use Aerosol , electric liquid, coils to save one self from bites.

• Dengue-carrying mosquitoes breed in stagnant water so remove or throw away any standing water.

Join the fight against Dengue:

The #SavePayal Campaign, Many people live in risk of catching dengue, a flu-like illness that can result in hospitalization and even death. Children are the most vulnerable. Payal is one of those children, but there are millions more.Join All Out® in the fight against dengue and together we can help protect your family and community from dengue. All Out® campaign to #SavePayal is a common story of any girl child who can succumbs to this deadly virus called Dengue. Let’s join hands, take action and Save Payal in every street, city, state of India. Everyone should be aware of this serious virus that is deadly and claiming lives. I recently participated in a blood donation drive that was organized by my neighborhood. You can missed call on this number (1800180181818) and participate whole heartedly. We need to wake up and Save Payal and join this endeavor by ALL OUT.

Also check the website for further details http :// /
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A refreshing Kiwifruit drink

Kiwi- The Hero

Packed with more vitamin C than an equivalent amount of orange, the bright green flesh of the kiwifruit speckled with tiny black seeds is packed with health. This delicious fruit is brimming with vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and other essential elements which help to keep your body healthy and vital.

Zespri Kiwi fruit


Now this delicious fruit is available in India, Thanks  Zespri® Kiwifruit India ( ) . It is available in both Green and SunGold varieties. While both are nutrition powerhouses, the SunGold variant is tropical-sweet and ready to eat at the point of purchase while the Green Kiwifruit is refreshingly tangy and requires 3-5 days to ripen when kept at room temperature. Look for Zespri® Green Kiwifruit from May – November and Zespri® SunGold Kiwifruit from May – October.


My taste for Kiwifruit



I have recently developed a taste for kiwi. Being a food blogger I  find it being used in more often in drinks, desserts and salads. Having received a box of Fresh good quality Kiwi I decided to make a Kiwi drink.

Kiwi Kooler.

Tired from work or after a workout one can fix this Kiwi Kooler in a jiffy. Kiwi kooler, the beautiful light green colour looking drink is very refreshing. Best served with lots of ice and crushed mint leaves.


The Recipe




1. Take three green ripe Kiwis, scoop the pulp and whisk it in a mixer until pulpy.
2. Add the lemonade and crushed mint leaves to a tall glass with ice and give it a good stir.
3. Garnish with lemon. Add pepper or Chaat masala for that added spice ( optional)
4. If Lemonade not available in house, one can use fresh lemon juice and sugar syrup. Add according to your taste.
Your Kiwi Kooler is ready.




SweetAnnu loved its tangy and refreshing taste. It was a total  tongue tickler and I enjoyed it immensely after a brisk walk by the sea. 🙂 😉



Some Guilt- Free Snacking

Doesn’t this happen to all of us? Our over scheduled life gets us a little nuttier than normal and we end up going straight for that bag of chips and endless cups of sugared Colas or coffee. And the time to workout never comes adding to that extra weight we hate to put on. Right?
What if I told you to Go ahead and indulge, go guilt-free and bite into a nutritious Chocolate chip cookie. Would you believe me? You would think of the calories you will take on with every bite.

The Just Baked Range of Goodies
The Just Baked Range of Goodies


Not any more… Read on my Guilt-free trip with GET BAKED.
I happened to try out products from a new Company ‘ Get Baked’. It manufacture a range of health food snacks that offer functional and wellness benefits, daily nutrition and guilt-free munching.

Bluckbuster Choco Chip Cookies
Blockbuster Choco Chip Cookies


I was very impressed by the Chocolate chip cookies. It was a huge circle of heavenly richness. However these cookies are not laden with refined sugar. The ingredients for cookies are  Oats flour, almond flour, whole wheat flour, organic brown sugar, butter, eggs and nothing else. It had that special flavour and were so freshly baked. Each bite had an added  sweet smile on my face. They crumbled and melted away in the mouth instantly. Yes now isn’t that the guilt- free indulgence I promised? Hang on there is more 🙂

Cranberry Cookie + Coffee = YUMMY
Cranberry Cookie + Coffee = YUMMY

This cookie was unique with cranberries and nuts popping out of it to tease me. I had it the next day with a cup of coffee. It was not too sweet, just as I like my cookies to be. I especially liked the added crunch of Almond and enjoying chewing on it till it melted. The taste lasts quite a while and you can easily be satisfied by two cookies and feel quite full  🙂

Got nuts over Chocolate crunch


Pop, Chew, Relish and Repeat
Pop, Chew, Relish and Repeat
Goodness for everyone


I tried out the Maple Variant first, loved the crunchy texture and felt happy instantly, having my favourite type of snack but not getting guilty over it. Salty and sweet this Rock Crunch is an awesome treat for my family. However the Dark Chocolate variant will be a hit with the kids. This can be given to them coz its laden with goodness of oats, almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, honey, organic brown sugar, maple syrup and salt. So you read right!! There is NO MAIDA at all.
So go all out and order yourself a bunch of these goodies. There products are 100% natural and contain no preservatives or added flavours. The shelf life is good too 🙂
Product Range:
Crunch rocks – Range: Maple, Chocolate, Cranberry and Sugar-Free
Crunch rocks – Ingredients: Oats, almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, maple syrup, honey, organic brown sugar, salt and nothing else
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Cookies – Ingredients: – Oats flour, almond flour, whole wheat flour, organic brown sugar, butter, eggs and nothing else

The Get Baked Range
The Get Baked Range


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