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Remember that April fool’s joke Google pulled a while ago? Who would’ve thought it’d be such a major phenomenon. I started playing Pokemon Go a coupla’ days after it came out and boy am I addicted! You will be too, and if you’re not, its high time you join the bandwagon. I’m a newly minted 30 year old, with my child-at-heart and I-won’t-grow-up tendencies in overdrive so thats probably why I’m nuts about the game right now(?), and I’ll tell you why this is SUCH a great addition to my daily routine. (I wish I talked about exercising this way)

1. Bonding time with your Significant Other!

The husband and I are charting out elaborate Pokemon hunting plans and evolution strategies and are spending hours together walking around to catch these cute li’l critters. I gotta admit, that we’re mostly bonding over our frustration when the app freezes, but any bonding is good bonding, no? Also, I get the warmest hugs when I lose a high level CP Pokemon or when something upsetting happens. Bear hugs in the cold, foggy San Franciscan nights are a BIG deal you guys!

2. Exercise

If you are a lazy bum like me, you’ll know what I’m talking about. I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited about going to or training at gyms. Also, you need to walk to hatch some eggs that might contain a rare Pokemon, and that pushed me to get off my couch and walk around and sweat it out. Also, I’ve found some wonderful spots in my neighborhood which I didn’t even know existed. More content for my IG feed y’all.

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3. SO many new friends!

This game facilitates a ton of social interaction amongst introverts and that’s amazing! I’m usually the silent type who’d much rather stay away from crowds and not be amidst loud people who talk too much extroverts. The other day, I was at the university, dropping lures and waiting for some Pokemon to show up and I can’t say much for Pokemon appearing, but a bunch of people started gathering at the lures. We chanced upon a Pikachu and in an instant, 15 strangers were cheering each other on and frantically resorting to throwing curve balls with index fingers to catch the li’l guy; and we were talking like we’re old friends. I never knew social gatherings to be more fun!

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4. Nostalgia, hello!

As a kid, I remember that red cartridge I put into my Gameboy and this game brings back all those memories. There’s nothing like a good dose of nostalgia to get your spirits up and I love how Pokemon Go does that; and the entire augmented reality aspect of it is so exciting!

5. The endless marketing possibilities!!

You can’t expect me to be a marketer and not think of all the creative ways in which businesses could use this app as an aide to boost business or spread buzz. With the app’s user base exceeding that of Twitter, there’s no question it makes for some good real estate for ads, but I’m loving seeing creative ways local businesses are using it to come up with some creative guerilla marketing tactics. Yelp has already started adding a search filter for restaurants that gives you results based on whether theres a Pokestop nearby. I’ve also seen a coupla’ local bars and eateries handing out some cool incentives to PoGo trainers and making most of foot traffic.!

I’m sure as with any game, there are downsides to this also (phone battery life and app crashes aside). Once life’s priorities take over, I might spend lesser time with it, but whilst its still fresh, fun and an active part of our daily routines, lets enjoy the madness 🙂

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Iced Green Tea Latte

A coupla’ days ago, I attended a Bikram yoga class near my place and after 90 mins, I got out of that place red as an apple and absolutely dehydrated. I don’t know if its just me, but what really got to me was the heat in that studio. The poses were relatively slow and simple, but that bloody heat! I swear if I could, I’d punch those idiot heaters in their grate-y little faces. Those last 10 minutes, I really thought I was dying.

I generally don’t lose my cool in public, and I somehow put up a brave front and got through the class, but I swear to you, I was almost about to break down and cry by the end of the class. Also, the fact that the instructor didn’t let another newbie get out of class didn’t help.

I guess it takes a lot of getting used to. I’m a person who loses their shit in hot weather, so yeah, I have a LOT of getting used to to do! Also, I enjoy my yoga sessions in places where’s some ventilation. Nice flow of light and air, and this Bikram yoga environment didn’t really cater to my senses, so I’m bidding adieu to that and am sticking to my Surya Namaskars at home or my local park.

*(I apologize if I’ve offended any bikram yoga lovers out there. I have nothing against the practice. Its me. I can’t do it)

Anyway, after that horrid exhausting yoga session, I ran to the nearest Starbucks to get a cup of the green tea latte, saw the long line and didn’t want to wait, so I quickly rushed home to make myself some. As long as you have some good matcha powder, making this latte is a breeze, way more tasty and less expensive than Starbucks’ version.

Ingredients:

Serving Size –  One 8oz glass full

  • 1.5 tsp Matcha Green tea powder (I’ve used DoMatcha. You can use any matcha of your choice. Got this one just to try it out. I’ve previously used One Organic’s Matcha and it was good too – less expensive, but slightly bitter)
  • 1 tbsp hot water (NOT boiling)
  • 1 cup Vanilla Soy Milk (Or any milk of your choice)
  • Agave Nectar (or any sweetener)
  • Chia seeds or your choice of fruit as a topping
  • Ice

Method:

  • Take some dry matcha powder and add some hot water to it. Whisk until its a lump free liquid
  • To this matcha, add some cold vanilla soymilk, agave nectar and mix. I sometimes use 2% milk, and add a dash of vanilla essence to it
  • Take a tall glass with ice and add the milk+matcha mixture to it
  • Top off with fruit of your choice, some chia seeds and enjoy!

Veggie Frittata

Two weeks ago, I got in touch with an old middle-school friend who’s now a Beachbody Coach, so I can be religious about working out and be accountable to someone. I’m usually flaky about working out and was looking to get back on track with my exercise regime.  I’m so glad I’m doing it with my new coach @revamody! Also, she’s a vegetarian and I finally have a coach who understands how to up my protein content without binge feeding me eggs all the time!

I decided to embark on the 21 Day Fix journey with her and it’s been great so far. The program is not as intense as insanity, but is pretty good. I like how the workouts have some form of weight lifting involved and my favorite part of the program is the container system. The containers are lazy-girl friendly, and its easier for me to keep track of what and how much I’m eating. I also got myself a month’s supply of Shakeology. Its still too early to tell how good or bad Shakeology has been for me, but as of now, I’m liking having some kind of meal replacement shake. I hate spending all my time in the kitchen, and this is super easy to whip up and has protein and a bunch of superfoods in it. So, win-win!

Now, given my weight, my calorie target (per day) is 1,355 Cals. In the 21 Day fix world, that translates to 3 Green, 2 Purple, 3 Red, 3 Yellow, 1 Blue and 1 Orange containers. Since I’m vegetarian and get my protein mostly in the form of lentils/sprouts, I’m subbing 1 red container for 1 yellow one. (Click Here to calculate your calorie target.)

I need Indian food in my diet to be happy, so I usually substitute rice for quinoa and try to come up with easy to make stuff that cuts my time spent slaving in the kitchen to a minimum. Oats dosa is the new diet friendly fad I’m into these days and this is my version with some easy to find ingredients. Loaded with veggies, its healthy, high in fibre and protein and super easy to make. Also, its fussy husband friendly 😛

Ingredients

    • Steel Cut Oats or Multigrain Hot Cereal from Trader Joe’sP1050196
    • Unflavored Protein Powder. I used NOW Foods Whey Protein IsolateP1050200
    • Besan / Chick Pea/ Garbanzo Bean Flour (If unavailable, substitute with canned garbanzo beans)
    • Finely chopped onion, chillies, cabbage, carrots, bell peppers and other veggies of choice
    • Paprika, cumin powder, crushed pepper, Himalayan Salt as needed
    • 1/4 tsp Garam Masala
    • 1 tsp baking soda -or- Eno (fruit salt)

Method

Combine the steel cut oats, hot cereal mix and chick pea flour in a coffee grinder to make a fine powder. If adding garbanzo beans instead, add water to the mixer to make a batter.

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Combine the flour mixture with veggies, spices and protein powder of your choice. Add some baking soda or fruit salt to it, to make the batter fluffy.

Combine the veggies, spices and protein powder

Combine the veggies, spices and protein powder

Veggies combined with the flour mixture

Add the veggies to the flour mixture

Add water to the mix to make a batter. To make the batter fluffy, add 1/2 tsp of baking soda or fruit salt. I used Eno here.

Add water to the mix to make a batter. To make the batter fluffy, add 1/2 tsp of baking soda or fruit salt. I used Eno here.

Spread the batter onto a nonstick pan. Cover and cook until both sides are golden brown and dry.

Spread the batter onto a nonstick pan. Cover and cook until both sides are golden brown and dry. Add a coupla’ drops of oil on the sides to prevent it from sticking to the pan.

Voila, veggie frittata's ready!

Voila, veggie frittata!

And all done! Serve the dosa/frittata with a side of fruit and any chutney. Here, I have a creamy avocado-mint chutney. In the 21 day container system, two pancakes roughly make up –

1 Yellow – The flour mix

1/2 Red – Protein Powder and the chick pea flour

1 Green – Veggies

1/3 Orange – sesame seeds

*Note – To make this recipe vegan, just substitute the whey protein with plant protein

Oh gosh, its the new warlord.

The boy was playing FIFA street soccer today and I couldn’t help but notice that the game has some pretty sweet music tracks playing in the background. Such a clever way to market music artists, no?

Anyway, so M.I.A‘s Boyz started playing and it just made me wonder how underrated that woman is. I mean, yeah, her music is acclaimed, but in my side of the world, with all the people going nuts over the annoyingly crass Nicki Minajs and incredibly dumb Taylor Swifts, it makes me wonder why some really talented artists are never appreciated as much as these guys are.

Paper Planes was what made me really check out M.I.A and her music trove. Kala’s one of her really cool albums. Almost all the tracks are amazing. I love how she brings together indian folksy tunes, RnB and electronic beats; and chalks up lyrics that talk about political issues in her own candid, yet profound way.

Also really cool, is her single called ‘Bad Girls’. Its a fun song to listen to when working out and I find that it sets the perfect tempo for a warm-up routine on le treadmill. So if you’re a person who likes tapping away those feet to some differently put together, entertaining music, you have to check her out.