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Ghee is a superfood that has been around for centuries and is a staple in many Indian diets because of its health-boosting properties. It is a clarified butter that has a richer flavor and is healthier than regular butter. Because of its unique antioxidant and immune system-boosting properties, ghee is a smart addition to your daily diet and a great substitute for other fats in cooking. Start experimenting by adding it into your daily foods to find something you like!
1 cup (235 ml) of milk of your choice
1/2 tsp (2 g) of ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp (2 g) of ground turmeric
1/4 tsp (1 g) of ashwagandha
2 pinches of ground cardamom
1 pinch of ground nutmeg
1 pinch of ground black pepper
1 tsp (4 g) of ghee
1 tsp (5 ml) of honey
Makes 1 serving
EditAdding Ghee to Your Diet for Health Benefits
Buy a jar of ghee from a health food store or make some at home. Ghee is a clarified butter product available at many health food stores or Indian markets. Follow a recipe to make ghee at home.
Ghee is non-perishable and does not need to be refrigerated like butter, so don’t worry about an expiration date!
Ghee does not contain lactose and has less cholesterol than regular butter. It contains the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K.
Put 1/2-1 tbsp (7-14 g) of ghee in your morning coffee or tea. Ghee is richer than butter and it has a nutty flavor that tastes nice when you melt it in coffee or tea. Keep in mind that ghee is high in saturated fat so it will increase the calories of your coffee if you also include things like cream.
1/2-1 tbsp (7-14 g) of ghee is considered a healthy serving.
Add 1/2-1 tbsp (7-14 g) of ghee to breakfast foods. Spread ghee on toast instead of butter or mix it into a bowl of oatmeal. The vitamins and antioxidants that ghee contains are a great addition to your first meal of the day.
The vitamin D in ghee helps improve memory function, while the other vitamins have antioxidant properties that help fortify the immune system.
Blend 1/2-1 tbsp (7-14 g) of ghee into a smoothie. Add ghee to any smoothie recipe for even more healthy vitamins. Ghee has energy boosting properties that will make any super smoothie even more powerful.
Try pairing 1/2 tbsp (7 g) of ghee and 1/2 tbsp (7 g) coconut oil in a smoothie for a combo of healthy fats.
Top popcorn with melted ghee instead of regular butter. Make your movie night healthier with ghee. Use about 4 tbsp (60 ml) of melted ghee for every 1/2 cup (64 g) of popcorn kernels, or whatever suits your personal taste.
Pour the melted ghee over the popcorn while it is still hot and mix it thoroughly to coat the popcorn evenly.
Don’t eat more than a serving of ghee each day to avoid negative effects. Even though ghee is a healthy fat, excessive amounts of anything high in saturated fat have negative effects on your weight and heart health. Stick to one serving of ghee a day.
Add ghee in moderation to an otherwise balanced and healthy diet to get its full benefits.
EditCooking with Ghee
Use ghee as the cooking fat when you saute things. Substitute an equal amount of ghee for the cooking oil or butter in recipes like stir-fries. Ghee has a high smoke point so it can withstand high heats when you cook with it in a frying pan.
Ghee is a healthy alternative to vegetable oil.
Try using ghee to make a vegetable or chicken stir fry.
Substitute ghee for coconut oil in baked goods. When you use ghee in baking, it will add a rich, nutty flavor to the baked goods. Like coconut oil, it is a healthy alternative to other oils.
Ghee is especially tasty in baked dishes that already include nuts because of its natural nutty flavor.
Try substituting ghee for the butter or oil when you make brownies.
Add ghee to sauces, soups, stews, or curries. Use ghee as a substitute for butter or oil in any liquid recipes. The rich flavor especially compliments these types of dishes and it is often used in Indian curry recipes.
Even if the recipe doesn’t call for butter, you can add 1/2 tbsp (7g) to any dish to receive added health benefits.
EditMaking Moon Milk
Simmer 1 cup (235 ml) of milk in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. For the best flavor, use whole milk or an unsweetened nut milk such as almond or cashew milk. Keep an eye on the saucepan while it comes to a simmer, and turn down the heat if it looks like it is about to boil.
Warm milk is a remedy for sleeplessness that has been used for centuries.This moon milk recipe adds other natural flavors and herbs with healthy properties to warm milk. Drink it before bed to help you fall asleep faster.
The recipe also provides healthy proteins and is a delicious way to include ghee in your diet.
Stir in 1/2 tsp (2 g) each of ground cinnamon and turmeric. Use a fork or a whisk to thoroughly mix the ground cinnamon and turmeric into the milk as it simmers. Whisk until you don’t see any clumps of the spices.
Add 1/4 tsp (1 g) of ashwagandha and stir it in. Ashwagandha is an adaptogen, or in other words a substance that helps the body adapt to stress. Look for it at a health food store or an Indian market.
You can substitute another adaptogen such as shatavari or astragalus if you can’t find ashwagandha.
Add 2 pinches of ground cardamom and 1 pinch of black pepper and nutmeg. Pinch a small amount of each spice between your fingers and toss it into the milk. Whisk it in with a fork or whisk.
Nutmeg is another natural sleep aid that adds a restful boost to this recipe.
Drop in 1 tsp (4 g) of ghee, turn the heat to low, and cook for 5-10 minutes. Stir the milk occasionally to keep mixing all the ingredients together. The longer you cook it, the stronger the flavors and properties will be.
Remember that ghee is high in saturated fat, so consume it in moderation. Cut the amount down to 1/2 tsp (2 g) if you are eating ghee in other recipes throughout the day or have concerns about cholesterol.
Remove the saucepan from the heat, stir in 1 tsp (5 ml) of honey, and serve. Stir in the honey at the very end to avoid cooking it. Honey loses its beneficial properties when it gets cooked.
Raw honey is preferred for this recipe if you can find it.
Let the mixture cool for 2-3 minutes in your mug before you drink it to avoid burning your mouth.
EditThings You’ll Need
Fork or whisk
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Nobody likes a smelly car. It’s unpleasant to sit in your car and smell a bad aroma, and you may feel embarrassed if you’re giving friends a ride. Fortunately, in most cases, it’s relatively simple to remove a bad smell from your car. Start with taking out trash from the car, then vacuuming the interior and wiping away any stains. If the smells linger, you may need to shampoo the interior surfaces or reach out to professional car cleaners.
EditCleaning Your Car to Eliminate Smells
Clean trash and other garbage out of your car. Start with the basics by clearing everything out of the car and removing all trash. There may be an old piece of food or other garbage stinking up your car. Check under the seats and remove all rotting food, trash, and junk items. Check back pockets and remove all trash items.
Be careful if you have children as there may be sticky candies, or unidentified blobs of food stuck within the pocket. Don’t forget to clean the back or trunk of the car as well.
Wipe the interior surfaces to remove stains that may produce odors. Use a soft cleaning cloth and an all-purpose cleaning spray to wipe down every plastic, wood, glass, and metallic surface inside the car. Look for any spills or stains that could be causing the odor. For example, a child may have spilled pudding on the seat.
For leather seats, use an appropriate leather cleaner. Alternatively, you can ask for a suitable interior car cleaner at your automotive store.
If your upholstery is not leather, remove stains by vacuuming or shampooing the surfaces.
Remove and clean the floor mats or rugs. In most cars, the floor mats (where the driver’s and passengers’ feet rest) can be removed. Pull these out, and use a few rags and hot, soapy water to clean them. Stains may have accumulated over time, which may be producing the foul smell in your car.
Use clean water when you’re cleaning off the floor mats. Wipe off all excess water from the mats so no water pools up in the car once you put the mats back in.
Vacuum the car to clear out any grime worked into the carpet. Vacuum the carpet and the seats to remove excess dirt. Besides dirt, food crumbs or leftover bits of trash may have been worked into the carpet. Vacuuming these out should improve the smell of your car. Run the vacuum nozzle over all seat and floor surfaces.
If you’re sure that the car’s carpet is the problem, you could sprinkle carpet deodorizer over the carpet. Leave it to sit for the time recommended on the package instructions (usually about 5-10 minutes) before vacuuming it up.
Shampoo the inside of the car if vacuuming didn’t remove the smell. If vacuuming failed to remove the smell, you’ll need to take a more aggressive approach towards cleaning the carpet. Purchase a car shampoo from your local car store and use a clean sponge for scrubbing. Mix the car shampoo with water as the package directions suggest. Scrub the shampoo deep into the car upholstery and carpet to release the dirt trapped inside the fabric folds.
Work the shampoo deep into any existing carpet or seat stains. Stains may be a source of odor, so removing them is crucial.
Once you’ve finished scrubbing the car’s interior, you’ll need to rinse out the shampoo and let the interior carpets and seats dry.
When purchasing a car shampoo, select one that is designed to treat the type of materials used in your car.
Sprinkle baking soda over odorous stains to remove the smell. Baking soda absorbs unpleasant odors. Buy a box at your local grocery store, and use your fingers to sprinkle a pinch of the powder over a smelly stain in your car. Let it sit for 4-5 hours and use a regular household vacuum cleaner to vacuum up the baking soda.
Only sprinkle baking soda onto dry surfaces. If you sprinkle it onto a wet stain, the powder will form a tough-to-remove paste.
EditRemoving Smells with Specific Causes
Wipe interior surfaces with water and vinegar to remove cigarette smell. Mix a 1:1 mixture of white vinegar and water in a large bowl. Wet a clean rag in the mixture, and use the rag to wipe residue from smoke and tar off of the car’s interior surfaces. Since smoke tends to work its way into every surface of a vehicle, you may also need to spray a deodorizing spray into the car’s vents and air intake.
If you or somebody else regularly smokes in the car, though, the odor will always be present, so the best thing to do is to stop smoking in the car.
Remove mildew or mold by vacuuming out any moisture. Use a wet-dry vac to vacuum out any moisture from your car’s upholstery or carpets. Once you’re done, leave the windows open for 8-10 hours to allow the car’s interior to fully dry out. If you cleaned removable rugs or mats, let them dry in the sun to kill mold and mildew. Once the interior is dry, the mildew smell should be gone.
Prevent future mildew in your vehicle by checking for any leaks in your car. You can check for leaks by parking your car over a sheet of clean cardboard overnight. If you find that your car has leaks, take it to a mechanic for repair.
If leaks aren’t an issue, the mildew or mold may have occurred because of a spilled drink or wet gear being placed in the car and left there. Remove any contaminants such as rotting food and clean the area of the car with an all-purpose cleaner or shampoo.
Clean out vomit by scrubbing stains with a water and vinegar solution. Vomit is an odor source that should be cleaned up immediately, because the stomach acids in vomit cling to the fiber and can damage it. Mix vinegar and water at a 1:1 ratio in a large bucket. Then, dip a rag into the mixture and scrub at the vomit stain. Keep working over the stain until you’ve removed it from the surface it’s on.
Once you’ve scrubbed all of the residual vomit out of the carpet, use a wet-dry vac to pull all of the remaining water and vinegar out of the carpet.
Remove urine stains by scrubbing with a stain remover. Urine has a strong odor and should be removed from the car as soon as possible. Visit an auto shop and buy a stain remover that is suitable for car upholstery or carpet. Blot the stain remover onto the car upholstery or carpet rather than rubbing it in. Let the stain remover sit for the time suggested by the packaging.
Allow the wet patch to air-dry. If you use a hot dryer source (like a hair dryer), the urine may adhere to the carpet and start to smell very bad.
If this doesn’t work, you could try using a pet urine odor removing spray. You can purchase this product at most pet stores.
Seek professional help if the odor continues to linger. There are professionals who focus specifically on removing odors, either through professional detailing outlets, or through specialist cleaning. These agencies will have plenty of experience removing stubborn odors and deeply-ingrained stains from cars.
Search online for a specialist car cleaner near you, or call a local car dealership for their recommendation.
While you can hang a scented air freshener over your rearview mirror, these only mask bad smells rather than actually removing them. However, if you’d like to try an air freshener, you can purchase them at most gas stations and grocery stores.
You can rent or purchase a wet-dry vacuum at most local hardware stores or home-improvement stores.
Get Bad Smells out of Leather
Remove Mold Odors From Inside Automobiles
Find the Source of a Bad Odor in a Car
Deodorize a Room
Get Rid of Tobacco Odors in Cars
Get Rid of Vomit Smell
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