About Me

Hi! I’m Sakshi and a warm welcome to Smell the Mint Leaves!

I’m a mom to two adorable kids – a four-year-old and a 2-month old. Also, I’m an Electrical Engineer, Wellness Enthusiast and a Foodie from San Jose, California. I’m a certified health coach from Dr. Sears Wellness Institute. I was born in India and came to the US for my higher studies. After graduating from Stanford University with a Ph.D. in 2013, I went on to work with the best companies in Silicon Valley. All these years, I got used to giving my more-than-100% to work or family. 

However, like most of us, I de-prioritized caring for myself. My husband and I juggled between Home, Child, Work and tried to do everything perfectly; but that came at a price – my health. Two years ago, I was diagnosed with multiple auto-immune diseases; my body wasn’t by my side. And, it caused havoc in my life and affected our family. 

Since then, I’m up there on my own priority list and I wish the same for all of us. I hope that all of us take some time for ourselves and our wellness amidst our work and family commitments. I’ve become mindful and passionate about eating well, exercising, sleeping well and above all – minimizing stress. Taking charge of my health has shown me a silver lining, which I have latched onto. Therefore, I strongly believe that we all can and should take good and informed care of ourselves.


Why Smell the Mint Leaves?

There was a time when I would work really hard – too hard, round the clock – to ever pluck and smell the mint leaves in our backyard! Hence the name. So, if you are someone who feels too busy to relish life, Smell the Mint Leaves can be of help to you. If you are a busy parent, Smell the Mint Leaves may feel like home to you. 

At Smell the Mint Leaves, I plan to learn, develop and share tips to take care of our food, our kids and our wellness – both physical and emotional. Bottomline- anything to make the lives of busy parents a notch simpler and better.

Also, I’d like to hear from you – how you manage and take charge of your health! Please say Hi on Facebook or Instagram.


What are the discussed categories?

I hope to achieve a productive life- I intend to share the process and techniques to simplify our lives and be at our best! In order to do that, it is great to have a large part of our life planned and in auto-pilot :). 

1. Food – (a) Compiling and creating healthy recipes (b) Leveraging superfoods as much as possible (c) Using traditional wisdom of cooking (d) Planning our meals and preparing for them for the busy lives.

2. Wellness – Notes and learnings to take care of our emotional and physical wellbeing – ranging from conflict handling to managing lifestyle diseases.

3. Kids – Making it easier to plan things around children (toddler for me) (a) activities (b) checklists for health, travel (c) key decisions and the parameters.

What to Expect from Smell the Mint Leaves?

Healthy Food

I don’t use processed food in our kitchen and here I share hacks for healthy cooking and eating.


Easy Recipe Directions

I share uncomplicated recipes using not-so-complex ingredients with modern appliances in our kitchen.


Articles on Wellness and Kids

I hope to share and update articles on different topics concerning the busy lives of today. 


Checklists and Planners

I share checklists and planners in a PDF format which we can download and keep handy.


Comments and Feedback

If you’ve lifestyle tips for busy lives, please share with us all so that we can all benefit from them. Please comment and share your tips.

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