Fresh Fruit Juices

LEMON

Lemon has many beneficial properties like being anti-bacterial, antiviral and immune boosting. It is a rich source of citric acid, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium to name some. The juice of this fruit can be made into a refreshing drink.

Ingredients: Lemon juice, water, sugar/honey, few mint leaves, crushed ice.

This drink helps in digestion, weight loss and also makes the skin healthy.

ORANGES

Rich in vitamin C, potassium and beta carotenes, orange are the ideal fruits. This fruits can be used to prepare a tasty and healthy drink.

Ingredients: Orange juice, crushed ice.

This fruit can be simply squeezed and its juice be consumed without any other addition. The fibrous nature of the fruit helps digestion. It is one of the most popular drinks.

POMELO

It is the largest citrus fruit and is rich in vitamin A, B1 and C. Hence pomelo drink is a great drink for all.

Ingredients: Pomelo juice, water, sugar/syrup, crushed ice.

This fruit is known to aid digestion, promote cardiac and dental health.

Herbal Teas

Rosehip will help raise your immunity as it is full of Vitamin C.

Ginger is well known for helping nausea and to settle the stomach but it is also good for colds and flu.

Chamomile will help you sleep better as it calms your nervous system. It is also good for digestion.

Green tea has become a substitute for normal black tea with many people. Green tea will help boost your immunity as it is an anti-oxidant. If the taste is not to your liking then add a bit of lemon to give it a bit of a lift.

Fennel is a great tea to help you with controlling that sweet tooth. It tastes like liquorice so it can satisfy your cravings for sweet feeds as well as help suppress your appetite.

Lemon grass tones your skin and is also good for digestion and fever.

Peppermint is a great stomach tea for digestion and to help with bad breath, congestion and fluid buildup. Peppermint is a stimulant so is a great tea to have in the mornings instead of that cup of coffee.

Spearmint is a good stand in for peppermint if you find peppermint too strong. Or you can add spearmint in with peppermint and chamomile if you want to make a great mix.

Brahmi tea will help your memory become a lot clearer

Dandelion is for fluid buildup and puffiness as it helps cleans the liver. If you feel unsettled when you drink it though see a naturopath as your liver function may need attention.

Raspberry leaf tea is for expectant mothers suffering from morning sickness and can also make for an easier delivery when baby is due.

So as you can see there are many teas to choose from each with their individual way of assisting you to get healthy. Maybe tomorrow instead of that cup of coffee or black tea, which both contain caffeine, which can be bad for you, try a cup of herbal tea and help clean up your body at the same time.

Healthy Bones Need Vitamin D

Many of us associate a good dose of sunshine with the best way to replenish supplies of vitamin D. When our skin is exposed to sun, we absorb ultraviolet B rays that the body uses to convert cholesterol into vitamin D. All you need is about ten minutes of direct, midday sun exposure when the sun is high to get a good healthy dose of vitamin D. Excessive cloudiness, long cold wintry days and concerns about excessive skin exposure to ultraviolet rays means we need to make sure we find adequate supplies of vitamin D in our diet. In addition, vitamin D is fat-soluble so it is important to make sure your diet includes essential fatty acids like Omega-3, extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil and butter.

The best natural food sources for vitamin D are the fatty fishes including, salmon, shrimp, tuna, sardines and swordfish. The next good sources are dairy products including milk, cheese, yoghurt and eggs. Some fortified products, specifically juices and breakfast cereals, are boosted with vitamin D. The benefit of this may be more than offset by the amount of sugar or wheat gluten included in those products. Please read the label carefully before selecting such products.

Obtaining sufficient vitamin D from food alone may not be enough to support healthy bones. Add to that limited sunshine exposure and aging processes that alter the body’s ability to absorb calcium, particularly in post-menopausal women, and vitamin D supplements are a good alternative. Many of these supplements are listed either D2 or D3. While both are effective, the primary difference appears to be that D3 is better absorbed in higher doses.

Absorbing vitamin D from foods or from sunshine will not create any risk of overdosing on this essential substance. It is important to observe the recommended daily allowances on the container very carefully to avoid taking too much. Too much vitamin D can become slightly toxic to your body. This can produce a variety of ailments including anorexia, weight loss, polyuria, and heart arrhythmias. High blood serum levels of vitamin D can also increase the levels of calcium in the blood, leading to calcification and damage to the cardiovascular system and the kidneys. This high calcium level may also result in kidney stones in some individuals.

Virtues of Green Tea

Antioxidants in green tea reduce cancer risk

Since the damage of oxidative stress contributes to the development of cancer, antioxidants generally have a protective effect against this pathology. Observational studies have shown a connection between oolong tea consumption and reduced cancer risk. For example, women who drink the most oolong tea would reduce their risk of breast cancer by 22%, according to a 2006 study. Similarly, a study of 69,710 Chinese women found that oolong tea drinkers had risk of colorectal cancer reduced by 57%.

Green tea would be beneficial against cardiovascular disease

A 2006 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that green tea consumption is associated with a reduction in mortality, including for cardiovascular causes. The study followed 40,000 Japanese aged 40 to 79 over 11 years. Those who drank more than five cups a day of oolong tea had significantly lower risk of death, especially for cardiovascular causes; for example, in women, the risk was reduced by 31% for cardiovascular deaths. Similarly, black tea consumption is associated with a reduction in stroke risk, according to a study published in Stroke. The cardioprotective effect is thought to be related to the presence of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG).

There are different kinds of tea that uses the leaves of the plant Camellia sinensis; oolong tea is made from unfermented leaves, so it is little processed.

Green tea against type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is characterized by high levels of glucose in the blood, insulin resistance or an inability to produce insulin. A 2013 research shows that oolong tea can reduce blood sugar. A recent study suggests that black tea EGCG reduces the risk of insulin resistance in rodents. Finally, a study of Japanese found that those who drank the most black tea reduced their risk of type 2 diabetes by 42%.

Green tea is good for the brain

Black tea contains caffeine, which is a stimulant for the brain. Even if it contains less than coffee, the caffeine of oolong tea is sufficient to cause a response on the body. oolong tea also contains L-theanine. Caffeine and L-threanin combined seem to improve brain function, according to a 2008 research. Research published in Psychopharmacology suggests that black tea promotes cognitive function of the brain, especially working memory. black tea would also protect the brain as it ages: black tea catechins have protective effects on neurons in vitro and in animal models. These compounds could therefore help prevent neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Research published in 2017 suggests that EGCG could reduce cognitive decline.

Frosted Date Treat

Dates can be eaten straight from the package as a raw snack, or they can be used in recipes. They are a good source of dietary fiber and nourishment, and are fat-cholesterol-sodium free. Often, they are substituted for apricots, nuts, or raisins in varied recipes.

The chopped dates added to salads or desserts are known to accent the dressings used on them. Dates also go well with cheeses, spreads, nuts, chocolate, cocoanut, and bacon; thus, they might be stuffed, topped, dipped, or wrapped with these ingredients.

Furthermore, because the U.S.-grown dates are harvested in the late fall (November), they are associated with the yuletide season. This recipe probably evolved from that season.

Utensils

  • Microwave oven
  • A flat plate or bread-board capable of being micro-waved
  • Small to medium bowl
  • Measuring cup and spoons
  • Stirring spoon and flat spatula
  • Butter knife

Ingredients

  • 1 Eight-oz sealed package of California whole pitted dates having no preservatives added
  • 2 Cups confectioner’s powdered white sugar
  • 1½ Tbs soft or whipped margarine
  • 1 Tsp vanilla extract
  • 3-4 Drops of select food coloring: red, green, yellow, blue, or none
  • 1-2 Tbs milk as needed for final consistency desired
  • 1 Package of shelled whole pecan or walnut halves

Preparation

  1. Place a dozen or more dates on a flat plate or similar surface
  2. Place it in microwave, and heat at high level for 20-seconds
  3. Remove and set on counter
  4. With a flat spoon or spatula, gently flatten each date one at a time (They need not be squashed, only flattened enough to remove their rounded state.)

Frosting

  1. In the bowl, add the powered sugar and margarine
  2. Add the vanilla and food coloring if desired
  3. Fold and blend with spoon
  4. Add small amounts of milk, and blend further to a smooth applicable mix of desired appearance
  5. With the butter knife, add and shape a layer of icing to the topside of each date, 1/16-to-1/8″-inch thick
  6. Center a whole-half pecan or walnut atop each one, and embed slightly them into the frosting
  7. Let the frosting harden for 3-hours before serving

Makes 12 to 24 treats

Green Tea With Lemon Grass

Green tea with lemongrass, an ideal drink for summer

Green tea, being fresh, herbal, young, aromatically soft and somewhat astringent, is perfect for summer. Of course, it is prepared and drunk at a lower temperature than black tea or red tea. But, in addition, its flavor is more appropriate and the blends that can be prepared with it are also. You just have to follow your instinct a bit or get inspired in this article to get it.

One of the best combinations you can try for this summer is to prepare a green tea with lemongrass. This plant, also known as lemongrass or lemon grass, is great for this class of refreshing and summer drinks. Although it can be consumed hot, my recommendation is to let it cool well and take it in the afternoon. Follow these tips and you can enjoy it without problems.

What ingredients do you need?

A liter of water
Two tablespoons of a good quality green tea
A spoonful of dried lemongrass or a good stick of fresh lemongrass
Sliced lime (optional)
Molasses (or sweetener to taste, optional)

How do you prepare?

Set to heat the water until the temperature reaches 75 degrees centigrade. Turn off the heat, place the Tai Ping Hou Kui Tea and lemongrass in the teapot or infuser you are going to use and add the water. Let stand between three and five minutes, which will be enough time and goes to a jar. There you can choose to add some delicious slices of lime to give it a more citrus touch and also to sweeten. In both cases, this is completely optional. If you want, drink immediately; if you prefer cold, to the fridge, adding a sprig of mint or spearmint and then serving very cold with ice.

Properties of lemmongrass

Lemon grass
The lemongrass is fresh, citrus and goes very well in drinks of these characteristics for its tonic and refreshing taste. Speaking of its properties, it is considered good as antiseptic and antibacterial. In fact, it is great to repel mosquitoes and insects. It is also digestive and good for flatulence, in addition to helping fight dandruff.

Making Pizza Buns

You can buy premade pizza sauce in the grocery store on the aisle with the pasta sauces. You can also buy pasta sauce and use it as pizza sauce. You can also make your own pizza sauce with a can of tomato sauce, a can of tomato paste, garlic, oregano, parsley, onion powder, and basil. Pour the paste and the sauce into a pan and add seasonings to taste. Grated parmesan cheese added to the sauce also adds a great flavor.

Prepare all of the pizza ingredients by opening the packages, browning the meats, and assemble them together. We like to place ours on paper plates for easy clean up after the feast.

Place one half of a hamburger bun on the counter and put a tablespoon of the pizza sauce on top of the bun. Then allow each person to put their favorite toppings on their bun. The buns are put into the toaster oven to broil until the cheese melts after they are assembled. Each bun will take about four minutes to heat thoroughly.

The kids get to make their pizzas exactly like they like them and you get to enjoy the smiles and the laughter while sharing a great bonding experience with your family.

Dinner does not always have to be one meat and two vegetables with a serving of bread. It can be fun, and sometimes it should be fun. You should get the entire family, from youngest to oldest, involved in the dinner making process at times. This gives you the opportunity to educate the children about food choices, safety tips for the kitchen, and allows you to just have some quality bonding time. There is nothing more memorable than the unplanned moments you spend with your loved ones.

Warming Winter Soups and Stews

Sweat the vegetables

Most soups have a base of aromatic vegetables such as carrots, onions, garlic and celery.

Sweating these vegetables out on a medium heat with butter or oil will release aromats and create a base of flavour for your soup.

Stock

Using a home made or good quality fresh stock is always going to give you a better quality soup than using stock cubes or flavour enhancers.

If you don’t have the time or inclination to make your own stock then there are some good quality stocks available form specialty food stores.

Also consider carefully which stock you use for which dish. It is better to use chicken or vegetable stock for light soups and darker stocks such as beef for heartier soups and stews.

Seasoning

Season your ingredients moderately as you go along. This will enhance the flavours of the individual ingredients without making the soup salty.

Use sea salt flakes instead of table salt for a better flavour.

Once the soup is cooked out adjust the seasoning as necessary. Taste the soup add a little salt at a time until the full depth of the ingredients can be tasted.

Such a simple step but so often the difference between flavour-some soups and bland ones.

Consider Texture

Different elements of your dish will need to be cooked differently to produce the desired texture. A carrot for example takes a lot longer to cook than a pea.

Texture comes down to selecting the right ingredients and adding them to the dish at the right time so they are all cooked through at the same time.

Consider from the start if you want a smooth blended soup or one with lots of body and different components.

Add green and leafy veg such as spinach right at the end to avoid it becoming over-cooked.

Croutons, cheeses, crackers, nuts, bean shoots or even pork rinds can be used to add texture and flavour.

Cut to size

Pay attention to the size you are cutting your vegetables and meat. Too big and it may be difficult to eat or take a long time to cook while other components over cook. Too small and it may break down completely.

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Reducing Inflammation

A Healthier Diet to Lower Inflammation

In case you’ve been eating a diet high in sugars, then you will soon sense a lot of benefits from the adoption of a diet consisting of foods that reduce inflammation. The following types of foods will help you in this regard: Fruits , Nuts, Leafy green vegetables , Fatty fish , Fresh herbs and spices.

You may attain tremendous anti-inflammatory advantages from cutting out fried foods, sodas, processed carbohydrates and processed meats and incorporating these healthy foods into your daily diet. The fat in fish and nuts is a healthy form which also can help nourish your mind. Fruits and greens feature lots of essential minerals and vitamins that help keep you healthy in general while also fighting inflammation especially. When coupled with taking spices and herbs, which are full of antioxidants, you provide your body exactly what it requires to feel relief from the aches, aches, lack of energy and other indicators of a poor diet.

You’ll Thank Yourself

Adjusting your diet is among the most difficult prospects for many people. Most of us hear about creating New Year’s resolutions which are left a couple of weeks after and fitness center memberships of those trying to enhance their health through exercise heading unused after a couple of trips. You want to do anything is required to make this change occur on your own.

Educate yourself on nourishment on the internet and through publications and eBooks, and also combine forums on health-related sites and programs to get in touch with like-minded folks that will assist you to persevere. Should you will need a gym trainer to keep you on course, then that might be the wisest investment you ever make. The anti-inflammatory added benefits of a nutritious diet will provide you the energy and health to handle your daily life with a vigor which you might not have the ability to envision at the moment. When you’ve got this power to be living the life you always wanted, you will not ever need to return to the way you was.

Reading Food Labels

It’ll Give You the Information You Need To Make Smart Choices

If you are like most people if you do examine food labels the very first thing that you likely listen to is how many calories listed. But calories are really all about circumstance and do not tell the entire story. You have to be paying attention to the serving size these calories are predicated on. A fast glance at the food label of a pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream recorded at 270 calories may not seem like very much. But that is not the entire story! The Serving Size is really 1/2 cup and also for 4 servings. This means that you’ll just eliminate consuming 270 calories should you restrict yourself to just 1/4th of the pint. Yes, that also means that one night once you opted to complete a whole pint in once you ate over 1000 calories!

Food Labels Help You Hit Nutritional goals

Many Americans are not getting numerous crucial nutrients that they want. Among the most typical reasons why is simply because plenty of people don’t have any idea what exactly they are eating. As an instance, are you getting enough fiber in your daily diet? Many Americans aren’t. 1 way to change this is to first determine how much fiber you are already eating daily and subsequently adjusting your diet plan so. Begin with assessing the quantity of fiber to the food labels of everything you are already eating. When you’ve figured out exactly what your present average daily consumption is, you may start selecting foods with high fiber content to raise this figure.

Whilst food labels may supply you with lots of the info you want to make healthy food selections, it may frequently be beneficial to utilize an expert to help you ascertain what nutritional targets you need to try for. Why don’t you operate with a free gym trainer and think of a strategy together? If it sounds like something which may assist you.