Friday, 26 February 2016

Interesting Facts about Bananas

TGIF Foodies..!!! Are you a Banana lover? If you then these amazing facts about nanas will absolutely shock you...




  • Bananas are the best selling items at Walmart stores. They are very cheap, healthy and also tasty :-)
  • Bananas contain a natural chemical that can make a person happy. So if you're a banana lover and you're always happy, then that answers the question :-)
  • Just 2 bananas provide enough energy for an intense 90 minutes workout.
  • Bananas can help prevent and cure hangovers as its high in potassium.
  • Humans share 50% of their DNA with bananas.
  • It would take at least 480 bananas to die of potassium overdose.

  • Eating bananas is a natural cure to reduce the effects of stress and anxiety
  • A study says that women who eat bananas at time of conception are most likely to have a boy.
  • Bananas contain no fats, cholesterol or sodium.
  • A study according to the FDA also reveals that bananas are known to lower the risk of heart attacks and strokes, as well as decrease your risk of getting cancer.
  • Bananas are composed of 75% water.
  • Banana trees are actually the worlds tallest herbaceous plant at 20ft tall.


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Thursday, 25 February 2016

Foods for a Younger Looking skin..

I know women especially love to feel and look 10 or even 20 years younger. Check out these Superfoods that would give you that younger looking glow if consumed regularly.

-Olive Oil- Olive oil is a very powerful antioxidant that has a wonderful rejuvenating effect on your skin. It can be consumed in an uncooked form by applying it to your skin to see a quick result.


-Dark Chocolate- Eating dark chocolate regularly helps preserve the youthfulness of your skin as Chocolate contains a very high source of flavanols which have been found to protect the skin from harmful UV radiation.


-Oysters- Even though I cannot bare to eat Oysters for the life of me; it is apparently very good for the skin as it contains a number of nutrients such as Vitamin A & Zinc that will help you maintain your perfect skin for long.


-Kiwi- This is one of my favourite fruits, I never run out of Kiwi's and when I found that the powerful antioxidant packed with Vitamin C helps your skin from aging, I knew straightaway this is why I probably look 10 years younger 



-Red Wine- If you have been reading my posts lately, I have been writing alot about red wine and its benefits to your body. Just so you know, Red wine contains resveratrol which is found in grapes & has numerous help and anti-aging benefits  including your skin. If you're laying off drinking, don't feel bad with a glass or 2 of red wine :-)


Monday, 22 February 2016

Best SuperFoods for Weight Loss

Superfoods build bones, prevent chronic diseases, improve your eyesight, and even keep your mind sharp. But did you know new evidence suggests these foods can also help you get and stay slim. source-health.com

I'll be looking at a few Superfoods that can help boost weight loss and staying healthy.

-Avocados- Avocados are incredibly healthy and loaded with important nutrients such as fibre & proteins; they are also a very good source of nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients per 1-oz. serving. It also contains Oleic acid which may trigger your body to actually quiet hunger. Eating a quarter of an Avocado at a time helps you burn that belly fat.


-Black Beans- A cup of Black beans is packed with 15grams of protein and doesn't contain fats and oil found in other protein sources such as red meat. This is a really good source to help you stay slim and lose weight when consumed in moderation.

- Salmon- I love Salmon especially when I make it with some steamed veggies. It is a really good source of protein that can help you feel full without adding any fat. Salmon is a leaner choice than consuming red meat and helps boost weight loss.


-Brown Rice- Now as an African, this is probably not really my best friend lol. I say this as I cannot imagine eating brown rice but as the saying goes "you are what you eat", so therefore I need to look after me and what goes in my body.
Brown rice is a very healthy Fibre packed alternative to White rice. A half cup serving contains 1.7 grams of Resistant Starch that helps boost metabolism and burns fat. Plus it is also low density meaning it is heavy and filling but low in calories. I will be buying some Brown rice on my next shopping trip.


-Wine- Now this is my best one, when I saw this online I thought OK this can't be true but hey ho keep reading. 
Resveratrol is a famed antioxidant found in grape skin & contained in wine; helps stops fat storage. Studies show that moderate wine drinkers have narrower waists and less belly fat than liquor drinkers. Downing a glass can boost your calorie burn for a good 90 minutes. (source-health.com)





Green tea- Drinking green tea definately can help you shed some pounds. The antioxidants contained in green tea will help boost fat & calorie burn.

Sunday, 21 February 2016

6 Microwave Cheats to Make Your Life Easier..

Happy Sunday Foodies, I hope you've had a great weekend so far? The weekend seems to go by so quickly, do you ever feel like there isn't enough hours in a day? If you do, then we're in the same boat.

OK so moving on, I saw the below online & thought to share with my readers! If you're one of those Lazy buggers who just can't sit waiting around for food to get done on the cooker, then take a look through this collection of microwave-friendly cheats I found online. Trust me they save you a hell lot of time.

- Poach an Egg- Make the perfect poached eggs in 50 seconds with this microwave method. Start by pouring boiling water from the kettle into a microwave-safe bowl until 3/4 of the way full. At this point, it’s a good idea to add a dash of white vinegar – this will keep the egg white together. Crack the egg into the bowl and lightly pierce the yolk with a toothpick (this will stop it exploding). Cover the bowl with cling film and microwave on full power for 30 seconds. Remove from the microwave and very gently turn the egg (for even cooking). Cover with cling film again and cook on full power for a further 20 seconds. Remember the egg will continue to cook in the hot water so remove it quickly!
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-Soften Ice-Cream- If you ever have the urgency to dig in to a tub of ice cream but hate waiting for it to soften? Pop the tub in the microwave and zap on high power in 10 second bursts, checking it each time until soft. It should take around 30 seconds per litre. Scoop into bowls – or if you can’t wait, grab a spoon and eat it straight from the tub. lol...This is probably one of my most favourite things to do in the microwave as it makes life very easy for me.

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Soak Beans- OK I actually didn't know you could do this. This sounds amazing and I cannot wait to try. I find soaking beans overnight to soften very very annoying and tasking. If you're an impatient Foodie like me, then its worth giving this a try.
To soak dried beans, place the beans in a microwave-safe bowl, add a pinch of bicarbonate of soda and cover with water until they’re totally submerged. Microwave on high power for 10 minutes, and then allow to rest for 30-40 minutes and hopefully should be very soft.


-Bring Crystallised Honey Back to Life- I have started using honey in my tea as I'm cutting down on sugar. I opened my food cupboard the other day and found my honey that had been sitting there for almost a year. I didn't know hoe to bring it back to life. Now this explains it all :-)
Remove the lid of your glass jar and any metal. Microwave on medium power for 50 seconds and stir in a teaspoon of lemon juice. Be careful as it will be really hot.
source-buzzaboutbees.net


Get more squeeze out of Lemon, Orange & LimeZap a whole lemon or lime on high power for 20-30 seconds to make it super juicy and easy to squeeze.

-Microwave Crisps- My daughter loves crisps and I find that most crisps contain alot of fats & oils which isn't really good for her being just 8 months old. Now this method is worth a try at your own risk lol. I will definately give it a try as you don't need oil, all you need to make crisps in your microwave is a potato – and a few bits of equipment; here’s how. Slice your potato as thinly as possible using a mandolin, wash in cold water until the water runs clear and dry the slices completely using kitchen towel. Arrange the potato slices on a kitchen towel-lined microwavable plate, ensuring the slices don’t touch (or you risk them sticking together!) Microwave on full power for two to three minutes, remove from the microwave and turn the potato slices over. Cook again for another 3 minutes. Any remaining under-cooked slices can be returned to the microwave to crisp up a bit more if necessary. Repeat with the remaining potato slices. Season with sea salt and black pepper.
source-foodnetwork

Friday, 19 February 2016

Foods to Never Eat Before Sleeping.

Happy Friday Foodies, put your hands up if you're ready for the weekend lol... #FridayFeeling.

If you’re a still a little hungry after dinner and are looking for a way to hold yourself over until breakfast, there are a few key things to keep in mind. While it’s true that a little “midnight snack” never hurt anybody, that isn’t a blanket rule that applies to all foods. There are so many types of foods in particular that you should never eat at night for a number of reasons. I'll be Identifying 6 of these foods which are a NO NO;  and if you've been eating them just before bed, then it must stop right there lol.

Vegetables- Veggies are really good for you and are also packed full of nutrients and you may think they can be ate at any time of the day or even before bed. In reality that's wrong, as they tend to contain a huge amount of Fibre which moves slowly through your digestive system. This doesn't digest easily and  only tend to keep you awake longer than you need to be so be very watchful of what time you consume vegetables.


Cereal- Eating a bowl of Cereal first thing in the morning gives your body a great start to the day, however eating them at night time is extremely bad for you as it contains so much sugar and carbohydrates that your body will not have a chance to burn it all off before going to bed.


Crisps- Crisps are very easy and convenient to consume just before sleep kicks in. However, processed foods have very high doses of monosodium glutamate, which will almost certainly lead to sleep-related issues that you probably won't be happy about, so eating crisps just before bed are a no no.

Pasta- Eating Pasta is really good to quench hunger particularly if you are on a controlled diet. However eating it late at night leads to weight gain as the Carbohydrate content turns to fat pretty quickly, hence why it is very important to work out after eating such foods.


Ice-Cream- We all tend to enjoy ourselves especially on a weekend after having a long week of work. Eating an Ice-cream late at night or even before bed is a very bad idea as the sugar and fat content is so high and you're not giving your body the chance it needs to burn it off before you go to bed.


Junk Foods & Sweets- Such as Burgers, Chips, Pizza's, Chocolates, Sweets,  Kebabs  etc are foods that should be consumed no later than 5pm. As much as they are bad for you, the grease, fat & caffeine contained in chocolates and sweets will lead to weight gain and also causes heart burn if consumed just before bed.


Alcohol- Most people probably consume Alcohol at night and a "nightcap" may seem like a good idea, however you'll be messing with the restorative functions of sleep. Even if you manage to get some rest, it will hardly be the quality sleep that you need to function the next day, so stay clear of Alcohol before you go to bed.


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Thursday, 18 February 2016

National Drink Wine Day

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Today is National Drink wine day which means you can drink as much as you like.

A 40 year study by Harvard and University of East Anglia scientists has found that middle-aged men who enjoyed a regular glass of red wine, and plenty of citrus fruits and berries were less likely to develop erectile dysfunction.
Researchers found just three or four portions or glasses of flavonoid-rich food and drinks were associated with a reduced risk of the problem.
Of all the different flavonoids, Anthocyanins - found in blueberries, cherries, blackberries, radishes and blackcurrant, flavanones and flavones, found in citrus fruits, were found to offer the greatest benefits in preventing the condition. Chocolate also contains flavonoids but is likely to have less impact.- telegraph.co.uk

Enjoy a glass of wine wherever you are.


Most High Street Hot drinks "Contain More Sugar Than Coca Cola"

Yes it's the usual suspect again "Sugar".

As the UK braces itself for a sugar tax on all sugar items, a new research carried out reveals that there is more sugar contained in a Starbucks Frappuccino than a bottle of Coca Cola!
Yes, you read that right. Whilst some of us are daily visitors to these cafe's, when they should be periodic.




Action on Sugar said it analysed 131 hot flavoured drinks, including coffees, mochas, lattes, hot fruit drinks and hot chocolates among other drinks that are widely bought from some of the UK’s best-known coffee shops and fast-food chains.
Calling the findings “shocking”, a spokesman for the charity said that 98 per cent of the drinks tested would receive a red nutritional-value label for high-sugar content.
A third of the hot drinks tested contained the same amount or more sugar than Coca-Cola, which contains nine teaspoons of sugar per can, the spokesman said.

Action on Sugar’s chair, Professor Graham MacGregor, said it was “another example of the scandalous amount of sugar added to our food and drink – no wonder we have the highest rates of obesity in Europe”.
With a total of 25 teaspoons of sugar per serving, the worst offender was Starbucks’ venti grape with chai, orange and cinnamon hot mulled fruit, the campaign group found.
Costa’s massimo eat-in chai latte was found to contain 20 teaspoons of sugar, while Starbucks’ venti white chocolate mocha with whipped cream was found to have 18.
KFC’s mocha and Starbucks’ signature hot chocolate both had 15 teaspoons of sugar per serving, while Caffe Nero’s drink-in caramelatte had 13, the charity said.
A Starbucks spokeswoman said the company had committed earlier this year to reducing added sugar in its indulgent drinks by 25 per cent by the end of 2020. She said it also offered “a wide variety of lighter options” and displayed all nutritional information in-store and online.
Kerry Parkin, head of communications at Costa, said the company had “already taken significant steps to reduce the sugar content of our ranges”. She added: “This April, we will be setting salt and sugar reduction targets for 2020.”
But Action on Sugar researcher Kawther Hashem said coffee-shop chains should “immediately reduce the amount of sugar in these hot drinks, improve their labelling and stop selling the extra-large serving sizes”.
She added: “These drinks should be an occasional treat, not an ‘everyday’ drink. They are laden with an unbelievable amount of sugar and calories and are often accompanied by a high sugar and fat snack.”

(source-theindependent)



The research comes ahead of the Government’s childhood obesity strategy, which is due to be unveiled in the coming weeks. It will reportedly recommend that junk-food adverts should be banned from being screened near “family programmes” such as The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent.
A feasibility study is also likely to be launched to establish how a compulsory sugar tax could work if firms did not take adequate measures.
Proposals for a sugar tax of up to 20 per cent and the threat of a levy to pressure companies into reformulating their products to reduce sugar content have been championed by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, among others.
Mr Oliver recently urged the PM to “be bold” in order to “shift Britain” away from an obesity crisis. 

Starbucks’ venti Grape with Chai, Orange and Cinnamon Hot Mulled Fruit had 25 teaspoons of sugar per serving, Action on Sugar said. 
This was closely followed by their Hot Mulled Fruit – Apple with Chai, Dried Apple and Cinnamon Venti with 22 and Costa Coffee’s massimo eat-in Chai Latte, which the campaign group said contained 20 teaspoons of sugar.
Starbucks’ venti White Chocolate Mocha with Whipped Cream was found to have 18, while KFC’s mocha and Starbucks’ Signature Hot Chocolate both had 15 teaspoons of sugar.
Caffe Nero’s drink-in Caramelatte had 13 as did Costa Coffee’s Mocha Massimo eat-in and Starbucks Chai Latte Tea venti, the charity said.
Costa’s eat-in and eat-out Mocha Cortado and Chocolate Babycino were found to have three teaspoons each.
Starbucks Caramel Macchiatto short and Pumpkin Spice Latte with Whip Short were found to have four, along with Leon’s Hot Chocolate and Costa’s Roasted Hazelnut Latte Primo eat-in.

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Most Delicious Things you can do with Eggs..



Eggs can be very versatile, either hard boiled, scrambled, sunny side up etc. Lets look at a few things you can do with your eggs if you're tired of just frying and boiling them.

Sausage boat- One of the most delicious looking things I've ever seen

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Vegetable Frittata- This is also one of my favourites, I almost make these every Sunday. Take a look at the recipe here- http://saiprojectscooking.blogspot.se/2015/04/vegetable-fritata-italian.html


Coffee Creme Brulee- To create the signature shell covering this creamy, coffee-infused custard, sprinkle with brown sugar and broil until bubbly and deep brown.
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Baked Eggs with Spinach & Tomato-


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Grilled Plantain with Scrambled eggs- Once again, one of my all time most popular dishes. Recipe can be found here-http://saiprojectscooking.blogspot.se/2014/07/grilled-plantain-stuffed-with-scrambled.html




Egg Pantry Pasta- Quick and easy pasta begins with basic ingredients, such as mushrooms, onions, and red peppers. An egg yolk is tossed with the ingredients and heated through before serving to glaze the pasta in rich, creamy flavor. Finish with a sprinkle of a fragrant, nutty cheese. Hmm Yummy :-)

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Tuesday, 16 February 2016

10 Snacks under 100 calories


When the afternoon slump hits, it can be tempting to reach for the candy jar or swing by the vending machine, but junk food’s quick sugar rush will disappear in minutes, leaving you groggier than ever. Instead, it’s time to feed your 3 p.m. munchies more wisely.

“Snacking is often mindless, autopilot eating,” warns Gregory L. Jantz, PhD, an eating disorder specialist in Edmonds, Washington. “Often, snacks aren't eaten because you’re hungry, but because you are bored or are simply used to munching while you engage in certain activities.” A better way to snack, says Jantz, is to optimize the timing of healthy snacks between your meals. “Smaller meals and intentional small snacks help you regulate your blood sugar throughout the day, avoiding large ‘feast or famine’ swings," he says.
source-everydayhealth.com



The below snacks under 100 calories will help you choose your snacks wisely when hunger strikes.

Hard Boiled EggsBoil up a batch of eggs, put them in the fridge, and you’ve got an instant snack that packs 6 grams of protein into just 78 calories. The protein will keep you full and may help prevent overeating later.

One stick of Cheese StringOne stick of part-skim string cheese has 80 calories and a whopping 8 grams of protein, plus a dose of calcium without the high saturated fat content of other cheese varieties. String cheese is a convenient, portable snack when you're on the go, and it's perfectly portion-controlled, taking the guesswork out of snack time!

A Handful of Almonds- This is probably one of my favourite snacks. Nuts are chock-full of protein and healthy monounsaturated fats, making them a smart snack choice Plus, a recent January 2015 study in the Journal of the American Heart Association found that consuming almonds in place of carbs (like bread or muffins) reduced cholesterol and belly fat, boosting heart health. So instead of reaching for that bag of pretzels for an energy boost, grab a small handful of almonds (10-15 nuts) to power you through the afternoon. 

A Slice of Raisin BreadFor a healthy morning snack that tastes like a decadent breakfast treat, try a piece of raisin bread. At 80 calories a slice, you can go ahead and top this with a tiny dab of light butter spread.

A cup of Cheerios CerealThis classic children’s snack can work for adults too. In fact, you can enjoy an entire cup of crunchy Cheerios for a healthy snack that’s just 100 calories. To make the whole-grain goodness last, take a cue from kids, and eat them one by one.

A cup of SmoothieDrinking a glass of smoothie is a great way  to quell hunger cravings, satisfy a sweet tooth, and pack in produce. Load up on low-calorie berries and add a touch of honey for sweetness. Use just half of a banana to keep the calorie count under 100 without losing the creamy texture. Amazing right??

3 Cups of Air-Popped PopcornAt just 30 calories per cup, air-popped popcorn is the perfect food to reach for when the urge to head to the vending machine hits. By using an air popper, you get the fiber boost without excess fats and other additives. Enjoy 3 cups for under 100 calories and “eat it one kernel at a time to make it last longer. This is also one of my favourite snacks.

No fat Greek YogurtA single-serving yogurt is a portion-controlled snack that's easy to grab on the go. Choose a fat-free variety to stay at the 100-calorie mark, plus pack in a whopping 17 grams of protein and high-quality carbohydrates that help stabilize blood-sugar levels. 

Small cup of Latte with Skimmed Milk-The next time you could use an afternoon energy boost, use snack time as an excuse to get your creamy coffee fix. Be sure to order your latte with skimmed milk, and skip the sugary flavored syrups. “Hot beverages are satiating, and lattes are mostly milk, which is a good source of protein and calcium, a nutrient many people are lacking

2 cups of Strawberries- With just 46 calories per 1-cup serving, you can enjoy 2 cups of strawberries and still have calories to spare. They’re a great, juicy snack whenever in season. And frozen strawberries can be just as healthy the rest of the year



Monday, 15 February 2016

7 Surprising Foods that helps Aid Weight-Loss..

Some high-calorie foods can help you shed pounds, some by making you feel full, others by actually blocking the formation of fat cells.

Check out these Surprising foods that can help aid your weight loss.

STEAK

Alot of people believe Steak is bad for you. Now, if you're a vegetarian or a vegan, this one's not going to seem at all palatable, and that's perfectly all right. If you do eat red meat, however, don't be afraid that steak is going to totally break your diet. On the contrary, a lean cut of beef helps you lose weight because of the protein, which will ultimately help you build and keep essential muscle.

EGGS

Eggs are great for weight loss as well – even the yolks! As long as the rest of your diet is low on calories, eating eggs can make you lose twice as much weight as you normally would. Again, the proteins are essential here. The proteins garnered from eggs will help keep you full throughout the rest of the day.

POTATOES

As much as Sweet Potatoes are good for you, white spuds potatoes actually also have a ton of health benefits. They are a really good source Vitamin C & potassium. Research shows that when people eat 5 to 7 servings of Potatoes a week, they still lose weight when on a controlled diet.

CHOCOLATE


I'm sure you didn't know that eating 4 ounces of Chocolate per day helps decrease cravings in people who otherwise deprived themselves of the sweet stuff. So go on and enjoy a bar with that glass of juice, your waistline definately deserves it.


POPCORN No need to ditch your favourite movie night snack when you're trying to lose weight. "Popcorn is whole grain, which means it contains Fiber to help your digestive tract keep moving along smoothly, it also plays a role in improving gut bacteria which recent research shows its key to preventing weight gain and promoting overall health.






BLUEBERRIES


Blueberries are awesome for a number of reasons. They're high in antioxidants, for one thing, which is extremely beneficial. Not only that, but they have more antioxidants than any fruit, as well as plenty of fiber, which can prevent fat from getting absorbed. That, in turn, can lead to amazing weight loss.

ALMOND BUTTER

A lot of surprising foods that help with weight loss are alternatives to the things you eat now. Almond butter is one of those. It makes a fantastic alternative spread, and can decrease the number of surges in blood sugar you have to go through. Thanks to that, almond butter can make you stay fuller longer.



Sunday, 14 February 2016

Happy Valentines Day..!!



Happy Sunday Foodies.

Here's wishing all our readers a Fab Valentines Day, hope you enjoy the rest of today with your loved ones.


Friday, 12 February 2016

Valentine's Day Dessert- Strawberry Parfait


Are you spending Valentines Day at home with your loved one or you're going out? Either way,this dessert will be the best option for you to try.. No cooking necessary, just add 3 to 4 ingredients and you're done.

Watch the step by step video here-

Serves 2

Ingredients-

Strawberries- 230grams
Digestive Biscuits- 8 pieces
2 tablespoons of sugar
Thick Greek Yogurt-250grams

Method-

Clean the strawberries and cut into small pieces, place in a bowl, add the sugar, mix well and set aside for 10 minutes.



Now place the biscuits in a sealed food bag and crush with a rolling pin or blend until it turns breadcrumbs form.



Get your wine glass or any glass you prefer, scoop in 2 spoons of the Greek yogurt and make it levelled,


Now  sprinkle some biscuit crumbs to cover.


add the strawberries and repeat the process until full to the brim.

Set in the fridge for an hour and should be ready to serve :-)


Happy Valentines Day everyone..