Sunday, July 27, 2014

13 Healthy Facts About Fruits and Vegetables

Most of us eat fruits and vegetables on a daily basis. After all, they have been a part of our diet since the dawn of history. We eat them raw, cooked, frozen, drink them as juices and combine them with just about any other food we eat. But just like anything else that’s been around for so long, there are many things you don't know about fruits and veggies that can be very useful and important to know.
1) Never mix grapefruits with medications.
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Grapefruits are among the most nutritious fruits out there but they can also be bad for you if you are taking certain medication. The chemicals in a grapefruit can cause a bad reaction with some drugs that can even have fatal results. If you’re on medications, be sure to check with a medical professional before drinking or eating any amount of grapefruit.
2) Fruits and veggies have a lot of fiber.
The benefits of fiber include keeping your bowel movements regular, helping lower cholesterol, regulate blood sugar, and help you feel fuller for a longer time. Even if you don't need any more of the vitamins, minerals and other healthy ingredients in fruits and vegetables, they are still one of the best things you can eat on a daily basis.
3) The skin is usually the best part
In many fruits and veggies, such as carrots, apples, and cucumbers, a high percentage of the nutrition is actually stored in the skin. This means that when you peel it off, you’re actually peeling away nutritious benefits. Make sure to wash your fruits and vegetables well before eating them and I guarantee you'll get used to eating them with the peel in no time.  
4) Bananas are fascinating
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Two incredible things you never knew about these delicious sources of potassium and vitamins: First, bananas are technically herbs and belong to the same "botanical family" as mint or basil. Secondly, in 1950 almost all of the banana species in the world where wiped out by the Panama Disease. Today, most of the bananas sold and eaten around the whole world are direct decedents of the same Asian breeds that survived the disease.
5) Eating fruits and vegetables hardly affects your weight
All fruits and all vegetables are low in calories, this is why you hear nutrition professionals and doctors tell you to eat them for snacks. While a bag of chips contains fat, oil, and a lot of calories, a handful of carrots contains none of those things. It is absurd how much fruit and vegetables you can eat before the calories start stacking up so don’t be afraid to eat them. That said, some fruit may carry a high amount of sugar, so don't over-do it on sweet fruit.
6) Broccoli has more protein than a steak
Calorie for calorie, there is more protein in broccoli than there is in an average steak, and with no saturated and trans fats or cholesterol, you can get all the protein you need with a significantly lower risk of cardiovascular disease. So if you are trying to grow and strengthen your muscles, broccoli is the food for you.
7) The most hated vegetable in the world is one of the best
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Brussels sprouts reign supreme as the least enjoyable vegetable by children, and also some adults. It might be because of their bitter taste, the repungnant smell or even just its bad reputation. However, Brussels sprouts are among the most nutritious veggies you can ever find. They have no fat, no cholesterol, hardly any calories and plenty of vitamins and minerals. It's a shame that none of these facts make them taste any better…
8) Orange peels are amazing
It's been said before that the skin of the fruit can be better than the fruit itself. Orange peels have over four times the amount of fiber then the actual fruit, and contain more antioxidants than the "flesh" inside. The only drawback is that it’s difficult to find a way to eat it. The best way to do it is to grate it up like cheese into an orange zest. You can use is to season all sorts of foods, add to baked goods or mix with your yogurt or cereals.
9) Peppers encourage clotting
While most people use them as spice and not as a whole food, peppers (spicy ones in particular) can work wonders to promote the clotting of blood over wounds. According to some experts, you can even sprinkle some cayenne pepper into a wound where it will act as gauze.
10) "Negative calorie foods" are a myth
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You may have heard that some fruits and vegetables require more calories to digest than they actually give, meaning eating them will actually make you thinner. Unfortunately this is wrong. While there are foods that have very few calories, you still only burn about 10% to 20% of their calorie intake. Let's take for example a stalk of celery that’s about 10 calories. While eating and digesting it you will burn about 2 calories which means you still had an intake of 8 calories.
11) Onions are ridiculously healthy
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Sure they can make you cry and they make your breath smell terrible, but you should forgive them for all of that. The reason onions do those things is the exact same reason why they are good for you. Onions contain over 100 sulfide compounds which give a number of health benefits such as the prevention of asthma and some types of cancer. You don’t have to eat it raw, just eat it.
12) Pineapples are bad for your taste buds
Pineapples contain an enzyme called bromelain which breaks down proteins in your mouth, namely your taste buds. After eating a pineapple your palate will be much less sensitive until your mouth can heal itself, which takes about a day. Pineapple is still a great fruit for you, but you should probably let a freshly sliced pineapple sit in the fridge for a bit before eating it. This will give time for the enzymes to break down and they will have a much weaker effect.
13) Apples can wake you up better than a cup of coffee


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It's hard to believe this fact so just try it for yourself and see. If you’re finding yourself a little low on energy during the afternoon then consider eating an apple in the morning. Thanks to its high carbohydrate, vitamin, and mineral content, an apple can give you a steady supply of nutrition to help you stay energized all day.


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Friday, July 18, 2014

How to Keep Your Food Fresh for Longer

Nothing is more wasteful than food that hasn't been eaten and allowed to go bad. It's not only a waste of money but also a waste of good food that in other parts of the world would be worth more than gold. So as to not throw away good money after good food, here are some great tips to help you keep your foods fresh and tasty that much longer.
 
Apply a little butter to the cut side of a cheese wedge to make sure it doesn't dry out. 
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Store potatoes with a few apples, this will stop them from sprouting. 
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As for mushrooms, these you should store in a paper bag, not a plastic one, to keep it fresh. 
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If you keep milk in the fridge door, it will go bad sooner than if you had put it in the middle of the fridge. 
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Wrap lettuce in tin foil to keep it fresh and crisp for much longer.
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Use, or rather, re-use bottles to close up your plastic bags.
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Rinse strawberries in a mixture of 1 part vinegar and 10 parts water. Drain, rinse and put in the fridge for strawberries that will last for 2 weeks longer. Make sure you keep the mixture diluted so you don't taste the vinegar.
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Store eggs on the middle shelf of the refrigerator to make them last 304 weeks longer than their date of expiration.
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To revive old bread, rub an ice cube on it and then bake it for 12 minutes.
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If you cook corn kernels in a bowl topped with a plate, it will reduce the number of unpopped kernels.
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Tomatoes last longer when stored in room temperature, not in the fridge.
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Cheese should be kept in the warmest part of the fridge, such as the vegetable or cheese drawer.
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Keep older foods in the front of the fridge so you don't miss out on their expiration date.
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Carefully wrap the crown of a batch of bananas with cling film to block the air and extend their shelf life for 3-5 days more.
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If you store onions in tights, they'll last up to 8 months longer.
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If your fridge smells - clean it immediately. It means that something is rotting in your fridge, and if it stays there it will quickly spread to your new food. If the smell is strong, use disinfectant.
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Monday, July 14, 2014

Easy, guilt-free Mysore pak ! microwave

Ingredients

besan/ gram flour  1/2 cup
milk  1/2 cup
coconut grated  1/2 cup
ghee  1 tbsp heaped + for greasing the plate
sugar  1 1/2 cup

Method

mix all the ingredients well in a microwaveable safe dish
microwave on high power for 4 minutes, then for another 3 minutes, normally it should get done
you may see lots of bubble, if not sure, let it remain inside the microwave for another minute
you'll see that it has turned its colour, also seems thick
at this stage, spread it on a greased plate, after a few minutes, cut into desired shape, remove once set.
this tastes good only over-night, if you try earlier, it may be like a stick-jaw taste ! next morning, it tastes yummy like Mysore pak !

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Different teas mean different times and temperatures.

Different teas mean different times and temperatures.
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Easy Way to squeeze lime- tongs !

A Pair of Sturdy Tongs Will Help You Get All the Juice Out of a Lemon

A Pair of Sturdy Tongs Will Help You Get All the Juice Out of a Lemon

 

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Want Ice creams soft? use ziplock


Ziplock Bags Will Keep Ice Cream Soft
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An Easy Way to Store Asparagus for Up to 2 Weeks


An Easy Way to Store Asparagus for Up to 2 Weeks
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