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6 Foods That Give You Energy All Day

If you’re like most people, you probably have energy highs and lows throughout the day.  For me, my mornings usually start off pretty great, and by the afternoon I’m ready for a 30-minute catnap.

By late afternoon, I can be pretty damn worn out.

Within the last few months, I’ve been experimenting with various foods in an effort to see which ones could provide long-lasting energy throughout the day.

Some foods provide a very brief, but noticeable, effect on energy.

Others don’t seem to do anything.

The following foods you’re about to read about, in my experience, will give you lasting energy to help you get through the day.

6 Foods That Give You Energy All Day

Almonds

Almonds are an energy powerhouse snack, primarily because they contain nutrients like magnesium and vitamin B, which help the body convert food into energy.

Almonds contain proteins that are responsible for our energy endurance, as well as coenzyme Q10 (commonly called CoQ10), which is responsible for producing energy at the cellular level.

This combination of ingredients makes them the ideal choice for a quick “supplement” of energy and for improving our endurance.

They also help dramatically with blood sugar control, something that is responsible for the highs and lows in energy level you feel once you’ve eaten a big meal.

Bananas


Athletes around the world have been turning to bananas for decades, for a wide variety of reasons.

One of those reasons is increased energy.

Bananas contain three natural sugars (sucrose, fructose, and glucose) and in combination with fiber, give instant and sustained amount of nutrients.

Bananas are rich in vitamins B6 and B12, as well as magnesium and potassium, acting like a real energy bomb.

Glucose is also rapidly decomposed, which will provide you with a quick boost of energy.

Spinach

I think Popeye was onto something.

Most people don’t like the taste of spinach, but did you know that Spinach is actually widely regarded as one of the best (if not THE best) leafy green vegetable?

There are numerous benefits to eating spinach, including an improved cardiovascular system, increased brain function, and an increase in mental clarity and focus.

According to SupplementCritique.com, it actually has the ability to help boost testosterone levels naturally as well.

The key component of Spinach is folate, which has been shown help maintain a healthy heart, a lowered risk of depression, and…you guessed it, increased energy.

Apples

Apples contain a sufficient amount of fiber, Vitamin C, and antioxidants that have various benefits.

However, apples also contain fructose (sugar) that is quickly and efficiently processed by our bodies and give us significant amounts of energy.

Because of the high level of fiber contained in apples, it takes a bit longer for it to be digested.

Once it is digested, though, it will provide you with a sustained amount of energy that lasts much longer than it would with other fruits.

I typically aim to eat at least 1 apple per day, but on some days when I’m feeling a bit more sluggish than usual I’ll east as many as 3.

Brown rice

Brown rice contains a high percentage of magnesium, minerals responsible for the production of energy from proteins and carbohydrates.

It’s also a great source of B vitamins, which act as catalysts that drive energy production from food.

Given that rice is rich in carbohydrates, it acts as a fuel that drives the body and provides the necessary energy, and contributes to the normal functioning of the brain.

Brown rice is a source of energy, and also happens to be an excellent anti-oxidant that can help with cholesterol levels, heart health, and even diabetes.

Sweet potato

By chemical composition, sweet potatoes are very similar to ordinary red or white potatoes but contain more proteins.

It contains a high percentage of starch, very little sugar, and NO fat.

It has a high content of minerals (potassium, calcium, magnesium, and iron), vitamins (A, B, C, E) and dietary fibers necessary for the proper functioning of the digestive organs.

It is recommended for the nutrition of children and athletes because due to all of these vitamins and minerals, it provides energy, minerals, and vitamins.

Conclusion

If you need energy, take a pass on that late afternoon coffee, energy drink, chocolate or similar products.

All they will do is give you a short, temporary boost of energy, followed by a HUGE crash.

If you snack on the foods listed above throughout the day, you’ll find yourself with sustained energy that will help you tackle tasks quickly and efficiently.

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Junk Food Portion Sizes are Increasing, So Are Waistlines

This year, The George Institute for Global Health in conjunction with its clinical research division, George Clinical posted the findings of an ongoing research project into the junk food portion sizes in Australia. The results showed that Australians are eating increasingly larger portion sizes of these types of foods filled with fats, sugars, and salt. Junk food should be eaten in moderation, but instead, growing portion sizes are causing waistlines to grow as well.

Junk Food Portion Sizes are Increasing, So Are Waistlines.

About the Research Study

Researches used data from 1995 through 2012 and compared portion sizes. They found that a large percentage of the most common junk foods in Australia were being consumed in significantly bigger portion sizes. The worst offenders with the most increase in portion size were pizza and cake. Here is a breakdown of the junk foods and beverages that increased in portion sizes.

• Pizza portion size increased 66%
• Cake portion size increased 66%
• Ice cream portion size increased 39%
• Wine portion size increased 36%
• Sausage portion size increased 29%
• Processed meat portion size increased 29%
• Cereal bar portion size increased 24%
• Chocolate portion size increased 17%
• Beet portion size increased 13%
• Biscuit portion size increased 3%
• Pastry portion size increased 2%

It should be noted that during the study a few junk foods and beverages did decrease in portion size. Those junk foods and beverages that decreased in portion size were:

• Potato fries decreased in portion size -40%
• Snack food decreased in portion size -15%
• Pastry decreased in portion size -10%
• SSB (sugar-sweetened beverages) decreased in portion size -2%

The researchers explained that these findings are particularly disturbing because discretionary foods contribute to about a third of Australia’s daily energy intake. Dr. Miaobing Zheng from The George Institute for Global Health was a research fellow for this study and is quoted as saying, “We had expected portion sizes to have grown but we were still surprised by just how much. It’s pretty disturbing that an average slice of cake has increased in size so much it now contains almost 1000 kilojoules more than it did two decades ago.“

Related Link: Current State of Obesity in the United States

The research team examined data from two different Australia-wide surveys:

1. The 1995 National Nutrition Survey
2. The 2011 – 2012 National Nutrition Physical Activity Survey

The participants in these surveys were asked to record and self-report everything they had eaten in a 24 hour period and was given photos and measuring guides so that there would be accurate in the measurements and sizes reported. The data also recorded demographics including ages and sex. This highlighted some disparity between men’s and women’s eating habits.  For example, they discovered that ice cream serving sizes increased by almost ⅓ for women, but not for men.

Dr. Zheng also adds, “We know that people often under-report the amount of food and drink they consume, especially if they consider them ‘bad’ foods. So the true picture of what Australians are eating could be much worse.” The study co-author was Beth Meertens, of The Heart Foundation; she says, “There has been some success in this area, but there’s lots of work to do. We need the community to understand how portion size may influence the amount of food they eat and to think carefully about how they choose their food portions. But, more importantly, we need an environment which supports and encourages those choices. We need to work with the food industry to reduce the size of the products which have increased over time and increase the portions of healthy foods.

The study’s researchers concluded that the industry and Australians should be empowered with this information to improve upon portion sizes for unhealthy foods.

About George Clinical

In 2007, The George Institute for Global Health launched George Clinical, a leading contract research organisation (CRO) in Asia. George Clinical is the first and largest commercial enterprise from the institute. George Clinical is headquartered in Sydney, Australia but has operational hubs in ten other countries. George Clinical delivers the full range of clinical trial services across all trial phases and in a variety of therapeutic specializations. George Clinical has contributed directly to several landmark clinical trials, the results of which have changed clinical practice. In addition to testing medications, a large part of their clinical research studies is about food and how unhealthy food intake negatively affects overall health and how that impacts cardiovascular health, diabetes, and stroke in patients around the world.

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Cooking with Confidence – Knowing your Cookware Inside and Out

Anyone who cooks regularly can tell you, sometimes it can seem like staying safe in the kitchen is a losing battle. Between high-temperature cooktops, sharp implements, and food-borne illnesses, there is any number of pitfalls ready to trip you up when you are cooking for your friends or loved ones (or for yourself!). Whatever cookware you’re using, here are the top health and safety concerns you may face when cooking in the kitchen.

Cooking with Confidence - Knowing your Cookware Inside and Out.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel cookware is one of the safest types of cookware you could use in the kitchen. Stainless steel is extremely durable, will not corrode or degrade in the face of highly acidic foods, and it can easily be sterilized for maximum food safety.

One small health concern is that stainless steel, especially in higher-end cookware sets, may come with a core or cladding of aluminum, copper, or other metals in the bottom or sides of the pan, to better conduct heat through the cookware. If the stainless steel is worn or scratched away, it is possible that those metals may be exposed. If this happens, dispose of the pan, as there is a potential for these metals to leach into your food.

Aluminum Cookware

Aluminum is a cheap and popular option for durable, easy to use cookware. Aluminum cookware is usually sealed so that the metal cannot leach into food, and it has a similar shiny, hard finish to stainless steel, which makes it easy to clean and sterilize.

On the other hand, uncoated aluminum can be corroded or stripped by very acidic foods, which can lead to trace amounts of aluminum ending up in the food you eat. Studies agree that the trace amounts that end up in your food are not harmful but it can change the color and even flavor of the food you are cooking. If trace metals in your pasta sauce are a concern, you can prevent this by making sure to only use coated aluminum. Although coated and uncoated aluminum can both be put in the dishwasher, hand washing will ensure the surface stays undamaged on coated cookware.

Although scientists have concluded that trace aluminum in your food won’t cause any adverse health effects, the Alzheimer’s Association in the United States has stated that aluminum in your diet may be a risk factor for developing the disease. Studies on this are inconclusive, but you may find that it’s better safe than sorry on this front.

Anodized Aluminum

Anodizing is a process that enhances the naturally occurring layer of aluminum oxide on the surface of aluminum pots and pans, which hardens the surface and makes it non-reactive. Anodizing is practically standard these days for aluminum cookware, as it hardens the surface of aluminum cookware and increases its resistance to corrosion from acidic foods.

Anodized aluminum should be handled similarly to non-stick cookware; the best bet, as with all cookware where maintaining the surface integrity is important, is to handwash your anodized aluminum pots and pans and try to avoid exposing them to harsh chemical cleaners or overly abrasive cleaning products or tools.

Copper Cookware

Copper cookware is highly prized for its thermal properties. Copper has the best thermal conductivity of any metal used to make cookware, leading to fast, even heating of food across the entire surface. Copper also doesn’t store heat, unlike iron or aluminum, which means that as soon as a copper pot or pan is moved away from the heat source, the temperature begins to drop. This means the cook can very precisely control how fast heat enters the food they are preparing, which improves food quality and also reduces the chances of foodborne illness from improperly cooked raw food.

However, copper is also very prone to corrosion, and high levels of copper can lead to copper toxicity, a condition which can lead to paralysis and blindness, among other side effects. Copper leaching happens when highly acidic foods, like tomatoes or anything containing vinegar, strips the surface layer of copper in uncoated pots and pans.

For this reason, most copper cookware is coated, or otherwise, the copper is sandwiched between another metal, such as aluminum or steel. The exceptions are pots and pans manufactured specifically for cooking preserves, such as jam or jelly, and meringues.

Egg whites do not react with the copper, and copper actually encourages the formation of meringue by slightly denaturing the proteins in the egg white, which helps them hold onto each other and form stiff peaks without coagulation. Fruit preserves might be acidic enough to corrode copper if it weren’t for the concentration of sugars, and the addition of even more sugar,  which occurs during the cooking of jellies and jams.

To avoid these health concerns, make sure that any copper pots or pans you purchase are coated, or stick with copper cores in other types of cookware, such as steel or aluminum. If the copper core becomes exposed, make sure to get the cookware re-clad, or dispose of it and buy a new piece.

Related Link: The Crazy Cooking Hack that Slashes the Calories in Rice by Half

Ceramic

Ceramic cook and bakeware can include ceramic over another material, such as enameled cast iron or steel, or ceramic on its own, as with baking dishes. Entirely ceramic cookware should never be put on a burner or heating element, as tiny imperfections and air bubbles in the ceramic can cause the cookware to heat unevenly and crack, or even explode.

Ceramic-clad cookware is very popular for its durability, look, and heat-retention properties. Much like cast-iron, ceramic takes on heat slowly and evenly and holds onto it for a long time, making it a popular material for long, slow cooking processes such as roasting or braising.

The only health concern when using ceramic in terms of leaching is that up until the 20th century, glazes used on pottery often contained lead, which could reach out and into the food being consumed. Lead is stored and not excreted by the body, which means that heavy metal poisoning can occur over time even if the exposure is very low. Commercially produced ceramic cookware will not contain lead, but independent artisans may still use glazes containing lead. The best bet with ceramics you intend to cook with is to stick with a well-known brand.

Non stick cookware

When buying nonstick cookware, most of what you see is going to be steel or aluminum coated with PTFE or polytetrafluoroethylene, also known as Teflon. Teflon is a material which prevents foods from sticking and reduces the need for using fat or oil in cooking. However, Teflon coatings can degrade over time, especially when exposed to very high temperatures or harsh industrial cleaners.

To prevent this, make sure to always wash nonstick cookware by hand, using warm water and mild soap. Also avoid using metal implements in nonstick cookware, as this can scratch the coating and cause it to deteriorate faster.

Additionally, never heat an empty nonstick pan. Temperatures as low as 500 degrees Fahrenheit can cause the coating to decompose rapidly, emitting toxic fumes and potentially ruining the coating. Always put your food or cooking oil in the pan before placing it on the heating element. Also, nonstick cookware should never be used in the oven.

Cast Iron

Cast iron is a very popular choice for any chef’s kitchen because of its excellent heat retention. This leads to efficient, even heating over long cooking periods, and when properly seasoned, it is very easy to clean and maintain.

Cast iron may rust if it is left sitting in water, or if the seasoning is improperly applied. If you do notice any rust on your cast iron, don’t worry, as iron oxide is not toxic to humans. It can, however, affect the color and taste of your food, so just scour the rusty spots with steel wool until you cannot see any more discoloration, then wash and dry your pan and re-season it according to manufacturer’s instructions.

A Few Final Thoughts

Cooking can be a perilous enough experience if you know exactly what you’re doing, and even experienced cooks may run into unexpected accidents in the kitchen. However, if you remember these simple health and safety facts, you can at least be confident that you’re getting the most out of your cookware in the safest way possible.

Author Bio:
Meg Davis is a stay at home mom with two kids. She created Simple Green Moms as a resource for sharing healthy recipes, cooking tips, and lifestyle advice with other families.

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13 Best Herbal Teas for Constipation Relief

Most people like the herbal teas for their relaxing and soothing properties. Some teas can help you relieve constipation. Various ingredients such as senna and cascara have laxative properties that are natural. The herbal teas can be potent. Therefore you should limit the amount of herbal tea that you drink and how regularly you take it.

Constipation is usually characterized by irregular movements of bowels or have difficulty having a movement of bowel. It is a very uncomfortable condition. It can leave you feeling bloated. Since stools are not moving regularly, they get hard and dry. This makes it difficult to pass.

13 Best Herbal Teas for Constipation Relief

What Causes Constipation?

• There are three main causes of constipation;
• A diet that is low in fiber
• Dehydration
• Lifestyle is a sedentary

Sometimes, bowel habits can be changed by travelling. Anxiety and stress can have a similar effect.

When pregnant, you can find constipation to be a temporary and uncomfortable problem. Children become more constipated when they learn to use the toilet but try to hold in the bowels movements.

Why Use Tea To Treat Constipation?

Consuming fluids such as tea and water regularly is among the best ways to prevent constipation or to treat it when the symptoms come up. The more hydrated your body is, the more lubricated the intestines are, and the more moisture keeps in the stools.

Some herbs in teas can help you meet the daily requirements of your fluids. For example, cascara has been used for centuries as a laxative. It is found in some herbal teas and in supplements too.

Which Is The Best Tea For Constipation Relief?

There is a wide range of stores that sell teas. They provide overall properties and benefits against many conditions such as constipation. Drinking tea for constipation has been in use for centuries because of the relief it provides, soothing properties, and the ease of preparation. The teas can be combined with other ingredients to five different aromas, flavours, and effects. Here are the main ideal choices of teas used to relieve constipation.

Green tea

Green tea has high amounts of caffeine which makes an ideal substitute for coffee. It is also packed with antioxidants. When used to relieve constipation, it will also relive the body, and you will gain more benefits of the tea.

Fennel tea

Fennel is mostly used in different cuisines, but it was originally used a remedy for health. It may sound odd to use to relieve constipation. Its immediate effect when it comes to relieving constipation makes it something to try out.

Burdock tea

This is a Chinese type of tea. Its root is beneficial in fighting infections and inflammation. It also helps to relieve constipation.

Tulsi tea

This tea contains various phytochemicals that lead in many health benefits of your body such as reduction in cholesterol besides its laxative characteristics.

Fenugreek tea

It was used as a herb for cooking. Its seeds are known to have benefits to help you settle the stomach and also relieve constipation. It contains a high amount of fiber and has key minerals and vitamins.

Black tea with agave or honey

The original standard and black tea that is dependable can significantly help you to relieve constipation.

Senna tea

Senna tea is a powerful laxative as compared to the other types of tea. It should be used sparingly.

Clove tea

It is the best for clearing the colon. However, it is a strong type and needs to be taken in moderate amounts. It can also be used to treat candida or any other harmful bacteria.

Ginger tea

Ginger tea is a staple in Asian cuisine. It also helps in digestion.

Dandelion and Nettle tea

It is a natural laxative that is taken as tea as well as Nettle tea.

Peppermint tea

It is typically a flavored tea. It has great taste and good for the digestive system.

Sorrel tea

It is slightly sour, but it has also been used in cooking and as a treatment for constipation.

Licorice tea

Many people have issues drinking this tea because if its taste and scent, but it is a strong herb against constipation.

How Much Tea Should You Take?

Most of the teas in the market come with instructions that suggest that you should take a cup before bedtime. Read the label and follow the directions carefully. The herbal teas such as the ones that help to treat constipation are sold in health food stores, grocery stores and online.

For the laxative teas, the directions recommend that you take just a cup a day. However, in the event that constipation persists for more than a couple of days, you can take a stronger medication of laxative. If the constipation lasts for more than a week, talk to your doctor.

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Some Of The Healthiest Foods In The World That Can Transform Your Body

Some Of The Healthiest Foods In The World That Can Transform Your Body

Are you stuck behind a desk or in a piece of heavy machinery for 8 to 10 hours a day? This leaves very little time for exercise and healthy living when you factor in the other regular day responsibilities that you have. However, you might be surprised to learn that by just simply changing your diet, you not only can promote healthier living, but you can actually transform your body. Certain foods can contain everything from cancer-fighting antioxidants to heart healthy fats. In addition to that, certain foods can even promote more energy, which will make it even easier to get through those long, grueling workdays. Below, you will learn about some of these amazing foods.

 

Avocados Slashing Heart Attacks

Heart attacks are becoming more and more of a serious problem due to obesity in America. With that being said, just by simply replacing five percent of your daily saturated fat intake (butter and cheese) with avocados, you can actually lower your chances of a heart attack by 1/3. Along with the antioxidant cancer-fighting properties, avocados are also full of plant sterol. This plant sterol actually has the ability to block the absorption of cholesterol in the body.

Beans Soaking Up Cholesterol

Who doesn’t love a good bowl of beans? Beans are incredibly healthy for you, as they are rich in fiber, which allows them to soak up and cholesterol before it sticks to the artery walls. This helps your body dispose of those unwanted toxins in a much easier fashion than it normally would. Along with cutting cholesterol by 10 to 15 percent, beans also have the ability to lower blood pressure by promoting relaxing your arteries.

Crab Legs Packed With Delicious Vitamins

You can’t have a good healthy eating plan without meat can you? No, well your number one source of meat and protein should be crab legs. These babies are packed with tons of essential vitamins that the body needs to develop and function properly. Crab legs also have the ability to provide you with more energy, help cell function, and strengthen the bones. Finding crab legs will not be easy, but if you want a truly healthy meal, you should scour the Internet for online stores that have Alaskan king crab legs.

Blueberries Fight Memory Loss, Blindness, And Cancer

Did you know that there is a food that is capable of fighting memory loss, blindness, and cancer all in one? Well, this must be some kind of super food that only the rich and famous can afford, right? No, this is actually nothing more than simply blueberries. These scrumptious little berries are also great when it comes to promoting a health urinary tract, because they contain antioxidants that prevent certain bacteria from sticking to the bladder wall. In addition to fighting constipation, these little berries can be eaten in pie form, in a shake, frozen, or throw in your morning pancakes. You can truly whip up a blueberry snack for just about any occasion.

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Top 15 Healthiest Fish to Eat

Top 15 Healthiest Fish to Eat

Fish is one of the best foods you can eat: they are one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty-acids, as well as many other nutrients most people don’t get enough of. Eating fish has been proven to increase grey matter in the brain, preventing age-related deterioration. It has also been proven, in some cases, to ease Depression; the omega-3 fatty-acids not only make the brain healthier, but they also improve the effectiveness of anti-depressants. Fish are also a great protein source, one of the most important nutrients many people do not get enough of the day-to-day. But what is the best fish to eat? How do you find out which fish are the healthiest to eat, when so many options are available? When you go to buy fresh seafood, there are easily hundreds of options. Below is a top 15 list of healthiest fish to eat, as proven by scientific research.

1. CATFISH

Catfish is high in omega-3 fatty acids, which improve brain health, prevent heart disease, and protect your eyesight, as well as many other health benefits. It also has selenium, which increases metabolism. Avoid Catfish from overseas, though; if not raised in the right conditions, catfish can contain high levels of carcinogens. So make sure your Catfish is American.

2. OSCIETRA

Oscietra, also known as sturgeon caviar, is packed with vitamins and minerals; per one ounce, you get 93% your daily recommended value of B12, which is essential for nerve health and also provides energy. It also has vitamins A and E, as well as B6, Riboflavin, Thiamin, and many others. Some might avoid oscietra because of its price, but for the nutritional value, the price could be well worth it.

3. TUNA

Tuna is another fish with very high omega-3 content, which makes it great for heart health. Tuna is also packed with protein; in a single serving, you get about 80% your daily value of protein. Avoid it canned, though; canning reduces vitamin content, as well as changing the texture and taste of the fish. The fresh variety is more nutritious, as well as tastier.

4. ROCKFISH

Rockfish is another great protein source, with about 33 grams of protein per serving. Rockfish is also a great low-calorie option, as it is only about 160 calories per serving. These two facts together mean that it will certainly make you feel full without being full of calories.

5. FLOUNDER

Flounder is a member of the flatfish family, which are all both low-fat and low-calorie. They are also very low-fat and packed with vitamins, making this one of the healthiest fish to eat. Other members of the flatfish family include Sole and Halibut, which have the same nutritional value.

6. SALMON

When considering what is the best fish to eat, definitely consider Salmon. They are rich in healthy fatty acids, protein, and vitamins. It is important to look for wild-caught salmon as opposed to farmed; the farmed variety is less nutritious, and the many health benefits, such as an increased lifespan and better joint health, will only be found in the wild-caught variety.

7. SABLEFISH

Sablefish is the family of fish commonly known as cod. It is full of vitamins and essential fatty acids but is extremely oily. It is still a great source of vitamins, but you may want to consider your tolerance for oily foods when considering this as one of the best fish for you.

8. SARDINES

When going to buy fresh seafood, sardines can be harder to find. They are, however, one the healthiest types of fish there are. They are rich in omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin B12, which promotes energy and overall health.

9. TROUT

If trout is your fish of choice, it is recommended to be consumed every other week to promote heart health. It is full of omega 3, and is considered a great alternative to red meat. Freshwater variety is best in the case of trout.

10. CRAYFISH

Crayfish make a great healthy snack. A serving contains only 70 calories, 14 grams of protein, and is low in cholesterol, as well as having all the benefits of omega 3 fatty acids. As with catfish, make sure your crayfish are from America.

11. CRAB

Fresh crab is rich in nutrients and protein, and is a great low-calorie food. It is also very easy to find, but stay away from canned or artificial crab; it can be very high in sodium, too much of which causes water weight gain, and is not good for cardiovascular health.

12. SCALLOPS

Scallops make this list of healthiest fish to eat because they are another great high-protein, low calorie fish; one serving of scallops, about 3 ounces, contains only about 90-100 calories and 20 grams of fat.

13. MUSSELS

Mussels are rich in iron, which is needed to prevent anemia and promote high energy, and zinc, which promotes immune health. They are also a convenient meal, as they only take 3 minutes to fully cook.

14. ARCTIC CHAR

This fish is a relative of trout, one of the best fish to eat, as well as one of the healthiest types of fish, in the world. It has all the same health benefits, but in this case, look for the farmed variety; the waters the wild variety of this fish come from are not too clean.

15. LONGFIN SQUID

Longfin squid is one of the best fish to eat; they are rich in omega 3 and vitamin B12, both essential in promoting overall health and preventing mental illnesses like Depression. Low in calories and contains no carbohydrates, as long as they are not deep-fried, longfin squid is one the healthiest fish to eat.

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The Eight Best Health and Nutrition Tips Without Meat

The Eight Best Health and Nutrition Tips Without Meat

The Eight Best Health and Nutrition Tips Without Meat

As you get older, it becomes more and more important that you focus on your health. In order to have better results, you will have to work to provide your body with regular exercise and an adequate amount of healthy, nutritious food.

But what are some of the best health and nutrition tips? For many, this includes eating lean meats, but today we’ll look at getting the right amount of health and nutrition completely without meat.

This is often harder than it looks because while you can eat until your full with a vegetarian diet, it’s more important that you get the right amount of nutrients for a healthy body.

Let’s look at the 8 best health and nutrition tips without meat.

#1 Focus on proteins

One of the easiest ways to ensure you have a balanced diet is by focusing on getting enough protein in your diet. This is not only necessary for your health, but it will also leave you feeling fuller for longer.

This can be accomplished without meat by making sure you eat a good amount of various plant foods. These include nuts, soy, beans and peas, and eggs and dairy.

#2 Don’t over-complicate things

One big thing that affects people who want to increase their health and nutrition without meat is that they can complicate their food choices.

However, there are already many dishes that you eat on a regular basis that are meatless (or easily made meatless), such as soups, salads, pizza, etc. That way, instead of fretting over what you’ll eat, you can simply focus on normal foods that don’t take a lot of time or money to make.

#3 Beans, peas and other legumes

Beans, peas and other legumes like lentils have high nutrient content and it is recommended that everyone make it a part of their diet.

Make sure you include it in your meals on a regular basis. This can be foods such as bean salads, pea soup, vegetarian chili and even your favorite hummus. You can also eat foods common in other parts of the world, such as lentils and rice or beans and rice. Just use brown rice for better nutrition.

#4 Grill it

Grilled veggies are an underused outlet for great nutritious food that’s not focused on health. This is normally because the grill space is occupied by meat.

However, you can slice zucchinis, eggplants, bell peppers, veggie burgers and many others for a filling, nutritious meal. The grilling process will also create a fantastic, smoky flavor that goes well with meatier vegetables such as mushrooms.

#5 Get your calcium

Calcium is very important to make your bones and teeth strong. Some vegetarians are fine with eating dairy products, which can be a great source of calcium.

Other plant-based sources of calcium include dark-green vegetables, such as mustard greens, bok choy, collard, etc. You can also get it from fortified soy milk or breakfast cereals.

#6 Switch up your diets

While many national cuisines are filled with meat options, there are still many cultures around the world that often go meatless on a regular basis.

For example, Middle Eastern/North African food often has a lot more vegetables in their diet than western diets do. These are often quite delicious options, depending on your own tastes. Falafels and shawarma are not only delicious and filling, but also available in many bigger western cities.

#7 Snack on nuts

Unsalted nuts can be a great snack, but you can also use them in your main dishes and salads. For example, you can add walnuts, pecans, and almonds in place of meats and cheeses to make your green salads more filling.

You can also snack on various seeds or a combination of seeds and nuts. One great thing to do is to roast your nuts and seeds together with a little bit of olive oil and some spices to have a fantastic, healthy and nutritious snack for your day.

#8 Get B12 in your diet

It’s very important that you have adequate amounts of B12 in your diet. Normally you can find this naturally in animal products.

B12 is a very important vitamin that helps keep your blood cells healthy and is crucial in making DNA. Luckily, you can get this vitamin by eating fortified cereals or soy products. You can also take a B12 supplement to make sure you have a healthy amount.

The best health and nutrition tips

While you can find a lot of useful information around, it’s important that you focus on what your tastes are. These tips above are great for a well-rounded, healthy and nutritious lifestyle that doesn’t depend on meat.

If you follow these tips, you’ll find yourself feeling healthier, fuller and more energetic.

Chef Jason Galletti’s passion for exceptional and unique food inspired him to bring together G`dayChef to life. For over 10 years now, Jason and his team have provided Melbourne Catering and event services with the newest and most delicious culinary trends.

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These Leaves Can Fight Cholesterol, Diabetes and Triglycerides

Many people around the world are struggling to fight cholesterol, diabetes and triglycerides fluctuations. It is paramount to maintain healthy levels by ensuring that you are consuming healthy diets and adopting an active lifestyle.

The good news is that there are many plants and herbs that have medicinal benefits that can help fight these conditions. They have been in use for many centuries in different parts across the globe. Thanks to their safety and efficiency, natural treatments are increasingly becoming popular throughout the world.

This article focuses on how to naturally use figs and their leaves to treat diabetes, cholesterol, and triglycerides.

These Leaves Can Fight Cholesterol, Diabetes and Triglycerides.

Figs Roles in Fighting Diabetes, Triglycerides, and Cholesterol

Figs are not only delicious but also come with medicinal properties. Additionally, their leaves have incredible health benefits and can be helpful in alleviating a number of medical conditions. Let’s have a look at some benefits associated with figs and their leaves:

• Diabetes Treatment

Leaves from figs are loaded with large quantities of insulin. To get their benefits, you are supposed to consume the water derived from these leaves. Simply boil drinking water and allow it to cool for about 15 minutes before taking it.

• Balancing Triglycerides

Fluctuations in triglycerides levels normally occur due to kidney disease, genetic lipid disorders, and hypothyroidism. To ensure that healthy levels of triglycerides are maintained, you should drink water derived from fig leaves on a daily basis. Additionally, this tea will help you keep off the extra pounds and lower the risk of a heart attack.

• Ulcer Treatment

If you experience stomach ulcers, fig leaves can come to your rescue. Simply chew the leaves and swallow the resulting juice to deal with stomach ulcers.

• Constipation Treatment

Fig fruits are rich in fiber which plays a major role in fighting constipation. In addition, figs help in maintaining healthy cholesterol levels, while improving the function of the digestive system. Some of the digestive problems addressed by figs include acid reflux, heartburn, and gastritis. It is thus important to incorporate figs in your daily diet to reap their health benefits.

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Other Benefits

In reference to the Natural news website, fig leaves can be used in a variety of other homemade remedies for treating medical conditions such as bronchitis. In addition, they can help in preventing cardiovascular problems, oxidative stress, and high blood pressure.

Side Effects And Precautions

Whether fresh or dried, fig fruit is considered safe for most people when used orally in small quantities. However, fig latex (the sap derived from the tree) when taken in large amounts can cause bleeding along the digestive tract in some people. Topical application of fig leaf to the skin can increase sensitivity to the sun. If you have a sensitive skin type, avoid coming into contact with fig fruit as it can cause rash.

Conclusion

You may not enjoy the delicious taste from figs and their leaves, but their incredible health benefits are worth whatever it takes. They are beneficial for your overall wellbeing. There is no need to hesitate using figs right away.

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12 Best Meatless Sources of Protein

Protein is the major components of a healthy diet, particularly if you are a vegetarian. It is difficult to get a daily quota from vegetarian since one is not sure for the best vegetables that contain high sources of protein. Discovering such foods rich in protein is the key to healthy and good diets. The protein contains amino acids that are beneficial in repairing damaged cells and creating new ones. Here are the main meatless protein sources:

12 Best Meatless Sources of Protein

1. Green peas

They contain high amounts of protein, minerals, and vitamins. Due to their nature, peas can be used not just as a side dish. Studies have shown that green peas contain a slightly higher amount of protein than the cup of milk. They are also a good source of fiber, which is essential in the digestion process thus preventing constipation.

2. Tofu, edamame, and tempeh

These are the types of soya beans that contain large proportions of protein that offer essential amino acids for the purpose of tissue formation. Edamame is soya beans which are immature with a slight grassy and sweet taste. Tempehs are prepared through cooking and fermenting slightly mature soya beans before pressing them. Likewise, tofu is obtained from pressing together bean curds applying the same process to cheese making.

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3. Lentils

They are a nutritional powerhouse with rich proteins and they contain large amounts of fiber and other nutrients, such as manganese, iron, and fatole. Due to their protein content, they help to reduce and prevent the risk of various diseases such as diabetes, excess weight, and some cancer diseases. Lentils can be used in different dishes for examples fresh salads, spice-infused dahls, and hearty soups.

4. Chickpeas and most variety of beans

Both chickpeas and beans contain high protein contents per serving in the diet. Several researches have proved that diets rich in beans and legumes decrease the cholesterol levels in the body. This consequently helps to regulate blood pressure, sugar levels, and belly fats.

5. Nutritional yeast

It is sold in the market as flakes and yellow powder. It has high contents of protein, fiber, vitamin B12, and other fortified nutrients.

6. Spelt and teff

They are categorized as ancient grains that also include barley, sorghum, einkorn, and farro. They contain high protein rate as compared to the other ancient grains. They are a great source of several types of minerals and vitamins as compared to other common grains, thus they make a great substitute of proteins.

7. Amaranth and quinoa

They are classified as pseudocereals that provide a complete source of protein. Mostly, they are prepared and consumed in a similar way to traditional grains like rice and wheat. They are rich in iron, manganese, complex carbs, fiber and magnesium thus they can be incorporated on vegetarian diets.

8. Nuts, Nut Butters and other seeds

This is one of the easiest ways of adding up plant protein, minerals, and vitamins in the diet. One can opt to consume unbalanced, raw or without other additives that maximize nutrient content. Studies recommend that one should consume raw and unbalanced versions. This is because nuts that are blanched and roasted may damage the contents of nutrients found in them.

9. Fruits and vegetables rich in proteins:

All vegetables and fruits contain proteins, although in small quantities. Vegetables rich in proteins include spinach, broccoli, asparagus, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, and artichokes. It is important to note that fruits have lower rates of protein as compared to vegetables.

10. Ezekiel bread and other types of bread made from sprouted grains

This bread is made by use of sprouted whole grains and legumes that are found in wheat, barley, millet, soya beans, spelt, and lentils. The bread has a high content of protein than others available in the market. The amount of healthy nutrients is increased by sprouting legumes and grains since they reduce the anti-nutrients amount. In addition, studies have found out that sprouting enhances their amino acids content. This boosts and improves the overall quality of protein. Sprouting also increases the bread folate, soluble fiber, beta carotene, and vitamin C content.

11. Wild rice

It has been found out that wild rice has more protein than other varieties of long grains such as basmati and brown rice. However, those people who rely on wild rice as their staple food should be careful and take precautions to minimize their arsenic contents.

12. Chia seeds

They are versatile sources of protein. In addition, they contain a variety of minerals, antioxidants, vitamins, and other health-promoting compounds.

Conclusion

Lack of protein among vegetarians is far away from becoming a norm. Therefore, the list above can be of great help in your diet as a vegetarian as it will assist you to incorporate more plant-based proteins. Although there are concerns about vegetarian diets might lack enough protein, but this is not the case.  If a vegetarian diet is well planned, you can acquire all the required proteins and other nutrients.

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Grapes: Health Benefits, The Uses, and The Concerns

Grapes are edible fruits of vine, also known as Vitis vinifera, which have been used for medicinal purposes since the past. In particular, grape seeds are byproducts used in wine processing. Grape is of great benefit in preventing diseases such as atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, swelling after injury, heart attack, and stroke. Grapes also contain nutrients such as fiber, iron, potassium, and different antioxidants.

Grapes Health Benefits, The Uses, and The Concerns

The Health Benefits of Grapes

•Contains resveratrol that improves the immune system

Grape contains a high degree of natural antioxidants that are beneficial in protecting and supporting the body from unnecessary damages caused by immune deficiency. Damage of the immune system can make you vulnerable to various diseases such as liver damage and cancer. Various studies suggest that resveratrol together with vitamin D found in grapes have positive impacts on the immune function of the body. Resveratrol minimizes bacterial infections and inflammation while protecting the body against other illnesses. One of the best sources of resveratrol, is red wine, and not white wine, and who doesn’t like red wine gifts?

• Regular intake limits the risk of heart diseases 

Grapes contain nutritive polyphenols which improve and strengthen cardiovascular health. According to the studies, people who consume grapes are less likely to suffer from atherosclerosis that can cause heart disease. There is an oxidative hypothesis that suggests that grape-derived polyphenols inhibits LDL oxidation, which is a precursor for atherosclerosis.

• Grapes juice helps in protection from type 2 diabetes 

Consumption of grape juice regularly lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes, which is caused by high levels of glucose in the body. A hike in blood glucose usually occurs due to poor food habits, lack of exercise, and high levels of cholesterol. In other terms, grapes help to regulate the amount of glucose in the body.

• Grapes are rich in vitamin K 

Grapes help to improve deficiency of vitamin K, which is essential in strengthening bone, teeth, and muscles. Studies have shown that consumption of grapes regularly improves the mineral density of the bone.

• Grapes contain flavonoids which reduce cell damage caused by ultraviolet radiation

Frequent consumption of grapes reduces the risk skin damage which is mainly caused by the harmful UV rays of the sun. Prolonged exposure to ultraviolet rays can lead to skin cancer.  Grapes contain flavonoids that have been shown to help in the treatment and prevention of skin diseases as well as skin cancer.

• Grapes regulate blood pressure

A diet rich in grapes lowers the risk of high blood pressure. This is because grapes increase the ability of the body to fight hypertension, especially in adults who are at a higher risk of high blood pressure.

• Grapes can suppress destructive cancerous cells

Grapes have compounds that help fight the formation of cancerous cells. Some health experts regard grapes as anti-cancer because of their role in preventing the proliferation of cancer cells in the body. When therapy is combined with consumption of grapes regularly, it has anti-cancer and anti- inflammatory benefits to the patient.

• Grapes have dietary fiber and potential compounds that reduce constipation

The dietary fiber and other nutrients found in grapes help in eliminating and overcoming constipation. They are also rich in insoluble fiber, meaning that it remains intact as it moves through the digestive tract. It builds up bulk promoting the formation and excretion of healthy stools.

• Different polyphenols in grapes minimizes oxidation stress

Oxidation stress is caused by various factors which include inflammation, age related disorders, and genetic factors. Grapes help in the treatment and control of these factors that raise oxidation stress in the body. It also minimizes the risk of being affected by age-related disorders.

Uses of grapes

Being rich in vitamins A, C, B6, and mineral salt, grapes can be helpful in supporting your overall wellbeing. They also contain potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and selenium, which are essential in the body.

Grapes slow the aging process

Antioxidants found in grapes help in the fight against free radicals that cause premature aging symptoms including fine lines and wrinkles. Additionally, incorporating grapes in your diet and topical application of grape juice can enhance the appearance of your skin, hair, and nails. Other uses include:

• Sunburn prevention
• Skin softening
• Scar elimination
• Hair growth enhancement
• Aromatherapy (thanks to their sweet scents)

Concerns about grapes

There are concerns that grapes can interfere with blood clotting in some people. Taking grapes may increase the likelihood of bleeding and bruising if someone has a hemorrhage problem. People with such problems should consult their health care providers before undergoing surgical procedures. Pregnant and lactating women should also seek consent from medical experts before using supplements or medicines containing grapes.

Conclusion

Grapes have a lot of uses due to their richness in antioxidants, which provide numerous health benefits. You should consider taking grapes regularly to boost your immune system and improve the health condition of your skin, hair, and body. Although there are concerns raised by researchers about their minimal detrimental health effects, they cannot outweigh the numerous wellness benefits of grapes.

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6 Quick and Easy Ways to Thicken Chili

I don’t know about you but I know I love my chili thick. I like it so thick that I can have it by itself as a meal. Chili is an all-around food that is satisfying and very easy to prepare. I can’t help but salivate at the thought of that.

You should not have thin chili. Thin chili is simply soup; there is no other name for it. You may be wondering how you can thicken your chili to avoid it being mistaken for soup.

There are many chili variations that can be prepared. You can prepare it with chicken, kidney beans, ground beef, black beans, and mushrooms. For the geeks in the kitchen, I am sure you can come up with more of these.

Chili is one meal that can be prepared for vegans and non-vegans alike. This makes it the best food to prepare when you are entertaining your family and friends at home.

Here are six easy ways on how to thicken chili. What is surprising is just how simple all these methods are. These tips will go a long way in turning your homemade chili into restaurant quality chili.

6 Quick and Easy Ways to Thicken Chili.

1. Thickening with its ingredients

Adding some more of the ingredients in your recipes like tomato paste, mashed beans, corn, minced onions or okra will help make it thicker. For the solid ingredients like corn, ensure that you use them precooked and drained. This will ensure that no more liquid will be added into your pot and you will get your desired thickness easily.

The starch in pureed beans offers the very best thickening material for your chili. You can get pureed beans by taking a little from your chili pot and either mashing with a potato masher or using a food processor.

Other ingredients such as tomato paste can change the taste of your chili. What you need to do is to add a pinch of sugar to help level out the bitter taste of the tomato paste.

2. Use of flour

There are many varieties of flour available in the market that you can use. All purpose flour, corn meal, corn starch and arrowroot flour can all be used and give good results.

For all purpose flour, mix two tablespoons of flour in a quarter cup water then mix it properly to make a paste with no lumps. Add this paste into your pot of chili and stir in while simmering under medium heat for a few minutes.

If you decide to use arrowroot or corn starch mix one tablespoon of flour and one tablespoon of water to make the slurry then add into your chili. Stir in well for few minutes until you get your desired thickness.

When using cornmeal, add two tablespoons directly into your pot and stir in to mix it well while cooking under medium heat for a few minutes.

Although the different kinds of flour have different flavors, it is not easily felt in your chili.

 3. Evaporation method

I know this may sound like a lot of science, but I promise you, it is not. It is all about letting the excess liquid in your chili reduce by itself. Remove the lid from your pot and let it simmer on medium-high heat as the liquid evaporates.

If you are in a hurry, you can increase the heat on your cooker but be careful not to burn your food. The advantage of this method is that your recipe and the taste will not be affected in any way.

The other advantage of this method is that slightly burning of your chili helps improve the flavor in a big way. Beef chili, for example, gets a better taste, flavor, and aroma when the pot burns at the bottom.

 4. Add quick oats

The health benefits of oatmeal are well known to us. Using oats to thicken chili offers a good low carb alternative for those who are health conscious. The oat help to absorb most of the liquid from your chili and do not end up getting too soggy. This helps preserve the taste of your thick chili. You need to take extra care using oats as a thickener because if you use too much, your chili will dry out and become solid. We want it thick and not solid.

5. Thicken after serving

Different people prefer different tastes. If you are serving several people, it is a good idea to thicken your chili after it is done the cooking. Give your visitors a choice of how thin or thick they enjoy it.

There are various methods that have been proven to work magic. These include adding crushed corn chips, cracked saline crackers, crumbled corn bread, potato flakes or grated cheese.

Have one, two or even four of these items on the table when serving to allow each person add whatever amount they feel they will require in their plates. Cheese, for example, will add a creamy and smooth taste to your meal.

 6. Thickening with unflavored protein powder

Using protein powder instead of flour offers a no carb solution to thickening your chili. Mix two tablespoons of flour in about a quarter cup water then mix it properly to make the slurry with no lumps. Add this to your pot and stir it until it is all mixed in the chili. Let it simmer for several more minutes under medium heat.

Protein powder is unflavored and therefore does not have any effect on the taste and flavor of your chili.

With any of these methods, you are guaranteed to get chili that is as thick as you want it to be. Some of the methods will slightly change the flavor but we can only hope it is for the best.

A slight change in flavor is a small sacrifice to make in order to get your chili as thick as your eyes and taste buds prefer. Adding cornmeal and corn starch has been said to add a tortilla kind of flavor into your chili. We all love tortilla, don’t we?

About the Author Lita Watson:

Hi there! I’m Lita, the voice of Quick Easy Cook and I’m absolutely in love with cooking blogs. I’m a beginner in cooking and I try my best to make it quick and easy. Even though, it’s not always quick and easy to keep up with fancy dinners… so I keep learning and blogging about quick and easy ways to create delicious and yummy foods for my two kids and a wonderful husband.

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Homemade Garlic Shampoo For Hair Growth, And Stop Hair Loss

Garlic is rich in incredible antifungal and antibiotic properties. Therefore, it is useful in various health and beauty related problems. Although garlic is often used as an ingredient for cooking, garlic shampoo is also a new trend in haircare. Due to garlic’s medicinal value, it was used by ancient physicians to heal skin and severe diseases. Though it tastes awful, it can be helpful for nails, hair and skin.

Garlic extract grounded shampoo can heal infections of the scalp and improve the health of the hair impressively. The garlic shampoo helps effectively to regulate the hair loss that may be caused of all reasons. Furthermore, it is a natural shampoo for various hair complications such as hair fall, dandruff, hair thinning and dry hair.

Have you been looking for the best hair loss treatment? The best treatment for hair loss has been found! Garlic shampoo successfully reduces hair loss. Here is the recipe for the homemade shampoo that will amazingly change the appearance of your hair.

Homemade Garlic Shampoo For Hair Growth, And Stop Hair Loss.

Purchase good quality garlic

The purple garlic variety is the preferred one since they are rich in antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant nutrients. If it is hard to find this type of garlic you can always look for another juicy and healthy garlic variety. Weaker varieties of garlic can’t give the desired results.
California used to be the U.S.’s primary supplier of garlic, but no more. Now, up to 30% of U.S. garlic actually comes from China. Chinese garlic is not grown, harvested, or shipped following the safety regulations that domestic garlic is. If you buy and use garlic from China, you may be ingesting harmful chemicals without your knowledge.

Get an organic shampoo

The best organic solutions to use are the organic shampoos. With garlic, they mix and combine well homogeneously to form strong and very efficient shampoo that treats and stops hair loss. The organic shampoos are not expensive and are free of much sulfates and alcohol, which are detrimental for the growth of hair.

Prepare a creamy and a harmonious garlic paste

Take about ten garlic cloves that you should wash them with clean water. This is to guarantee that no dirt will mix with the shampoo. Then take the cloves and peel them well and place them in the mixer grinder. Proceed to grind the cloves to create a garlic paste. Add water little by little as you stir to make the paste creamy. To get rid of the garlicky smell add a little amount of olive oil, peppermint oil, jojoba oil and tea tree oil.

Mix well everything to get a consistent and smooth paste. Take the organic shampoo and add it to the garlic paste and mix it well by stirring until it becomes homogeneous. It will be a thick garlic shampoo, pour it in a bottle that is airtight and then keep it in a cool and dry place. To eradicate the garlic particles use a well toothed comb.

How to use the garlic shampoo

It is very simple to use the garlic shampoo. Wash your hair once in a day, in the morning is more preferable. Thoroughly massage your scalp. Once you are through, wash the hair and by use of a comb to remove the garlic particles. However, if the garlic shampoo was well processed no much particles are expected.

The health benefits of Garlic shampoo

The garlic shampoo has countless benefits. It can treat all the problems and infections that are hair related. Here are the major health benefits of using the garlic shampoo.

It treats and stops the thinning hair

Use of garlic shampoo stimulates the growth of new hair to those that their hair is thinning. Garlic provides the required nourishment to the hair follicles and this makes the hair grow stronger than before. In cases where the thinning and loss of hair is a result of bacterial infection, the shampoo has antibiotics that prevent the condition and the thickness of the hair is restored.

It gives healthy hair and scalp

To the damaged hair as a result of bleaching or coloring, the garlic shampoo enhances it and gives it a shine. With continuous use of the shampoo, it can also be helpful to the ones suffering from an itchy scalp and dry hair. It can achieve this by reducing or completely eradicating the symptoms. If applied on the scalp thoroughly the shampoo can help in ensuring a healthy and strong hair.

It eases the damaged hair

Continual use of hair dryers can significantly destroy your hair. Application of chemical perm can also damage hair. The garlic shampoo can be of great help to restore the health of the hair. The natural and essential properties of garlic can stop the breakage which is as e result of chemical perms and habitual use of hair dryers. The shampoo also facilitates the flow of blood and gets rid of toxins that cause split ends of hair.

Its additional benefits

When massaging the garlic shampoo on the scalp, it is advisable to leave it for a few minutes. This ensures that the nutrients in the garlic have been absorbed. The nutrients have far reaching nutrients besides treating hair problems. The cholesterol in the arteries can be broken up and can also lower the high blood pressure. The nutrients can also be effective in pneumonia and whooping cough.

Conclusion

The garlic shampoo has many uses and benefits, especially to the infections and problems related to hair. It is efficient to use and easy to make at home. If you are experiencing any problem related to hair do not hesitate to use garlic shampoo.

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What Really Happens When You Drink The “Shaman Drink” Ayahuasca

Ayahuasca is possibly among the most powerful hallucinogens in the world which was recently declared as a dangerous narcotic by researchers and lawmakers. It didn’t qualify for use in medical research or fit for human consumption. Shockingly, it’s among the best online selling product that claims to treat psychological and physical illnesses. Thanks to Western intervention, studies reveal a lot about this Amazonian conscious-altering liquid.

What Really Happens When You Drink The Shaman Drink Ayahuasca

Details about Ayahuasca

This is a traditional psychedelic brew that was used in initiation rites and shamanic healing rituals all over the Amazon. It is prepared by boiling the leaves of Chacruna (Psychotria viridis) with the Ayahuasca vine (Banisterriospsis caapi). Chacruna contains a psychedelic compound known as N,N-Dimethyltryptamine (DMT). Amusingly, this compound can be found in nearly all the plants and animals that you eat. However, it is destroyed by an enzyme known as monomiamine once it enters in the gut. That means it doesn’t reach the brain to produce its hallucinogenic effects.

At this point, B. caapi steps in. It has compounds known as monoamine oxidase inhibitors which block these enzymes while ensuring that the intact form of DMT is delivered to the brain. This triggers a psychedelic effect that usually lasts for up to six hours.

How Safe is Ayahuasca?

According to Jordi Riba, who explored the effects of ayahuasca on human brain, the active principles in P. viridis and B. caapi are soon cleared in the body, thus overdosing and toxicity can hardly occur.

However, the brew is seemingly safe from a physical view, but Riba told IFLScience that there can be damaging psychological effects if ayahuasca is not taken in the correct preparation. According to Riba, some people may experience anxiety emanating from the unusual and intense nature of the feeling. This is typical to people who travel to Amazon and share the brew with others they are not familiar with.

In fact, though Amazonian natives are primed to cope with the visions that they experience with the brew, Western travelers can be overwhelmed by their psychedelic experiences.

Health Benefits of Ayahuasca

Though it sounds horrific, the overwhelming experience from taking this brew can offer therapeutic benefits. Riba says that people who use ayahuasca report to have been confronted by some painful personal problems. They allege to have gained some new insights into such problems, helping to come into better terms with them. Riba adds that there are some people who have overcome strong addictions like opium and cocaine after a few sessions of ayahuasca trip.

In a Beckley/\Sant Pau study, it was found that taking ayahuasca triggered an antidepressant effect in patients who did not respond well to other depression treatments. Most remarkable was the fact that the improvements of their symptoms were noticed almost immediately after taking the brew and persisted for a couple of weeks, a period Riba calls “the after-glow.” He notes that this is a vital window of opportunity for psychotherapy because patients tend to be more open and receptive.

Unlike SSRIs, harnessing the ayahuasca after-glow, can thus lead to faster recovery for patients with depression.  Ayahuasca researchers are currently exploring the neurological mechanisms behind this after-glow.

Other health benefits associated with the use of ayahuasca include:

• It cures cancer
• Expands consciousness
• Helps identify the totality of life
• Enhances efficiency benefits
• Increased feeling of love and empathy
• Life-changing spiritual experiences

Ayahuasca Mode of Action

According to Riba, the brain connectivity changes in the 24 hours after an ayahuascan session. It is during this period that the brain areas linked with creating and maintaining a sense of self become strongly connected with other areas that control autobiographical memories and emotions.

There is a correlation between the magnitude of this effect and an increase in certain characters associated with mindfulness, which happens to the main target of meditation. This is usually measured using different scientifically approved questionnaires.

Riba and his team discovered that long-term use of ayahuasca can lead to shrinkage in the posterior cingulate cortex (PCC) in the brain.

Reporting to IFLScience, Amanda Feilding, the founder, and director of the Beckley Foundation said that “the PCC is a major hub center in theCould You Have PTSD? 5 Signs and Symptoms That You Should Know

default mode network.” It represses and censors perceptions which lead to the rigid patterns of cognition and thought that triggers psychological problems such as depression, addiction, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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Nevertheless, studies in brain imaging have demonstrated that the repressive control of the default mode of network is reduced during psychedelic effects as with DMT, LSD, and psilocybin. That means there is more whole-brain connectivity and improved perception.

Ayahuasca Side Effects

Though ayahuasca comes with some psychological benefits, some users report the following side effects:

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• Profuse sweating
• Shivering
• Sedation
• Auditory hallucinations
• Paranormal ideation and magical thinking
• Strong visions
• Fear
• Difficulty walking
• Feeling as if you are dying
• Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and body pain

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Top Five Surprising Facts about Stevia

It was around the kickoff of last summer that I first glanced over what my body had gotten to be. Just as the winter was refusing to wither away, so was my mammal organism stubbornly holding onto the fat deposits it had gathered to resist the cold. No more, I decided right away.

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At the advice of friends and relatives this “no more” quickly turned into “no more sugar”. Besides simply being fattening, I had discovered that sugar affected my body and brain more than I thought. Moreover, the usual sugar-like replacements, such as fructose, were proven to go as far as causing aging.

Just when I was beginning to accept the fact that I was going to be confined to eating celery for the rest of my life, I found stevia. A natural sweetener, stevia is a plant indigenous to South America, and it has been seeing a surge in popularity in the last years. Reading up on the subject, I decided to share with you several surprising facts about stevia.

1. It counters diabetes.

For me, the biggest motivator when it came to giving up sugar was the fear of diabetes. Simply put, diabetes occurs when the pancreas no longer produces or responds to insulin. Beyond the rational fear of a cureless disease, I had to deal with the thought of having to constantly give myself insulin shots, despite my aversion toward needles.

Imagine my relief when it turned out that stevia has no negative impact on the glucose level in the blood. Conversely, it makes the body responsive to insulin doses and strengthens the pancreas. Stevia works as an actual medicine without the synthetic and artificial components. Turns out that it doesn’t just taste good. The more information I found about it, the more I realized that it’s also good for my health.

2. You shouldn’t OD on it.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. It’s not fattening and it doesn’t give you diabetes? Why not charge at, from a culinary point of view, and munch on whole mountains of sweet stevia? Well, what you’re consuming is not actually the plant – it’s in fact Stevioside and Rebaudioside.

These are the compounds usually extracted from the stevia plant. As any compound, however “natural” the label sells it to be, Stevioside and Rebaudioside undergo processing. So, you’re not actually consuming the direct products of mother nature as there’s still some human, scientific involvement.  Although it’s safe to use it only as a sweetener, put as much stevia in your foods as you would sugar, not more.

3. What’s sweeter than sugar but doesn’t caramelize? 

You get two chances to guess. If you don’t get it right from the first time, take some stevia. Why? Stevia takes the place of sugar in stimulating your organism, and that includes the brain. In effect, you’ll be sending your body on a sugar-free sugar rush.

Almost all modern-day foods include sugar. The taste in itself has to be sweet, pleasurable, to sell the product. Whenever you pick up a candy bar, but not only, don’t forget that the marketing involved in its selling lies even beyond the flashy, colorful package. Your body will remember the taste and seek it again later. Despite being 200 times sweeter than sugar, stevia doesn’t hit your body as strong as it. As such, you won’t feel that post-sugar intake weakening.

4. This is an intervention.

As said before, almost all products today that are meant for consumption contain sugar or some form of sweetener. Now imagine that sugar is a drug, with all the heavy meanings and society-wide condemnations thrown on that word. In fact, you don’t need to imagine, as sugar has been scientifically proved to cause dependency.

Continuing our comparison, it is vital to note that sugar, just like any other drug, causes serious withdrawal if you try to give it up at once. Switching to stevia, besides maintaining your body’s dependency to sweet stimuli, can help you overcome your need for sugar.

5. It’s been replacing sugar for a long time.

History notes the Guarani Indians of the Amambay mountainous region of Paraguay have been using this “sweet herb” for centuries. Their knowledge of the plant was observed and adopted by the Spaniard settlers in the 1800s, replacing the luxury that was sugar. Ever since then, its use has been growing, and with good reason – if sugar is the drug, stevia is the antidote.

Armed with these newly-acquired facts about stevia, you’ll surely go on to boast about your new, healthy lifestyle, at every family dinner. And rightly so, why not convince others about the benefits of replacing sugar with mother nature’s own sweetener? Just don’t let yourself be discouraged by all the eye-rolling you’re going to see.

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10 Proven Health Benefits of Coffee

10 Proven Health Benefits of Coffee

Aside from being a delicious drink that perks you up, coffee is in fact very healthy. Loaded with nutrients and antioxidants, drinking coffee regularly can actually help improve your health.

Several studies also show that drinking coffee offers protection from some serious diseases.

Here are 10 benefits of coffee that are proven by science:

1. Coffee boosts your energy levels and can even make you smarter. Coffee helps energize you and make you feel less tired. Its active ingredient, caffeine, is a natural stimulant. Coffee helps improve several brain function aspects, including mood, memory, vigilance, reaction times, alertness and other cognitive functions in general.

2. Coffee burns fat. Caffeine is one of the most popular ingredients in fat-burning supplements. Why? Simply because it is a natural substance that can actually help you burn fat. Caffeine can boost metabolism by up to 11%. However, this benefit diminishes in long-term coffee drinkers.

3. Coffee contains essential nutrients. Coffee beans are rich in essential nutrients, but once you brew them, they lose a substantial amount of these. However, there is still ample essential nutrients that come with the brew. For instance, there’s 11% RDA of Vitamin B2 in a single cup of freshly-brewed coffee; plus, there’s 6% RDA of Vitamin B5, Manganese and Potassium content are up to 3% RDA per cup, while Magnesium and Niacin are also present in your cup of joe.

4. Coffee helps minimize the risk for Type II Diabetes. One of the many health problems that affect millions of people is Type 2 diabetes. Luckily for coffee lovers, studies show that drinking coffee regularly can help lower your risk of having type 2 diabetes by up to 50%.

5. Consuming coffee regularly can help prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. While Alzheimer’s is a known incurable degenerative disease, drinking coffee may help prevent it. Combine coffee with proper diet and exercise and you may lower your risk for Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia for up to 65%.

6. Coffee may help alleviate the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Drinking coffee, as a 2012 ScienceDaily report showed, may help lessen the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Furthermore, regular drinkers have lower risk of having the condition.

7. Coffee can make you happier. Up to 4.1% of U.S. population has clinical depression, a mental disorder that makes a person excessively unhappy, which can sometime result in suicide. Coffee can help you with this. A Harvard study states that women who consume at least 4 cups of coffee per day have decreased chances of getting depressed by 20%.

8. Coffee is a great source of antioxidants. Coffee may be your healthiest “meal”, especially if you always eat Western foods. Coffee has high levels of antioxidants, which can help regenerate cells and fight diseases. Surprisingly (or not surprisingly), these days, coffee is a more common source of antioxidants than fruits and vegetables.

9. Coffee helps decrease your risk for some cancers. Drinking coffee does not only energize you, it can also help protect you from certain types of cancer. In a report, people who drink at least 4 cups of coffee a day have decreased their chance of getting colorectal cancer by 15%. In addition, you may also lower your risk of having liver cancer if you drink the same amount of joe.

10. Coffee promotes longevity. With the many health benefits of coffee, it is already unquestionable that this drink might help you live longer or at least lowers your risk of dying early.

Final Note: If you’re in search of a new coffee maker, DrippedCoffee.com has an amazing guide on top drip coffee makers.

So, what can we say? Coffee is indeed a wonder drink! Get that pot of joe steaming and share the benefits of coffee with others.

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Finding Patient Healthcare Solutions in Technology

In this busy digital, constantly connected age, people have become more knowledgeable and aware of their choices.  They have come to expect better medical care when they experience whatever health issues come their way.  This shift in patient expectations means health care providers must adapt to the times, and make their patient satisfaction a priority.

In response, several healthcare technology solutions have been introduced, such as app-enabled patient portals, but quite often, these tools serve only as data repositories — not utilized by doctors or the patients they are supposed to be helping.  Yet, some physicians are eager and willing to adopt new patient technology. According to the 2016 HIMSS Connected Health Survey, 52 percent of healthcare IT professionals use a minimum of three connected health devices with their patients. Technology such as mobile health, CRM programs, and Telehealth can if utilized properly, greatly improve patient communication, engagement, and loyalty within the health system.

HIMSS Director of Healthcare Information Systems, Tom Martin, states, “The Connected Health findings illustrate the importance of interactive relationships between physicians and individuals and technology as a means to advance comprehensive health and healthcare.”

When it comes to successful patient interaction, it is critical to reach the right audience with an effective message, using the best channels. Technology can make this easier for health programs to accomplish.  However, a good physician-patient relationship is still necessary to create real patient engagement.

Types of Healthcare Technology

Patient Portals

Patients often complain about the hard time they have trying to reach their doctors. This is where portals offer a solution. Patients and providers can communicate with one another through a secure website via the use of Patient Portals. This technology provides patients with online appointment scheduling software, the ability to pay their bills, and the opportunity to read test results from the comfort of their home. However, successful adoption of patient portals will take money and time to accomplish. Furthermore, some patients are hesitant to use this technology, due to worries about privacy, forgetting their passwords, not being computer savvy or simply not having an understanding of the reason for using patient portals. So it is important to note that for this software to be successful, physicians need to discuss how to use the technology and the possible benefits it can provide, such as easy appointment scheduling, refills for medications and easier access to health records.

Mobile Health

With the widespread use of smartphones now, especially by younger individuals, providers have started to take advantage of this technology by introducing mobile apps and other mHealth options for their patients. A recent survey shows that 71 percent of millennial patients would utilize mobile apps to share health information, book appointments and manage preventive care.  Using mHealth options allows physicians to better connect, communicate and develop a relationship with patients.

Telehealth

Many health systems are providing Telehealth options to appeal to a larger group of patients.  Telehealth provides a wide range of healthcare services given at a distance through video consultations.  It comes as no surprise that 70 percent of patients are comfortable communicating with providers via video, email or text, rather than visiting them for an in-person appointment because 30 percent of patients already use computers or mobile devices to check for diagnostic or medical information. Hospitals utilize Telehealth systems to provide better patient care and satisfaction.

CRM Platform

As a data hub that compiles and analyzes health records, consumer information, and financial data, CRM Platforms can assist healthcare providers in targeting at-risk patients by providing the right information at the right time. Having access to this type of information can allow doctors to target specific people based on lifestyle, customer preferences and demographics.  It helps physicians with sending out the right messages through the best channels in order to induce positive behavior changes in patients throughout their entire lifecycle.

All of these systems are important and useful.  However, although these medical technologies have the ability to improve the patient and physician relationship, consequently improving patient experience and health status, they aren’t the complete and only solution needed. They still have their limitations. Physicians must continue to work on fostering great patient relationships. Regardless of using Telehealth, mHealth, CRM or patient portals, the personal touch is still very necessary.  These technologies simply enhance the patient experience.

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Top 5 Benefits of Black Turmeric That You Should Know

Feeling off today? The cure might just be in your kitchen! Today, we will be listing down the Top 5 Benefits of Black Turmeric to your health.

The advent of medical science and technology did not just only create more medicines. It also paved the way for more discoveries such as the use of medicinal herbs. Now, we have more options aside from going to the doctor and taking prescription medicines. This is crucial because as we all know; medicinal drugs sometimes give off harmful side effects.

Herbal medicine, on the other hand, lives up to being one of nature’s finest.

Herbal cures for illnesses are proven effective and organic especially when utilized correctly. Medicinal herbs are one of the best options you have out there when you want a natural cure for your illness. Sometimes way cheaper and mostly (if not always) free from adverse bodily side effects.

Funnily, the same herbs we sometimes use in cooking can also be used to cure an illness. Today, we will be listing down the top 5 benefits of Black Turmeric.

What is Black Turmeric?

Black Turmeric is not as popular as its two other kinds: the white and yellow Turmeric. The latter are the ones most commonly used for food and cooking. However, Black Turmeric is mainly used for medicinal purposes. Some take Black Turmeric as it is and there are also some who sell supplements or tablets made from Black Turmeric.

Whichever you would prefer, it is important that you know what is it for you and how can it help improve your health situation.

Top 5 Benefits of Black Turmeric That You Should Know

Black Turmeric (Cucurma Cassia), also known as Kali Haldi in India, is a perennial rhizome. This particular rhizome thrives in a tropical climate. This is why it is mostly found in either India or Southeast Asia. As for its appearance, the Black Turmeric’s flowers are usually pink or maroon. Their leaves, on the other hand, are also streaked with maroon in the midrib.

Do note however that the Black Turmeric is not always pink or maroon. Since it’s a rhizome, it starts out with a light pink color then turns blue as it matures. But pretty as they are, these flowers turned medicine are bitter.

This is also probably why Black Turmeric is mostly used for medicinal purposes instead of cooking. The root, most especially, is immensely bitter.

Top 5 Benefits of Black Turmeric (And Its Other Uses)

Black Turmeric has lots of uses and benefits. The curcumin present in all three kinds of Turmeric (black, white and yellow Turmeric) is what makes them very effective medicinally. However, like any other medicinal plants/herbs, it has specific uses and purposes. Illnesses, such as a toothache, are just one of the back Turmeric’s most common uses. Here are the top 5 benefits of Black Turmeric:

Cancer

It is already scientifically proven that the Black Turmeric’s curcumin can help prevent if not kill cancer cells from growing. It has also been proven that they alter pre-cancerous changes in the body organs. More studies also show that conventional chemotherapy paired with Turmeric can be a powerful combo in negating cancer cells. (as well as the adverse effects of chemo)

So if you are looking for an anti-cancer remedy that doesn’t have side effects, you might want to look into the Black Turmeric.

Lung Illnesses (such as bronchitis, pneumonia, etc.)

Black Turmeric can also be used to improve or treat lung illnesses such as asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, etc. Again, the curcumin in Black Turmeric is the miracle worker here. This is because the compounds found in a Turmeric does not interfere with the lung treatment of conventional drugs as well as our immune system’s good cells (unlike chemotherapy or some other medical treatments).

Natural Anti-Oxidant

This is the most common attribute of the Black Turmeric and the other two types of Turmeric. They are natural antioxidants. The curcumin in a Turmeric is very effective in neutralizing free radicals. This is why if taken in moderation; the Black Turmeric can neutralize the free radicals that our body cannot. Thus, negating the effects of aging and cancer cells.

Pair your Turmeric based dishes with some antioxidant fruits for dessert and voila! A very effective anti-cancer and aging meal for the day.

Active Anti-Inflammatory

Black Turmeric is also a very effective anti-inflammatory. Contrary to what it sounds like, inflammatory is a critical process in our body. This process is what helps fight foreign bodies/pathogens like bacteria and repairs damages. That is short term or acute inflammatory. However, too much inflammation or chronic inflammations (long term) is what’s bad.

A compound, such as the curcumin, found in the Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory compound. It blocks molecules that activate inflammation genes.

Pain Reliever

Finally, Black Turmeric is an excellent pain reliever. From rashes, toothaches, osteoarthritis to stomach problems, Black Turmeric can help relieve situations like these. Do note, however, that despite all these good effects, it must be taken in moderation or its proper dosage. Depending on what particular illness you are trying to cure or how much pain you are feeling.

With all these said, please note that these aren’t all the benefits you can get from the Black Turmeric. Should you feel the need to, you can still research and find more health benefits from taking Black Turmeric.

Conclusion

Black Turmeric or any Turmeric, in general, is very versatile in its uses and the illnesses it can remedy. It can also be paired with other house or kitchen herbs/condiments such as the black pepper. So much so that when you try looking it up on the net, you’ll see lots of websites recommending Turmeric with black pepper.

However, even though medicinal herbs or plants like the Turmeric might be organic, it is important to observe moderation. You might not get as many adverse effects as you would with conventional medical treatment. But then, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Remember, prevention is always better than cure.

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Healthy Toaster Oven and Rice Cooker Recipes for Breakfast

Healthy Toaster Oven and Rice Cooker Recipes for Breakfast

Some people do not realize just how important breakfast is significant to their health. It is the most important meal of the day compared to lunch and supper. According to findings from a study that was conducted recently, people who skip breakfast are likely to consume 100 calories more compared to those who eat breakfast. This means that you will be putting your health at risk if you do not eat good breakfast. Also, a healthy breakfast can help you keep your blood sugars even, something that will help you stay in a better mood and be more alert during the day.

Appliances for Cooking Quick and Healthy Breakfast

With the busy lives that we live nowadays, finding enough time to fix healthy breakfast in the morning can be very difficult. It is for this reason that you need to invest in a rice cooker, toaster oven and other appliances that will help you cook breakfast meals faster. A toaster oven especially will be very important for preparing breakfast. When looking to buy one to include in your kitchen, you should consider getting toaster oven ratings and recommendations to help you choose the right one for your needs.

A. Breakfasts to Make In a Toaster Oven

If you have a toaster oven, the following are some of the quick breakfasts that you can use it to prepare.

1. Maple Glazed Sausages & Figs

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This is a really nice breakfast time meal that is full of savory and sweet flavors. It includes onions, fresh figs, chicken, maple syrup, Swiss chard and sausage.

Ingredients:

• 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
• 2 tablespoons of maple syrup
• 2 packages (12 ounces each) of fully cooked chicken & roasted garlic sausages
• 1/2 large sweet onion (chopped)
• 8 ripe fresh figs (cut in half lengthwise)
• 2 teaspoons of olive oil
• 1 1/2 pounds of Swiss chard (stems sliced & leaves chopped)
• Salt and pepper

How to Prepare:

1. First, you will need to preheat the toaster oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Put maple syrup and one tablespoon of balsamic vinegar in a bowl and then stir until blended.
3. After that, put the figs and sausages in a single layer on the tray of the toaster oven and then lightly brush them with half of the syrup mixture.
4. Allow them to roast for about 8 to 10 minutes or until they become golden. While roasting the sausages and figs, turn them over and brush halfway with the rest of the syrup mixture.
5. While the sausages and figs are roasting in the toaster oven, put the onion in a microwave-safe bowl and then cover it using a plastic wrap with vents. Microwave it at the highest setting for three minutes.
6. Next, add the chard to onion and then cover and microwave for about nine minutes or until the vegetables become tender. Add in oil, 1/4 tablespoon of pepper, 1/4 tablespoon of salt and the remaining 1 tablespoon of vinegar and then stir.
7. Serve the chard with sausages and figs.

2. Baked Eggs, Marinara and Parmesan

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For those mornings when you are craving something savory, baked eggs together with marinara and parmesan can be a great way of starting your day.

Ingredients:

• 8 eggs
• 1 tablespoon of capers (drained and divided)
• 1 cup of marinara sauce (divided)
• 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese (divided)
• 1/4 cup of whipping cream (divided)
• Chives for garnish
• Salt and pepper

How to Prepare:

1. Butter 4 ramekins and then set the toaster oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit or 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. After that, pour 1/4 cup of marinara sauce in each ramekin and then top with capers. You can skip the capers if you do not like them or do not have them in your kitchen.
3. Take the eggs and crack them into the ramekins ñ in each ramekin, crack two eggs. Top the eggs with one tablespoon of cream and one tablespoon Parmesan cheese.
4. Sprinkle salt and pepper and the eggs and then allow them to bake in the toaster oven for about 15 minutes or until the egg whites are cooked and the yolk has the desired doneness.
5. Garnish the eggs with chives and then serve together with buttered toast.

3. Toaster Oven Baked French Toast

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A French toast that is baked in a toaster oven can be a great way of starting your morning. It is the very easy to prepare.

Ingredients:

• Sliced bread
• 1/2 cup of milk
• 2 eggs for every two slices of bread
• 1 teaspoon of cinnamon for every two slices of bread
• 2 teaspoons of sugar for every two slices bread

How to Prepare:

  1. First, you will need to set the toaster oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit on convection mode.
  2. After that, put the eggs, sugar, and milk in a large bowl and then whisk them together before putting them in a shallow dish for cooking.
  3. Take the slices of bread and soak them for five minutes on every side and then put them on a baking pan that is lined with foil and sized for your toaster oven.
  4. Allow them to cook for about 7 minutes on every side. For a perfect finish, you should choose toast mode of the toaster oven on level 4 and then toast every side of your toast.
  5. Add berry sauce and butter and then serve together with maple syrup.

B. Breakfasts to Make In a Rice Cooker

Since a rice cooker cuts down on preparation and cleanup time, it can help you make quick and easy breakfasts on busy mornings. The following are some of the breakfasts that you can prepare with it.

4. Whole Grain Porridge

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of water
  • 3 cups of faro
  • Dried fruits
  • Nuts
  • Milk

How to Prepare:

  1. Add 3 cups of farro and 1 cup of water to the rice cooker and then set the timer for 45 minutes. An alternative will be to use the delayed timer setting to prepare the whole grain porridge the night before.
  2. Once it is done, add in in milk and stir and then top it up with dried fruit and nuts.

5. Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal

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You can use your rice cooker to prepare a perfect batch of oatmeal. The following is how it is done.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of steel-cut oats
  • 1 diced apple
  • 2 1/2 cups of water
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • A pinch of salt

How to Prepare:

  1. Add all of the ingredients to the rice cooker and then turn it on.
  2. Cook for about 10 to 15 minutes using the timer setting
  3. Add natural sweetener as desired once it is done.

If your rice cooker has a delayed timer function, you can toss the ingredients in the night before and then set it to be ready at breakfast time.

6. Applesauce

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Besides being a good snacktime staple, Applesauce can also be a tasty addition to your breakfast. The following is how to prepare it.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of peeled, pitted, and coarsely chopped apples
  • Add º cup unsweetened apple juice
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Cloves

How to Prepare:

  1. Add the apples and the unsweetened apple juice to the rice cooker and then turn on the machine.
  2. Allow them to cook on the timer setting for 30 minutes.
  3. After 30 minutes have elapsed, add a dash of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg and then stir every 10 minutes. Serve with your favorite breakfast when it is ready.

As you can see, preparing breakfast does not have to be a difficult task. If you have toaster oven and rice cooker, you can prepare a lot of meals faster and easily. The ones mentioned above are just but a few of the many meals that you can prepare using these appliances. When you eat healthy breakfast, you will be able to stay your day off right and you will snack less during the day. You will feel energetic throughout the day if you start taking what you eat in the morning seriously. But this does not mean that you should take lunch and supper less seriously. For the good of your own health, you need to take every meal that you are supposed to eat in a day with a lot of seriousness.