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Top 6 Foods rich in antioxidants

For those who have heard of the term ‘antioxidants’ but are a little fuzzy on the details, here’s a crash course. As the cells in our bodies metabolise oxygen,unstable molecules called free radicles form,causing cell damage hence the aging process. Antioxidants neutralize the radicles,preventing the damage thereby slowing the aging process.

Anyway, after a convincing pile of research, I found a strong connection between foods loaded with antioxidants with a stronger,longer and healthier life. Luckily, spotting foods with antioxidants is quite easy as most are the ones bursting with colour (Nature came in handy)

1.Dark chocolate

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Few things are as amazing in this world as finding out chocolate isn’t all that unhealthy after all. Studies show that cocoa,particularly in dark chocolate contains a high concentration of antioxidants making it really good for the heart as it prevents heart attack and other cardiovascular diseases. Well,as much as its a relief to know these health benefits of yummy chocolate, we can’t ignore the harmful effects of taking it in excess (high blood sugar level, high calories etc) So as always,moderation is key.

2. Raisins

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Raisins are definitely loaded with a antioxidants and are also really handy for an energy boost. Don’t forget to throw some in on your breakfast next time. They really are a good deal.

3. Tomatoes

Tomatoes are also a good source of antioxidants in the body. There’s the popular belief that tomatoes are best consumed raw,which is wrong. The antioxidant lycopene in tomatoes is best absorbed in the body when the tomatoes are cooked. Tomatoes also contain vitamin C and A which are the best antioxidants in the body.

4. Cranberries,blueberries and blackberries.

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These fruits contain the highest amount of antioxidants. Cranberries have vitamin C and fibre. These berries also have anthocyanin that fights cancer in the body.

5.Beans

Beans might just be the most nutritious food at this rate. Its not only known for its ability to boost blood count in the body but is also a rich source of antioxidants. It is also rich in muscle boosting protein and it has little fat and no cholesterol. Tip: Make beans your regular protein and be assured of a healthy life.

6.Broccoli

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Stop.Breathe in. I’m about to let you in on a life saving secret : Be a friend to this amazing vegetable and you will be as far from cancer as possible. Broccoli is simply the best source of antioxidant beta-carotene that fights cancerous cells. The best way to prepare it is to steam it to avoid destroying the antioxidants.

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Let’s make some wine!

IMG-20180210-WA0002.jpgWhat’s better than a cold fruity glass of wine on a hot sunny day while chilling at the comfort of your home after a tiresome week full of hustle. That to me, sounds more relaxing than yoga. Truth is we all love wine and as they say, nothing could go wrong with a bottle of wine on the table!(to be honest nobody says thatšŸ˜„Ā but it seems pretty accurate)

Anyways, the good news is,you don’t have to spend a dime on that ChĆ¢teau Lafitte or Krug bottle from the most expensive wine stores in town anymore.You can actually make your own wine at home and experience the bliss and still keep it classy!

Wanna know how?

Here’s are simple recipes you can use to make the best of Sangria wine ;both white and red,depending on your preference.

Sangria is traditionally a fruit-filled Spanish wine that is refreshing and easy to drink on a hot day especially. It is easy to make and is a huge hit at parties. Its also suitable for dates,seeing as Valentine’s around the corner, why not surprise your shawty/guy or even yourself, (I mean,we all know the importance of self lovešŸ˜Š) while keeping it pocket- friendly.

Red Sangria Wine

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8-10 servings

ingredients

4 apples

4 oranges

Orange liquor

1 cup brandy

1 bottle red wine

4 cups of water

procedure

  1. Cut the oranges and apples into thin slices with the peels on a and transfer into a jug.
  2. Measure the brandy and pour it onto the fruit (you can use whiskey but I prefer brandy cause its easier on the tongue.lol)
  3. Measure the orange liquor and pour it into the jug
  4. Uncork the wine and pour it into the jug
  5. Stir the liquor,wine and fruit together
  6. Cover the jug and refrigerate overnight to bring out the soft ,sweet and delicious taste
  7. When serving, top it off with the chilled water while stirring gently to combine.

 

The White Sangria

The idea of using white wine is to make it more suitable for every weather. Much as the ice in red wine makes it great for hot weather, it can be a bit ‘heavy’ in the heat in itself. So most people go for white wine as it’s refreshing and a bit more classy

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Ingredients

1 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice

2 oranges in wedges

2 apples in chunks

1 cup of water

1/2cup of sugar

6 cinnamon sticks

Crushed ice

Mint leaves

1 bottle of white wine(any of your choice)

procedure

  1. Heat the water,sugar and Cinnamon sticks and let simmer for about 5 mins
  2. Let this cool off and then remove sticks
  3. Chill overnight along with the wine
  4. Mix all together and serve over crushed ice to liven up the tastebuds
  5. After pouring each one of the drink,decorate with mint leaves to put a touch of class. You know,just because.

 

The overnight resting period for Sangria is quite important as it let’s the fruit infuse the wine to make it sweeter. As it is with every wine, the older the finer,so don’t expect the sweet fruity taste immediately you mix it. In fact,don’t even taste it. It might be a bit too harsh and you might end up discouraged. Just let it rest in the fridge for a night or so.

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Also,mixing it with soda isn’t appropriate because the sweetness is best if it’s from the fruit. Soda destroys its originality.

‘A little wine is always good for the soul’

 

 

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7 things you didn’t know about cookies!

cropped-img_20171222_143936.jpgCookies have been around for quite sometime. To most of us it’s a guilty pleasure and personally am addicted. One of those things you know is bad for you but you just can’t resist it. It is said that the first cookie was concocted in the Middle East region around the 7th Century. It was a period when sugar production was becoming common in the area. It eventually spread across Europe and then to the Americas. I’m not going to bore you with all the history though so let me go straight to feeding your curiosity on what you didn’t know (or probably knew but ignored) about this popular dessert.

1.They are dangerously fatteningĀ 

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Yup. Cookies may just be the most fattening thing you can take. It contains high amounts of sugar,refined flour and added fats. A homemade cookie contains 110 calories and upto 7g fat while the smallest cookie has 24 calories. It is no wonder that cookies are recommended for extremely active athletes or people who need to gain weight. For others they could lead to a rebound weight gain as they only add ’empty’ calories in the body. If you do get a cookie craving, go for a small, single serving and not a giant cookie or a whole pack of cookies (I know it’s not easy but we gotta do this people),that way you can enjoy a treat while limiting the risk of throwing away all the effort you’ve put at the gym to get to where you are.

2. They are as addictive as CocaineĀ 

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Yes you read that right. Researchers from Connecticut College suggested an experiment to be done on lab rats and it was found that cookies, specifically Oreos, stimulated the pleasure centres of the rats’ brains just as much as cocaine or morphine. It was also observed that the rats would break the oreos open and eat the middle part first. So cookies can be dangerously addictive.

3.Eating Raw cookie dough can be deadly

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IĀ know it may seem far-fetched and many would brush it off or take it like the old ‘If you play outside in the rain you’ll catch pneumonia or malaria’ tale. But before you ignore this you need to know there’s a disease called E.coli (Google for more info) that has caused many deaths among children and teenage girls in a the recent times. According to Dr Karen Neil (an epidemiologist) it is caused by salmonella bacteria which thrives in contaminated flour and mostly dough. Bottom line is just keep away from raw dough, I mean, better safe than sorry.

4.Cookies can last up to 5 months without spoiling

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Yea so with proper storage, the shelf-life of cookies is actually five months. Especially homemade cookies. By proper storage of course Ā I mean in a tightly closed container or wrapped with plastic and put in a freezer. You can microwave briefly before eating. While opened, pantry cookies can last a maximum of 3 weeks. Of course this depends on a variety of factors such as the preparation method and the ingredients used. But for most cookies the basic ingredients are sugar, flour and butter, additional ingredients like milk and eggs are also very necessary. (The recipe will be on another piece).

5.Cookie lovers are the pickiest of eaters.Ā 

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Corny as it is,this is actually very true. Chocolate chip cookies are one of the four delicious foods enjoyed by the most choosy people when it comes to food. (The other three are Fried Chicken ,French Fries, Macaroni and Omelette). Yeah. Assess yourself you Cookie fiend!šŸ˜„

6. Cookies weren’t meant for eating.Ā 

Oops! I know , I know how it sounds. What were they for then? Scrubbing floors? Cookies were originally made to test the oven temperature and not for consumption as a dessert of it’s own. Cooks would take a small dollop of cake butter and bake it as a means of gauging whether the oven was ready or not. I couldn’t thank whoever decided they could be snacks on their own enough though I mean, where else would we have found such awesomeness, right?

7.Allowing cookie dough to rest overnight yields superior flavor

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Let your dough rest overnight for the best results. If you want wider cookies use warm dough. If you prefer compact cookies put the dough in the fridge for a few. I know Ā most of you already knew this but it wouldn’t hurt to emphasize.