Saturday, 17 December 2016

Forms and ways to eat food




Eating fruits in a juice form or raw
Eating roasted corn or cooked corn
Eating cooked soy beans or drinking soy milk
Which of the above is much better and highly nutritious? if you agree on roasted corn you are on point, if you agree on soy milk you are also on point.

There are many ways and forms foods are being prepared but it differs in many countries, the way food is being prepared affects the way it digests, some times food are processed to a form which makes it nutritious, easy to digest or not. There are many foods with different methods of preparation see them below.

Maize



This yellowish crop provides the body with carbohydrate and contains starch, It can be eating in form of the following:
Pap: Maize contains starch which can be extracted, when heat is applied to starch it  thickens,giving it a gelatinous property, it is called pap, and the pap is prepared with hot water and sweetened with sugar and milk, served when hot. It also a food weaning mothers give to their children, one problem with this food is that it doesn’t quench hunger.

Roasted corn: This is a delicious way to eat corn, the corn is soaked in water with a little salt and then roasted in a charcoal fire, it can be served with roasted pear or roasted coconut, it is a favourite food here in Nigeria. It can also be cooked with a little salt and served with pear and coconut.


Maize flour: In some countries like Nigeria maize flour is eaten with egusi or ogbono soup, it is not only nutritious but highly delicious.

 Pop corn: This is everyone’s favourite I guess, but often considered a junk food, it can be prepared with sugar, butter and egg



Sweet corn: It is an ingredient used for cooking fried rice.


Beans


Although some people are allergic to beans or should I say that they hate beans,it is highly packed with protein and fibre, it can be taken in many forms:

Baked beans: Though considered as junk but it is highly delicious and can be eaten with bread.

Moi-moi: This delicacy is highly nutritious and is easy to prepare see the preparation methods HERE

Soy milk: Soy milk is prepared from a specie of bean called soy bean, see the prep methods HERE

Jellof beans: This recipe is prepared with oil,Maggi,salt,crayfish ,pepper and onion.

Yam


Yam is high in carbohydrate and starch, it is normally cooked fried and eaten, but there other cooking methods:

Yam pottage.

Yam flour: used to eat some soups like ogbono and egusi soup.

Plantain

UNRIPE PLANTAIN

This food can be eaten when ripe or unripe, the unripe one is high in iron, the sweetest is the ripe one. Plantain can be fried and eaten but there are other forms:

Plantain pottage: This food can be prepared when the plantain is ripe or not.
PLANTAIN CHIPS

Plantain chips: My favorite, it is a good form of fried unripe plantain, it can be used as snack with a fruit juice.
FRIED PLANTAIN

Fruits

AN ORANGE

All fruits are supposed to be eaten raw but instead they are processed and transformed into fruit juice, not all fruit juice is food for your health, some of them are filled with sugar in form of syrup, the fruit juice won’t contain enough nutrients after being processed. However there are other ways of eating fruits.

Juices: The fruit juice is extracted and refrigerated to cool .

Fruit salad: This is quite good for dinner with regards to people on a weight loss routine, you can combine as many fruits as you like(your choicer)some people even add butter and milk to it.


MIXTURE OF DIFFERENT FRUITS

Peanuts





Peanuts also known as groundnut is a food rich in fiber and protein, it can be eaten in different forms:

 Peanut butter: This can be eaten with bread for breakfast.

Fried peanut: Fried peanut can be eaten as a snack and is flushed down with water or juice.

Rice

WHITE RICE

This food is some people’s favorite; it has so many ways of preparation

Jellof rice: It is served with a chilled drink, see method of preparation here.


White rice: Is eaten with either fish or meat stew.



Potatoes


Two varieties of potatoes viz: sweet and Irish potatoes can be eaten in form of:

Potato chips: This is a form of fried potato which is served with a drink or pap.

Nuts

LIST OF NUTS

Nuts are good to are eaten raw, they are rich in fiber and protein and helps to boost the body’s metabolism,nuts are in form of(peanuts,almonds,cashew nuts,pine nuts,hazel nuts and the host of others)

These forms of eating food are easy to prepare and easy to digest, sweet and are highly delicious. Try one today will you?

Saturday, 10 December 2016

How to make a healthy soy milk






Soy milk is an extract of soy beans,it is highly nutritious and contains  protein in a high proportion,it also contains fat and fibre.

The best way to eat soy milk is to transform  it to soy milk.it is a good source of protein to young children and is recommended for weight loss.

However,some soy milks are not healthy for you dependinfg on their ingredients and methods of preparation,me so sweet to an extent becauise they contain sugar in a high quantity.

How to make a healthy home-made soy milk

To make soy make soy milk at home threr are some wequipments and ingredients you will need

Equipments

  • Pot
    • Cooker
      • Grinder
        • Metal spoon
          • Sieve
            • Bowl
And that's all

 Ingredients

  • Soy beans                                                          


    • Sugar or honey
      • Flavor(milk,vanilla,strawberry)
        • water and salt.
           

Steps in making a healthy soy milk

1. Get soybeans from the market,wash and cook for one hour 
2. Separate the soy beans from its coat or grind it that way(optional)
3.  Get a bowl and fill it with water,get a bowl and use the water to sieve out the milk so that the bean coat is separated
4.  After that cook the already sieved soy bean milk for 30 minutes and leave to cool
5.  When cool add the above ingredients in the right proportion and refrigerate.
6.  Serve with a snack.
N.B  I recommend you use honey instead of sugar  because of its nutritious content(sugar is  processed you know)

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Reasons you are not losing weight


                               

Are you on a weight loss routine?,these days a lot of people are just trying to lose weight and be fit,well it is good because your weight contributes to a healthy or unhealthy life.

Losing weight starts with what goes inside the body because you are what you eat, maybe there is a cloth that you want to fit into and you seriously need to lose weight,you want to cut down fats on some parts of your body. There are some things that you need to track your weight and monitor your achievements,equipment like measuring scale,pedometer,measuring tape,elliptical machine(optional),a pair of nice shoes and a sports wear. pedometer is a device often electronic that measures the number of steps taken and thus estimates the distance walked,these are the things you will need because exercise is an important aspect of weight loss.

Also,when you are on a weight loss routine you have to eat foods which are rich in fiber to help boost your metabolism. Eat more fruits and nuts,fruits tend to provide the body with all nutrients that it needs without adding unnecessary fat. so you need to be eating protein a lot more,i prescribe that you cut down on carbs during a weight loss routine,and also try to drink a lot of water to keep the body hydrated.
                            
You cannot look better if you loose fat on one part of your body, so it has to be general and this can be achieved through cardiovascular exercises normally called cardio for short. I mean exercises that makes the heart to beat in a faster rate than normal, in the process of beating the body burns fat.

There are some certain things we do that alters our results and helps us gain weight the more instead of losing weight, but it happens if you do the following.

You still eat junk foods


Junk foods don't have much to offer,they are mainly processed food and when foods are processed they tend to loose up to 60% of their nutrient ,the thing about junk foods is that it is high in sugar,sodium fats and mostly calories(empty calories) which your body dosen't need at the moment,junk food simply make you to over eat because it is a cheat food,junk foods like carbonated drinks fills your stomach with gases making your stomach to be bloated,french fries and some processed fruit juice, candy bars and gums are also a good form of junk foods. not all foods are junk food depending on he ingredients they are made of and their preparation methods. junk foods also has their dangers towards health.
                                   
        
You are not eating right

Maybe you are eating the wrong diet,like eating too much carbs ,this is the time you have to be eating more fruits and nuts than food,fruits and nuts are rich in fibre(apple,pear,peanuts,almonds,cashew nuts),ditch the processed orange and apple juice which contain preservatives and additives and take fruit juice in its natural form,some fruits contain a good amount of water which keeps the body hydrated and the stomach feeling full so you wont eat much.
Also, eat lots of protein,I ll say that you should substitute your love for carbohydrates with proteins,protenious foods like beans,soy milk,peanuts e.t.c   




You starve


Starving has often become an option for people who want to lose weight,but they don't actually lose weight when they starve rather they gain more weight,while you starve your body wont find the energy to do its work while you exercise,your body still needs food for its activities.
Anorexia is often the out come of starvation among people who want to loose weight.it is an eating disorder,Anorexia is a disorder that goes beyond obesity or out of control dieting,a person with anorexia often begins dieting to loose weight,the drive to become thinner is actually secondary to concerns about control or fears relating to ones body. Approximately 95% of people affected by anorexia are often females,most often teenage girls. In the U.S and other countries with high economic status,it is estimated that one out of hundred adolescent girls has this disorder.

The fact is that you should love your body,now say to yourself beautiful is me and work on your weight,do not starve to lose weight because if you do some things just stops working the right way on your body. Whenever you feel like eating eat the right thing and be happy.


You lack more exercise

Okay I get it,you just started exercising and its difficult for you but it is a gradual step you have to take,you need to exercise more using equipments like dumbells .Exercise is an important aspect of weight loss,especially cardio vascular exercises,this will affect every part of your body, its good you begin with it,also stretching,when your muscles elongate,but the best way to loose weight and burn fat is through cardiovascular exercises.
               

Exercises comes in many forms like running,jogging,jumping,swimming(highly effective),biking,running,dancing,sweeping e.t.c,just do things that make you sweat,drink water after exercising or during an exercise,dont take shower while sweating because some wastes are being excreted,find a comfortable exercise you enjoy and do it,if you are strong enough you can embark on a 30 day exercise challenge.....sweat more!

                                                                   
In conclusion

Weight loss is good in the sense that it brings us back in shape and improves our personality,clothes fit in us perfectly together with a nice look. when you finally burn off some fats and drop some kgs you now have to monitor and maintain your weight by eating right,like I said earlier ,don't eat junk foods befriend fruits and nuts,eat fresh foods processed foods like junk foods has their adverse effect on health,that is why exercise is important,there are many forms of exercise find the one you love most and is comfortable for you and do it.
Love your body dnt starve or visit all these pro ana and thinspiration sites cause if you get addicted to them the outcome will bad,the journey to weight loss should be done with patience it is a gradual thing that you don't see its results in 2 weeks.it might take up to 6 months but you are doing your self good anyways.I think am watching my weight too,lol .

I look forward to hearing your weight loss story good luck.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

How to have a glowing skin.





How does your skin look?...the way your skin looks talks more about your inside. The skin is the largest organ of the body,so it must be cared for. Some habits are essential for you to care for your skin and have a radiant complexion all year long.


The skin provides a thin ,but effective barrier to billions of health threats called pathogens which harms the body and makes a person sick. If the skin is not well taken care of,it becomes dry and chapped. The skin performs three major functions that is protection,sensation and temprature regulation. It keeps the body cool warm and insulated.Skin care products also contributes to a glowing skin.

From the fore going you would have noticed that enviromental pollution,ultraviolent radiation such as sunlight and extreme temprature damages the skin.

Whatever your skin type you need to take proper care of your skin.

Ways to care for your skin
  • Eat right:the skin needs the right nutrients to fight off damage to the body to glow,eat lots of veggies and fruits and also drinks lots of water as to avoid dehydration.
  • Avoid processed and low nutrient foods such as french fries,snacks and carbonated drinks. They are unhealthy.
  • Always eat fruits and foods that are rich in vitamin C  

  • Always wash your face in the morning and at night as this helps to remove dirts and spots in the face.
  • Take your bath at least three times a day.
  • Exercise:exercise helps to get rid of fats that are where they are not wanted around your body and keeps you fit together with a nice look.
  • Live a healthy lifestyle:do not smoke,avoid junk foods sleep well and also eat a healthy diet.
  • Love your skin and be happy
  • Wash off all cosmetics after the days activities  

  • Avoid exposing your skin to direct sunlight
  • Dont pick on your face or burst pimples
So by the time you observe all that I wrote above......a radiant skin you got.



Sunday, 9 October 2016

common food hygiene practices





When last did you scrub your cooking area? kitchen is to food...right? Now hygiene are those conditions and practices that promote and preserve health. In terms of food,it is cleanliness in context of food.
When the cooking area or the kitchen is not neat food hygiene is not practiced. whether you are using a modern kitchen or a local kitchen its important to practice food hygiene. A food cooked in a dirty area, an unwashed food ingredients and an unwashed cooking equipment is a threat to the health of the consumer(the person eating the food).A saying goes”we are what we eat”so a situation whereby we practice food hygiene we won't fall sick.Eating a good food starts with keeping a neat kitchen.
Now let me go straight to the point.                              



Some common food hygiene practices

  • Before you cook always wash your hands(This is an important point because some of us don't do it micro organisms are every where and can be transferred into our food simply by neglecting this point.
  • Cook with a neat equipment,this is why it is good to wash all your cooking equipments after use,to avoid any difficulty in washing it later.
  • Always sweep and scrub your kitchen and fight pests if you notice any in your kitchen as pests have the ability to eat your stored food especially yam.

  • Wash any used plate immediately to avoid flies like housefly into your kitchen,a perch can be dangerous you know.
  • Wash any uncooked food thoroughly before cutting or cooking it.
  • Don't use your tongue to taste food from your cooking spoon.
  • Always wear apron while cooking
  • After cooking cover the pot and don't place the spoon inside the pot thereby half covering the pot as this allows micro organisms inside the pot
  • Do not cook with about to spoil food ingridient like onion,pepper etc.
  • When you buy food buy neat and fresh food dn't buy un fresh food
  • Try your best to avoid sand in food and make it a ritual to always clean your kitchen after cooking.
There are so many food hygiene practices,you know the right thing do it.

if you own a restaurant make sure food hygiene is highly practiced there as this will fetch you more customers,nobody like to eat n unclean food.

However,we are at war with micro organisms that is why food hygiene should be practised. 

how to make meat pie





Do you find it difficult to make meat pie or are you always making mistakes and ruining the whole thing?although meat pie is a common snack here in Nigeria but I found out that some people still find it hard to make it. well will love to tell you that it is easy and simple to make meat pie.
People use it to entertain guests and also use it for lunch or for dinner and in combination with a chilled drink maybe cocacola drinks. now lets begin with the ingredients.

Ingredients for making meat pie

below are ingredient making meat pie.
  • Flour
  • butter
  • salt
  • baking powder
  • egg
  • carrots
  • red meat
  • Irish potatoes
  • curry powder
  • water
  • flavour(milk,vanilla or banana flavor)
  • Maggi cubes

Equipments for making meat pie
  • A smooth board or a work table
  • A big bowl
  • A clean pot
  • Meat pie cutter
  • A rolling pin
  • A cooker
  • A blender
  • An oven.
A meat pie cutter.

And that's all you need .

Steps on how to mix the whole ingredients

Pre steps/

Before the steps there are some things you will need to put in place before mixing up.
  • Wash and scrub your carrot and cut into cubes
  • Wash and peel your Irish potatoes and cut into cubes
  • wash your meat,blend it with a blender and cook(season with salt Maggi and curry powder)
Now lets start
I assume that you have done the pre steps I listed above.

  • Now get a clean pot,to the pot add water,carrot,irish potato,powdered curry,a pinch of salt and I cube of Maggi and cook.
  • Cook for 5 min and then add the meat to the pot and cook again for1 minute,then dissolve a little amount of flour in water and pour it inside the pot and stir. then leave it for 1 minute,then put off the heat and bring down the pot. set it aside please.
  • Get a bowl,add flour(sieved),baking powder,banana or vanilla flavor with a pinch of salt and stir.
N.B The rule is that powdered ingredients go first.
  • Add butter to the bowl of flour and stir.
  • Now add the already whisked egg into the mixture.
N.B Don't separate the egg yolk and the egg white, mix them together.
  • Pr heat your oven
  • Now knead and knead till it forms a dough
  • Now rub a little amount of flour on your work table or smooth board and transfer the dough the dough then roll with your rolling pin.
  • Get your meat pie cutter and start cutting out.
  • Bring the pot of cooked meat,carrot and Irish potatoes,this is what you are going to do,you are going to be putting a little amount of it inside your already cut dough and close
  • now grease the surface of the pie with egg.
N.B This will smooth en its surface and give it a shiny look after baked. grease the tray you will use to bake with butter for easy removal.
  • Now bake
Not a long process is it?..you can serve your meat pie with a chilled drink(hot or cold)but I prefer it hot.
Meat pie can be served with a chilled soy milk.learn how to make soy milk
As you rock your delicious meat pie share this post with your friends....thank you.

Friday, 7 October 2016

How to make fondant icing












Do you find it difficult to apply fondant icing to your delicious cake? After this post you will be cleared on that.

Last week Thursday I was making a birthday cake with a friend and we applied fondant icing to the cake.(note that there is another type of icing called royal icing )Fondants icing is delicious and can last for days that is to say that it does not perish easily.

 Now let's start with the equipments for making fondant icing:

  • A rolling pin
  •  A bowl
  • gas cooker or stove(for heating water)
  • a smooth board or a work table
  •   And a smoother to smooth-en  the edges
And that's all for the equipment.

Now the ingredients:
 Icing sugar is the basic ingredient

  • Icing sugar
  •  Color(your choice(
  • butter
  • cornflour
  • glucose
  • water
  • c.m.c
And that's all you need,the list is not Long..is it?
STEPS ON HOW TO MIX THE WHOLE INGREDIENTS.

  • Get a bowl,to the bowl add sieved corn flour and c.m.c
  •  Stir and keep aside
  •  Add water to a pot and heat
  •  Get a metal plate ,add gelatine and glucose and stir
  •  Put the plate with the mixture of  gelatin and  glucose inside the pot and stir till it dissolves
  •  Then pour the mixture in the metal plate inside the bowl of icing sugar and c.m.c and knead
  •  Add a little amount of hot water if it becomes too hard.
  •  Knead it to a circle shape and then transfer to the smooth board
  •  To the board rub cornflour and roll the icing to your a size that will cover your cake
  • now roll out the size you need and cover the cake then design

make yours to be outstanding.

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Saturday, 10 September 2016

Bad things high heel does to you


When I was a child I loved wearing high heels, seriously I was even tempted to wear it at home so it will make me look tall.

 Heels is one option for looking tall. However, high heels and pain are sides of the same coin. We ladies always appear lovely on heels, but at the long run the side effects comes up. My Number one side effects of high heels should be;


LEG SPRAIN

 Major causes of leg sprain in women is not used to wearing high heels and especially when the heels are tight.. Believe me it hurts more.

 BACK PAIN

The lower back can cause causes back pain.This is more to happen if you wear high heels on a frequent basics .it will cause your lower back to accentuate its lorises(lumber spine curve)

TOE NAIL DAMAGE
High heels have the ability to damage our toe nails "high heels are the leading cause of ingrown toe nails"says loyal medicine.it can also lead to toe nail or fungal infection.

Although high heels has bad side effects, this doesn't stop many women from wearing it.Doctors suggest that women who do wear heels to take them off while driving or sitting at the office desk.


The risk of today's teenagers are thought to be particularly great as they begin wearing high heels at an early age before their bodies are fully developed, they run the risk of hip trouble in adulthood and problems with back pain from the stress placed on the spines as youngsters.

To minimize the risk of high heels choose a slightly thicker  heel as this will spread the load more evenly.
 Come on  let's wear it with caution.
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Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Some good manners



So how do we ensure that we cultivate good character and manners.manners are very important things to learn and do,a lady is well mannered and knows what is appropriate.
Having good manners create opportunity for us to relate with people around us,manners are wonderful things to have,it makes a person beautiful.
Do you know that your manners are quite telling?cultivate one today

Practice the basic courtesy words like,thanks and thank you if someone did something for you,please, am sorry etc.

Talk less and listen more:I think this is an important fact,"i sat down in the midst of elders listening to them,and at the end of the day,i learnt my lesson".we tend to gain a lot through listening.don't interrupt people while they talk.


Don't speak way too loud:speak politely,keep the volume of your voice as low as possible while  talking to people near you.

Hold doors for people, you don't just have to be a guy to hold a door open.

Don't discuss rude topics
in a public such as bodily functions, gossips,dirty jokes,swear words, or anything you wouldn't want your mom (or someone you have a crush on)to hear you say.


Know how to greet
:acknowledging the presence of another person is a fundamental point of having good manners.

Don't spend an hour (or hours) speaking or chatting to someone on phone,you might be wasting their time.

While eating,don't chew with your mouth wide open.


Avoid blowing your nose in front of  people while eating, if there is something  I hate, I hate people blowing there nose while I eat,it just make me loose my appetite for the food.

Be kind


If you are receiving an award shake the hand of the bestors.

Try not to laugh loudly in public places.

Come on,its good to be mannered since on can gain respect just because he or she is well mannered.

Do well to share,love you all!💞


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Sunday, 20 December 2015

Health benefits of tigernuts

So many people eat tiger nut without knowing its medicinal value or even the nutrient it supplies the body with,but now  we shall know the health benefits of tiger nuts.

Milk gotten from tiger nuts is highly rich in protein and fiber which helps the body a lot.
  • Tiger nuts contain necessary essential minerals, calcium, iron and magnesium.
  • It prevents constipation
  • It contains enough protein and carbohydrate.
  • It contains a good quality of vitamin B which helps in developing the nervous system and helps to encourage the body to adapt to stress.
  • The oil obtained from it has similar properties to olive oil.
  • Tiger nuts gives a heating and drying action to the digestive system in general and this gives it the potency to alleviate flatulence.
  • It supplies the body with enough quantity of vitamin E, very essential for fertility in both men and women.
  • It prevents endomorphisms or fibrosis as well as blockage of the tip of the fallopian tube.
  • The black species of the tiger nut is said to be an excellent medicine for breast lumps and cancer.it can also be used as rye compress and to bandage wounds.
  • It is excellent for colitis and the juice is used as a liver tonic, heart stimulants, used to heal serious stomach pains,promotes normal menstruation, heals mouth,and gum ulcers.
  • Milk gotten from tiger nut is high rich in fiber