8 Health Benefits To Eating Cherries

1. Relives Insomnia    

Cherries contain a hormone called melatonin which facilitates good, peaceful sleep. Melatonin is a hormone produced by the pineal gland in the brain. It is known to regulate your sleep and wake cycles and control the internal body clock.

2. Facilitates Weight Loss

If you are planning to shed some weight, don’t forget to add cherries to your diet. Cherries are¬†low in calories¬†that means that around a cup of cherries would be less than 100 calories (according to the USDA). They are rich in vitamins that strengthen your¬†metabolism and have a moderate water content that flushes out the toxins from your body.

3. Lowers Hypertension

Cherries contain a good amount of potassium, and thus, help in removing excess sodium content from the body and balances the amount of both potassium and sodium which automatically helps in maintaining your blood pressure levels.

4. Prevents Cardiovascular Diseases

The antioxidants present in cherries called anthocyanins help in reducing bad cholesterol levels, regulate the blood pressure and fight free radicals that may cause inflammation. This reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke.

5. Anti-Ageing Properties

Cherries are rich in antioxidants and as we know antioxidants fight the free radicals which make the skin look dull. This makes your skin feel younger and healthier. Cherries can help in removing dark spots from your skin that can appear due to sun damage. Just puree some cherries and mix them with a pinch of turmeric and a teaspoon of honey. Apply this paste for 10-15 minutes and then rinse off. It lessens dark spots and improves your skin tone.

7. Maintains pH Balance

Cherries are alkaline in nature. Whenever there is an increase in the acidic content of the body, cherries can come in handy to balance the Ph levels by neutralizing it and preventing stomach problems like acidity or indigestion.

8. Energy Fruit

Cherries are believed to be one of the most energy boosting fruits. They can help in building blood cells which automatically eases circulation and boosts our energy levels.¬†So, you must enjoy these juicy delights of the season till it lasts and reap all the benefits. If you don’t have any medical condition, you can add half a cup of cherries to you daily meals.

Ideas For An Oscar Themed Party At Home

Every party needs food. Get fancy with food-centric Oscar party ideas! Serve plenty of appetizers, like gourmet popcorn in cute buckets, bruschetta, smoked salmon, deviled eggs, meatballs, and tiny fruit parfaits. An Oscar party is the perfect excuse to go all out with a charcuterie board. (If you’re short on time, Trader Joe’s sells a wide variety of frozen appetizers that look as good as they taste). Stick with the Oscars color scheme and use black and gold plates, cups, napkins, and utensils.

Setup the ultimate movie theater experience at your Oscar party, buy putting out a candy buffet and rent a popcorn machine/maker. You can get popcorn buckets with Oscar themed designs on it. Use glass jars to display candy-like black Twizzlers, a whole lot of M&Ms (or Smarties or Gems if you are in India), gummy bears, candy cane, Ferror Roche and assorted chocolates. Milkshakes, colas, juices and a coffeebar should also be included.

For more solid food, how about star shaped sandwiches? Cheese, veggies & deli meat all cut in a star shape and assembled to make nice grilled or toasted sandwiches. Also you can try to find cupcakes or small cakes that are decorates with the Oscar or in tuxedos to make for fancy desserts. Have a game of dumb charades before the event, themed around famous Oscar winning movies and actors. Pick up acting out lines of famous dialogues.

When the event starts all of you can gather in front of the large screen tv/screen and do predictions and cheer on your favourite winners.

Current Breakfast Items That I Have For My Morning Meals

So these days I have a slightly changed meals. I have cut out sugar in my tea & coffee but I do use sugar free. And I have to use milk in them to add to my calcium intake. Not that I avoided milk in the past but I used to be lazy and not add it. For breakfast I cannot have regular dosas and chutneys as I have cut off coconut and regular rice and rice products. Instead I have onion chutney and wheat dosas.

I also have wheat upma, which is something I used to have quite a few times but usually as a light dinner option. I have wheat bread & cheese and sometimes I add cucumbers and/or tomato slices in them. I bought a Prestige sandwich maker from Amazon and now I can get grilled cheese sandwiches for breakfast (or even for dinner if I want to). I usually just have the cheese but lettuce, cucumber & tomato are also options. I can have oats with some fruit for breakfast but we have yet to dwell into it for breakfast. Soon.

Eggs – I was told by my dietician that I can have 3 egg whites as hard boiled or in an omelet. I add tomatoes, onions (both finally chopped) with some spinach to 2 egg whites. I usually do not go for 3 at home but once in a while I might order an egg white sandwich from one of these new diet restaurants that have spring up around the city. That is my favourite breakfast even though I do miss the yolk.

Benefits Of Switching To Brown Rice

Rice is pretty much a staple food in India and a lot of Asian countries. Some rice farming tools from China date back 8,000 years, and some remains of ancient rice are up to 2,000 years older than that. It’s hard to find a home without rice in some form of the other. Where I live we mostly have either the starchy rice or white rice and, to a lesser extend, Basmati rice. But there are more than 40000 varieties of rice and many can be prepared and sold as brown rice. Brown rice means you‚Äôre eating the rice as a whole grain. That‚Äôs important because the less processed the grain, the more nutrients you get.

The bran and germ, the two outer layers of brown rice, contain most of the vitamins and minerals in the grain. Those layers get removed when manufacturers make white rice, and that’s why brown rice is the healthier choice.

Reduced Risk of Diabetes

Brown rice has a low glycemic index (GI), meaning it doesn’t cause your blood sugar to spike after you eat. Studies show that by eating three servings per day of whole grains like brown rice, you can reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by up to 32%. White rice, on the other hand, can increase your risk of diabetes. Another study found that people who eat a lot of white rice are about 17% more likely to develop diabetes than folks who eat less. Scientists estimate that by replacing about 50 grams per day of white rice with brown rice, a person can reduce their diabetes risk by 16%.Improved Heart Health

Many of the nutrients in brown rice help keep your heart healthy. It’s a rich source of dietary fiber, which can reduce your risk of death from heart disease. Brown rice also contains high levels of magnesium, which can help make you less vulnerable to heart disease and stroke.Overall, studies show that eating more whole grains, including brown rice, could reduce your risk of heart disease by up to 22% and your risk of stroke by as much as 12%.

Better Weight Control

As of 2020, four in every 10 Americans qualify as obese, and one in 10 is severely obese. Adding brown rice as a dietary staple may help people who are overweight to shed more pounds and reduce their body mass index, a common marker of healthy or unhealthy weight. Brown rice also contains more dietary fiber than white rice. Higher-fiber foods cause you to feel fuller longer while taking in fewer calories. If you replace white rice with brown rice, you will be able to eat less without feeling hungrier.

Some Facts About Mozzarella Cheese

Mozzarella is a traditional Italian cheese. It is a mild, smooth-textured fresh cheese and was was first made in Southern Italy near Naples. Originally, mozzarella was only made with buffalo milk. Legend has it that mozzarella was first made when cheese curds accidentally fell into a pail of hot water in a cheese factory near Naples … and soon thereafter the first pizza was made! Mozzarella is the most popular cheese in the world and is generally considered to be most flavorful when served at room temperature, so unwrap the cheese and leave it out of the refrigerator for at least one hour before serving.

The word¬†‚Äúmozzarella‚ÄĚ, derived from the Neapolitan dialect spoken in Campania, is the diminutive form of¬†mozza¬†(‚Äúcut‚ÄĚ), or¬†mozzare (‚Äúto cut off‚ÄĚ) derived from the method of working. The¬†term¬†is first mentioned in 1570, cited in a cookbook by Bartolomeo Scappi, reading ‚Äúmilk cream, fresh butter,¬†ricotta cheese, fresh mozzarella and milk‚ÄĚ. In the¬†middle of the 20th century, mozzarella triumphantly advanced throughout all of Europe. Mozzarella received a¬†Traditional Specialities Guaranteed (TEG)¬†certification from the European Union in 1998.

Mozzarella is a¬†stretched-curd cheese ‚Äď the curd is mixed with heated whey and stretched and kneaded until it attains a smooth, pliable consistency. It is then molded into spheres or ovals and stored in water to keep it moist. Delicate and perishable, it¬†typically lasts only a few days ‚Äď some versions, however, undergo an aging process that strengthens their flavour, toward that of provolone, and prolongs their storage life. In Italy, the cheese is produced nationwide using¬†Italian buffalo‚Äôs milk because Italian buffalo is in all Italian regions. Fior di latte¬†is made from fresh¬†cow‚Äôs milk and not water buffalo milk, which greatly lowers its cost. Lightly smoked mozzarella¬†is known as¬†Scamorze. Mozzarella made from cow‚Äôs milk is milder in taste than mozzarella made from buffalo‚Äôs milk.

Fresh mozzarella balls are sold in a brine, whey or water solution to help them retain their moisture and shape. Mozzarella is used as a topping on pizza in several pasta dishes, antipasto dishes,  sandwiches,  salads and various side dishes. It is considered the best cheese for pizza for a few reasons: its delicate, milky flavor, its smooth, elastic texture, and its fabulous meltability. Caprese salad is a simple Italian salad, made of sliced fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and sweet basil, seasoned with salt and olive oil, occasionally paired with arugula.

Some Health Benefits Of Broccoli

Broccoli (Brassica oleracea) is a cruciferous vegetable related to cabbage, kale, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts. Broccoli is high in many nutrients, including fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, iron, and potassium. It also boasts more protein than most other vegetables. This green veggie can be enjoyed both raw and cooked, but recent research shows that gentle steaming provides the most health benefits.

Health benefits of broccoli : Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli provide sulfur-containing compounds that are responsible for their often pungent taste. These bioactive compounds may have numerous health benefits.

Cancer prevention : Cancer is characterized by the rapid growth of abnormal cells and is often linked to oxidative stress (22Trusted Source). Broccoli is loaded with compounds that are believed to protect against cancer. Observational studies suggest that the consumption of cruciferous vegetables, including broccoli, is linked to a reduced risk of many cancers, including lung, colorectal, breast, prostate, pancreatic, and gastric cancers. A unique family of plant compounds called isothiocyanates sets cruciferous vegetables apart from other veggies.

Studies suggest that Isothiocyanates affect liver enzymes, reduce oxidative stress, decrease inflammation, stimulate your immune system, and combat the development and growth of cancer. The main isothiocyanate in broccoli, sulforaphane, acts against the formation of cancer at the molecular level by reducing oxidative stress. Sulforaphane¬†occurs at 20‚Äď100 times higher amounts in young broccoli sprouts than in full-grown heads of this vegetable. Though broccoli supplements are also available, they may not contribute an equivalent amount of isothiocyanates and thus may not give the same health benefits as eating whole, fresh broccoli (33Trusted Source,¬†34Trusted Source).

Lower cholesterol levels : Cholesterol has many important functions in your body. For example, it is a key factor in the formation of bile acids, which help you digest fat. Bile acids are formed in your liver, stored in your gallbladder, and released into your digestive system whenever you eat fat. Afterward, the bile acids are reabsorbed into your bloodstream and used again. Substances in broccoli bind with bile acids in your gut, increasing their excretion and preventing them from being reused. This results in the synthesis of new bile acids from cholesterol, reducing total levels of this marker in your body. This effect has been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. According to one study, steamed broccoli is particularly useful for lowering cholesterol levels.

Eye health : Impaired eyesight is a common consequence of aging. Two of the main carotenoids in broccoli, lutein and zeaxanthin, are associated with a decreased risk of age-related eye disorders. Vitamin A deficiency may cause night blindness, which can be reversed with improved vitamin A status. Broccoli contains beta carotene, which your body converts into vitamin A. This vegetable may thus boost eyesight in individuals with a low vitamin A intake.

Drinking More Tea Than Coffee Nowadays

For a guy who loved his coffee so much – hey I even have a category dedicated to just coffee – I have been drinking a lot more tea now. That is because I had consulted a dietician, after my health issues and I as advised to lose some weight by my doctor, and one of the things she said was to drink more tea instead of coffee.

And cut off sugar ofcourse. So I did. I start my day by drinking a cup of coffee with milk (I have to have more milk to increase the calcium levels in my body) and later on in the morning I will have a cup of tea. I add sugar free to my beverages now. I do not drink tea or coffee at the office anymore and instead will opt for a lime juice with a tiny bit of salt and no sugar. 2 atleast during a 9 hour shift; one at tea time and one during dinner.

During the weekends I drink a bit more. I drink a cup of coffee with milk in the morning – I need that pick up first thing after I wake up, brush my teeth and wash my face. Later on in the morning I will drink a black tea and in the evening after 5 pm I will usually have some biscuits with my cuppa. Ofcourse I drink it usually at my desk with Youtube running on my browser, either a vlog, a sports clip or review or some music. That is how I am spending my hot beverage drinking time.

Here Are Some Health Benefits To Eating Oranges

Health Benefits of Oranges

The vitamin C in oranges helps your body in lots of ways:

  • Protects your cells from damage
  • Helps your body make collagen, a protein that heals wounds and gives you smoother¬†skin
  • Makes it easier to absorb iron to fight¬†anemia
  • Boosts your¬†immune system, your body’s defense against germs
  • Slows the advance of age-related¬†macular degeneration¬†(AMD), a leading cause of¬†vision loss
  • Helps fight¬†cancer-causing free radicals
When you’re feeling anxious, vitamin C can also lower your levels of the¬†stress¬†hormone¬†cortisol¬†and your¬†blood pressure.

Fiber.¬†The 3 grams of fiber in a medium orange help keep your bowels healthy, your¬†cholesterol¬†and risk of heart disease low, and¬†ulcers¬†at bay. Fiber also slows the way your body absorbs¬†sugar¬†— a big bonus if you have diabetes.

Calcium. Oranges are high in this important nutrient, which keeps your bones, organs, and muscles strong.

Folate for moms and babies.¬†Oranges are a great way to get a big dose of folate naturally. Your body uses it to divide cells and make DNA. Because it helps prevent birth defects, it’s an especially important B vitamin for¬†pregnant¬†women.

Good sugar.¬†The 12 grams of sugar in an orange are all natural. That’s different from the kind of sugar you’d get in a candy bar. Plus, all the fiber,¬†vitamins, and¬†antioxidants¬†that come with an orange make it a much better choice for your body. Choose raw oranges, which have less sugar than the dried kind.

Potassium. This nutrient lowers your blood pressure, and oranges have a bunch of it.

Citric acid and citrates. These compounds help prevent kidney stones from forming.

Malkist Cheese Cracker Biscuits

I’ve always seen people eating cheese and crackers. I’ve only had plain crackers, usually dipped in tea or coffee, which over here in India are usually very dry and almost tasteless. However, I did try these ones and I like them a lot. Malkist Cheese Cracker which are nothing but cheese layered between two sugar-sprinkled crackers.

The crackers are crisp but the only thing is we have a tiny sugar granules, which for me is a problem as I am staying away from sugar. However I didn’t know this at first as when I picked it up it was a bit dark in the kitchen. Once I tasted it I thought, hmmm it does taste sweet and I got that along with the cheese. I understood that it was sugar but it’s very tiny and hence it isn’t too bad. I got it in a pack of 10. It is crisp but crumbles easily which is a bummer. It is light and does not feel heavy at all as the layer of cheese is thin but adequete.

The cheese was slightly salted which paired well with the sugar. This cracker is prepared with ingredients like milk powder and cheese powder, but it had no synthetic aftertaste. No added preservative but it has food colouring. If you like a savoury snack (despite the bit of sugar) it’s great for an evening snack with your tea or coffee.

Egg White Omelet With Spinach, Cheese & Tomato Recipe

Trying to lose weight like me but craving a good healthy yet filling breakfast to add to your diet? Well my dietician gave me some things that I could do for my meals and one of them is an egg white omelet. So here is a recipe I found online for this delicious & health breakfast.

Ingredients : 10 mins :  1-serving

  1. 3 eggs large Whites of (whisked)
  2. 2 tablespoons milk skim
  3. 40 g Spinach (coarsely chopped) / 1¬Ĺ oz
  4. 40 g¬†Mushrooms (sliced) / 1¬Ĺ oz .
  5. 1 scallion spring onion / (thinly sliced)
  6. 40 g¬†tomato (chopped) / 1¬Ĺ oz .
  7. ¬ľ teaspoon¬†white pepper
  8. salt black pepper and oil
  9. low fat cottage cheese
  • Combine all of the eggs, cottage cheese, and pepper and beat with a fork.
  • Spray a skillet with non-stick spray and place over medium heat.
  • Pour egg mixture into skillet, being sure it spreads evenly over the pan, and sprinkle mushroom and tomato over top.
  • Cook until eggs are opaque and set. Fold one-half of the omelet over the other.
  • Serve. Wheat bread toasted optional.

Here Are Five Benefits Of Drinking Green Tea

All types of tea, even your regular cup of builder’s, are made from the camellia sinensis plant.¬†Green tea gets its name from the emerald green colour created when brewing these unprocessed, unfermented leaves.

1. High in protective polyphenols

Compounds called polyphenols are known to protect the body against disease and make an important contribution towards a healthy, balanced diet. These antioxidant compounds are found in a wide range of fruit, vegetables and other unprocessed foods. Green tea has numerous health benefits many of which are attributed to the fact that it is largely unprocessed and rich in these plant compounds. The main bioactive compounds in green tea are flavonoids, with the most potent being catechins and epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG).

2. May boost brain function

Green tea contains a number of natural stimulants, including caffeine, which although not as high as coffee, may still help maintain alertness and focus. In addition to this, green tea is a source of the amino acid L-theanine, which has a relaxing effect; it does this by increasing mood-enhancing brain chemicals including GABA, dopamine and serotonin. The beneficial polyphenols of green tea may also help slow the effects of aging on the brain.

3. May boost fat burning

Some research suggests that green tea may boost metabolic rate and increase fat burning. This is thought to be thanks to the natural thermogenic properties provided by caffeine, and by the plant compounds such as catechins.

4. May support blood sugar control

Studies suggest green tea may improve insulin sensitivity and as a result have a beneficial effect on blood sugar control.

5. May reduce the risk of heart disease

Research suggests green tea is a useful beverage for helping to reduce the risk of heart disease and associated conditions, such as stroke. One way it may help is in its beneficial effects on cholesterol management.

Drinking Beers After A Very Long, Long Time

After many, many months – close to 9.5 months, last weekend I had gone to get my hair cut. I am balding, have a bad bald spot on the back of my head and hence my hair doesn’t really grow that much but within the last couple of months my hair had grown so long that it was almost at my shoulder. It was difficult for to manage and drying my hair after a shower was a nightmare. So I went to Ole and got my hair cut short and it feels so much better now.

With that out of the way, it was just a couple of steps near to Couchyn, the lounge bar that is attached to the Grand Hotel. I went it as it was also 9.5 months since I had any drinks. I was only going to have some beer but as I got in, I started to really miss it. I quickly sat down and ordered a Corona and munching on some free hickory sticks, I quickly demolished that. Man, did I ever earn that beer. Now I needed another one and I asked for a Hoegaarden which I really, really love.

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By then my first order of food had arrived. Delicious tempura prawns which is so good on it’s own but dipped in that delicious sweet & spicy Thai Chilli sauce that it comes with – oh my god, how I have missed this taste! So great to drink my beer and eat them prawns while listening to their excellent selection of 70s, 80s & 90s soft rock and folk music. The word chilling in the dictionary should have a clip of me drinking my beer, eating those shrimp and humming & singing softly to myself the lyrics of the songs that were playing.

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A little later I ordered some tandoori chicken, a half plate and a Budweiser. Now the first two beers were 350 ml bottles but the Bud was a full bomber bottle of 650 ml. I thought I could finish that but I couldn’t complete the last bit more than a quarter of the bottle and the last piece of chicken. Well I culd have but I wanted to go back home and if I stayed back then I could have finished them off. So I paid via my credit card, washed my hands and mouth, took a leak in the washroom and then booked an Uber to come back home.