YogaBar Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter

If you like dark chocolate and peanut butter than one of the options you can try is the YogaBar Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter. This is from their latest range of food products that are heavily advertised online has a delicious taste. I am used to their YogaBar protien bars which are really good but they also have peanut butter and oats. Now the dark chocolate ones come in either crunchy or creamy but I never buy the crunchy ones.

The most valuable feature is the peanuts are slow-roasted. It is said that the more roasted peanuts are, the better it is. How does it taste? It isn’t very sweet and infact is not as sweet as most regular peanut butter. It has it’s natural oil when you open it, so it is best to do a good mix before you use it. Best with toast or buns or chapathi. You get the taste of dark chocolate a lot more than the peanut butter but after you take your first chew you will slowly get the texture of peanut butter. It has 26% Protein per serving, is high in fibre, zero Trans fat & Zero Cholesterol.

Ideally do not refrigerate it, though you can. Instead store it in a cool, dark place and enjoy whenever you want to get that toast or chapati. I dunno if this is gonna replace the usual brands of peanut butter I buy right now, since it has chocolate in it but it sure is good. 4 outta 5 stars or 8.5 outta 10!

Arsenal Sign Portuguese Midfielder Fabio Vieira From Porto FC

Arsenal have confirmed the signing of highly-rated Portuguese midfielder Fabio Vieira from FC Porto for a reported fee of ÂŁ30m plus add-ons. The 22 year-old midfielder, who made 54 appearances during his time with Porto, developed through the Portuguese club’s youth academy, making his first team debut in June 2020 and was part of the Primeira Liga winning squads in both 2019/20 and 2021/22. The deal – which has seen him sign a long-term contract – has come as somewhat of a surprise to Gunners fans given Vieira hadn’t been one of the select few names being relentlessly linked with a move to the Emirates. However, the switch has been officially announced and Mikel Arteta can consider Vieira his first big signing of the summer window.

Fabio is a Portuguese Under-21 international and has scored an impressive 13 goals from his 21 appearances. He also represented his country at youth level, playing all five tournament matches as Portugal finished runners-up at the 2019 UEFA Under-19 Championship. During last season’s Primeira Liga winning season, Fabio made 27 appearances, scoring six goals and making 14 assists during the league campaign. Fabio will wear the number 21 shirt and join up with his new team mates soon for pre-season training. Everyone at Arsenal welcomes Fabio to the club.

Technical Director Edu said: “We’re so pleased to have completed the signing of Fabio from FC Porto. Fabio is a player with special qualities who is comfortable with the ball in the final third of the pitch. We are all looking forward to working with him and enjoying his future contribution to Arsenal. We will now continue to work hard and are looking forward to finishing this transfer window as strongly possible.”

Mikel Arteta added: ”I am very excited that we have identified and signed such a special talent. Fabio is a very creative player that will bring high quality and versatility to our attacking play. We welcome Fabio and his family to our club and are looking forward to starting work with him ahead of the new season.”

Tasties Nacho Chips – Cheese

So I am always on the look out for coffee time snacks. I guess they can also be called as soft drink snacks (with Coke or Pepso or 7UP) or beer snacks. And I want to try out all the options we do get here. Chips are ofcourse number 1 on the list. Taking a break from Lays, I decided to try out the Indian brand Tasties that also makes cookies and other stuff.

Tasties Nacho Chips – Cheese is the perfect snack for cheese lovers. Made with premium quality corn, the nachos have zero trans fat, making them perfect for snacking any time of the day or night. The cheese flavour brings in that extra zing. Perfect to have with dips or sauces, make your game nights more fun with these cheese nachos. Explore Tasties’ full range of products from baked snacks, gourmet popcorn and roasted seeds.  I ordered some via Big Basket which is the preferred grocery shopping app in recent years.

The cheese taste isn’t overpowering but just enough that you feel it lingering on your tongue for a while. The nacho chips are delightful and crispy and not too thin. I would say that these are best with coffee or tea or even with a soft drink but not with alcohol as you need something more hardier with your drink. You get these nacho chips in 60g or 120g bags. I will give them an 8 outta 10!

On The Day Of The Burger I Had The Best Burger I Have Had Yet!

IMG2022052820522828th May was National Burger day in the US – unfortunately, I do not see an International Burger Day! Oh well, so even though 3 days have passed, I am posting this today. And, I actually had this burger on the 28th – so yay Burger Day and I hope we make it an official international day of the burger.

The Burger Junction is the best place in Kochi to get a juicy burger. Infact that they are the best in the state and amongst the best in Asia. Their burgers are world class and never fail to satisfy and please your cravings. I usually rate their burgers an 8.5, 9 or 9.5. And I think I may have rated one or two of them as a 10! Those are rare by the way. Well, now here we have another 10. So awesome that I want to order one more right now!

This is their Gorgonzola burger. This amazing and large burger comes with a ciabatta bun, a beef patty, rocket leaves, spinach, avocado, Gorgonzola cheese and delicious rosemary garlic aioli. I decided to add a fried egg and bacon to it and OH…..MY…..GOD! This is a perfect 10 outta 10, filling and delicious from start to finish. Everything goes so great with each other. Now I know the fried egg and bacon are add on that you have to pay extra but still, it is an awesome burger.

7 Amazing Benefits Of Eating Dragon Fruit

Dragon fruit is always been tempting but it is only recently that I have started eating me. If like me you haven’t tasted this awesome fruit, here are some reasons to have this powerhouse of nutrition, equipped with many health-benefiting properties become part of your diet:

1. Low Cholesterol : Dragon fruit is extremely low is terms of cholesterol, as well as saturated and trans fats. Regular consumption of the fruit can not only be refreshing but also help you in maintaining a healthy heart in the long run. Those of you who are on a weight loss regime, it may be a good idea to include it in your diet. Moreover, the seeds present in the fruit are loaded with omega 3 fatty acids which are essential for your well-being.

2. High in Fiber : According to a study done by the researchers at the University of Leeds, increasing consumption of fibre-rich foods can lower risk of both cardiovascular disease (CVD) and coronary heart disease (CHD). Dragon fruit is a good source of dietary fiber, therefore it is not only great for the heart, but also helps in maintaining blood pressure and weight.

3. Antioxidant Rich : Vibrant in colour, which also means that dragon fruit is filled with phytonutrients that can provide you your much required dose of antioxidants. Antioxidants help in fighting free radicals which could damage your cells and even lead to cancer. A diet rich in antioxidants is said to keep your heart healthy and the skin young.

4. Heart Healthy : Because dragon fruits are loaded with fiber and antioxidants, they both contribute to keeping the heart healthy and young. They fight against plaque clogging up in the arteries, maintaining the blood circulation in the body.

5. Skin Care : The exotic fruit is commonly used in natural remedies for beauty because of its high antioxidant content as well as vitamins. Ancient beauty practices in the southeast Asian countries believe that making a paste of dragon fruit flesh and applying it regularly on the face can help in slowing down the process of ageing, making you look younger. The paste is also used in treating acne and sunburn.

6. High Source of Potassium : Dragon fruit is loaded with essential minerals, particularly potassium and calcium which help in maintaining bone structure. Regular consumption of potassium is extremely vital for cellular, electrical, nervous functions of our body. In simpler words, potassium plays a key role in maintaining water content, pH or acid balance in our body. According to a study done by Shiga University of Medical Science in Japan, if you are a diabetic, having a diet rich in potassium may help you protect your heart and kidney.

7. Vitamin C : Since dragon fruit is a good source of vitamin C, it helps in strengthening immunity, aiding the absorption of iron by the body, producing collagen which makes our teeth healthier, and promoting a healthy and glowing skin. Vitamin C also helps boost your immunity, thereby keeping you from getting sick.

8 Proven Benefits/Pros For Using Olive Oil

#1. It works against your heart diseases controlling bad cholesterol LDL and increasing good cholesterol HDL in your blood.

#2. The antioxidant properties present in olive oil is great for skin health. It prevents skin ageing and acne breakout.

#3. Polyphenols present in this oil have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anticoagulant properties which helps improving heart health.

#4. Polyphenols are also great in controlling both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.

#5. Olive oil is low in saturated fats which improves blood sugar levels and insulin sensitivity.

#6. It helps reducing risks of common types of cancers that includes skin, lungs, breast, colon and ovarian cancers.

#7. Another most alarming pros of olive oil, Oleocanthal, a substance present in olive oil inhibits toxic proteins that damage brain cells causing Alzheimer’s disease, proved according to a study published in the Journal of Applied Pharmacology and Toxicology.

#8. Olive oil is great for bone health. According to a research, people with high levels of olive oil in their diet are less likely to suffer from rheumatoid arthritis. It also helps in improving mineralization and calcification of bones. (Source : Webparx)

Burger King’s Indie Tikka Chicken Whopper

Every 2-3 months I check out fast food restaurant chains like McDonald’s, Taco Bell, KFC & Burger King (which are the big four chains that I have access to here in Kochi, India) to see what new or seasonal items they have in their menu. It’s always fun to have your favourite items from these big guns but it’s even more fun when they launch a new one. Perusing through the BK India site, I noticed that they had a couple of new ones and so I tried out one of them – the Indie Tikki Chicken Burger.

Loaded with Minty, Makhani and Creamy Sauce with a flame-grilled patty, chips in a XXL bun and loads of veggies, The Indie Tikka Whopper is a fusion of funky flavours. They also have a mutton (which is what I was gonna order but I decided at chicken at the last minute) and a veggie patty version. The rest of the things are the same. And when it arrived via Swiggy, it looked just like a regular whopper but it did have nacho chips at the bottom of the patty. Now this is supposed to be an Indianized burger or a burger with Indian flavours. The makhani sauce and calling it the Indie Tikka burger kinda labels it as such but where in the heck is nacho chips Indian?

Anyways I was disappointed as the nacho chips were soggy and stuck to each other, as expected. There was no way that it would retain the crispiness. But the rest of the whopper was good, the makhani sauce goes well with the veggies and the chicken burger. They also added jalapenos – is this Indian or Mexican? LOL! Or maybe a hybrid. Anyways, it is a good burger though taste wise it isn’t very different from the regular chicken whopper. An 8 outta 10!

My Now Favourite Sandwich Spread

I have mentioned it here before that I love mayonnaise, and garlic mayonnaise is really one up above that. I must also add, that I usually buy eggless mayo, like the brand that you see here. I used to buy Veeba’s garlic mayo most of the time but lately it has been this particular brand which I started buying from the online grocery delivery store that I usually buy groceries from when Veeba was not available – Dr. Oetker’s Garlic Mayonnaise from FunFoods.

So now for a few months I have been buying this brand more and 4 to 5 mornings a week my breakfast is 4 thin slices with liberal spreadings of this garlic mayo. At times I will add either cucumbers slices or tomato slices or perhaps both. Toast the bread and then make my sandwiches and get my coffee, which is usually my second for the day, A nice, hot, black & sweet coffee with two nice sandwiches of garlic mayo with some tomato & cucumbers sounds really nice during these cold, rainy monsoon mornings.

That is what I usually like for breakfast. Other days it could be dosa or maybe upma or bread with peanut butter. But yeah most of the days it is eggless garlic mayo with toast. And coffee!

Some Fun Facts About The Burger

1. The burger is not the actual name

The burger is a stripped name, and the original name of this popular fast food is Hamburger. The name was derived from the Hamburg steaks, which were introduced to the U.S by German immigrants.

2. McDonald’s has a record for selling burgers

If you love grabbing a burger from the oh so popular McDonald’s, then you must know that the majestic burger giant has broken records. It now holds the record of selling more than 300 billion burgers to date. In fact, as per the research, the company sells more than 75 burgers every second.

3. Burgers are sold in huge quantities around the world

Some countries call it a burger, while others call it a sandwich. And believe it or not, the 60 per cent of sandwiches that are sold globally are actually burgers.

4. Americans eat the most burgers

Well, as per the research, Americans solely consume around 50-billion burgers a year. On average, Americans eat a hamburger thrice a week. In fact, if the burgers eaten by Americans in a year are arranged in a line, it would circle our Earth 32 times or more! Ain’t that surprising?

5. The first burger was sold in 1921

Yep, hamburger, which is widely known as burger, dates way to the world war era. You will be surprised to know that the first burger sold by a fast-food joint in the USA in 1921 was for 5 cents.

6. The first burger was invented in Connecticut

Yep, the burger was invented in 1900 in New Haven, Connecticut. In fact, the place where the burger was born only serves onions, tomatoes, and cheese spread as a condiment – maintaining a ban on ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise even today. Can you imagine a burger without mayo?

7. Beef and Americans go hand in hand

You will be shocked to know that approximately 71 per cent of beef in U.S. commercial hotels are served in the form of hamburgers and cheeseburgers.

8. McDonald’s sell the most burgers, naturally

Fast food might have been getting some bad press in the last few years, but that doesn’t stop places like McDonald’s from selling up to 75 hamburgers in as little as a second.

Double Chocolate Chip Muffins Recipe

Every one loves chocolate. Well, almost everyone. And muffins are one of the best coffee time snack. Whether at breakfast, a 11 am pick me up coffee in your favourite cafe or an evening cup – muffins are a big favourite. Double chocolate chip muffins The muffins are incredibly rich, mega chocolate-y, and loaded with chocolate chips in every single bite. 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (41g) unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 and 3/4 cups (315g) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (185g) full fat sour cream or plain yogurt, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) vegetable oil*
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) whole milk, at room temperature
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 425°F (218°C). Spray a 12-count muffin pan with nonstick spray or use cupcake liners. This recipe yields about 14 muffins, so prepare a second muffin pan in the same manner or bake in batches and reserve leftover batter at room temperature for when the first batch is done.
    2. Whisk the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, and chocolate chips together in a large bowl. Set aside.
    3. Whisk the eggs, sour cream, oil, milk, and vanilla extract together until combined. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and fold together with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon until completely combined. (Batter is quite thick, so I recommend a spatula or spoon over a whisk.) Avoid overmixing. The batter will be thick and sticky.
    4. Spoon the batter into liners, filling them all the way to the top. Bake for 5 minutes at 425°F then, keeping the muffins in the oven, reduce the oven temperature to 350°F (177°C). Bake for an additional 15-16 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. The total time these muffins take in the oven is about 20-21 minutes, give or take. (For mini muffins, bake 13-14 total minutes at 350°F (177°C) the whole time.)
    5. Cool muffins for 10 minutes in the pan, then transfer to a wire rack until ready to eat.
    6. Cover leftover muffins and store at room temperature for 5 days or in the refrigerator for 1 week.