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Dark Chocolate Dips Give Snacks A Kick

Dark Chocolate Dips Give Snacks A Kick

The benefits of dark chocolate consumption are widely known, and many foods are favorite go-tos for coating in it. However, beyond the chocolate dipped strawberry and other popular choices, there are a few deliciously strange recipes floating around that offer an unexpected twist. Below are some interesting ideas for unusual things to try dipping in chocolate that will make snack time an experience for the taste-testing palate. After dipping, place items on parchment or wax paper laid out on a platter. Chill in the refrigerator or freeze for a few minutes until the chocolate is set. Spicy chocolate dipped pineapples… read more

What It’s Like Using A Treadmill Desk

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In recent years, the active lifestyle trend has taken America by storm, and though we’re still posting record numbers as the world’s fattest country (Go USA!), we’re doing our best. One of the trends you may have seen rise and fall is that of the treadmill desk. It basically works exactly as it sounds — a desk where you walk on a treadmill to exercise while attempting to work. The folks at Business Insider decided to give the concept a spin, and here’s how it worked out for them:

Herbal Teas At Home

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In addition to harvesting your own tea varieties, you can add spices and herbs to create either classic or unique tea blends to suit your palette. If you are unable to grow your own tea, you can still use loose tea, which can be found at most grocery and specialty stores. Or you can leave out the tea leaves to create herbal teas instead. Here are a few blends that have proven the test of time and continue to be steeped and sipped by casual tea drinkers and connoisseurs alike. Chai Tea This blend is often used with black tea, but can be… read more

Before You Toss It – Ways to Reuse Food

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Global food waste exceeds the absurd, with 50% of foods produced lost annually due to excessive transport distances, poor storage, and a lack of initiative among consumers to adapt to more resourceful eating habits. Still, it is easy to become careless with food towards the end of its shelf life, at which point many items are tossed regardless of whether they are salvageable. But simply doing away with old or leftover items thieves you, not only of a chance to curb waste, but of the opportunity to get creative with your domestic cuisine. Perhaps inspiring you to try a dish… read more

Is Butter Better?

Butter vs spreads

A well-researched article provided by Sally Fallon and Mary G. Enig, PhD (2000) makes a strong case for the superiority of butter in terms of nutritional value and health-promoting effects: Butter is a dietary staple among many healthy peoples around the world. Butter contains vitamin A, which supports adrenal and thyroid health. Butter contains vitamin D, which reduces the risk of osteoporosis, cancer, and other health problems. Antioxidants in butter protect against free radical damage that can cause cancer and heart disease. Butter fat contains glycospingolipids, which offer some protection against nasty gastrointestinal infections. Many people choose margarine over butter… read more

Leafy Green Kale

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There are many varieties of Kale, the leafy green we should all get more of. Black kale (also known as cavolo nero, dinosaur kale, dragon tongue, lacinato or Tuscan kale), Curly gray-green kale and red Russian kale, another variety that has red veins and a purplish colour, to name a few. Kale is a member of the cruciferous family of vegetables, so named because their flowers have four petals in the shape of a cross. Cauliflower, cabbage, cress, bok choy, and broccoli are others. Kale is wonderfully nutritious and is one of nature’s best sources of vitamins A, C and… read more

Spanakopita

Spanakopita

Another meat free meal and this Greek dish is one of my all time favourites! The main ingredient is spinach or, my preference, silverbeet. I find that the silverbeet is meatier, more textured. There are many benefits to the leafy greens such as vitamins C, K, and B, and minerals including folic acid, calcium, iron, selenium, zinc, manganese, magnesium, potassium, beta-carotene and antioxidants. Below is a recipe that can be served hot or cold and is a great meat-free meal. Ingredients olive oil 1 onion, finely chopped 1 bunch shallots (spring onions), finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1.2kg spinach… read more

Baking with Whole Foods

Healthier Baking with Whole Foods

1. Replace fats with fruits and vegetables: You can replace some or all of the butter or oil in many recipes with apple sauce, mashed banana, pumpkin puree, or other healthy substitutes. 2. Use whole wheat flour: Brown flour is loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber, making it a far healthier choice (white flour loses most of its nutrients during processing). 3. Replace up to half the sugar with molasses: Molasses is a great source of iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium. Use 1+1/3 cups of molasses for each cup of sugar, add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, and reduce… read more

Hair Care Naturally

Natural hair care

Today there are many options when it comes to hair care, from styles to colors, you can customize your locks as much as you desire. Many products are out there to help achieve this. However, you must be careful not to use chemicals that damage your hair and environment. Luckily you can alter your hair without sending toxins through the roof or atmosphere. Let’s start with hair enhancement. Enhancing your hair and keeping it healthy elevates your natural beauty. To add shine to your hair you can add apple cider vinegar to your shampoo or conditioner. If you are a… read more