Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Top Ten Hydrating Foods

If you ever feel dehydrated or worn out, here is a list of foods that can give you a bit of a boost...

  1. Tomatoes - Contain 94% of water
  2. Melon Water - Contains  92% of water
  3. Pineapple - Contains 95% of water
  4. Blue berries - Contain 95% of water
  5. Pear - Contains 89% of water
  6. Watermelon - Contains 96% of water
  7. Cucumber - Contains 96% of water
  8. Celery - Contains 95% of water
  9. Lettuce - Contains 95% of water
  10. Grape Fruit - Contains 90% of water

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Healthy breakfast Ideas: Mixed berries with roasted nuts and seeds (399 cal)

So today I tried something new for breakfast, mixed berries with roasted nuts and seeds. It was delicious and filling. I definitely give it a thumbs up for the amount of calories it has, it's the perfect morning meal for a flat belly. Come on give it a try.....

What you need:

3 cashew nuts
3 hazelnuts
20g  sunflower seeds
20g  pumpkin seeds
50g  blueberries
50g  blackberries
50g  raspberries
50g  Greek yogurt

Preheat oven to 180°C.
Place the nuts and seeds on a baking-tray and cook for four minutes.
Pour into a bowl and sprinkle on top of the berries with the Greek yogurt.

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Source: telegraph

Monday, 24 February 2014

Health benefits of Cucumber

Cucumbers are number four most cultivated vegetable in the world and known to be one of the best foods for your overall health, often referred to as a super food. Pick a handful of firm, dark green cucumbers and drop them into your shopping cart. Congratulations! You have just bought yourself stuff full of good health.

1. Cucumber re hydrates body

If you are too busy to drink enough water, eat the cool cucumber, which is 90 percent water. It will cheerfully compensate your water lost.

2. Cucumber fights heat inside and out

Eating cucumber will get your body relief from heartburn. Apply cucumber on your skin and you will get relief from sunburn.

3. Cucumber eliminates toxins

All that water in cucumber acts as a virtual broom, sweeping waste products out of your body. With regular eating, cucumber is known to dissolve kidney stones.

4. Cucumber replenishes daily vitamins

Cucumbers have most of the vitamins the body needs in a single day. A B and C, which boost your immune system keep you radiant and give you energy. Make it more powerful by juicing cucumber with spinach and carrot. Don’t forget to leave the skin on because it contains a good amount of vitamin C, about 12 percent of the daily recommended allowance.

Source: fitnea

Healthy Lunch Idea: Vietnamese chicken baguettes (Bhan Mi)

image: bbcgoodfood


1 small chicken breast
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp rice vinegar
½ tsp golden caster sugar
juice ½ lime
½ small carrot, peeled and grated
2 spring onions, thinly sliced
2½cm/1in piece cucumber, deseeded and sliced
½ red chilli, thinly sliced into rounds
1 sandwich baguette
3-4 Little Gem lettuce leaves, washed
1-2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce


1. Put the chicken breast between 2 pieces of cling film and bash with a rolling pin to about 1cm thick. Heat a griddle pan until hot. Rub the chicken with the oil, cook for 2-3 mins per side, or until cooked through. Set aside to cool.

2. Mix together the rice vinegar, sugar and lime juice, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Add the carrot, spring onions, cucumber and chilli.

3. Split a sandwich baguette along the top. Stuff with the Little Gem leaves and shred the chicken on top. Pile on the carrot mixture and wrap or place in a plastic box. Put the sweet chilli sauce in a small portable pot and when it’s time for lunch, pour over the sauce just before tucking in.

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Source: bbc

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Healthy breakfast Idea -Peanut Butter Waffle

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What you'll need:

2 tble spoons peanut butter
1 waffle
Spread waffle with 2 tablespoons of peanut butter. You can also sprinkle on 1 tablespoon of raisins, sesame seeds, or extra peanuts for even more fiber, which helps deliver the meal's nutrients slowly and steadily.

Source: realsimple

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Turkey Sandwich with Lemon Mayo

Low-fat mayonnaise gets a lift from freshly grated lemon zest. You can also serve this mayo mix as a dip by adding chopped fresh herbs and a pinch of salt.


1 teaspoon(s) grated lemon peel
1 tablespoon(s) low-fat mayonnaise
2 slice(s) whole-grain bread
1 cup(s) loosely packed baby spinach leaves
2 ounce(s) turkey breast, sliced
1 small tomato, sliced


Stir grated lemon peel with mayonnaise; spread on both slices bread.

On 1 slice bread, alternately layer spinach leaves, turkey, and tomato, starting and ending with spinach. Top with second bread slice.

Source: goodhousekeeping

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Health Benefits of Peaches

The peach (Prunus persica) is a deciduous tree, native to North-West China, in the region between the Tarim basin and the north slopes of the Kunlun Shan mountains, where it was first domesticated and cultivated. It bears an edible juicy fruit also called a peach. The species name persica refers to its widespread cultivation in Persia, whence it was transplanted to Europe. It belongs to the genus Prunus which includes the cherry and plum, in the family Rosaceae. The peach is classified with the almond in the subgenus Amygdalus, distinguished from the other subgenera by the corrugated seed shell.

Peaches and nectarines are the same species, even though they are regarded commercially as different fruits. In contrast to peach whose fruits present the characteristic fuzz on the skin nectarines are characterized by the absence of fruit skin trichomes (fuzz-less fruit); genetic studies suggest nectarines are produced due to a recessive allele, whereas peaches are produced from a dominant allele for fuzzy skin. - wikipedia

China is the world's largest producer of peaches and nectarines.

1. Helps in preventing cancer and loss of eye vision

Peaches have the power to cure many diseases including cancer problems. Betacarotene is a compound that give peaches their color,  it contains lycopene that prevents the loss of eye vision.

2. Weight loss

Peaches a one of the best health snack alternative. They are low in calories and fat.

3. Great for your skin

Peaches a packed with antioxidants and vitamin C which help reduce lines.

4. Cleanse out Toxin

The high amount of fiber and potassium helps the body clean out any toxins by keeping your kidney healthy and preventing ulcers.