Top 7 Recipes And Ideas For Light & Healthy Meals

Grilled Asparagus and Shiitake Tacos

7 Light & Healthy Meals You Can Create Right Now!

I know it is not always easy to eat healthy, but one of the smartest decisions you can take is to stay committed to a healthy diet.

Why?

When you are eating healthy, you not only feel better, but you can also stay fit and energised.

However, even if you plan to eat healthy, knowing what that means can be quite challenging. Following a healthy diet means you have to choose vegetables, lean meat, fruits, eggs, and dairy products.

If you are really concerned about your health and want to cook light and healthy meals, then here are top 7 recipes to help you out.

1) Grilled Asparagus and Shiitake Tacos

Ingredients –

Lime wedges.

3 tablespoon canola oil.

1 bunch green onions, nicely trimmed.

4 garlic cloves.

Cilantro sprigs.

½ tablespoon Kosher salt.

1 tablespoon ground chipotle salt.

Hot sauce for serving.

Recipe –

Your first step will to be heat the grill on medium. In a large baking dish, blend chipotle, oil, garlic, and salt. Now, you should add green onions, asparagus, shiitakes, and make sure you toss to coat. It is important to grill asparagus until it becomes soft and tender.

Grill shiitakes and green onions, turning occasionally, 4 to 5 minutes. Now, put the vegetables on the cutting board. Make sure you have cut the green onions and asparagus into two lengths and also sliced shiitakes. You are ready with your meal, serve it with lime wedges, corn tortillas, hot sauce and cilantro.

2) Japanese beef with soba noodles

Japanese beef with soba noodles

Ingredients –

1 tablespoon cornflour.

2 tablespoons sunflower oil.

5 tablespoons dark soy sauce.

1 bunch of spring onions, should be sliced diagonally into 5 cm lengths.

2 crushed garlic cloves.

750 ml dashi stock.

1 tablespoon wasabi paste.

1 sheet nori, should be cut into strips.

1 large red pepper.

450 g lean sirloin steak, should be cut into strips.

15 g fresh coriander.

300 g soba.

125 g shiitake mushrooms, should be properly sliced.

Recipe –

First and foremost, you should mix cornflour, 3 tablespoon of soy sauce, wasabi, and the garlic in a bowl. Now add beef and stir it nicely until it is well coated.

Take a saucepan, add some water and noodles, cook it for around 5 minutes.

Take a frying pan, put some oil and swirl so that frying pan is nicely coated. Add spring onions, red pepper, and mushrooms. Now, stir for around 4 minutes. Remove the frying pan using a draining spoon. Drain the noodles properly and keep it aside.

The remaining oil in the frying pan should be heated, add beef and stir it for 4 minutes. Using the draining spoon, remove it.

Now, you need to pour the stock and add 2 tablespoon soy sauce into the frying pan, add noodles along with vegetables with coriander & nori. It is important to toss it well, add the beef and toss it once again. Pile the beef, noodles, and vegetables into the bowl and spoon over the broth. It is ready now, serve immediately.

3) Quick Vegetable Curry

Ingredients –

340 ml water.

1 tablespoon olive oil.

2 tablespoons tomato puree.

1 onion, properly chopped.

1 tin chopped tomatoes.

2 cloves garlic, properly crushed.

285g frozen mixed vegetables.

2 ½ tablespoons curry powder.

Salt and pepper to taste.

1 vegetable stock cube.

Chopped coriander to garnish.

Recipe –

Take a large saucepan over medium high heat, heat oil, saute onion, and garlic.

Stir in tomato puree and curry powder, make sure you cook for 2 to 3 minutes.

Now stir in vegetable stock cube, water, tomatoes, mixed vegetables, salt and pepper for taste. Cook for half an hour and in the end sprinkle some fresh coriander before you serve.

4) Courgette Saute

Courgette Saute

Ingredients –

1 green pepper, properly chopped.

1 tablespoon olive oil.

150ml water.

1 onion, properly sliced.

75g uncooked white rice.

2 tomatoes, properly chopped.

Salt and pepper to taste.

900g courgette, properly peeled and cut into slices.

1 green pepper, properly chopped.

Recipe –

Take a saute pan and heat oil over medium heat. Now, add saute, courgette, green pepper, tomatoes, and onion, stir them for approximately three minutes.

Add salt and black pepper. Reduce the heat and cover it properly and cook it for five minutes.

Stir in rice and water. Cover and cook for around 20 minutes over low heat.

5) Moist Garlic Roasted Chicken

Ingredients –

6 cloves garlic, properly sliced.

1 whole chicken.

6 sprigs fresh thyme.

1 large lemon, properly sliced.

Salt and black pepper.

Recipe –

Your first step is to preheat the oven to 160 degrees C / gas mark 3.

Now, use a large sheet of greaseproof into the middle of the roasting tray. The size of the sheet should be large enough so that you will be able to wrap the chicken properly.

Using the salt and pepper, season the chicken nicely, should be properly stuffed with lemon slices, make sure you have kept the breast side up in the middle of the paper. Now, the chicken needs to be sprinkled with thyme sprigs and garlic slices.

You can lay the remaining lemons over the chicken’s breast. Fold the paper in a way that it forms a loose parcel.

Make sure that the chicken is properly baked in the preheated oven, wait for around 2 hours until the chicken has cooked properly.

6) Mediterranean Fish Casserole

healthy eating fish casserole

Ingredients –

1 teaspoon tomato puree.

2 teaspoons olive oil.

4 fish steaks, 125g each.

1 tablespoon dry white wine or stock.

600g plum tomatoes.

2 sticks celery, properly sliced.

1 teaspoon sugar, optional.

1 clove garlic, properly sliced.

Salt and black pepper.

150g red onions, properly sliced.

3 sprigs fresh rosemary.

1 lemon properly sliced.

Recipe:

Heat the wine and oil or you can stock in flameproof casserole, then afterwards adding onions, garlic, and celery. Let them fry for 5-6 minutes, stir them until they have softened.

Now, you need to chop the tomatoes and add them to the casserole along with the lemon, sugar, and tomato puree.

Stir for roughly three minutes until the tomatoes begin to soften.

The fish can be arranged over the vegetable mixture. Add the sprigs of rosemary, and you can sprinkle with oregano.

You need to cover the casserole and leave for 10-15 minutes to simmer, spooning the juices over fish infrequently. Your Mediterranean Fish Casserole is ready, serve it with chopped oregano and a sprig of rosemary.

7) Broccoli Fried Rice

Ingredients –

2 beaten eggs.

75g uncooked long-grain rice.

¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper.

1 tablespoon vegetable oil.

2 tablespoons soy sauce.

3 spring onions, diced.

500g broccoli florets.

½ teaspoon salt.

Recipe:

The rice should be cooked as per the instructions mentioned on the package. Set aside.

Take a large frying pan and heat oil in it. Saute broccoli until it is tender but make sure it is still crisp, then add spring onions. Remove the frying pan.

Scramble the eggs, return broccoli mixture to the pan. Stir in the cooked rice, salt & pepper, and soy sauce.

Broccoli Fried Rice is ready to serve.

Author Bio: Adam Smith is a content writing professional at Followthesteps, an inbound marketing and sales platform that helps companies attract visitors, convert leads, and close customers. Previously, Adam worked as a marketing manager for a tech software startup. He graduated with honors from California University with a dual degree in Business Administration and Creative Writing.

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The Happenstance in Paternoster Square | Restaurant Near St Paul’s Cathedral

THE HAPPENSTANCE HAS A NEW HOME IN PATERNOSTER SQUARE

The Happenstance by Drake and Morgan, which as a new home in the iconic Paternoster Square, set just a stone’s throw from St Paul’s Cathedral. [Tel: 020 7618 9520]

With impeccable interiors and a stylish al fresco terrace, Drake & Morgan’s latest venture is the perfect spot to enjoy creative cocktails and an inviting all-day seasonal menu, whatever the weather.

THE HAPPENSTANCE

DESIGN DETAILS

Complete with vibrant furnishings, potted botanicals and bundles of soft blankets, the massive terrace that fronts The Happenstance is a perfect suntrap. Glass doors smooth the transition to the open bar area, filled with neutral greys, cream and parquet woods and delicate piquants of copper. Polished concrete, soft leather and faux-fur detailing bring the sophistication and luxury of Mayfair to this City destination. Discerning drinkers can pull up a stool at a bar-side high table, while those looking to dine can luxuriate in the dedicated dining space or relax with friends in the lounge area – there’s something to suit every mood.

CREATIVE CONCOCTIONS

Unwind after a long day at the office or get the weekend started in style with The Happenstance’s signature cocktail collection. Expertly mixed by London’s best mixologists, must-tries include the Peruvian Pisco Sour (Macchu pisco, lime, sugar syrup & egg white); Head Over Heels (Tanqueray, Celery Juice, Sugar Syrup and Celery Bitters); and Bees Knees (Botanist Gin, Cointreau, Lemon Juice and Honey Syrup).

With over 60 wines available to choose from, there really is something for everyone at The Happenstance. From pale, Provencal rose?s to deep, plummy reds, the wine selection is varied enough to cater to all tastes.

ON THE MENU

Open seven days a week, the restaurant’s all-day dining menu is sure to satisfy every craving. Begin with a chorizo scotch egg with paprika mayonnaise or perhaps some padron peppers and a Napoli flatbread to share. Take things up a notch with the juicy wagyu beef burger with blue cheese and tomato relish, or try the refreshing chargrilled tuna with green papaya, cucumber, peanuts & lime dressing. For the traditionalists, you can find pub favourites bangers and mash with red onion gravy, as well as the decadent fish pie with a cheddar potato crust – and the more exotic can indulge their wanderlust with a loaded Mezze board or perhaps a Thai coconut curry with basmati rice.

Kick back and relax with the all day Saturday brunch menu. Breakfast classics such as the Full English (eggs any style, bacon, sausage, black pudding, baked beans, field mushroom and grilled tomato) sit alongside more contemporary choices like buttermilk chicken and waffle with avocado, grilled tomato and hash browns. While away the weekend with a classic Bloody Mary or, if you’re feeling virtuous, a Radiant Roots zero-proof (apple, carrot, ginger, celery and fennel).

PRIVATE DINING
For those looking for a little more privacy, The Happenstance’s 11-seater private dining room is separated from the main bar by a stunning statement coloured glass screen, and comes complete with its own private bar. Whether you’re hosting a smart business meeting or an intimate party, the private dining area offers an elegant hideaway from the main bar area.

Come in, stay a while and escape the everyday at The Happenstance.

The Happenstance

10 Paternoster Square
London EC4M 7DX drakeandmorgan.co.uk/the-happenstance

Tel: 020 7618 9520

Twitter: @TheHappBarPS Instagram: @drakeandmorgan Facebook: @thehappenstancebar

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10 Interesting Things You Didn’t Know About Argentine Wine

Argentine Wine - 10 Things You Didn't Know.

Argentine Wine – 10 Things You Didn’t Know.

Argentina is one of the most popular wine producing regions in South America and is famous for its world class Malbecs, which is produced throughout the region.

The wine making regions in Argentina is located either on the slanting plains or across the wide valleys. The region also offers a conducive climate for wine production.

The Argentine vineyards are situated quite far from the cities and away from the pollutions, where the vines are planted in the young and infrequently tilled soils. Argentina offers distinct flavors in its wide variety of authentic wines that come in deep colors and intense aroma. It has the most suitable terroir for the production of Malbecs, Argentina’s most celebrated wine variety.

A striking aspect of Argentine wines is that they thrive in a land characterized by dryness and aridity. Viticulture in Argentina is concentrated at the foothills of Andes. The dreary desert region of Mendoza is highly popular for wine production in Argentina. The high altitudes and dry landscapes create the ideal conditions for high quality red wines with a strong aroma and intense flavor.

The Argentine wines have received international recognition for their uniqueness and quality. The country also welcomes wine lovers to its vineyards and wineries for a taste of its wines.

If you are planning to take an Argentine wine tour sometime soon, the following facts will help you understand its wines better.

#1. Malbecs: Argentina’s Star Wine Variety

Malbecs are the most widely produced variety of wine in Argentina. It traveled to Argentina from France, through Chile in 1852. But strangely it adapted to Argentina’s unique climate and went on to become its flagship variety. Today Argentine Malbecs are exported all over the world and is also one of the most consumed varieties of wine.

In the latter half of 1990s Argentine winemakers rediscovered Malbecs. The Malbec World Day is observed on 17th April. Malbecs comprise 35% of Argentina’s grapes and make for 51% of its international sales.

#2. Torrontes: Argentina’s Native Wine Variety

It is a white varietal wine with a fresh aroma, medium acidic level, and even texture. The wine offers distinctive apricot and peach aromas. It is produced across all the major wine producing regions in Argentina. Torrontes also refers to a particular Spanish varietal grape. It is only grown in Argentina and is a cross between Muscat of Alexandria and Criolla Negra.

Argentine Wine

#3. Local Study of Wines

There arose a need for foreign advisors when the country decided to take its wines to the international market. However, it was not something that was done on an impulse. Argentina had a considerable number of individuals who had the insight on agronomy and winemaking required for the task. Many of those winemakers today are on the edge of 40, like Mauricio Lorca, Marcelo Pelleriti, and Alejandro Vigil.

#4. Trained Argentine Sommeliers

The Argentine School of Sommeliers has produced graduates who are now placed at key positions in top restaurants around the world, and the number is still on the rise. Professionals who received training at the Gato Dumas culinary school and Argentina School of Wines are also spread across top restaurants in Latin America.

#5. The Enigmatic Bonarda

In Argentina, Bonarda is second only to Malbecs in the volume of production. Initially, Bonarda came across as a strange variety for the researchers who were carrying out a thorough research of the country’s wines. Although it had an Italian name, it did not match with its varieties or any other variety for that matter. It was only in 2009 that a genetic study determined that Bonarda is naturally occurring cross between Douce Noir or Charbono and Corbeau, all three of which are southeastern French varietals.

#6. Wine Cultivation is Quite Old in Argentina

Wine cultivation in Argentina is not a new thing as it was actually started by the Spanish Missionaries in 1551. However, wine was primarily produced for religious purposes and of very poor quality. Criolla was the most widespread wine variety back then and it was produced in a very crude form. Nonetheless, this particular grape variety laid the foundation of the wine industry of South America.

#7. Argentine Vines Are Disease Free

One outstanding quality of Argentine soils is that it has effectively resisted a dangerous pest called phylloxera, which devastated French vineyards in the 1870s leading to the downfall of the Bordeaux Malbecs, from spoiling its vines. Because of this, it is now home to the world’s finest Malbecs.

Argentine Wine

#8. Argentina Exports Malbecs to France

Being the world’s leading producer of Malbecs, Argentina now ironically exports the wine variety to its homeland France. Meanwhile, wine growers in Bordeaux and Cahors are actively producing Argentine varietal wines.

#9. Mendoza- An Oasis

It might seem lush green with acres of lands under vineyards, but Mendoza is actually an oasis located in the middle of an arid, dry desert. The land has been made fertile by the water channels dug by the early settlers of the region. The channels carry the melted ice from the snow-capped Andes to the fields. Today, farmers use modern techniques to draw water from underground.

#10. The Lesser Known Wine Producing Giant

Not many people know that Argentina occupies the fifth position in the world in respect to wine productions. It produces a wide variety of wines from its stunning Malbecs to the piquant Torrontes. It also offers its tourist enlightening wine tours through its vineyards, so that more people learn about its wines and wine producing culture.

Argentina is a vast land with a lot of attractions on offer for every tourist. Wine is a special part of Argentina, which represents it before the world. Needless to say, the country has been excelling in wine productions. The above mentioned facts underlined the most intriguing aspects of the ultimate wine destination of Argentina and for the basic understanding of any wine lover intending to visit the country in the near future.

Author Bio: Mark Davis is the managing partner of Tango Tours and Tango Food and Wine Company, a business he has been running since 2014. It extremely important to Mark that his guests have the ultimate food and wine experience as well as experiencing the local culture.

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6 New Restaurants To Try In Manchester, UK

6 New Restaurants To Try In Manchester, UK

best restaurants manchester UK

When it comes to cities, Manchester continues to grow at an alarming rate. It is a vibrant city with a whole host of different restaurants and bars. Its no wonder that businesses are gradually beginning to move towards Manchester, joining the list of exclusive businesses that are already present. Since the turn of the new year, Manchester has 5 new exclusive restaurants that are highly recommended.

Shoryu Ramen

1 Picadilly, Manchester, M1 1RG

Manchester@japancentre.com

Shoryu Ramen is a Japanese ramen bar, which has found its new home in the centre of Manchester, or as it’s called Piccadilly Gardens. It’s official launch of the restaurant was marked as a celebration by the Lord Mayor of Manchester, Carl Austin-Behan himself. They provide a fresh balance of fresh and cooked food, giving you the all-round Japanese experience but in the UK!

The Refinery

G1 XYZ Building, 2 Hardman Boulevard, Manchester, M3 3AQ

0333 210 0016

The Refinery is based in a prime location in Spinningfields, however, don’t let the location scare you off. The Refinery are proud to offer competitive prices compared to other restaurants based in the same location and showed off with a stylish, yet smooth launch party in Spinningfields. With a wide range of services, The Refinery specialise in cocktails, however, the food they provide is classically British, bringing you their services from breakfast all the way through to dinner. Since it’s built in the extravagant XYZ building, it provides an ideal spot for all-day drinking, especially as it’s near the canal! The Refinery is something not to miss out on – it’s exciting new food and drink menu makes it one of the most exciting bars in Spinningfields.

V Revolution

20-26 Edge St, Manchester, M4 1HN – No Phone Number, Book Online

hello@vrevmcr.co.uk

V Revolution is different compared to the other restaurants on the list as they’ve expanded from a little vegan diner into a larger store. The foundation of the restaurant was built on an animal friendly basis with a fast food twist. Not only do they provide animal friendly food, but they are a range of a shakes and cocktails all of which are vegan and dairy free! If of course you have joined the vegan train, then it’s something that you should most definitely consider at least!

Suri

20 – 22 King St, Manchester, M2 6AG

0161 641 7700

Suri is a restaurant that has hit the ground running in Manchester. Its brings food from the Mediterranean and Middle East and marries them together. It will offer both food and drink, however, the main attraction will be the food. With a complexion of mezze-style platers, Lebanese lamb cutlets and spice filled food, Suri are going to continue to exceed expectation. Not only does the food have a unique twist to it, so does the cocktail menu. Suri are offering cocktails which include the Mediterranean Mule, which includes vodka, ginger beer, Saffron Royale and Bombay Sapphire. As you see Suri are providing something unique and different compared to other restaurants.

Proove

162A Burton Road, Manchester, M20 1LH

0161 669 9061

The idea of Proove arrived from the Sheffield, and now are continuing their journey in Manchester. Proove is a pizzeria, with a signature slow-proved sourdough base. It won’t only serve pizza as their menu includes pastas, desserts and of course drinks. To highlight how different Proove are, the toppings of their pizzas are based on classic Neapolitan toppings. For pizza lovers, Proove will most definitely get your taste buds tingling!

Moose Coffee

20 York St, Manchester, M2 2BB

0161 228 7994

Moose Coffee is for all the breakfast lovers out there, especially, as its gone under the radar a little. However, attention has seemed to move towards them and its balance of classic breakfasts throughout the day. It’s the stuff for hangover dreams, however, it allows you to have something different compared to the restaurants Manchester have already. Moose Coffee want breakfast lovers to come and enjoy their food, so why not take advantage of it, especially when it is as glorious as it is.

 

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Can a wine bottle help you break free financially?

Are you considering investing in wine?

wine investment

Do you feel that your $40 bottle of wine might soon be worth $400, and would like to invest? How do you know that your product has potential to grow? A single bottle of wine may not be worth the expense; however a case bought from a trusted merchant has better chances to increase in value.

Apart from an investment per se, you have to know more about wine storage. Before spending any money, answer yourself the following question: would you like to invest because you’re a wine lover, or do you want to do it because there are increased changes of a substantial return on investment?

Some people do it for both reasons. But there are high-end investors who are not drinkers. They just want to invest because they have the funds to do it. In the beginning, if your goal is to invest because you know the market and you’re an avid connoisseur, it might be a good idea to pick wines you’re greatly fond of. This way, if your investment doesn’t pay off, at least you have the product and you can drink it if you want.

Proper wine storage is fundamental

Buying wine to drink can easily be stored on a wine rack at home. But if the goal is to buy and sell, you have to store the wine carefully. Otherwise it will spoil and the quality will decrease. The specialists at the Wine Spectator argue that wine bottles stored in inappropriate conditions produces flaky crystals; this happens when the product is exposed to temperatures that are excessively low. In temperature-controlled conditions, this won’t happen.

If the temperature in a room is too hot, then there are chances for the wine to mature faster; it will reach optimum stability and flavor much sooner than anticipated, thus compelling you to sell faster. Buying good wine and selling it too soon decreases your chances to make a sensible profit.

To make sure your wine is stored properly, it might be a good idea to invest in a cellar. A dark area with adequate humidity and temperature levels is the best. If you’re unsure that the area you have available is suitable for storing your wine cases, ask for advice from a wine cellar manager. If you can’t afford to transform a basement into a wine cellar, contact a local wine storage facility. Ask for information on storage price and facility capacity, as well as insurance amount offered in case things go south.

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Is it worth ensuring your wine?

It depends. In some circumstances, it might be a good idea to ensure your cases. But if you choose to store your wine in a personal wine cellar, there’s really no way to know your product is safe. Expensive wines are just like high-end jewelry: they’re precious. It’s definitely a good idea to talk to a home insurance company and learn more about how ensure your entire collection.

Wine investors should know that they will have to compare prices, and not decide on the first insurance coverage plan that looks goods. Keep in mind it’s best to consider a deductible amount; basically, the coverage amount has to be linked to the overall value of your wine collection. If your hometown is in an area prone to phenomena such as floods, bad weather, tornadoes or earthquakes, then it’s best to go with an insurance policy that covers both contamination and breakage.

Wine Budget

As soon as insurance and storage costs are in place, you have to settle on a budget and decide on an amount you can spend on investing in the actual product. To calculate the budget, the following rules apply:

=> Storage facility upkeep and maintenance

=>Insurance costs

=> Amount of cash you want to spend on wine bottles following deductions for storage and wine insurance costs

wine as an investment

Bottom line is, you can’t gain financial freedom with a single bottle of wine. Don’t expect to buy a nice Bordeaux for $100 and sell it for $1,000. If you want your investment to pay off, you have to invest in a case (which can have up to 8 bottles). It doesn’t have to be a really rare and expensive type of wine, but quality must prevail either way.

Author Bio: Steve Brown is the writer to this article. He is a regular contributor at many sites and mainly focuses on business related topics. He also writes for a site http://www.wineinvestment.com offering leading edge service solutions to the fine wine market.

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7 Amazing Tips to Help You Lose Weight TODAY!

Want to lose weight?

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Trying to lose weight? There are so many fad diets out there that it can be difficult to figure out which one is best for you. Instead, you should consider these following tips that are designed to make your weight loss journey easier.

Based on the fundamental principles of losing weight, these seven tips will make your journey simpler, and more effective.

1. Limit Your Soda Intake

It’s easy to grab a soda on your lunch break, but drinking multiple sodas every day can significantly increase your calorie intake. As it’s important to limit your calorie intake, and burn as many calories as possible, limiting your soda intake can really help.??Sophie Williams, a bank manager in downtown Chicago, says:??“I’m on the go all day, and it’s so easy to just grab a soda as I’m working. What I’ve found is that the calories and sugar content of every soda really does add up. Since I decided to cut back to one diet soda per day at a maximum, I have been able to keep my weight under control more easily.”

2. Be Careful with Breakfast Cereals

Breakfast cereals can definitely provide you with a low-fat form of nutrition, but it’s important to avoid any that have fewer than three grams of fiber. By ensuring that your cereal has plenty of fiber, you’ll be giving your digestive system the resources it needs to properly digest the food you have already eaten.??High-fiber cereals also tend to be lower in sugar – so you’ll be helping yourself lose weight.

3. Keep Score of Vegetables and Fruit

Help You Lose Weight

Housewife Margaret Spooner of Poughkeepsie, New York, says that she keeps count of the fruit and vegetables that she and her family eat during the day. If she and her family haven’t eaten enough fruits and vegetables during the day, then she incorporates them into their dinner instead. ??Try and include fruits and vegetables in every meal. They are a great source of vitamins, antioxidants, and other great nutrients, and exceptionally low in fat. The more fruit and vegetables you eat, the easier you’ll find losing weight.

4. Drink Less Beer and Wine

If you’re a fan of a drink during the weekends, then the alcoholic beverages you choose can play a huge part in your ability to lose weight. Beer and wine contain lots of calories – and even if they might include some antioxidants and other goodness, they don’t help you lose weight.

If you’d like to carry on enjoying a drink at the weekends, try drinking spirits and soda water. Gin and diet tonic is a great drink for dieters, as well as vodka and soda.

5. Increase Your Protein Intake

Janice Sephton, a writer for UK Top Writers, believes her increased intake of protein helped her lose weight. ??“I increased the amount of protein I consumed in my meals, whether from lean meat, soy, egg or nuts, and I found I started losing weight quicker than ever before. The best part about it was that I didn’t go hungry, and the high-protein foods were full of other amazing nutrients.”??Using whey, soy and egg in meal replacement smoothies can also seriously improve your weight loss experience.

6. Change Your Pre-Dinner Snacks

It’s easy to snack on chips and chocolate before your meal is ready, but changing the foods you snack on will seriously aid your weight loss.

If you are cooking with vegetables, why not chop up some fresh vegetables and service them with hummus, as an ideal pre-meal snack? It’s healthy, fresh, and ideal for weight loss.

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Why you should be Organising your Wine

Organising your Wine made easy…

Organising your Wine

Enjoying a good quality bottle of wine is one of life’s greatest pleasures. From selecting the perfect bottle right through to taking that lingering first sip, wine has the ability to instantly improve your mood and brighten an otherwise dull day.

Of course, the perfect wine is largely dependent upon your preferred choice of meal. As is the very nature of wine, certain varieties just go better with one type of dish than others do. The task of creating the perfect pairing between food and wine is a real art, but when it is done right, it can make for a memorable flavour explosion that really brings the meal to life.

Choosing the Right Restaurant

If you are heading out to dine at a restaurant, the staff will be able to assist you with your choice, suggesting a variety of wines that will complement your chosen dish the best. There are some more general rules that you can follow when it comes to the best pairings of food and wine, but primarily, it comes down to personal taste and good old-fashioned trial and error.

For the wine connoisseur, deciding where to eat out can be a difficult decision. Picking a restaurant that suits the individual tastes of each member of your party can be tricky, which is why it is so important to make sure that you book in at the right restaurant to ensure your evening is a resounding success.

If you are in search of the perfect venue within which to celebrate a special occasion with a delicious meal out, it is especially important that you do plenty of thorough research into the available restaurants in your chosen area. This will help to ensure that your evening goes smoothly and everything goes according to plan – after all, you will be able to enjoy your food and drink much more if you aren’t already stressed out.

The Perfect Accompaniment to a Home Cooked Meal

When you are eating out, choosing the right wine to accompany your meal is made a lot easier by other people’s recommendations and suggestions from the restaurant staff. However, when you are at home, it is a different kettle of fish entirely. In your own home, you have complete freedom over the choice of wine. How do you know which wine is best? How can you be sure to pick a bottle that you know your guests will enjoy? These are all questions that we have asked ourselves at one point or another when in this situation.

Choosing the ideal bottle of wine for the occasion is one thing, but this task becomes a lot more difficult if you have a large wine collection. When you do have a large collection, picking the perfect wine for the specific meal or event becomes a much more selective process.

No longer do you just pick out the first bottle that comes to hand – for the true wine connoisseur, the selection of the wine is a key part of the process. You have to take into consideration factors such as the specific occasion, whether it is needed to accompany a meal or to be drunk on its own, and then if it is to accompany a meal, what type of food will it be accompanying? With all of these factors weighing in on things, it is understandable that for some people, picking the perfect wine can become quite a nerve-wracking task.

The solution to this problem is simple – organisation.

How to Organise your Wine Collection

When you have a large assortment of wine, it can become very easy to lose track of your collection and end up with a jumbled mess, meaning you can never find that one specific bottle that you are looking for! Therefore, it is essential to combat the chaos by introducing an element of organisation.

There are many ways in which you can organise your wine collection, but the benefits of good organisation are clear to see. A well-organised wine storage system allows you to quickly and easily browse your collection and select bottles perfect for the occasion, eliminating any confusion about the whereabouts of specific bottles!

The simplest way to organise your wine is to decide on a method of grouping the different bottles then stick to it throughout your collection. The most obvious choice is to group the wines according to their type, so red, white, rosé and sparkling, but within those subsections, you can then further classify your collection according to factors such as grape or age.

Wine Cellar or Wine Rack?

If you are lucky enough to have your own wine cellar then it is just a simple matter of assigning the content of your newly organised collection their own location on the shelves. A quick spot of labelling and you should be all set and good to go – say goodbye to a disorganised wine collection for good!

However, if you don’t have a storage facility as luxurious as a personal wine cellar, that doesn’t mean that you are left with no other options. Bring the restaurant feel into your home and store your wine in style with wall mounted wine racks, perfect for saving space and freeing up cupboards and counter top areas. Even if you don’t have a particularly large wine collection, keeping your assortment organised is still essential. The beauty of wine racks is that they come in all shapes, sizes and designs, meaning that you can easily pick a wine rack that works for you, your collection, and the available space.

Organising your Wine rack

Where should you be Placing your Wine Rack?

Wine storage racks should be put in a place that will ensure your wine is stored correctly while avoiding any issues that could arise from using the wrong storage methods. Keep your wine rack away from strong sunlight, areas that are particularly hot or cold, and always be sure to keep your bottles stored on their sides to avoid any issues with the corks drying out.
Keeping your wine organised will automatically make the process of selecting the right wine for the occasion become much easier, allowing you to sit back, relax, and enjoy a well-earned glass of wine!

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Top All-Time Favourite Takeaway Dishes Of Brits

Brits are food lovers who love to savour on different dishes. So whether it is pizza or curry, sushi or pasta, they love everything. In the recent years, there has been an increasing trend of food takeaways from almost all the famous and well-known food joints of Britain. People have been finding the process very comfortable too. Some of the reasons for it can be the ease of getting the food delivered or the budget-friendly menus – all thanks to the food vouchers!

Top All-Time Favourite Takeaway Dishes Of Brits

So whatever the reasons are, a good number of food items have managed to get on the top of the takeaway list. They are:

1) Pizza

Favourite Takeaway Dishes Of Brits

This Italian food has always impressed people and is almost the easy option to order on the lazy weekends. You can find a wide range of options ranging from Hawaiian style, Chicago style, margaritas, cheesy ones, topping combos and what not! And yeah, make sure you don’t forget the dips while ordering.

2) Prawn toast

The crunchy and crispy taste of prawn toast is like offering satiety to your taste buds. So whether you are planning to have it as a starter or as a small munch in between the meals, they are just perfect.

3) Butter chicken

Brits love a number of Indian dishes and Butter Chicken is on the top of the list. Here the chicken is cooked in tandoor after marinating with spices and yoghurt. Then it is prepared in the gravy bundled with spices, tomatoes and yeah butter too!

If you are planning to have something to savour on the Friday nights while watching the TV why not go for it? Yeah, it is amazing for Saturday and Sunday too. Okay.. go for the entire week!

4) Kebab

The kebab is another interesting dish that is seriously loved by Brits. This Turkish dish has kebab – shish, doner and kofta all placed on the pitta bread and then garnished with garlic and chilli sauce, pickled chilli and salad. Nothing can be as satisfying as this one! Still thinking? Order yours now at decent rates with Dealslands.

5) The burger

Top All-Time Favourite Takeaway Dishes Of Brits

There is nothing satisfying like a juicy burger.

Get you hamburger layered with tomatoes, onion and lettuce. Don’t forget to go for your favourite sauces – mayonnaise, ketchup and mustard.

6) Sushi

Whether you are planning to taste temaki, nigiri, uramaki, sashimi or maki or even the California roll, wait no more. A number of restaurants in the UK have these dishes which you can take directly to your door.

7) Pasta

When we hear the word pasta, a number of dishes like lasagna, carbonara, Fettuccine Alfredo, Bolognese, Spaghetti and others hit our mind. The popularity of these dishes has led them becoming the most ordered takeaway among the people.

So how about holding a bowl of steaming spaghetti? Oh WOW…

8) Chicken tikka masala

Just like the butter chicken, the chicken for chicken tikka masala is first marinated in spices and yoghurt and then cooked in tandoor. After that, it is cooked in the gravy of cream and tomato.

When ordering it, don’t forget to try the garlic naan or pilau rice, which makes the combination work! Oh yeah, don’t forget to try paneer chilli as the starter.

So if you are new to Britain or have any plans to move there, just make sure to try out these favourite dishes of the Brits out there.

For sure, you will love them all.

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10 Best Foods For Exercise And An Energetic Lifestyle

What are the Best Foods For Exercise? 

Whether you’re an enthusiastic athlete or a busy business person craving for some more energy, it’s really important to eat right in order to have an active lifestyle. Start eating healthier and recharge your batteries! Check out some of the best food options for increased energy levels and getting your body in top shape.

Healthy Eating, best food for exercise

Best Foods For Exercise

Brown rice

Unlike white rice, which only packs bad carbs, brown rice is high in manganese. Manganese is a mineral that helps with the production of energy from carbs and protein. This way, your body will have enough energy for a whole day. Brown rice is also an extremely versatile ingredient. It can be served with both meat and veggies, thus power housing your early lunch or dinner. 

Sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes are packed with vitamin C, vitamin A (beta-carotene), and carbohydrates that help fight off fatigue. There are lots of cooking techniques you can try. Cut them into strips or mash them – they’re a much healthier alternative to the conventional French fries. Also, sweet potatoes have tremendous antioxidant and anti-inflammatory power. Since they’re sweeter in taste, they can be mixed with bananas, maple syrup, and cinnamon for a delicious evening dessert.

Ginger

People who work out often experience post-workout fatigue and muscle soreness. To avoid that from happening to you and preserve your energy levels, you can start consuming more ginger. If you don’t like the taste of ground or raw ginger, you can make yourself a delicious ginger tea. Add some honey to give it a more pleasant aroma, and your whole body will feel a lot more relaxed.

best food for exercise

Bananas

Studies have shown that bananas can give you the amount of energy you need to work out, and can easily compete with the most famous sports drinks on the market. They’re healthier because they don’t contain that much sugar, not to mention that they’re packed with loads of vitamin B6. Also, bananas convert carbohydrates into energy, and the potassium contained help increase energy levels to a staggering degree. To maintain your endurance when exercising, it is recommended to eat half a banana every 10-15 minutes.

Beets

Beets are believed to be among the finest high energy foods on the market. Researchers argue that the beetroot juice contained in beets help increase stamina by compelling the body to turn nitrate into nitric oxide; thus reducing the level of oxygen burned by the human body when exercising. Beets have loads of benefits and they’re low in calories. They packs insane amounts of vitamin B, and have iron, potassium, manganese and magnesium in their composition. Due to the increased carb intake found in beets, consuming them before a workout routine fuels the body with energy.

Greek yoghurt

Greek yoghurt is a type of food that packs loads of proteins. It is an excellent evening and post-workout snack because it repairs tired muscles and prepares your body for the next day. Spice it up with some honey and blueberries, and you’ll have a perfect breakfast to kick start your day. Greek yoghurt has twice the amount of protein found in other yoghurts. It is thicker and creamier, and can easily be added to your daily salads and morning fruit mixes. High in probiotics, Greek yoghurt is fundamental. It helps balance your digestive system, thus alleviating irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea, ulcers, and constipation.

Apples

Leaving aside the old saying that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, the fruit actually has lots of health benefits. It is high in fibre, thus keeping you full for hours following your morning run. Also, apples excellent at balancing your digestive system. They have powerful antioxidants into their composition that fight off disease and prevent all types of illnesses. There’s a very important type of fibre contained in apples, called pectin. Pectin is a fermentable, soluble and viscous fibre that might protect your system from a wealth of health concerns, including cancers, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

Oranges

Citrus fruit such as oranges and grapefruits are highly recommended when working out. Oranges are high in potassium, folate and vitamin C that give you a much needed sugar rush when you jog or lift weights at the gym.  Thanks to the high contents of vitamin C, your immune system will be safe and sound, as well. What’s great about vitamin C is that is keeps damaging free radicals at bay. An adequate daily dose of the vitamin might even reduce the risk of colon cancer. Start your day with a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice and you will feel a lot more energized; whether you choose to head to the gym or at the office.

best foods for exercise

Nuts

Nuts are packed with a tremendous amount of nutrients when consumed unsalted and raw. To activate the enzymes contained in nuts, soak them in water overnight. Consume them at breakfast or lunch, and your body will have enough energy to go through the day without craving bad foods. By activating your nuts, you help increase the nutrient value thanks to the sprouting and germination process. It will be easier for your body to digest them after being consumed.

Salmon

Salmon is a type of fish that contains insane amounts of omega-3 fatty acids. These acid help boost energy levels, as well as lower bad cholesterol and potentially reduce the risk of heart disease. Salmon is high in niacin, protein, vitamin B6 and riboflavin. Basically, the compounds contained in salmon help convert food into pure energy. This means your body will feel full throughout the day, and you will no longer crave sweets and carbs following a workout routine.

Believe it or not, heating healthy is less challenging than you think. As long as you give your body what it needs to feel energized, you’re safe. But it’s important to stick to healthy food sources and all natural supplementation such as pumpkin seed capsules. Last but not least, make sure you hydrate. The body needs water to function properly and maintain a healthy digestive system throughout the day.

10 Best Foods For Exercise

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VALENTINE’S TEA – The perfect gift for all tea lovers!

VALENTINE’S TEA – The perfect gift for all tea lovers!

Valentines Tea – A Special Tea For Valentines

This Valentines Day, discover two delicious tasting teas, handmade by Tea Cleanse, the perfect cuppa to celebrate the most romantic day of the year.

Created specially for Valentine’s Day – 2 fragrant and soothing romantic brews.

Valentine’s Tea – a black tea infused with cocoa nibs, rose petals and vanilla.

Lovers Tea – a herbal infusion of hibiscus and rooibos and is naturally caffeine free.

Every February 14, cards and gifts are exchanged between loved ones worldwide, all in the name of St. Valentine.

But where did these traditions come from?

Valentine’s Day in the UK began around the 17th century.

By the middle of the 18th, it was common for friends and lovers to exchange small tokens of handwritten notes.
A century later ready-made cards began to replace handwritten notes due to improvements in the printing technology.

Eventually this lead to exchanging chocolates, flowers and a selection of small gifts – such as food and drink.

Not only do these teas taste great and smell divine – did you know black tea offers many health benefits?

Not only is tea is high in antioxidants, tea can contribute to a physical well-being and a stronger immune system.  There are even slimming teas!

Here are 5 Good reasons why you should drink Valentine’s Tea

1. Black Tea is high in antioxidants and helps to maintain mental alertness throughout the day
2. Rose Petals have been used in Chinese medicine to treat digestive disorders and pain from injuries. Rose Petals are low calorie too.
3. Organic Cocoa Nibs contain more flavonoids (antioxidants) than prepared chocolate.
4. Vanilla contains small traces of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, manganese, iron and zinc
5. Hibiscus is known to reduce joint inflammation and also improves liver function.

Let your special someone know just how much you care with a cup of this special tea.

Makes a great gift or just share a delicious pot of romantic tea together.

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Valentine’s Day is that special day of the year to express your love to the most special person in your life.

Do It With Valentines Tea and Lovers Tea

Valentine's Tea, Valentines Tea

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