Amazing Benefits of Drinking Green Smoothies for Breakfast

Benefits of Drinking Green Smoothies

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Drinking a cup of green smoothie is always a healthy way to start your day. Not only is the drink healthy, it is also delicious and very easy to make. Maybe you have been trying to lose weight or you simply want to start eating healthy.

A combination of green smoothies, exercising and making healthy food choices will go a long way in helping you lose weight or stay healthy. Most people are aware that green smoothies are packed full of healthy goodness, but they might not be sure exactly what they are getting from the tasty beverage. Below are some amazing benefits of drinking green smoothies for breakfast.

Minerals and Vitamins

A green smoothie is made using fruits and vegetables which are loaded with vitamins and minerals which your body needs. You can get your vitamin A and C from vegetables such as spinach and kale.

To get your daily intake of selenium and potassium, you just need to make sure that your smoothie contains fruits such as pears and bananas. So, the advantage of this smoothie is that you can get as many vitamins and minerals as you want daily depending on the ingredients you opt for.

Antioxidants

Drinking-Green-SmoothiesAnother reason why you would want to consider taking a green smoothie every morning is because of the antioxidants which your body also needs. Antioxidants are basically cancer-fighting chemicals which assist in preventing free radicals. Free radicals are linked to premature ageing and DNA damage.

If you want to make sure that you are getting the correct daily intake of antioxidants every morning, opt for fruits such as strawberries and blueberries as they are very high in antioxidants. Fruits such as oranges, carrots, tomatoes and bell peppers are also good for you because they contain lycopene, an anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory antioxidant.

Energy

Instead of drinking coffee every morning just so you can get a boost of energy, you can simply drink a green smoothie. There are quite a number of people who do not know that the reason for their chronic fatigue can actually be malnutrition. When you start drinking smoothies every morning, you will find that the fatigue that you used to experience will be a thing of the past.

Glowing Skin

Another amazing benefit of drinking green smoothies for breakfast is that they can assist to give you glowing skin. Before you go out looking for some expensive moisturizer or serum so that you can have beautiful smooth skin, start drinking smoothies every morning instead.

The reason for the improvement in skin texture and clarity is the many nutrients that are contained in the beverage. Although the transformation might not happen overnight, if you remain consistent in your intake, you will start to see the results.

If you want to get the best out of your smoothie experience, it is always best to opt for a good juicer and blender combo. Make sure that you choose the type of juice that has the best juicer blender reviews.

My Memorable Kitchen Experience- Veggiefish Egg

Veggiefish Egg

Hmmm, have got a lot of memorable kitchen experiences so I don’t know where to start from, but one thing common to my numerous wonderful experiences is that it involves my family.

Charity they say begins at home, let me let you in a little, my dad is the best cook. When I was young I always looked forward to when he would cook in the kitchen; reason being that we (the children) do have a lot of meat for tasting any time he is cooking and that gives me a lot of joy. When my mom cooks, I pay attention so it’s like a student in the class room, no fun jare. LOL (please don’t tell my mom).

Down to business, my dad is late may his soul rest in perfect peace. My memorable kitchen experience with him is the way he fries his egg for us anytime he wants to fry egg.

He is a man of taste with a very large heart that does not mind to spend any amount to have a delicious meal for his family.

Back to my dad’s special type of egg, let me give it a name for him; veggiefish egg. I am sure you are wondering what type of egg am talking about. It is a different way to fry your eggs.

Recipe for this type of fried egg includes:

  • Eggs
  • Sardine
  • Efirin (scent leaves)
  • Fresh tomatoes
  • Fresh scotch bonnet
  • Onions
  • Salt
  • Seasoning cube
  • Oil

Preparation:

Slice your onions (I used half a bulb), pepper and tomatoes into a clean bowl. Dissolve your seasoning cube with a little hot water; ensure it dissolves completely because it really is not nice when someone bites on Maggie while eating your prepared meal.

Add your Sardine; don’t pour all the fish inside your mixing bowl straight up because you plan on using all if you don’t intend to end up with a oil field meal. Pour it into a separate bowl in order to control the amount of oil you put in your mixing bowl.

Break your egg into a different bowl to ensure its freshness before adding to the fish. Add your salt and whisk/mix all the content.

Put your clean frying pan on fire to dry off the water in the pan, and then pour a moderate portion of groundnut oil into your frying pan to heat a little. Pour your mixture into the pan to fry. When your egg is almost fried, that is after a few minutes, add your finely sliced scent leaves and stir. Let it fry for about a minute.

Your mouth watering veggiefish egg is ready. I love it with fresh bread. I am so happy to eat my meal because it brings back the sweet memory of my wonderful experience with my dad in the kitchen.

I will stop here for now and continue next time, watch out for a easy way of cooking bitter leaf soup without going through the stress of washing or boiling it before cooking it. Wonder they say shall never end, was exactly the way I felt when I learnt how to cook this bitter leaf soup in a magical way from my mom.

Simple Super Delicious Holiday Recipes

Ayamase

Yay! The holiday is here. Complements of the season people, may the joy of the season never elude us.

This period is a time to treat your family to special delicacies, meals you ordinarily would not have the time to put together or may not think about. Give your family a treat this season.

In the family of rice, which is what most homes have during the holidays, instead of just boiling rice and eating with stew or cooking jollof rice there are other variables you could make from your rice.

There is Rice and Ayamase popularly known as of ada sauce, you also have native jollof rice or palm oil rice, you could also make coconut rice.

To add variety to your meal, you can add spaghetti and corned beef sauce to your list of meal for the holidays. For your preferred swallow like pounded yam, why not try cooking bitter leaf soup to go with it. A chilled glass of chapman to accompany your meal is mwahh!

To make your ayamase you will need the following;

  • Green bell pepper called tatase in this part of the world
  • Green scotch bonnet
  • Locust beans also known as iru
  • Palm oil
  • Grounded crayfish
  • Assorted meat
  • Boiled eggs (optional)
  • Onions
  • Seasoning
  • Salt

To start with, wash and cook your well seasoned assorted meat. Blend the green peppers and cook to dry out the water as this will make your cooking faster. When your meat is tender, separate the meat from the stock and set aside to be used later.

Place a clean pot on fire. When it is hot and dry, pour in the desired quantity of palm oil depending on the number of servings you intend to achieve. You need to blanch the oil beyond the regular.

Considering how smoky the kitchen and in extension the house might get, it is advisable that you cover your cooking pot such that the evaporated smoke from the palm oil blanching does not escape. When this is done, watch your timepiece as you need blanch the palm oil for 10 minutes.

Take off the pot from fire or turn off the heat after 10 minutes, wait for the palm oil to cool a little, take off the lid and wait a little while. At this point, add your finely chopped onions to the oil as you put back the pot on fire.

Let it fry for like 2 minutes while you stir it from time to time to prevent it from burning. When the onions become translucent, add your rinsed iru. Note the iru must be in large quantity. It should not be used sparingly. Make sure that when washing the iru, you do not wash out the essence of the beans rather you take out the particles only.

Stir from time to time while the iru fries as well. Next, add your finely chopped assorted meat. Note, the meat must be cut in sizeable bites.

Fry the assorted meat for like 5 minutes depending on how you like your meat in ofada sauce. Remember you need to stir at intervals.

When you are satisfied with the result of your fried meat, add your semi cooked pepper and let it cook. When the oil which must have been absorbed by the pepper begins to reappear, then it is time to add your stock.

After about 5 minutes when the oil resurfaces, add your grounded crayfish. Make sure the quantity is such that it can be tasted in the sauce but not too much to overshadow the taste of the iru.

Taste to ascertain if there is need for additional seasoning or salt. Add if necessary. Add your boiled eggs and your tasty ayamase is ready to eat with your boiled ofada rice or plain boiled rice.

Native-Jollof-Rice

If you decide to make the native jollof rice, ingredients to use will include

  • Rice
  • Palm oil
  • Scotch bonnet and bell pepper
  • Roasted fish
  • Roasted Prawns (optional)
  • Grounded crayfish
  • Onions
  • Garlic and ginger (optional)
  • Locust beans (sometimes, I make mine without the locust beans)
  • Finely chopped vegetable (ugu or scent leave)
  • Seasoning and salt to taste

The steps are quite easy. Remove the bones from the roasted fish, wash and set aside. Remove the head of the prawn, rinse and set aside also. Also get your finely chopped onions and iru ready. Blend your pepper with onions, garlic and ginger (garlic and ginger is optional). I love mine to be rough looking as opposed to a smooth paste.

Place your pot on fire, when it is hot and ready, add your palm oil, add your onions and depending on the type of roasted fish, add your roasted fish. If you are using and dry roasted fish, you do not need to fry it like you would a not so dry and hard roasted fish.

When you can perceive the aroma of the lot, add the iru and then the blended pepper. When the pepper is fried, add the prawns so it soaks in some sauce also add seasoning. After about 5 minutes, you can remove some of the fish and prawn then add water (note, pour the quantity that would cook the quantity of rice you are cooking).

Taste to ensure it is tasty cover and let it boil. While this is going on, wash your rice, place in a sieve to drain excess water. When the content of your pot is boiling, pour your rice, cover and let it cook.

When the rice is cooked and it is almost steaming, give it a stir, add your washed vegetable sparingly, cover and let it simmer for about 2-3 minutes. Serve with plantain, moin-moin, salad or any sides of your choice.

spaghetti and corned beef sauce

For directions on making your spaghetti and corned beef sauce the following will be needed

  • Spaghetti
  • Carrots
  • Green peas (or any other greens, optional)
  • Corned beef
  • Vegetable or groundnut oil
  • Tomatos puree and if you like pepper like I do, add some blended scotch bonnet
  • Onions
  • Garlic (optional)
  • Seasoning and salt

Boil your spaghetti. Make sure the water boils before pouring in the spaghetti. Break it into the length you prefer. It could be in half or not. When it is soft, add your carrot, after like 2 minutes, add the other greens. Get your sieve and drain the water after about a minute so the greens do not become overcooked.

To make the corned beef sauce, place your pot preferably your frying pan or wok on fire, when its dry, pour in some oil, add your chopped onions and garlic. Let it fry for a while. I usually like to add my puree and pepper at this stage, let it fry before adding my corned beef.

You can buy corned beef from any food store or supermarket. Stir continually to ensure that it does not get lumpy. When it becomes crispy, add a little water and stir. At this stage, check for taste when the water is properly blended in the sauce.

Add seasoning and salt if need be. There you have it. You can also eat your corned beef sauce with yam or bread.

make your chapman

To make your chapman is so easy but tricky. First and foremost, you need to get

  • Angostura bitters (available in supermarkets or stores around you)
  • Chilled Fanta orange
  • Chilled Sprite
  • Chilled Grenadine Syrup and or Blackcurrant Ribena
  • Cucumber
  • Lemon
  • Ice cubes
  • Other fruits of your choice (optional)

First make your ice cubes either with water or with a mixture of fanta orange and sprite. If you choose to make the ice cubes with the mixture of fanta and sprite then by the time your cubes are melting in your chapman, your drink will not go flat.

Next, cut your washed lemon, cucumber and other fruits in quarter and circular shapes respectively.

Then, take out your mugs, add some ice cubes, about half a cup of the grenadine syrup, few dashes of your angostura bitters, also add a few dashes of your ribena blackcurrant if you are using it then add squeezed citrus fruit like the lemon, pour equal amount of fanta orange and sprite in the mug and all you have to do is garnish with your cucumber or other fruits. Another common fruit used is banana.

That’s all. You have your chilled glass of chapman. Put in your straw and sip away.

Friends, do have a blast this holiday as you try out different dishes. Feel free to share what you had during this festive period. Ciao.

8 Cheap Drinks you can make at Home

Cheering up

In times of financial hardships, we often try to control things like going out with friends, trips to the club, dinner with friends or relatives etc. When you choose to save money by controlling your outdoor activities, there is no need to stock on expensive drinks in the home. Instead, you can try some homemade drink recipes. These could be prepared without spending a lot of money. Below, I will introduce you to 8 such drinks recipes which could be prepared at home.

1. Cape Coder

The combination of cranberry juice and vodka is an excellent, time-saving drink perfect for any time. Both of these are not that expensive and could be bought for a few bucks. This unique combination can serve your thirst for drinks for a few days.

2. Margarita and Daiquiri

Margarita and Daiquiri are two of those rare drinks which are inexpensive but still offer a rich flavor. They also provide a truly unique way diversifying your drinking patterns. What’s more, you can easily add more flavors by using the seasonal fresh fruits. The combination of these drinks along with your chosen fruit can easily create any flavor you want.

3. Black Russian

When you are on a budget, you won’t find a better drink choice than the Black Russian. Along with being an inexpensive drink, you can also use this drink as extra flavor for other drinks as well.

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4. Lemon Drop Martini

This unique mix of lemon juice, sugar and vodka provides a really enjoyable flavor and taste within a limited budget. And if you want to make it more appealing, you can try expanding the ingredients. Some other ideas include Apple Martini, Vodka Martini, Crantini, Tea Tini etc.

5. Highball

Making highballs is not as hard as it sounds like. Just add a bottle of whiskey and a few bottles of ginger ale, and you have got yourself a strong highball. This is perfect for using in any occasion on any time of the year. Depending on your choice of whiskey, the total budget could be well within $20 only.

6. Gin Rickey

If you are thinking about long-term savings about the drinks, you should consider investing in a soda siphon along with a few CO2 cartridges. This will be helpful in coming with different types of drinks for various occasions. Some potential choices include Tom Collins, Gin Fizz, Whiskey Fizz, Vodka Collins etc.

7. Gin and Tonic

Gin and tonic is a favorite drink for many people. This is a unique combination which could be made as expensive or as cheap as you want. While $10 is enough for getting great gins, good tonics are also available at a few dollars only. You can also try different recipes like Mango Tonic, Vodka Tonic etc.

8. Mojito

Sometimes, you need to use herbs to make your stay in home more interesting. Fresh herbs can really spice up some drinks. For example, if you have a bottle of rum, add some club soda and fresh mints and enjoy the magic. Some other options include Pineapple Mojito, Mint Julep, Kiwi Mango Mint etc.