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All About Pancakes

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All About Pancakes

Pancakes are American classics. Piled up high, dressed in syrup, butter, and all your preferred topping, they complete breakfasts and lunches. So, here’s to the delicious dessert that we can no more fathom our days without; here’s all about pancakes.

Origin of Pancakes

The name pancake originated in the 15th century and became standard in 18th-century America. But when did this the dessert came to be? 

The history of pancakes might surprise you. Would you believe that these fluffy delicates date back to Stone Age! That’s right. Researchers have found pancakes in the stomach of 5,300 years old remains of an Irish man, Otzi the Iceman.

Ancient Greek and Romans enjoyed wheat flour pancakes made in olive oil, honey, and almond milk. Pancakes were the muse of the poetry composed by Magnes and Cratinus. The dessert changed flavors during English Renaissance when they were curated with spices, apples, sherry, and rosewater.

Today, pancakes exist all around the world, as prevalent transcultural food. They come in various flavors, shapes, and sizes. Pancakes can be thick, thin, savory, sweet, small, or large!

Fun Facts about Pancakes

  • World’s first-recorded pancakes from 1st-century AD were fried concoctions named Alita Dolcia, meaning another sweet in Latin. They were made similar to modern-day pancakes.
  • Pancakes were Shakespeare’s favorite and mentioned in his plays.
  • According to the Oxford dictionary, the phrase “flat as a pancake” has been around since at least 1611.
  • The oldest-recorded pancake race was the all-female race held annually in England’s Olney in 1445.
  • The world’s first pancake mix wasn’t made until 1890 when R.T. Davis Milling Company released Aunt Jemima mix.
  • Apart from the National Pancake Day, there’s National Blueberry Pancake Day, which is celebrated on 28th January.
  • In Sweden, they serve Blodplättar pancake made with pig blood.

Different Types of Pancakes

You’ll find this sweet-savory snack in great variety. There are eggs-made, eggless, flour-made, flourless, vegan, gluten-free, and even soufflé pancakes. 

Geographically, from the homestyle American pancakes to the delicacy of French Crêpes and Dutch Poffertje, this battered snack takes different avatars in different parts of the world. While all types of pancakes are delightful, here are famous 16 favorites.

  • French Crêpes
  • American-style Pancakes
  • Dutch Poffertjes
  • Russian Blinis
  • Moroccan Msemen
  • Irish Boxty
  • Finnish Pannukakka
  • Australian Pikelet
  • Indonesian Serabi
  • Korean Jeon
  • Scotch Pancakes
  • Danish Aebleskiver
  • Italian Crespelle
  • German-Dutch Baby Pancake
  • Swedish Raggmunk
  • Vietnamese Banh Xeo

Different Ways to Make Pancakes

There are more than 50 different ways to cook pancakes. You can dip them in honey or maple syrup, make them spicy or sweet. Of these, the most famous pancake recipes include those made with:

  • Caramelized apples and bananas
  • Coconuts
  • Gluten-free buckwheat 
  • Cinnamon 
  • Soya and oat 
  • Quinoa 
  • Cake batter 
  • S’mores 
  • Red velvet 

How to Make Perfect Pancakes?

Flapjacks, hotcakes, griddlecakes – whatever you call them, are delicious. They are even better fluffy and with punchy flavors. To help you make them, here’s how to make perfect pancakes. 

  • Make sure you use fresh baking powder
  • Whisk your ingredients dry and resist over-mix to avoid lumps
  • Add sparkling water to make crisp and light pancakes
  • Let the batter sit for 15-30 minutes 
  • Wipe the butter off the skillet between batches to prevent off-tasting or burnt bits

How to Make Pancakes Healthier?

We know pancakes are mouth-watering and addictive. But knowing the amount of butter and sugar in it, many repress their desire to enjoy them as often as they’d like. If only there were ways to make healthier flapjacks! There are. You could:

  • Use whole grain instead of white flour
  • Add more nut meal and fruits
  • Use fiber-rich ingredients like brown rice and coconut flour
  • Add seeds like chia, poppy, or flax
  • Replace syrup with honey or molten jaggery

Here’s to making moreish pancakes! Bon appetite.

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All About Pancakes

Posted by ED HARRIS on

All About Pancakes

Pancakes are American classics. Piled up high, dressed in syrup, butter, and all your preferred topping, they complete breakfasts and lunches. So, here’s to the delicious dessert that we can no more fathom our days without; here’s all about pancakes.

Origin of Pancakes

The name pancake originated in the 15th century and became standard in 18th-century America. But when did this the dessert came to be? 

The history of pancakes might surprise you. Would you believe that these fluffy delicates date back to Stone Age! That’s right. Researchers have found pancakes in the stomach of 5,300 years old remains of an Irish man, Otzi the Iceman.

Ancient Greek and Romans enjoyed wheat flour pancakes made in olive oil, honey, and almond milk. Pancakes were the muse of the poetry composed by Magnes and Cratinus. The dessert changed flavors during English Renaissance when they were curated with spices, apples, sherry, and rosewater.

Today, pancakes exist all around the world, as prevalent transcultural food. They come in various flavors, shapes, and sizes. Pancakes can be thick, thin, savory, sweet, small, or large!

Fun Facts about Pancakes

  • World’s first-recorded pancakes from 1st-century AD were fried concoctions named Alita Dolcia, meaning another sweet in Latin. They were made similar to modern-day pancakes.
  • Pancakes were Shakespeare’s favorite and mentioned in his plays.
  • According to the Oxford dictionary, the phrase “flat as a pancake” has been around since at least 1611.
  • The oldest-recorded pancake race was the all-female race held annually in England’s Olney in 1445.
  • The world’s first pancake mix wasn’t made until 1890 when R.T. Davis Milling Company released Aunt Jemima mix.
  • Apart from the National Pancake Day, there’s National Blueberry Pancake Day, which is celebrated on 28th January.
  • In Sweden, they serve Blodplättar pancake made with pig blood.

Different Types of Pancakes

You’ll find this sweet-savory snack in great variety. There are eggs-made, eggless, flour-made, flourless, vegan, gluten-free, and even soufflé pancakes. 

Geographically, from the homestyle American pancakes to the delicacy of French Crêpes and Dutch Poffertje, this battered snack takes different avatars in different parts of the world. While all types of pancakes are delightful, here are famous 16 favorites.

  • French Crêpes
  • American-style Pancakes
  • Dutch Poffertjes
  • Russian Blinis
  • Moroccan Msemen
  • Irish Boxty
  • Finnish Pannukakka
  • Australian Pikelet
  • Indonesian Serabi
  • Korean Jeon
  • Scotch Pancakes
  • Danish Aebleskiver
  • Italian Crespelle
  • German-Dutch Baby Pancake
  • Swedish Raggmunk
  • Vietnamese Banh Xeo

Different Ways to Make Pancakes

There are more than 50 different ways to cook pancakes. You can dip them in honey or maple syrup, make them spicy or sweet. Of these, the most famous pancake recipes include those made with:

  • Caramelized apples and bananas
  • Coconuts
  • Gluten-free buckwheat 
  • Cinnamon 
  • Soya and oat 
  • Quinoa 
  • Cake batter 
  • S’mores 
  • Red velvet 

How to Make Perfect Pancakes?

Flapjacks, hotcakes, griddlecakes – whatever you call them, are delicious. They are even better fluffy and with punchy flavors. To help you make them, here’s how to make perfect pancakes. 

  • Make sure you use fresh baking powder
  • Whisk your ingredients dry and resist over-mix to avoid lumps
  • Add sparkling water to make crisp and light pancakes
  • Let the batter sit for 15-30 minutes 
  • Wipe the butter off the skillet between batches to prevent off-tasting or burnt bits

How to Make Pancakes Healthier?

We know pancakes are mouth-watering and addictive. But knowing the amount of butter and sugar in it, many repress their desire to enjoy them as often as they’d like. If only there were ways to make healthier flapjacks! There are. You could:

  • Use whole grain instead of white flour
  • Add more nut meal and fruits
  • Use fiber-rich ingredients like brown rice and coconut flour
  • Add seeds like chia, poppy, or flax
  • Replace syrup with honey or molten jaggery

Here’s to making moreish pancakes! Bon appetite.

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How to Keep Fruits and Vegetables Fresh for Longer

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Cooking with stale vegetables or eating rotten fruits is no fun. But it often happens to us – we buy fresh produce, stick it in the fridge, and before we know it, they look rotten and shriveled. Not only does it feel bad, but then we also need to throw away the no-more-fresh produce. 

To avoid such a situation, make it a habit to store your veggies and fruits right. Doing so will keep them fresh and safe to eat. But how to store vegetables and fruits, so they stay fresh for longer? Here are the answers to basic FAQs.

How to Store Vegetables in Fridge the Right Way?

To keep veggies like carrots, cabbage, celery, broccoli, and even potatoes fresh for longer, store them in a dry corner of the fridge. Mushrooms remain fresher when stored unwashed in a paper bag. Leafy greens should be rinsed, rolled together, and wrapped in a paper towels before they are kept in the fridge for prolonged freshness. To store Asparagus, keep the stalks upright in a glass of cold water.

Another great way to store vegetables in the fridge is by freezing them. If you are not going to eat them right away, freezing them will preserve nutrients and original flavor. Most veggies might need blanching and boiling for a minute or two to prevent freezer burn. 

Freezing is not recommended for leafy greens, root vegetables, sprouts, and eggplant.

How to Keep Veggies Fresh After Cutting Them?

Preserve the freshness of cut vegetables for up to 3 days by storing them in freshwater. Change the water regularly, if necessary. Exceptions of cucumber, garlic, and onions are best stored in the fridge in an airtight container.

Note that once cut or chopped, vegetables tend to lose nutrients and flavor when exposed to air (oxidation). Proper storage will help them stay fresh for as long as 3 days. Cut vegetables should be used within this period.

How to Store Tomatoes?

Perhaps, the trickiest of all vegetables - or fruits? At the counter or in the fridge – what is the best way to store tomatoes? Here’s the answer.

If the tomatoes are perfectly ripe, place them on the counter, away from the sunlight at room temperature. Position them in a way that the stem side is up. Make sure they do not touch one another. Ripe tomatoes kept on the counter must be consumed within a couple of days. In case not, they overripe, become softer and redder, in which case place them in the fridge.

How to Store Fruits?

Berries, Grapes, and Cherries: The best way to store strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries is to keep them in a dry container, inside the fridge. Do not wash unless ready to eat.

Banana and Mangoes: Keep green bananas on the counter and ripened bananas in the fridge.

Avocados: Like tomatoes, store ripe avocados on the counter, and over ripe in the fridge.

Apples: Store apples on the counter for a week, and in the fridge for more than a week.

Nectarines, Peaches, and Plums: Keep stone fruits in a paper bag and place them on the counter until they are ripe. Then move them to the fridge for an extended lifespan and prolonged freshness.

Citrus Fruits: Store fruits like limes and oranges in a mesh bag and keep them in the fridge.

Melons: Store cantaloupe and honeydew in the fridge even if they are not cut. Put watermelons in dry and dark places, but if cut, place the pieces in the fridge.

Ensure that veggies and fruits sit apart inside a refrigerator. Storing them together can cause quicker ripening.

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How to Keep Fruits and Vegetables Fresh for Longer

Posted by ED HARRIS on


Cooking with stale vegetables or eating rotten fruits is no fun. But it often happens to us – we buy fresh produce, stick it in the fridge, and before we know it, they look rotten and shriveled. Not only does it feel bad, but then we also need to throw away the no-more-fresh produce. 

To avoid such a situation, make it a habit to store your veggies and fruits right. Doing so will keep them fresh and safe to eat. But how to store vegetables and fruits, so they stay fresh for longer? Here are the answers to basic FAQs.

How to Store Vegetables in Fridge the Right Way?

To keep veggies like carrots, cabbage, celery, broccoli, and even potatoes fresh for longer, store them in a dry corner of the fridge. Mushrooms remain fresher when stored unwashed in a paper bag. Leafy greens should be rinsed, rolled together, and wrapped in a paper towels before they are kept in the fridge for prolonged freshness. To store Asparagus, keep the stalks upright in a glass of cold water.

Another great way to store vegetables in the fridge is by freezing them. If you are not going to eat them right away, freezing them will preserve nutrients and original flavor. Most veggies might need blanching and boiling for a minute or two to prevent freezer burn. 

Freezing is not recommended for leafy greens, root vegetables, sprouts, and eggplant.

How to Keep Veggies Fresh After Cutting Them?

Preserve the freshness of cut vegetables for up to 3 days by storing them in freshwater. Change the water regularly, if necessary. Exceptions of cucumber, garlic, and onions are best stored in the fridge in an airtight container.

Note that once cut or chopped, vegetables tend to lose nutrients and flavor when exposed to air (oxidation). Proper storage will help them stay fresh for as long as 3 days. Cut vegetables should be used within this period.

How to Store Tomatoes?

Perhaps, the trickiest of all vegetables - or fruits? At the counter or in the fridge – what is the best way to store tomatoes? Here’s the answer.

If the tomatoes are perfectly ripe, place them on the counter, away from the sunlight at room temperature. Position them in a way that the stem side is up. Make sure they do not touch one another. Ripe tomatoes kept on the counter must be consumed within a couple of days. In case not, they overripe, become softer and redder, in which case place them in the fridge.

How to Store Fruits?

Berries, Grapes, and Cherries: The best way to store strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries is to keep them in a dry container, inside the fridge. Do not wash unless ready to eat.

Banana and Mangoes: Keep green bananas on the counter and ripened bananas in the fridge.

Avocados: Like tomatoes, store ripe avocados on the counter, and over ripe in the fridge.

Apples: Store apples on the counter for a week, and in the fridge for more than a week.

Nectarines, Peaches, and Plums: Keep stone fruits in a paper bag and place them on the counter until they are ripe. Then move them to the fridge for an extended lifespan and prolonged freshness.

Citrus Fruits: Store fruits like limes and oranges in a mesh bag and keep them in the fridge.

Melons: Store cantaloupe and honeydew in the fridge even if they are not cut. Put watermelons in dry and dark places, but if cut, place the pieces in the fridge.

Ensure that veggies and fruits sit apart inside a refrigerator. Storing them together can cause quicker ripening.

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All About Asparagus

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Asparagus, or Sparrow Grass, is a nutritional wonder with lots of fiber, zero cholesterol, and low calories and fat. Among the greens, it is highest in vitamins K and B9. Vitamin K is known to aid blood clotting and keeps bone healthy, while vitamin B9 or folate makes the DNA. In short, asparagus nutrients are essential for the human body. The slender green is also a great source of potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin A.

It also contains small amounts of miscellaneous micronutrients, which include zinc, iron, and riboflavin.

Nutritional Value of Asparagus

A serving of ½ cup asparagus offers,

13 calories

0.1g fat

2.6g carbs

1.5g protein

1.8g fiber

135mg potassium

3.8mg vitamin C

27.9mcg vitamin K

35mcg B9 or folate

507 international unit vitamin A

To give an estimate, the protein and fiber provided by one serving of asparagus amount for 3% and 8% of the RDI respectively. While the folate and vitamin K amount for 34% and 57% of the RDI.

Benefits of Asparagus

Being rich in nutrients, the slender green veggie proves to be advantageous in many ways. Stated below are the most important asparagus health benefits.

Relieves Oxidative Stress

Oxidative stress can cause early aging, chronic inflammation, and several other diseases including cancer. Asparagus, being high in antioxidants, protects your body cells against harmful effects of oxidative stress as well as radicals to promote good health.

Improves Digestion

The fiber in asparagus fulfills 8% of your daily needs. Most of it is insoluble fiber that adds bulk to stool and promotes regular bowel movements. The soluble fiber dissolves in water and forms a gel-like substance inside the digestive tract.

Boosts Immunity

Perhaps, the most well-rounded benefit of eating asparagus is that it supports improved immunity. The soluble fiber offered by it feeds the good, friendly bacteria like Lactobacillus in the gut, increasing their number. The bacteria strengthen immunity and support the production of essential nutrients like vitamin B12 and vitamin K2.

Potentially Helps with Weight Loss

Though not tested, it is most probable that the rich nutritional value of asparagus benefits weight loss. To those wishing to get slimmer, Mayo Clinic experts recommend low-calorie food that allows you to consume large portions without taking in excessive calories. Asparagus meets that criteria.

How to Store Asparagus?

The best way to store asparagus is by keeping the rubber-held bunch upright in a jar/glass filled with two inches of water poured in it. Make sure to trim an inch off the ends of each shoot before placing the bunch in the container. Then use a plastic bag to loosely cover the asparagus and place it inside the fridge for up to a week. In case the water looks cloudy, change it.

Asparagus Recipes

There are tons of delicious ways you can cook healthy asparagus. You can use it to create a triple-pea salad or swap pasta with greens in a carbonara dish. You can also cook classic dishes like pasta and grilled subs but with its healthy addition. To put it simply, there’s no limit to how creative you can get with asparagus in the kitchen.

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All About Asparagus

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Asparagus, or Sparrow Grass, is a nutritional wonder with lots of fiber, zero cholesterol, and low calories and fat. Among the greens, it is highest in vitamins K and B9. Vitamin K is known to aid blood clotting and keeps bone healthy, while vitamin B9 or folate makes the DNA. In short, asparagus nutrients are essential for the human body. The slender green is also a great source of potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin A.

It also contains small amounts of miscellaneous micronutrients, which include zinc, iron, and riboflavin.

Nutritional Value of Asparagus

A serving of ½ cup asparagus offers,

13 calories

0.1g fat

2.6g carbs

1.5g protein

1.8g fiber

135mg potassium

3.8mg vitamin C

27.9mcg vitamin K

35mcg B9 or folate

507 international unit vitamin A

To give an estimate, the protein and fiber provided by one serving of asparagus amount for 3% and 8% of the RDI respectively. While the folate and vitamin K amount for 34% and 57% of the RDI.

Benefits of Asparagus

Being rich in nutrients, the slender green veggie proves to be advantageous in many ways. Stated below are the most important asparagus health benefits.

Relieves Oxidative Stress

Oxidative stress can cause early aging, chronic inflammation, and several other diseases including cancer. Asparagus, being high in antioxidants, protects your body cells against harmful effects of oxidative stress as well as radicals to promote good health.

Improves Digestion

The fiber in asparagus fulfills 8% of your daily needs. Most of it is insoluble fiber that adds bulk to stool and promotes regular bowel movements. The soluble fiber dissolves in water and forms a gel-like substance inside the digestive tract.

Boosts Immunity

Perhaps, the most well-rounded benefit of eating asparagus is that it supports improved immunity. The soluble fiber offered by it feeds the good, friendly bacteria like Lactobacillus in the gut, increasing their number. The bacteria strengthen immunity and support the production of essential nutrients like vitamin B12 and vitamin K2.

Potentially Helps with Weight Loss

Though not tested, it is most probable that the rich nutritional value of asparagus benefits weight loss. To those wishing to get slimmer, Mayo Clinic experts recommend low-calorie food that allows you to consume large portions without taking in excessive calories. Asparagus meets that criteria.

How to Store Asparagus?

The best way to store asparagus is by keeping the rubber-held bunch upright in a jar/glass filled with two inches of water poured in it. Make sure to trim an inch off the ends of each shoot before placing the bunch in the container. Then use a plastic bag to loosely cover the asparagus and place it inside the fridge for up to a week. In case the water looks cloudy, change it.

Asparagus Recipes

There are tons of delicious ways you can cook healthy asparagus. You can use it to create a triple-pea salad or swap pasta with greens in a carbonara dish. You can also cook classic dishes like pasta and grilled subs but with its healthy addition. To put it simply, there’s no limit to how creative you can get with asparagus in the kitchen.

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Cooking Healthy at Home During the Coronavirus

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As countries around the world go into lockdowns, every one of us is obliged to ensure better health while staying indoors. Restricted exercising and inactivity can make our lifestyles quite unhealthy. Eating greens is also not so easy these days because fresh produce is not accessible. And yet, in this current scenario, good nutrition is vital to keep the immunity system strong. So, how to you maintain optimal health?

Here are some ideas for cooking healthy at home during the Coronavirus pandemic without worrying about going outdoors for grocery shopping.

Limit the Intake of Highly-Processed Food

When using fresh produce is not possible, boost your immune system by limiting the intake of highly-processed food. They include packaged snacks, instant food, and desserts. They often contain a high amount of saturated fat, unhealthy sugar, and salt. Thus, compromising the immune system by not providing enough protein and nutritional value.

In addition to the processed food, avoid sugary soft drinks as well. The frizzy and even the fruit juices contain preservatives that are not good for health. Instead, drink homemade lemonades, lots of clean water, and homemade soups. 

Make Cooking and Mealtime Fun

With the onset of the pandemic, a certain amount of negativity can surround the household. While keeping abreast with the current affairs can be inevitable, they can cause distress. Such negative emotions can also affect health in the wrong way.

Making cooking and mealtime fun will lower the tension and give your new routine a sense of normalcy. Doing so will also strengthen the family bonds.

You can have fun while working in the kitchen by involving other family members, especially kids. You can engage them in petty tasks like washing the veggies or sort kitchen items.

Try Out New Recipes

Use the opportunity of staying indoors to try out recipes that you wouldn’t have time to try otherwise. Bake the goods you’ve always wanted to but had no spare time for. It will put you in a good mood, take your mind off all the pandemic thoughts, and create something delicious.

When we talk about being healthy during coronavirus scare, we also mean mental health. Taking care of your mind is just as important as your body. So, if cooking new dishes and experimenting in the kitchen make you happy, then do it.

Remember not to be wasteful in the times of lockdown and limited supplies. 

Follow General Food Hygiene Tips

An imperative part of keeping yourself healthy against the virus is by keeping your body and surroundings clean. Even while staying indoors, you can never tell if the delivery packages of food are infected, spat on, or coughed at. Take all precautionary steps to lower the chances of infection. 

Take all unnecessary packaging out before entering the house and dispose of it in an outdoor bin. Wash your hands, then your delivery items, and then again sanitize your hands to be sure. Leave the washed produce for at least a day before using it to cook.

In case, any food item perishes, dispose it immediately to save the rest of your perishable kitchen supplies. Always keep all your utensils, plates, chopping boards, and cutlery clean.

Switch to a Vitamin C Enriched Diet

When it comes to boosting immunity, Vitamin C is your go-to nutrient. It is an antioxidant that strengthens your body against harmful elements like the COVID-19. White blood cells (WBCs) have a large concentration of Vitamin C, thus making it an essential defense against infections. Its detoxification and anti-inflammatory properties fight respiratory conditions. Thus, making it an essential nutrient during these times.

Most Vitamin C-enriched sources include green leafy vegetables, mango, papayas, cabbage, and citrus fruits. 

Include the Following in Your Diet

The overall diet during coronavirus will be healthiest when it includes regular intake of immunity boosters. These include clove, cinnamon, bell peppers, curd, ginger, and turmeric. If possible, include lots of dry fruits such as nuts and almonds too. They are wholesome and work as healthy snacks throughout the day.

Regular intake of hot water and green tea will also prove beneficial for the body and mind.

Change Your Feel Good, Comforting Food

Replace ice-cream with sprouts or even warm salad. They are easy and quick to prepare, healthy for the immune system, and help in maintaining your ideal weight despite inactivity. The best way to prepare nutritious and tasty comfort food is by playing around with staple ingredients such as dried beans and chickpeas. Cook them in the basic form or recreate soups, the choice is yours!

Read more

Cooking Healthy at Home During the Coronavirus

Posted by ED HARRIS on

 

As countries around the world go into lockdowns, every one of us is obliged to ensure better health while staying indoors. Restricted exercising and inactivity can make our lifestyles quite unhealthy. Eating greens is also not so easy these days because fresh produce is not accessible. And yet, in this current scenario, good nutrition is vital to keep the immunity system strong. So, how to you maintain optimal health?

Here are some ideas for cooking healthy at home during the Coronavirus pandemic without worrying about going outdoors for grocery shopping.

Limit the Intake of Highly-Processed Food

When using fresh produce is not possible, boost your immune system by limiting the intake of highly-processed food. They include packaged snacks, instant food, and desserts. They often contain a high amount of saturated fat, unhealthy sugar, and salt. Thus, compromising the immune system by not providing enough protein and nutritional value.

In addition to the processed food, avoid sugary soft drinks as well. The frizzy and even the fruit juices contain preservatives that are not good for health. Instead, drink homemade lemonades, lots of clean water, and homemade soups. 

Make Cooking and Mealtime Fun

With the onset of the pandemic, a certain amount of negativity can surround the household. While keeping abreast with the current affairs can be inevitable, they can cause distress. Such negative emotions can also affect health in the wrong way.

Making cooking and mealtime fun will lower the tension and give your new routine a sense of normalcy. Doing so will also strengthen the family bonds.

You can have fun while working in the kitchen by involving other family members, especially kids. You can engage them in petty tasks like washing the veggies or sort kitchen items.

Try Out New Recipes

Use the opportunity of staying indoors to try out recipes that you wouldn’t have time to try otherwise. Bake the goods you’ve always wanted to but had no spare time for. It will put you in a good mood, take your mind off all the pandemic thoughts, and create something delicious.

When we talk about being healthy during coronavirus scare, we also mean mental health. Taking care of your mind is just as important as your body. So, if cooking new dishes and experimenting in the kitchen make you happy, then do it.

Remember not to be wasteful in the times of lockdown and limited supplies. 

Follow General Food Hygiene Tips

An imperative part of keeping yourself healthy against the virus is by keeping your body and surroundings clean. Even while staying indoors, you can never tell if the delivery packages of food are infected, spat on, or coughed at. Take all precautionary steps to lower the chances of infection. 

Take all unnecessary packaging out before entering the house and dispose of it in an outdoor bin. Wash your hands, then your delivery items, and then again sanitize your hands to be sure. Leave the washed produce for at least a day before using it to cook.

In case, any food item perishes, dispose it immediately to save the rest of your perishable kitchen supplies. Always keep all your utensils, plates, chopping boards, and cutlery clean.

Switch to a Vitamin C Enriched Diet

When it comes to boosting immunity, Vitamin C is your go-to nutrient. It is an antioxidant that strengthens your body against harmful elements like the COVID-19. White blood cells (WBCs) have a large concentration of Vitamin C, thus making it an essential defense against infections. Its detoxification and anti-inflammatory properties fight respiratory conditions. Thus, making it an essential nutrient during these times.

Most Vitamin C-enriched sources include green leafy vegetables, mango, papayas, cabbage, and citrus fruits. 

Include the Following in Your Diet

The overall diet during coronavirus will be healthiest when it includes regular intake of immunity boosters. These include clove, cinnamon, bell peppers, curd, ginger, and turmeric. If possible, include lots of dry fruits such as nuts and almonds too. They are wholesome and work as healthy snacks throughout the day.

Regular intake of hot water and green tea will also prove beneficial for the body and mind.

Change Your Feel Good, Comforting Food

Replace ice-cream with sprouts or even warm salad. They are easy and quick to prepare, healthy for the immune system, and help in maintaining your ideal weight despite inactivity. The best way to prepare nutritious and tasty comfort food is by playing around with staple ingredients such as dried beans and chickpeas. Cook them in the basic form or recreate soups, the choice is yours!

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Best Ways to Become a Vegan

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To transition towards becoming vegan will need a lot of self-control. At times, you will have cravings too. It is normal. You don't need to beat yourself to it. Whether it is that you are against animal cruelty, opting for a healthier lifestyle, or simply experimenting, adopting a vegan lifestyle will need you to plan. Doing so will help you get an idea about what dietary changes you will make, how you will make those changes, and how much it will cost you.

Here are 5 tips on how to become a vegan and adapt to the new meatless lifestyle easily.

Do Not Rush Yourself into Becoming Vegan

Experts have also recommended that you cut out one food item at a time. Leaving all at once – meat, cheese, and milk – can overwhelm or even discourage you. According to author Victoria Moran, chicken and eggs are a great way to start your journey towards veganism.

Another way she suggests is to be vegan only at home first. It will help you keep control of what you eat. You can start by becoming a vegetarian in the beginning and slowly turning into a vegan.

Experts like Mark Bittman proposes the idea of vegan before 6:00, while Andre Kroecher asks you to start by substituting one most-consumed food item with a vegan alternative. For example, dairy milk by almond milk.

Experiment with Your Food and Try New Things

Turning vegan does not imply you have to give up your love for delicious food. You can be vegan and still treat your taste buds to scrummy dishes. In fact, leaving your culinary comfort zone might even bring delicious never-thought-before recipes on your kitchen slab. Several vegan restaurants are also sprouting all around the world. They might not be as easily accessible as normal eateries, but you must know that options are available.

From meaty burgers to vegan pizza, you can get everything delivered to your house. The Internet is brimming with tempting vegan recipes that let you recreate any dish into plant-based. 

Stick to Nutritious Vegan Food

Remember that one of the major goals of veganism is to take a healthy diet. By eating processed food or skipping nutrition beats the purpose of the entire lifestyle. Also, do not assume that vegan cookies are your way to a thin waist or that garlic bread made with vegan margarine is always healthier.

Stick to a nutritional diet that included green vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts, hemp seeds, tofu, and et cetera. For those who are fitness freaks or like to maintain a fit, good-looking body will find many vegan protein powders and shakes only.

There are ample resources in nature that will provide you all important proteins, vitamins, and nutrients. All you need to do is make a better choice and not treat veganism as a shortcut to a short-term goal like weight loss.

Join a Vegan Support Group

Steps to becoming vegan can make you feel overwhelmed. There is a lot more to being vegan than just dietary change. You may get asked a lot of questions and people may even scrutinize you. If you live in a family where no else is a vegan or have a group of friends who are all non-vegetarians, transition may feel challenging. 

To ease the challenge, get valuable knowledge, and learn more about lifestyle from someone who has paced the same path as you can feel reassuring. If nothing else, you will need someone to rant about how many times you’ve been asked the same questions about protein and nutrition. Where do you get them from?

You don’t always have to leave the house to join a vegan support group. Several online groups are available across Facebook.

Remember Why You Started the Vegan Journey

If you ever feel discouraged, remind yourself of the reasons that encouraged you to become vegan. Remind yourself of all the benefits of becoming vegans that you too have enjoyed.

You will probably find turning vegan a lot easier than you are expecting it to be. On any given day if you feel challenged and being vegan comes across as too tough, stop and take a deep breath, then reflect on your choices.

While you are learning how to start being vegan, keep in mind that being vegan is a lifestyle. You do not have to follow the rules rigidly. The idea is to enjoy the journey and stick to the values that had boosted you to make the transition in the first place.

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Best Ways to Become a Vegan

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To transition towards becoming vegan will need a lot of self-control. At times, you will have cravings too. It is normal. You don't need to beat yourself to it. Whether it is that you are against animal cruelty, opting for a healthier lifestyle, or simply experimenting, adopting a vegan lifestyle will need you to plan. Doing so will help you get an idea about what dietary changes you will make, how you will make those changes, and how much it will cost you.

Here are 5 tips on how to become a vegan and adapt to the new meatless lifestyle easily.

Do Not Rush Yourself into Becoming Vegan

Experts have also recommended that you cut out one food item at a time. Leaving all at once – meat, cheese, and milk – can overwhelm or even discourage you. According to author Victoria Moran, chicken and eggs are a great way to start your journey towards veganism.

Another way she suggests is to be vegan only at home first. It will help you keep control of what you eat. You can start by becoming a vegetarian in the beginning and slowly turning into a vegan.

Experts like Mark Bittman proposes the idea of vegan before 6:00, while Andre Kroecher asks you to start by substituting one most-consumed food item with a vegan alternative. For example, dairy milk by almond milk.

Experiment with Your Food and Try New Things

Turning vegan does not imply you have to give up your love for delicious food. You can be vegan and still treat your taste buds to scrummy dishes. In fact, leaving your culinary comfort zone might even bring delicious never-thought-before recipes on your kitchen slab. Several vegan restaurants are also sprouting all around the world. They might not be as easily accessible as normal eateries, but you must know that options are available.

From meaty burgers to vegan pizza, you can get everything delivered to your house. The Internet is brimming with tempting vegan recipes that let you recreate any dish into plant-based. 

Stick to Nutritious Vegan Food

Remember that one of the major goals of veganism is to take a healthy diet. By eating processed food or skipping nutrition beats the purpose of the entire lifestyle. Also, do not assume that vegan cookies are your way to a thin waist or that garlic bread made with vegan margarine is always healthier.

Stick to a nutritional diet that included green vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts, hemp seeds, tofu, and et cetera. For those who are fitness freaks or like to maintain a fit, good-looking body will find many vegan protein powders and shakes only.

There are ample resources in nature that will provide you all important proteins, vitamins, and nutrients. All you need to do is make a better choice and not treat veganism as a shortcut to a short-term goal like weight loss.

Join a Vegan Support Group

Steps to becoming vegan can make you feel overwhelmed. There is a lot more to being vegan than just dietary change. You may get asked a lot of questions and people may even scrutinize you. If you live in a family where no else is a vegan or have a group of friends who are all non-vegetarians, transition may feel challenging. 

To ease the challenge, get valuable knowledge, and learn more about lifestyle from someone who has paced the same path as you can feel reassuring. If nothing else, you will need someone to rant about how many times you’ve been asked the same questions about protein and nutrition. Where do you get them from?

You don’t always have to leave the house to join a vegan support group. Several online groups are available across Facebook.

Remember Why You Started the Vegan Journey

If you ever feel discouraged, remind yourself of the reasons that encouraged you to become vegan. Remind yourself of all the benefits of becoming vegans that you too have enjoyed.

You will probably find turning vegan a lot easier than you are expecting it to be. On any given day if you feel challenged and being vegan comes across as too tough, stop and take a deep breath, then reflect on your choices.

While you are learning how to start being vegan, keep in mind that being vegan is a lifestyle. You do not have to follow the rules rigidly. The idea is to enjoy the journey and stick to the values that had boosted you to make the transition in the first place.

Read more