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Antioxidant Foods: A Complete Guide

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What are Antioxidant Foods?

Antioxidants are those compounds that help to delay or stop the damage of cells in our body. The body is at risk of oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is a result of the release of harmful chemicals in our body. It increases a person risk to heart diseases, cancer and other such chronic illnesses. However, this can be prevented by eating Antioxidant Foods.

Where can one find these Antioxidant Foods?

Antioxidant foods naturally occur in many of the food items we eat. In this post, we will take a look at all these food items. So, the next time you want to increase your Antioxidant foods intake, you know what to eat.

List of Antioxidant Foods

1. Dark Chocolate

All chocolate will rejoice at the first item in the list of Antioxidant Foods. In addition to Antioxidants, dark chocolate also contains nutrients. There are many more benefits that eating dark chocolate brings along with it. It increases the production of good cholesterol. Similarly, it lowers the risk of heart disease and the chances of high blood pressure.

2. Blueberries

Blueberries are rich in antioxidants, nutrients and are also low in calories. Above all, it is the wild blueberries that specifically contain large amount of antioxidants.

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Could there be anything more delightful than growing your own blueberries? I think not! Granted these big beauties finished up a few weeks ago, I’m still harvesting the last of my small varieties. I’ve had so many questions regarding my blueberry plants and how I’m growing them, that I thought it might be helpful to share some information for all you blueberry growers out there. If you have anything to add then please do, as we all deserve to have epic harvests of this highly delicious berry 😊 🌱The four plants I’m harvesting off were planted almost four years ago, so far I’ve had almost 4kg off them and still have more to go. 🌱Blueberries prefer free draining acidic soil with lots of organic matter (they’re part of the same family as azaleas and rhododendrons). I’ve planted mine in a mix of peat and compost. 🌱There are three species of Blueberries: Rabbiteye, Highbush & Lowbush. Within Highbush there are Northern and Southern Highbush varieties. Lowbush and Northern Highbush varieties require high chilling hours while Southern highbush and Rabbiteye varieties have low chill requirements. I’m in the Auckland region so all my varieties are Rabbiteyes.
🌱Most (but not all) blueberries are self fertile but will do better with another variety to cross pollinate with. 🌱Full sun is best but some late afternoon shade will be okay 🌱They have shallow root systems so keep on top of weeds as they’ll compete with your plants for resources. 🌱 Watering is really important, both for the plant and the berries. As they have shallow root systems, they can dry out quickly so keep them well well watered and mulched. In peak summer, especially while in fruit, I make sure mine are watered every few days (and it’s a deep watering, not a quick blast with the hose). Under-watered plants will also produce small berries so make sure they get enough water during this time. 🌱 They’re very hardly to pests and disease. Your biggest pest challenge is likely to be birds who will happily wipe out your entire crop in a couple of hours. Make sure you keep them well netted as the birds will eat them before they’re fully ripe. Happy Blueberry growing! 😊

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The antioxidants present in blueberries also have benefits in case of neurological conditions. For instance, those related to aging.

In addition to this, antioxidants in blueberries also reduce the risk of heart diseases.

3. Strawberries

Strawberries are tasty! In addition to this, they are a rich source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Their luring color, red, is the resource of anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are elements that have antioxidant powers.

Above all, there are many ways to have strawberries. For instance, one can have it raw. Or one can even turn them into a milkshake, a part or snack or even a salad. However, a lot of strawberry products like milkshake and icecreams can add on to your weight.

4. Red Cabbage

Red Cabbages are a storehouse of vitamins such as A, C and K. In addition, they contain several antioxidants. Just like strawberries, Red cabbage to contains anthocyanins.

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Some other benefits include:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anticancer
  • Diabetes management
  • Weight-control

Red cabbage can be consumed raw or cooked.

5. Raspberries

Raspberries are the best of Antioxidant foods. In addition to this, they contain manganese, vitamin C and fibers. It is also helpful to fight cancer.

6. Beans

Beans are well known for their protein and fiber content. However, not many know that they are also a rich source of Antioxidants. Particularly, Pinto beans are high in antioxidants.

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7. Purple and Red Grapes

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The nutrients in grapes may help protect against cancer, eye problems, cardiovascular disease, and other health conditions. Resveratrol is a key nutrient in grapes that may offer health benefits. Grapes are a good source of fiber, potassium, and a range of vitamins and other minerals Dark grapes are rich in vitamin C, K and A along with flavonoids and minerals, and as such are said to help in boosting one's immunity. They are also rich in sugar and organic acids that help in relieving constipation, indigestion and treating kidney problems. The skins of red grapes contain the phytochemical resveratrol, which appears to protect against several chronic diseases and conditions. The flavonoids myricetin and quercetin are also found in grapes. These help the body to counteract harmful free radical formation. #vitamins #vitaminsandminerals #supplements#nutrition #getfit #gethealthy #getstrong #getactive #health #healthylifestyle #healthyliving #healthyeating #healthyfood #newgate #exoticfruit #change #newbeginnings #powerful #amazing #wellness #redgrapes #grapes #grape

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Grapes are a source of two Antioxidants. These are Anthocyanin and Proanthocyanin. These help people stay away from cancer and other heart diseases.

In addition, grapes also contain vitamin c.

8 Spinach

The green leaves of Spinach are full of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. They are also a great diet food.

The two antioxidants that are present in Spinach are Zeaxanthin and lutein. In addition, spinach also saves us from the damage that is caused by the harmful UV rays of the sun.

9. Beetroot

Beetroots contain antioxidants from the pigment class of Betalains. These are particularly helpful for prevention of colon cancers and issues related to digestion.

In addition to this, beetroots are filled with iron, fibers and potassium.

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Hibiscus Tea: The Secret To Blooming Health

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Hibiscus Tea

Hibiscus Tea is made using the petals of the Hibiscus Flower. It lowers your blood pressure, blood sugar and aids in weight loss. Consumed both hot and cold, it is a caffeine free alternative that can be taken individually or added to caffeinated tea. The antioxidants in the tea can also help reduce cell damage in your body.

Preparing Hibiscus Tea At Home

Step 1: Drying Petals

You can either buy Dried Hibiscus leaves (loose or in tea bags) or prepare them yourself at home. Separate the calyx and the flower from the stem. Then Remove the Seed Pods from the Calyx and separate the leaves.

Step 2: Steeping in Water

You can directly use the leaves procured above for your tea or you can use them later. They can be used all dried out as well. Steep the hibiscus leaves in hot water for about 5 minutes. If you want a stronger flavour, steep for 5 minutes.

Step 3: (Optional)Adding Other Flavours

Variants in the market include lemongrass along with the hibiscus leaves. You can also infuse the tea with cinnamon for added benefits  . Hibiscus does not contain caffeine, however, you can add it to your black tea. To tackle the tart flavour of hibiscus, try adding natural sweeteners.

Hibiscus Tea

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Make it Iced

Refrigerate the hibiscus leaves along with mint, lime, cinnamon in a jar of water. Your drink will be ready after 8-10 hours. Remember to separate the leaves and cinnamon sticks before serving.

Iced Hibiscus Tea

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PRECAUTIONS

  • Hibiscus tea cannot be taken by pregnant women.
  • It does not react well with certain kind of medications including those of malaria.
  • It is always wise to inform you doctor about its consumption.
  • Diabetics should be careful as a high consumption might lower blood sugars dangerously

 

Alternating the consumption of this tea along with other herbal and non-herbal teas will give a fresh burst to your life.

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These 90s Candies Filled Our Life With Sweet Memories

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As we are growing old, memories of our childhood are becoming vague. However, little nostalgia like the smell of first rain, the jingle of Nirma washing powder and these days Shaktimaan are taking us back to the most loved times, The 90s. Oh and how can we forget the ‘oh sweet candies’ of 90s! Let us take a journey back to the 90s candies that filled our life with the sweetest memories.

 1. Guru Chela

Remember the packs with the face of Guru on one and the face of Chela on the other? Those were the days!

2) Phantom sweet cigarettes

Was it just I or y’all were too curious as well as scared to try these? Let’s be honest, we all faked smoking anyway!

3) Chiclets

Just look at the irresistible packaging! No doubt, it was our favourite chewing gum back then.

4) Cadbury Nutties

I’ve still seen these packs around but the chocolaty nostalgia can never be forgotten.

5) Boomer

Remember the boomer man? Does anyone know how he’s doing now? Yea,me neither! 🙁

6) Coffy Bite

In case you’re addicted to coffee, you must have been addicted to coffee bite too. Coffee candies!

7) Mango Bite

Wish we could get mango bites photocopied using a mango too! 🙁

8) Pan Pasand

This is the pan that won’t make you spit! You can still find them around at pan shops.

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Number 4 Pan pasand candy (Swipe for the process video) Tulika writes, "I’ve always loved pan. As a kid I’d be most excited about the pan counter at the wedding so naturally when I discovered the pan toffee it was an instant favourite. I still buy quite a few when I can spot them at a local shop." Illustration for the sweet memories of @tulikasaxena15 🌷 You can write to me too if you miss anything from your childhood, it can be a food item, a game or any other memory that you want to revisit. Share your stories with me, let's revisit the nineties :') Going to illustrate the things we miss from our childhood. If you too, are a kid from the glorious nineties, then you'll surely relate to all my stories Hope you enjoy the series as much as I am enjoying the process of making them! #panpasand #pancandy #indiainnineties #birthdaycandies #childhood #memories #illustration #illustratedaily #procreate

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9) Magic Pops

The sparkly party inside the mouth makes me want to grab a pack RN!

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10) Kismi

I am sure some of the love stories bloomed by offering these candies.

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The Taste Of Nostalgia: Best Childhood Snacks

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The Tasteful Old Days: Snacks That will take you back to your seven-year-old self

There is hope in the future, but there is magic in the past. And there is nothing more magical than a smell or taste that takes you back to the days of your childhood. A pocketful of money that Daadi gave and we were all set to buy our favourite midday vacation snacks. We cannot bring back those days but we can give you a tasteful glimpse of those mystic times.

 Here are your favourite childhood snacks; keep digging, keep drooling:

1. World Cup Special Lays

 

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Every time the cricket World Cup Series would come up, our all-time favourite Lays would launch a series of special flavours. International flavours were infused and packaged in beautiful colours. No one remembered the names of the flavours, all we could ask for were orange or dark green or the light blue packet from the shopkeeper.

2. Maggi Rice Noodle Mania

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Maggi came up with a special range of noodles that were rice-based. They were available in lemon, pudina, and masala to name a few. Everyone tried them at least once and needless to say, we hated them in our childhood and we’ll hate them now.

3. Chatmola

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For every road trips to train journeys, Chatmola was always a part of our food package. If we could get our hands on this amazing chooran goli today, even us grownups wouldn’t let go of them.

4. Magic Pops

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That one product that looked as mesmerising as it tasted, Magic Pops were a blast in the mouth. Though they came in a variety of flavours, the effect of the pop was nonetheless the same in all of them.

5. Fun Flips Masala

These rice puffs were available in so many flavours, but the Masala flavour remains a classic. A small packet was enough for us and our friends.

6. Chand Sitare

The perfect classroom candy, having them in our coats was like carrying around some expensive item.  No could ever differentiate between the taste of the moon and the stars, but everyone had a preference.

7. Sunfeast Dream Cream Biscuit

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The only thing better than cream biscuits is cream biscuits that come with a free gift. Sunfeast Dream Cream Biscuits came with interesting surprise gifts like stamps, sharpeners and sun themed rings that we used to make our friends jealous of us.

8. Rasna 

Remember how we would come home exhausted after hours of playing with friends, and our mummy would be ready with tumblers of Rasna. The taste of Cola and the goodness of fruit, could there be a better beverage?

9. Diptrix

Bringing together the best of both worlds- butter biscuits with flavoured creamy dips. There was a variety of flavours ranging from strawberry to chocolate, it was a perfect snack to have with our friends.

10. Cadbury Dairy Milk Wowie

This special edition that featured timeless Disney characters in milk chocolate at the centre of the classic Cadbury was a favourite among kids. It was discontinued within months but was very popular as long as it stayed.

 

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