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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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10 Unique Facts About Indian Cuisine

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Facts About Indian Cuisine

There are a lot of stereotypes about Indian Food. However, some of them are true and some of them are not. Also many times, these are half-truths. Therefore, check out these facts about Indian Cuisine:

Facts About Indian Cuisine

1. A Mix Pot of Different Tastes

We have often heard that Indian food is spicy. Indian food is not suitable for most people as it is hot. However, that’s not the case. As said, most of the stereotypes are half-truths, this one is as well.

Indian Cuisine is a mixing pot of 6 different tastes. For instance, one can experience the following tastes:

  • Sweet (Madhura)
  • Salty (Lavana)
  • Astringent (Kasya)
  • Bitter (Tikta)
  • Sour (Amala)
  • Pungent (Katu)

2. Land of Spices 

Facts About Indian Cuisine

We all know that India is a land of spices. Indeed, it is true. Over 70 % of the spices in the world come from India. Also, in many ancient texts, India has been famously praised for the variety of spices that India offered and still offers.

3. Historical Staple Diet

The grains and legumes that Indian produce and consume have a long history to it. They are being cultivated for a long time and have been consistent. Common staple foods include wheat, rice, lentils and different forms of these. This is constant from about 6,000 B.C.E.

4. Categories of Food 

As per the Ancient Indian school of Ayurveda, there are three categories of food. For example, there is Satvik, Tamasik and Rajasic food.

Facts About Indian Cuisine

  1. Satvik Food- Natural and Minimally processed food. Have a calming effect on the mind and body.
  2. Tamasic Food- Overly processed, toxic food that is difficult to digest. Has a negative effect on mind and body.
  3. Rajasic Food- Oily, spicy, salty or bitter foods. Drives competition and ambition.

In addition, read Eating Habits recommended by Ayurveda

5. Veg or Non-Veg

A lot of people outside India think that people in India only eat vegetarian food. However, this is not true. For instance, only 29 % of Indians follow a vegetarian diet as per a survey conducted by the Government of India. Therefore, it is evident that most of the population does consume non-vegetarian food.

6. Booze 

Indian have their own preferences when it comes to booze. Also, they are certainly not dependent on other countries for booze. For instance, Indians have their own creative ways of producing booze. With the available local resources, Indians have come up with a variety of alcoholic drinks. There are drinks life the Toddy, Kallu and many more northeastern local drinks.

7. Inclusion Of Other Imports as Staples

Some of the staples like potatoes, tomatoes, and chillies are not native to Indian. However, Indians have very openly included these in their diets and made these ingredients their own!

8. Indian Candies

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Though we love Western varieties of Candies, Indians have their own version of it. The candy is locally known as Khanda. 

Also read Tasty Pickles: The Underrated Pride Of Our Thali

9. Love for Spice 

Facts About Indian Cuisine

As we know Indians love spicy food. Similarly, India is home to the Hottest Chilly in the World. This chilly is the bhut jolokia or the ghost pepper. In addition, it is 400 times spicier than the hot Tabasco sauce.

This chilly is grown in regions of Assam, Manipur, Nagaland, and Arunachal Pradesh. In 2007, it got the tag of the hottest chilly by Guinness World Records.

10. External Influences

Indians have readily even welcomed external cuisines in their routine cuisines. For example, samosa’s, jalebis and gulab jamun are all imports from other cultures.

Also, read 5 Michelin-Starred Indian Restaurants Which Are Not In India

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How To Make The Best Pizza At Home!!!

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Pizza… ahh… What a wonderful word! Everyone loves pizza. So It’s a wonderful dish, which can be enjoyed anytime, anywhere! During these pandemic times, you probably are worried about your safety. Therefore, You might not want to order a pizza from a restaurant and want to take that extra step for safety. Even though the top pizza places might promise the utmost hygiene procedures… So, If you don’t want to order and want to enjoy your favorite meal, this article is for you!

METHOD:

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  • “Bloom” the yeast by sprinkling the sugar and yeast in the warm water. Let sit for 10 minutes, until bubbles form on the surface.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour and salt. Make a well in the middle and add the olive oil and bloomed yeast mixture. Using a spoon, mix until a shaggy dough begins to form.
  • Once the flour is mostly hydrated, turn the dough out onto a clean work surface and knead for 10-15 minutes. The dough should be soft, smooth, and bouncy. Form the dough into a taut round.
  • Grease a clean, large bowl with olive oil and place the dough inside, turning to coat with the oil. Cover with plastic wrap. Let rise for at least an hour, or up to 24 hours.
  • Punch down the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured work surface. Knead for another minute or so, then cut into 4 equal portions and shape into rounds.
  • Lightly flour the dough, then cover with a kitchen towel and let rest for another 30 minutes to an hour while you prepare the sauce and any other ingredients.
  • Preheat the oven as high as your oven will allow, between 450-500˚F (230-260˚C). Place a pizza stone, heavy baking sheet (turn upside down so the surface is flat), or cast iron skillet in the oven.
  • Meanwhile, make the tomato sauce: Add the salt to the can of tomatoes and puree with an immersion blender, or transfer to a blender or food processor, and puree until smooth.
  • Once the dough has rested, take a portion and start by poking the surface with your fingertips, until bubbles form and do not deflate.
  • Then, stretch and press the dough into a thin round. Make it thinner than you think it should be, as it will slightly shrink and puff up during baking.
  • Sprinkle semolina onto an upside-down baking sheet and place the stretched crust onto it. Add the sauce and ingredients of your choice.
  • Slide the pizza onto the preheated pizza stone or pan. Bake for 15 minutes, or until the crust and cheese are golden brown.
  • Add any garnish of your preference.
  • Nutrition Calories: 1691 Fat: 65 grams Carbs: 211 grams Fiber: 12 grams Sugars: 60 grams Protein: 65 grams
  • Enjoy!

Pizza Ingredients(For 16 Servings): 

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  • 2 ½ cups warm water(600 mL)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 7 cups all-purpose flour(875 g), plus more for dusting
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus more for greasing
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • ¼ cup semolina flour (30 g)
  • MARGHERITA

    • tomato sauce
    • fresh mozzarella cheese, torn into small pieces
    • fresh basil leaf

If you want to learn more about food, visit- https://littleletterslinked.com/category/food/

 

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All The Popular Food Trends During Lockdown

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When we look back at our lockdown days, we realise that they shouldn’t be looked back at, at all! It was a time of hopelessness, unpreparedness and unassuredness. However, some trends and challenges kept us alive and added a little verve and spunk to our rather dead lives. One of such trend were the many food trends during the lockdown.

Everyone cooked and uploaded their successful recipes on social media: it was like Quarantine Got Talent! While everyone has brushed their skills well, let us recall all the popular food trends during lockdown that kept us in our kitchens.

From Dalgona Coffee to Mug Cake, these recipes marked our lockdown recipe success stories!

 

DALGONA COFFEE

The Korean Dalgona coffee trend became exceptional because of its picturesque quality.  The task was to whip your coffee granules so thick that they began floating on the surface of your glass of milk. In no time, the trend became a task for the people in quarantine: some got creative to add their personal touch to the trend, some found an opportunity to meme about it, and the others found faults. Nonetheless, it will be wrong to say that this wasn’t one of the most searched recipes during the lockdown.

 

MAC’ AND CHEESE

Macaroni and cheese aka Mac’ and Cheese have always been a recipe that we all wanted to try our hands at but the time was an investment that we didn’t have. All we need are some macaroni, cheese, bread, milk and seasonings to enhance the taste. This was one of the most cooked recipes during the lockdown as well.

 

BANANA BREAD

Since the operations of bakeries were barred, we all had to awaken the bakers within us. The banana bread was a trend, however, it may not have been as popular as other trends. The recipe was a win-win and is a great addition to your baking resume. If you missed the recipe, here’s a recap.

 

MUG CAKE

An easy-peasy recipe that took the social media by storm was the Mug Cake recipe! It was a spongy, moist cake, like the one they served in a fancy restaurant. The recipe had taken the internet into gaga of experiments and they experimented with diverse flavours. All you needed was 5 minutes of your time, a microwave and some ingredients such as butter, flour, egg yolk, white sugar, milk, vanilla extract, baking powder and chocolate chips. Voilà!

 

MAGGI OMELETTE 

This fusion may have already been popular and known by some households. You cook your regular Maggi the way you do. Add capsicum, coriander, onions, chillis, 2 eggs, salt and water to your Maggi. Cover with a tight lid and let it cook, uninterruptedly. Your fusion cuisine is now ready. Watch the recipe to know more.

 

Also read: 10 of the world’s best burgers

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