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Camouflage Bad Breath With These Food Items

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Bad Breath

Whether you’ve got a first date or a big job interview, bad breath can make quite a bad impression. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to use your diet to make your bright smile smell better. 

 

Good dental hygiene is the best way to prevent bad breath, but the food you eat can also make a major impact. We all know onions or garlic are a no-no if you’re looking to kick halitosis to the curb, but what causes bad breath goes deeper than stinky foods. The bacteria in your mouth, rather than the odors in the food itself, produce sulfur compounds responsible for bad breath as they break down leftover food particles and dead cells. With these simple bad-breath remedies, you can help clear out those bacteria and be fully prepared to dazzle your date, that job interviewer or anyone else who happens to catch a whiff.

 

8. Raw Fruits And Veggies

Crunchy fresh fruits and veggies, including apples, pears, carrots and celery, help produce saliva, which cleans out the odor-producing bacteria in your mouth. Plus, they’re rich in fiber, so they act as natural toothbrushes as you eat. If you opt for apples, you’ll get a triple dose of bad-breath prevention: A study in the Journal of Food Science found that apples help neutralize the bad-breath odors caused by raw garlic. So next time snack on some healthy fruits and veggies.

 

7. Sugarless Gum

Chewing gum helps to loosen and remove both food and dead cells from your teeth, which are what bacteria need to create bad breath. Sugar-sweetened gum, though, can promote further dental decay so try gum sweetened with the natural alternative xylitol. Skip after-dinner mints and chew gum instead. The bacteria in your mouth love sugar. Chew sugarless gum instead. Gum stimulates saliva, which is the mouth’s natural defense mechanism against plaque acids, which cause tooth decay and bad breath. 

 

6. Ginger

Ginger contains a compound called 6-gingerol, which stimulates an enzyme in our saliva that helps to break down sulfur compounds in the mouth. Try combining pressed ginger, lemon juice and warm water for an easy, at-home mouth rinse. Ginger has long been used as a natural remedy for upset stomachs, it is often used for knocking out halitosis. To make a homemade ginger rinse, dice fresh ginger and mix with lemon and hot water.

 

5. Fennel seeds

Fennel seeds have been appreciated by many cultures as a digestive aid. Both the flavorful, crunchy bulb and aromatic seeds of the fennel plant are highly nutritious and may offer impressive health effects. They are similarly employed as a remedy for bad breath because they help neutralize unpleasant odors. Like crunchy foods, they encourage the production of saliva, which helps rinse bacteria way. The oil from fennel seeds also has antibacterial properties that can help fight odor-generating germs.

 

4. Yogurt

A daily serving of yogurt has been shown to reduce the level of odor-causing hydrogen sulfide in the mouth, as well as diminishing unhealthy bacteria; one study showed a reduction in plaque and gum disease in yogurt eaters as well. The American Dietetic Association confirms this by recommending vitamin D from yogurt, cheese and milk for fighting bad breath because it creates an unpleasant environment for bacteria growth.

 

3. Water

Yet another reason to get your daily H2O. In general, water acts as a cleanser and encourages saliva production; swishing water helps rid the mouth of food that bacteria feasts upon. This one is easy but crucial. By keeping well-hydrated, you’ll naturally rinse away food particles and dead cells and make your mouth a less hospitable breeding ground for breath-causing bacteria. Stay hydrated and you’ll end up getting added benefits to a good health.

 

2. Peppers And Papayas 

Bad-breath producing bacteria does not get along well with vitamin C, which is an important dietary component for preventing gum disease and gingivitis. While many people take vitamin C supplements, they can cause gastrointestinal problems that can further add to bad breath. Oranges have a good reputation for their remarkable levels of vitamin C, but other foods like bell peppers, papayas and strawberries have even more.

 

1. Cherries

Cherries are a great source of vitamin C. Vitamin C is known to be a potent antioxidant which can ward off oral nasty bacteria which are capable of producing methyl mercaptan (which can again lead to a foul smelling mouth). It makes the environment unfit for the growth of smelly bacteria. Thereby, leading to a lovely and fragrant mouth.So eat foods which are breath friendly to avoid bad breath.Have it as a snack or before an important meeting and stay assured that your mouth would smell of some lovely berries rather than garlic or onion.

 

 

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How To Make Cheesecake At Home

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We all are going through tough times right now, be it physically or mentally. But there’s never an option to say no to some good food! We cannot go out and eat but the least we can do is, test our cooking skills at home. So, are you also stuck at home and craving some cheesecake?

Here’s how you can make an incredibly delicious and easy Cheesecake!

JUST FOLLOW THE SIMPLE STEPS


1: Bringing the Ingredients to Room Temperature.

The first step before you jump into making the cheesecake is to take the ingredients out a few hours before and ensure that these are brought down to room temperature. This will allow the cheesecake to bake perfectly.

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2: Making your very own Graham Cracker Crust

For the classic cheesecake recipe, you can stick to the basic graham cracker crust. Also ensure that the crumbs of the graham cracker are finely ground. You can use a blender or a food processor so as to do this. After this, you need to mix all of your grounded crumbs with melted butter, granulated sugar and pinch of kosher salt.

Moreover, you can also pre-bake your crust which might lead to a crispier and sturdier graham cracker crust.

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3: Make the Filling for Cheesecake

As mentioned in the first step, ensure that you bring your ingredients to the room temperature. Moreover, this will prevent your batter from being lumpy. Another tip is do not over mix the cheesecake or it will lead to incorporation of too much air into the filling and cause it to crack while it gets baked. Over baking too can cause cracks.

You will need 4 packages of cream cheese for this cheesecake recipe. Now, spread the filling on top of the crust and smooth is out with an offset spatula or spatula.

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4: Baking the Cheesecake

It is considered one of the hard steps, but is pretty easy. We can bake it using the water bath method. This method allows you to insulate the cheesecake so that the outside of it doesn’t bake too quickly and the final result is a perfectly baked and moist cake.

To bake your cheesecake in water bath, you first have to double wrap the bottom of the pan in foil so that water doesn’t leak and cake doesn’t get soggy.

Moreover, fill 3/4 of cheesecake pan with very hot water. Carefully place your cheesecake into oven and bake it for 60-70 minutes. Check it at 60 minutes and the outside should be set.

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5: Chilling the Cheesecake

After getting the cake out of the oven, allow it to cool at room temperature for almost an hour. Then cover it with foil and chill it in refrigerator for 6 hours. Additionally, overnight is preferable.

Remove it from refrigerator and if any condensation has built up, take a paper towel and dab the moisture off.

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IMPORTANT TIPS

Pre-bake your cheesecake.
Don’t over mix and don’t over bake.
Water Bath method.
Make sure ingredients are at room temperature.

On the other hand, you can also make pancakes at home! Checkout the post-Different pancakes recipes to try at home. 

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Fun Ways To Reuse Waste From Fruits & Vegetables

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It is an obvious fact that vegetables and fruits are healthy food and should be included in our daily diet. They are not only tasty but also provide us with important nutrients on a daily basis.  In the process of consuming them, we create a lot of organic waste. It’s a fact that we’re all collectively responsible for food waste. Producers discard items which don’t fit the market profile in appearance, distributors and supermarkets sort and throw away food themselves. Last but not least, we consumers toss anything out that isn’t good anymore or whatever we think can’t be used. Why not reuse them?

This is quite often the case with wilted greens and leftover peelings. Vegetable scraps, which you can reuse a lot more easily than you’d think. Vegetable scraps like pumpkin seeds, carrot peels and radish leaves don’t often make it onto our plates. Most of the time they end up in the garbage. Do they really need to? We’ll show you some creative ways to reuse vegetable scraps leftover in the kitchen.

 

Make Chips From Potato Peels

Reuse

The best part about the humble potato is that it is extremely versatile. You can use potato peels to make some crisp chips. Soak them in the water for at least 20 minutes. Take them out and let them dry; once they are dried, add some seasoning like garlic powder, salt and pepper or red chilli powder. If you wish to bake them, then drizzle some oil and bake them in a preheated oven. If you wish to fry them, just toss them in a pan full of pre-heated oil and voila! Your perfect evening snacks are ready to be devoured and of course, you didn’t waste anything!

 

 Make a Broth or Soup

The process is simple and very forgiving. Save up vegetable scraps like carrots peels or limp veggies that have spent a bit too long in the fridge, and collect them in a freezer container. When you have enough saved up, you can make broth! In general, consider the balance of ingredients and recognize the difference between things you don’t want to eat. Play around with flavours and ingredients to find out what you like. Take those piles of leftover veggie peels and off-cuts and make yourself a tasty vegetable broth. You can use carrot, cucumber and asparagus peelings or even onion skins.

 

Turn Vegetable Scraps into a Smoothie

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You can simply and easily process leftover veggie scraps (those which you can eat raw) right down into a smoothie. Mix together in a blender adding some water and any additional fruits, herbs, spices or a bit of ginger according to taste. Some kitchen scraps that go great in smoothies are radish, carrot, beet root and daikon radish leaves, withered leaves of lettuce and herb stalks, etc. You can also make use of fruit past its freshest point. Now you can gain extra nutrients from those peels.

 

Reuse Lettuce Stalks As Salad Dressing 

Whip up a lean and tasty salad dressing by reusing leftover lettuce stalks, leaf veins or radish. You can also use daikon radish, carrot and kohlrabi greens. Simple purée these together and add your vinegar, olive oil and seasoning or any other ingredients that fit your taste and you’ve got yourself a delicious salad dressing. You can even flavour your salad dressing based on your choice.

 

 Orange peel Face Masks

Orange peels are known to keep your skin healthy and so you will find them being used in a variety of face packs. You don’t have to throw them away in any case. Just reuse the tangy and slightly bitter orange peels to flavor cakes and desserts, or use them to add a sour tinge to your cocktails. You can also make candied orange peels. This is not only applicable to oranges but any other fruit of your choice.

 

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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 your 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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Time to sip health!

 

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