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Sunday, March 31, 2013

MY MASTERCHEF DISH : ROASTED PEPPER & MUSHROOM CLEAR CURRY with STEAMED HERB RICE




So Happy-Eaters, at last here is the 7th and last recipe for march. This recipe is from my presentation in “Masterchef India 3” auditions. Try it and see what they lost…

INGREDIENTS

For Herb Rice :
  • Basmati Rice – 1 cup
  • Mixed Herbs (Oregano , Thyme, Rosemerry) – ½ tsp.
  • Olive oil – 1tsp.

For Clear Curry :
  • Mushrooms – sliced 1 cup
  • Bell Peppers – 1 roasted on gas stove, peeled n chopped in big size
  • Sweet Bell Pepper (Capsicum) – 1 chopped in big squares
  • Red Onion – 1 thick sliced
  • Spring onion – 1 chopped
  • Garlic – 4-5 cloves, crushed
  • Corn flour – ½ cup and 1tsp.
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper powder – ¼ tsp.
  • Soy sauce – 1tsp.
  • Oil for frying and 1tsp.

METHOD

For Herb Rice :
  • Wash and soak rice for 30minutes
  • Now heat oil in pressure cooker. Now sauté herbs for few seconds and add rice and 1cup water.close the lid on full flame.
  • After one whistle then cook more 5minutes on low flame.
  • Close the gas-stove and let it cook on close lid till steam ends.

For Clear Curry :
  • Mix corn flour with  some water and make a good paste.
  • Heat oil in a deep pan. Coat mushrooms in cornflour mixture and deep fry. But don’t brown them and keep aside.
  • Now heat oil in a pan. Add crushed garlic and spring onion. Stir for 2 minutes.
  • Add red onion and capsicum and stir for 2minutes.
  • Add bell pepper and mushrooms. Mix well.
  • Add salt, soy sauce and black pepper powder. Mix well.
  • Now mix 1tsp. corn flour in 1 cup water and add to pan.
  • Cook on high flame for a minute.
  • Serve hot with Steamed Herb Rice.

Recipe and photo copyright @ happy eating foods

SSJ’s SOY CHICKEN POCKETS




Sorry Happy-Eaters,
                   I was much busy yesterday in expanding my institute “The Bangalore Chef”s  recipe menu with more than 130 recipes that’s why I didn’t post my recipe yesterday. So today you will get 2 recipes instead of 1… and here is the one for chicken lovers… in some raw style.

INGREDIENTS

Full Cabbage Leaves – 2-3

For Soy Chicken :
  • Chicken – 1 cup, boneless in small chunks
  • Soy sauce – 1tbsp.
  • Spring Onion – ½ cup chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • Black Pepper powder – ¼ tsp.
  • Oil – 1tsp.
For Rice :
  • Small Rice – ¼ cup
  • Rice Vinegar – 1tbsp.

For Sauce :
  • Garlic – 4 cloves, chopped
  • Tomato paste – 3tbsp.
  • Oil – 1tsp.
  • Salt to taste
  • Mustard Seeds – ½ tsp.
  • Sugar – ½ tsp.

METHOD

Just blanch the Cabbage leaves and keep aside

For Rice :
  • Boil rice well with rice vinegar, strain and keep aside for cooling.

For Sauce :
  • Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and when they started crackle add garlic and stir for 2 minutes.
  • Add tomato paste, salt and sugar one by one and cook for 2-3 minutes to make it thick well.

For Soy Chicken :
  • Heat oil in a pan. Add spring onion and stir for a minute.
  • Add chicken chunks and cook for 2-3 minutes (Chunks of chicken becomes soft very fast).
  • Add salt, black pepper and soy sauce and mix well. Cook for a minute and keep aside.

To Serve :
  • Cut triangle from blanched cabbage leaves. In average 1 cabbage leaf makes 4 triangles.
  • Put 1tsp. vinegar rice on cabbage leaf. Spread 1 tsp. sauce  on it and then put soy chicken on it.
  • Now close the triangle as one by one corners (blanched cabbage leaves sticks well on each other.
  • Make all the triangles same as. Serve immediately.


Recipe and photo copyright @ happy eating foods


Friday, March 29, 2013

SSJ’s STUFFED ONION IN CHILI GARLIC SAUCE





Hey Happy-Eaters,

Here I am with a new recipe just for garlic lovers and yet its really delicious. So I wont  waste your time and let you catch the recipe…

INGREDIENTS

For Onion :
  • Red Onion – 4-5 medium sized
  • Boiled egg whites – ½ cup, chopped
  • Spring Onion – 1chopped
  • Spring onion greens – ½ cup
  • Cabbage – ½ cup chopped
  • Oil – 1tsp.
  • Black pepper powder – ½ tsp.
  • Salt to taste.

For Sauce :
  • Garlic cloves – 15 finely chopped
  • Green chili (which one you like most) – 3-4 chopped
  • Soy sauce – 1tsp.
  • Sugar – ½ tsp.
  • Corn flour – 1tbsp.
  • Salt to taste

METHOD

For Onion :
  • Peel onions and cut from down side 1/3 to get ful open side then hollow the onion till 2 covers left only.
  • Now sauté these hollowed onions in hot oil for 2 minutes and keep aside.
  • Now heat oil in a pan  and add all the vegetables and stir fry for 2 minutes.
  • Add salt, black pepper powder and egg white and fill this mixture in onions.

For Sauce :
  • Heat ½ tsp. oil in a pan.
  • Add chopped garlic and sauté till change color then add chilies and stir fry for few minutes.
  • Add salt, soy sauce and sugar and mix well.
  • Mix corn-flour in half cup water and add to pan on high heat for 2 minutes.
  • Add stuffed onions in this sauce and cover while gas is off for 2 minutes.
  • Serve hot…

Recipe and photo copyright @ happy eating foods

Thursday, March 28, 2013

SSJ’s CHILI BABY CARROTS




Hey Happy-Eaters,

Your’s SSJ is back with another new recipe and its specially for chili lovers. Every Saturday I have go for my weekly vegetable shopping from local farmar’s market here but last week I found “Baby Corrots” there and that is really unexpected to get 1 and half kgs. Baby carrots in just 10 bucks.  So here is the recipe from those baby carrots…

INGREDIENTS

  • Baby Carrots – 10-12 whole
  • Chili (Any you like) – 2-3 well chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • Soy sauce – 1tsp.
  • Honey – 1tbsp.
  • Oil – 1 tsp.

METHOD

  • Wash the carrots and blanch them and keep aside.
  • Now heat ½ tsp.oil in a pan , add carrots and green chili and stir fry for 2-3 minutes and keep them in serving plate.
  • Now heat another ½ tsp. oil in a pan. Add soy sauce then honey and mix well.
  • Add 1tbsp. oil and salt and give a boil.
  • Spread this syrup on carrots and serve.


Recipe and photo copyright @ happy eating foods


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

SSJ’s CHICKEN SUPERB




Hey Happy-Eaters,

It was holi today here in India so how many of you like to play it??? Anyways I am here ready with one more exciting recipe of mine and if you are thinking of why its called SUPERB then let me tell you because of its healthy points. Its fast, its healthy and its in budget too. So now don’t wait and check the recipe…

INGREDIENTS

  • Chicken – 1 cup boneless
  • Lemon juice – ¼ cup
  • Green Beans – ½ cup, cut in 1 inches
  • Carrots – ½ cup, chopped in thin 1 inches slices
  • Spring Onion Greens – ½ cup chopped
  • Garlic – 4 cloves, chopped
  • Cabbage – ¼ cup chopped and 4 full leaves to serve
  • Honey – 1 tbsp.
  • Mustard seeds – 1tsp.
  • Salt to taste
  • Red chili powder – ½ tsp.
  • Black pepper powder – ¼ tsp.
  • Oil – 2tsp.

METHOD

  • Marinate chicken with black pepper powder and lemon juice for 30 minutes.
  • Heat 1tsp. oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds, when crackle add marinated chicken and cook till chicken tender.
  • Add honey , salt and red chili powder and mix well. Cook for another 1 minute and keep it aside.
  • Now heat another 1tsp. oil in a pan. Add garlic, stir for a minute.
  • Add spring onion greens and stir fry for one minutes.
  • Now add beans and carrots and stir fry for 2 minutes
  • At last add cabbage and salt, mix well. Add ready chicken in it.
  • Serve hot on cabbage leaves.

TIPS
  • You can add spinach, broccoli and red peppers to make it more colorful and healthy.
  • Serve it with steamed garlic rice or stuffed in a role.


Recipe and photo copyright @ happy eating foods
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

SSJ’s SPICY CAULIFLOWER STEAKS with STIR-FRY GREEN SALAD





Hey Happy-Eaters,

So here is the second recipe for the recipe week and if you are a vegetarian and missed my 1st recipe then here is the best option for you. Its healthy, tasty and so easy. Just try it once…

INGREDIENTS

For Steaks :
Cauliflower – 1cup thick sliced steaks big sizes
 Curd/ yogurt – 2tbsp.
Ginger Garlic paste – 1tbsp.
Salt to taste
Red chili powder 1tsp.
Oil – 1tbsp.

For Salad :
Spinach – chopped ½ cup
Spring onion with greens – ½ cup
Capsicum – ½ cup
Salt a pinch
Black pepper powder – ¼ tsp.
Soy sauce – ½ tsp.
Olive oil – ½ tsp.

METHOD

For Steaks :
Marinate the steaks with all the ingredients for 30 minutes.
Heat oil in a pan and fry marinated steaks from both the sides on medium flame till half soften.

For Salad :
Heat oil in a pan. Add all the vegetable and stir fry for a minute.
Add salt, black pepper powder and soy sauce and mix well.

Serve hot CAULIFLOWER STEAKS with GREEN SALAD immediately.


Recipe and photo copyright @ happy eating foods


Monday, March 25, 2013

SSJ’s SPICY ORANGE CHICKEN IN TANGICIOUS SAUCE





INGREDIENTS

For Marinate :
Orange juice – ½ cup
Black pepper powder – ½ tsp.
Red chili powder – ½ tsp.

For Chicken :
Boneless Chicken – 200gms.
Spring Onion Greens – 1cup chopped
Salt to taste
Oil – 1tsp.

For Sauce :
Fresh Orange Juice – 1 cup
Dates – unseeded and chopped ½ cup
Salt – a pinch
Red chili powder – a pinch
Oil – 1tsp.

METHOD
Marinate the chicken with all ingredients for 30minutes.
Now heat oil in a pan. Add chopped dates and stir fry for a minute.
Add orange juice and cook on medium flame till dates become soft and mostly mashed in sauce. Add salt n red chili powder and mix well.
Cook for last minute and keep it aside.
Now heat oil in another pan. Add spring onion greens and stir fry for a minute.
Add salt and chicken and cook till chicken is ready.
Now serve hot in Tangicious Sauce.


recipe and photo copyright @ happy eating foods


Thursday, March 21, 2013

HEALTHY REASONS TO LOVE GARLIC



1. Garlic is an Antioxidant

Researchers have widely believed that the organic compound in garlic, allicin, which gives garlic its aroma and flavour, acts as the world’s most powerful antioxidant.

Garlic has been used as both food and medicine in many cultures for thousands of years, dating back to when the Egyptian pyramids were built. In early 18th-century France, gravediggers drank crushed garlic in wine believing it would protect them from the plague that killed many people in Europe. During both World Wars I and II, soldiers were given garlic to prevent gangrene. Today garlic is used to help prevent heart disease, including atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries (plaque buildup in the arteries that can block the flow of blood and may lead to heart attack or stroke), high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and to boost the immune system. 

Garlic is rich in antioxidants, which help destroy free radicals -- particles that can damage cell membranes and DNA, and may contribute to the aging process as well as the development of a number of conditions, including heart disease and cancer. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals and reduce or even help prevent some of the damage they cause over time.

2. Garlic Is An Antibiotic

The allicin in garlic is also a powerful antibiotic, which fights infection and bacteria. British researchers gave 146 people either a placebo or a garlic extract for 12 weeks. The garlic takers were two-thirds less likely to catch a cold. Other studies suggest that garlic lovers who eat more than six cloves a week have a 30 percent lower rate of colorectal cancer and a 50 percent lower rate of stomach cancer. Garlic helps to open clogged sinuses. 

3. Garlic Reduces Cholesterol

In a 2012 study from the Institute of Toxicology at Shandong University, researchers analyzed data from 26 well-designed clinical trials to evaluate the effects of garlic on cholesterol levels. Overall, the researchers found that garlic was more effective than placebo in reducing cholesterol. The authors noted that when compared to control groups, garlic significantly reduced both total cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
There are many additional studies confirming that garlic in several forms can reduce cholesterol. 

4. Garlic Is An Aphrodisiac

Garlic has the ability to increase and improve circulation and it is thought that it can stir up passions! Tibetan monks were forbidden from entering the monasteries if they had eaten garlic.

Garlic History

  • Once upon a time it was used as currency.
  • In the days of the pharaohs, ancient Egyptians considered garlic so valuable that they placed it in tombs, including in King Tut’s.
  • Ancient Greeks gave it to Olympian athletes for strength and stamina.
  • In India, 5,000-year-old Sanskrit records describe its curative properties.


The Smell Of Garlic and Why It's Not All Bad!

Garlic owes its smell to a sulfur compound which are renowned for their strong odors. In fact, sulfur compounds in intestinal gas are responsible for the smell of flatulence. Those sulfur compounds are pretty potent stuff, considering that they make up just one percent of the total intestinal gas released!

These powerful sulfur compounds in garlic kill and inhibit an astounding assortment of bacteria, viruses, fungi, mold, parasites and worms, frequently on contact.  They also work within the body’s vital systems, such as the circulatory, digestive, immunological, to promote detoxification, cleansing, lowering blood pressure, strengthening the immune system and healing.   All in all, garlic helps promote good health.

Why Should You Let Garlic Sit For 5–10 Minutes?

To get most health benefits from garlic, let it sit for a minimum of 5 minutes, after crushing and before eating or cooking.  Waiting 5 minutes allows the health-promoting allicin to form. 


http://www.foodmatters.com/article/4-healthy-reasons-to-love-garlic-plus-free-recipe

Thursday, March 14, 2013

SHOULD WE FOLLOW AN ALL-FRUIT DIET ???





The all-fruit (AKA fruitarian) diet has gone viral ever since Ashton Kutcher ended up in the hospital after eating only fruit. The actor was throwing himself into his new role as Steve Jobs in the film about the early life of the Apple co-founder. Jobs was known to be an extreme dieter since his freshman year in college.

What’s A Fruitarian Diet?

The fruitarian diet is a variation on a vegan diet but it consists primarily of fruit. It’s an extreme type of plan where nuts and seeds are also on the menu, but fruit makes up about 90% of the food.

Steve Jobs was reported to have read Mucusless Healing System by Arnold Ehret, where the recommendations are to only eat fruit and starch-less veggies.

Is It Healthy?
The answer is a big fat NO. Although fruit is an important part of any healthy lifestyle and provides numerous essential nutrients, when you ONLY eat fruit you’ll miss out on other good stuff. For example, the mineral iron is primarily found in green leafy veggies, beans and meats. Iron helps the red blood cells carry oxygen throughout the body and helps contribute to a healthy immune system. If you stick to fruit and starch-less veggies, it’s pretty tough to get all your iron needs through green leafy veggies alone.

Following a fruit-only diet will also have you missing out on protein and fat. Protein found in foods like meat, poultry, beans and lentils helps build muscles. It also plays a role in metabolism and helps keep your immune system in tip-top shape. Fat is another nutrient that fruitarians miss out on. Fat (yes, fat!) is an essential component of a healthy diet, especially the unsaturated types from olive, sunflower and sesame oils. Fats have a variety of healthy functions including transporting fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K) through the body, cushioning critical organs and assisting with growth and development of children.

The Consequences
Ashton Kutcher was reported to have been in a tremendous amount of pain and tests showed that he had pancreatitis. The pancreas releases insulin, which assists in the absorption of sugar. It’s possible that Kutcher’s pancreas was working overtime due to the large doses of fruit sugar he was consuming.

Bottom Line: Even A-List celebrities find out the hard way that extreme diets aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. Whether you’re a vegan or meat lover, all eating plans should have a balance between fats, carbs and protein along with a variety of colorful foods to ensure you had your healthy dose of vitamins and minerals.

Monday, March 11, 2013

25 USES OF LEMON PEEL




Skin Lightener/Brightener
Lemon is a natural skin lightener because of the citric acid in them which is a bleaching agent. Apply leftover lemon peels to your hands, elbows and heels to refresh and lighten the skin and tighten pores.

Garbage Disposal Deodorizer
Lemon (or orange) peels tossed regularly into the garbage disposal will keep the garbage disposal smelling fresh.
Simmering Stove Top Scents
Add lemon rinds to simmering water along with cloves, cinnamon sticks, and orange peels to make a delightful aroma AND humidify the air.

Ant-Proof Your Kitchen
Scatter small slices of lemon peel along thresholds, windowsills, around door entrances, and near any cracks or holes where ants or pests may be entering. Ants do not like lemon and will not enter your home. Lemons are also effective against roaches and fleas.

Coffee Cup Stain Remover
Put a section of lemon peel into a stained coffee mug and add water. Let it sit for several hours, then wipe with a cloth. Stains should disappear.
Refrigerator Freshness
Cut lemon in half and let it absorb fridge smells.
Tea Kettle/Coffee Pot Cleaner
For mineral deposit build up in your tea kettle, fill the kettle with water, add a handful of thin slices of lemon peel and bring to a boil. Turn off heat and let sit for an hour, drain, and rinse well. For coffee pots, add ice, salt and lemon rinds to the empty pot; swish and swirl for a minute or two, dump, and rinse.

Microwave Cleaner
Add lemon rinds to a microwave-safe bowl filled halfway with water. Cook on high for 5 minutes, allowing the water to boil and the steam to condense inside. Carefully remove the hot bowl and wipe away the mess with a damp towel.
Chrome Polish
Cut through mineral deposits on chrome faucets and other tarnished chrome by rubbing with a squeezed lemon half, rinsing, and lightly buffing with a soft cloth.
Copper, Brass, & Stainless Steel Polish
Brighten copper, brass, or stainless steel by dipping a juiced lemon half in salt (you also use baking soda or cream of tartar for the salt) and rubbing on the affected area. Leave on for 5 minutes. Then rinse in warm water and polish dry.

Stove Top Humidifier
If your home suffers from dry heat in the winter, put lemon peels in a pot of water and simmer on the lowest stove-top setting to humidify and scent the air.
Cutting Board Refresher
The antibacterial properties of lemons make them a good choice for refreshing cutting boards. After disinfecting give the surface a rub with a halved lemon, let sit for a few minutes, and rinse.
Brown Sugar Keeper
Add lemon peel (with pulp removed) to brown sugar to help keep it moist and easy to use.

Lemon Zest
Zest is simply grated peel, and it can be used fresh, dried, or frozen. If you don’t have a zester, use the smallest size of a box grater. To dry zest, spread it on a towel and leave out until dried, then store in a jar. To freeze, use a freezer-safe container. Use zest in salads, marinades, baked goods, grain dishes, etc.

Lemon Twists
Use a vegetable peeler or a knife to cut the peel into long strips, cutting away the white pith which is bitter. These can also be frozen in a freezer-safe container or bag. Great in cocktails, sparkling water, and tap water.

Lemon Extract Powder
Using the zest or twists from above, dry the strips skin-side down on a plate about 3 or 4 days. Put in a blender (or spice grinder) and pulverize into a powder. Use the powdered peel in place of extract or zest in recipes.
Lemon Sugar
Add lemon extract powder (see above) to sugar, or use fresh twists, put them in a jar with sugar and let them infuse the sugar.

Lemon Pepper
Mix lemon extract powder (see above) with freshly cracked pepper.
Candied lemon peel
Candied peels can be eaten plain, or dipped in melted chocolate, used in cake, cookie, candy, or bread recipes.

Lemon Sugar Scrub
Mix 1/2 cup sugar with finely chopped lemon peel and enough olive oil to make a paste. Wet your body in the shower, turn off the water and massage sugar mix all over your skin, rinse. Feel the softness!

Nail Whitener
Whiten fingernails by rubbing with a lemon wedge.
Travel Sickness Cure
Suck on a slice of lemon to help you stop feeling nauseous.

Grater Cleaner
Remove dried food from your grater by rubbing with the pulp side of a cut lemon.
Firelighters
Bake discarded orange or lemon peels until they darken. These create natural, fragrant firelighters.
Trash Can Deodorizer
Throw a few lemon peels in the bottom of the can from time to time to keep it smelling fresh.



Thursday, March 7, 2013

10 WAYS TO USE DATES





10 Ways to Use Dates instead of Processed Sugar, Zero Calorie Sweeteners!

Artificial and zero calorie sweeteners have proven to be dangerous and quite harmful for our health. Did you know that when you eat (or drink) something with a zero calorie sweetener in it, your brain anticipates that calories will follow? When they don’t, the brain is triggered to compensate for the perceived missing calories, by eating more. 

A better and healthier option would be to fuel your body with natural, whole foods that the body can recognize and easily assimilate nutrients from. 

Medjool dates are a source of good carbohydrates, Vitamin B6 and minerals Potassium, Copper, Manganese and Magnesium. 

When you need a sweetener, dates are a super option for you and can usually be found at the grocery stores or health food stores in your local area. Try to get organic as much as possible. 

You can use any types of dates (medjool dates are shown in this picture) to make a variety of your recipes sweet, naturally!

1. Use dates with pecans or almonds to make a simple pie crust in your food processor! 

2. If you want to sweeten up a smoothie, add 1 or more pitted dates!

3. Pit your dates, blend with a bit of water to make “date syrup” which can be used to bind or sweeten up raw dessert recipes in place of an alternative sweetener.

4. Dates and Almond or Pecan butter are a great combo! 

5. Try putting a tiny spoonful of nut butter in a pitted date for a sweet and satisfying dessert or energy boost pre or post workout!

6. Blend dates, vanilla, almond butter, himalayan salt and a maple syrup for a delicious and incredible tasting caramel dip. 

7. Bring a few dates along with you for a run. They’re great for re-fueling along the way. 

8. Dates taste amazing chopped in salads with pecans, blueberries or strawberries.

9. You can use dates to sweeten up raw salad dressings.

10. If you want to sweeten up your home made nut milk, add 2-3 pitted dates while blending and strain the liquid as usual through a nut milk bag. 


http://www.youngandraw.com/10-ways-to-use-dates-instead-of-processed-sugar-zero-calorie-sweeteners/

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

20 UNUSUAL USES OF COFFEE






Can you imagine life without coffee? We’d all stumble around like drones for hours every morning, lost without our precious fix. We love coffee for its flavor, its aroma and of course its pick-me-up, but there are at least 20 more compelling reasons to stay stocked up. These tips will give you surprising and unusual uses for fresh coffee beans or grounds that have gone stale, the pounds of used grounds you toss out every week and the dregs at the bottom of your cup.

Kill fridge odor
Wouldn’t you rather smell coffee than two-week-old leftovers, half-rotten produce and spoiled milk? If your fridge is a nightmare of foul odors, place a bowl of fresh, unused coffee grounds inside and leave it for a day or two. The coffee will absorb the odors and you’ll crave a cup whenever you open the door. This odor-killing trick works for practically anything else as well – just place the item in a sealed plastic bag along with an open can of coffee grounds and bye-bye stank.
Reduce cellulite
Pricey cellulite creams almost always have one major ingredient in common: caffeine, which supposedly enhances fat metabolism, reducing the appearance of these fatty pockets under the skin. To make your own coffee cellulite treatment at home, mix warm used coffee grounds with coconut oil and rub it onto your skin in circular motions for a few minutes before rinsing.
Erase smells on your hands
Garlic, salmon, cilantro – there are some things that smell delicious when cooking, but aren’t so pleasant hours later when they linger on your hands. Get rid of them by rubbing a handful of used coffee grounds on your hands and rinsing with warm water.
Make rich compost
There’s a reason so many gardeners swear by adding used coffee grounds to compost. The grounds are rich in phosphorous, potassium, magnesium and copper, they release nitrogen into the soil as they degrade and they’re a little bit acidic, which is great for certain soils. If you compost on a large scale, you can get used grounds for free at your local coffee hot spot or mom-and-pop cafe.
Get shiny hair
Who doesn’t want shiny, healthy-looking hair? Coffee is often recommended as a simple, natural treatment to make hair extra-glossy. Brew up an extra-strong pot, let it cool and apply it to your dry, clean hair. Leave it on for at least twenty minutes, then rinse. Keep it up once a week or so for best results.
Natural dye
The natural pigments in coffee make it a great natural dye for fabric, paper, Easter eggs – even your hair. Brush paper with strong brew and let it dry, or soak fabric items in hot coffee. The results won’t be color-fast, and may bleed out onto other items, so it’s best to use this on items that won’t be washed very often if at all. Using coffee as a hair shine treatment, as previously mentioned, may temporarily lend a rich, dark tint to your hair.
Reduce fireplace mess
Want to clean your fireplace without causing a dust storm? Wait until the embers are cool, sprinkle damp coffee grounds all over the ashes , let them sit for about 15 minutes and then scoop out the whole mess into a metal ash can. The coffee grounds cling to the ashes, so they don’t  spew dust nearly as much as they would otherwise.
Pin cushion filler
Dried, used coffee grounds are the perfect filler for homemade pin cushions. Just wrap them in some scrap cloth, tie it off with a rubber band and place the cloth in an egg cup or other small container. The grounds will keep your pins from rusting, too.
Exfoliate skin
The same properties that reportedly enable coffee to reduce the appearance of cellulite can smooth and tighten your skin, and the texture of ground coffee will buff away dead skin cells, too. Make your own coffee-based scrub by combining a tablespoon of coffee grounds with half a tablespoon of olive oil and, optionally, a drop of your favorite essential oil.
Repel ants
Sprinkle dry, used coffee grounds in problem areas where you notice ants in your home or yard and they might just pick up and leave. To tackle huge ant mounds, pour an entire pot of brewed coffee right on the mound.
Fertilize plants
Acid-loving plants will thank you for sprinkling your used coffee grounds around their roots. Azaleas, blueberry shrubs and rhododendrons are just a few of the plants that flourish when treated with coffee thanks to all those nutrients. You can also dilute the leftover coffee in your mug and pour it right into your potted plants (as long as you don’t use cream and sugar, of course!)
Keep cats out of your garden
To you, that little garden in your yard is a beautiful source of fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables, but to seemingly every cat in a five-mile radius, it’s a giant, irresistible litter box. Just use the trick mentioned above, sprinkling used coffee grounds on the soil, and cats will want nothing to do with it.
Scrub all kinds of surfaces
Mildly abrasive and acidic, coffee grounds are great for scrubbing surfaces like countertops, cooking ranges and refrigerators. Use them alone or mix them with a little dish soap.
Auto air freshener
Next time you accidentally spill coffee grounds on the floor, don’t just sweep them up and toss them in the trash. You can use them to make an all-natural DIY air freshener . Try to use an old ripped pair of pantyhose and spare string to make this an even more eco-friendly project.
Grow mushrooms
Used coffee grounds are an ideal medium to grow many kinds of mushrooms, including oyster mushrooms. You can actually purchase mushroom-growing kits from a company called Back to the Roots which includes reclaimed coffee grounds, mushroom roots and a mini spray bottle. The kit can produce up to 1.5 pounds of oyster mushrooms within 10 days.
Repel fleas
Rub used, damp coffee grounds through your pet’s fur after bathing to repel fleas without questionable, likely-toxic chemical treatments. If nothing else, it will at least improve that post-bath wet-dog smell that gets all over your furniture.
Pretty vase fillers
Stale or dirty coffee beans are still a thing of beauty. Use them as vase fillers, or in cups or jars full of pens and pencils. Not only are they pretty, they continue to smell good for quite a while, too.
Start vermicomposting
Red wriggler worms, the sort used in vermicomposting systems, love coffee almost as much as we do. It’s not really clear why, but if you want a thriving community of worms to devour all of your kitchen waste (and those nasty little things really are amazingly efficient), be sure to add used coffee grounds to their bedding on a regular basis.
Secret recipe ingredient
Just a little hint of coffee can be the ingredient that becomes your undisclosed “magic touch” in foods like chili, ice cream and chocolate cake. Use a little bit as a marinade for steaks and not only will it make them unbelievably tender, it’ll also provide a hint of deep, smoky flavor.
Touch up furniture scratches
Scratches on wood furniture disappear almost instantly by simply rubbing in a little bit of instant coffee dampened into a paste with hot water. Repeat if necessary until the scratch matches the surrounding wood.

http://ecosalon.com/20-unusual-uses-for-coffee-423/

Monday, March 4, 2013

The Benefits of Breakfast





The alarm never went off, you're late for work or the kids can't find their homework, and your dog needs to be fed. Got time for breakfast? No way!

According to one report, one out of four women between the ages of 25 and 37 regularly skips breakfast.

Why You Should Eat Breakfast

Numerous scientific studies have shown the following reasons for eating this important meal:

1. Improves Overall Nutrition: Eating breakfast improves the total daily nutrient intake. A simple breakfast of cereal, milk and fruit often provides the greatest amounts of calcium, B6, riboflavin, folate and iron.

2. Improves Ability to Concentrate: Children who eat breakfast have shown greater improvements in standardized test scores and increased ability to concentrate in class; they also are more alert and creative. Likewise, adults are better able to perform in an office or work environment if they have taken the time to eat breakfast.

3. Improves Ability to Control Weight: A 1994 report showed that in two-parent families, children who skip breakfast are almost twice as likely to be overweight as children who eat breakfast. Many adults skip breakfast as a form of weight control. Unfortunately, this is a weight loss program that is doomed to failure. Skipping meals sets up extreme hunger patterns later in the day, resulting in excess calorie intake.

How to Find the Time -- And What Should You Eat?
We now know the scientific reasons behind eating breakfast. But how do we find the time to eat, and what exactly constitutes a "balanced breakfast"?

Think three types of foods:

1. Whole grains for energy and fiber
2. Fruit for even more fiber and for vitamin power
3. Protein for lasting energy.


The Whole Grain Category

Whole grains may be cold or hot cereals; whole grain toast, english muffins, or bagels; or even leftover rice or potato from dinner.

Look for Whole Grain: When choosing cereals, look at the list of ingredients. The first ingredient should be a "whole" grain, which implies less processing and less added sugar. Next, consider a cereal that is fortified with a variety of vitamins and minerals. Finally, add variety to your morning by mixing handfuls of three different cold cereals together for a completely new taste. Add a tablespoon of bran to your cereal for crunch, fiber, and vitamins.
Add Your Own Sweetners: Instead of buying pre-sweetened and flavored hot cereals, make your own! Add applesauce, dried fruit, or diced fresh fruit; sprinkle with a small amount of brown sugar and cinnamon and enjoy!

Avoid so-called "breakfast bars:" Usually the first ingredient in a bar is sugar, followed closely by a refined flour. Most breakfast bars are nutritional in name only. Instead, opt for whole grain toast, bagels or English muffins. Top with peanut butter, jam, or even cottage cheese sprinkled with cinnamon.
The Fruit Category

Many people eat fruit only once a day: with breakfast. You may gag at the thought of a banana every day, but we can be more creative than that!

Fresh berries taste great on a host of cold cereals.
Melon mixed with oatmeal is a real treat.
Make fruit salad for dinner, and eat the leftovers for breakfast, mixed with yogurt and low-fat granola.
Make a "pizza" from leftover or frozen pancakes or waffles: top with yogurt, add cut-up fruit and a drizzle of maple syrup.
The Protein Category

Foods containing protein add additional punch to breakfast. They also keep our hunger satisfied longer and make breakfast a complete meal.

Dairy products such as milk and yogurt are excellent sources of protein.
The traditional egg for breakfast also supplies protein, but often with a not-so-healthy dose of fat. Try poached or boiled eggs with whole grain toast. You can even make your own egg McMuffin: top a whole-grain English muffin with an egg (fried in a non-stick skillet with cooking spray) and a slice of low-fat cheese.

Instead of high-fat sausage or bacon, try Canadian bacon. It has far less fat than regular bacon, with a wonderful taste.

Many people like egg substitutes. Make them into omelets filled with vegetables; scramble with bits of Canadian bacon; try them in French toast!
Don't Forget to Use Your Imagination

Often people skip breakfast because they don't like traditional breakfast foods. Use your imagination!

Eat leftover rice, mixed with vegetables and small bits of chicken.
A turkey sandwich with a glass of milk and a piece of fruit is a great breakfast.
Leftover pizza, if you go easy on the high-fat toppings, can be a complete breakfast meal.
If you don't like cereal, eat what you like, but make sure you aim to eat in the morning.
Work the Time Issue Into Your Lifestyle

No time for a meal? The night before, make sure the blender is ready to go. Mix together skim milk with the fruit of your choice and keep it in the fridge until morning. Pour the milk/fruit mixture into the waiting blender; pop a piece of toast in the toaster, and in less than 5 minutes you have breakfast! Or consider taking breakfast with you: spread peanut butter on a whole-grain bagel and take along a piece of fruit. Make an extra sandwich for your lunch and eat it on the way.

Remember: by taking care of yourself, you not only feel better but set a good example for your children. Try to eat a healthy breakfast, one with whole grains, fresh fruit, and protein, each morning. Pull out the blender, stock up on whole grains and fruit, and try some of these quick, simple, healthy and family-pleasing breakfast ideas to spark your morning

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