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Four Weekend Breakfast Ideas for Your Family

Breakfast FoodA sumptuous breakfast with your family is the perfect way to kick off your weekend, particularly if you are planning for an action-packed one. Treat your family to one of these delicious breakfast ideas.

Cream Soup Base

A hot soup of delicious, comforting soup is ideal for cold mornings. The soup will warm you and keep you feeling brighter, especially if you’re having a lazy morning. A soup with a yummy cream base can delight your family. You can try the cream of cheddar or cheese soup. Use a mixture of chicken stock and milk, or go for all vegetable broth to compliment the cheese.

Breakfast Smoothie

A smoothie is a fabulous idea for a weekend breakfast. It is delicious, simple, and quick to make. All you need is some ice, milk, cereal, seeds, and raisins. Put the mixture in a blender and blend until smooth. Add some honey, soymilk and more ice, and blend the mixture again until it’s creamy. Serve in glasses with straws.

Scrambled eggs

Treat your family to some delicious scrambled eggs. They are simple to make and will take you just about 20 minutes to prepare. Mix the eggs with pepper and nonstick skillet to make them even tastier. Add some sprinklings of salmon and serve with a toasted bagel.

Potatoes

This is a healthy, delicious breakfast that is incredibly easy to prepare. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large ball, put all your ingredients together. You will need potatoes, garlic, olive oil, onion, pepper, seasoned salt, and butter. Put the mixture into the oven and bake for about 20 minutes. Raise the temperature to 500 degrees and bake until crisp brown.

Make your weekend morning extra special by rewarding your family with a breakfast that is different from what they are used to. Take the time to learn and practice a new recipe, and your family will thank you for it.

Organic Food: Good for You, Good for the Earth

Young woman eating organic vegetablesEating organic is often dismissed as nothing more than a 21st century lifestyle trend for the rich. But the truth is, there’s nothing trendy or new about organic food.

Our great, great grandparents thrived on completely organic meals, and until the 1950s, all the food humans ate were organic. It’s organic food that should be considered normal, not the factory-farmed products made using genetically modified organisms (GMOs), pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, and herbicides.

Organic vs. Non-Organic Food

What’s the difference?

Let’ say you have an organic banana in one hand, and a conventionally grown one in the other. Both are bright yellow, both can nourish the body with vitamins and minerals, and both do not contain sodium, fat, and cholesterol. So other than the price, how are they different?

The difference is how the two fruits are grown. An organic produce is grown without GMOs, synthetic fertilizer, pesticides, ionizing radiation, and sewage sludge. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) follows strict guidelines before food can be tagged as organic; they send a surveyor to inspect the farm where the food is grown to ensure all the USDA organic standards are met.

Do the benefits of organic outweigh the big price tag? Let’s see.

1. Higher Nutrient Value

Organically grown food contains more nutrients than genetically modified food, according to a recent study. The study showed that organic produce indeed contains more vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and micronutrients, including vitamin C, antioxidants, and the minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, and chromium; they are also lower in heavy metals, including cadmium.

This is because the soil is managed and nourished using sustainable practices.

2. No Pesticide Residue

Foods rich in Fiber on a wooden tableChoosing organic meals means you won’t be consuming the standard cocktail of pesticides, chemicals, and fertilizers found in conventional farm produce. There are over 600 active chemicals registered for agricultural use in the country, and 2 to 12 synthetic pesticides are often sprayed to conventionally grown crops.

According to studies, an average serving of berries, peppers, leafy greens, grapes, and tree fruits can contain three to four residues. And this has been linked to serious health problems, including obesity, autism, ADHD, and cancer.

3. Good for the Earth

Pollution from agriculture is the largest contributor to the low water quality of rivers and lakes in the country, according to the National Water Quality Inventory.

Farmers cultivating organic produce rely on animal manure, crop rotation, and companion planting instead of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and weed killers in controlling pests and maintaining soil quality. This reduces the risk of groundwater pollution, supporting better water quality, as well as supporting wildlife habitats and greater biodiversity.

Bonus: Tastes Great

Contrary to popular opinion, organically grown foods, especially those sold as ready-made frozen meals, actually taste better. That’s because properly nourished soil produces healthy plants, and therefore better-tasting ingredients. This is especially true when it comes to heirloom produce, such as lunar white carrots and banana legs tomato, which are cultivated for taste rather than appearance.

With the toxic chemicals and low nutrient levels, don’t expect to achieve good health by eating conventionally grown food. So why settle for getting by when you can thrive with organic?

Australian Studies Aim to Find More Benefits from Fruit Consumption

Fruit ConsumptionThe University of Queensland launched studies that aim to find a plausible link on how fruit consumption can induce a higher level of happiness and treat schizophrenia amongst humans. It partnered with the University of Warwick in England in conducting research that claimed people who eat more fruits and vegetables can achieve improved happiness levels. On the other hand, University of Queensland researches has started to examine how an extract from mangosteens could address symptoms of schizophrenia.

While not yet considered as a “wonder drug,” the study can pave the way for more research on fruits in terms of their psychological benefits.

Happy Hormones

The tie-up research between the University of Queensland and University of Warwick marked one of the pioneer studies seeking to find the benefits of fruits, aside from a health and wellness standpoint (e.g. preventing cancer and other diseases).

Those who eat up to eight portions of fruits and veggies daily are believed to attain a better disposition in life, similar to transitioning into a new job after being jobless, according to Morcofresh.com.au. The change in a person’s satisfaction in life takes place within two years.

Luckily, Australia is unlikely to run out of fresh produce, as the supply chain remains stable from farm growers to a fruit wholesaler, before ultimately landing on retail shops.

Organic Treatment

John McGrath, a Queensland Brain Institute professor, is the one behind a clinical test of how mangosteen extract can help treat psychosis. The research, dubbed Cadence, builds upon the premise of providing an alternative form of treatment without the side effects of artificial drugs, including weight gain.

Between 2017 and 2018, the study will recruit 150 people suffering from the mental disorder. McGrath said that the study will take decades because of the task’s difficulty.

Mangosteens are a tropical fruit commonly found in Indonesia. These contain xanthones, which are compounds in the fruits’ thick purple rind.

Changing the Way You Prepare Steak in 3 Different Ways

Cooking SteakGive a new spin to everyone’s all-time favorite meal. Steak is definitely necessary to welcome the year 2017. If you’re looking for ways to recreate this sought-after meat recipe, look no further because here are some ways to take your dining experience to the next level.

Grill It!

For this cooking style, hardwood coals will give you the best results, but if you don’t have any, you may go with briquettes. Gas grills are also acceptable. If you want to achieve the best flavor, avoid using lighter fluid. Otherwise, it’ll give off weird fumes that can affect the overall taste of the meat. This is a slow-cooking process, as you might need to flip the steak on each side every now and then. The key point for this is maintaining the proper temperature to test the doneness.

Broil It!

This preparation is perfect for cooking your steak to medium-rare or medium. The most important element of this cooking style is achieving the right position of meat on the rack. It shouldn’t be too close or too far from the heat. This can greatly influence the overall flavor of your steak. Another thing you should remember is to choose a pan that will let you preheat the meat and broil it. To prevent overcooking your steak, check it every three minutes and be precise when it comes to the temperature.

Pan-Sear It!

Get your cast-iron skillet ready. Find a neutral oil you can cook the steak with. Skip olive oil because it won’t give off as strong a flavor as it would when used with a pasta recipe. If you want a healthier option, you may go with canola oil.

Once you’re done with the preparation, start preheating your pan until it smokes. Carefully add the steak and wait minute before flipping it. Repeat this for about six to 12 minutes or until the desired doneness is achieved. You may use a thermometer to measure the internal heat, but it doesn’t usually take that long to cook a steak to medium-rare or medium-well. Seasoning it by rubbing, marinating or saucing it with beef au jus is all up to you. Just be sure you let it sit for a good five minutes to spread the juices and flavor of the meat.

Enjoy!

Whatever cooking method you choose, be sure to enjoy your steak deliciously. Besides, that’s what the whole steak dining experience is all about.

Factors to Consider Before Opening a Restaurant

Food BusinessThe food and beverage industry is one of the strongest almost anywhere in the world. There is no shortage of customers because, well, everyone has to eat. There are factors, however, that still determine how successful (or unsuccessful) your food business is.

Value

The value of the food served in a restaurant is often more important than its price. Customers don’t always look for the cheapest. A restaurant that serves classy dishes, such as meat recipes au jus concentrate, is not expected to price its offerings the way a small food kiosk or a fast food restaurant does. The single most important factor for any food business is the quality of the food.

Inflation

The cost of ingredients is often a major consideration for food businesses. The more expensive the price of the ingredients, the higher the prices of the items on the menu are likely to be. In some cases, the industry would start looking for a suitable replacement if the price of a particular ingredient becomes unreasonably high, or too high to be practical.

Employee salary and benefits

Employees also affect the food industry because of salaries and benefits. Employee turnover is often due to salary or benefit problems. Aside from that consideration, the restaurant should follow the law regarding these basic employee rights.

Location

A restaurant that serves a menu that is unlikely to be a favorite among the local customers is not going to survive for long. Fine dining restaurants, for example, are not aimed at students; rather, they are the types of restaurants focused on a niche known for its high buying power. It will not survive if it is located nowhere near where its target market is located.

These are a few of the most basic factors affecting the restaurant industry today. If you have plans of setting up your own food business, consider each one of these factors to make sure the customers you want enter those doors.

Beware The Kitchen Sponge, It’s as Filthy as Its Smell

Food Handling Certificate Course in NSWDid you know that your kitchen sponge is probably the filthiest item in your entire house? Experts say that it’s even dirtier than your garbage can or your toilet seat. Dr Philip Tierno, the author of ‘The Secret Life of Germs’ and clinical professor of NYU Langone’s pathology and Microbiology Departments, says that your sponge has tonnes or crevices and nooks. And because of that, as you use it for wiping down your kitchen surfaces, some of the potential pathogens get lodged inside it. That said, proper handling and care of your sponge could safeguard your family against foodborne illnesses.

  • Always clean and dry your sponge after using. Lather with some dish soap and water and wring all excess water after. Rinse your sponge using running hot water, wring out once again and leave on a clean rack to air dry.
  • Consider NOT using your sponge for every cleaning task. Clean up fish, meat or poultry drippings using a disposable paper towel instead of your trusty sponge.
  • Regularly disinfect your sponge. The typical washing, squeezing and drying routine is fine for a few days, but your sponge also requires proper sanitising every week at least, says Australian Institute of Accreditation’s instructor of a food handling certificate course in NSW. Soak the sponge in a mixture of water and baking soda or water and bleach to eliminate harmful bacteria.
  • Clean the sponge in your dishwasher. Make sure to turn up the heat when you do this to kill trapped illness-causing bacteria in your sponge.
  • Pop your sponge in the microwave oven. Yes, you read that right; research has shown that your microwave oven is capable of eliminating 99% of bacteria in damp sponges. When going down this route, however, take note of the following precautions:
  1. Two minutes on the highest setting and no longer.
  2. Always ensure that your sponge is soaking wet before microwaving, otherwise, your kitchen might catch on fire.
  3. Some sponges might give off toxic fumes due to some detergents or chemicals.
  4. Never microwave a sponge that has metal fibres.
  5. Never handle the sponge right out of the microwave.

Lastly, take note that your sponge is disposable and isn’t meant to be used forever. Significant fraying crumbling means that you should get a new sponge. When in doubt, retire your sponge after every fortnight or every month at most.

How the Invisalign Aligner System Can Straighten Your Teeth – In Secret

Lady with Invisalign AlignerIn the modern day and age, there are several alternatives to fixed appliances for straightening your teeth. Systems such as Invisalign have been designed to produce excellent results, without anyone having to know you are undergoing treatment.

NHS orthodontic treatment is available free of charge to children and teenagers who qualify under a strict set of clinical guidelines. Young people who don’t qualify but would still benefit from some correction are often suitable for Invisalign treatment, which is delivered on a private basis. It is also a very popular option for adults.

At Surrey Braces in Weybridge, Invisalign is one of the most popular methods of straightening adult teeth, due to its effectiveness, subtlety, and minimal impact on your lifestyle.

Whilst fixed braces require special hygiene care and often put restrictions on diet to avoid damaging the brace, with systems of removable aligners there is no need to adapt your hygiene techniques in any way, other than making sure you clean the aligner properly at least twice a day.

You can clean your aligner at the same time as brushing your teeth. Simply remove it for cleaning (using special solutions if your dentist or orthodontist recommends that you do) and brush and floss your teeth as normal. It’s still a good idea to clean your teeth after every meal, so that there are no acids, sugars, or food particles trapped beneath your aligners.

Invisalign is also removed for eating and drinking, so unlike fixed braces you won’t have to avoid favourite foods such as crusty bread or crunchy apples.

In terms of lifestyle impact, this is very minimal. You may prefer to remove your aligners if you sing, play an instrument, or play sports. It is entirely safe to do so and won’t affect your treatment time as long as you put them back straight away after you have finished.

Because they are made from clear plastic and because they are custom-designed to fit over your teeth precisely, they won’t be noticed during work or socialising. Your family and close friends will probably know you are having treatment because they are likely to see you removing your aligners for eating and drinking, but otherwise, it’s your little secret.

How to Get the Bright, White Smile You’ve Always Dreamt of in Just a few Dentist Visits

Girl with Bright, White SmileOf all the procedures requested from a cosmetic dentist, a brighter, whiter smile is the one that is heard most often. Most people dream of a Hollywood white smile, but both Mother Nature and modern lifestyles can sometimes stand in their way.

Vogue Dental Care in Luton offers a number of options to brighten up a smile, in just a few short appointments. The ideal solution will depend on the cause, and that is the first thing a dentist will establish during a cosmetic dentistry consultation.

Dental plaque is the most common cause of tooth discolouration. This is shocking for two reasons: first and foremost, it is bad for your health. Plaque causes bad breath, gum disease, and tooth decay. Gum disease has implications for your general health, so plaque should be avoided.

The second reason this news is shocking is that plaque is absolutely preventable. By brushing and flossing your teeth correctly at home, and by visiting your dentist regularly, you can avoid allowing plaque to build up. If this is the cause of your tooth staining, you will be referred to a hygienist.

The most popular treatment in cosmetic dentistry is teeth whitening. This is an effective method of removing stains caused by such things as tea, coffee, and smoking from the teeth, as well as those caused by some medications (especially antibiotics) or medicated mouthwashes as a temporary side-effect.

Teeth whitening can be carried out in the dental practice or at home, and takes from one hour to two weeks. It must be prescribed by a dentist, to ensure it is safe and effective.

Some types of tooth staining are permanent – for example after suffering dental trauma or having root canal treatment. In this case, a popular option is to have porcelain veneers, which are thin shells of medical-grade porcelain bonded over the front surfaces of the front teeth.

Another alternative is to have composite bonding, which involves using white filling material to improve the appearance of a discoloured tooth or teeth. This isn’t as long-term a solution as veneers, but still produces pleasing results.

How to Reverse the Premature Signs of Ageing Without Surgery

Woman with Premature Signs of AgeingWhilst we should always love the skin we’re in, sometimes that skin can let us down. All too often, lines, wrinkles, and folds can start to appear that make us look older than we feel, affecting our body image, self-esteem, and confidence.

For a long time, the only way to halt and reverse these signs was to have plastic surgery. This was very expensive, ruling it out for many men and women, and whilst procedures carried out here in the UK by a qualified and experienced professional plastic surgeon are very safe, nevertheless all surgery carries small risks.

Things have changed a lot in recent years, and there are now a number of non-surgical ways to combat premature signs of ageing. Vogue Dental Care in Luton offers treatment with both Botox and dermal fillers, which are a very effective and non-invasive solution to unwanted lines, wrinkles, and folds.

Several factors lie behind these problems, from drinking too much alcohol and not drinking enough water to smoking and even spending a lot of time in the sun without protection. Some of these factors can cause a loss of the naturally-occurring hyaluronic acid or collagen under the skin’s surface, whilst others cause the tiny facial muscles to permanently contract, wrinkling the skin above.

Botox treatment relaxed these contracted muscles, smoothing out the skin for a more youthful appearance. It involves the use of a purified version of the botulinum type A toxin in gel form, which is injected directly into the muscles using a thin needle and pain-free delivery.

This treatment works on a wide variety of areas including the neck, crow’s feet, forehead lines, folds beneath the eyes, and smoker’s lines around the lips. It takes a few days for the full effects of treatment to show, and they will last between three and six months.

Dermal fillers such as Restylane work by replacing the lost hyaluronic acid from below the surface of the skin, restoring a plumper, more youthful appearance. Again delivered via pain-free injection, the results of this treatment are seen right away.

Suitable areas for filler treatment include the lips, naso-labial lines, and forehead. Results will last three-six months, depending on the area treated.

The Gift of Instant Soup Bases: Fast and Yummy

Soup BaseCooking can be a hassle, especially when you don’t have enough time to prepare basic soup bases and sauces. It’s a good thing there are instant bases that taste as good but cut the cooking time significantly.

Nothing beats a home cooked chicken soup whenever flu season strikes. Missing your mom now? It’s such an unfortunate event, but working day in and day out, who has time to attempt cooking soup the way mom does? Worry no more, as chicken soup bases are already available in the market.

Worried about its quality? Manufacturers have seen a great need for good quality chicken broth that a number of soup bases with different variety are available. You just need to see which suits your taste buds.

Authentic Taste

These bases are not just used to make chicken soup when you’re sick. There’s more to the base than just its use. You can achieve that homemade authentic taste with the instant mixes offered by different brands. People often look for that rich taste and aroma, as well as the ingredients included. More often than not, you will find more ingredients than the ones you use in your homemade soup stocks, but the taste and quality are almost the same.

Flavors

Companies have made it easier for busy people to eat yummy and quality meals without taking much of their time or money. Aside from instant soup stock, there are also instant sauces, gravies, and other culinary products formulated to make cooking easier. These ingredients come in different flavors as well. Chicken, pork, beef–name it and they usually have it.

The next time you’re craving for your mom’s homemade soup, or you simply want to whip up some tasty meals, just take out that instant mix and follow one of your trusted recipes.