Category: Diet Tips

Why The Popularity Of Matcha Green Tea Is Increasing In South Africa

If you are a tea drinker located in South Africa, there is a good chance that you have heard about Matcha green tea. This finely milled green tea was once only utilized in traditional Japanese tea drinking ceremonies during the 12th century, but it has since spread throughout the world, including South Africa. So, why all this Matcha Green Tea South Africa Buzz?

Let me explain…

Matcha Slowly Spreading Through South Africa

Matcha is slowly spreading through South Africa. It is now possible to purchase this type of tea through various stores, including Lady Bonin, El Camino, Dear Me, Plant Café and Clarkes Bar and Dining Room. In Joburg and all nearby areas, you can purchase Matcha from Fruits and Roots, Leafy Greens Café, and even myMatcha.

Shops throughout South Africa are beginning to stock green tea. This is definitely a good thing for those wishing to boost their health.

Whether you’re looking for a cup or a matcha ice cream, you shouldn’t have to look too far. Matcha green tea South Africa is on the verge of becoming the latest health craze.

Antioxidants And Immune System

South Africans are quickly adopting matcha tea, because of its enormous health benefits. Two of the most notable benefits is that it is high in antioxidants and it can help strengthen the immune system. If you’ve been sick or just want to avoid getting sick, drinking a cup of matcha is a good idea. It could make a major difference in your life.

Increased Awareness

As more and more Chinese immigrants flood into South Africa, the locals are becoming more aware of their cultures. While matcha tea is believed to originate from Japan, it dates back in Chinese history to the Tang Dynasty (618-907 CE). Americans and Europeans were introduced to matcha tea many years ago. And, now it is classified as one of the most popular teas in these countries.

Awareness of the many health benefits of matcha tea is increasing at an alarming rate. Just like Americans and Europeans, South Africans desire to live long and healthy lives. Of course, some locals are still hesitant about incorporating the tea into their daily diet, but this has not stopped them from researching its many health benefits. As with the old saying, “curiosity killed a cat”, it will not be long before it becomes as popular in South Africa, as Europe and the United States

Matcha Tea is Visually Appealing

To start off, matcha green tea has a visual appeal that cannot be matched by any competitor on the market. If you are familiar with most teas, you probably know that once brewed they have a dull, brown appearance. Fortunately, that is not the case with matcha tea, as it gives off a vibrant green appearance. This is thanks to the chlorophyll in the leaves. When they are extracted during the brewing process they give this amazing tea its powerful looks. And, that is not the only thing chlorophyll provides this amazing tea with.

The Matcha Powder Taste Is Unlike Any Other

When you first taste matcha tea, you will truly understand why it is so popular in South Africa and why it cost so much more than other teas. Due to the extraction process of the chlorophyll in the leaves, this tea comes off with a creamy, vegetal taste that has an alluring sweetness that comes coupled with an aftertaste that really stands out.

Roasted Eggplant Artichoke Crostini: Oven Caramelized and Herb Marinated Vegetables Over Crisp Bread

Here is a recipe to try that is low in fat but full with flavor. Start by spooning a spread made of roasted eggplant, tomatoes and red onions over crostini and top with marinated artichokes made with a dressing of fresh lemon juice and herbs. Super easy and great for any event.

Roasted Eggplant and Tomato Crostini Topping

Ingredients:

  • Olive oil, for brushing or use olive oil cooking spray
  • 1 red onion, sliced about 1/2 inch thick
  • 8 Roma tomatoes, sliced about 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 eggplant, about 1 lb., sliced about 1/2 inch thick, unpeeled
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Procedure:

  1. Brush oil or spray surface of two half sheet pans, or pans measuring about 13” x 18” with sides. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. If not using two ovens, arrange two racks in the oven.
  2. In one pan, layer onion evenly. Drizzle the balsamic vinegar evenly over the top. Layer the tomatoes over the onions. In the second pan layer the eggplant evenly. Lightly brush olive oil over the top of the vegetables or spray the surface with olive oil spray.
  3. Place in preheated oven and bake until vegetables are browned and soft, about 30 to 40 minutes for the eggplant and 45 to 55 minutes for the onions and tomatoes.
  4. Remove and allow to cool slightly at room temperature. Using a food processor, pulse to coarsely puree the vegetables together. If chopping by hand, mince with a chef’s knife together. Transfer the vegetables to a bowl and season with salt and pepper, adding any juices that have formed from the baking dish and serve.

Lemon Herb Marinated Artichokes

Ingredients:

  • 2 14-oz cans of undrained artichoke bottoms
  • 3 Tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 t dried Mexican oregano, crushed
  • 1/4 t dried basil, crushed
  • Garlic powder, dash to taste

Procedure:

  1. Drain artichokes and reserve the liquid. Cut in to quarters or eighths, depending on desired size.
  2. Mix liquid from artichokes with fresh lemon juice, sugar, herbs and a pinch of garlic powder to taste.
  3. Pour over the artichokes and stir to cover. Marinate covered in the refrigerator for about 6 to 8 hours to blend flavors. Stir to ensure marinade coverage.
  4. For serving, drain marinade and transfer to a dish.

Crostini for the Eggplant and Tomato Spread and Marinated Artichokes

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf thin French bread, sliced about 1/2 inch thick

Procedure

  1. Arrange single layer on a sheet pan and place under broiler until golden. Turn over and toast other side. Cool and top with Eggplant and Tomato Spread and Marinated Artichokes.

Review of Michael Pollan’s Book Food Rules: Food Guru Michael Pollan Shares Easy Healthy Eating Tips

Michael Pollan, author of the New York Times best seller In Defense of Food and The Omnivore’s Dilemma has released Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual (Penguin Books). This little book is an eating manifesto that answers two simple questions about eating that have somehow become extremely complex. These questions are, “what should people eat?” and “how should people eat?”

Healthy Eating Habits Begin With Whole Foods

In his no nonsense guide, Pollan urges his readers to avoid the processed foods that line the aisles in the grocery store. These foods have, sadly, become the staple of many American diets. And, if you go to the grocery store and walk the aisles, it is no wonder. The bulk of the products sold in grocery stores these days are processed.

Pollan’s tips include shopping the periphery of the supermarket, where the fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats are sold. He also pushes readers to think beyond the grocery store. Farmer’s markets and farms sell the freshest produce, dairy and meats available. The food sold at these venues is local, tasty, healthy, and environmentally friendly.

Healthy Meals are Thoughtful and Downsized

After sharing his tips on what to eat, Pollan turns to how to eat. This section of his guide has two themes. The first is to downsize portions. Pollan suggests ending a meal before feeling full, leaving some morsels on the dinner plate, and even downsizing the plates and glasses used at the table.

The second theme involves eating mindfully. Eating carefully, with attention to the taste and texture of food is important. Enjoying a meal by sitting down at the table rather than grabbing it on the run and devouring it at the dashboard of a car helps avoid mindless eating, which is never satisfying.\

Michael Pollan’s Healthy Eating Tips are Easy to Follow

Unlike his previous books, which are dense and at times laboring, Food Rules can be consumed and digested in a single sitting. The tips are drawn from Pollan’s interviews with nutritionists, doctors, readers, as well as culture and tradition. They have a “back to basics” feel to them and many are humorous. Rule #57, “Don’t get your fuel from the same place your car does,” exemplifies the cheeky fun that he has in sharing rules he hopes will stick with his readers as they troll down the aisles at the grocery store.

Food Rules Offers Advice to Build Healthy Eating Habits

Pollan offers simplicity in an area that has become increasingly difficult to understand and navigate: what and how to eat for optimal health. Though it seems that such a basic function should be natural, it is clear that Americans need advice. While nutrition continually advances, offering many explanations about anti-oxidants, omega 3’s, and other super nutrients, Americans have become ever larger and ever more prone to food related disease and illness. In Food Rules, Pollan cuts through the hype to offer basic, easy tips for healthy eating.

Losing Weight and Getting Healthy: Nintendo Wii as a Game Fitness Leader

Wii games and interactive fitness videos can be used over the Internet. The video and fitness games can also be used with standard and high definition television sets. According to Nintendo’s official website, the suggested manufacturer retail price for a Wii at home entertainment system is $199.99.

Consumer interest in the game system continues to grow. As of March 2017, Nintendo had sold 19 million units of Wii, 12.9 million Wii remote controllers and 644,000 units of its top video game seller – Wii Fitness

Popular Nintendo Wii Video Games

Fast Food Panic, Alvin and the Chipmunks and Kamen Rider Dragon Knight are popular Nintendo Wii games designed for children. Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles, New Super Mario Brothers, Guitar Hero Van Halen and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney are favorite games played by people across ages.

One of Nintendo’s hottest video games is Wii Fitness. After users become fit enough to use Wii Fitness with ease, they can upgrade to Wii Fitness Plus for $19.99. Wii Fitness video games come with instructional videos that show users the proper way to do the associated exercises. One to nine people can play the games that come with up to 60 different exercises including skiing, bowling, soccer, baseball, tennis, boxing and dance.

For those who remember the video fitness craze of the 1980s, the Wii Fitness instructional videos are similar to the 1980s fitness videos that were led by exercise gurus like Jayne Fonda, Richard Simmons and Denise Austin. A key difference between the videos is that Wii Fitness game videos are interactive.

Learn More About Nintendo Wii Fitness

Users can create a personal profile on the game system so that they can discover and record features like their height, weight and body fat. Body index is taken by simply stepping on the balance board. As they continue to use the software, they can monitor their progress.

Other factors that the system measures are the number of calories users burn doing the exercises. Users can also measure their body control and the impact that their body index and fitness has on their age. A person might be surprised to learn that although their biological age is 40 years, their fitness level and body balance show them at 53 years of age. Of course, the longer a person uses the system, the more they can improve this and other fitness measurements.

Yoga, balance, strength training and aerobics are included in basic Wii Fitness game packages. Wii Fitness Plus comes with additional exercises that are designed for more experienced game players.

Virtual Workouts Made Fun

3D images let video game players observe their functionality from several angles. A virtual trainer is available to offer feedback, guidance and tips as users advance through the exercises. This can help game players to alter their balance, steps or energy early in an exercise so they finish the exercises strong.

People who want to combine exercise routines can do so by creating a custom workout. For example, a person can start their workout off with yoga then advance to strength training only to conclude their workout with several aerobics exercises. Save custom workouts so one can easily return to them one to two days later.

The entertainment system is designed with a thin console (less than two inches thick) that can be placed flat on the floor next to a personal computer or television set. Total size of the compact console is 8.5 inches long and 6 inches wide. The console comes with a stand so people can place it atop their at-home entertainment cabinet or hutch.

Vegan and Vegetarian Diet Alternatives: Basic Ital Tips for Effective, Reliable Weight Loss

Various ethnic diets exclude meat or certain animal products, usually for religious or traditional reasons. I-tal (from the word “vital”) is a Rastafarian term that defines the diet of some members of that group. In its purest form, it excludes the consumption of flesh, and in its less stringent forms it is a generally pescetarian (fish-eating) diet, with the exclusion of shellfish.

Human beings have rather long intestinal tracts, a characteristic common to many herbivore species, and meat stays in our digestive systems for a relatively long time compared with most carnivorous animals. Clearly, if one wants to effectively lose weight but still maintain vitality and good energy levels, one must make their body cease metabolising food at its current rate, and having it sit in the digestive tract is no way to accomplish this.

Vegan and Vegetarian Nutritional Benefits

Animal protein sources are comparatively high in saturated and unsaturated fats. Additionally vegans and vegetarians consume higher levels of dietary fiber as a necessity, plant tissue containing large amounts of indigestible cellulose tissue that serves to flush out the digestive tract with comfortable regularity.

Dietary fiber helps reduce the amount of time food material is being absorbed to be stored as fatty tissue by increasing peristalsis, as reported by the US Gastroenterology Review. When the body is not used to having its digestive organs “stretched out” by being packed with food, hunger pangs are generally reduced. Protein sources like meat require more calories to break down, which can lead to increased metabolic rate, as analyzed by the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition.

What About Protein Sources?

A crucial weight loss and accumulation factor is the consumption of protein. Many people worry about where they will find protein sources when they switch to a vegan diet. Lean proteins such as lentils, chickpeas, and other legumes are often used to replace animal-based sources of proteins with combinations of incomplete proteins.

Getting Started with a New Diet

The first priority with dieting is to identify the largest source of undesired substances in our food, and switch it for something that will let us reach our goals. An ital diet is one of the best ways to get started healthily.

Here are some additional tips and easy changes that will guarantee noticeable, if not major results in short order.

  • Make a mental running list of what protein sources are eaten during the day. Keep track of how this affects the frequency of sugar cravings.
  • Transition easily. Try switching out a large portion of meat for a smaller portion of meat accompanied by lean proteins like lentils.
  • Remember, Ital is Vital! It is a good idea to pay attention to how much more energetic one feels when not eating heavy foods like red meat.
  • Branch out! Eating new foods is one of the best ways to explore the things that may be missing out on in our current diets.

Good luck, and happy eating!

The food guide pyramid: What has it done for you lately?

They used to sit it on our doorstep in the wee hours of the morning, they stock our grocer’s freezer with huge quantities of it, and they have been cutting it down to frying pan size for years. Every effort (in the past and present) has been made to make sure meat and dairy products are readily available for America to consume – and did we ever.

Steak was a staple, milk was devoured in its’ fattiest form and no breakfast was complete without a pile of bacon, ham or sausage on your plate.

But once the milkman went away and the butcher shop wasn’t a hot spot anymore, America started making healthier food choices. As heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other diseases increased, so did America’s obsession with their hearts, arteries and waistlines. We started trimming the fat from our steaks, we cut out pork, we bought lean meats and skinless chicken and turkey, we opted for skim milk instead of whole and we started cutting down on snacks and calories.

In retaliation, we got pummeled with ad campaigns for the industries responsible for our formerly declining health… remember – “Pork! The other white meat?” or “Eat Beef?” and who could ever forget “cheese glorious cheese?” But the king of all ad campaigns has to be the ever famous, “got milk?”… launched by dairy farmers and backed 115% by the United States Department of Agriculture.

It’s impossible to forget the got milk campaign. It’s still alive and kicking today and it’s endorsed by seemingly clueless celebrities who don milk mustaches all over billboards, commercials and magazine pages everywhere. I don’t blame them though, I mean they are celebrities and it’s clear what their motives are. But what does the government have to gain by watching America’s health decline and their weight increase?

Let’s think about this for a second, for every attempt at trying to control our weight, the “food industry” does something to sabotage it and the government is there every step of the way either backing it or refusing to do anything to stop it. We trim the fat and cut calories – in return “fat free” is created. So now we get to eat all the fat-free cookies, cakes and chips we want. We cut our portions, then the fast food industry responds with “Super Size it.”

So again, what does the government gain from all this?

According to its mission statement, the U.S Department of Agriculture is charged with “enhancing the quality of life for the American people by supporting the production of Agriculture.” So basically, it’s their responsibility to assist the meat and dairy industry while promoting healthy dietary choices for Americans. Guess who gets the short end of the stick here?

Eating Good Healthy Food Without Breaking the Bank in Botswana

Many people think that to find healthy foods to eat they have to spend a lot of money. This is not always true, in fact if an individual knows where to look organic and nutritious foods can be found at reasonable prices.

Shop at Local Farmers Markets

Buy fruits and vegetables at local farmers markets instead of buying these items from grocery stores. Fruits and vegetables cost more at grocery stores because they have to be shipped from different areas of the country. The cost of shipping these items and delivering them to grocery stores is built into the price of the food. None of these shipping and delivery expenses come with buying fruits and vegetables at local farmers markets, so consumers can buy them a lot cheaper. Most of the fruits and vegetables that are for sale at local farmers markets are grown organically, so not only can people buy their produce at a smaller price but they are a healthier option as well.

Eat Eggs Instead of Breakfast Cereal

A container of a dozen eggs costs less than cereal brands that consumers can buy in grocery stores. Eggs are a nutritious food, so they can save consumers money when purchasing food for breakfast and they provide quality nutrition as well.

Buy Beef From a Cow Pool

People can save money when buying beef if they go through a cow pool. A cow pool is where several people will pay for a cow (that is hormone free, and grass fed; never buy a cow that was given hormones), have it butchered, and then divide the meat up amongst everyone in the pool. This method of buying beef can save people money and will help them buy meat that has not been genetically altered through growth hormones or other unnatural methods.

Purchase Fish From a Seafood Store

When purchasing fish consumers should buy it from a seafood store instead of a large grocery chain. The prices are usually better at a seafood store that is local as opposed to a large grocery chain that has to pay to have their catch shipped all over the country. Purchasing from a local store the catch many times is fresher and the people working there usually can tell consumers about the fish they are buying (i.e. whether it is wild caught, which in the case of salmon makes it much healthier).

Healthy Food Choices do not Have to be Expensive

Consumers can save money and eat nutritious food by shopping at local farmers markets, eating eggs for breakfast, using a cowpool to buy beef, and shopping for fish from a seafood store that is local. Small changes in a person’s shopping habits can have a great effect on their wallet as well as their health.