Things you must know about Frozen Food

In today’s day and age, everyone is trying to achieve a healthy lifestyle and optimum fitness. Eating fresh produce, therefore, has become a necessity. People are categorically looking to buy fresh and organic produce and pantry favorites
However, enter a grocery store you are sure to witness large sections of frozen food, often considered unhealthy. To a lot of us, frozen foods are a blessing that makes our life easier and simpler. Refer to our guide to know more about frozen food –

Frozen Fish

  • Freezing is the most natural method of preserving food. It increases the shelf life of food without having to add any preservatives. Hence, frozen food despite many claims isn’t unhealthy.
  • Freezing prevents the growth of bacteria, making food healthier.
  • Frozen food is preserved using the method of flash freezing (freezing water into small ice crystals) at the peak of freshness and almost immediately after harvesting. Hence, at the time of defrosting you can gauge how fresh the food was at the time it was preserved.
  • Frozen foods are more nutritious than canned foods due to the method of processing.
  • Storage plays an important role in enhancing the shelf life of frozen food. Refreezing food lowers its quality.
  • Frozen food like any other food is made from fresh ingredients, in fact its preserved at the peak of freshness.
  • March 6th is National Frozen Food Day.
  • Frozen food can be stored indefinitely. However, with time it will lose its taste and quality to some extent.

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Brace yourself – Back to School is Back

Back to school means hustle and bustle, preparing the kids for their first day at school, and ensuring they have the right supplies for a successful start. What this also means is that they will need a big dose of nutrition as their activity level will surge and they will be spending a lot of time away from home.

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Proper nutrition plays a critical role in the defining the health of your child. Besides – age and gender one must take into consideration the level of activity before meal planning. Here are some aspects you must take into consideration while planning your child’s diet-

  • Fiber – keeps the digestive tract healthy, include plenty of  whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
  • Calcium –  In addition to bone building and maintaining its health calcium helps blood clot, nerves send messages and muscles contract. It’s imperative to include good sources of calcium in the diet of kids growing up. Low fat dairy products, rhubarb, spinach, collard greens, and sardines are great sources of calcium.
  • Vitamin E- The most potent anti oxidant, it helps protect cells against damage caused by free radicals. Nuts, seeds, wheat germ oil and vegetable oils are all a good source of Vitamin E.
  • Organic Food : Switch to cleaner eating for your children. Introduce them to organic food if you haven’t already.
  • Magnesium – This important mineral supports the immune system and helps maintain muscle and nerve function. Whole grains, nuts, pumpkin seeds, and white, black beans are an excellent source of magnesium.
  • Vitamin D- This critical vitamin helps absorb calcium and promote bone growth. Sunshine, fortified dairy and juice, cod liver oil, salmon, tuna and mackerel are good sources to acquire vitamin D.

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Healthiest Morning Foods to Eat

Breakfast is considered to be the most important meal of the day. It helps you recharge and refuel for the day. It’s a known fact that kids and adults who eat a healthy breakfast tend to perform better at school//work, have more energy and focus better. Scientifically if a person skips eating nutrients early in the day they are likely to not compensate for it throughout the day.

More or less everyone eats breakfast, however, not everyone eats a healthy breakfast. Often it’s a meal that’s consumed in rush before heading out for the day. As a result of an incomplete breakfast, people tend to become irritable and tired. Get healthy with our list of healthy breakfast meals:

Oatmeal

  • Oatmeal: A delight for cereal lovers, oatmeal contains a unique fiber called beta-glucan. The fiber is known to reduce cholesterol and promote a feeling of fullness. Oats are gluten free, rich in anti-oxidants, helps decrease blood pressure and promote a healthy heart. A cup of oatmeal contains 6gms of protein, the same quantity of steel cut oats provides twice as much protein.
  • Greek YogurtGreek Yogurt: Made by straining whey and other liquids of yogurt, Greek yogurt is more concentrated in protein. Protein is known to make the body feel fuller for longer, reduce hunger significantly and increase metabolic rate. Certain Greek Yogurts Greek yogurt are a rich source of probiotics, such as Bifidobacterium, which are known to keep the gut healthy. Adding fresh fruits or using Greek yogurt in smoothies is a healthy breakfast option.
  • CoffeeCoffee: The good old coffee is on this list, no prizes for guessing! :-) High in caffeine, coffee is known to improve alertness, mood, and mental performance. It is also known to increase metabolic rate and burn fat.
  • Eggs: Eggs are the most loved American breakfast. Egg yolks contain antioxidants -lutein and zeaxanthin which help prevent eye disorders like cataracts and macular degeneration. They are known to aid the feeling of fullness, helping in reduction of calorie intake and maintain steady blood sugar and insulin levels.
  • Mixed Berries SmoothieBerries: These bright, colorful and flavorful fruits are known for their many health benefits. They are high in antioxidants and polyphenols, which help fight chronic disease and cancer. They’re lower in sugar than most fruits, yet higher in fiber. In fact, raspberries and blackberries each provide an impressive 8 grams of fiber per cup. We say eat as many as you can.
  • Green TeaGreen Tea: Considered to be the healthiest beverage in the world, it provides only 35–70 mg of caffeine per cup, which is about half the amount in coffee and yet promote alertness and metabolic rate. Rich in an antioxidant known as EGCG, it protects the brain, nervous system and heart from damage. Include a cup of green tea in your breakfast.

Whether you choose to eat breakfast or not it will always be a personal choice and preference. However, we highly recommend if you do, make sure you start it with the right choices.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Decoded

Happy National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. Here is some cool history about your favorite chocolate chip cookie-

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Fifty-three percent of American adults prefer chocolate chip cookies over peanut butter cookies (13%). We all know who is the clear American favorite based on the numbers.
  • The world’s biggest chocolate chip was created in 2003 by The Immaculate Baking Company in Flat Rock, North Carolina. The cookie weighed 40,000 pounds and had a diameter of 101 feet.
  • The chocolate chip cookie was created by an accident.  The classic cookie was born when Ruth Wakefield, owner of the Toll House Inn in Whitman, Massachusetts, added broken chocolate bar pieces into her cookie batter thinking that they would melt.  They didn’t and the result is being enjoyed by the world over.
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies were originally named “Butterdrop Do Cookies and renamed in 1936.
  • The creator of the cookie – Ruth Wakefield was paid for her recipe with a lifetime supply of chocolate from Nestlé. A great deal, would you agree?

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