Four Health Benefits of Porridge

We consistently talk about why is breakfast the most important meal of the day. According to Scientists each ounce of whole grain reduces the risk of death by 5% along with 9% reduction in heart-related issues.

 

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Porridge Bowl

Those are significant numbers and something you should be paying attention to if you strive to eat healthy on an everyday basis. It’s good to indulge in pancakes, waffles, and donuts once in a while but you statistically you will have a lot more energy if you eat whole grains when you start your day. Porridge is an excellent whole grain. We know it might not be on top of your favorite breakfast list, but we recommend including it in your diet plan. Here is why:

  • Curbs Hunger Pangs: Ever realized on the days you skip breakfast you end up eating a lot more calories than a regular day? You don’t need breakfast to merely fill yourself up. This meal regulates your appetite for the day. Eating sugar-rich food in breakfast is more likely to slow you down than you can imagine. Porridge is an excellent source of complex carbohydrates and will help you feel fuller for longer. Sprinkle your favorite toppings – berries or nuts to make it even more delicious.
  • High on Calcium: Nutritionists love porridge and continuously recommend it as part of diet plans. Know why? Not only is it a great source of fiber and vitamins but this whole grain can be easily described as the king of calcium. Give a boost to your bone strength with Porridge.
  • Improved Immunity and Cardiovascular Health: Vitamin A helps your body fight free radicals and Porridge is rich in Vitamin A. Thus it improves your immune health. Porridge can vastly improve your cardiovascular health. It can beat high cholesterol and soak fat in the system which can give prevent heart-related issues to a great extent.
  • Combat Blood Pressure: According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition whole grains help regulate blood pressure, in fact, according to them a diet that includes plenty of whole grains is equivalent to taking medication for High Blood pressure. Isn’t that amazing?

Now that you are aware of all the fantastic benefits of porridge we are confident you are going to include this miracle food in your diet. Need to order your groceries now, log on to Burpy to shop from your favorite grocery store now.

National Iced Tea month : Fun facts about you favorite summer beverage

Summer is here and – It’s officially the season of iced tea.

Nothing comes close to this refreshing beverage in summer. Love it or not, the fact is it’s difficult not to relish it in the scorching Texas heat. If you aren’t already an iced tea fan, we encourage you to spend time trying to find your ‘flavor’ in the grocery aisles. We bet you will find something you that you like. June is official National Iced Tea month, and we have some facts to share with you:

Iced Tea

Iced Tea

  • June 12 is the National Iced Tea month.
  • In early 1700s Tea was a favorite ingredient in alcoholic punches. Some of the famous historical recipes that used tea are Regent’s Punch and South Asian liquor.
  • Sweet tea’s popularity can be traced back to the late 1800s. The first non-alcoholic iced tea recipe originated in 1876.
  • Iced tea’s gained significant popularity in the early 1900s, after visitors to the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis took a liking to its flavors.
  • Tea can and should be paired with foods that bring out the most of its taste. Like wine, the flavor of tea is recognized worldwide to enhance the natural flavor of the food.
  • Today, iced tea accounts for 84 percent of all the beverage consumed in the United States and is a $5.2 billion industry.

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Drinks that should be in your refrigerator this Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend will be here in what feels like few minutes. It’s a great time to reconnect with family and friends while taking in the bright Texas sun and warm weather. It’s also an ideal time to make your refrigerator ‘summer – friendly’. Consider stocking these six chilled beverages in the fridge if you are welcoming guests this weekend:

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Iced Tea – perfect summer beverage

Iced Tea: We call it a magical thirst-quenching beverage. Kids and adults can’t seem to get enough of it. If you are hosting family or have a big gathering a pitcher of iced tea can never go wrong. The best part is it can be stored for a few days.

Fresh Juice: If you are someone on a quest to eat healthily, we highly recommend stocking fresh juice in your refrigerator. Loaded with vitamins, minerals, and fiber, juice has rightly enjoyed the attention that it does. If you are not a fruit person, there are plenty of vegetable juices available. H-E-B has a great section of freshly squeezed juices. Stock up.

Cider: Are you on board with the cider revolution that has garnered massive popularity in the recent times? Cider is loaded with antioxidants like wine. – The antioxidants can help you combat seasonal diseases and repair cellular damage. Not everyone enjoys the bittersweet taste of cider, but it can be a great inclusion in your summer beverage list.

Beer: An adult beverage, everyone enjoys a good chilled beer. Grocery aisles are filled with different styles and varieties nowadays, we are sure you will find something that you like and your guests would enjoy.

Wine: Summer screams for a good wine to be enjoyed by the pool-side. If you share our passion for wine, we bet you would agree they should be in every household in every season. We do think they make an exceptionally good addition to dinner meals during summer. What do you think?

Gin and Tonic: All hail gin, it’s the ultimate summer beverage. A summer favorite, this drink is simple to make with amazing health benefits, count on it to reduce bloating and combat joint pain. Make sure you have enough supply if you have friends over.

Is your loved summer drink part of this list? No? Comment below to let us know what we have missed mentioning.

 

 

 

 

5 nutrition mistakes to avoid as a Mom

Parenting is not the easiest job in this world. As a parent, you are always struggling to keep up with expectations while juggling many roles. The situation is definitely more challenging for moms as they are constantly balancing work and family needs. The juggling act can be a cause of great stress and concern for women. In the midst of taking care of responsibilities, it’s easy to ignore nutrition. Here are some nutrition mistakes to avoid as a mom:

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Mom with kid- burpy

  • Not introducing them to the new foods: We all have certain household favorites when it comes to food. It’s not rare to hear someone hear no one eats plum in my house or we are a vegan household. By nature, your children’s eating preferences will be a reflection of your personal eating habits. While it’s good to stick with the favorites, you don’t want to make food decisions in the grocery store with a personal bias. You might not personally like a kale smoothie, but do not make that decision for your kids before giving it a try.
  • Dieting in front of your kids: We understand every mom’s personal nutrition struggle. As you age so does your body and you rely on good old dieting every now and then to get back into shape. However, a word of caution, it’s a scientific fact that kids imitate their parent’s eating habits. You do not want to starve yourself or make an unhealthy eating decision in front of impressionable kids.
  • You rely upon takeaway food: Convenience should never supersede nutrition especially when it comes to your children. Are you a household that’s excessively dependent on takeaway or frozen food. While they are not necessarily unhealthy extreme reliance on them isn’t a solution. Their habit as kids will largely impact their nutritional choices as adults.
  • Too many sugary and processed foods: Kids love sugar and we all can agree that a cookie is a great way to bribe them every now and then. However, you don’t want your kids to consume processed food too often. Don’t give in to their tantrums too often, these foods can be detrimental to their overall health and weight.
  • Entertaining food tantrums: Nobody wants their kids to not eat a meal. However, if your kid only wants to eat waffles with whipped cream every day, you should be a little concerned. We understand introducing them to new, especially healthy food is not easy but giving up too soon is not a great way to develop their relationship with food.

Are you a mom with a great nutritional tip that should be a part of this post? Share with us by commenting below.

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5 Must haves in a vegan kitchen

Vegan Diet

Vegan Diet

Veganism is a trendy diet that has found more and more followers in the past years owing to the many benefits it offers. We can almost always find a vegan dish on a restaurant menu. Vegan diet excludes all animal-derived products – meat, eggs and dairy products.Although this diet offers many benefits it can also lead to vitamin deficiencies that are so easy to find in protein-rich animal diet.
If you are a vegan or someone who is switching to a vegan diet, here are foods that must be a part of your diet to lead a healthy lifestyle.
  • Nuts:  Nuts are excellent for health and are proven to promote the well-being of the immune system. They are versatile and can be had alone, in the salads, smoothies, and help one live longer. They have long shelf life and an absolute must-have for a vegan.
  • Vegan Milk: There are an umpteen number of choices for vegans when it comes to milk. Coconut milk is rich in fiber and B vitamins, soymilk is loaded with protein, and almond milk is free of artery-clogging cholesterol and saturated fat. Make a choice that matches your taste
  • Pasta: We all know it is delicious and wholesome. It should be in every healthy pantry but for vegans, it is a must. Choose whole grain or eggless varieties to whip up scrumptious easy to cook meals.
  • Beans: The market is flooded with a variety of beans. Whether canned or dry they are rich in antioxidants, fiber, and protein. Black beans, red beans or chickpeas they are all great source for vegans to meet their nutritional requirements.
  • Quinoa: The magical quinoa is gluten-free and contains an abundance of protein with all nine essential amino acids. They are naturally tasteful and can be part of stews, salads or curries
Think this must have grocery list for vegans is incomplete? Tell us what are we missing by commenting below.
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15 best Halloween Candy for Trick-or-Treaters

Halloween is fast approaching, read our list to stock the best candies of the year.

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1.  Skittles Original Candy
2.  Hershey’s Miniatures Assortment Candy Bag
3.  Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
4.  Jolly Rancher Hard Candy
5.  Dum-Dums Lollipops
6.  Swedish Fish Soft & Chewy Candy
7.   Frankford Gummy Body Parts Candy
8.   Airheads Mini Bars
9.   Mars Chocolate Favorites Fun Size Variety Pack
10. M&M’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Candies
11. Kit-Kat Mini Chocolate Candies
12. Nestle Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups
13. Nestle Crunch Size Halloween Candy Bars
14. Twizzlers Twists
15. Snickers Mini Candy Bars

Think our list is incomplete? Comment below to let us know.

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How to read Food Labels like a pro

Grocery shopping also means reading the food labels diligently to get the maximum nutrition from your food. Let’s be honest most of us don’t pay attention to this task, some of us are also guilty of completely ignoring it. If you are committed to the health of your family, we recommend you make label reading a priority before welcoming any food product into the kitchen. Here is what will help-

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  • Every packaged food will have a nutritional facts table at the back. The table will provide information on – Calories, Fat, Saturated fat, Trans fat, protein, cholesterol, carbohydrate, Fiber, Sugar, Vitamins, Calcium, and Iron. Essentially an overview on all the food nutrients.
  • Watch out for the serving size, it refers to the standardized amount to help you compare the nutrition content of various foods. What this means is if you eat the exact serving size listed on the Nutrition Facts Table you will obtain the precise amount of calories and nutrients that are listed.
  •  Pay attention to calories on the Nutrition Facts Table. The listed calories tell you much energy you will get per serving of the food.
  • Percent Daily Value (DV) on the Nutrition Facts label is a guide to the nutrients in one serving of food. DVs are based on a 2,000-calorie diet for healthy adults. For example, if the label lists 7 percent for iron, it means that one serving provides 7 percent of the iron your body needs to function in a healthy manner each day.
  • Try to get more of the healthy nutrients from your foods. Healthy nutrients include Iron, Calcium, Fiber, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C
  • Try to get less of these nutrients from your food – Fat, saturated fat, trans fat, sodium, cholesterol. Don’t get us wrong, these nutrients are essential for the body, completely eliminating them from the diet can cause major health concerns. However, we must be extra cautious of the amount per serving for these nutrients.

This is a beginner’s guide to reading food labels. Make sure if you haven’t been already reading the food labels till now you start today.

Think we forget something important about reading the food labels? Let us know by commenting below.

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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 –

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  • 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.

Think we missed out on an interesting fact about frozen food? Let us know by commenting below.
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Your guide to Summer Produce

Produce is at this peak in summer! What this means is that you can eat your way to a better health easily during this season. So, load up your plates with the best this season has to offer –

Summer Produce

Summer Produce

  • Peaches
  • Cherries
  • Berries
  • Watermelon
  • Oranges
  • Summer Squash
  • Spinach
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Tomatillos
  • Stone Fruits
  • Okra
  • Figs
  • Cucumbers
  • Green Beans
  • Beets
  • Chard

Think our list is incomplete? Let us know by commenting below.

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Memorial Day : Fun Facts

Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of Summer. Besides being a long weekend that provides everyone much-needed break to enjoy grilled meats, this day commemorates the soldiers who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. Here are some fun facts about this holiday-

Memorial Day

Memorial Day Weekend

  • It wasn’t always called the Memorial Day: Originally this day was called Decoration Day as soldiers would get together to honor their fellow soldiers and decorate their graves with flowers, flags, and wreaths. It was only in 1967 that the day was officially titled as Memorial Day.
  • Waterloo, New York is known as the birthplace of Memorial Day: The city began holding an annual community service on May 5, 1866. The practice later reached several cities, however, Waterloo won congressional recognition as the birthplace of Memorial Day.
  • General John A. Logan is the founder of this day:  He issued a decree that May 30 should become a nationwide day to commemorate for over 60,000 soldiers that were killed in the Civil War. People were encouraged to honor the deceased veterans by laying flowers on their graves on Memorial Day (earlier known as Decoration Day).
  • One is required to observe a National Moment of Remembrance “legally”:  Congress passed a law in December 2000 that requires Americans to pause at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day  to observe silence in remembrance of the fallen soldiers
  • Confederate Memorial Day: In addition to the national holiday, nine states officially set aside a day to honor those who died fighting for the Confederacy in the Civil War: Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Georgia.

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