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Wednesday, 9 April 2014

8 Amazing Reasons Why You Should Eat More Bananas

Bananas are popular fruits and provide many health benefits. They are recommended by nutritionists for a number of reasons, including:
 
1. They provide energy to the body and can be eaten before starting an exercise session to provide energy. They also help when taken in the morning because they will ensure that the body has enough energy for the activities of the day. 

2. They are good sources of soluble fiber which absorbs water in the digestive system thereby slowing down digestion making the person feel full. This is a good strategy for reducing body weight because the person ends up eating less if the bananas are eaten before the main course.

3. Bananas contain pectin which is a nutrient that helps in reducing constipation.

4. Bananas are also good for reducing diarrhoea. This is because they contain the electrolyte called potassium which normally gets lost during diarrhoea. Eating more bananas therefore replaces this lost nutrient.
 
5. Bananas contain potassium which assists with the regulation of blood pressure. This helps in reducing the risk of a heart attack or stroke and also in maintaining the normal functioning of the heart.
 
6. An essential type of amino acid called tryptophan is present in bananas. This nutrient helps the body in reducing depression and improving the memory.

7. Bananas act as antacids by helping in the secretion of a thick protective mucus which lines on the walls of the stomach protecting it from stomach acids, which may otherwise cause ulcers.

8. Bananas contain Vitamin C which helps in keeping the skin smooth & glowing while at the same time reducing wrinkles.

The above are only a handful of the advantages of eating bananas. These fruits are not only sweet to eat but also help in the overall health of the body. So why not pick up an extra bunch next time you go grocery shopping?

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Fresh Dairy Milk Powder; A Review

Fresh Dairy full cream milk powder is manufactured in Uganda and distributed in the East African region. It is a wonderful product available in a number of supermarkets in Kenya.

The main reason this milk powder is frequently found in my kitchen is because it makes a good cup of tea or milk, whichever I want. The milk is usually thick enough to make a hot cup of my favourite ginger tea or white coffee. This makes it superior to other milk powder products in the market and therefore it is high in demand.

Compared to other products in the market, Fresh Dairy Milk Powder is very easy to mix with water. Whether you use cold or warm water, a spoonful or two will easily mix, and in a few seconds you have your milk ready to drink.

This wonderful milk powder can also be used in cooking where you first prepare the glass of milk and use it in simmering vegetables like kales, spinach and soups. You can also use it to bake some cakes as well as in making mahamri.

I highly recommend Fresh Dairy Milk Powder. It is worth your money having it in your kitchen all the time.

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Pilau And Kachumbari


Pilau is very common and much loved in various parts of the world. It goes by different names in different countries. In Kenya the meal is referred to as Pilau and is commonly served with a tomato salad popularly called Kachumbari.

Pilau can be cooked with meat or without it (Meatless Pilau).

Ingredients (Serves 2)

  •  1/4kg meat
  •  1/4kg rice
  •  3 ripe tomatoes
  •  1 onion
  •  Pilau masala or whole pilau spices
  •  3 cloves crushed garlic
  •  Crushed ginger

Method
  1.  In a saucepan, put in the crushed ginger, garlic and pilau masala and saute for a minute.
  2. Add in the cubes of meat and cook stirring continuously until the meat is browned and cooked.
  3. In the meantime, wash the rice and bring water to boil enough to cook the rice.
  4. Once the meat is cooked, after about twenty minutes, pour in the the boiling water and bring to a boil again.
  5. Add the rice and salt. Cook until the rice is done and all the water has evaporated.
  6. Serve with kachumbari.
Kachumbari is a simple salad made up of tomatoes, onions and a little salt. Simply chop all the ingredients into a bowl and mix. You can add a little virgin oil if you wish.