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Reasons Why You Should Add Coconut Oil To Your Hot Coffee And Every Meal

Do you know that coconut oil can be extensively used in a cup of hot coffee or tea?  Surprised! Oh yes it is not just for dressing salads and baking only.
Coconut oil has become a darling of the whole food movement with good reason. It’s now considered a healthy fat and has antibacterial properties. It also tastes delicious in baked goods or  on vegetables before roasting.

Here are 3 reasons why we love it –
Why Coconut Oil?
1. Cooking with coconut oil, which is mainly a saturated fat, is ideal because it’s able to withstand higher temperatures than other oils (perfect for slathering on roasted veggies and using in stir fries).
2. Although it’s a saturated fat, studies have shown that the saturated fat in coconut oil is mostly lauric acid, which means it has a more neutral effect on long-term heart health.
3. Coconut oil can be substituted one for one with butter in baked goods, making the results taste a bit lighter and with a touch of coconut.

What Should I Buy?
There are two kind of coconut oil widely available commercially: “virgin” or “extra virgin” — or cold-pressed coconut oil — that contains antioxidants and has a stronger coconut flavor and aroma; and refined coconut oil — “expeller-pressed” — which is more processed and has a more neutral taste and scent and a higher smoke point than virgin. Both cold-pressed and expeller-pressed coconut oil can last about two years without refrigeration stored in a cool, dark place, but there are so many ways to use coconut oil I doubt you’ll have any hanging around that long.

How Can I Use It?
Use refined coconut oil for pan frying: preheat the oil in the pan to 350℉-375℉ and try it in your favorite fried chicken recipe. Or toss vegetables in a tablespoon of coconut oil and roast until lightly browned. Vegans will love using coconut oil as a sub for butter in dessert recipes.
Remember that coconut oil has a melting point of 78 degrees, so if you’re in a warm climate your oil may be liquid at room temperature. You may have to gently warm your coconut oil in the microwave or stove when a recipe calls for a liquid fat.

Warming! Plastic Rice In Nigerian Market And How To Different It

Its a seasonal period where due to the upcoming festive season, prices of food commodities would continue to be on the rise. Especially the most widely consumed staple food ”Rice”
As I was on Facebook, I noticed a video with the tag plastic rice.
Reports indicate that China produces fake rice which is mixed with plastic for exportation to African countries including Nigeria.

Plastic rice has been described as rice made from plastic. It has sometimes been reported in the media to be manufactured in China and sold into different countries in Africa

I was so interested in this story because not so long, I planned on buying a bag of rice for the house, so watching the video got me curios and scared to the point that I had to do further research on how to differentiate this.

I have not seen the plastic rice myself, I have only seen reports of it and many of them. But I only noticed that the rice is whitish, brighter in color than the natural grain rice. It  also takes a long time to cook than usual. It gets hard again after you allow it to cool off before serving.

What Are Authorities Doing About It?
Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) have launched a search for alleged fake/plastic rice from China which is said to have found its way into some African countries, including Nigeria.
Well, I so hope they don’t tire out in their search.

Say Hello To Weed Wine The Latest In Wine Making

As you may know that there are different types of wines which can be classified either by it taste or color. But the color of wine is one of the most easily recognizable characteristics of wine. So in terms of color we have white wine, rose wine and red wine. But have we come across green wine?

So recently, a trendy new green wine, ”Canna Vine or Pot wine” as some call it has garnered quite a bit of attention since it was produced in the U.S. This green wine, however, is more than just its color — it’s essentially the combination of wine and weed. Due to the fermentation process these wines undergo, the wines are less potent than you might expect. “The result is a mellow, physical ‘body high’ rather than a more disorienting mental high,” the Los Angeles Times explains.

Its important to note that this wine is not about getting a buzz. Makers of this wine says the Cannabidiol extract in their wine can help cancer patients, those with sleep disorders, glaucoma and people with schizophrenia. Its providing quality medicine to those in need in wine form, its what it’s really all about.”

Don’t expect to find it at your local wine shop anytime soon. Because California is the only state where this green wine is commercially available with a medical marijuana card. Canna Vine certainly isn’t the first one to create weed wine. As the Los Angeles Times reports, “Pot wine, also known as green wine has probably been around almost as long as there has been pot and wine.

As you might expect, weed wine doesn’t come cheap. A half-bottle of the green liquid might cost you anywhere between $120 to $400.

Source: via feedly.

10 Foods To Boost Your Liver Function

A healthy liver plays a key role in relieving digestive issues, such as a sluggish metabolism, gas, bloating, and constipation. It regulates blood sugar levels, which, when out of balance, can cause sugar cravings, fatigue, and fuzzy thinking.
A toxic liver can lead to inflammatory diseases, such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, and autoimmune diseases. Without a healthy liver, you may suffer from hormonal imbalances that can cause headaches, mood swings, and depression. It’s time to nurture this amazing organ with foods that help it function optimally.

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Water
Water plays a vital role in every bodily function. Other than oxygen, your body needs water more than any other substance, including food, just to survive. Your body uses water to flush toxins and waste products away from your body. Usually 8 to 10 glasses (8 oz) will do the trick; try these naturally flavored water recipes to start. Just don’t overdo it—too much water can be harmful, too.
And skip the ice when you’re drinking water between meals; your body uses energy to warm the ice, diluting important digestive enzymes.

Garlic

Garlic
One of the oldest land-based medicinal foods on the planet, garlic contains an active sulfur-based compound called allicin, a critical supporter of liver detoxification. It helps the organ rid your body of mercury, certain food additives, and the hormone estrogen. It is used for many conditions related to the heart and blood system, so you may want to ignore the smell when you chew it and enjoy the health benefits.chopped-onion

Onions and Leeks

Onion and leeks have multiple health benefits. These garlic relatives contain sulfur compounds that support your liver in its production of glutathione, a compound that neutralizes free radicals.

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Eggs
Eggs provide some of the highest-quality protein, containing all eight essential amino acids, cholesterol, and the essential nutrient choline. Your liver needs these essential amino acids to perform detoxification processes. Choline, a coenzyme needed for metabolism, is found in egg yolk and protects your liver from toxins while detoxifying heavy metals.

Berries

The family of Beries such as; Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and cranberries are among nature’s superfoods because they contain phytochemicals—antioxidant-rich plant compounds that help your liver protect your body from free radicals and oxidative stress, which have been linked to chronic diseases and aging. Anthocyanin and polyphenols found in berries have been shown to inhibit the proliferation of cancer cells in the liver.

Apple

Apples
Apples, like berries, contain powerful phenolic compounds, including flavonoids, which can fight inflammatory disease. They also contain pectin, a valuable source of soluble fiber than can help eliminate toxic buildup.

Flaxseed

Flaxseed
A great source of omega-3 essential fatty acids, freshly ground flaxseed helps regulate hormone levels.

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Coconut Oil
An extremely healthy saturated fat, coconut oil is easy to digest and is almost immediately broken down by enzymes in your saliva and gastric juices. This means that your body doesn’t need to make fat-digesting enzymes, which puts less strain on your liver.

Avocado

Avocado
A vital source of monounsaturated fat rich in oleic acid, avocados contain glutathione, an essential nutrient for liver health.
Half an Avocado contains 3.4 grams of fibre, including soluble and insoluble, both of which your body needs to keep the digestive system running smoothly

Ginger

Ginger
Ginger antioxidants possess anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antimicrobial properties. Ginger supports detoxification by nourishing your liver, promoting circulation, unclogging blocked arteries, and lowering blood cholesterol by as much as 30%.

We should Bear in mind that most of the food we eat are chemically grown or preserved so regular body cleansing is a sure way to live healthy.

Jumia Food Ordering Service Want You To Be Food Smart

To all food lovers and workaholics, Jumia food is turning the rest of this month into Super September!  Jumia Food is bringing your food right to your door step.

Just order the food you love from any of your favourite restaurants and have it delivered fast! Simply download the Jumia Food app or visit food.jumia.com.ng and get 30% off some of your favourite restaurants in Lagos and Abuja for the rest of this month!

Note: Offer for new customers only!!
Follow these simple steps to be food smart today:
1. Download the Jumia Food app or log onto food.jumia.com.ng;
2. Choose your location in either Lagos or Abuja;
3. Select one of the following restaurants depending on your location: Lagos – Ghana High, The Place, Shawarma & Co Abuja – Johnny Rockets, Sawadee Oriental, Chicken Capitol
4. Select the meal that catches your eye;
5. Enter the voucher code SUPERFOOD on the checkout page;
6. Sit back, relax, and welcome your food with open arms upon speedy delivery;

Don’t forget to share a picture of your Super September meal and tag us on social media @JumiaFoodNG for a chance to win a free meal voucher!

Food Competition – The Chopped Junior Winner 12-Year-Old Nadjah Bray Tells What Inspired Her

One of my favourite TV programme is chopped on food network.  I felt so proud of a young 12 years old Nadja Bray who entered this food competition to support her twin autistic brothers. She is such a great cook.

She felt so proud of herself and believes the meaning of her name in Swahili which means ”Success ”as well as helping her family is her motivation. Bray also said she got into cooking to help her family deal with the added stress of having children with unique needs.

When asked what she would do should she win the $10,000 grand prize, Bray replied, “It’s hard to have younger siblings with autism, because it’s hard to communicate with them sometimes.  I want to win $10,000 because I want to make a website for older siblings that have younger siblings with autism, and I just want to help other kids out there if they’re going through what I went through.”

Bray did end up winning the competition, thanks to her excellent cooking skills, and it seems clear that she’s got a bright future ahead of her. Watch her as she expresses her joy in this video chopped junior winner

Photo credit: Foodnetwork

World Jollof Rice Day And Ten Things You Should Know About Jollof Rice

World Jollof rice day is the day set aside to celebrate this wonderful cuisine.  I remember while growing up, I usually wondered why the name ”Jollof’’ and where did it originate from?  I never thought most countries in different part of the world also enjoy making Jollof rice .

As I grew older, I realised  that people across the world adore this sumptuous meal. So if you’re a Nigerian, here are ten things you should know about Jollof rice.

Here are ten (10) things, we didn’t know about Jollof Rice;

  • The rice cuisine that is now called jollof rice is originally from the Wolof tribe that’s cuts across the Gambia and Senegal.
  • The rice cuisine is originally a fish-based recipe. But now, its normal to find jollof rice as chicken garnished.
  • The Wolof rice which is now called jollof rice is not a morning meal. It’s an evening meal.
  • The major ingredients for the meal are the tomato sauce. It gives rice to its redness.
  • Many of us don’t know that palm oil and tea-bush leaves are also part of the ingredients used for the preparation of jollof rice.
  • There is a dance that is done in honour of the cuisine.
  • The bottom of the jollof rice pot is more delicious compared to the top.
  • Homemade jollof is not as delicious as the party made jollof rice because it is over spiced with lots of condiments.
  • Jollof rice is better eaten when hot, I mean steaming hot.
  • Take note, Nothing can rival Jollof rice not even EBA (some people’s favourite).

Most Creative Cake Ideas For Weddings Or Anniversary Occasions

Cake is sweet and contains a combination of different ingredients requiring liquid and evening agents, the beauty is often enhanced by  icing, or frosting, and toppings such as sprinkles. Cake makers create unique and creative cakes to attract new customers, and we have collected some unique and creative cakes around world.

Most of these cakes owe their artistic magic to fondant, a controversial cake decoration ingredient. Fondant can be made in various colors and consistencies, depending on the concept in mind when designing the cake.

Cake 1: Video Game Cake; This is one cake idea you can present as a gift to your husband or family friend who is a game addict. The cake comes with other items that guys usually have around them when playing a game like your phone, a can drink, game pad etc.

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Cake 2: Ajase Cooking Pot
This cake could be presented to someone on her wedding anniversary who loves cooking or is into catering business. Anyone that has been involved in one party or the other would know what this “Abase Pot” is. They are commonly used to cook food meant to be served in parties.
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Cake 3: Nikon cake; This Nikon Camera cake that come with a red velvet color is a cake to present to a photographer friend on his wedding day .

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Photo credit: uicornstock.com

Cake 4: Polo shirt  Cake; This is one beautiful cake men/guys would love to cut on a bachelor’s eve or guys outing.

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Cake 5: New Born Baby Cake;  I feel the concept behind this cake  might be; presenting a gift to a best friend who just had a baby or a spouse can make a gift cake like this to welcome a new baby into a family.

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1.5m For Grabs In The INDOMIE Belle Full Comedy Challenge

Do you think you are funny, creative and talented? Do you think you have what it takes to be the next ‘Big Thing’ in Nigerian Comedy? Then join the Biggest Comedy Challenge – The INDOMIE BELLE FULL Comedy Challenge.

Indomie Instant Noodles is offering a lifetime opportunity to aspiring comedy superstars to show the world their vast potentials and become the next trending comedy superstar in Nigeria in the ongoing INDOMIE BELLE FULL Comedy Challenge.

The participants will not only walk away with cash prizes of up to 1.5 million Naira, but be shot into instant stardom in the Nigerian comedy sphere, alongside other mouthwatering benefits.

So, to be the next comedy star, all you need to do is record a funny video using your phone or any camera and follow these rules;

1) Creatively use the word “Bellefull” in the video.

2) Show an Indomie product pack in the video

3) The title of the video should include the word: “Bellefull”

4) Then submit your funny video to www.indomiebellefull.wetransfer.com or send your videos to bellefull@youlikenoother.com

So, what are you waiting for, put your creativity to test and upload your Indomie Bellefull funny video now! Multiple entry is allowed.

This comedy challenge ends in three weeks.

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Reason Why You Shouldn’t Drink Very Hot Beverage This Rainy Season

As the rainy season is here again, It’s the season for warm or hot beverage drink. It is very  Important for all Nigerian to keep warm during the rainy season because man’s immunity can be very low during the rains. So people can ward off some diseases by simply keeping warm, according to research.

While you’d love a satisfying cup of coffee, here are few facts you need to know about the risk of drinking hot beverages.  Recently, according to the  International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC Drinking very hot beverages “probably” causes cancer of the oesophagus.

Coffee is fine if you drink it at “normal serving temperatures rather than high temperature” says the International Agency.

Oesophageal cancer is the eighth most common form of cancer worldwide causing deaths of around 400,000 in 2012. So ”Let your drink cool down before drinking it” said WHO’s spokesperson Gregory Hartl who also advised to not consume food and drinks when they are at a very hot, scalding hot, temperature. Because evidence points to drinking hot beverages at temperatures above 65°C as having the potential of causing cancer of the gullet.

Source: Reuters/AFP