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Healthy Eating: Truth About Eating Too Much Fish

Few days ago I eat a foreign fish named Baby hack and calamari Fish from Shop rite. Photos coming soon.

Actually, Hubby bought it  from shoprite while on his way back from a meeting. He felt hungry and he stopped by to grab a quick lunch. So he had seafood rice with this baby hack fish to his meal and oh goodness… he could not describe how tasty and filling this fish was.

He knew I wouldn’t forgive him if he comes back home telling me about this delicious meal he eat. So it was thoughtful of him to have brought some home otherwise, hum… I rest my case Lol…
So the next day after enjoying this sumptuous meal, It felt like I added some weight overnight because I felt fuller and rounder. *wink*

These got us talking about the possibility for one to feed on fish for a whole week and the health benefits that comes with eating more of fish than meat, like eating grilled fish, smoked fish, fried fish boil fish, barbecued fish etc.

My Finding and Thoughts

While there is nothing wrong with eating fish because fish is good for you as the omega-3 fatty acids found in these fish are known to be good for the heart and brain. But, as with many foods, the key is to make sure you’re not having too much.

While our mission is to eat healthy, Our focus should be that our diet is also rich in the other heart and blood pressure-friendly foods, such as fresh fruit, vegetables and wholegrains, and that you drink plenty of water (2.5 litres a day.

So whether you like your fish smoked, grilled or fried, always remember to have them in moderation as studies have shown that eating excessive amounts of smoked foods even fish can increase our risk of certain cancers, particularly of the stomach and colon.

5 Must Eat Restaurants In Kano State

Have you ever visited Kano state? If not you need to take a trip to the  state as it is not just the second populated city in Nigeria, but a place to have sweet delicious meal when you visit.

We bring you 5 best restaurants to visit in Kano to have that tasty meal you can imagine.

CILANTRO RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE

Cilantro is a place to enjoy some quality time with family and loved ones, also a place to hangout with a few buddies to see that much anticipated soccer game. You can try the Sunday buffet, it promises to be a foodie heaven. Located at 67 Sultan Rd., Kano, Nigeria.

CILANTRO
CORNER RESTAURANT
Corner restaurant is a place of maximum relaxation and a place to enjoy some of the best of Arabian dishes. The ambience and food matches the best of Arabian standards.
P.S. Try the Arabian Grilled Chicken, Thank us later. Located at Lafia Road / Sultan Road Corner, Kano, Nigeria.

Corner
MEALS AND MORE
Meals and More is a home for Indian foods. Meals and more offers a bit more to the eat/drink experience, a good place to grab that quick munchies while settled with a cold drink. Located at 14, New Hospital Road, Kano , Nigeria.

Meal &More
JALSA FAST FOOD & RESTAURANT
A good spot for that quick bite, you can get the best pizza and barbecue, as well as a good combination of Indian cuisine. Located at 3, Bompai Road, Kano, Kano, Nigeria.

jalsa

TAJMAHAL RESTAURANT
For the Kano faithful, this is not a new jolly zone, relocated but the food has managed to remain the same over the past 7-8 years. Home to beautiful Indian cuisine and music, find yourself a peaceful meal at this location. Located at 20 Alu Avenue, Kano, Nigeria.

Tajmahal

Don’t forget to give yourself a good treat the next time you get into Kano.

Credit: hotels.ng

How To Differentiate Prawns From Shrimps

On my way back from an early morning walk, I caught sight of a local seller of sea foods such as craps, shrimps and possibly prawn. Why did I say possibly because I usually get confused with differentiating shrimp from prawn.
In many parts of the world, people find it quite difficult to distinguish between crayfish, prawn and shrimp. A large population of people don’t care what they are called and It doesn’t matter to some whether they are calling  shrimps as prawns, they just want to eat it.

The points and image below would help anyone also having difficulty differentiating them

Prawn

  • Gill Structure –  Prawns have branching gills while Shrimp feature lamellar gills, which are plate-like in structure.
  • Relative Size Prawns are typically larger than shrimps. Shrimp are generally smaller than prawns.
  • Leg Structure Prawns have longer legs than shrimp. Also, prawns usually have claws on three pairs of their legs Shrimp have shorter legs and have claws only on two pairs of legs.
  • Culinary Since prawns are larger, you get fewer in number per pound, and subsequently priced higher per unit. Also, much as prawns and shrimp are similar in taste, prawns are considered more of a delicacy because of their size. Since shrimp are smaller in size, they get cooked slightly quicker than prawns.  Sautéing shrimp for longer might make it rubbery and closer to dry fish. Other than that, they taste very similar to prawns.

Please drop a comment on how you differentiate Shrimps from Prawns.

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.

Water-Glass

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.

Egg salad

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.

coconut-oil

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.

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

Food Spice: The Hot Pepper List And Their Benefits

Do you know that there are multiply varieties of pepper that come in unique shapes, flavours and hotness? If you love spicy peppers, then this list is for you! Learn about some of the hottest peppers and it benefits.

Ata Rodo or fresh pepper is a variety of chilli pepper. This is commonly used in many Nigerian dishes to make the food really spicy. This red bell pepper is one of the hottest pepper in the world and are often used in sauces and condiments. When eaten in excess, you’re at risk of having running stool.

ata rodo

Popularly called BAWA in Nigeria, This pepper is a rich source of potassium, calcium and vitamins such as beta-carotene, B complexes, vitamin A, vitamin E and vitamin C. The botanical name of cayenne pepper is Capsicum annum and the Yoruba name is BAWA. Cayenne pepper is  said to be medicinal as it can treat hypertension when mixed with honey and boiled with water.

Bawa Pepper

Cameroon pepper ,also known as yellow pepper or black pepper is another hottest pepper in the world. It has a very unique flavour and aroma when used to prepare an African soup. It also has lots of health benefits like aiding proper digestion, helps to prevent the formation of intestinal gas and it can promote sweating and urination, which removes toxins from the body.

cameroon pepper

Green pepper aren’t hot peppers, they are in-fact sweet peppers used to prepare a tasty meal. Since this type of pepper has no much heat, it comes with nutritional benefits like fiber, vitamin C and E. Eating a diet rich in vegetables, including green bell peppers, reduces your risk of certain chronic illnesses. A 2006 article published in the “Bulletin of University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine” reports that the antioxidants in vegetables reduce free radical damage.

green-bell-pepper

Tatashey pepper in Nigeria is another set of pepper you must include when preparing the Nigerian stew. It is known to thicken and make your stew look more reddish. Also hot like its counterpart ata rodo, it’s also widely used in many African homes.

tatashe

If you’re interested in cooking with any of these super hot chillies, just remember to  use the right quantity and when washing, use a kitchen hand glove.

The Benefits And Detriments Of Eating Frog Leg Delicacy

Imagine walking into a good restaurant and you ordered for any new delicacy you haven’t tried yet your entire life. After being served the drink of your choice, few minutes later came a well prepared delicacy known as Frog Legs. what would be your first reaction? jump into it because it’s so inviting or ask about the benefits of the meal?

Well if your reaction is to pay for the meal and start eating, please think twice again. Although, Frog Legs are one of the better-known delicacies of French and Chinese cuisine, the legs of edible frogs are also consumed in other parts of the world. But it is prepared and consumed with extreme caution. Here are the Advantage and disadvantage of this delicacy

Benefits of eating Frog Legs
Frog legs are rich in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin A and potassium. They are said to taste like Chicken,  The taste and texture of frog meat is approximately between chicken and fish.

Detriment
Because  frogs exist in the fields and their bodies accept agrochemicals which are used liberally in fields. These are cancerous elements. We are hoping that people will take note of it,” a wildlife official said. But further research suggest that eating only the legs are not as harmful as other part of the body.

Advise
So when served a delicacy, especially when its a strange meal, always ask questions.

6 Important Nutrients From Bone Marrow Your Body Needs

Have you ever wondered why out of 10 persons 8 loves bone marrow?  I remember when I got married I often ask hubby why he loves to crush chicken, fish or goat bones to pieces with his teeth rather than throw then to dogs, and he says he loves bone marrow because they not only make his teeth strong but they are good source of calcium and Iron. Curious I did further research and noticed that it contains more nutritional element like phosphorus, magnesium, less amount of polyunsaturated fat and also a good source of glycine. Glycine is an amino used to make and repair other proteins in the body.

However, Shortage of all such micro-elements can lead to anemia, weakening of the immune system which is responsible for protecting the body from infections and antigens, chronic fatigue and weakness, development of cardiovascular and other heavy diseases.

Therefore, bone marrow strengthens the immunity, improves the cardiovascular and renal system, stimulates hormonal secretion and sexual function of the organism, improves memory, sleep, emotional mood, perception, comprehension and instinctively-conscious reflection of the person. In the bone marrow these trace elements are already in the right condition and concentration for the body.

For me, one of the most important benefits of eating bone marrow is the Immunity to diseases. It’s really something we strive to achieve every day.

Photo credit: 303magazine

Jamaican Corn Meal Dish Recipe ”Dukunu”

I came across this Jamaican meal and I think it’s a  healthy meal with a simple recipe to try . It called Dukuno” made with corn meal/flour, sugar, coconut milk etc. If you love Corn, surely you would  love this dish.

It can easily be mistaken as moimoi but  it’s  actually corn as no kind of oil or fresh pepper is added to it.

INGREDIENTS

2 cups spelt flour

½ teaspoon sea salt

¾ cup agave syrup

½ teaspoon cinnamon

¼ cup grated coconut

1 ½ cups coconut milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

quailed banana leaves

big pot of boiling water (about 2 ½ liter)

METHOD

Quailed banana leaves

1 Heat banana leaves over fire until slightly darkened

2 Cut banana leaves in about 9 inches squares

Putting it together

1 Mixed all dry ingredients and grated coconut together. Add coconut milk, agave syrup and vanilla, mix well.

2 Put about 1/2 cup of mixture unto each quailed banana leave sheet. Fold up the two ends and tie with strings (preferably strings that can be taking from the bark of the banana tree)

Dukunu

2 Drop into boiling water. There should be enough water to cover all parcels. Simmer for about an hour.

Remove banana leaves before eating.

Photo credit: kaanbelize

How To Test An Eggs Freshness Before You Crack Them

There is a popular saying that goes’’ Curiosity kills a cat.’’

But for me ,I would say,’’ Curiosity makes you discover the unknown.’’ Hahaha.. So very recently, I discovered the best way to detect a bad egg from good ones. Hum.. i hear someone saying ”Old news.” Well better late than never.

Having been away home for a while and still in the vacation mood, I just wanted to make an easy going meal I could prepare in less than 10 minutes. So I opted for Omelet and sliced bread. As I grabbed the egg.. Alas! I asked myself, would this eggs still be fresh because I know I had the eggs two weeks before my trip. So just to know if it was, I cracked one egg to see. Hum.. the smell gave it away. How could I throw all this eggs away? How can I detect the ones that are still very good ? I thought out loud.

I remembered while very young, my mum being a caterer made use of lots of eggs for the wedding cakes she baked and I remembered seeing her perform some kind of experiment with the eggs in a glass cup of water. So still curious I did my own experiment, and noticed some eggs sank down the cup of water while other eggs kept floating on the water.

My eyes lighted up in amazement as I quickly research why and soon discovered that when eggs float in a cup of water as seen in photo 1

Egg raw

This means that the egg has reached its prime and not  healthy to eat so straight the trash.

But If the eggs sinks down the cup of water, as seen in photo 2, its still very healthy.

Egg raw2