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Garden egg sauce

5 Delicious Food You Should Enjoy In This Month Of December

Enjoy the flavor of this sumptuous meals as we bring to you our top 5 delicious meals for the year 2015.

COCONUT RICE

Coconut rice

This Coconut rice delicacy should be on your top list of meal to enjoy this month. See Recipe here

IRIBOTOR

Iribotor Meal

This traditional meal of the Uroboh’s known as “Iribotor” is essentially a lighter version of the Igbos’ Nkwobi and Isi-Ewu recipes. I very sure you would loved every taste of it. See Recipe

GARDEN EGG SAUCE

Garden egg sauce

As a nutritious sauce that is healthy to have with rice or yam because it is a very good source of dietary fiber, potassium, and it’s also rich in antioxidants. Recipe here

UKODO

Plantain,yam pepper soup

Unripe plantain and yam pepper soup is one delicacy you would love to try. I call it the healthiest food in the world because it is rich in Iron and protein. This delicacy, known as ”Ukodo” in Delta state. Recipe here

Irish Potatoes with Catfish

Irish potatoes and fish is another meal that is breaktaking……

Coconut rice

Coconut Rice Delicacy (Recipe)

So this past Sunday after a very long time, I prepared Coconut Rice. Not like its  an unusual meal you get to eat once in a while no…, but when you get to prepare and eat it, you feel this goodness within you. This unique delicacy is not eaten every day in Nigeria but at least once or twice a month depending on the family’s healthy eating habits. It is a Sunday lunch or dinner meal for both family members and their respected guests. Yes, it is an ideal once a month lunch, dinner meal or cuisine loved and enjoyed by all Nigerians. Also, I see Coconut rice as a good alternative to Jollof rice. The only difference is that it is made with a combination of milk extract.

This is just how I feel when eating coconut rice how about you?

Ingredients

1 fresh coconut fruits( to be cracked and seeds grated to extract the milk  or juice.

2 kg of chicken cut into pieces and boiled to be added into the cooking pot for the jollof coconut rice.

2 large onions

10 pieces of fresh chilli pepper

4 spoonful of vegetable oil

4 large fresh tomatoes and chilli peppers (chopped)

4 cups of  white grain rice.

Seasoning cubes to taste

Once all these ingredients are assembled, the cooking is fairly very easy.

Step 1: Break the Coconut fruit away from the shell and use a knife to break the nuts into bits

Step 2: Rinse the Nuts in a clean water and use a grater to grate the Coconut shaft.

Step 3: Boil 3 full cups of water and turn the boiled water into the coconut grated shaft (The hot water help to extract the milk from the Coconut)

Step 4: Use  a sifter to extract the milk then set aside in a clean bowl. Also blend the fresh tomatoes, pepper  and set aside.

Cooking Preparation

Step 5: Wash the chicken thoroughly and bring to boil. Add seasoning like Curry and Thyme, Salt and maggi. When properly cooked, sifter the chicken stock and set aside.(To be used in the rice cooking)  .Also fry the chicken and set aside

Step 6: Wash the rice with clean water twice before parboiling for 15 minutes. Then rinse again and set aside.

Step 7: Take a clean pot and set  on the fire.  Heat up  4 spoonful of  vegetable Oil and turn in the diced onion to fry. Then turn the blended tomatoes puree into the  heat and fry. Add seasoning as desired, then turn in the chicken stock and coconut juice and allow to boil for 5 minutes before adding the parboil rice.

Note: Let water level be equal with rice level so the rice doesn’t overly get soft. Let the coconut milk serve as water if you need to add more to soften the rice.

Step 8: Leave the rice to cook and and serve with fried plantain and Chicken.

Enjoy!

Red meat

Types Of Processed Meats You Should Avoid That Causes Cancer

The cancer research arm of World Health Organization (WHO) has determined that the consumption of processed meats like hotdogs, ham, sausages and meat-based sauces causes colorectal cancer, while eating red meat like beef, pork and lamb is “probably carcinogenic to humans.” this means eating red meat from any of the above have the tendency to cause cancer.

Red meat refers to all types of mammalian muscle meat, and includes the following:

  • beef
  • veal
  • pork
  • lamb
  • mutton
  • goat
  • horse

So this meat  when processed  means that  they have been transformed through salting, curing, fermentation, smoking, or other processes to enhance flavour or improve preservation.

The research agency sited examples of processed meat which includes hot dogs, or frankfurters, ham, sausages, corned beef.

On the other hand, non-processed poultry like fish, fresh chicken and turkey have long been recommended as good sources of protein, and options to replace red or processed meat in the diet.

The experts “concluded that each 50 gram portion of processed meat eaten daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 18 per cent,” according to a press release issued today.

Credit: allafrica, Time.com

10 Healthiest Foods Of All Time And Why You Should Always Eat Them

A registered dietitian Tina Ruggiero, author of The Truly Healthy Family Cookbook,  have listed some essential fruits we should eat daily and why each of these foods is a powerhouse.

Its important we bear in mind that eating healthy shouldn’t be complicated. So to make it simple, TIME.com has curated a list of the 50 healthiest foods you should be eating now. But I would mention just 10 of them.

banana

Bananas and Why are bananas good for you: They are actually classified as an herb and they are an excellent source of cardioprotective potassium – that is ; it contains nutrients that protect the heart. Bananas also help to increase dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin – brain chemicals that counter depression.

oranges

Oranges and why they are good for you: Oranges are one of the most potent Vitamin C sources and are essential for disarming free radicals. Thy help protect our cell and sustain a healthy immune system

Friends Swimming Underwater in Backyard Pool

Blueberries and why they are good for you: Blueberries are rich in anthocyanin and blueberries helps to protect vision, lower blood sugar levels and keep the mind sharp by improving memory and cognition.

Tangerines

Tangerines and why they are good for you: Thorough research has shown that Tangerines has more antioxidant than an orange,and this powerful little fruits soluble and insoluble fiber that play a role in reducing heart disease risk. Tangerines also help lower risk of  chronic eye disease like cateracts and may be protective against type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Avocado

Avocados and why they are good for you: Avocados contain nearly 20 vitamins and minerals. Substituting one avocado for a source of saturated fats like butter or cheese  may reduce your risk of heart disease.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes and why they are good for you:  As little as they  are in shape, Tomatoes are a nutritional powerhouse. They are rich i Lycopence, a potent weapon against Cancer. Lycopene protect our cells’ DNA with its strong antioxidant power.

Mushroom

Mushrooms and why they are good for you: Mushrooms are antioxidants that fight cancer too. They are a good source of riboflavin, a vitamin that supports the body’s natural detoxification mechanisms and they are the highest source of vitamin D.

Garlic

Garlic and why they are good for you: Garlic boost immunity and support healthy joints. It is well known for its cardioprotective benefits and its also an effective antiviral.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes and why they are good for you:  Although they have a bit more natural sugar than white potatoes, they are packed with nutrients. A large sweet potatoes contains more than a days worth of vitamin A, essential for eyesight and reproductive health. It also has B vitamins, fiber and potassuim and a  antioxidant which may enhance immunity and support metabolism

Sardines

Sardines and why they are good for you: Sardines contains omega-3 fatty acid and calcium content. This fatty acids go to improve blood flow, feeding our brain, stabilizing heart rhythms and keeping inflammation in check.

Credit: Time.com

Food_Drought

Nigeria Food Items To Be Banned Permanently By 2016 – NAFDAC

At a public presentation of the special edition of the National Mobilizer magazine by the National Orientation Agency (NOA) in Abuja, the  Director General of NAFDAC, Paul Orhi, said Nigeria has been given June 2016 deadline to improve in the processing of its foodstuffs or risk permanent ban from the international market.

The Director General of NAFDAC said that food items from Nigeria were being rejected in the international food market because of the unhealthy procedure used in processing them.

If you recall , the European Union earlier banned exportation of food from Nigeria due to reports that they are preserved with pesticides. You can read more reasons  here .

export food

Nigeria Would Be Major Food Exporter By 2019 – PMB

Buhari  is determined to make Nigeria self-sufficient in food production. In his speech delivered on his behalf through the permanent secretary of Agriculture, Arc. Sonny S.T. Echono, The president said the government had moved to establish the youth employment in Agriculture program which will benefit 20,000 school leavers and rural youth leaders in each State of the federation and develop 18,500 university graduates into young agricbusiness entreprenuer called ”negroprenuers”.

Buhari noted that the GRP programme has become more important “at this time our national life when oil has ceased to become the cash cow of our economy we have no option than to turn to agriculture.”

What do you think about this brilliant move of the president to boost food production in Nigeria?

Credit: leadership.ng

bags-of-rice

Benefits Of Nigeria And Brazil’s Food Production And Houses For All Partnership Scheme

The governments of Nigeria and Brazil have reached an agreement to provide a good life for the Nigerian Citizens. The Brazilian government have agreed to help Nigeria accomplish several projects like; To boost food production- by producing rice in other to meet up with the extra demand by the  Nigerian people.

According to the Leader of the Brazilian delegation, Evaldo Silva Junior, Brazil produces 70 per cent of total production of rice in south America.  He continues ” We are here to help Nigeria produce rice, develop rice production in Nigeria and to go into discussion about supplying rice to meet up with extra demand of that will not be met by the production in Nigeria

Also included in the agreement is the provision of Brazil’s construction technology to assist Nigeria build houses for the poor and people of low income class at cheaper costs and faster rate, using the model known in Brazil as “My Life, My Health”, he said.

Nigeria sewage system too is also included in this agreement. He said, “Concerning the sewage management, we are here to have a project, which will help manage the sewage, and change what is coming from the sewage, into bio-fuels through selective process,”.

Nigeria’s Permanent Secretary, Bulus Lolo has urged Nigerians to hold their selves ready to partner with those who will give us impetus for change.

Photo credit: premiumtimesng

World Egg Day

2015 World Egg Day Is Here Again!

Every second Friday in October is World egg day and Nigeria is one of the seven countries in Africa that celebrate it. Funtuna eggs, the first to introduce the concept of branded and packaged eggs to the Nigerian food industry, is the ambassador for the International Egg Commission (IEC) in Nigeria.

How to observe World Egg Day

This day is celebrated in the form of omelet cooking competitions, donation of egg recipe booklets, boiled egg donation, radio and TV advertisements and round table discussions as well as trying different egg recipes, click here

Funtuna eggs is a part of the global celebrations that are in place for the 20th anniversary of World Egg Day  October 9, 2015. The concept of ‘World  Egg Day is a unique opportunity to help raise awareness of the benefits of  eggs and is celebrated in countries all around the world.

Here are the benefits of eggs that would inspire you to celebrate this day.

Wheat Bread

Foods You Need Avoid That Can Cause Catarrh

Have you ever noticed how people get catarrh after eating a meal or after being exposed to dust?  Surprisingly, this condition often keep people wondering why they keep having catarrh.

If you have such condition, here are certain foods to stay aware from so as to avoid having  recurrent Catarrh.

Wheat Products

Do you know that when you consume a lot of  pastries like Pasta, biscuits, cakes and many breakfast cereals that comes with milk, these are made from wheat product which can cause an excessive build-up of thick phlegm of the body.

Tip: Try avoid these foods for some period to see if your catarrh relieves you or totally disappears. This will help you pinpoint which foods or groups of foods that cause your recurring catarrh. Instead of just using catarrh drugs every time, this could help find a lasting solution.

Cold Water/Iced Foods

Cold drinks and some iced foods such as iced creams, cold beverage drinks and beers, etc., can cause this irritations. So if you are someone that takes cold water every day or like going out taking very chilled drinks with friends, it could be the source of your catarrh. You may want to try and be observant yourself to confirm this claim.

Milk  Products (Dairy)

Dairy products are known for their mucous-forming ability. They cause the formation of mucous in some people. So all you need to do is to be observant any time you consume this food and try reduce the quantity you consume.

 

Tap water

Reasons Why You Must Drink Water Before You Go To Sleep

As easy as drinking water could be, unfortunately most people do not take it seriously.

Practically everyone knows the golden standard, which is to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of it every single day to ensure our bodies stay hydrated. However, many people fail to achieve this goal. Whether it’s because we are too busy and just don’t think about it, or fail to keep track of our consumption, it’s hard to know for certain whether or not we are drinking enough of it.

An incident of an after effect of serious muscle pull pain that happen to a family member of mine really motivated me to write this post. As during treatment, the doctor really emphasized the importance of drinking good amount of water daily especially at night.

The common belief that many people hold is that drinking water right before going to bed is disruptive of sleep. The general thought is that doing so will make you more likely  to get up and pee in the middle of the night. While this may be true for some people, drinking a glass of water before bed can actually help you get a better nights rest because it can help to prevent night time leg cramps. If you suffer from these annoying type of cramps you know how hard it is to get to sleep when your legs start acting up.

What causes the condition is that the muscles in your legs are dehydrated when they cramp up and are looking for hydration. Thus, a glass of water before bed can help to alleviate them, plus it also helps your body get rid of toxins and avoid a Stroke or Heart Attack.  So you see that the benefits of drinking some water before bed far outweigh the one negative, having to get up to relieve yourself, especially if you suffer from night time leg cramps.

In addition to a glass of water before bed, there are a few other ideal times in which you should drink water to maximize it’s effectiveness on the body, they are:

1) First thing in the morning after you wake up. Drinking a glass or two in the am helps activate all of the internal organs in our bodies.

2) Before each meal. Drinking 1-2 glasses of water about 30 minutes prior to eating a meal aids digestion by helping to prepare your stomach for the food that will soon follow. It also makes you feel fuller faster which can help you eat less and lose weight.

3) Before and after a workout. Drinking a glass at these times can help prevent dehydration caused by water loss due to perspiration.

4) Whenever you are tired. If you feel sluggish or exhausted chug a glass of water, it will wake up your body and help keep you alert.

Of course, you can always drink a glass of water anytime you’d like to! The points covered above are the best times to drink water when your body really needs it.

 

 

 

 

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