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Foods That Are Much Less Healthy

If something is unhealthy for you, it is simply unhealthy. Avoid the following 5 foods which are not as healthy as you thought they were, and your mental and body-based fitness efforts will receive a boost.

1 – High-Fiber Snack Bars and Protein Bars

The key here is reading labels. There are some energy bars, protein bars and high-fiber snack bars which are very good for you. Start reading food labels. Find those that don’t contain sugar, salt, added flavors and a long list of ingredients that end in -ite, -ate and -ose.

You also shouldn’t eat an entire day’s worth of fiber, roughly 25 g, in a single snack bar, as this can have a dramatically negative effect on your digestive system if you don’t eat fiber throughout the day.

2 – Low-Fat Foods

I bet there are some low-fat foods you like a lot. They taste delicious, don’t they? Well, think about this for a second. If the fat is removed, and fat provides incredible flavor, where is your flavor coming from? The answer is, in most cases, incredibly high doses of unhealthy, refined sugar. Your body needs healthy fats in moderation, which means enjoying guacamole or hummus instead of a fat-free food product.

3 – Orange Juice

Did you know it could take as many as 5 to 7 oranges to make a single glass of orange juice? Unfortunately, when you drink the juice you get all of the calories from all those oranges in one beverage! It’s why even 100% juice is jam-packed with tons of calories.

The natural sugar in all of those oranges can additionally cause a blood sugar spike. The natural fruit sugar (fructose) which gives many fruits their sweet taste tricks your body into gaining weight by not letting you realize when you are full. Avoid orange juice and drink a glass of water instead.

4 – “Health” Drinks

There are plenty of drinks touting amazing health properties. If they’ve got more than 3 ingredients, you probably should skip them. No matter how the ingredients are disguised, and manufacturers are very good at disguising empty calories and simple carbohydrates like sugar, if there is a long list of ingredients, your healthy drink is probably anything but.

Delicacies of Barbados

Tasty food is one among the easiest ways to ease your mind from the pressure of studying. Here are some of the heavenly tastiest and delicious dishes served in Barbados which might help you cope up being out of your comfort zone while you’re abroad.

1. Cou-Cou:

Cou-Cou, a delightful national dish of Barbados is prepared using cornmeal grain and fresh okra, or breadfruit and green bananas, then topped with a variety of tomatoes, onions and peppers.

This amazing combination is of course a mouth-watering and favorite of proud Barbadians far and wide. Usually, in Barbados it is served accompanied by flying fish.

2. Flying Fish:

Barbados is called as the “Land of Flying Fish” as it accounts to about 60% of all the fishes landed on the Island. Flying fish is a huge part of the country’s cultural identity and is mostly served with the country’s national dish, the Cou-Cou.

Flying Fish is in fact one of the national symbols of Barbados and features prominently on national artifacts like coins and local artwork. Anyone who has ever tasted this little local delicacy finds themselves hooked on its unique flavor.

This little fish is one of the defining features of a typical Bajan meal served either steamed, fried, pickled, barbecued, in between salt bread or with a side of our infamous Cou-Cou.

3. Macaroni Pie:

Macaroni Pie, sometimes referred to as the island’s unofficial National Dish or simply a ‘Pie’ is a perennial favourite and a rich baked version of mac and cheese. Macaroni pie tastes a little different everywhere you get it with a fabulous cross between casserole, macaroni and cheese, and spaghetti.

Macaroni pie is among the most popular and delicious dishes in Barbados as well as the Caribbean. It is commonly consumed as a side dish along with fried fish in Barbados. It is also prepared as a spicy dish, using spices such as black pepper, curry powder and hot sauces.

4. Fish Cakes:

Fish Cakes are perhaps the most popular dish in Barbados, found on almost all menus, from 5 star hotels to even street side vendors. Consisting of filleted fish or other seafood with potato patty, it is sometimes even coated in breadcrumbs or batter, and fried to golden perfection.

A most delight version of the Bajan cutter is the ‘Bread and Two’ which includes two fish cakes, a slice of a cheese and obviously, pepper sauce.

 

Simple Breakfast Ideas

Here are some healthy meals that people of all ages can consume daily and lead a disease-free life:

1.Oats:

• Oats are quite rich in dietary fibers and they aid in improving your digestion rate.
• People with bowel and constipation problems should prefer eating oats in their breakfasts.
• There are different variations of readymade oats available in the market like strawberry, nutty and masala flavor.

2.Simple salad:

• Eating fresh salad made from veggies and simple ingredients is one of the healthiest meals you can have at any point of time.
• Try making a simple salad with freshly cut green vegetables, low-fat cheese and proteins like hard-boiled eggs.
• This no-cook meal is highly nutritious for your health.

3.Pasta with tomato sauce:

• Pasta is an appetizer-filling food that can be consumed both during lunch as breakfasts. Apart from stuffing yourself with heavy meals like rice and roti with ghee, try replacing it with a pasta dish.
• Pasta served with spicy tomato sauce is one of the favorite meals amongst people.
• You can even consider adding fresh chopped veggies and cheese to your pasta recipe and elevate the nutritional intake.

4.Chapatis with dal:

• Pulses are rich in protein content and they aid in healthy metabolism. Chapatis on the other hand are usually made from wheat flour and they contain carbohydrates.
• Eating plain roasted chapattis with dal is a healthy meal option for Indian origin people.

5.Vegetable khichdi:

• Khichdi is a delicacy that is prepared by mixing rice and dal together.
• Addition of freshly chopped veggies and spices not only elevates the taste of your vegetable khichdi, but also enhances the nutritional value.
• Some of the veggies that you can add in your vegetable khichdi are tomato, potato, peas, cauliflower, carrot, and beans.

6.Frozen yogurt with fruits and nuts:

• Plain low-fat yogurt serves as an excellent source of calcium and tastes delicious as well.
• To elevate the nutritional content, you can prefer adding fresh fruits like mango, apples, banana and nuts like cashew nuts or almonds in your yogurt.

History Of Christmas Food

A fun Christmas food is the much-loved gingerbread house. Kids adore it and decorating the gingerbread house is a Christmas tradition shared in many households. Gingerbread men were highly popular in Elizabethan England, as women prepared the dessert to depict their husbands, as a sign of appreciation. They were made with flour, butter, ginger, baking soda, ground cloves and cinnamon for flavor, with the addition of sugar and molasses for sweetness. But, it was the German bakers that created the gingerbread house for the first time for Christmas celebrations and is believed to appear in approximately the same period as Martin Luther started the tradition of having candlelit Christmas trees. After the Brothers Grimm released their famous Hansel and Gretel story in 1812, the tradition of making gingerbread houses exploded around the globe.

Candy canes are another type of sweet food that is closely connected to the celebration of Christmas. It is said that this custom came from Germany around 1970 when the children in a local church choir received white candy in the shape of a shepherd’s crook in order to keep them quiet during the service. In the beginning of the 20th century, a candy manufacturer in Indiana thought about adding peppermint flavor to candy canes and using red stripes to make them more attractive. These sweets are still highly popular during Christmas, being used as a treat, for decorating gingerbread houses, or even for decorating the Christmas tree.

Buche de Noel or the Christmas Log, as many know it, is a special type of cake that is baked for Christmas in particular. It is believed that the tradition of making this cake is closely connected to the burning of the Yule log, which took place centuries ago, although no one knows for sure when the preparation of this type of cake started. If we take a look at the ingredients, it is very likely that the Christmas Log began to appear somewhere in the 19th century. The cake’s recipe includes eggs, sugar, flour, melted butter, chocolate butter cream, instant coffee, and hot water. It can be decorated with candied cherries, green sugar, and various candies.