For most of us, the day doesn’t start when the alarm goes off — it starts once we’ve had our first cup of coffee! While we all love that extra jolt of energy that coffee gives us, it does come with some downsides. Too much caffeine (four or more cups of coffee a day) has been known to increase your risk of depression, certain cancers, and anxiety. So the next time you find yourself needing a morning pick-me-up, reach for one of these delicious coffee alternatives instead. Smoothies Homemade Smoothies are one of the best ways to eat a light breakfast that’s still packed with vitamins and natural energy boosters. If you’re new to smoothie making, be sure to add some berries to your drink. Not only are they sweet and delicious, but they’re packed with glucose — a substance that is easily metabolised and turned into fuel for your body. Fruit Infused Water One of the many reasons why people lack energy throughout the day is because they’re not hydrated enough. But, we get it — sometimes drinking water all day long can get boring. So, before you reach for an artificially sweetened drink, try creating your own naturally infused water by adding your favourite fruits and herbs! Cranberry Juice What can’t cranberries do? From boosting heart and digestive health, to helping fight cancer, cranberry juice is the perfect drink to start your day. Just make sure you’re choosing authentic, sugar-free cranberry juice and not cranberry juice cocktail! Tea If you’re looking for something a bit warmer (and more reminiscent of coffee) to start your day with, tea is a great alternative to coffee. White teas are an especially good morning tea because they’re easy on the stomach and still contain just a little bit of caffeine. Plus, the antioxidants found in white tea have been known to improve your cardiovascular and oral health — who knew? Hot Apple Cider Apple cider contains no sugar, no cholesterol, and is low in calories — win, win, win! It’s also a great source of potassium and iron. And though many people enjoy drinking it cold, you can also heat it up so you still get the enjoyment of starting your day with a warm drink. So whether you’re looking to cut coffee out of your life completely, or just want to limit yourself to one or two cups a week, you should have no problem thanks to these best coffee alternatives! [ ... ]Read More
One proof of the wonders of nature is the aptly called miracle fruit also known as the magic or miracle berry. Synsepalum dulcificum as it was dubbed in the scientific world, this miracle berry trace its roots from tropical West Africa. This small ellipsoid berry has red colour when ripe and was borne by a small shrub under the family Sapotaceae (the family of other tropical fruits such as sapodilla, abiu, canistel and star apple). This wonder fruit has taste-changing properties which can modify the taste of sour foods, making it sweet to the tongue and was also claimed to make unsavory tasting foods delicious and pleasing to the taste buds. By just popping and chewing the fruit's fleshy pulp prior to eating or drinking, one will experience how a sour food will change into a sweet delight. The effect would last for minutes or hours depending on how well the pulp has coated the taste buds. The taste-modifying properties of the miracle fruit led to several groups experimenting on various food and drinks and what do they taste like after chewing the miracle berry. This is what they called flavour tripping. After chewing the miracle berry, many flavour trippers tasted citrus as candy, vinegars like apple juice, sharp cheeses as cheesecake and beer like milkshake.
If you wonder what makes the sour food taste sweet, then you can blame it to the glycoprotein called 'miraculin.' This taste-modifying protein is a component of the pulp of the miracle fruit which when coat the taste buds will alter the way it perceives sourness, thereby making a sour food tastes sweet.
The miracle fruit has a great potential as a sweetener for diabetics. One medical research done in Taiwan showed that the fruit may be used as adjuvant for treating diabetic patients with insulin resistance because of its ability to improve insulin sensitivity. The berry has also a promise for cancer patients which undergo chemotherapy by increasing their appetite since miracle fruit intake has been shown to reduce, if not eliminate the metallic taste in the food that they eat.
There is no secret in propagating the miracle fruit. The plant can be propagated by seeds, rooted stem cuttings, and through marcotting. It adapts well to tropical climates and favors acidic soil. Growing the plant only requires organic and commercial fertilizers, and none of insecticides or herbicides. The plant is watered only when necessary, using a power sprayer with a two-inch duct hose. The plant is pruned regularly to increase light use and to control pests, improve fruit quality and increase yield. The fruits, which are borne in clusters, ripen two months after setting. Fruiting peaks from March to May and, in less quantity, from December to February.
With all these, it is just rightful for this amazing berry to be called a nature's wonder - a real miracle!
London Based Exotic Flavas launch crowdfunding campaign to raise £60,000Exotic Flavas needs £60,000 to help them purchase a food truck, storage and equipment so they can travel around the UK. Exotic Flavas is a small start-up business based in north London who specialises in smoothies, smocktails and sorbets which are dairy free and suitable for vegetarians. They are keen to introduce more exotic fruits into the UK market, especially as people may not be aware of the amazing health benefits of these fruits. Mark Sheppard founder of Exotic Flavas in august 2016 said, “I am truly passionate about producing you with opportunities to taste fruits from all around the world, especially as we have been deprived of them here in the UK for so long.” In return for pledges and support Exotic Flavas plans to offer some great rewards like smoothie coupons, free entry into their tasting events, catered events and much more. We are also giving part of the money made from this crowdfunding campaign to a charity called XLP (The eXcel Project), which works towards creating positive futures for young people. For further information please visit www.exoticflavas.com To make and pledge or donation please visit http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/exoticflavas/ Contact: Azaria Aimiuwu Email: [email protected] Crowdfunding enables people with a great business idea to ask the public for the funding they need to set up or expand. The business sets a target for the money it wants to raise and explains how it will use the cash. People can then make pledges for small amounts of money in return for a reward if the target is reached. [ ... ]