What Foods You Should Definitely Buy As Organic

You may have already heard of the ‘dirty dozen’, this name refers to fruit and vegetables that you should really avoid. This isn’t because the fruit themselves are harmful to you but the number of harmful chemicals and pesticides on them make them particularly bad for us. There are so many decisions to make in food shops that often the most important ones are bypassed for smaller ones, which products to choose as organic is one of these.

We all know that eating organic can be a costly affair and seeing cheaper fruits and vegetables on the shelves can be a persuading factor when you decide upon what you are going to buy. However it is definitely worth knowing that if you are going to buy only a few items as organic then there are some that it is a lot better to do so with than others.

Here are a few of the key fruits and vegetables that should definitely be organic when put in your basket.

When you look at the number of potentially harmful chemical residues on fruit and vegetables, it has been found that apples are one of the worst offenders in the produce aisle. So you should definitely consider going for organic with your apple otherwise you might want to consider washing them very thoroughly of even peeling the skin off.

A lot of us rely on beef as our main meat source and source of protein, it is in fact the most important meat to buy as organic too. By getting it organic you are avoiding all the artificial hormones, antibiotics and pesticides used in their feed, which can all end up in your steak or burger.

We usually associate cucumbers with freshness and would assume they are pretty easy to grow naturally, but they still made it onto the 2013 list of foods with the highest pesticide residue in them. Some cucumbers have even had up to 35 pesticides present in them and these remain on the skin when you eat them. Therefore it might be a bit safer to peel off the skin when making anything with them in it.

Celery also continues to hold its place in the ‘dirty dozen’, whilst it isn’t like the others on the list that tend to be berries, tree fruits and leafy greens, celery has been found to contain as many as 60 or more different pesticides. If you are struggling to find organic celery then instead of just opting for the regular choice, you might be better placed to just skip it altogether and replace it with another green vegetable such as broccoli or spring onions.

We all love strawberries in summertime but they are always a permanent feature on the list of pesticide-laden fruits and veg. this is because the risk of fungus prompts farmers to spray the plants with pesticide and this can stay on the food when consumed. There have been up to 60 pesticides found on strawberries.

How to Have A Perfect Picnic

As far as summers go 2014’s has been a pretty enjoyable one! The weather has remained relatively clear and beautiful (except for the odd thunderstorm) and we have been seeing temperatures sore to the high 20s a lot more than we are used to. So what better way to enjoy it than to get out into the great outdoors and have a picnic?

There are a lot of benefits to having a picnic over the usual meals in our home, not only are picnics a classic British tradition but they are also an ideal reason to bring friends and families together, and to eat healthy food that the summer brings. They are also an ideal way to combine a bit of physical activity with your eating plans, whether you wish to kick a football around, go on a leisurely bike ride to find a beautiful spot or wear out the kids so you can have a relaxing glass of wine in peace.

What To Put In A Picnic
Whilst the location and company are important to an enjoyable picnic experience, it is a meal and therefore you should pay close attention to what you are putting in your basket.

Carbohydrates are an important addition if you are going to be running around all day and your body can’t solely rely on snack foods to sustain itself, especially if you are having a drink or two! Make sure you pack some pasta or breads to form the bulk of your carb quota, but be sure to pick healthy options such as wholegrain. Protein is also integral in any meal, whether you choose to add it through lean meats such as chicken or with vegetarian options such as beans.

Water is also an important fluid to bring, chances are that nearly all the picnics you look at in a park will be well short of water compared to alcohol and this really isn’t a good idea if you are going to be spending all day out in the sun and if you are also going to be drinking a lot of alcohol too.

A picnic is the ideal opportunity to add the majority of your 5-a-day. There is nothing nicer than sitting in a park and tucking into some fresh strawberries and raspberries and having a tricolor salad of tomatoes, cucumber and peppers. Don’t be afraid to have one or two indulgent treats in your picnic but be sure they are kept to a minimum, doing this will also teach your children good eating habits too instead of having them crying out for sugary snacks and drinks all the time.

Other Considerations
Picnics are all about having fun but the last thing you want to do is be unprepared. Always bring along a big groundsheet for comfort, an umbrella to block out the sun’s heat and keep you and the food cool, as well as SPF so you aren’t left regretting some major tan lines.

Alternative Ways To Enjoy Fruit

We all love tucking into plenty of fruit but every now and then it can be a bit boring, especially if it isn’t the highest quality or freshness.So with this in mind and with spring and summer fruits at the height of their freshness, here are some creative ways of preparing fruit to add a fresh new twist on their usual raw state.

If you want your fruit to taste even sweeter and juicier then grilling it is a great way to bring out its flavour. The heat not only concentrates the flavours but it also caramelizes the natural sugar, so you are essentially giving yourself a fruity sweet! You’ll find that you can grill practically any fruit that is strong enough to withstand heating and can keep its shape. This tends to be any fruit that is held together by its skin and you can also experiment with any fruit you think will be complimented by the grilling. One of our personal favourites is grilling pink grapefruit, for anyone who enjoys it but finds it can be too tart, the grilling process adds a nice sweetness when it caramelizes the fruit and this counteracts the natural bitterness.

Other great options are grilling pineapple, peaches and plums!

Bake It
Baking fruit is a great way to develop its taste and cooking it at a low temperature means that the fruit and juices cook together, keeping all the nutrients locked in. you can either bake just one specific type of fruit or opt for a mixture of your favourites, it’s a great way to experiment with contrasting flavours and see what fruits compliment each other. Be sure to introduce different textured fruits when baking otherwise you could end up with a runny mess!

Baking fruits is pretty common when you are making the likes of fruit crumble and it can be a really simple and healthy treat when made correctly. If you have a particularly sweet tooth then baking fruit and combining it with your favourite cereal or yoghurt is a great way to have a healthier breakfast than pigging out on pastries.

By simply simmering fruit in some water you are able to soften it and also enhance its flavour. It’s a pretty simple method to get the most out of fruit that isn’t ripe and all the goodness of the nutrients either remains in the fruit itself or in the juices. Preparing this method is as simple as placing the fruit either whole or halved (generally the bigger the pieces are, the better they are at staying together) in a saucepan and adding whatever you wish to create a sauce, you can stick to water or you can even add a bit of honey or alcohol if you are looking for a bit more of a treat. Then simmer the fruit until it is at a point you like and Bob’s your uncle!

Poached fruits are a great way of adding fruits to desserts or meals and can even be added to savory dishes for some fresh flavour.

The Dirty Burger Trend & When Will It End

As food trends go, the dirty burger is one that has really blown up throughout London. One minute everyone was after refined meals and the next thing you know we are seeing deep-fried macaroni and sloppy burgers, all compliments of our American brothers. A lot of trends appear overnight and as soon as they have arrived they then disappear but the ‘dirty food’ craze really has established a strong presence and we can’t see it going anywhere fast.

It is a perfect choice if you are seeking a bit of comfort food and a bit of excess. No doubt popular TV shows such as Man vs Food definitely helped spawn a wave of crazily named burgers and portion sizes. The majority of people love the trend but are definitely beginning to realise it is best left for the occasional treat rather than a weekly occurrence. One writer summed it up pretty well by saying it is “the best worst food you’ll ever eat.”

So where did it all start in London? Well apparently a place named Dirty Burger can claim that title, which also has a sister chain named Chicken Shop. It originally opened in Kentish Town and has since spread to Whitechapel thanks to its success.

Since then we have seen the birth of gonzo style burger outlets such as MeatLiquor and their other chains MeatMarket and MeatMission. Each of these offers a slightly varied menu that will have you wanting to visit them all for their different takes on meaty indulgence. We particularly love the milkshake at MeatMarket that you can’t get from any of the other restaurants.

Now the ‘dirty’ theme of food has begun to appear even more regularly and they are competing with each other for your affection. Plenty of them have resorted to Man vs Food style eating challenges that will have you salivating but thankful you didn’t take the plunge. There is a definite feeling of one-upmanship as different restaurants seek to top each other for the most ludicrous and inviting meals. One that particularly caught our eye but will most likely require a colonic after eating is the deep-fried doughnut bacon cheeseburger (just Google it). We are definitely taking the most fun but potentially worst parts of our American neighbours culture and one wonders whether this will actively increase the level of obesity in our country.

There is a joke going around about the arms race of restaurant chains competing in portion size and sheer ickiness by piling on gloppy processed cheese and all kinds of fried and deep-fried bits and bobs to wet the appetite. The result is that whilst it may be very tempting and tasty, the byproduct is that we are all putting on two stones because of it. I myself realised I had been sucked into eating a considerable amount of ‘dirty’ burgers at one point and it wasn’t until I realised it was going to take its toll on my health that I stopped.

So will you jump whole-heartedly into the trend or ride it out? You are the master of your own deep-fried destiny.

Foods You Didn’t Know You Can Freeze

We all know about the usual foods that you shouldn’t attempt to freeze, but just like the microwave can cook and do a lot more than you might expect, there are plenty of foods you wouldn’t assume you can or should freeze…but it is possible. Freezers are a godsend when it comes to storing food and a storage solution when you spot a good deal and buy in bulk. But a lot of us aren’t getting the most out of our freezers, so here is a list of foods you can freeze that you most likely have never tried.

Avocados can be a right pain when it comes to keeping them fresh and ensuring they are ripe enough to eat. Often we will only need half of one and this usually means that the other half will slowly age in our fridge to the point where we have to throw it out. Instead of this you should try freezing it! The freezing process does change their consistency so we wouldn’t advice putting them back into a salad but instead consider using them to make a cool and refreshing guacamole.

You have probably never tried this but hummus can be stored in the freezer. It is actually a good idea as a lot of us tend to by hummus then it gets shoved to the back of the fridge and forgotten about. All you need to do is drizzle a thin layer of oil over the top of it to prevent it from drying and you are good to go.

So this is a bit of an odd one but if like us you never tend to finish a bag of crisps in one sitting then you might want to consider freezing them after instead of letting them loose their freshness in a cupboard. Putting them in the freezer keeps their freshness and they barely take a few minutes to defrost.

Corn on the Cob
Putting fresh corn on the cob in the freezer can mean it lasts up to a year! That includes the husk if you get it fresh but if you buy it from a regular store you will want to take the corn off the husk when freezing to prevent any loss of colour and flavour.

By cracking eggs into a bowl and gently mixing with a pinch of salt, you have a way of making your eggs last a lot longer than they would naturally. Obviously you don’t want to put the eggs in with their shells unless you want to have the fun of cleaning up a frozen egg explosion.

Cooked Pasta and Rice
If you always cook too much pasta or rice then you don’t have to put it in the fridge or throw it out. Instead if you freeze it in individual portions then you give yourself an ideal meal option for later use. All you have to do is reheat the pasta in the microwave or briefly bring it back to the boil in a pan.

Revitalize Body Immunity With Ayurvedic Massaging

Ayurveda is not all about certain medications. It stresses on overall wellness both mental and physically. A perfectly crafted session for Ayurvedic massage will bring the much need mental refreshment and joy. You shall definitely feel more energetic, rejuvenated and positive after undergoing professional massaging sessions. At Ayurveda Body Massage Centre in Chennai, different massaging techniques have been used for serving guests. Professionally trained massagers shall offer the right kind of massaging techniques to heal joint aches, chronic pains on muscles, etc.
Are you feeling stressed out completely? Do you feel blood pressure irregularities on regular intervals? For such cases, paying a visit to Ayurveda Body Massage Center in Chennai is highly recommended. With pressing and rubbing techniques, blood flow level has been revitalized through massaging. As a result, oxygen reaches to all the cells of the body. It helps the body to be rejuvenated.
Feeling relived from stress and anxiety brings a lot of positivity to life. You shall feel rejuvenated and energetic both in professional sphere and personal sphere. Ayurveda massaging does not only heal certain physical issues, but at the same time it gives you better immunity power so that your body can become self-protective. So, when you are in Chennai, Ayurvedic massage is a must-try.

Places To Find Best Mattress In Bangalore

In order for a person to work properly and be active, he / she should have the proper rest. For a person to have proper rest there should be enough amount of sleep. The surface on which a person sleeps, affects the quality of sleep to a great extent. When there is lack of sleep it causes imbalance in the mental health of a person. Without the right sleep accessories, a lot of people tend to suffer from sleeplessness. There are many places and outlets that sell mattresses all around the world. There are some places that even replace your old mattresses with a brand new one. There are options of getting a discount for the older ones. Even the mattresses have their own lifespan and their credibility and comfort degrades with the time that the mattress is used. There are many places where a person can find best mattress in bangalore. Each of these outlets sells different types of mattresses. The customers can choose any type that they prefer. There are also many other teeny tiny particles of dust that may get absorbed into the mattress over the years. This makes it harmful because of the micro organisms in it.

Fabulous Spa Services For Women

Everyone who is looking for a service in a relaxed manner is all here to amaze you with differentvarieties of spa and massage. The city of Pondicherry is ready to witness one of the finest massage centers ever in the history. The Luxury Spa and Salon in Pondicherry gives you all benefits to experience at reasonable prices. Women across the world popularly use the spa, and it is a way to release the stress and travel to a peaceful state of mind. The specialized therapists in the Luxury Spa and Salon make everyone feel comfortable and take care of much kindness.

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At Luxury Spa and Salon in Pondicherry, you will not only get to experience a good ambiance, but also the unique services offered by the salon are mind blowing. Do not wait for someone to grab such offers as the salon offers its customers with a limited number of deals every day. The popularity of the salon is that every visit you will have a different atmosphere. The necessary things during the first visit to the salon would be to carry a detailed report of the health history so that the salon will offer based on the individual’s health and body condition.