Eating healthy foods can help you live a better life!

Healthy Eating Tips

Archive for the ‘Healthy Drinks’ Category

What to Drink on The Zone Diet?

The Zone Diet is founded on the idea of eating a balanced ratio of carbohydrate, protein and fat. By eating in the ratio of 40/30/30, meaning 40 percent carbohydrate and 30 percent each of protein and fat, the idea is that your metabolism is impacted to run at its most efficient level. The diet also emphasizes getting the right amounts of fruit, vegetables and lean sources of protein. Continue Reading »

Chinese Green Tea for Weight Loss

Significant findings were made that pointed to the benefits of Chinese green tea in weight loss. According to the researchers of the University of Geneva, Chinese green tea has thermogenic properties which aid much in weight loss. In their study, they investigated the weight loss benefits of Chinese green tea by observing the interaction between the caffeine in Chinese green tea and a compound called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). When these two substances in Chinese green tea react, thermogenesis of the body increases by four percent. The tendency of Chinese green tea to enhance metabolic rates has given people reason to believe that Chinese green tea has weight loss benefits as well.

Another study concerning the weight loss benefits of Chinese green tea was also conducted. The results of the research showed that Chinese green tea drinkers have a better propensity for weight loss. Drinking Chinese green tea allows the body to burn an additional 70 calories a day, a feat that weight loss enthusiasts would relish.

How to Buy Fair Trade Coffee

You’ve heard the term ‘fair trade’ but do you know what it means? Organic food expert and environmentalist Anna Lappe explains why she believes it’s important to buy fair trade coffee, and how to find it.

Wine Collecting Guide

Some people collect wine for money…and some people collect wine because they have a passion for wine. Irregardless of whether you’re collecting wine for profit or for pleasure, collecting wine requires some investment. Enjoying wine is a completely different thing from collecting wine, bear this in mind.

When it comes to collecting wine, one of the most important thing to consider is where you’re going to keep the wine. A substantial portion of your investment towards your wine collection hobby is in ensuring that there’s a suitable place to store your wine. The motive is to ensure that the wine collection will increase in value, not decrease. Believe it or not, the storage and the way the wine is kept make a world of difference.

Wine that is kept, collected and protected in suitable condition will age nicely and will turn into vintage wines. However, if your wine collection is not properly cared for, well, you’ll know. The quality of the wine collection will deteriorate and a wine expert will be able to tell that your wine has been ill-treated.

First of all, do extensive research on the many different types of wines there are in the market. Some wines are meant to be kept and stored over a long period of time, some are not. Books on wine collection should be bought and if you’re at all serious about wine collection, spend some time reading through them and understand the different types of wines and the way that they should be kept. If keeping and reading books on wine is not your ‘glass of wine’, you can do your research on the internet. Either way, there’s a wealth of information on wine that you can find. Explore, absorb and remember.

Once you understand the way each type of wine should be kept, it’s time for you to design and construct the place where your wine is to be kept. This depends on the kind of wine you intend to keep there, of course.

And after you’ve built your wine ‘cellar’ (bear in mind, sometimes, wine cellars are not necessarily built in cellars), you should start purchasing wine; wine that you like. One basic thing to remember is that wine is differentiated with the provenance of the vintage. The better the storage, the better the quality. The better the quality, the higher the price. Before you buy wine, ask the seller for an authentic certificate. This may sound so trivial but it’s important if you want to know and be sure that you’re purchasing high quality wine. This is especially important if you’re making a bulk purchase of the wine.

In collecting wine, you would want to strive for a balance between New Age wine from Australia and Chile and with Old World Wine from Europe. Bear in mind that ready-to-drink wine is not suitable for long-term safekeeping. Dessert wine is also best opened and consumed within a short period of time. Know the difference before you start collecting wine.

A Quick Gourmet Coffee Guide

Gourmet coffee is not like wine, With wine, the longer you leave the better the wine would taste, and the higher value it is. But with gourmet coffee, it’s all about the freshness. If you can try to get coffee beans that have been roasted no more than a week ago. Only buy Arabica coffee if you’re want to learn how to appreciate gourmet coffee.

Finding freshly roasted coffee bean on the shelves of the local supermarket isn’t easy. Chances are, the coffee beans that you’re using today have been roasted at least 3 months back. One way to avoid this problem is to buy the whole bean in batches and grind them with a grinding machine. It’s really easy to grind coffee beans if you’ve never done it before, so if you want to appreciate gourmet coffee this is the best method.

Once you’ve bought the gourmet coffee beans, remember not to leave them out in room temperature. You should store them in an air tight container in the fridge if you’re planning to use it soon. However, if you’re planning to keep then for a longer period of time you need to store the gourmet coffee beans in an air tight container and put it in your freezer.

Having the right grinder for the right brewer is essential. Normally you can use about 2 tablespoons of gourmet coffee powder for 6 oz of water. Adjust the way you make your cup of gourmet coffee according to the way you like to drink your gourmet coffee.

With wine the place where the grapes are grown makes a huge difference. But with gourmet coffee, not only is the origin for the gourmet coffee bean makes a difference, the company that sells the gourmet coffee beans matters too. I recommend that you only buy from reputable companies for gourmet coffee, do some research on the net or ask friends if you’re unsure whether the company is good or not.

One last thing about gourmet coffee – learn to enjoy it, appreciate the smell, love the taste, experiment with it and you’ll soon find the wonder of gourmet coffee. If you’re hurrying off for work in the morning you can certainly forget about gourmet coffee! If thats the case, just stick to instant coffee.