Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Smokey Chicken Wings


8 Chicken Wings
4 Cloves Garlic
1 tablespoon Dry Pepper( less quantity if you like mild hot)
1 handful Parsley ( about the size of 1/2 a computer mouse)
1 finger Fresh Ginger( size of your middle finger)
2 Seasoning Cubes
Salt to taste
1-2 cooking spoons Vegetable oil

1, Rinse the chicken wings, sprinkle on about 1/2 teaspoon salt, and put in a strainer to drain out the water
2, Blend the garlic, ginger, pepper, parsley, oil seasoning into a smooth paste. You may wish to drop a little water to help grind the seasoning mix into a smooth paste.
3, Pour paste over chicken and rub in thoroughly and leave to marinade for about 1 hour.
4, Heat oven about 10 minutes before chicken is ready to go into oven
5, Place Chicken on oven racks and roast for about 40 – 45 minutes or until brown and cooked through.

Cooking Tips:
1, You may need  to sprinkle the rest of the seasoning mix left in the bowl on top of the chicken as it roasts.
2, Turn the chicken half way through roasting so it browns well on all sides
3, As this cooking is a smokey affair, keep doors from the kitchen to the rest of the house closed so the whole house is not smelling smokey
4,To prevent your hair taking up the smoke also, tie a scarf to cover your hair whilst checking the chicken in the oven.

 Source: 1Q's Food Platter

Monday, 8 December 2014

Coconut water boosts blood flow

Coconut water helps dilate blood vessels, improves blood flow and reduces plaque formation.

The most essential thing about coconut water, is its low carbohydrates and sugar contents  and 99 percents free from fat.  Apart from its being 99 per cent free from fat, it had been proven to be a universal natural donor as it contained a lot of vitamins and minerals that were necessary for healthy human nutrition.

As a natural isotonic drink, coconut water has the same level of the electrolyte balance as plasma of blood. Its composition is high in thiamine, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, vitamin B12, iron, vitamin B6, potassium, foliate, zinc, pantothenic acid, sodium, riboflavin, calcium and manganese.

The minerals, potassium and magnesium in the coconut water, help in reducing high blood pressure, adding that it was packed full with potassium more than banana.

Coconut water is a wonderful energy drink as it has less sugar and sodium content compared to most sports drinks. It is the best choice to rehydrate, replenish and boost the body’s energy levels after any strenuous activity or workout. Taking it on a regular basis could be quite effective at regulating blood pressure due to its high concentration of potassium. 

Coconut water is a natural electrolyte and isotonic beverage, which helps increase the body’s metabolism and as such could be of benefit to people struggling with weight.

Coconut water acts as a detoxifying agent and the strongest antidote against any form of poison in the body. It has a therapeutic effect on the urinary and reproductive systems; it is reported to clear up bladder infection, remove kidney stones and improve sexual vitality.

Coconut water is promoted as natural sports drink that could be consumed before, during or after a workout, to provide replenishment and re-hydration applicable for all levels of activity.

Coconut water contains lauric acid which our body converts into monolaurin.

Monolaurin has great antiviral and antibacterial activity that helped in fighting intestinal worms, parasites and other gastrointestinal tract infections in children and adults.

The water from coconut may not only act as an antibiotic but it can also re-hydrate the body. Therefore, a simple remedy for intestinal worms is to mix one teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil into a cup of coconut water and drink it daily for at least three days. 

People should drink one cup of coconut water twice daily to address the problem of constipation, diarrhea and other common digestive ailments.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

‘Beans consumption good for hypertension, diabetes’

Beans is an ideal meal for hypertensive patients because of its high potassium and low sodium content.

Beans is more nutritious than meat and just a substitute for it.

Beans acts as protection for the skin and mucus because it is a good source of two vitamins factors, niacin and pantothenic acid.

Beans is recommended in cases of eczema, itching skin, dry skin, and general dermatitis.

The fiber in beans lowers blood cholesterol level and also provide substantial amounts of insoluble fiber, which helps to attract water to stool and enhance transit time of waste through the colon. This may help to combat constipation, colon cancer, and other conditions that afflict the digestive tract.

Proteins are the most notable nutrient in beans. The protein percentage in beans, which varies according to the variety, is equal to or greater than animal-based foods.

Beans is low in sugar, which prevents insulin in the bloodstream from spiking and causing hunger.

When you substitute beans for meat in your diet, you get the added bonus of a decrease in saturated fat.

The properties of the carbohydrates found in beans, along with their fiber content, “make them ideal food for the management of abnormalities associated with insulin resistance, diabetes and hyper-lipidemia.”