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DIET & NUTRITION

Foods That Aid in Calming the Mind (Reducing Stress) and Body

It is quite natural for all of us to believe that having a nice sumptuous meal would give a soothing effect to our body. This statement however is not even remotely true as a generalization.

For, there are few foods that make you prone to anxiety and stress. Therefore, it becomes imperative that in time of stress, one should only intake those food items that are proven to calm the mind and body.

Effects of Improper Diet Plans

One must understand that though a few foods that may give you temporary soothing effects can have counter effects. Starch, for example, which is available as sugar in all sweet products will make you feel better for a moment but would lead to rise in fat.

This fat is the reason that makes a person obese which is definitely not a good long term goal. So, one must be careful about looking at the overall effects that the food gives to calm the mind and body. The rest of this article will give you a primer on how to eat healthy.

Reducing Blood Pressure: Avocado

This fruit has two essential elements that make it number one on the list. Firstly, the fruit contains potassium in large quantities which further helps in reducing your blood pressure. Therefore, gives you an instant relaxation against anxiety or stress. Secondly, the fruit is also known for being rich in Vitamin B and vitamin E which acts which act as barrier against non required fat from being absorbed in the blood.

Fighting symptoms of Stress: Dark Chocolate

As already stated, sugar is never anybody’s friend in the long run and therefore milk chocolates will definitely do you more badly than good. However, a chocolate rich in cocoa to the extent of seventy five percent would have numerous health benefits for the body. There are various elements in dark chocolate which are known for making a person’s mood better. Most importantly, dark chocolate helps as an active agent to reduce ‘cortisol’ from the body. This hormone is often linked to causing symptoms of anxiety and stress in the body.

Most helpful food: Berries

If a person looks for healthy foods under any category, berries would often find its mention under it. That could be credited to the fact that berries, majorly blueberries and blackberries are considered to be the healthiest daily food intake. Berries have been proven to have a high dosage of Vitamin C, which in turn is known for acting as a shield against anxiety and stress. Along with vitamin C, berries often contain an anti – oxidant which again works wonder against anxiety and stress.

A medicine that cures: Chamomile Tea

Ever since tea was discovered from China, the importance of tea has never been reduced in the western world. For example, it has become common knowledge amongst the people about green tea and how it helps in reducing fat from the body. Joining the same list is a slightly less know member of the family, chamomile tea. This flower based tea is known as a simple cure against stress, regular intake of the tea for a couple of weeks would show instant results in the mind and body of the person.

Not just for Fancy Meals: Oysters

It would come as a pleasant surprise to the fans of sea food that oysters has far reaching health benefits than you would have imagined. Scientist often blames the improper balance of zinc and copper with the mind and body for initial increase in the stress levels. This further causes hindrance in the functioning of your brain to adapt to changing stress levels. Oysters are known for having huge amounts of zinc in them and therefore can help your brain to easily adapt to the changing stress levels.

Keep your cool with Asparagus

The list so far has included foods which not only are healthy but also taste really good. However, for a few people asparagus may fall into an exception. But it is equally important to know that this not so nice – tasting plant is in fact the best mechanism to reduce stress and anxiety. Leafy plants in general, including the Asparagus are known for having a component known as folate. This magic component helps in keeping the mind cool and reduces the tension and stress from the body.

Good for Heart and Stress: Whole Grains

You may feel like that whole grains were only told to you as intake for keeping your heart healthy but that may be half of the story. As previously stated in reference to zinc, a deficiency or sudden reduction in the magnesium intake can lead to high stress level. Whole grain foods are rich in magnesium which helps you maintain the stress level of the body. It also produces serotonin that is a chemical with properties of reducing anxiety levels.

Conclusion

Good food can definitely help to calm your mind and body and give you the energy to fight anxiety and stress but this is half the battle. They cannot permanently alter the stress level that you create but do help you get through in bringing about the change.

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Food & Drink

WHAT DO YOU PREFER IN DESSERTS AND SWEETS? SELECT THE BEST

Spanish desserts really add different taste and experience in your Spain trip. If you are crazy for desserts, you can get unique desserts in different parts of Spain. Most of the Spanish desserts are fruit based with dairy milk.

If you go to the pastry shops on the streets of Spain, you can find various mouth watering sweets and deserts which really attract you. You can get many types of classic as well as traditional desserts with wonder flavor and taste. Here are some popular desserts which you can buy in Spain.

Top five Spanish desserts

1. Turron: If you are looking for the traditional desserts in Spain, Turron really gives you fun. This is a Spanish traditional sweet made of Almond Candy and honey which is basically used for the Christmas treat. You can get it with different texture and flavor.

2. Mantecados: You may be the fond of cake, you can enjoy the traditional crumble cake in Spain. If you go to Spain for your Christmas and looking for a Christmas treat, you will get Mantecados, a traditional cookies which are soft. Most of the Spanish enjoy this cookie at the time of Christmas. You can get it in every house as a favorite Christmas treat in Spain.

3. Polvorones: As most of the desserts are prepared at the time of Christmas. Polvorones is a traditional Almond dusty cookies which are famous for Christmas. It contains different ingredients such as- white flours, almonds, butter, granulated sugar, cinnamon and so on which takes about 50 minutes to prepare.

4. Churros: If you want to enjoy the late night Spanish desserts, you can go for Churros. This is the favorite spanish dessert which you can take with thick hot chocolate for your breakfast as well as for your late night dessert. This dessert is the combination of different ingredients such as- white flour, baking powder, vegetable oil, granulated sugar or honey. It is made of floor which becomes straight and long. You can cut them into different pieces and add the honey and sugar over it.

5. Bunuelos de Viento Recipe: It is a light dessert which you can have for snack at afternoon. This typical Spanish desserts are dusted with sugar and lightly fried. Bunuelos de Viento Recipe containts various ingredients such as- flour, baking powder, eggs, sugar, salt, lemon, butter, vegetable oil and so on.

Now, you will be able to kill your hunger of desserts. If you don’t enjoy the Spanish desserts in your trip, you will be the imperfect visitor of Spain because you won’t get the chance to have wonderful experience.

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BAKED GOODS

RECIPE FOR SOUR DOUGH PUMPKIN CAKE

This recipe provides a healthy twist to preparing traditional grain flour dough. Sour dough uses the process of natural fermentation that significantly breaks down the indigestible gluten in the wheat flour,

making it easier for digestion and much healthier for our GI tract. In addition to this, pumpkin provides a healthy, low calorie sweat treat ideal for autumn and winter period. The use of nuts and dry fruits complements this recipe with a load of minerals and added flavor for an irresistible yet healthy dessert.

The sour dough starter is simply made by combining of 1 cup of milk, 1 cup of plain flour (any grain flour will do) and 2 Tsp of honey. This is all combined well in a bowl, covered loosely and left in a room temperature for 24 to 48 hours. The dough forms bubbles and develops a strong sour smell as a result of the ongoing fermentation process. After two days, add 1 more cup of milk, 1 cup of flour and 1-2 Tsp of honey and leave it for another 24 hours to ferment.

Ingredients for the cake:

  • sour dough;
  • 3 cups of grated pumpkin or butter nut squash;
  • 2cups of coconut flakes;
  • 2 cups of greeted whole nuts (or a mix of nuts)
  • 2 eggs;
  • 3-4 Tsb honey;
  • 200-300 gr mixed dried fruits (dates, dry apricot, cranberry and raisins is a good combination, but use fruits of your choice);
  • 125 g of melted butter
  • 1Ysb vanilla extract (or seeds of 1 vanilla pod)
  • 1 Tsb canella;

Ingredients for the glaze:

  • 100-150 gr dark chocolate (at list 70% cacao parts)
  • 1 Tsp butter
  • 100 ml milk

Preparation:

Put the sourdough with the rest of dry and wet ingredients in a large bowl and mix all until well combined. Put the mixture in a deeper baking tray (over a baking paper). Bake in a preheated oven at a 180 °C for 1 hour to 1 hour and 20 minutes. When you pick the baking tray, consider that as the dough does not contain baking powder it will not rise. Cool down the cake and glaze it with some melted dark chocolate (melted over a steam, combined with butter and milk) on top for more decadent experience and richer flavor.