Stay away from the chocolate Easter bunnies and eggs. Unless they are small, and good quality dark chocolate. Then splurge on a couple with a glass of red wine to maximize the antioxidants! Enjoy!
There’s nothing like a hot cup of coffee!
For a long time it was made out to be a baddie, but now science is proving coffee to be our friend. I usually skip the icky-sticky flavor add-ons from the big-name barista-run joints. When I’m travelling I go for café au lait, caffè latte, cappuccino, café con leche, koffie verkeerd, milchkaffee. You get the picture. My cup of perk-me-up comes with milk. On a normal day at home or the office, I use coffee to help me meet my protein quota by adding one of my favorite protein sources: skimmed milk. Half a mug of the milk blasted to piping hot in the microwave and topped off with a healthy splash of dark roast and I’m good to go. If the wonderful taste isn’t enough reason to drink it, here are 11 more reasons to have a cuppa Joe:
Americans get more antioxidants from coffee than anything else.
Just smelling coffee could make you less stressed.
Coffee could lessen the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
Coffee is great for your liver (especially if you drink alcohol).
Coffee can make you feel happier.
Coffee consumption has been linked to lower levels of suicide.
Coffee could reduce your chances of getting skin cancer (if you’re a woman).
Coffee can make you a better athlete.
Coffee could reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
Drinking coffee could help keep your brain healthier for longer.
Coffee may make you more intelligent.
Moral of the story? Coffee is a superfood. Keep drinking it!!!
For all the steamy details and science behind the claims, check out the full story in this great article at the Huffington Post
Full of exotic aroma’s and flavor, these fiber-filled Chickpea Falafel Burgers are a favorite vegetarian alternative at our house. They’re packed with all the wonderful health benefits of chickpeas and rich, aromatic spices. They go together quickly and easily – and while you’re at it, you can make extras to freeze. Adapted from something we saw years ago on the BBC.
4 servings and take around 30 minutes. You’ll need:
For the sandwich
- 15-ounce can chick peas, rinsed and drained
- 1 garlic clove, chopped
- ½ cup parsley (flat leaf, handful)
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- ½ teaspoon harissa paste or chili sauce, or to taste
- 2 tablespoons chickpea flour, or regular all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 small red onion, roughly chopped
- 4 whole wheat pita breads
For the sauce
- ½ cup nonfat plain yogurt or nonfat Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons tahini
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/3 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
- 1 garlic clove (minced)
To prepare sauce:
Combine yogurt, tahini, lemon juice, parsley and salt in medium bowl.
To prepare burgers:
Pat chickpeas dry with paper towel. Tip into a food processor along with the onion, garlic, parsley, spices, flour and a little salt. Blend until fairly smooth, and then shape into four patties with your hands. Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan, add the burgers, then quickly fry for 3 minutes on each side until lightly golden. In the meantime, toast your pitas. Serve the Chickpea Falafel Burgers with toasted pitas, garnish and perhaps a green salad.
According to our calculations, each serving has about 400 calories and almost 8 grams of fiber.