Nutrition

Learn more about nutrition facts of different types of foods, and other tips and information about how to maintain a healthy, balanced and nutritious diet.

6 Delicious and Healthy Chocolate Smoothie Recipes

Healthy chocolate smoothie recipes

Chocolate in smoothies, really? Yes! And these smoothies can still be considered healthy and nutritious, despite chocolate being one of the ingredients.

I don’t know about you, but I love chocolate. Dark chocolate, that is. And dark chocolate actually does have some surprising health benefits, as long as you consume it in moderation.

But chocolate, or cocoa powder, in smoothies is a whole different story. It would have never occurred to me to add chocolate to my smoothies, until my neighbor offered to try it.

And I was hooked instantly. The trick is to find that perfect balance. Too much chocolate and it will ruin the overall flavors, too little and you won’t even be able to taste it.

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6 Delicious Breakfast Smoothie Recipes for That Instant Energy Boost

Breakfast smoothie recipes

Most of us rely on that much desired cup of coffee first thing in the morning to kick-start the day and to get you going. And I’ll be honest, I do too!

The problem with coffee though is that the buzz you get from it doesn’t last very long. And once it’s gone, your body and mind are desperate for another caffeine fix.

A good alternative is a breakfast smoothie that has all the right ingredients and nutrients to give you an instant, and lasting, energy boost.

Replacing coffee with a green smoothie is not easy, but your body and mind will be able to get used to it. And in the long term, you will start craving that healthy drink instead of your usual cup of coffee.

Not only does a breakfast smoothie give you that much needed energy boost in the morning, green smoothies are also a great way to get your essential nutrients in. Drinking a nutritious smoothie a few times per week really does wonders to your health.

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10 Nutritious Foods That Give You an Instant Energy Boost

Feeling sluggish or lethargic? It’s easy to go for another cup of coffee, but why not try one of the below energy boosting foods to help you get yourself through the day?

Whether we’re in the office occupied with our daily tasks or at home doing chores, we all have our moments in the day when we lose focus and productivity. Don’t worry, it’s perfectly normal.

But instead of going for another caffeine hit, or worse, a processed sugar laden office snack, I prefer to get my focus back by eating a nutritious and energy boosting snack. It really works!

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Smoothie Ratio (How to Make a Good Smoothie)

Smoothie ratio

Preparing a nutritious green smoothie that not only tastes good but also has that perfect texture is not as easy as it may seem.

I used to mix all sorts of ingredients together in my blender, hoping something magical would come out of it. But all too often my smoothies ended up tasting bad or they would be too thick.

So how can you avoid making the mistakes I made? By sticking to a good smoothie ratio that works for you. A proven smoothie ratio that guarantees a healthy drink with a creamy texture and a good balance of nutrients.

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3 Refreshing Pineapple Juice Recipes

Pineapple juice recipes

One of my favorite fruits to put in my juicer is pineapple, while at the same time I don’t really enjoy eating pineapple by itself.

Pineapple has very potent flavors that work best when mixed with other fruits and vegetables to establish a good balance of not only flavors but also nutrients.

This is why I’ve come up with a list of 3 delicious pineapple juice recipes for you to try out.

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Best Bitter Melon Extract Capsules

Best bitter melon extract capsules supplements

Bitter melon, otherwise known as karela or bitter gourd, is a plant with quite a unique fruit that offers great health benefits.

As the name suggests, bitter melon does actually have a very bitter taste which is probably why it’s not the most popular fruit out there.

One way to take advantage of the strong nutritional profile of this fruit without actually eating it is by taking bitter melon extract capsules.

We’ve had a look at some of the best bitter melon extract supplements available on the market and have selected our top five.

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10 Super Healthy Probiotic Foods

Healthy probiotic foods

Most of us are aware of the many health benefits of probiotics. These microorganisms have been featured in research and countless studies, demonstrating numerous benefits for our health.

Probiotics essentially perform the same important functions as the bacteria we find naturally living in our digestive system.

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10 Smoothie Add-Ins for Extra Health Benefits

Smoothie add-ins for extra health benefits

When preparing green smoothies, I always look at ways to easily add extra ingredients. Not just for the flavors, but more so because of the extra nutrients I get to enjoy.

My most-used green smoothie ingredients, such as kale, carrots, berries, parsley and avocado, are perhaps not very exciting. But some of my favorite smoothie add-ins, that I often use to maximize my nutrient intake, are a bit more surprising and can sometimes even raise a few eyebrows!

Please note that all of these add-ins have their own unique flavors so it requires a bit of experimenting to work out what your preferred smoothie balance is.

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10 Interesting Facts About Japanese Cuisine That May Surprise You

Facts about Japanese food culture

Ever since my first visit to the land of the rising sun, Japanese food has been my favorite international cuisine. The simplicity, the bright colors, the freshness, the unique flavors, I could literally eat Japanese food every day.

Food is an important part of Japanese culture, so much so that the UN officially included Japanese cuisine, otherwise known as “Washoku”, in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List. This is an acknowledgment of the significance of Japanese cuisine, not just in Japan but around the world.

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Best Single Serve Blenders for Making Delicious Smoothies on the Go

Best single serve blenders

Single serve blenders are the perfect solution for those that want to prepare easy smoothies on the go, but don’t want to invest in an expensive blender with too many unnecessary features.

These compact-sized blenders are designed with convenience in mind, so you can quickly prepare a healthy drink without too much effort.

We’ve had a look at some of the best single serve blenders available on the market today and have selected our top six.

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