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Green Tea


Green tea is produced by steaming fresh leaves, which results in a higher content of polyphenols like EGCG, which is a flavonol. Green tea is known to provide 10-40mg of polyphenols. Green tea also has antioxidant activity greater than a serving of spinach, broccoli, carrots or strawberries. Studies show green tea contains antioxidants, polyphenols, theanine, as well as a wide variety of vitamins and mineral. Due to all these properties, green tea benefits your body greatly.

So what are the benefits of drinking green tea?

Green Tea Restricts Blood Cholesterol

There are two types of cholesterol, one is “bad” cholesterol (LDL), and the other is good cholesterol (HDL). A heavy accumulation of LDL in tissues can lead to atherosclerosis. HDL prevents accumulation of excessive “bad” cholesterol. It is suggested that catechin in green tea restricts the excessive build up of cholesterol.

Green Tea Controls High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure puts an enormous burden on the vascular system and is known to cause heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. Green tea is known for lowering blood pressure.

Green Tea Lowers Blood Sugar

Green tea has the capability of lowering blood sugar levels. Green tea given to diabetes patients caused a decrease in blood glucose levels.

Green Tea Suppresses Ageing

Oxygen plays a key role in metabolism, but can also be an unhealthful agent. As a free radical, oxygen in the body can corrode cell membranes, which will damage the DNA and the fats. This then leads to diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. Lipid peroxide created by fats combined with oxygen tends to build up in the body and create ageing. Green tea is rich in vitamin E and C which promises longer life.

Green Tea Refreshes the Body

Green tea can stimulate the skeletal muscles and smooth the progress of muscular contractions. It also helps to clear the mind.

Green Tea Prevents Food Poisoning and Fights Viruses

Green tea is a powerful sterilising tool for all sorts of bacteria that can lead to food poisoning. The catechin and theaflavin found in green tea is believed to have a strong effect on the flu virus.

Green Tea Helps You Lose Weight

The EGCG found in green tea has the ability to increase the body’s heat production, which therefore increases metabolism.


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Protein And Fruit Oatmeal


When you wake up in the morning, your motivation to prepare and cook an elaborate breakfast is probably slim to none. Instead of opening the cupboards and grabbing the first thing that catches your eyes (eg the sugar-coated cereal) why not fuel your body with a high protein, nutrient-rich morning meal which is simple to make.

Preparation: 10 minutes

Serves: 1

Energy: 253 calories per serving

Ingredients:

– ½ cup of steel cut or old-fashioned oats

– 1 ½ scoops of strawberry or vanilla protein powder

– ¼ cup of chopped strawberries

– ¼ cup of blueberries

Method:

1)      Cook the oats according to the packaging directions. Some products provide microwave cooking instructions, but I prefer to use the hob.

2)      Sprinkle 1 ½ scoops of strawberry or vanilla protein powder over the top of the oatmeal. Stir until thoroughly combined.

3)      Top with the strawberries and the blueberries (or any other fruit of your choice).


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Sweet Strawberry, Mango, Pistachio and Marsala Fruit Salad


This fruit salad is very colourful and bright. A quick and easy salad to make that tastes pretty good too. Give it a go!

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Serves: 4

Energy: 318 calories per serving

 

Ingredients:

– 200g Sweet strawberries

– 150g shelled pistachio nuts

– 2 ripe mangoes

– 2 ripe peaches

– Caster sugar for sprinkling

– A small glass of Marsala, or sherry, or 4 tbsps rosewater

Method:

1)      Hull and finely slice the strawberries. Toast the pistachio nuts until slightly browned and releasing their aroma (be careful not to burn the nuts). Finely chop the toasted pistachio nuts.

2)      Peel and finely slice the mango. Finely slice the peaches and place into 4 individual serving bowls. Mix in the strawberry slices and sprinkle a little bit of caster sugar on each serving. Pour a little Marsala, sherry or rosewater on each portion.

3)      Top each serving with toasted pistachio nuts.