Food – Geek Chic Daily https://geekchicdaily.com Lifestyle blog for the Smart and Stylish Fri, 03 Nov 2017 19:58:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.3 https://geekchicdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/geek-chic-daily-logo-500-150x150.png Food – Geek Chic Daily https://geekchicdaily.com 32 32 Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar https://geekchicdaily.com/apple-cider-vinegar-benefits/ https://geekchicdaily.com/apple-cider-vinegar-benefits/#respond Tue, 01 Aug 2017 17:18:53 +0000 https://geekchicdaily.com/?p=3938 Apple cider vinegar is a top natural health remedy for lowering blood pressure, preventing cardiovascular disease, improving digestion and more

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Organic raw apple cider vinegar has been found to be one of the top natural health remedies that can help with lowering blood pressure, prevent cardiovascular disease, improve digestion and support a healthy immune system.

Research shows that the natural properties of apple cider vinegar, or ACV for short, can also help prevent osteoporosis, diabetes, cancer, and even diseases like Alzheimer’s. In the following article, I will explore the natural properties of ACV and discuss the many benefits it offers to our health and well-being. I will also talk about one of the most popular brand of ACV and the benefits it provides.

But first, here is a little historical background, on the first uses of ACV, that you might find interesting.

The History of Apple Cider Vinegar

According to Victoria Rose, author of the book Apple Cider Vinegar, ACV has been used for thousands of years to cure a variety of ailments. In her book, Ms. Rose mentions that vinegar is one of the oldest fermentation product known to man and she describes how the early history of fermentation dates back to 5,000 BC when the Babylonians made wine from date palm, and the Egyptians made wine from barley. She also discusses how ancient Egyptians used vinegar, for medicinal purposes, as a remedy for a variety of illnesses including mushroom poisoning, loss of appetite, ear problems, and to heal wounds and gangrene. Here are some additional historical facts described in Victoria Rose’s book, on the history of apple cider vinegar:

  • The Romans purified their drinking water by adding wine vinegar.
  • Cleopatra once dissolved pearls in vinegar to win a bet with Mark Anthony that she would consume at a single meal the value of a million sesterces (an ancient roman coin of considerable monetary value).
  • Julius Caesar, who led two Roman legions to England in 55 BC, discovered cider to be the common drink within England.

In my research on ACV, I also discovered that there is a belief that Cleopatra used it as part of her beauty regimen to clean her delicate facial skin. However, this seems to be more of a legend than a fact.Apple Cider Vinegar Skin Care

What is Apple Cider Vinegar?

Here is an excerpt from one the best brands of apple cider vinegar out there, Braggs Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, on what apple cider vinegar is and how it’s different from the distilled vinegars usually found in supermarkets:

“Different from the refined and distilled vinegars usually found in supermarkets, natural apple cider vinegar is made from fresh, crushed, organically grown apples and allowed to mature in tanks, which boosts its natural fermentation qualities.

“When mature, it contains a web-like substance, called “mother” that becomes visible when the rich brownish liquid is held to the light. The mother is the most nutritious part of the Apple Cider Vinegar and is very beneficial to digest.

“The presence of the mother shows that the best part of the apple has not been destroyed. Vinegars containing the mother contain enzymes and minerals that other vinegars may not contain due to over processing, filtration and overheating. “

Benefits of consuming Apple Cider Vinegar:

Now that we have a better understanding of what apple cider vinegar is, here are below the top benefits that apple cider vinegar provides:

  • Diluting 1 to 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar in a big glass of water and sipping it with your meals 1 to 2 times a day can help you:
    • Feel full longer
    • Suppress after meal spike in blood sugar
    • Keep you from craving sweets
  • Raw, unfiltered, unpasteurized, organic apple cider vinegar with the ‘mother of vinegar’ will have the strongest live enzymatic action and the most beneficial bacteria to keep your digestive system healthy.
  • Apple cider vinegar is considered to be a prebiotic, which is a source of food for beneficial bacteria. Prebiotics like apple cider vinegar help maintain the population of good bacteria in your gut to keep your digestive system healthy.

Cosmetic Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar:

In addition to helping with digestion, apple cider vinegar also has many uses for your skin care routine. Below, you will see some examples of how apple cider vinegar can be used to cleanse your face, to reduce blemishes, and to soften your skin

  • Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has strong antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties. Diluting 50% of ACV and 50% of water and applying the diluted mixture to your skin with a cotton pad can help stop pimples from forming.Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Adding 8 ounces of apple cider vinegar to a bathtub filled with warm water and soaking yourself for 15 minutes can help restore the pH level balance all over your skin, and reduce blemishes, red marks, and achieve softer skin.
  • Apple cider vinegar can be used as a toner by diluting 50% of ACV with 50% of filtered water, which can help balance the oil production in your skin to achieve the perfect balance between dry and oily.
  • Apple cider vinegar (ACV) contains malic acid, which is a natural exfoliator that can help remove dead skin cells that could clog your skin. ACV can make your skin look fresh, bright and healthy.

Other Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar:

Apple cider vinegar can be used to clean makeup brushes and wash out germ build up.

To clean your makeup brushes, simply combine one cup of warm water with one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and clean brushes with the mixture.

Rinse and lay out your brushes to dry.Apple Cider Vinegar

Did you know apple cider vinegar can help you get rid of spider veins?

See for yourself in this popular YouTube video.

A Word of Caution When using Apple Cider Vinegar

To get the best use out of your ACV it is important to take note of the following precautions when consuming it or applying it to your skin:

  • Make sure to use Organic Raw Apple Cider vinegar with the Mother and USE A STRAW not to erode your teeth enamel :).
  • Chewing American Dental Association-approved sugar free gum after drinking an apple cider vinegar beverage may help protect your teeth from the acid condiment in ACV.
  • Ingesting undiluted apple cider vinegar is too harsh for your system and can also cause teeth erosion and burn your esophagus. ACV should ALWAYS be diluted with water to prevent damage to your health.
  • Undiluted apple cider vinegar is too harsh to apply directly to your skin and should ALWAYS be diluted with water.

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Cheers! Enjoy your ACV !

Have you tried apple cider vinegar yet? Do you have a recipe you would like to share with us? If so, we would love to hear about your experiences with ACV or learn more about how you use ACV in your health routine. If you’re new to ACV or have any questions, feel free to post your comments or questions below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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The Health Benefits of Coconut Oil: What is it Good For? https://geekchicdaily.com/coconut-oil-health-benefits/ https://geekchicdaily.com/coconut-oil-health-benefits/#respond Sun, 23 Jul 2017 22:26:27 +0000 https://geekchicdaily.com/?p=3919 Did you know that coconut oil has many health benefits? Want to see what are they? Click to find the primary benefits of adding coconut oil to your diet.

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Did you know that coconut oil has many health benefits? It’s known for killing bad bacteria, aiding digestion, and helping with weight loss.

In addition to its nutritional uses, coconut oil also has some alternative uses you would be surprised to discover, such as teeth whitening and makeup removal.

So what are all of these benefits that makes coconut oil so unique? In this article, I cover some of the primary advantages of using coconut oil instead of alternative oils. I also review some of its positive uses beyond adding your diet and waist line.

Coconut oil health benefits - What are the advantages

Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

Here are some interesting facts about coconut oil that make it a great addition to a healthy lifestyle:

  • Great Energy Source: Even though coconut oil is mostly composed of saturated fats, roughly 62-65 percent of the fatty acids in coconut oil are medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are easily digested and used as efficient energy source by the body.  Studies show that MCTs are very efficiently converted into fuel for immediate use by organs and muscles. This unique property of MCTs, make coconut oil a good choice for anyone who has increased energy needs, or to enhance athletic performance.
  • Kills Bad Bacteria: Coconut oil contains lauric acid, which can kill microbes like bacteria, fungi, and viruses, which makes coconut oil an efficient killer of pathogens.
  • Promotes Weight Loss: Studies have found that consuming two tablespoons a day of virgin coconut oil can increase metabolic rate, reduce belly fat, and promote weight loss.
  • Kills Candida Yeast: Coconut oil contains three different types of fatty acids (Caprylic Acid, Capric Acid, and Lauric Acid) that have each been found to be effective against the candida yeast.
  • Helps to Burn More Calories: Coconut oil is more thermogenic than many other foods, which means that it generates more heat in your body. So eating coconut oil, can help increase your metabolism and help burn more calories.

Other Benefits of Coconut Oil

In addition to being such a good addition to your daily diet, other popular uses of coconut oil include teeth whitening, makeup remover, skin moisturizer, and it is often used to promote healthy and shiny hair. Read on to find out more about these popular uses of coconut oil:

  • Teeth Whitening: To whiten your teeth, simply swish a small spoonful of coconut oil around your mouth for 15 to 20 minutes. It is recommended not to exceed 20 minutes and to make sure you spit in the coconut oil in the trash can, as it can clog your bathroom pipes when the coconut oil hardens.It might sound odd and slightly gross to swish oil in your mouth, but this method, which comes from an ancient Ayurvedic practice known as oil-pulling, has countless testimonials on the benefits it provides to your general oral health and to whitening your teeth.
  • Makeup Remover: Coconut oil can be used to quickly take off eye makeup, foundation, or even waterproof mascara. According to cosmetic chemist Joseph Cincotta, coconut oil is such a great makeup remover because it solubilizes or breaks up water-resistant substances used in makeup. This allows you to easily wipe the makeup off by swiping your skin with a cotton ball. To finish off removing your makeup, you can simply rinse your face with warm water and a bath cloth or just your hands if you prefer. You can massage any remaining coconut oil into your skin for a great night time moisturizing treatment.
  • Skin Moisturizer: In addition to smelling delicious when applied on your skin, coconut oil also helps the skin to retain moisture by reducing water loss and increasing hydration. It is also a great under eye cream that can help improve dark circles and keep wrinkles at bay.
  • Hair Benefits: The benefits of coconut oil for healthy and shiny hair are countless. It’s antifungal, anti-viral, and antibacterial properties have been found to prevent dandruff and to detoxify the scalp.In addition, the lauric acid, capric acid, and caprylic acid, found in coconut oil, have been proven to be highly beneficial for hair growth. Those essential fatty acids also help to reduce breakage by strengthening the hair at the root and throughout the hair strand.  Coconut oil also contains anti-oxidants, vitamin E and K that leave the hair softer and shinier.

Coconut oil health benefits - What are the positive uses

Ready to Give Coconut Oil a Try?

After discovering all of the positive benefits of coconut oil, you must be ready to try it for your self, right? If so, check out the links below to see some of my favorite brands of coconut oil. While I am sure they can be found at your local organic market or health food store, I sometimes find it more convenient to purchase them online at Amazon.com:

  • Iorgani USDA Organic Virgin Coconut OilThis is my all-time favorite brand of coconut oil. The taste is nutty and delicate, and it doesn’t feel oily.  This brand is so popular, that there may be a waiting list at times, so I would recommend ordering two at a time, just to be sure you always have a jar on hand, until the manufacturer restocks their inventory.
  • Island Fresh Superior Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, 54 Ounce: If I can’t get my hands on my first choice, this brand also offers a great quality of virgin cold pressed coconut oil. Plus, you will get a 54 Ounce jar of Island Fresh coconut oil for just $15.95. With the many uses coconut oil offers, you can never have too much of it. And this brand will give you plenty of great quality coconut oil at a great price.

After you have experienced the benefits of using coconut oil, please share your experience in the comments section below. If you are still on the fence, or if you want more information, feel free to post a question or comment.

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Looking for a simple and easy tomato soup recipe. Try this one below. It’s quick, easy, and super yummy.

Easy Tomato Soup

  • 6-7 ripe tomato sauce
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 large carrots, diced
  • 3 celery stalks, peeled and diced
  • 8 cups salt free chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1-2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Directions

Peel and deseed tomatoes, chop and set aside. (Link to article)

Combine diced onion, carrots and celery.  Toss with flour. Set aside.

Saute onions, carrots and celery with a little oil and about 1/ 4 cup of the chicken stalk. Cover let cook on low fire. After 5-7 minutes, remove lid and add tomatoes. Cook for additional 5 min. Add chicken stock.

Let cook on medium fire (lazy boil) for about 10 minutes.

Stir periodically to ensure nothing sticks.

Turn off heat, cover and let cool for about 10 min. Using a hand held mixer puree soup.

Use a sieve to further strain and reduce consistency.

Cool overnight in the refrigerator.

Serve with Sour cream, chives, Croutons or Basil.

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How to blanch and deseed tomatoes https://geekchicdaily.com/how-to-blanch-and-deseed-tomatoes/ https://geekchicdaily.com/how-to-blanch-and-deseed-tomatoes/#respond Sat, 08 Aug 2015 05:37:05 +0000 http://geekchicdaily.com/?p=553 Many sauces and soups call for blanching, peeling and seeding your tomatoes.   The process can be fairly messy but definitely worth the effort.

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Many sauces and soups call for blanching, peeling and seeding your tomatoes.   The process can be fairly messy but definitely worth the effort. This extra step ensures that your tomato sauces and soups have a smooth taste free of unnecessary acidity and bitterness present in the skin.   

How to Blanch and Deseed Tomatoes

Prepare a pot of boiling water, enough for your tomatoes to be completely submerged.  Your water should be at Full Boil 

With a sharp knife, score each tomato with an x.

Prepare a second large bowl of ice cold water, set aside.

Place the tomatoes in the boiling water for 30 seconds.

Remove with a colander and immediately place in ice-cold water

Let stand until cooled down completely.

Carefully remove the skin with the help of a pairing knife, or your fingers.

Cut into quarters, and remove the seeds.

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How to grow chives indoors https://geekchicdaily.com/how-to-grow-chives-indoors/ https://geekchicdaily.com/how-to-grow-chives-indoors/#respond Fri, 07 Aug 2015 23:15:36 +0000 http://geekchicdaily.com/?p=534 I always keep a pot of chives in my kitchen, it’s a quick and easy way to add flavor to many dishes.

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I always keep a pot of chives in my kitchen, it’s a quick and easy way to add flavor to many dishes. The herb comes from the family of leek and onions. It imparts a light flavor to lift a dish without overwhelming it.  Both the stem and the purple flowers are edible.

Once potted, it can easily keep with minimal maintenance.

Your local nursery will probably stock it year round in the herb section, sometimes, you can also get it in your local grocery store.

Once home, I take the time to repot the herb in a nice container. I will usually select a slightly bigger pot to allow the plant growing room.  I use regular potting soil but I do take the time to add a few pebbles at the bottom for drainage. You can water when the soil is dry to the touch.  Chives need moisture, so mist lightly on a regular basis or use a small container with pebbles and water placed near the plant. I have a south facing window, so that is where I put my plant.  Alternatively, you can use fluorescent fixtures.  Either way, ensure there is a good amount of sunshine/light, six to eight hours. To harvest, simply clip using sharp scissors.

 

Add it as a finishing touch to omelettes, sprinkle in salads and soups.

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