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Most Efficient Drink For Flat Tummy: Sassy Water

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We call this recipe Sassy Water, in honor of its creator Prevention nutrition director Cynthia Sass, and because it's a heck of a lot perkier than plain old water. The ingredients aren't just for flavor: The ginger also helps calm and soothe your GI tract. Even more important: making it each day will help you focus on your goal of getting a flatter belly once and for all.
Drinking water, especially Sassy Water and using low-calorie food will cause immense changes, in & on your body in only four days. Even your wrinkles can disappear. By eliminating carbohydrates, red meat, sugar, and caffeine from your daily menu, your body will stop storing water. By losing weight symptoms of weaker, light headed or nauseous are possible in this period. But, these symptoms may not happen, however. Finally, this reaction varies from person to person.

Sassy Water Recipe Ingredients: ⏩1 bowl;
⏩8 glasses of water (filtered water is ideal);
⏩1 middle length cucumber, chopped on slices (it is a natur…

How to Make Soft and Fluffy Dinner Buns

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FINALLY!! I have been looking for a soft, fluffy dinner roll recipe and after trying myriad different ones, this is the one! Seriously easy and fast! They came out perfectly. I'll be making these again, they are so light and tender.

Dinner roll recipeIngredients
⇒1 tablespoon active dry yeast
⇒¹/₂ cup warm water
⇒¹/₂ cup milk (whole, 2%, or skim)
⇒1 large egg
⇒2 tablespoons vegetable oil
⇒2 tablespoons sugar
⇒1 teaspoon salt
⇒3 cups all-purpose flour
⇒1 tablespoon butter

Equipment⇒Standing mixer or a mixing bowl, if making rolls by hand
⇒Bench scraper or sharp knife
⇒Parchment paper
⇒9x13 baking dish

Instructions
Combine the ingredients for the dough:  In the bowl of a standing mixer (or a large bowl, if mixing by hand), stir the yeast into the warm water and let it sit until dissolved. In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, oil, sugar, and salt. Add this to the yeast mixture and stir until combined. Add all the flour and stir until it forms a shaggy dough.

Knead the dough:  Knead at low …

HOW TO PREPARE GINGER AND GARLIC PASTE

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Making all kinds of pastes and pestos for super tasty meals in minutes really couldn’t be easier, and this garlic and ginger paste is just that. Easy, quick, and packs a punch of flavor to any dish.

Garlic is one of the most powerful antibiotics and antibacterial herbs on the planet. It is a powerful immune booster and a very important food for the allergy season.

Ginger: This herb has natural antihistamine properties, which makes it the perfect remedy for allergy seasons.
For this paste, you will need
Ingredients↬A hand (Immersion) blender
↬1 Bud Garlic
↬Ginger (About 6 inches worth)
↬2 Tbsp. Drinking Water

MethodSimply clean and peel both the ginger and garlic. Roughly chop the ginger and garlic then add it to a jug or deep container with some water. Blitz for about 3 mins or until a fine paste is formed.
Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks or freeze portions in ice-cube trays and keep it for up to 2 months.

What to Eat for Breakfast: Mandazi with Tea

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Today I’d like to start a fresh by posting one of my favorites. Mandazi with Chai!
Mandazi (also known as Maandazi or Ndao and sometimes called Mahamri or Mamri) are East African donuts. You can find these delicious donuts in large urban areas and also among the Swahili people of East Africa. Most small restaurants, called hotelis in Kenya, serve mandazi. You can also find mandazi being sold by street vendors.

It is a dish that can be served as a breakfast with tea, appetizer before lunch, or even a soft late night dinner to entertain your groaning stomach before going to bed.

Trust me. I have been reading your comments and emails about mandazi and a lot of your complains have been about them being too tough or stringy after a while.

Folks. Rejoice! because this is not!

They are bite size, tender and AMAZINGLY good. Don’t believe me make it and see for yourself. Before you make these addictive bites . Here are some tips to keep in mind before you proceed!!

– Make sure the water is…

When parenting you need all the support you can get

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Being a parent is not easy and at times you may need extra help. Don't be afraid to reach out. Most of us need support sometimes, and family members and friends are usually willing to help you and provide advice.

You might also think about joining a parent support group. You'll find that other parents have similar experiences and can share valuable information and resources. If you're a single, ask the other parent, a close relative, or friend to babysit your child.

Since you're parenting full time, it's especially important that you take time for you. Doing something you enjoy that will help you relax and you'll become a happier person and parent.

How to Protect Yourself From Junk Food

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Many of us may be surprised to learn that my healthy people don’t always eat healthy foods! It’s tragic I know. The sad reality is that we are old enough to make our own choices when we are away from home and we don’t always choose green peppers when there are chips around.
Does Junk Food Exist?You hear a lot about “junk food,” but what makes a food “junk”?Any food that is high in sugar or fat, with very little protein, vitamins, and minerals, or fiber is junk food. Junk food is not the best choice for everyday snacking. You can eat junk foods sometimes, but it should be eaten along with a healthy diet. Junk foods usually add too many calories. If you are not a physically active person, be sure to eat healthy foods before eating any junk foods.

How Do You Protect Yourself?
If unhealthy, processed food, is sabotaging your weight loss efforts, outsmart junk food cravings with these clever tricks outlined below.
Practice the five-ingredient ruleFirst, read the ingredients on the food package…

Common Problems Newborns Experience

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Your baby has finally arrived home from the hospital. As you learn to care for you baby, there are a few things you should know. 
The following are common problems newborns experience:
Jaundice  A yellow color of the skin and eyes, which is common in many babies. Gently press on your baby's nose, forehead, or thigh to see if the skin under your finger looks yellow. Jaundice usually appears in the first 3 to 5 days of life. It normally goes away within a few days.
Cradle Cap  This is a yellowish or whitish, scaly, patchy area over part of the baby's scalp. It's caused by the buildup of oil and the shedding of skin cells. Daily washing and/or soft brushing may help treat cradle cap. Your pediatrician may also prescribe a stronger shampoo or ointment.
Baby Acne  It's a red, pimply rash on the face and usually, happens during the third or fourth week of life. Pregnancy hormones that stimulate the oil glands in the skin cause it. Gently wash your baby's face with a mild soap o…

How to Prepare Samosa

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Looking for something a little different for your next gathering...you have found it!! I LOVED THIS RECIPE, Excellent & yummy recipe, easy to make too!

Samosa RecipeBeef and potatoes are the main ingredients folded inside these wonderful deep fried samosas. Chicken livers may be substituted for beef if you choose. Ingredients: 1 kg minced meat (Beef mince will taste best but we like to mix mutton/lamb and beef half-and-half)1-2 onions, chopped very finely.2 tablespoon coriander cumin powder.½ tablespoon garam masala.1 tablespoon turmeric powder.1 bunch of fresh coriander, chopped juice of 1 lemon.1 tablespoon garlic paste.1 tablespoon ginger paste.Salt to taste.2-3 green chilies, chopped.1 tablespoon butter.Vegetable oil for frying.Method: Place your mince in a deep pan, add the ginger, garlic, chilies, salt, and spices, half of the coriander and half of the lemon juice.

Dry the mince on medium heat whilst stirring constantly to avoid it forming lumps. Make sure you dry it completely i…

Fluffy American Pancakes Recipe

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I love American pancakes with the syrup alone, but if you do want bacon, I think streaky is best. You can easily cook these American pancakes. Here is the step by step procedure...

Collect your ingredients...these are basic in most homes
Flour  Blue-band (margarine)  Eggs  Cinnamon  Milk 
Steps of preparation
All dry ingredients together. If you love cinnamon add at this point you could sieve flour twice or thrice to incorporate air 

Rub in some margarine into flour. Add egg...could beat it separately then add. Mix everything together 

Add milk or water...little until you easily fold or can mix mixture 

Mix until batter is smooth 

Remove all lumps through fast clockwise or anticlockwise strokes. 

Mix to your preferred consistency... I wanted thick just to try something new adventure!!! 

Ready to start cooking. 

If you doubt that it's not properly cooked try this and tell....The inside of pancakes are well air spaced and cooked...fluffy and soft too...


Serve with warm maple syrup or honey... TRY I…

Why you should stay away from sexually transmitted infections

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Sexual health is a broad topic and goes beyond matters related to sexually transmitted infections (STIs). However, STIs form a special component of sexual health. Those afflicted with STIs can suffer grave reproductive health consequences, ranging from chronic pelvic pain to problems with fertility. It is in your interests to guard yourself against STIs, and to seek prompt treatment if you ever get infected.

There are certain categories of special risk groups for STIs, like adolescents and sexual health workers. But everyone who engages is sexual activities of whatever sort is at risk as well. We are talking of infections like gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, and HIV among others. Some of these infections, like gonorrhea, will have suggestive symptoms. Other infections, like chlamydia, tend to ran a silent course without any symptoms. Either way, consequential damage to the reproductive system can be horrific.

Your best bet against STIs is prevention. The next best thing is routine scr…

Simple Home-made Bread

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Makes 2 loaves
Ingredients. 5 ¹/₄ cups white bread flour or two cups of white and three cups of brown bread flour. 2 – 4 Tbsp. sugar 1 ¹/₂ tsp. salt 1 ¹/₂ Tbsp. (rounded) yeast 1 ¹/₂ Tbsp. oil 2 cups warm water (somewhere between 100 and 115⁰ Fahrenheit)

Method. Mix dry ingredients.  Add oil and water.  Mix for 1 minute and then check the consistency of the dough.  The dough should be very sticky.  If it is too dry, add more water.
Mix for 5 minutes.  (Do not add any more flour after the dough has finished mixing.) Spray kneading surface with cooking spray and turn dough out onto the surface.  Knead dough briefly until it has a smooth even consistency (this will only take several turns of the dough to accomplish). Divide dough into 2 pieces (or more if you wish to have smaller loaves) and shape loaves into desired shapes and place on greased baking sheets.  Cover with a large dish towel and let rise for 25 minutes. While loaves are rising, preheat oven to 350⁰ Fahrenheit.  When loaves are ready to…

Pumpkin, Sardines and Sweet Potato Curry

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Today we thought we would make it special with this recipe for a delicious family meal - Serves 6.

Pumpkin, Sardines and Sweet Potato Curry Recipe
Ingredients:For Lentil Rice:➠125 ml (½ cup) brown rice
➠125 ml (½ cup) brown lentils
➠500 ml (2 cup) water
For Curry:➠425 grams sardines.
➠Chili sauce (optional).
➠Canola oil for frying
➠2 onions, finely chopped
➠15 ml or 1 tbsp. chopped garlic
➠5 ml or 1 tsp. curry powder
➠2 small sweet potatoes, washed and cut into small chunks
➠400 g pumpkin, peeled and cut into small chunks
➠410 g can chopped tomatoes
➠Black pepper
➠1 bunch fresh coriander
Method:Lentil Rice:Place the rice, lentils and water in a medium-sized pot, cover and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes until the rice and lentils are cooked and the water has been absorbed. Stir occasionally.

Curry:Tip the sardines into a bowl. Break the fish into large chunks in the sauce with a fork.

Heat a few drops of oil in a non-stick pan and fry the onions and garlic until soft. Sti…

Simple, aromatic and healthy vegetable pilau

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A curry without pilau (or pullao) rice is unthinkable. This version benefits from the addition of healthy vegetables. Replace rice with freekeh for a deliciously different, low-calorie one-pot with red pepper and sweet



Simple, aromatic and healthy vegetable pilau recipeFor a lighter meatless version of Pilau, this is an incredibly flavorful and simple recipe that is a must-try!

Ingredients1.5 cups long grained or basmati rice soaked for 30 minutes¼ heaped cup each of chopped carrots, cauliflower/broccoli, French beans, green peas (fresh or frozen) and carrots. or 1 to 1.5 cups chopped veggies (you can add your choice of vegetables)1 large onion, thinly sliced1 medium size tomato, chopped½ inch ginger + 2 to 3 medium garlic cloves + 1 green chili, crushed to a paste in a mortar-pestle6 to 7 drops of lime juice2.5 to 3 cups water or veg stock (check notes below for details. i added 3 cups of water)2 tbsp ghee or 2.5 tbsp oilsalt as required1 tsp cumin seeds/jeera or ¾ tsp caraway seeds/s…

BEEF STROGANOFF

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Beef Stroganoff is a rich and delicious creamy meat dish of Russian origin. I prefer serving this dish with potato wedges or fries, but it works very well with rice or pasta too.
BEEF STROGANOFF RECIPE
INGREDIENTS: 3 tbsp. oil. 600 g beef tenderloin fillet, sliced into strips. 1 red onion, chopped. 1 tbsp. tomato paste. 300 ml sour cream (found in supermarkets). 2 tsp. lemon juice. 1 tbsp. paprika (a kind of chili that is not bitter, just used for coloring the food mostly). Freshly ground black pepper. 1 tbsp. fresh chopped parsley,
Sprinkling of paprika, for garnish.

Method Cut the steak into slices 1 cm/0.5 in thick, then cut each slice across the grain into strips 1 cm/0.5 in wide.Take 1 tbsp of the oil and make a paste with the paprika. Toss the beef in the paste to cover. Heat half of the oil that’s left in a large frying pan, add the paprika and onion and cook slowly until the onion is soft and sweet, but not browned. Transfer the mixture to a plate and keep warm. Using the same pan you cooked …

Health Benefits of Melons

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There are several types of melon. The most popular are listed below; 
Honeydew – long, oval-shaped melons with dark green skins; the flesh is white with a greenish tinge.Charantais – small and round with a mottled green and yellow skin; the flesh is orange colored.Cantaloupe – large round melons with regular indentations; the rough skin is mottled orange and yellow and the flesh is light orange in color.Ogen – small round mottled green skins, each suitable for one portion (depending on size); mainly used as a dessert, hors d’oeuvre on in sweet dishes.
Care must be taken when buying as melon should not be over-or-under-ripe. This can be assessed by carefully pressing the top or bottom of the fruit and smelling the outside skin for sweetness. There should be a slight degree of softness to the cantaloupe and charentais melons. The stalk should be attached, otherwise, the melon deteriorates quickly. Storage: at home, place them in cool, well-ventilated place. Cut sections, however, should b…

See how lifestyle factors can prevent or treat high blood pressure

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Around a third of the adult population in the world has been diagnosed with hypertension; it is most common in older people, those with a family history of the condition and in some ethnic groups. A number of lifestyle factors can help to prevent or treat high blood pressure – for example, not smoking, being physically active, and maintaining a healthy body weight, drinking alcohol in moderation (if at all), eating a balanced and varied diet that is low in fat (particularly saturated fats) and sodium (salt), and that includes low – fat dairy.
A diet that is low in fat and include low – fat dairy foods, and fruit and vegetables, has been shown to lower blood pressure in people with or without high blood pressure. This diet reduced the amount of fat, saturates and cholesterol, and increased amount of potassium, magnesium and calcium. Reducing the amount of salt in the diet also had a beneficial effect. The best effect was achieved when both approaches were combined. This highlights the im…

Pregnancy: Nine Months of Changes

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Pregnancy begins with the joining of an egg and a sperm. It ends with the birth of your baby. The nine months you are pregnant will be nine months of change.
While your baby is growing inside, you will be changing too. Your uterus will get larger as your baby grows. You will produce more blood to carry food and oxygen to your baby. Your breasts will be getting ready to produce milk. At the emotional level, you will be getting ready to be a mother, and your family will be getting ready to welcome a new person.
During these nine months, you are your baby’s world. Make this world the best it can be.
First Trimester: Changes you may notice during Months 1, 2, 3 During the first three months, your baby is growing and changing, but your body does not yet look different.   • Your uterus grows from about the size of a tennis ball to the size of a grapefruit • You may gain or lose up to 2.3 kg (5 lb) • You may find there is more wetness (secretions) coming from your vagina • Your breasts feel fu…

Pumpkin soup Recipe

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This is an excellent recipe for pumpkin soup! I have been using it for about two years and my whole family loves it! Even kids will eat this soup!
A silky textured soup, sprinkled with fresh coriander and served with samosa.
Ingredients: Pumpkins Onions Black pepper A cup of water Cooking oil, enough to prepare the onions,
The method of preparation:
Fry Onions add black pepper and salt to taste add pilled pumpkins, and water and bring to boil. Let it cook until tender. Pour in a blender and blend as you check for consistency. Serve in a bowl and enjoy!
You can serve with chapati, samosa, and much more.
MINCED MEAT SAMOSA RECIPE

How to Cook MAHAMRI

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You might not be familiar with mahamri snacks but in Kenya or in East Africa, this is just an ordinary treat. Mahamri look like diminutive, bulging square or triangular dough which is fried until they attain the golden brown hue. In its native land, mahamri taste best when servedwith chai tea.
Mahamri is a type of doughnut whose special ingredients include Coconut milk and cardamom. This authentic type of snack originated from the Swahili coastal regions of Kenya and Tanzania and is still very popular in both regions. Normally, it is accompanied by pigeon peas cooked in Coconut milk or a cup of typical. Due to its special exotic taste, Mahamri is considered as one of Kenyan's Delicacies.



 MAHAMRI RECIPEFor the perfect special occasion or just for your family and friends, try this simple Recipe!
Ingredient All-purpose flour (or baking powder)Instant dry yeastGranulated sugarSpices (cardamom, ginger, cinnamon or allspice)Milk (coconut or cow)Vegetable oil

PREPARATION Using a large spoo…

Most Dangerous Cake Recipe in the World: Chocolate mug cake

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5 MINUTE MICROWAVE CHOCOLATE COFFEE MUG CAKE!!I never thought making mug cake is this easy! And oh my god, it's really good!

This is my own version of the chocolate microwave mug cake. This chocolaty fudgy treat is truly decadent and great for nights when I need a yummy dessert that is ready in less than 10 minutes! Chocolate chips make this recipe even better.
So good, and so easy to make, if you're like me, you'll want to make it TWICE and eat both mugs one right after the other.


Chocolate mug cake recipe
Ingredients;4 tablespoons flour 4 tablespoons sugar 2 tablespoons cocoa 1 egg 3 tablespoons milk 3 tablespoons oil 3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional) A small splash of vanilla essence 1 large coffee mugMethod of preparation, Step by step...Add dry ingredients to your largest mug and mix well. Add the egg and mix thoroughly. Pour in the milk and oil and mix well. Add the chocolate chips (if using), vanilla essence , then mix again. Put your mug in the microwave and cook…

SAFFRON RICE WITH GREEN GRAMS OR PEAS

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Infuse this super-healthy rice dish with the distinctive flavor of saffron - the dish is high in vitamin C, too. This is a great recipe and was enjoyed by the whole family (including children aged 12 and 6). Dare I say that the cold leftovers were enjoyed even more, the next day.

Nutritional Value of Green Grams
It is a rich source of low fat protein, has a wide amino acid profile and contains no trans or saturated fats.
It has both insoluble and water soluble fibers that help maintain a healthy appetite.
Water soluble fiber helps lower LDL cholesterol and protects from cardiovascular diseases.
It digests slowly and gradually releasing sugar into the blood and helps maintain the blood sugar level.
It is said that the water in which green gram was soaked is a good medicine during cholera, measles and chicken pox.

Nutrition: per servingkcal493fat8 gsaturates1 gcarbs61 gsugars0 gfibre3 gprotein44 gsalt0.6 gSAFFRON RICE WITH GREEN GRAMS (POJO) OR PEAS RECIPEIngredients300 gm of Green grams (poj…

Breakfast Quinoa muffins (gluten an dairy free)

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Quinoa muffins. Great for busy moms! morning muffin and warm drink to go.

Quinoa muffins recipe
Ingredients:↪1 ¹/₂ cup of grounded quinoa
↪¹/₂ cup of gluten free all purpose flour
↪1 tsp baking powder
↪Pinch of salt
↪¹/₂ tsp cinnamon
↪¹/₄ tsp pumpkin spice ↪2 eggs
↪¹/₂ cup of brown sugar
↪¹/₂ can of pumpkin purée
↪¹/₂ cup oil
↪³/₄ cup almond milk
↪Tsp. vanilla extract/1 pack vanilla sugar.

Method The first thing I did was ground the quinoa. I put it in my bullet and waited until it was fine and powdery. Poured it into a bowl with the remaining dry ingredients. Set aside.

In a mixer, I started beating the eggs with sugar until fluffy. Then added everything else BUT the almond milk.

Then I slowly alternated between the flour mix and milk (into the mixer) you might not need the full ³/₄ of almond milk. Mix well. (Texture should be a bit more than cake mix).

Pour into sprayed muffin cups and you could add: crushed pecans, almonds, walnuts or leave plain. *also, I felt that they weren't as sweet as I wou…

Tips on managing blood pressure when pregnant

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High blood pressure in pregnancy can be fatal for a mother and her unborn baby if not properly managed. There are several cases that have been reported in the local media about women who have unfortunately been diagnosed and succumbed to this condition during their pregnancy. Whether the condition is mild or chronic, high blood pressure is a silent killer and it is important to know how to ensure you and your baby stay safe. Fortunately, most antenatal clinics in the country, both public and private, always check your blood pressure at every visit which helps monitor its levels on a regular basis – hence the importance of going to your clinics.
How to manage blood pressure when pregnant
Whether you are going to a public or private clinic for antenatal care, your blood pressure will be checked to ensure that it is at a manageable level. In cases, where the pressure keeps going up, the doctor will advise on the best way to cope with it so that you and the baby are not put in any danger. H…