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6 “Unhealthy Foods” that are actually good for us..

Do you believe in the saying, “If it tastes so good, then it is probably not good for you”

Countless times I find myself on the fence, whether the snack in my hand is healthy for me or not. I was heartbroken as a child being told that chocolate is not good for you, who does not love chocolate?

Well, it turns out that most foods that people scare you away from, actually have great health benefits. You can only imagine my sigh of relief when I learned this too. There is hope for mankind after-all :-). These are 6 foods that are considered unhealthy but do actually have some health benefits if consumed moderately....

6. POPCORN

When you are seated down, ready for the movie to begin and you keep side-eyeing the bowl of popcorn on the table beside you. To eat or not to eat, that is the question. And the answer is, to eat. Popcorn is considered to be a low calorie snack. It is also high in fiber which we all need to help maintain our bowel situation. Popcorn contains an antioxidant that helps to reduce the risk of illnesses such as heart disease. A bowl of popcorn surely can add to your health and make the movie 100% better.

5. PLANTAIN

Yummy! I would like to believe that this particular type of banana is most common among some African and Caribbean communities. Plantain is most likely to be fried or sometimes baked and that is why it may be a no-no to some. However, it tastes heavenly when prepared just right and even better with the health benefits. Plantains are also a good source of fiber such as popcorn, but they are also rich in Vitamin A, C and B-6. Talk about strengthening that immune system!

4. BUTTER

Can you say “Betty bought some butter, but the butter was bitter, so Betty bought some better butter to make the bitter butter better” without making a mistake? Try it! You can also try adding a little more butter in the kitchen too because apparently it is not all that bad. Believe it or not, butter contains vitamin A that is useful for healthy skin, good vision and strengthening your immune system. More importantly butter is rich in  conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a fat that helps to reduce the risk of colon, breast and liver cancer. But remember, the health benefits come only when it is consumed in moderation.

3. BREAD

Le pain! And some of us take this french word for bread quite literally during breakfast. Oh the pain of the 40 pounds that I will gain after eating this half a slice of bread! *Dramatic sigh* … Well lets calm down a bit and learn how bread is actually good for us. Bread is a great source of energy for our beautiful bodies and the carbohydrates contribute to balancing the glucose in our blood. In addition to fiber that keeps our gut happy, bread has prebiotic properties that allows the good type of colon bacteria to flourish and keep doing the good work they do. Again, less is more and one should eat bread moderately, preferably wholegrain bread.

2. WHITE RICE

Just like bread, white rice is a brilliant source of energy, and yes it is gluten free. It also contains folate (folic acid) that is much needed to make red and white blood cells in the bone marrow, this is especially recommended for pregnant women. White rice is also packing on magnesium and iron that help keep our bodies and hearts nice and strong. Although brown rice is the healthier option when it comes to rice, white rice is still quite nutritious and tasty too.

1. CHOCOLATE

Can I get an Amen! Gosh, I know I am not the only person that is relieved that chocolate made it on the list. All that sweetness, all that milk and cream, surely it is a formula for disaster when it comes to eating healthy. Chocolate is not only delicious but it is packed with vitamins and minerals such as calcium that is vital in skin repair and health. It also has flavanols and antioxidants that are known to reduce the risk of heart disease. The flavanol is also said to improve blood flow to the brain hence improve its function. And let us not forget that the caffeine and theobromine also stimulate the brain.

I hope we won’t shy away from these foods next time we are invited to that wedding or doing our grocery shopping. I like to think that any food has nutritional value, even if it is in the smallest amount. I wish to remind you though, too much of a good thing is a bad thing, and that we can enjoy the benefits of these foods if we do not over do it. With that being said, cheers to healthy eating!

Thinking till next time…

FOOD…

The Bi-Weekly Topic in focus is Food, and everything tasty and healthy about it!

Mother’s Day Poll: What does it mean to you?

Hi, lovies. Hope you guys are good, hope you guys are all well.

Mother’s day is approaching, yay! It’s about that time again when we can solely celebrate our mothers, our sisters, ourselves and everyone else that appreciates us in all that we do as moms. We love our moms, we admire them and we eventually learn to never take them for granted.

So this had me thinking, as a mom; as a soon-to-be mom, as a one-day-yes mom (Direct translation from an African saying meaning aspiring to be a mom one day;-), what does this day mean to us? When you here that Mother’s Day is just around the corner, what do you look forward to?

I know we usually want it all, but what do you prefer the most. I have a little list below, please let me know. And if you prefer other things, please mention them in the comments too.

xoxo

Mother 2

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#WednesdayWisdom

‘Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend’

∼ Martin Luther King, Jr.

HOW TO: Survive Valentine’s Day…..when you are single

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Hi my lovies! Hope you guys are good, hope you guys are all well. Happy New Year’s to you! I hope you have all your New Year’s Resolutions sorted and you are starting the year with the right banging attitude and positivism. I know I am! Speaking of which, this here month of February is what you may call a dreaded month for some single people out there. And we all know why. It’s all about the Valentine’s Day jazz and all. I remember when this day came around when I was single, I used to want to hide under my bed for the whole day. But now that I am not single, honestly, I couldn’t care less about it. *sigh* Funny how times change. Buuuuut, for my awesome single people out there, here are some things I used to do to avoid that “I’m lonely” limbo…..

 

  1. ♥CREATE YOUR ULTIMATE EPIC PLAYLIST!♥

Music is what kept me company the whole day. Yes, music is your friend. And you can be into Hip Hop, R ‘n’ B, Rap, Gospel, Jazz, Reggae, Raggae or whatever is in between, just pile up some awesome tunes and sing to your soul’s content. Sometimes it’s all about the artist, if it’s Bey or John Legend or Taylor Swift, you can have a day with them. Music is really my medicine. When I feel sad, angry or disappointed, I let the artists and songs talk to me. Music pushes my reset button. So on Valentines Day, I will have my headphones blaring to my favorite jams like Will Smith’s Switch, and a whole lot of Jennifer Lopez, don’t forget tonnes of TLC! I would not even care about acting the fool in public. Every one is jolly anyway, and others might even join in my singing.

2.  AVOID RESTAURANTS♥

Yes, because we all know that this is where they go. Him, her and the third! Unless you want to treat yourself to a posh dinner, do not go anywhere near a restaurant. These are the cliche places that ALL couples will be.  You would rather just order your favorite food and just have a cozy night in or hang with other single friends at the beach or at the park or something. But definitely NO restaurants.

3. ♥DO SOMETHING NEW♥

Everyone usually has something that they have always wanted to do but have never made time for it. And it’s always usually marred with excuse after excuse. Well now is your time. This Valentine’s Day, you have to quench your heart’s adventure desire. For instance, I have always wanted to take a cooking class with one of our chefs in the city I live in and my sister has always wanted to try out Rollerblading. You might want to go salsa dancing; take a pottery class; visit your local art museum, you name it. It will just be some time for yourself and you will for sure have fun. Plus, it’s one item you will tick off your Bucket List.

4. VISIT HOME/FAMILY

Family will always be happy to see you. Even if you visit them every single weekend. I love my family! I would like to think most people love theirs too. Home is a place where you will get free hugs and kisses, goofy conversations and some free food :-). You do not have to dress up or anything, you are fine just the way you are. If you wish, you can just buy small presents for them. Maybe a box of chocolates or show up with a bouquet of flowers. And speaking of flowers…..

5. BUY YOURSELF BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS♥

Who doesn’t love a fresh bouquet of their favorite flowers? I am talking about roses, lilies (I LOVE me some lilies wooo!), tulips, marigold and all. And if the florist asks you if you want it with a card, you will tell them yes, yes you want a card. And when they ask you what you want to write on the card? Tell them ‘U R Awesome’! Every time you open that card…..well there you go!

6.NO ROMANTIC MOVIES

This is not going to be a day to cry and feel envious of movie characters. Put that “When Harry met Sally” DVD back down and walk away. And don’t you dare turn to “Notting Hill”, “The Notebook”, “10 Things I Hate About You”. NOOO! Not today. Today we are going to other genres. Comedy, for example, is a good place to start. Everyone enjoys a good laugh. They are the best, and like me, do not be afraid to literally laugh out loud. There are so many great comedies out there and they will be perfect for you. Or if you are like me, and you enjoy scaring yourself then Horror it is. Yeah, sometimes I scare myself just a little bit too much and sleep with the lights on for days. And a baseball bat by my bed. Now, what ghost can I hit with a bat? *smh*

7. HAVE A CUDDLE BUDDY!♥

If you have a pet dog or cat then you have the best cuddle buddies! They are cute and warm…and loyal. Well..most are. But if you have other types of pets you know, like snakes, a mouse, spider and you can cuddle them, then good for you, boo. Well for some of us that are unfortunately allergic to furry friends we have cute alternatives as well. Teddy bears!!! You can hug on one tight as you watch your non-romantic movie while sipping on some wine in your cozy fresh flowers smelling home. You can use them as a pillow too.  HOWEVER, please do not attempt to talk to this stuffed toy. Then you will come from being single…to being single and crae crae (Crazy). So, a pet, a teddy, whatever suits you best as long as you don’t have your arms crossed over your chest. If all fails, your favorite softest blanket can work.

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So there it is-my list of what I would do as a single person. I just really want you guys to remember that self-love comes before loving other people. And rarely do we remember to show love to ourselves. Even if you have someone, it’s not a sin to do something for yourself too this Valentine’s day. Well, that’s just me and what I think.

Wishing you all much love xoxo.

 

 

Are You A Mama’s Boy?

mama boyHey everyone! What’s good? Now I have been gone for a minute, haven’t I? Well I guess life took over for a bit, but now I am back! Actually I am from a short holiday. We went to visit my in-laws for a bit. And as an African bride (daughter-in-law) I obviously didn’t so much enjoy the holiday. It is tradition that you take over the cooking in the kitchen; you take over the cleaning of the house; the laundry of the family etc. It is mandatory that you prove that your parents raised you right *sigh*. So one night, I was actually complaining to my husband that this was not the way I planned to spend my leave time away from office. We needed to go back home as soon as possible. And I was more than ready to come up with fake excuses just to leave. My husband, on the other hand, he was convinced to stay and I knew why,mams-boy.jpg! He loves his mother to bits and would do all he can to prolong our stay. I told him so but he didn’t believe me. So we settled it the best way we know how…….a test! And yes, I was right as always.

For all my gentlemen out there, some in denial like my husband, some being mama’s boys and proud. The below test is for you to find out and verify. Please do feel free to come back and tell me you results, and be honest too. Lol. GOOD LUCK 🙂

CLICK HERE to find out just how much of a mummy’s boy you are!

 

 

 

#WednesdayWisdom

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” ∼John Wooden

#WednesdayWisdom

‘It’s important to know that we can never satisfy each and everyone with the things we do.’

For example

A man was on a journey with his son and their donkey.

  1. When the man chose to let his son ride the donkey, people said the son was disrespectful for letting his father walk
  2. When the man chose to ride the donkey, people said he was being unfair for letting his young son walk.
  3. When they decided to both ride on the donkey, people said they were exhausting the poor animal.
  4. When the man and his son decided to walk instead, people called them idiots for not riding the donkey

∼Never strive to satisfy each and everyone, it’s nearly impossible∼

 

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