Nov 18

Fair Trade Cocoa – What Makes It ‘Fair Trade’

Fair trade refers to an organized plan by buyers to help producers, particularly in developing countries, realize fair and more sustainable trading conditions. The concept has developed into a social movement with the goal of promoting greater equity for traditionally disadvantaged producers through international trading partnerships.

Fair Trade-certified cocoa comes from certified farmers’ cooperatives, organized to educate and improve their members economically. The practice promotes producers’ community health by paying the farmer a higher price or “living wage” for their labor. This certification is a guarantee to everyone as to how the cocoa beans used in making chocolate products were produced.

Currently, the Dominican Republic, Peru, and Costa Rica, are the only countries in the world where there are cocoa farmers’ cooperatives that are thusly certified. These products receive third-party certification by IMO, FairTradeUSA, or FairTrade America, for example. In the United States, the most commonly certified products are foods, including chocolate and cocoa.

Other products on the market that are not Fair Trade certified may also be “fairly traded” thanks to retailers, who practice recognized fair trade standards.

In sharp contrast to the practices of Fair Trade, for example, are many of the cocoa plantations in the Ivory Coast. There are over 600,000 cocoa farms in the Ivory Coast. Large chocolate corporations purchase most of this country’s cocoa harvest. Too often, these corporations’ economic goal is not driven by a desire to improve the lives of the farmers whose products we enjoy. Today, the Ivory Coast is the source of 75% of America’s chocolate.

Most of the farmers working these farms labor under subsistence conditions. Even more surprisingly, The U.S. State Department estimates that over 12,000 child-slaves may work on large cocoa farms in the Ivory Coast. Many have been kidnapped or sold by their parents to work from a very young age cutting

Nov 18

An Affordable Family Restaurant Makes Meal Time Easy And Fun

These days, families are busier than ever and it’s hard to always sit down to a home cooked meal together. That’s why it’s nice to have an affordable family restaurant in the neighborhood. In addition to just enjoying time together, studies show that families who eat together are closer, communicate more and have kids who do better in school.

Dine Out On Busy Days

While you might realize the importance of sitting down as a family to dine, it can be very difficult to do sometimes. During the school year, kids and parents are busy with various activities such as sports, clubs, lessons, practices and other organized events. By the time dinnertime rolls around, everyone may feel pretty exhausted. Thinking about cooking dinner might be the last thing on your mind.

Should that be the case, heading out to an affordable family restaurant is a great way to enjoy a family style meal without all the hassle. Here you can enjoy affordable, delicious home-style cooking in a comfortable environment that mimics that of being at home sitting around the dining room table. The best part is you are able to relax and enjoy each other’s company without the trouble of cooking or cleaning up.

Make It A Tradition

One of the best parts of family life is some of the traditions we form in our families. Traditions are important, as we can come to see these events as something to depend on and provide us with comfort.

A dinner out at a family barbecue restaurant can become just that; a wonderful tradition to look forward to. An affordable family restaurant like a family barbecue restaurant is the perfect place to begin a tradition of a weekly night out as a family. Some people even like to gather at an affordable family restaurant after Sunday church

Nov 17

Health Benefits of Eating Cheese

Cheese brings a lot of health benefits to the human body. This dairy product is known to be rich in calcium that helps strengthen teeth and bones. It is thus important to incorporate a moderate amount of cheese in a person’s diet.

Despite the fact that cheese is a milk product, it has low lactose content. Lactose contains sugars that can be harmful to teeth. Sufferers of osteoporosis include cheese in their diets because it provides calcium for weakening bones.Cheese is also essential for the growth and development of children. With its high nutrient content, cheese helps kids grow fast and strong.

It is recommended for underweight people to include cheese in their diets. Cheese can be considered complete, what with all the vitamins, minerals, and fats that are packed in it. By eating cheese, people are able to build up muscles and body fats. It somehow supplements lacking nutrients inside the body.

Pregnant women are also advised to eat cheese as it is a rich source of calcium and protein. However, not all kinds of cheese are recommended. When choosing cheese products like cream cheese or cheese spread, they must make sure that it contains pasteurized milk. As much as possible, pregnant women should avoid eating cheese made from unpasteurized milk to prevent the risk of taking in bad bacteria.

Women who suffer from regular pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) should eat ample amounts of cheese. Cheese is a rich source of calcium and vitamin D that helps reduce and prevent the risk of cramping, irritability, breast pains, and other PMS symptoms. In choosing dairy products like cheese spread and yogurt, women must make sure that the product is organic to get the best results.

Little do people know that cheese can also help prevent cancer.

Nov 17

The Raw Food Diet

Who doesn’t want lots of energy, who doesn’t want to forget about medication, to enjoy an enviable health, a happy soul in a healthy body? With raw diet you can lose very easy the extra pounds, you can heal almost any disease, from the worst’s to the minor ones.

What I’m telling you is nothing new, it is not a secret, it is nothing complicated, it is just the raw food.

But let’s see what the raw diet is?

The base of raw diet is un-cooked, un-processed food, 40 C (104 F) to 46 C (115 F). The raw diet includes all vegetables, fruits and nuts. However it can include raw milk, raw yoghurt, raw cheese and raw meat.

The most popular raw diet is the raw vegan diet.

Raw foodist, like me, believes that foods cooked at more than 40 C, will lose their vitamins and nutrients that are good for our body.

This diet includes all vegetables, fruits, seeds, nuts and sprouted grains and legumes.

A lot of people, who are raw vegan, are much healthier, have more energy, have a clear skin, are jollier, etc. All in all, they’re enjoying a better life.

The raw diet was introduced by the famous writer Ellen White, and appreciated since 1863.

The raw idea attracted a lot of people of all generations. Some time ago, all the raw food related information where available only to Hollywoodian stars, however, now we are all enjoying the access to a lot of information and recipes. Some people believe that if we eat raw we can’t enjoy cakes, cookies, lasagna, and pasta. Thats not true.

Let’s return to the benefits of this diet. Raw food can help heal cancer, leukemia, tumors, diabetes, asthma, obesity, insomnia, acne, allergies, constipation, urinary infection, lack of energy, hair

Nov 17

How Eating MORE Chocolate Is Something You Should Be Doing

If you were to ask past girlfriends if given the chance would they have traded me in for some chocolate? Well I don’t want to know the answer to that question…

Chocolate, and peoples love of chocolate, go back thousands and thousands of years. The Aztecs some 4-5000 years ago were grinding up cocoa beans and combining them with other ingredients to make drinks and porridges. Even the name of ‘cocoa’ comes from the ancient Nahuatl language meaning “bitter water”

Clearly the use of chocolate has evolved into the modern era but a standard drink of hot chocolate shares similar traits with those early beverages.

And just like Miley Cyrus there are good and bad versions of the same thing..

GOOD AND BAD TYPES OF CHOCOLATE

There is chocolate we want to avoid and then there is the chocolate that not only still can be considered an indulgence but also contains numerous health benefits.

This good type of chocolate we are looking at is the dark chocolate that contains at least 70% cocoa solids. ideally 85-90% is the variety you want to shoot for. Chocolate of this type has a distinct bitter/rich taste that after awhile feels vastly superior to sugary milk chocolate.

WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS?

So what health benefits are we looking at in regards to this chocolate? First off there is relevant nutrition such as fiber, iron, magnesium, copper, manganese, potassium, zinc and selenium.

Next is probably one of the best reasons to eat dark chocolate; Its high antioxidant content. The measurement for antioxidant activity in foods is called the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. Basically researches put some bad free radicals against foods to see how the foods antioxidants can ‘disarm’ them.

A few studies have shown that dark chocolate contained higher antioxidant activity, polyphenols and flavanols than other fruits being tested, including the powerhouse blueberries

Nov 15

Cheese based ketogenic nutrition

There are many varieties of nutrition and diets that can be found online, or in many other sources. Many of them are based on a biological mechanism that we call ketosis, in which your body stops using carbs as the main source of energy, and instead uses its own body fat, and fat that is taken with food, as the primary energy source. The mentioned state of ketosis can be achieved by a ketogenic diet, which is actually just another name for a low carb diet, because on the ketogenic type of diet, your goal is to eat food that is rich in fats and proteins, and low in carbohydrates. There are many different meals and food you can eat in order to meet the mentioned criteria. In this article we will mostly talk about cheese and cheese based products.

Cheese is a generic term for a larger group of food products based on milk. Cheese consists basically of proteins and fat from milk, with the milk usually coming from cows, or goats, sheep or other species. It is basically produced by coagulation of a milk protein called casein. The textures, styles and flavorse of cheese depend on the origin of milk (and the animals diet).

The exact nutritional values of cheese varies also because there are many different types of cheese. Fresh cheese, also known as quark (per 100 grams) has around 4 grams of carbohydrates, 15 grams of proteins, and 3 grams of fat. Regular hard cheese (also per 100 grams) has around 3 grams of carbohydrates, 25 grams of proteins, and around 28 grams of fat. There are also many other types of cheese, with different nutritional values, but these are amont the most common types.

As we can see, cheese usually has a relatively low amount

Nov 13

Top 12 Benefits of Raw Chocolate

Do you want to get rid of your coffee addiction and still feel energized through the whole day? Then raw chocolate is your answer. Do you grab a cup of coffee or an espresso shot for a quick fix? What if I can tell you that you can bypass coffee and all its negative long-term effects on your body and be full of energy that will keep you going through the whole day? You can now replace your espresso shot with a powerful superfood called raw chocolate. Raw chocolate contain a substance called theobromine, which is a natural stimulant-free energy boosting source that will keep you going through the whole day. Where as caffeine, except dehydration, it will takes you on an energy rush for a maximum of two hours and then on a caffeine low, which cause tiredness. This is usually when you reach for the second cup of coffee. Raw chocolate also contain endorphin, which is a natural mood enhancer. So, eating raw chocolate does not only provide stable energy but also provides a mood enhancing affect in your body.

Same Same But Different

Same product but in it’s processed/cooked form will have a huge difference on your body. The reason why you should consume raw chocolate and not cooked processed/milk chocolate, is because of it’s natural living benefits. Milk chocolate is processed and cooked, which kills all living enzymes and nutrients and turns the omega-6 fatty acids into trans fat. This is why you will gain weight and have a sugar rush when consuming these processed chocolates. Raw chocolate is known for its bitterness, but what if I tell you that you can have the most tasty raw chocolate desserts and snacks? Indulge yourself in these tasty recipes on raw cacao that will keep you healthy and energized!

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Nov 12

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Recipes for Vegetarian School Lunches

Packing school lunch for vegetarian teens is easy, using popular as well as nutritious foods such as hummus. High protein hummus is quick to prepare in the morning while your teens get ready for school. Two simple hummus recipes are included for your convenience. Sandwich recipes which use hummus are simple to create, adding in favorite veggies, cheeses and condiments.

How to Pack lunch with Vegetarian Sandwiches

Start your adventures in providing delicious, nutritious school meals by having a few basic supplies in your cupboard. Make sure you have 15 oz cans of garbanzo beans, also known as chickpeas, to use in your hummus recipes. Also have on hand 15 oz cans of Black Beans, to make popular and pretty Black Bean Hummus

Next, make a batch of Hummus. Puree together:

1 15 oz can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
1 Teaspoon minced garlic (1clove) of garlic (to your taste)
2 Tablespoons of toasted sesame seeds (or 2 T tahini)
1-3 Tablespoons of Lemon Juice (depending on how thick or thin you like your hummus)

Build the sandwich by spreading cup of the hummus on the inside of one-half of a pita pocket bread. The quality of the bread can make a big difference, so be sure to use fresh pita. Whole wheat pita is very nice with hummus, but be sure to begin with pita that your children like. Next add cheese. Feta cheese has good affinity with chickpeas, adding flavor as well as increasing the protein in the sandwich. Finally, add condiments and fillings. One lovely combination is a sprinkle of ground ginger and a filling of shredded carrots and thinly sliced apples. Another delicious sandwich is filled with shredded spinach and thinly sliced spearmint.

Nov 12

Cheese… and Bormioli Roccotaste it, get to know it, participate in it and… preserve it

The company is technical sponsor of the event organised by Slow Food as a showcase for the world of quality cheese, and also provides its Premium Wine Glasses for use in the Wine Bar. The Bormioli Rocco stand features its glass food storage containers Quattro Stagioni, Fido and Frigoverre Fun.

Provola, caprino, toma, stracchino, gorgonzola, pecorino: hundreds of different cheeses on display at Cheese, the international quality cheese fair that returns to Bra from 18 to 20 September.

Products from 20 different nations will be present at the Cheese Market in Piazza Roma and in the Grand Cheese Space in the porticos of Corso Garibaldi. In the Church of San Rocco and in Via Principi di Piemonte there will be a special section devoted to cheese products produced specifically in the Italian and French Alpine regions. The programme at Cheese 2009 features many events, including workshops on Flavour and on Milk, courses for qualifying as Master of Food, and naturally countless opportunities to delight the palate: Street Kitchens, Wine Cellars, Tasting Stalls, Beer cellars.

Bormioli Rocco will be part of this Slow Food event as technical sponsor. The famous glass firm based in Fidenza will be providing its wine glasses for use in the Wine Bar. The most prestigious wines in the -Guide to Everyday Wine- will be served in Premium wine glasses, whose shape and dimensions were originally elaborated jointly with the Italian Sommelier Association in order to best enhance the colours and bouquets of red, white and ros wines. Shiny, sturdy, dishwashable, these glasses are examples of a perfect marriage between design and practicality.

The streets of Bra will also feature a Bormioli Rocco stand, displaying Quattro Stagioni and Fido glass jars, ideal for preserving the goodness of cheese. The Quattro Stagioni line –

Nov 08

Caribbean Food & Recipes

The Caribbean is home to some of the world’s most exciting culinary delights. From spicy jerk chicken and pork to some of the world’s freshest and tastiest seafood, Caribbean food is delicious, fresh and very healthy. Caribbean cuisine originates from a mixture of many different cultures including Spanish, British, African, French, Indian, Chinese and Dutch and the fusion of cooking from these different regions has led to dishes which are now unique to the Caribbean.

Traditional dishes of Caribbean are the representation of their history and culture. Through the dynamic and innovative minds of Caribbean people, they learn to adopt and mimic ideas from other foreign culture. Therefore Caribbean tend to combine food elements and techniques which make their food interesting and exciting to eat.

The blend of Caribbean, African Food is popular all over the world and for great reasons. There is such a variety when it comes to Caribbean Recipes, Cuisines. You can taste combinations you never have before. Many people appreciate the great Spicy Jerk Chicken which is becoming popular in all over the world. The Caribbean Foods thrill our taste buds, the smells excite our minds, and the looks please our eyes, enrich, and inspire our souls.

The national dish in Barbados is cou-cou and flying fish, a name that tends to pique the curiosity of people wanting to sample the more exotic food on offer at their 5 Star Caribbean hotels. Cou-cou itself is a mix of cornmeal and okra, and is usually prepared with the aid of a special cou-cou stick, a unique wooden utensil with a long, flat rectangular shape. Many people say it reminds them of a miniature cricket bat.

Cuban cooking is also very popular in Barbados. Cuban cooking is a mixture of Spanish, Caribbean and African cuisines. The techniques and spices are akin

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