South Africans like most people love a bit of wine, but usually afterwards the bottles just go to waste. Here are a couple of very interesting little “life hacks” you can use to give them a new lease on life.
I have always known that those vitamin waters can’t be that amazing. It was just proven once again when I saw the advanced water on the shelves. I prefer to stay hydrated and focused through enhanced water.
I really should be doing these posts when I am hungry. Some of these look good, others look absolutely drool-inducing faint-and-fall-over delicious!
The thing about sandwiches is that they don’t need to be overly complex to be amazing. You just need some decent bread and then you start throwing stuff on there. Something as simple as the one from Australia goes down a treat with a cup of coffee. Then again, something like that masterpiece from Uruguay or the Kaya Toast just makes me want to overindulge BIG TIME!!!
(It also looks like a great reason to travel around the globe for an all-you-can-eat-holiday)
You know how you are always trying to cut back on sugar. It is however difficult to see the hidden sugar in many products. Here is a look at some of the sauces that people in South Africa use on a daily basis and how much sugar they contain. A can of Coke is also thrown in there for comparison.
Every industry has their own “tools of the trade”. A couple of these that supermarkets employ however will shock you as studies have found that people often buy 50% more than they intended when visiting the shops.
Here a couple of the “supermarket confessions” we have been able to pull together that sheds some light on how they are able to get us to buy so much.
You might think they were looking out for your convenience, but that’s not it. They make a little on the chips and a lot on the salsa. They go together nicely and often people would take both.
As you walk into a store you would be hit with all of the wonderful smells and everywhere you look you will see things you want to eat. The result is that you would often end up buying more food than you need.
They are very intentionally placed by shop keepers where they want us to look
To get to the product you actually want you would need to walk past all of the less popular products. The chances of you actually dropping some of these products into your trolley rises exponentially as a result. Normally you wouldn’t have looked at them twice.
People are creatures of habit. After a while we would have our set pattern that we take through a store to get everything we need. The result is that the effectiveness of the sale of some of the less popular products would drop after a while. For this reasons products in stores are swapped around on a regular basis.
One of the big reasons why people don’t like making breakfast is because it eats into their previous morning time before work. If you barely have time to get ready for work, you often don’t have enough time to put together a healthy breakfast.
So let’s make things a little easier and do all the work in the evening. Here are two very easy ways to cut down the time you would need in the mornings.
This is definitely one of the easiest things you can make. You don’t even need to cook the oats for this. The basis of the “Oats in a jar” is oats and some milk (or water if you prefer it).
One of the nicest ones you can do is to add about half a cup of oats and a cup of milk to a nearly empty peanut butter jar. If you don’t have a peanut butter jar, any other jar would work.
You can then add frozen berries, banana, protein powder, flax seed and cinnamon to taste. Give it a stir so that everything is mixed and put in the fridge.
Tomorrow when you get up, it will be good to go!
Smoothies are one of the rockstars of the breakfast world. If you prepare only one portion daily from scratch it takes some time.
We therefore suggest that you get 5 zip-lock bags and make enough pre-packed smoothie ingredients for a working week. In a smoothie you are ideally looking to have protein, vitamins, minerals and fiber in abundance.
You can therefore combine the following ingredients in different combinations every day to keep things interesting:
Kale, berries, cinnamon, banana, orange, flax seeds, whey protein, spinach, almonds, oats, peanut butter, chia seeds and apple.
After you have made your five different smoothie packs you pop them in the fridge for the week ahead.
You should also buy a tub or two of greek yoghurt to mix it up with every week. You can then swap this with milk every other day.
McDonald’s has been in the crossfire of so many blog posts over the past two years and there is no letting up…
So we thought we should add a little bit of fuel to the fire. Why? Because it is fun playing with fire and matches.
It is just a kind of a “did you know?” lighter side of it look at the fast food giant.
So your dad thinks that one day you will just be flipping burgers! The joke is on him as no burgers are flipped at McDonalds. They have a machine that resembles a huge George Foreman grill which does that 30 second patty cooking.
You hope that no one orders the Fillet-o-Fish. They are always made to order. I mean really. Who goes to McDonalds and orders a fish dish? If you had any idea what goes into their meat dishes, you don’t want to know what goes into the fish…
Then there are those special people in rush hour traffic who get to the front and then start staring at the menu and wonder what they will order. Really? It’s McDonalds. Nothing changes ever and you always have exactly the same thing!
Fresh fries are made constantly, but then there would be those idiots complaining about wanting fresh fries. Then as you start making them fresh fries they moan because you are taking time making fresh fries.
Social media is quickly turning into a vehicle that gives consumers a voice. The voice is really speaking up though when it comes to fast food.
During the past two decades many people across the globe drifted towards fast food as a quick, easy and mostly affordable way of eating. Over the past few years there has however be a noticeable rise in posts and information about fast food and just exactly how it falls short in many ways.
Some of these facts you might know, but there are quite a few here that really would make you think twice before you hit the next drive-thru…
So the extra cheese you are getting on your burger is more often than not processed cheese. Processed cheese is only about half cheese. The other half is made up of whey, salt, milk, emulsifiers, preservatives and artificial coloring.
In 2010 research was done that found that less than 1% of all kid’s meal combinations met recommended nutritional standards. So all those marketed as a smarter and healthier choice for parents to buy also likely falls into this category.
Popular burgers in comparison:
Big Mac: 467 calories, 23g fat, 908mg of salt
Whopper: 650 calories, 37g fat, 910mg of salt
Pizza Hut sued Papa John’s, claiming false advertisement that “fresher ingredients” make “better pizza.” I have never heard anyone complaining about ingredients being too fresh or preferring stale ingredients. So in my humble opinion I think that fresher ingredients do make better food!
That is true. It is 100% of things that come from the same animal for example cattle. You will get a lovely tasty medley of meat, hearts, intestines, tripe, stomachs and a couple of flour bleaching agents and loads of salt to mask the odd flavors. My mouth is watering…
So the next time you go and enjoy a quick take away just remember these points.
Stop being lazy and cook for a change! It is cheaper, healthier, tastes a lot better and actually can become a fun hobby!
Cooking shows give us all a bit of a false sense of bravado. So we step into the kitchen with the best intentions to whip up a wondrous meal or dessert. However what we see on tv is based on skills that these chefs have developed over many years.
The attempts of the rest of us mere mortals more often than not come a lot closer to the pictures below.