If there has been one buzzword in the food and drink world recently, “vegan” is surely it. Traditionally, a number of animal products have been used during the fining process (the bit that helps make the wine clearer, stabilised and less bitter). Replacing them are clay- or charcoal-based alternatives, safe for both vegans and vegetarians alike.
Making the switch to these tipples means your alcohol intake would be vastly reduced (without you actually having to drink less). If you’ve tried non-alcoholic wine in the past and been put off by the synthetic sweet taste, we’d urge you to consider these modern options instead – supermarkets have seriously upped their game to keep up with the cultural shift. For example, a hunter semillon from Australia or a German riesling, rather than wines that are superficially de-alcoholised.
Eating more protein is one of the best ways to feel more energised, happier and less hungry. Why? Well, to start, protein has a thermic effect on the body, meaning that up to 30% of the calories consumed from eating it are burned just by processing it (compared to an average of 10% for carbs). So drop that meat this week, and move to super healthy veg. (Text: Cosmopolitan)
With the festive season reaching its peak towards New Year’s Eve, all carefully thought out diet plans go for a toss. And, if you have been hopping from one party to the other, chances are that you would be waking up, or rather going to sleep each morning, with a pounding head and a heavy stomach. While the fun is good as long as it lasts, the after-effects of a hangover are not exactly what you would have asked for. So, to make your transition into the New Year easier, here are 11 food and beverage items that will help detoxify your body, and make you feel better after all that partying.
With the festive season reaching its peak towards New Year’s Eve, all carefully thought out diet plans go for a toss. And, if you have been hopping from one party to the other, chances are that you would be waking up, or rather going to sleep each morning, with a pounding head and a heavy stomach. While the fun is good as long as it lasts, the after-effects of a hangover are not exactly what you would have asked for.
The experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute have released a helpful guide on the subject, as it turns out there are very specific ways cheeses need to be cut to ensure each bite is as perfect as the last. According to the guide, cutting cheese is an art - and shape, size, and texture are all factors to consider when choosing the correct slicing method.
Imagine a world where ice-cream was healthy. Well, it turns out the future of ice-cream is upon us - because one researcher at the University of Copenhagen is close to replacing saturated fat with unsaturated fat in our favourite summer treat. Saturated fat - abundant in ice-cream - raises cholesterol, which is linked to heart disease and strokes.
Gone are the days of going through the tiring chore of actually peeling a banana - farmers in Japan have successfully grown completely edible fruits thanks to a DNA method mimicking the Ice Age. Named the Mongee Banana, which translates to “incredible” in Japanese, the new and improved banana is the result of the freeze thaw awakening” method. The method, which is being used by D&T Farm in Japan’s Okayama Prefecture, recreates temperatures and growing conditions of the ice age, resulting in bananas that are much sweeter - and fully edible.
It’s safe to say Greek wine is officially having a moment, and rightly so. The rugged landscape provides the perfect terroir for red, white, rose and even sparkling wines. With a rich history of wine-making, it may seem odd that it’s only just started to gain momentum, however recent events such as the Greek Wine Festival in London have helped shine a light on the great grape varieties found in this part of the Mediterranean.
Who doesn’t love a good meal? One that’s just about right for the stomach and light on the pocket too. With it’s diverse regional culture, there’s no limit on the array of delectable, affordable food options available in India. What’s more is most of this food is nutritious and make excellent meals for students, working people and even manual labourers who need a balanced meal to boost their energy and keep them going for lengthy hours on the job. These food choices will also work well for travellers with an adventurous palate and a tight budget.
The Cadbury selection box is a Christmas staple, filled with a selection of chocolate treats ... but this year's offering comes with a side-order of controversy: The Fudge bar has been replaced and people are outraged. Apparently, the decision-makers at Cadbury felt, like some others secretly felt, that the Fudge bar was over - and so decided to replace it with a Dairy Milk Oreo. The sweet treat has been removed from the £2.99 box but is still available in the small (£1.09) and Freddo (£2.99) selection packs.
If you could murder a pint but do without the trudge to the pub, an at-home beer tap is the perfect addition to your cosy night in. Attention, footballers and famouses! Too rich and recognisable to pop out to the pub but still fancy a pint?
Christmas is the most wonderful time of year… but for many people, it's an incredibly stressful time too. One of the biggest pressures of the big day is serving up a delicious meal that all the family will enjoy. Any nuggets of advice to make Christmas preparations slightly more relaxed are very welcome, which is why Jamie Oliver decided to share his top Christmas cooking hacks.