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Smoothies are they good for you?

Cricket powder Blueberry Smoothie

We keep hearing about the benefits of smoothie drinking, but what are they really? Why are smoothies, those liquid meals, so healthy and why should we incorporate them in our daily lives?

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For starters, if you are not keen on eating fruits or veggies, drinking a smoothie might help you trick your body into eating those “five a day” while actually enjoying the taste!

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Additionally, if you keep forgetting to drink at least eight glasses of water per day (yes, so many numbers to keep in mind!); you could at least keep your body hydrated by drinking a homemade smoothie. During summer, do not forget to add some ice cubes before blending for some extra water intake.

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Smoothies are much healthier than juices. While drinking juice, you get vitamins and minerals, but almost zero fibre. Smoothies, however, are made out of the whole fruit or vegetable, so nothing gets wasted.

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Smoothies are so easy to make! If you do not have much time in the morning, you just throw whatever fruit or vegetable you have at home, mix it with something liquid and blend it! And voilà, your breakfast is ready! Moreover, if you are really tight on time, you can make packs of cut fruit or vegetables and freeze them. Like that, you will always have time for a healthy start of the day.

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Smoothies are also cheap! Forget about the ones you buy in a supermarket, you can make yours for a few cents! You can also stop buying (expensive) multivitamins and food supplements, as drinking a glass of smoothie every day will provide you with all the vitamins you need.

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If you are trying to lose some weight, smoothies, especially the green ones, are a perfect choice! They are low in calories but fill you up very well. As they contain a lot of water and fibre, they will make you feel as if you just ate the whole meal. Moreover, they will also help you fight cravings and hunger while consuming something healthy.

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Smoothies boost your metabolism. As they are already blended, they are easy to digest and therefore, your body does not work that hard to process it. If you are suffering from constipation, drinking a smoothie might be a good idea to get your digestion going!

 

 

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Benefits Of Vitamin B12

What is Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is a safe, reliable and inexpensive vitamin. For health-conscious individuals, a regular intake of a prescribed amount of vitamin B12 is a key element for preserving a balance in the human body. B12 could be obtained from food sources or could be taken in the form of supplements orally or via injections.

In combination with other B-group vitamins, vitamin B12 ensures the smooth functioning of vital life processes of the human body. It is important for maintaining a healthy nervous system and DNA production. Vitamin B12 helps to regulate the formation of red blood cells in the body. Other benefits of vitamin B12 include its role in maintaining and increasing energy levels in the human body.

Vitamin B12 is highly beneficial in various forms. Methylcobalamin, the coenzyme form of vitamin B12 is a body-friendly version, which means that no metabolic steps are required for its ingestion and it can be used it in its normal form. It is available as a sublingual tablet that dissolves under the tongue (because the digestive system might modify this molecule). Through this method, vitamin B12 can directly penetrate the bloodstream and yield numerous benefits. Hydroxocobalamin is another form of vitamin B12 that has been recognized as an effective cure for cyanide poisoning.

Research studies reveal a clear, inverse correlation between homocysteine (an amino acid found in the human body) levels and vitamin B12 levels. Blocking the formation of homocysteine leads to endothelial dysfunction (a narrowing of the arteries) and is a precursor of atherosclerosis; vitamin B12 helps to curb atherosclerosis. A supplement of vitamin B12 also augments the efficiency of folic acidís capacity to lower homocysteine levels. Researchers are of the opinion that in conjunction with folic acid, an adequate dose of vitamin B12 helps to counter heart diseases and thrombosis. The synthesis of S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe), a compound involved in immune function and mood, depends on the association of folate and vitamin B12.

Studies indicate that the absorption of Vitamin B12 decreases with an increase in age. Hence, an increased intake of vitamin B12 is extremely useful for adults above fifty. The recommended form of intake is in supplement form since elderly people absorb this form better than food forms of vitamin B12. Supplementation of vitamin B12 aids in the cognitive function and heals neurological impairment within this group.

In most cases, vitamin B12 should be taken in conjunction with a folic acid supplement and a B-Complex vitamin. The good news is that while the intake of vitamin B12 facilitates functions necessary for everyday existence, an extra dose causes no harm but instead could be stored for future use.

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Entomophagy in Vice

https://amuse-i-d.vice.com/rising-trend-of-edible-insects/

Being a fan of the online magazine Vice and the Viceland channel on Sky (channel 183), they usually have some decent films and Manga on there.

Anyway, It was great honour when Kieran Morris contacted me to talk about our cricket pasta and Entomophagy as part of their food series on their Amuse channel, a  premium travel and experiences destination for the global explorer, inspiring the adventurous mind with the world less travelled.

We spoke about how I started my love of eating insects, I didn’t know it was called entomophagy at the time, our cricket pasta and where Kric8 and The Ento podcast  see this movement going.

You can read the full story here – Cricket Pasta | Catching the Travel Bug With The Man Who Serves Edible Insects

 

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  1. Empty the chocolate chips into a heatproof bowl.
  2. Sit over a pan of barely simmering water and allow the chocolate to melt, stirring occasionally.
  3. Open the packet of crickets and put a handful into the melted chocolate and stir them around until they have been coated in the chocolate.
  4. Scoop them out and place them onto baking tray lined with baking parchment paper or a silicone sheet, making sure they don’t touch each other.
  5. Repeat this process until all of the crickets have been coated in chocolate.
  6. Place the tray in the freezer for about an hour then transfer them to an airtight container.
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