Coffee

10 Healthy Reasons to Drink Coffee 

Coffee can certainly pass off as our perennial beverage. In fact, there is no limit to the amount of coffee we can consume in one day. While coffee has seeped into our daily routines so much that it has become a kind of intoxication, its health benefits make it the beverage best suited for our bodies. Shedding some light on the statistics, coffee has attained a reputation that is unparalleled. There are infinite benefits of drinking coffee. Such benefits make it even more desirable than it already is. Here would follow a series of health benefits surrounding coffee.

Let us see what those benefits are: 

Coffee prevents gout 

Many consensuses conducted by various teams show that regular consumption of coffee considerably brings down the risk of gout. Coffee is known to possess antioxidant capabilities that help reduce insulin which further checks the levels of uric acid, hence lowering the risk of gout. This phenomenon prevails in both men and women. 

Coffee checks depression 

Depression has become a common affair these days. Coffee is known to stimulate neurotransmitters that are responsible for your mood. Researchers have highlighted that drinking coffee is inversely proportional to depression. In other words, men and women who drank coffee were found to be at a lower peril of depression. 

Coffee can boost physical performance 

New studies show that coffee beats fatigue, thus helping you in exercising longer. Contrary to the belief that caffeine dehydrates, a moderate quantity taken daily does not. There are numerous coffee brewers in the market competing for the title, if you are one of those people, you should check out Solidgoldeat’s review of the ninja coffee bar. In addition, coffee emboldens muscle contraction and lowers a person’s perception of pain. 

Good for your liver 

Coffee is associated with a lower risk of cirrhosis. Thus, it is healthy for your liver too. 

Coffee lowers the risk of diabetes 

As discussed earlier too, coffee helps reduce the levels of insulin, thus bring down the risk of diabetes type 2 (study). Shocking as it could be, heavy coffee consumers have been found with a 50% lesser risk of diabetes. 

Coffee is even helpful in certain cancers 

Men who heavily consume coffee are at a lesser risk of prostate cancer. Some researchers also found out that coffee curbs endometrial cancer found in women. It has also been deduced that the danger of rectal, breast, colon and liver cancer also comes down. 

Healthy for the heart 

A study highlighted that people who drink moderate amounts of coffee in a day are at a significantly lower hazard of developing heart diseases. 

Coffee may bring up brain activity 

In addition, coffee can be helpful in many kinds of dementia and even Alzheimer’s disease.

Coffee is known to empower memory 

This actually happens for a short time. Even the reaction times of coffee consumers are significantly improved. 

An essential source of antioxidants 

It is a known fact that coffee is a great source of antioxidants. These antioxidants are helpful in preventing inflammation and many diseases in turn. 

So far, more than enough reasons have been stated to bring you closer to your share of coffee. When you have gone through them, there is no reason to sit back. Go, start brewing! 

Clean

How to use a handheld vacuum 

A handheld vacuum cleaner may be termed as a revolutionary device that has made cleaning a far more convenient process than it ever used to be. These adevices have brought inconvenience and budget to the exact same device. This makes them popular and an optimum choice for daily household cleaning. Building upon the premise of handheld vacuuming, we have churned out some ways in which you can draw out the full potential of these machines. We generally tend to gloss over the manual that comes with the device in the excitement of using it and so fail somewhere to reach the summit of its capability. Any vacuum cleaner that you own requires care while usage to ensure that it continues to serve you for longer periods of time. Let us find out the ways in which you can maintain a handheld vacuum cleaner. 

Keep an eye on the bag 

You must keep a check on the bag. It should be carefully checked frequently and if found full, should be emptied without delay. For proper functioning, a bag must be replaced as soon as it is filled up to 1/3rd of its maximum capacity. Also, if you see your vacuum cleaner missing out on dust, your bag requires being replaced. 

Before you clean the vacuum cleaner 

It is recommended that you go through the manual for cleaning instructions. A proper process of cleaning has to be followed to ensure proper functioning of the handheld vacuum cleaner. 

If your model is bagless 

If you own one of those models of vacuum cleaners that has a bin without a bag, the bin has to be regularly emptied so that the vacuum cleaner sucks up all the dust. 

Rid the debris 

It is essential that you keep your vacuum cleaner clear of the debris that may be left dangling near air passages and the brush of the vacuum cleaner. Any presence of debris can significantly bring down the utility of the vacuum cleaner. 

Take care of the filters 

Many vacuum cleaners are equipped with filters. These filters trap dust particles and prevent their passage into the air passage. Blockages in these filters must be cleared out regularly to keep the suction power of the vacuum at its maximum. 

Care of the hoses 

The hoses of the vacuum cleaner are bound to attract debris and fine dust particles. Such unwanted crap must be cleared regularly so that the suction path is smooth and clutter free. 

Do not let the machine over-heat 

Vacuuming is a tedious process for even the machine specially manufactured to perform the task. The device would heat up at times. At such times, a rest should be allowed to the vacuum cleaner so that the extra heat does not affect the mechanism encapsulated in that small body. 

Handheld vacuum cleaners may be stunning devices but they require their share of care too. To conclude, it is advised that the manual that comes with your device should be seriously considered. 

Happy cleaning! 

Grill

Grill it safe – Food Safety 

Everyone knows the importance of food in our daily life. So does everyone know how important it is to grill your food to obtain an irresistible flavor. The grill is great when combined with food and fun to hang out with on a Sunday outing. But what comes prior to all this, is human safety. It is vital that you remain safe while grilling; of course your safety matters. Careless grilling can easily lead to unwanted mishaps. If statistics are to be trusted, National Fire Protection Association reports that as many as 8,900 home fires are caused by careless outdoor grilling. While the cases reported varying with the type of grill owned by the households, what matters is safety notwithstanding the kind of grill you have.

There are generic safety suggestions that you may go through before you decide to go on grilling. Those tips are enlisted as follows: 

Be cautious with the fire 

Grilling is an affair that involves flames. These flames have the ability to flare up to uncontrollable levels if kept unchecked. It is recommended that you keep some baking soda and a fire extinguisher at hand to ensure safety in case of fire. If you cannot afford a fire extinguisher for whatever reasons, a bucket full of sand would be as much help. Avoid water to put out fires at all costs. 

Check what you wear 

Some fabrics can easily catch fire. It must be taken care that your clothing is just right when you are near flames. Also, ensure that your apron strings or shirt sleeves are away from the flames. 

Be cautious with the fuel 

Some grills require fuels for burning. A charcoal grill is such an example. When you see the flames die out, avoid putting in more fuel to flare up the fire. Instead, keep some newspapers on hand to start the fire. 

Be around the grill 

It is not recommended that you keep your grill unattended at any time. Keep your kids and pets away from the grill to avoid any mishap. Do not change the position of the grill when it is lit. Also, the grill tends to retain heat even after an hour of putting out the flames. 

When the flame is out 

The flame could go out and it would go out. When that happens, do not rush into re-lighting it. Put off the gas and wait for 5 minutes at the least to re-ignite. 

Keep a check on possible leakages 

You must ensure that there are no leakages in your barbecue unit. A way to check for the leakage is to apply water and soap to the tank hose. If the solution bubbles, a certain possibility of leakage may arise. Other indicators of leakage include stench of gas around the grill. In no situation should you continue with a damaged grill? 

Ensure cleanliness 

Keep your grill thoroughly clean. Any unwanted particles may prove harmful in the course of cooking. 

Ensure that your grill is stable 

Do remember to set up your grill on a surface that is uniform and flat. A wobbling grill might topple. 

Check your location 

It is recommended that you carry out your process of grilling away from residential buildings to avoid any possible cases of fire. 

Seems fair enough, doesn’t it? So, when you go out to enjoy grilling, be safe. 

Recipe

MUST-TRY MENU ITEMS AT MORTON’S GRILLE

Sure, there are plenty of places to grab good steak and seafood on The Plaza in Kansas City. But Morton’s Grille has my attention.

For starters, the Shrimp Diablo. Jumbo shrimp wrapped in crispy bacon, stuffed with cream cheese and smoked jalapeño, smothered in Most Wanted KC Original BBQ Sauce and sitting atop homemade pico de gallo and avocado slices. Crispy. Creamy. Spicy. Sweet. Wow.

Newly opened in the space that formerly held M&S Grill, the restaurant boasts a wide selection of steaks and chops, including a tender, 16 0z. cajun ribeye, marinated for two days and dripping with savory juices. Cutting into this sucker was the easiest thing I did all day.

Morton’s menu also features Center-Cut Filet Mignon, Kansas City Strip, a Double-Cut Pork Chop and Sirloin Chopped Steak.
Seafood options include Blackened Mahi Mahi with Smoked Bacon Jalapeño Pan Sauce, Seared Sea Scallops, Shrimp and Grits, oysters, and (my personal favorite) the Horseradish Crusted Salmon. After breaking through the crunchy horseradish layer, a bite of whipped potatoes, surrounded by pools of whole grain mustard/white wine/lemon butter sauce, added an extra burst of flavor.

When Morton’s server suggested a flourless chocolate cake for dessert, I was hesitant. Call me crazy, but I actually like flour. And sugar. And butter. Plus, I’ve had some bad run-ins with past flourless cakes. The consistency is hard to get right. But Morton’s “La Bete Noir” is the something special. Although still dense, it has a lighter, cake-like consistency with a decadent top layer of chocolate ganache. I’m ruined for all other flourless desserts.

Morton’s Grille is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday, 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday.

Recipe

The Westin Kansas City Introduces Smoothies and Juices

Westin JuicesDeveloped in partnership with The Juicery, The Westin Kansas City rolled out four dairy-free juices and smoothies this spring.

The new juices are available in the hotel’s restaurant, The Brasserie. Each custom blend packs a healthy dose of fruits and vegetables, plus a revitalizing punch of vitamins and antioxidants. Smoothies and juices are $7 each and only offered on the breakfast menu.
Flavors include:

  • Celery, Cucumber, and Lime Juice
  • Carrot and Orange Juice
  • Kale, Spinach, Banana, Mango and Cinnamon Smoothie
  • Raspberry, Strawberry, Mint, Rosewater, Almond Milk Smoothie

Featured above is the Raspberry, Strawberry, Mint, Rosewater Smoothie. The new menu is part of the Westin Well-Being Movement, a global initiative dedicated to inspiring the hotel’s guests to discover new approaches to well-being at Westin and beyond.

Clean

How to clean a handheld vacuum 

Vacuum cleaners clean your home of all sorts of dust; what is left behind is a spotlessly clean floor or any other item that you intend to vacuum. Handheld vacuum cleaners have been revolutionary and well renowned for the amount of convenience they offer the user. With the handheld vacuum cleaner, you can easily roam around while perusing every corner of your home. The machine in your hand does the task of cleaning your belongings thoroughly, ensuring hygiene in even the darkest of corners. While that is true, a pertinent question can be raised that if the vacuum cleaners clean our homes, what cleans the cleaner itself?  

Your handheld vacuum cleaner also requires some sort of maintenance so that it continues to cater to your needs. While the task of cleaning your vacuum cleaners is not really herculean, it requires remarkable efforts to be pulled off eloquently. It is recommended that you read the manual that came with your device to be specifically oriented for the cleaning process. Here would follow a generic guide to the cleaning of vacuum cleaners with as much care as possible. Read on to be familiar with the step by step guide to cleaning your handheld vacuum cleaner. 

The guide: 

There are some steps you must stick to for a spotlessly clean device without any damaged fragile parts. Those steps are: 

Pulling out the bin: 

  • You would find a button near the clear bin of your vacuum cleaner. Push this button to unlock the bin. 
  • Once the bin is unlocked, carefully pull it out. 

 To clean the bin 

  • Grab a damp cloth to do this. Remember, not too much water to be used. 
  • Please avoid any usage of detergents or any other cleaning aids. Such items may prove hazardous to your vacuum cleaner. 
  • Also, do not chuck the bin in the dishwasher for known reasons. 
  • Carefully wipe the insides of the bin with the damp cloth. 

 To clean your cyclone shroud: 

  • For your cyclone shroud, use the brush provided with the vacuum cleaner. 
  • Carefully brush off the dust and lint clinging to the accessory without damaging anything. 
  • Remember, not to place the entire unit under flowing water as it may hamper the working of your handheld vacuum. 

 

Cleaning is pretty much done. Now you need to put the items back in place carefully so as to make the unit functional again. 

Placing the bin back: 

  • You just used a damp cloth. Thus, ensure that the bin has completely dried before placing it back in. 
  • Slowly push in the bin until you hear a slight click, the click implies that the bin is back in its position. 

 

To the shut the unit back in place: 

  • If your vacuum came fitted with a lid, place it in the bin. In the case of a vacuum with bin base, place the base back in position until you hear a click again. 

With that done, your handheld vacuum has been successfully cleaned. 

If you do own one of those handheld vacuums, clean it today! 

Grill

How to make an Electric Grill taste like a Charcoal Grill 

Grills are lovable for the essence of flavor that they lend to the food that is cooked over them. In fact, we are all thankful to the grills for existing. There is nothing better than enjoying your summer with exotic barbecue recipes such as BBQ beef and BBQ pork. The cooking process is best enjoyed under broad sunlight. But, outdoor grills are rather cumbersome. Moreover, people living in apartments cannot really afford to have an outdoor or charcoal grill at their home for there would be no comfort of a patio. The indoor grills or electric grills are not capable of creating a taste that stands up to that of a charcoal grill. That’s a myth! It can. You can attain a flavor of a charcoal grill while in the comfort of your home. A few tweaks make this possible. Here would follow a little guide that helps you move closer to the flavor of the charcoal grill while still cooking on your electric grill. Read on to find out how to make life easier. 

Choosing the right electric grill 

There are many electric grills that are available on the market. Some of these grills take your farther away from the original smoky flavor of the charcoal grill. An absolute sign of such a grill is the one that comes with a replaceable lid. Thus, it is recommended that you choose an electric grill that is capable of reproducing the original smoky flavor. A certainly better choice would be a grill that has no lids. An open-faced electric grill would produce better results for sure. 

Getting your food ready for the grill 

The preparation of food for the grill also plays a vital role when it comes to attaining a charcoal-like the taste. For instance, a steak marinated the same way it would be for a charcoal grill would invariably lead to a charcoal-like tasting steak once it is off the grill. As a matter of fact, we can only tend to the outdoor taste, so a crucial step is to prepare the food like it is done for the outdoor grill. Attention paid too little intricacies during the process of marinating can bring you closer to your desired taste.  

The grill has a petty amount of work to do; a lot has to be done by its owner. And, the owner is the one who decides in which direction the food goes. 

Now the grill 

Using an iron grill would enhance your results. Take care that you preheat the grill for at least five minutes before going on to the cooking process. Also, ensure that the grates on the grill are dry so that the food does not stick on it. The cooking procedure to be followed has to be the same as it would be on a charcoal grill in order to bring about the desired effect. 

These steps would make sure that the food that you cook on your electric grill comes off close to what you would have achieved on a charcoal grill. 

You should not look for more words in this guide. Instead, you should be preparing your electric grill. 

Grill

Honey Chicken Kabobs on an Indoor Grill

If there is one thing that is celebrated around the globe for its taste and ubiquity, it is chicken. Further, the grill is renowned for the flavor it lends to the recipes that occupy it. If we combine the two and try to bring about a recipe that is on everyone’s lips, the end product would be nothing but heavenly. Guess we have tickled your taste buds enough, to begin with, the recipe. So get your poultry and some condiments in place and take a ride through the bliss that follows. Here we go! 

The time required and other little details: 

This recipe is going to be easy to bring about. So easy that the time required is hardly anything to be considered against what finally falls on the platter. To state the specifics, the recipe requires a preparation time of 20 minutes, a cook time of 15 minutes. Without indulging in any extra activities, Honey Chicken Kabobs would be ready to eat in about 35 minutes. 

The ingredients required 

Every recipe depends heavily on the choice of ingredients. The more knit-picky you be about the choices you make, the better would be the delight on the plate. There is a bunch of items you must be ready with in order to proceed further with the process of cooking. That bunch is elaborated as: 

  • Cut 2 bell peppers into pieces of 1 inch, preferably red 
  • An onion, again diced into pieces of an inch 
  • 4 skinless and boneless chicken breasts, cut into small cubes 
  • ¼ teaspoon of black pepper, finely ground 
  • 2 minced cloves of garlic 
  • 1/3 cupful of soy sauce 
  • 1/3 cupful of honey 
  • A quarter cup filled with vegetable oil 

That would be all. When these items are ready, look no further, just proceed with the process. 

The process of cooking 

You are the closest to your recipe now. Stick to the instructions that follow to satiate your appetite: 

  • Grab a big bowl and add in it, pepper, garlic, soy sauce, honey and vegetable oil. Whisk the contents together. 
  • Keep aside a quarter cup of this marinade. 
  • Put your chicken in this marinade and then place in the fridge. Give about 2 hours to marinate. If you want, you may keep the contents refrigerated longer. 
  • Fire up your grill and let it burn to a medium-high flame. 
  • Bring on the marinated chicken, discarding the extra marinade and let the skewers pass through it. 
  • Use some vegetable oil to brush the grates of the grill before placing the chicken on it. 
  • Now, carefully position the skewers on the grill. 
  • Give a time of about 8 to 12 minutes or until you see clear juices of chicken. 
  • Do not forget to turn the skewers over frequently. 
  • The marinade that you saved, brush it on the chicken while grilling it. 

Hence, your Honey Chicken Kabobs are ready to be served. 

So, don’t just drool over here, go make it! 

Coffee Brew

How to make Coconut Oil Coffee

A healthy diet is not just confined to green leafy vegetables, terrible tasting vegetable juices or freaky salads. Health can be brought out in your daily nostalgic caffeine. Such is the magic of Coconut Oil Coffee. It’s not just healthy but is also appealing to your taste buds with its unique and delicious flavor. Further, coconut oil coffee is more than enough to resuscitate your senses while staving off lethargy. There are numerous reasons to incorporate Coconut Oil Coffee into your daily diet. These reasons are summarized below: 

  • Coconut is loaded with Medium-Chain Triglycerides. These triglycerides are known to rejuvenate your energy for they are rather quickly transformed into fuel inside our bodies. 
  • Coconut oil is, surprisingly, a pretty good agent that prevents the spread of HIV. Moreover, it is known to be helpful in common cold, avian flu and even swine flu. Essentially, coconut oil consists of huge amounts of lauric acid which is used to prevent the transfer of HIV to kids from their mothers. If the preceding statements are to be summarized, the inference drawn is that coconut oil is really helpful in boosting your immune system. 
  • Coconut oil is also known to expedite the process of metabolism. Some research has shown that it can also increase the good cholesterol content in the body. Faster metabolism implies less fat storage in the body, which further implies bringing down the Body Mass Index. 

With so many benefits, there are a billion reasons why you should start incorporating Coconut Oil Coffee into your daily diet. While we say that, we also proceed further with the recipe of Coconut Oil Coffee to make the process of paradigm shift easier for you.  

The ingredients required: 

There is a little bunch of ingredients you might want to keep at hand before making Coconut Oil Coffee. That bunch is elaborated as: 

  • About 1 to 2 teaspoons filled with coconut oil 
  • Some coffee(obviously) 
  • Optional ingredients include peppermint extract, vanilla extract, gelatine, coconut sugar, raw honey, etc. If you feel creative, you may pool a little touch of your own with any ingredient you like. 

 The process of brewing: 

A perfect cup of coffee requires intricate work to be put in. Your coffee should not budge from the flavor you are used to and the essential aroma of coffee. Every possible care must be taken while brewing your coffee or you might end up ruining it for you. With that, let us see how you may bring about your perfect Coconut Oil Coffee. 

  • Carefully load your coffee beans in the blender. 
  • Now add all the special ingredients along with coconut oil. 
  • Cover your blender with the lid and let it all blend together. In some time, you would see coffee and coconut oil frothing up like heavenly.  
  • With the blending done, pour the contents into the cup and feel the essence. 

Your Coconut Oil Coffee is ready. Now you may dwell on your coffee while gazing at some coffee.  

So, what are you waiting for? Start brewing!