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Fast lunch ideas for when you’re in a hurry

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Weekends exist for that, to sleep, relax and not spend a lot of time on a routine. But no one canceled delicious family dinners. Therefore, fresh ideas for easy-to-cook dishes will come in handy.

 

What are the best fast lunch ideas to try?

 

Lunch is a meal that some very busy people neglect. Other people make a fuss if they don't get a delicious meal. The dinner recipes that we have collected for you will seduce the former and appease the latter.

 

Easy Chicken Salad

 

A step-by-step recipe with a photo of cooking chicken salad in a fragrant dressing at home. The soy-lemon dressing adds a special piquancy to the dish, which favorably emphasizes the taste of the dish. Of course, the salad can be dressed with ordinary mayonnaise, sour cream or even sunflower oil. However, using the proposed sauce, you will bring new fresh notes. Moreover, such a sauce is universal, it can be seasoned with almost any salad, and familiar dishes that have become boring for a long time will sparkle with a new interesting taste.

 

Ingredients for preparing a tender chicken salad in a fragrant dressing:

 

  • Boiled chicken fillet - 1 pc.
  • Processed cheese - 100 g
  • Eggs - 1 pc.
  • Cucumbers - 1 pc.
  • Green onions - 5-7 sprigs
  • Mustard grain or pasty - 0.5 tsp.
  • Soy sauce - 2 tbsp. l.
  • Vegetable oil - 3 tbsp. l.

 

Recipe preparation:

 

Wash green onions, dry and chop finely. Wash cucumbers, dry and cut into cubes with sides of 0.5 mm. Boil eggs. Cool, peel and cut into cubes the size of cucumbers. Cut the melted cheese into cubes of the same size as all the products. Boil the chicken in salted water and set aside. Then cut into pieces or tear along the fibers. Combine all foods in one bowl. In a small bowl, mix the mustard, soy sauce with vegetable oil and season the ingredients. Toss the chicken salad in the soy-lemon dressing, chill and serve.

 

The Quinoa, Avocado, and Cherry Tomato Salad

The Quinoa, Avocado and Cherry Tomato Salad recipe is presented in the Salads category, and it will take you no more than 15 minutes to prepare this dish. To make this dish at home according to the recipe from the author Evtushenko, you will need: quinoa, ripe avocado, cherry tomatoes, quail eggs, a handful of salad mix, half a bunch of parsley, lemon juice, olive oil, dry Italian herbs, a mixture of ground peppers, salt.

 

Ingredients:

 

  • 150 gr. kinoa1 pc.
  • ripe avocado 250 kg.
  • cherry tomatoes 6-8 pcs.
  • quail eggs 3 pcs.
  • salad mix to taste
  • half a bunch of parsley
  • 1-2 tbsp. l. lemon juice
  • 2-3 tbsp. l. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp dried Italian herbs to taste
  • ground pepper mix
  • salt to taste

 

Recipe preparation:

 

Rinse the quinoa with cold water (to remove possible bitterness), add water and simmer for 15 minutes. Salt at the end. Cut the avocado into small cubes, and cherry tomatoes in half. Boil the sawn eggs, you can leave the yolk slightly watery, it will be even tastier. Cut in half. Let's prepare the dressing. Chop the parsley very finely, add olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper and Italian dry herbs to it. Add the dressing to the cooked and cooled quinoa, mix. Now add avocado, tomatoes and salad mixture, mix and taste for salt. Add if necessary. We spread the salad on plates, lay the quail eggs on top.

 

Cauliflower Rice

Cauliflower rice is just a godsend for those who follow a healthy diet. Similar in appearance to rice or couscous, this vegetable side dish is much healthier, lower in calories, carbohydrates, and sugars, and higher in fiber. It goes perfectly with meat dishes, and in itself it turns out very tasty if you mix it with herbs and roasted almonds. In addition, cauliflower rice is a great way to introduce a healthy vegetable into the diet of children who, to put it mildly, do not favor it. Mix it in half with regular boiled rice and serve as a side dish. Little picky people are unlikely to notice that not all the rice in the plate is real.

 

Ingredients for the recipe:

 

2 small cauliflowers, broken into florets, strong stems discarded (about 8 cups florets)

3 art. l. olive oil

1 bunch green onions, chopped, white and green parts separated

1/4 st. chopped almonds

1/4 st. chopped parsley

 

Recipe preparation:

 

Pulse the cauliflower in the bowl of a food processor until coarse crumbs are about the size of a grain of rice (see note). It should turn out 6 - 7 tbsp. cauliflower rice. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over moderately high heat. Stir in the white parts of the onion and fry until lightly golden, about 2 minutes. Add cauliflower, 1 tsp. salt and a little black pepper. Stir to coat cabbage completely with oil. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until cabbage is tender but still crumbly, 6 to 7 minutes. Meanwhile, toast the almonds in a small skillet over moderate heat, stirring constantly, until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Remove the cauliflower from the heat and stir in the green onions, parsley and toasted almonds. Transfer to a large bowl and serve. 

 

Arugula, Tuna, and Avocado Salad

Easy, beautiful salad of tuna, avocado, tomatoes and arugula recipe. Ideal for a festive table, as a light snack. In general, this is a Spanish salad called "Timbal". It looks beautiful, it cooks very quickly (you don’t need to cook or prepare anything in advance), and most importantly, it’s tasty and healthy! Save quickly so you don't forget!

 

Ingredients

 

Avocado (large) - 1 or 1.5 pcs.

Cherry tomatoes (the sweetest) - 10 pcs.

Canned tuna in oil - 1 can (170g)

Arugula - 1 bunch

Garlic - 1 clove

Lemon juice - 1-1.5 tsp

Olive oil - 1 tsp

Sea salt - to taste

Black pepper - to taste

 

How to cook tuna, avocado, tomato and arugula salad recipe step by step:

 

We cut the avocado in half, remove the stone, take out the pulp with a spoon and knead it with a fork / spoon in mashed potatoes. Add lemon juice, olive oil, crushed garlic clove. Salt, pepper and mix. ⠀ Cherry tomatoes cut into small cubes (you can also take ordinary large tomatoes, but they are less sweet and you will need to peel them, remove the hard core, seeds and drain the juice). We transfer the tuna to a plate and drain most of the oil (so that the salad does not float during assembly) and knead a little with a fork. I collected the salad in a serving ring, but it can also be served in portioned cups, here, as you like. Put a layer of mashed avocado on a dish, then spread a layer of cherry tomatoes, and on top - tuna. We take off the ring. Decorate with arugula leaves. ⠀

 

Black Bean and Corn Quesadilla

Quesadillas are especially popular in the southwestern United States. Here it is cooked like the traditional Mexican version, only sometimes local ingredients may be included. This recipe has a lot of vegetables and no meat. However, if desired, you can add, for example, cooked chicken. Sour cream sauce only enhances the pleasure of an already tasty quesadilla, which definitely cannot be called bland. If the dish seems too spicy, reduce the amount of dried red pepper. In any case, by preparing such a quesadilla, you can arrange a real feast for the taste buds.

 

Ingredients for the recipe:

 

Quesadilla

4 wheat tortillas with a diameter of 25 cm.

  • 450 gr. black beans with spices, mashed
  • 2 tbsp. l. olive oil, extra for grilling 1 small red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 3/4 st. corn kernels (about 1 ear)
  • 2 tsp crushed dried red pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 st. chopped cilantro leaves
  • 1 st. grated cheese

 

Sour cream with lime and cilantro

  • 1/2 st. sour cream
  • 1/4 st. chopped cilantro leaves
  • Juice from 1/2 lime
  • A pinch of salt

 

Recipe preparation:

 

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute bell peppers and onion until soft, about 5 minutes. Add corn, dried red pepper flakes, cumin, salt and pepper to taste. Stir and sauté for 3 minutes. Move everything to a bowl and add cilantro. Heat a 2-burner long cast-iron grill or large skillet over medium heat. Lay 2 tortillas on a work surface and evenly coat them with the roasted black bean paste. Place the tortillas on the griddle, buttered side up (if using a saute pan, place one tortilla first). Cover evenly with the onion and pepper mixture, then sprinkle with cheese. Top with another tortilla, spread with black bean paste, and cook until cheese is melted, about 4 minutes. Turn the quesadillas over to fry them on the other side. Cut each into 8 triangles, sprinkle with cilantro and serve with sour cream sauce.

 

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School is back! Bemorepanda is here to help you with some lunch ideas for your kids during the 2020 pandemic. We prepared for you some options, with a planned combination of food. But at the end of the article we have a big list of products that you can combine, so your kid will be happy. There are options for the main meal, fruits and veggies, side and snacks, and of course drinks. In each option you will find the main meal, a snack, fruits or veggies and a drink option.

 

Bemorepanda has advice for parents! We recommend that you arrange the food in special lunch boxes, with hope for the correct separation of the food. Every day provide the child with wet and dry wipes, a hand sanitizer and of course with a spoon and fork.

 

Make sure the food is cut and cleaned well! Drinks should always be tightly closed, and food nicely arranged! We encourage you to arrange the food in the lunch box nicely so that your child is satisfied with his delicious lunch!

 

OPTION #1

Turkey + Cheddar Roll-up

Fresh Berries

Yogurt

Trail Mix 

 

OPTION #2

Hummus

Pita Bread

Grape Tomatoes

Cucumbers

Sliced Oranges

 

OPTION #3

Cheese Quesadilla

Guacamole

Salsa

Tortilla Chips

Strawberries 

 

OPTION #4

Deli Meat + Cheese Kabobs

Red Pepper Slices

Apples

Fruit Leather or Snacks

 

OPTION #5

Hard Boiled Eggs

Baby Carrots + Ranch

Pretzels

Peaches or Applesauce

 

OPTION #6

Pasta Salad

Yogurt

Granola Bar

Raspberries

 

OPTION #7

Almond Butter + Jelly (or PB +J)

String Cheese

Fruit Cup

Chips

 

OPTION #8

Crackers

Cheddar Cheese Cubes

Grapes

LaraBar or Cliff Bar

 

OPTION #9

Bagel + Cream Cheese

Yogurt Tube

Baby Carrots

Fruit Snacks

 

OPTION #10

Veggie Wraps with Hummus

Edamame or Snap Peas

Clementine

Granola Bar

 

Back to School Kids Lunch Ideas. Healthy kids lunch ideas that includes wraps, roll-ups, sandwiches, quesadillas, gluten-free, meat and cheese kabobs, lunch snack ideas, and fresh fruits and veggies. Healthy lunch ideas by Modern Honey. www.modernhoney.com

 

 MAIN MEAL:

Pita Bread + Hummus

Cheese + Crackers

Turkey + Cheese Roll-ups

Almond Butter + Jam Sandwich

Cheese Quesadilla

Hard Boiled Eggs

Pasta Salad

Meat + Cheese Kabob

Chips + Guacamole

Ham + Cheese Sandwich

Bagel + Cream Cheese

Veggie +Hummus Wrap

 

FRUITS + VEGGIES:

Oranges

Apples

Strawberries

Grapes

Peaches

Blueberries

Raspberries

Natural Applesauce

Mangoes

Melon

Baby Carrots

Cucumbers

Grape Tomatoes

Edamame

Snap Peas

 

SIDES and SNACKS:

Chips

Granola Bars

Pretzels

String Cheese

Yogurt

Trail Mix

Lara Bar or Cliff Bar

Fruit Leather

Fruit Snacks

Popcorn

Crackers

Chips + Salsa

Fruit Cup

Pudding Cup

Graham Crackers

Cookies

Rice Krispies Treats

 

DRINKS:

Water Bottle

100% Juice Boxes

Capri Suns

Bolthouse Smoothies

Milk — Strawberry or Chocolate

 

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Celebrities are the same people, only with money and more opportunities than ordinary citizens. But since nothing human is alien to them, then celebrities can do strange things from time to time. For example, resorting to strange, dangerous, harmful and simply ineffective diets.


Kim Kardashian's weight loss, Adele's diet, and why Joe Rogan only eats meat and fruit


We've rounded up 30 world-famous foreign celebrities who pride themselves on or openly promote their methods of losing weight or staying in shape by restricting or avoiding certain types of foods.


We strongly DO NOT recommend following their experience, but we will only give it as an example of how NOT to do it. After all, science, nutrition experts, and the scientific community do not in all cases stand up for the chosen tactics of losing weight or nutrition (although it would seem that rich and far from stupid people should have the best nutritionists in the world). Alas, money does not save from folly.


But the main difference between celebrities and ordinary people is that in case of undermined health, they will have the necessary amounts for subsequent treatment. Still, we should bypass such "experiments."


So here are some of the weirdest celebrity diets of all time.


1. The "sirtfoods" diet was made famous by Adele, but the singer said she had never tried it.

It was rumored that Adele lost weight with the help of the Sirtfood diet, which is based on the consumption of berries, herbs, and red wine.


The sirtfoods diet is claimed to help reduce inflammation, slow aging, and speed up weight loss while enjoying berries, herbs, dark chocolate, and red wine.


The meal plan was popularized in 2019 following rumors of an affair with pop star Adele.


However, in a recent interview with Vogue, she said she doesn't follow any particular diet.


What the science thinks: It's worth noting that the diet also includes a 1,000 to 1,500-calorie-per-day strict calorie reduction phase, which experts say is extremely dangerous for an adult.


2. Joe Rogan tried a trendy meat diet that eventually became a social movement.

After repeatedly telling guests on his podcast about the "carnivore" diet, Joe Rogan also tried mainly eating or only meat for an entire month.


Joe Rogan said he was on meat and fruit-only diet in early 2022.


The controversial podcast has previously hosted prominent meat-only advocates, including Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson.


What the science thinks: While research on a meat-only diet continues, the long-term health effects are unclear. Eating only meat may have health implications, as studies show that plant-based nutrients such as fiber and polyphenols protect against heart disease and cancer, and meat does not.


3. Kim Kardashian went on a strict carb-restricted diet to lose 7 kilos in 3 weeks for the Met Gala

Kim Kardashian reportedly dropped 7kg for the 2022 Met Gala, but experts say the result is not sustainable or healthy.


Kim Kardashian is no stranger to diet controversy, but her weight loss in 2022 for the Met Gala sparked concern from experts who said the "extreme" tactics could be unhealthy.


Kardashian said she lost 20 pounds in a few weeks by cutting sugar and carbs and eating "only the purest vegetables and protein."


What the science thinks: For healthy weight loss, nutrition experts recommend aiming for between 0.5 and 1 kilogram per week, ideally through small but essential changes in lifestyle and daily habits.


4. Heidi Montag went on a 'predator diet' by eating raw liver

'Two Hills' star Heidi Montag has noted that she occasionally snacks on raw bison heart, which she says is part of a meat-rich diet to boost fertility.


Heidi Montag said she started eating raw meat to improve her fertility, part of her interest in anthropology and "the way people should eat."


What science thinks: Let's say that raw meat is DANGEROUS; it can potentially be contaminated with bacteria and parasites that can lead to serious health problems! Potential pathogens in raw meat and organs include E. coli, Salmonella, Campylobacter, Ascaris, and Listeria.


5. Victoria Beckham said she had a "disciplined" diet with many healthy fats. David Beckham noted that she mainly eats fish and vegetables

Former Spice Girl member Victoria Beckham followed the same diet for over two decades, eating almost exclusively fish and vegetables.


Football star David Beckham said in early 2022 that while he is a gourmet, his wife "very rarely deviates" from her favorite dish of grilled fish and steamed vegetables.


Mono-diets, especially over a long period, are likely to hurt health. Food variety is an excellent way to get enough vitamins and minerals, so eating the same foods daily can lead to nutrient deficiencies and should be avoided.


What the Science Thinks: Try to include protein and foods like vegetables and fruits every time you eat a healthy, satisfying meal, recommends nutritionist Bridget Zeitlin. She says that eating these foods can be convenient and beneficial if you get enough nutrients.


6. Rebel Wilson reportedly used the "Meyer Method" to lose weight by eliminating sugar, dairy, and gluten by thoroughly chewing each bite 40 times.

Rumor has it that Rebel Wilson followed the Mayr Method, a diet plan popularized 100 years ago by an Austrian physician.


Actress Rebel Wilson overhauled her lifestyle in 2020, declaring it the "Year of Health."


As part of the changes, she reportedly followed a diet based on health theories developed by an Austrian physician 100 years ago.


The Mayr Method, named after Dr. Franz Xavier Mayr, is a complex set of habits that experts say is a mixture of good advice and pseudoscience.


For example, the diet emphasizes "mindful eating" or slowing down to enjoy food, which can be a great way to tune in to your appetite and avoid overeating. However, according to nutritionists, the diet's prescription to chew each bite at least 40 times is excessive.


What the Science Thinks: Likewise, the Mayr Method principles of cutting out caffeine, sugar, and dairy, not snacking between meals, or eating raw food after 4:00 pm are not based on science or proven to be a healthy habit.


7. Arnold Schwarzenegger indulges in alcoholic protein shakes.

Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2022 (left) and 1975 (right). The bodybuilding legend said that he continues to train almost every day and loves protein shakes with schnapps.


Seven-time Mr. Olympia Arnold Schwarzenegger eats a primarily plant-based diet and is open about its health benefits, including lowering cholesterol and "feeling younger."


But the iconic bodybuilder also sometimes treats himself to a steak or an Austrian Wiener Schnitzel and, he says, a sip of alcohol in his protein shakes.


Schwarzenegger said he started adding booze to protein shakes hoping that the protein would be absorbed faster, but now he enjoys the extra flavor of tequila or schnapps, he told Insider.


What the science thinks: While alcohol won't necessarily stop your fitness progress, too much alcohol can make it harder for you to absorb protein for recovery and muscle building, multiple studies show.


And being overly drunk or hungover can make exercising, eating well, and practicing other healthy habits more complex over time.


8. Professional American football player Aaron Rodgers does a purge that includes a strict diet, warm ghee in the morning, and laxatives at night.

Green Bay Packers athlete Aaron Rogers said the 12-day cleansing with Ayurveda (a system of alternative medicine with historical roots in India) is helping his mind and body.


NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers said he cut out sugar, sex, and alcohol and consumed warm oil and laxatives as part of an intensive 12-day cleanse.


The cleansing, called panchakarma, has its roots in Ayurveda, a traditional Indian healing practice, and is meant to heal the body and mind.


What the Science Thinks: According to experts, this practice has no evidence-based health benefits. Your body naturally completes any necessary detoxification through the liver and kidneys, and supplements that help cleanse the body often don't work or do more harm than good, leading to dehydration or digestive issues.


9. Venus Williams and Anne Hathaway went raw

Venus Williams is a vegan athlete who previously followed a raw diet to cope with the symptoms of an autoimmune disease.


Numerous celebrities have attempted a raw, plant-based diet on a raw vegan diet, including tennis star Venus Williams and actress Anne Hathaway.


Williams became a vegan in 2011 after being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and said the raw food diet has helped with her symptoms.


What the science thinks: Scientists say that going vegan can bring health benefits, including for athletes, such as more energy and better recovery. However, vegans may have difficulty getting enough of some nutrients. Plant-based foods are low in calories, incredibly when raw, which can be a problem for athletes trying to make up for a calorie deficit.


10. Intermittent fasting is a famous celebrity diet by stars like Chris Hemsworth and David Harbour.

Thor actor Chris Hemsworth usually gains weight to play a superhero but has used intermittent fasting to lose weight quickly for other roles.


Intermittent fasting, or limiting food intake at specific times each day, has become a popular diet to speed up weight loss and reduce the risk of chronic disease.


Some celebrities have picked up this diet to help transform their bodies for specific roles.


What the science thinks: The evidence for intermittent fasting is mixed, despite its popularity. Yes, it can help people lose weight by reducing total calories, but a 2020 study found that intermittent fasting may not always promote weight loss and may be more likely to cause muscle loss.


11. In 2006, Beyoncé said she lost weight for her role in Dream Girl using the Master Cleanse diet, which limited juice fasting. Now she's pushing another extreme plan

Master Cleanse is a ten day course.


Master Cleanse is a 10-day juice cleanse that requires dieters to eat nothing and drink only a mixture of lemon, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper.


What Science Thinks: Restricting calories to just a lemon drink means you won't get all the nutrients you need. A lack of fiber, protein and healthy fats is also likely to cause a Master Cleanse dieter to feel sluggish and hungry throughout the diet.


"It can be dangerous for the average person to follow it without a team of nutritionists and trainers like Beyoncé," nutritionist Daniel O'Shaughnessy said.


12. Mariah Carey admitted that she only eats Norwegian salmon and capers daily.

Carey said she tries to eat as much protein as possible.


"It's tough," Carey told E! in an interview from 2016. “My diet—you would hate it. All you eat is Norwegian salmon and capers daily - that's it."


What the Science Thinks: While eating protein can help you feel full, eating only salmon means you won't be getting essential nutrients found in foods like vegetables, fruits, and grains. Carey's diet is not designed for the long term.


13. Chris Pratt stuck to a post called "Daniel's Diet."

Pratt spoke about the diet plan and encouraged fans to join the program.


According to Daniel's diet, people on it eat only fruits, vegetables, and unleavened bread for 21 consecutive days.


Like other restrictive diets, it is based on the idea that the body needs to cleanse itself of toxins.


What the science thinks: Diets that severely restrict calories or the types of foods you eat usually don't lead to long-term weight loss and may not provide you with all the nutrients you need, experts warn.


14. Actress Shailene Woodley regularly eats clay, allegedly for its detoxifying properties.

“Clay is one of the best things you can add to your body,” Shailene Woodley said on a beauty blog. The experts disagree.


One of the weirdest diets on the list is eating clay... as a supplement. It supposedly cleanses the body.


What Science Thinks: This is a bogus medical claim. Your kidneys and liver don't need help to process toxins.


Clay may contain trace amounts of some beneficial minerals, such as iron and calcium, but there are better ways to get them (for example, eating foods rich in these minerals, such as spinach, broccoli, kale, and nuts).


15. Marilyn Monroe ate a lot of raw eggs, steaks, and chocolate syrup ice cream.

The Monroe diet may increase the risk of salmonella poisoning.


In a 1952 interview, Monroe called her diet choices "absolutely bizarre," and she was right. Eating raw eggs beaten with milk can lead to salmonella poisoning, and skipping a meal before dinner of steak and five carrots can easily cause a dieter to lose essential nutrients.


What the Science Thinks: The late actress's diet appears to be an attempt at calorie restriction and a high-protein diet, but eating so little fiber and fresh foods can lead to nutritional deficiencies, heart problems, and feelings of lethargy.


16. Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, of The Beach fame, ate cookies to lose weight.

According to the official Cookie Diet website, the unique cookie contains a "secret protein blend of amino acids," but it tastes like regular cookies.


To lose weight, Snooki followed a biscuit diet, which includes eating nine 90-calorie cookies daily in addition to a small meal at dinner.


This "eating plan" was developed by Dr. Sanford Segal in 1975 to help his patients consume fewer calories.


What the science thinks: Although the exact ingredients of the cookie are kept secret, the basic concept of eating the same food in almost every meal is unhealthy. Dieters will need one dinner a day to be rich in fresh vegetables, protein, and other essential nutrients, and even then, a person may not be meeting their daily nutrient requirements.


17. Many celebrities, including Victoria's Secret model Miranda Kerr and actresses Jessica Alba and Blake Lively, have been on a juice diet.

Proponents say the juice diet detoxifies the body and acts as a dietary "reset."


Juice cleansing has become synonymous with celebrity diet culture. These cleaners are designed to detoxify the body and act as a dietary "reset" even though they are not science-based weight loss methods.


What Science Thinks: Whether the cleanse involves cutting out food altogether or replacing individual meals with juice, the concept of a juice cleanse doesn't fit with human biology. The body has a built-in detox system that gets rid of toxins without expensive sugary water.


And yet, such a strict calorie restriction can certainly lead to weight loss, but at the expense of feeling constantly tired, hungry (and irritable), with the inability to diet for more than a week. Experts say that if you tried for longer, you would probably run into nutritional deficiencies.


18. Twitter founder Jack Dorsey only eats once a day and fasts all weekend.

Jack Dorsey said he loves intermittent fasting.


For one meal a day, Dorsey eats protein (fish, chicken, or steak), vegetables (arugula or spinach salad, asparagus, or Brussels sprouts), and mixed berry or dark chocolate dessert, all of which he eats after 6:30 p.m. and before 9:00 p.m. :00.


What the science thinks: The problems here are similar to any kind of intermittent fasting. Science does not very much approve of such experiments on the body.


19. Athlete and American football star Tom Brady does not eat eggplant and tomatoes, but drinks liters of water daily, which he claims prevents sunburn.

Brady doesn't eat certain foods because he believes they have negative effects on his body.


Brady even came up with a name for his unique diet - the TB12 diet - and wrote a book about it. As part of his 12-step plan to stay in top shape, Brady said he doesn't eat nightshades, a group of vegetables including eggplant and tomatoes, because they cause inflammation and raise the body's pH.


What the science thinks: Studies show that eating or abstaining from certain foods cannot change the body's pH enough to produce the results Brady suggested. In addition, vegetables such as eggplant and tomatoes are rich in fiber (eggplant) and vitamins A and C (tomatoes). Vitamins A and C are known to help reduce inflammation, unlike what the TB12 diet suggests.


Brady said he also drinks more than 5 liters of water daily to protect himself from sunburn, but there is no scientific evidence that drinking water prevents sunburn.


20. Tracey Anderson put celebrities on a baby food diet of up to 14 cans of baby food a day with a regular dinner meal, but no more than 1,400 calories in total.

Anderson recommends eating baby food at every meal except dinner to lose weight.


Celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson endorsed this weight loss diet.


The rules are simple: baby food for every meal except dinner, which should be a low-calorie mix of lean meats and vegetables.


What the Science Thinks: If you try this diet (you shouldn't), you will probably spend most of your time with a tiny spoon and feel unbearably hungry.


21. Chanel fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld drank up to 10 Diet Coke daily and limited his calories in the name of fashion.

Lagerfeld consumed only 1,200 calories a day.


The story goes that one day Lagerfeld woke up and decided he didn't like his body anymore. He hired a doctor to help him lose 35 kilograms, and then, as a duo, wrote a book about it called The Karl Lagerfeld Diet.


Lagerfeld, who died at age 85, drank up to 10 Diet Coke daily and ate small meals to limit his calories. For breakfast, he ate toast, one egg, juice, yogurt, and what is said to be a can of Diet Coke. For dinner he had quail eggs, salmon and Brussels sprouts or veal with plums.


What the science thinks: So he limited the number of calories to 1200 per day, while men are recommended to eat from 2000 to 2500 calories per day.


In addition, drinking large amounts of Diet Coke without enough food can cause nervousness and other body problems. For example, it has been proven that drinking a drink can increase the risk of stroke or heart disease.


22. Steve Jobs followed a strict fruit diet, sometimes limiting himself to only apples and carrots.

Eating only fruits and some vegetables was part of Steve Jobs' eccentric behavior.


The Apple founder named the corporation after one of his favorite foods after visiting an orchard. But Jobs' passion for fruit goes further. He practiced a "fruit" diet, a stricter form of veganism limited mainly to fruits and some vegetables.


Jobs' biography states that his skin sometimes took on a "sunset orange tint" due to his odd diet, and his obsession with fasting and extreme dietary restrictions has been described as a full blown eating disorder.


Ashton Kutcher ended up in the hospital after a month of this diet, which he followed to prepare for the role of Jobs in the biopic.


What Science Thinks: Fresh fruits and vegetables are part of a healthy, balanced diet. But alone, they lack sufficient protein and fat, as well as essential nutrients such as vitamin B, calcium, and zinc. This amount of fructose can also put stress on the liver and heart.


23. Elizabeth Taylor wrote a diet book based on her own weight loss recipes, including a hamburger and peanut butter sandwich recipe.

Elizabeth Taylor had an eccentric list of recipes she created and ate for weight loss, including some really bizarre combinations.


The basis of the diet included peanut butter, tuna and grapefruit, as well as a Rock Hudson cocktail (Hershey's syrup, vodka and Kahlua liqueur).


What the Science Thinks:Needless to say, in a diet where alcohol is present, not everything is good and normal.


24. Madonna eats a macrobiotic diet (recognized as a pseudoscientific diet) consisting of soy, sea vegetables and fermented foods.

This plan is not only restrictive, but also makes it difficult to get enough essential nutrients such as calcium, iron, and B vitamins.


Macrobiotic foods, including whole grains, soy, sea vegetables, and fermented foods such as sauerkraut and miso, are Madonna's staple foods. She does not eat wheat, eggs, meat or dairy products.


What the Science Thinks: While fermented foods are well known in the medical community for their ability to cultivate gut flora, this plan is mostly full of flaws. Not only is this a severely restricted diet (and therefore nutrient-poor), but it also makes it difficult to get enough essential nutrients such as calcium, iron, and B vitamins.


25. TV presenter and actress Kelly Ripa uses an alkaline diet to optimize her PH levels. She prefers legumes and vegetables. Banned meat, grains, alcohol and caffeine

Trying to balance your body's pH level doesn't work and is reportedly an unnecessarily restrictive diet.


Kelly Ripa follows a diet plan designed to optimize pH balance with alkaline foods like fruits and vegetables, soy, legumes, and nuts. The diet plan eliminates meat, dairy, grains, eggs, meat, processed foods, caffeine, and alcohol.


What the Science Thinks: Diet is also unnecessarily restrictive of nutrients, and in order to follow it correctly, you should check your urine pH levels regularly. While there are some nutritional plan benefits, they tend to be based on common sense, such as eating more vegetables and less red meat and junk food. In addition, coffee (natural) has many benefits, so giving it up is not very healthy for most people.


26. Elvis Presley was one of the early proponents of the Sleeping Beauty Diet, which involves sleeping 10 or more hours a day to fight hunger.

Elvis Presley resorted to long sleep in his later years to lose weight, a trend now called the Sleeping Beauty Diet.


The king of rock and roll was known for his eccentric eating habits. In his later years, when he was battling obesity and related health problems, his doctor recommended that he use the extra sleep as a means to lose weight. There were even rumors that this unknown doctor with a bad reputation went so far as to use a medically induced coma to help Presley shed a few extra pounds.


What the science thinks: Studies show that getting enough sleep is important for a healthy metabolism, but overdoing it can have the opposite effect and lead to muscle loss.


27. Brooke Shields made the grapefruit diet famous. It includes 800 calories per day and lots of pink citrus fruits.

Brooke Shields' grapefruit diet involves a severe calorie deficit.


The grapefruit diet can help you lose weight, but only because of severe calorie restriction, not because of some magic fruit enzyme.


The diet plan limits calories to 800 per day, including eggs in the morning, grapefruit throughout the day, and a small piece of meat with vegetables for dinner.


What the Science Thinks: Such malnutrition can lead to loss of muscle mass, slow metabolism and, in severe cases, serious problems due to malnutrition. It can also be dangerous for people who are at risk for eating disorders.


28. Gwyneth Paltrow's health brand Goop wrote about numerous questionable dietary practices, including a goat's milk cleanse.

Gwyneth Paltrow created the infamous wellness brand Goop in the US.


In a 2017 Q&A on Goop.com, a "naturopathic doctor" (a suspicious alternative medicine type who uses natural remedies to treat patients) named Linda Lancaster suggested that readers drink goat's milk and nothing else for eight days. in a row to get rid of any parasites that may be in the body.


What the science thinks: Not only is this advice lacking scientific evidence, but eating raw dairy products can also lead to foodborne illness and subsequent hospitalization.


29. Christina Aguilera follows the 7-Day Color Diet, which involves eating a different color of food every day of the week.

The same effect can be achieved if a person eats colorful, nutrient-rich foods every day of the week.


Dieters are advised to eat only one color group each day, consuming white, red, green, orange, purple, yellow and rainbow colored foods in a specific order. The thought is that this way of grouping foods ensures that dieters get all of their nutrients, because different colored foods offer different nutrients.


What Science Thinks: While limiting yourself to one color of food every day is not bad for your health (assuming you eat mostly unprocessed, fresh foods), the same effect can be achieved if a person eats colorful (not pale like tomatoes in winter), nutrient-dense meals every day of the week.


30. Katy Perry's M-Plan Diet Calls for Mushrooms to Replace One Meal a Day

Eating mushrooms like Katy Perry does may not help you lose weight in problem areas, but it can still be good for you.


Pop star Katy Perry reportedly turned to M-Plan, the so-called "mushroom diet", in 2013. She encourages replacing mushrooms with one meal each day.


No one knows who came up with this idea, and its benefits for weight loss have not even been proven.


What the science thinks: Mushrooms are healthy nonetheless, and replacing them with meat or pasta can help cut calories and add nutrients like zinc. They may even be good for your brain - some research suggests that eating mushrooms can help keep your mind sharp later in life.


And once again we repeat: everything that was said above is NOT an instruction for action, but a warning! Beware of strange diets, exercise better and eat mindfully, but that's it. Meat, fish, vegetables and fruits. Eat less fast food and soda with alcohol. Do not overeat, and everything will be fine with you, without harm to the body!



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Are you interested in the best pizzerias in New York? Indeed, New York is a city of pizza lovers. Each resident chooses their favorite place. In all pizzerias, you can order pizza in slices, but there are places where you can spend the whole evening. Read about the best pizzerias in New York below.

 

New York pizza has little in common with thin Italian pizza. In an authentic Pizza slice - sauce, cheese, and dough and portioned pieces of such a size that you can eat one crust. There are hundreds of pizzerias in the city, but only those that are popular among the city's residents deserve the title of a real New York one. Below you will find a list of places where you can taste “the same” pizza.

 

How many pizza places are in New York City?

 

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, there will be 78,092 pizza restaurants in 2020. Nearly 53 percent of these restaurants will be independent. According to industry reports, chain restaurants – those with ten or more locations – will have 36,213 locations in 2020.

 

What are the most iconic pizza places in New York City?

New York is not only full of expensive and fine restaurants but also small pizzerias on the corners of busy streets. The history of one of the most famous and oldest pizzerias in the city, which you have probably heard about more than once.

 

Pino "Joe" Pozzuoli immigrated to the US from Naples in the mid-1950s. When he moved to America, he first renamed himself, Joe, as Pino is the Italian form of the name Joseph. Joe began working in pizzerias throughout the Northeast, and by the 1960s, he was personally coaching the best pizza chefs in the area. In the early 1970s, he moved and opened Joe's Pizza at the intersection of Bleecker and Carmine Streets in Greenwich Village, Manhattan. He liked ​​setting up pizzerias in unique neighborhoods like Greenwich Village, which has a diverse population.

 

Joe and Pat’s Pizzeria

Another place in New York has ceased to please connoisseurs of good pizza for more than half a century. The restaurant's decor is made in the Mediterranean style and sets the visitors in a positive mood as if transferring them to the cozy towns of the Italian coast. The owners and employees of the pizzeria come from the same family and are always happy to keep up the conversation in English and Italian. A feature of Joe and Pat's is a pizza cooked in the shape of a heart. This underlines the chef's love for this dish. Like Grimaldi's, you won't be able to order a single bite at this restaurant. Going to Joe and Pat's, be prepared to beat the whole pizza or share it with a "brother in misfortune." In addition to delicious pizza, the restaurant's menu is rich in traditional salads and hot dishes, allowing guests to taste other delicacies of Italian cuisine.

 

Grimaldi's

According to the owners of this restaurant, the skill of cooking pizza on coals is a dying art. It is this skill that Grimaldi's chefs are proud of. The pizza here is distinguished by a light smoky flavor and the thinnest crust, which is impossible to achieve by baking the dough in a gas or electric oven. This high quality of the product is gained through coal from Pennsylvania, the highest quality on the planet. Each of the three New York restaurants burns about half a ton of coal every day, allowing heating of the ovens to 650 °C. The result is satisfied smiles on the face and excellent guest reviews. It's no surprise that queues for restaurants start to form long before they open!

 

Di Fara

According to the Zagat rating, for eight years now, Di Fara has been at the top of the list of the best pizzerias in New York. The restaurant owner comes from an Italian family of bakers and pizza makers and has even won the title of "rock star" among local fans. He makes his pizza for the restaurant's customers. And on those rare days when House DeMarco is away on business, the pizzeria is simply closed. All restaurant recipes are based on family traditions passed down from generation to generation and are kept in the strictest confidence. The ingredients are imported from Italy, which provides an indescribable authentic taste of the finished product.

 

When ordering a whole pizza at Di Fara, you will be given a choice between a round and square ($4 more expensive) shape. Remember also that there is no menu as such in the restaurant. All pizza is automatically served as plain (the combination of cheese and tomato sauce already described above). If you want something more interesting, you will have to choose the desired filling for a fee. Fans of the restaurant simply call the local pizza "di best"! Restaurant rules allow you to bring your wine or beer. This will enable you to have a pleasant and cheap time while waiting for a tasty piece!

 

Artichoke

This relatively new (by New York standards) pizzeria was opened in Manhattan by enthusiastic cousins ​​in 2008, followed two years later by second and third establishments in the Chelsea and Greenwich areas. The menu full of improvisation will surprise you with juicy broccoli and pecorino cheese sandwiches and the culinary intrigue of the restaurant - artichokes stuffed with cheese. This delicacy is also served with spinach on one of the restaurant's pizzas. Or maybe you prefer crab stuffing? How about pizza with meatballs and parmesan? In any case, be prepared for long lines, as the place is already trendy. This is perhaps the only minus of the restaurant.

 

If you do not want to waste time in line, come at 3 am or order home delivery. The restaurant is open and delivers 24 hours a day!

 

Lucali

The history of the creation of this pizzeria has a romantic touch. Its owner and chef, Mark Yokano, volunteered to save his childhood favorite candy store from the rock of chain restaurants and decided to buy out the premises by opening an independent restaurant in it. Mark had to spend days and nights learning the art of making the most delicate dough in a traditional brick oven. However, his efforts paid off. Lucali instantly won the hearts of the area's residents and became famous for its great pizza throughout New York. The central place in the pizzeria's interior is occupied by the chef's desk, where this cherished dish is prepared in front of the visitors. The playful elements of the former candy store show through, giving the restaurant an air of freedom and spontaneity.

 

When you stop by Lucali for lunch or dinner, you can taste either the traditional pie or its sub-varieties wrapped in a cheburek (calzone). You will not find any other types of pizza or dishes here. In addition, all toppings are offered separately. But, as in Di Fara, you can bring your booze and spend the whole night in this homely restaurant.

 

Roberta's

The pizzeria is located in the hipster area of ​​Brooklyn - Bushwick. From the outside, the restaurant resembles an old garage. If you love thin crust pizza, then Robrta's is a gourmet paradise. Many ingredients are grown in a small garden right on the roof of the establishment. Pizza is not sold in slices, but in small individual portions. If you are in the eternal search for culinary delights, then you can safely go here.

 

Lombardi's

Gennaro Lombardi opened the first pizzeria in the United States in 1905. Since then, the restaurant has changed its location, but the descendants of the family follow the traditions and cook pizza in an original way - in a coal oven. Lombardi's only sells whole pizzas, so it's worth going here for dinner with friends.

 

Giuseppina

Giuseppina's owner and founder, Chris Iacono, proudly celebrates his apprenticeship at his brother's pizzeria, Lucali, for his craftsmanship. Chris Iacono's use of top tier ingredients, such as a cheese blend of low moisture mozzarella, homemade fresh mozzarella and imported Italian parmigiano reggiano cheese, as well as hand-cut pepperoni, fresh mushrooms, Italian olive oil and fresh basil, is evidence of commitment Giuseppin quality. The incomparable sauce comes from a secret family recipe handed down to the owner from his grandmother named Giuseppina.

 

NY Pizza Suprema

Very unexpected to find one of the best pizzerias in the city next to Pennsylvania Station. I learned about NY Pizza Suprema when I read about a guy who tried every pizzeria in Manhattan in two years. This place received very good reviews, and I had a desire to visit there urgently. The guy was right, it's really delicious here! Each pizza is excellently crispy, and the highlight of this place is the fragrant and slightly spicy tomato sauce. Try at least one slice of margherita pizza before you start ordering pepperoni.

 

John's Pizzeria of Bleecker Street

The interior of the pizzeria, also known as John's Pizza, is decorated with wood paneling and colorful paintings. Hipsters, artists, elderly Italians and many celebrities spend time here (at least I saw their photos on the camps). Here they canceled the sale of pizza in slices, so you can only order a whole one, such a portion will be enough for two or three people. All dishes are baked in a brick oven. This traditional method covers the edges of the pizza with a perfect, crispy, golden crust. John's Pizzeria prepares every dish in a traditional style. The pizza here is more refined than the American types. All ingredients used are exceptionally fresh. Hot sauces and premium cheese are used. The most popular dish is cheese pizza, for a change you can add toppings. You can also order a bottle of inexpensive wine.

 

Totonno's

Lombardi collaborator (and Neapolitan) Antonio Totonno Pero perfected the pizza recipe, and in 1924 he opened his place. Totonno's is still owned by the same family, although temporarily closed by Hurricane Sandy. It uses tomatoes imported from Italy, handmade mozzarella cheese, and dough made daily on the premises, but the crust is plump and thick rather than the usual thin plate (starting at $19.95). Totonno's should resume in the next couple of months. Cash only, no slices.

 

L&B Spumoni Gardens

The square pie at Spumoni is a classic Bensonhurst, one of the best Sicilian slices in town. Ludovico Barbati immigrated to the US in 1917 from Torella dei Lombardi, Italy. In 1939, he purchased property on 86th Street in Brooklyn to sell his spumoni (Italian ices); in the 1950s, his business expanded into a second building, which is now a pizzeria.

 

The pizza is still delicious: sweet tomato sauce covered in clear rectangles with a crispy toasted bottom, topped with melted mozzarella and a dash of parmesan. Slice $2.25, half tray $19, full tray $36. Credit cards, slices available.

 

 

Top 10 Pizza Places in America You Have To Visit

 

10. Big Lou's - San Antonio, TX

A Texas pun would be too easy, so we'll just say that Big Lou in San Antonio has some of the biggest pies. Not just a novelty, there are some pretty cool flavor combinations here, like bbq with pickles. But having a pizza that devours the table and produces slices over a foot long is everyone's dream, right?

 

9. Antico - Atlanta, Georgia

There are several impressive pizzerias in Atlanta. Antico in Atlanta is a small, casual pizzeria that serves super authentic Italian pizza. Cooked in a wood fired oven, the lovely chewy crust has those tender pieces of dough that give the crust a lot more flavor. There are a few variations on the menu, such as those filled with spiced meats or vegetables, but the Lasagna pizza, with bright slices of aged meat and ricotta cheese, is a real gem, unique to Antico. Topping substitutions are not particularly important here, and when you try a piece of any well-balanced pie, you will completely understand why.

 

8. Picco - Boston, Massachusetts

Picco in Boston takes two whole days to prepare the crust for the brick oven. The dough is fermented, which adds flavor. Flame-fried onions, shallots, garlic, sour cream, bacon and gruyère are an Alsatian pie that may be Picco's most popular. Every dish - from pizza to salads - is a beautiful work of art, combining color and artisanal ingredients. Even the ice cream is homemade.

 

7. Cloverleaf Pizza - Macomb, MI

Detroit-style pizza can be enjoyed at Macomb Michigan's Cloverleaf Pizza, which was inspired in the 1940s. Pies are more in the form of giant rectangles, as well as in places where sauce and cheese are sold. Topping your pepperoni pie is highly recommended.

 

6. Mulberry Street Pizzeria - Beverly Hills, CA

Perhaps one day you'll be traveling Beverly Hills - don't leave without grabbing a slice of thin-crust pepperoni from Mulberry Street Pizzeria. Quiet and surprisingly affordable, they make more New York-style variations and also have the best meatballs that customers regularly talk about. You might even see a celebrity or two munching on their favorite comfort food.

 

5. Ken's Artisan Pizza - Portland, OR

Portland Oregon has its fair share of eclectic eateries, so you bet they have a selection of pizza spots. Ken's Artisan Pizza combines authentic Italian wood-fired pizza with fresh, seasonal ingredients. The combinations are sometimes unexpected, but quite refreshing. Brooklyn has tomato sauce, mozzarella, Fra'Mani capicollo, marinated jalapenos, and that unexpected factor, some honey. Perfection. Don't miss Affogato for dessert - a local cup of coffee with brown sugar ice cream.

 

4. Slab - Portland, ME

Now on to another Portland on the east coast where you'll find Slab, a Sicilian-style restaurant with pizza and street food. The dough is hand-kneaded and grown in an "old world" style to reflect its true origins. Your typical slice comes with tomato sauce, mozzarella, provolone, and oregano, but you have choices for other toppings like savory provolone and sausage. Not a deep dish and not a thin crust, the classic slab-style pizza is perfect in the middle.

 

3. L&B - New York, New York

The L&B in Brooklyn, NY is refreshing on a classic if you want to shake things up a bit. The sauce comes on top of the cheese, fully blending the expected textures of the pizza while retaining phenomenal flavor.

 

2. Pequod's Pizza - Chicago, IL

Pequod's Pizza is for everyone who loves deep food and naturally in Chicago. Cheese, sauce, and caramelized crust fill the cast-iron platter that includes all of the "pan" pizzas, and you're likely to be stoked with a knife and fork. Deep dish pizza is amazingly delicious, and you'll taste some of the best at Pequod's. Starters and thin crust pizza are well received in this cozy place, but really deep dish pizza and pepperoni is the way to go.

 

1. Joe's Pizza - New York, New York

New York City is undeniably an amazing place to eat cheesecake, but to be honest, the choice of great places to do so is overwhelming. Joe's Pizza on Carmine Street has been around since the 1970s and is a community staple, so it's a good choice that's also easy on the wallet. Nothing beats the simplicity of a generous slice of New York-style cheese with just the right amount of sauce. Authentically cooked in a brick oven, the joint and pizza are no fuss and absolutely delicious.

 

 

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The most expensive spice in the world is also one of the most useful and versatile in taste. It is self-sufficient, its rich tart and slightly burning intense taste is highly valued, and saffron also gives dishes a beautiful warm yellow color. What kind of spice is saffron - find out in our interesting facts.

 

Facts about Saffron

 

This spice is dried stigmas of flowers.

 

Saffron is made from a special kind of crocus. To get 1 kg of spice, you need to collect about 100,000 flowers, which are processed by hand and then dried over the fire or in braziers, where even one mistake will lead to loss of the crop. Such a laborious process makes it the most expensive spice in the world.

 

 

The highest quality and most delicious saffron is considered to be from Spain and then India. Crocus fields here are located in south-central Spain and in Kashmir. Less fragrant but inexpensive, is considered a spice from Iran, Pakistan, Italy and France.

 

Saffron is included in the recipes of all major growing regions - they cook paella, biryani, soups, stew meat, and poultry, and prepare curry with it.

 

Despite the mild aroma, it has a very intense taste. For one dish, you can take only 3-4 stigmas. The taste contains deep spicy overtones, and the aroma is vaguely reminiscent of laurel and flowers.

 

Saffron is an excellent natural preservative. Food prepared with it can be stored for a long time without refrigeration.

 

Saffron price

Saffron is a costly spice and is usually bought in grams. The price for one kg fluctuates, but usually, it is not less than a few hundred dollars.

 

The average price per gram starts from 6 dollars and depends on its quality and country of production.

 

With regards to the price per kilogram - you can find a spice at a price of around 205 dollars.

 

Where to add saffron

In ground form, it can be added during the cooking process, especially for stewing and boiling recipes.

 

Saffron stigmas need to be soaked before use. 3-6 stigmas should be poured with 20-30 ml of hot water or boiling water and let it brew for at least 5 minutes. Add orange concentrated liquid to the dish you are preparing.

 

The spice also has medicinal properties. In folk medicine, saffron has been used for many centuries, it is included in hundreds of recipes for treatments. The most distinguished are its disinfecting properties, a beneficial effect on the skin and the normalization of metabolic processes in the body.

 

Saffron can be found in dietary supplements - for example, iHerb sells vegetable capsules with the saffron extract.

 

According to the information from the manufacturer, the vegetarian dietary supplement increases energy and mental activity, supports the nervous system (which is important for perpetually twitchy office workers), improves mood and eliminates stress.

 

However, we remind you that dietary supplements are not a universal and individual thing, and it is better to consult a doctor before taking them.

 

What can replace saffron

There is a much cheaper analogue of saffron - turmeric. It is quite budgetary, is available in any grocery store and gives the dishes a pleasant tart flavor and beautiful color.

 

With regards to taste, it is better to combine turmeric with other spices for a richer taste of the dish. Alternatively, take a curry seasoning that contains turmeric and a mixture of other spices.

 

If you are looking for a substitute for saffron in paella or pastries, take turmeric - you will not lose.

 

The history of Saffron

This is the most aristocratic seasoning, which is often worth its weight in gold. However, saffron also has a hidden history. It has been used for centuries as a coloring agent, a luxurious self-tanner, and even as a serotonin stimulant. And this is true - all of the above refers to those very fragile reddish threads that are removed from the center of the purple crocus flower. 

 

The origin of saffron is a mystery. Contradictory statements name various regions of a wide semi-desert belt as the original place of growth of this plant, ranging from Greece in the eastern Mediterranean to Central Asia. Today, the vast majority of saffron is still grown in this belt, with Iran being the largest producer in the world.

 

However, in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the center of the "saffron universe" temporarily shifted from the sun-drenched Mediterranean to rainy, foggy England. One particular region of England has become world famous for its saffron. In fact, every autumn its entire territory was covered with a carpet of purple petals. This fame was so great that the local trading town of Cheping Walden was eventually renamed Saffron Walden.

 

However, by the beginning of the nineteenth century, the saffron fields in Britain were completely destroyed. Two hundred years later, the restless British geophysicist David Smale decided to try again to cultivate English saffron. Theatlantic.com correspondents met with him right in the field, located in one of the protected corners of Essex, to learn how saffron is grown, how it is harvested by hand and dried, as well as about the "battle" that Smale is leading to to revive the lost art of successfully growing saffron in the damp soils of England.

 

Smale also said that "crockers," as the locals called the saffron pickers, have to take breaks during packing to keep from laughing. "This plant has a special aroma," said Smale. scientific data, and an absolutely amazing story.

 

Saffron - How is it stored?

Saffron should be kept away from light and extreme temperatures, tightly closed, preferably in a glass container.

 

Saffron - How is it used?

As much as possible, add it towards the end of the preparation period to avoid destroying the flavor.

 

The smell of saffron brings fresh earth, accompanied by a pleasant and refreshing breeze. The stamens are wide at the base and sharp at the tip when dry.

 

Saffron - the intensity of the pigment

The International Organization for Standardization imposes parameters that measure the intensity of the filament pigment: the more intense, the more valuable. The value scale is worthy of consideration especially when counterfeiting methods are so vast.

 

Saffron consists of the three pistils of the crocus. They are delicate, similar to filaments, each 2.5 - 4 cm long. They have an intense reddish-orange color, which is uniform for good quality saffron. Saffron with white stripes or discolored spots is of inferior quality, and when white threads appear in the saffron powder, this is a sign of counterfeiting. The aroma is strong, similar to that of honey and the taste is strong, honey, slightly bitter.

 

The benefits of saffron

Saffron is the most expensive spice in the world, a kilogram costing around 4,000 euros. About 150,000 flowers are needed to collect a kilogram of dried saffron. Luxury spice contains iron, volatile oils, proteins, sodium, potassium, vitamins B1 and B2, phytohormones. Here are some of the benefits of saffron:

 

1. Destroys cancer cells

According to The Telegraph, several substances found naturally in saffron have anti-cancer properties - inhibiting the growth of cancer cells.

 

2. Inhibits fat deposits and lowers cholesterol

Curcumin can also stop the spread of fat cells in the body.

 

3. Helps the heart and neurons

Added to food, saffron has a tonic effect on the heart.

 

4. Prevents blindness in old age

Several studies have shown that saffron improves vision and prevents macular degeneration, the most common cause of blindness, especially in the elderly.

 

 

5. Treat depression

Saffron tea has long been used to treat depression.

 

6. Improves blood circulation and regenerates the skin

In Chinese medicine, saffron is used to improve blood circulation.

 

7. Helps digestion

Saffron infusion facilitates digestion and is a good natural remedy for those suffering from bloating or constipation.

 

8. Healing in erectile dysfunction

The Greeks and Arabs used saffron as an aphrodisiac because it has hormone-like properties.

 

9. Anti-drunk medicine

10-15 g of saffron pistils, soaked for 3-4 hours in alcohol (50 ml) and administered on an empty stomach before a party prevent the onset of drunkenness and can induce repulsion to alcohol abuse.

 

Contraindications

 

Do not consume more than two grams of saffron a day. Saffron can also cause abortion, so pregnant women should avoid it.

 

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