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Are You a Coffee Addict? 5 Tips to Choosing the Best Possible Coffee

Are You a Coffee Addict? 5 Tips to Choosing the Best Possible Coffee

Most people who claim to love coffee never take the time to consider what exactly they are drinking. They just gulp coffee down by the potful and don’t care about brands, bean types, roast and the like. However, if you can’t imagine your day without a cup of coffee or ten, why not put some thought into the process? Once you taste coffee that is any good, you will never want to go back. Are you ready for changing your habits to enjoy the drink as much as possible? If yes, stay with me. Mmmm, a warm cup of coffee with super tasty cream, topped with some cinnamon and whipped cream…

1. Trial and Error

First of all, you should understand that no coffee brand is 100 percent delicious by everyone’s standard. Tastes differ, and your palate may find pleasure in a completely different set of flavours than somebody else’s, no matter how much better they know and understand coffee. Moreover, the taste of coffee heavily depends on how it is brewed and stored, how old it is, what water is used in the process, your technique and so on. This means that the same brand may taste quite different depending on different factors – and the only way to find out what exactly you like is to taste a lot of brands prepared in a variety of ways.

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2. Make Sure It is Fresh

Coffee loses its bite rapidly with the passage of time, which means that you should always make sure the beans you buy are fresh. More particularly, always try to buy a package with the roast date labelled. If somebody – particularly a seller – says that roast date is unimportant, don’t bother to buy there, for they obviously don’t know a thing about their merchandise. Usually, a coffee bean’s flavour degrades rapidly after two weeks after roast date.

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3. Buy Whole Beans

Ideally, you should have a grinder to prepare the beans for brewing at your leisure. If, however, you lack this useful tool, it is still better to buy whole beans – just ask the shop attendant to grind it for you. Sometimes pre-ground beans can make a passable cup of coffee, but you need to be completely sure that the coffee is manufactured and ground right on the spot, and even then, pre-ground coffee will never go above mediocre.

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4. Note the Roaster

What kind of roast you are going to like is a purely personal thing, so you should find it out for yourself. Which company did the roasting, however, is something less subjective. Well-respected and high-quality roasters are widely known and have the reputation that guarantees the quality of their beans – you may want to look them up on the Internet or consult coffee experts on their opinions on them. And conversely, after you find one roast you particularly like, it makes sense to try out other types of coffee they make as well just to broaden your experience.

5. Check the Coffee’s Origin

And by origin, we don’t just mean the country (although it matters as well, and coffee beans coming from, e.g., Kenya and Brazil will have their distinctive features), but the location the beans were sourced for roasting. High-quality coffee never shies away from its origins – you will always find all possible information on it on the package. If, however, it isn’t listed or the shop owner cannot help you with it, then chances are the beans were sourced from multiple locations and thus, by definition, are rather low-grade.

Selecting beans to prepare a cup of coffee that will blow your mind is both a science and an art – one can give some guidelines to it, but anybody willing to make any headway has to find their own way – by trial and error. Good luck!

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Published on March 22, 2019

14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go

14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go

Greasy hamburgers at lunch or a buttered bagel is not everyone’s idea of a dream lunch. Healthy eating is important but not always so easy when you have little time on your hands. You may be forced to eat snacks that you do not enjoy in a rush.

However, there are recipes that do not involve spending a lot of time or having special culinary skills. Try these 14 healthy easy recipes for busy people on the go.

1. Green Salads

    Photo credit: bake your day

    Salads are super easy to make and require no cooking at all. Just chop up the ingredients and put it in a Tupperware and you are good to go. You can make a lot at once and keep for later.

    Ingredients:

    • Kale
    • Lemon
    • Olive oil
    • Salt
    • Pepper

    How to make it:

    1. Chop kale into small bite-size pieces. Squeeze out the lemon juice and whisk in olive oil, salt, and pepper.
    2. Toss kale in the mix and add bean sprouts or cheese

    2. Chickpea Slaw

      Photo credit: Unsweetened Caroline

      Ingredients:

      • ¼ cup plain yogurt
      • 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
      • 1 tbsp. water
      • Salt
      • Black pepper
      • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
      • 2 ½ cups of sliced green cabbage
      • 2 stalks celery (sliced)
      • 2 shredded carrots
      • 2 tbsps. sesame seeds (toasted)

      How to make it:

      1. Stir together yogurt, vinegar, water, salt, and pepper.
      2. Add in chickpeas, cabbage, celery, and carrots.
      3. Toss and sprinkle in sesame seeds.

      3. Juice Your Greens

        Photo credit: Loving it Vegan

        Ingredients:

        • A handful of kale
        • A handful of cabbage
        • A handful of parsley
        • A stalk of celery
        • An apple or a pear

        How to make it:

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        1. Place the ingredients one at a time into your juicer.
        2. Put it in your favorite bottle and you are done!

        4. Steamed Veggies And Meat

          Photo credit: Gimme some oven

          This recipe includes meat but does not take years to prepare. Steaming cooks the meal really fast. If you are a vegan, you can use tofu to substitute the meat.

          Ingredients:

          • Broccoli
          • Meat (of your choice)
          • Olive oil
          • Salt
          • Pepper
          • Apple cider vinegar

          How to make it:

          1. Steam broccoli and meat in a steamer while drizzling the meat with olive oil and apple cider vinegar.
          2. Remove the broccoli when it becomes soft and the meat when it is well cooked.
          3. Remember to sprinkle on some salt and pepper.

          5. Seared Meat and Vegetables

            Photo credit: Gimme some oven

            A skillet will come in handy for this dish. And yes, it is another meal with veggies and meat, you cannot go wrong with this. It is a mix and matches meaning you can switch up the oils, seasonings, and vegetables according to your taste.

            Ingredients:

            • Ground meat (of your choice)
            • Vegetables (anyone you fancy)
            • Organic oil/butter
            • Store bought sauce/dressing
            • Salt

            How to make it:

            1. Cook meat with heated organic oil/butter in a skillet over moderate heat for 3 to 4 minutes.
            2. Add in shredded and chopped vegetables and stir until the meat cooks and the vegetables are semi-soft.
            3. Put your salt or dressing to give it some extra flavor.

            6. Green Smoothie

              Photo credit: Yummy Mummy Kitchen

              Smoothies are quite filling and combine fruits and vegetables for a healthy breakfast if you need to rush out in the morning.

              Ingredients:

              • 1 tbsp. Spirulina
              • 1 banana
              • 1 cup blueberries
              • Milk/Soy milk
              • Blend till smooth and enjoy. To make it thicker, add ice in with the ingredients.
              • A tea smoothie

              Note: If you like green tea, then try out this smoothie that uses your favourite tea and fruits:

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              • ¾ cup green tea
              • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
              • 2 tsp. lemon juice
              • 2 tsp. Agave nectar
              • 1 small pear
              • 2 tbsps. fat-free plain yogurt

              How to make it:

              Blend until smooth.

              7. Feta Omelet and Toast

                Photo credit: Improved Health Club

                Toast and eggs will definitely taste different from this recipe.

                Ingredients:

                • Chopped broccoli
                • 2 eggs
                • 2 tsp. Feta cheese (crumbled)
                • 2 slices toasted bread
                • Olive oil

                How to make it:

                1. Cook broccoli for three minutes in heated skillet.
                2. Mix feta, eggs, and dill in a bowl and cook in the pan for 3-4 minutes.
                3. Eat with toast.

                8. Banana and Almond Toast

                  Photo credit: Dolly and Oatmeal

                  This recipe is sure to keep you full until lunchtime.

                  Ingredients:

                  • 1 tbsp. almond butter
                  • 1 slice rye bread
                  • 1 sliced banana

                  How to make it:

                  Cover toast with almond butter and put banana slices.

                  9. Quinoa

                    Photo credit: Kitchme

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                    You can cook the quinoa the night before to reduce the amount of time spent on the dish.

                    Ingredients:

                    • 1 cup cooked quinoa
                    • 1/3 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
                    • 1 small tomato (chopped)
                    • 1 scallion (chopped)
                    • 1 tsp. olive oil
                    • 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
                    • Salt
                    • Pepper

                    How to make it:

                    Gently toss all the ingredients in a bowl and voila, you are done.

                    10. Hummus and Beans

                      Photo credit: Pinch and swirl

                      Mashing your beans to create hummus takes just a few minutes.

                      Ingredients:

                      • ¼ cup canned white beans
                      • 1 tbsp. chopped chives
                      • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
                      • 2 tsp. olive oil
                      • Assorted Vegetables (chopped)

                      How to make it:

                      1. Combine beans, chives and lemon juice in a small bowl and mash till smooth.
                      2. Add assorted vegetables.

                      11. Egg Sandwich

                        Photo credit: Home Sweet Eats

                        Ingredients:

                        • 2 cooked eggs (chopped)
                        • 2 tbsp. Greek yogurt
                        • 2 tbsp. red bell peppers (chopped)
                        • ¼ curry powder
                        • Salt
                        • Pepper
                        • Rye bread
                        • ½ fresh spinach

                        How to make it:

                        1. Combine eggs, yogurt, bell pepper, curry powder, salt, and pepper and stir well.
                        2. Place the spinach on the rye bread and egg salad.

                        12. Swiss Sandwich and Ham

                          Photo credit: My Recipe Magic

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                          Whip up a simple but tasty sandwich.

                          Ingredients:

                          • 1 tbsp. Greek yogurt
                          • ¼ Tsp. dried dill
                          • 2 slices bread
                          • 1-ounce lean sliced ham
                          • 1 pear (sliced)
                          • 1 1- ounce slice Swiss cheese

                          How to make it:

                          1. Combine yogurt and dill in a bowl and stir until blended.
                          2. Spread mix on bread slices with ham, pear slices, cheese, and bread slice.

                          13. Salmon Noodles

                            Photo Credit: Killing Thyme

                            Noodles take just a few minutes to cook and are extremely tasty.

                            Ingredients:

                            • 4 ounces noodles or spaghetti
                            • 5 ounces asparagus (cut)
                            • 1 (6-oz) salmon fillet
                            • 1tbsp sesame oil
                            • Zest and juice of 1-2 limes
                            • Salt
                            • Fresh pepper
                            • 4 ounces cucumber (cut)
                            • ½ avocado

                            How to make it:

                            1. Cook noodles for 6-8 minutes until soft.
                            2. Strain and then add asparagus to boiling water.
                            3. Cook for 2 minutes then rinse with cold water.
                            4. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat and cook for 2-3 minutes.

                            14. Spaghetti Squash

                              This is one of my favourite recipes on the go (all it takes is 20 mins)! I substitute pasta for spaghetti squash. No plate needed.

                              Ingredients:

                              • 1 spaghetti squash
                              • 2 tsp of olive oil
                              • 2 pinch’ of salt
                              • 2 pinch’ of pepper

                              Steps: 

                              Check out the detailed steps in this full recipe here.

                              All these recipes can be prepared with ease and have carbs, proteins and fat to keep you energized until your next meal.

                              Featured photo credit: Brandy S via unsplash.com

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