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Choosing the Right Tea to Match Your Mood
We as humans tend to experience multiple moods that come and go without any notice and quite frankly, it can get really frustrating. A kind gesture from a stranger can make your entire day. But, all of a sudden, an inconsiderate jerk pushes past you in order to get the last available seat on the subway and then an immediate transformation occurs. That one quick, yet affective gesture has officially dampened your high spirits and whiplashed you into another mood you really didn’t want to be in. Instead of being heavily medicated and secluding yourself in your room during a Netflix binge, grab a cup of tea and let its natural ingredients do the healing. Common cold: Elderflower Avoiding the common cold is inevitable sometimes. You feel yourself being cautious when you’re in public spaces, yet you still manage to pick it up after you used about half a gallon of hand sanitizer. Elderflower tea relieves the symptoms of a common cold. It has a gentle and pleasant tea, so it’s welcoming to people of all ages, especially young kids. It contains antiviral and immune boosting effects, so it can tackle flu symptoms and other common cold problems. Stressed: Lemon Balm Maybe you have to meet a strict deadline for work. Maybe you’re feeling overwhelmed because finals are approaching and you’re trying to cram in last minute study sessions. You have found that physically you’re exhausted, but the gears running in your mind won’t seem to shut off. Lemon balm aids relaxation and calmness. The oils in lemon balm contain chemicals that relax muscles, particularly in the stomach and bladder, and calms future anxieties you may be experiencing. Slow metabolism: Green Tea Whether you’re looking to shed a couple extra pounds, or simply speed up your metabolism, green tea has proven to be very beneficial in EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), an ingredient known to speed up metabolism. Try to make it a habit of consuming 4-6 cups a day in order to notice a significant change in energy level. Sleepless nights: Chamomile Chamomile tea is strictly herbal based, so it doesn’t contain any caffeine, which is the main ingredient for keeping someone up in the first place. The tea itself has a unique, sweet, and floral aroma and will have a drowsiness effect on you. Your local grocery store should have brands like Celestial Seasonings and Traditional Medicinals, which are two of my favorite brands; however, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can even go as far as drying out the flowers and brewing them yourself. Bloated: Peppermint Peppermint has been known to help fatigue and stomach problems. It calms your internal systems and is extremely useful if you over-indulge in a late night meal or food loaded with sugars and fibers that the body finds hard to absorb. Next time you’re feeling uncomfortable because you maybe had one too many slices of cake, try and drink some peppermint tea to settle your stomach and reduce bloating. Nauseous: Ginger Tea Soon to be mothers have claimed that Ginger has helped them during pregnancy sickness. If you make this tea from grated root ginger, it will provide even more benefits. First, you want to steep two teaspoons in boiled water. Then, let it sit until it’s cool. Finally, sip on it casually, and you should find your nausea disappearing. Try not to consume more than three teaspoons a day.
Green Tea Smoothies – Delicious, Healthy, and Help You Lose Weight
Celebrate summer with these yummy green tea smoothies! They're packed with seasonal fruit and all the nutrients your body needs, helping you eat smart and achieve your health goals. Researchers at Purdue University found that you stay fuller longer when you drink thick beverages like smoothies; replacing meals with smoothies ups your chance of losing weight and keeping it off for more than a year. Even if weight loss isn't one of your goals, drinking smoothies can help you sneak in more raw fruits and veggies into your diet. My dad, who's a total health nut, will throw everything from kale to tomatoes to raw beets into his VitaMix – but shockingly, you'd never know it! Using a little peanut butter, cinnamon, sweetened yogurt, or ripe strawberries can really mask the taste of less traditional ingredients. Why Green Tea? Green tea contains catechin polyphenols, which Swiss researchers have found significantly increase your body's metabolism of fat – meaning you burn more, faster. In addition, green tea contains less caffeine than coffee, which, coupled with the nutrients provided by other ingredients, will give you long lasting, non-jittery energy, unlike the buzz-crash-repeat vicious cycle of coffee. Give one (or all!) of these green tea smoothies a try – you won't be disappointed! Green Tea Goddess Smoothie 3 cups frozen green grapes 2 cups baby spinach, packed 1 1/2 cups strong brewed green tea, cooled 1 medium ripe avocado 2 teaspoons honey (or agave syrup) Avocados are packed with oleic acid, a healthy fat that's great for your heart. Plus, they've got more potassium than bananas, making them excellent supporters of healthy blood pressure levels. Source: Eating Well Blueberry Green Tea Smoothie 3/4 cups green tea 2 cups frozen blueberries 12 oz. nonfat vanilla yogurt 20 whole almonds, unsalted and dry-roasted 2 tbsp. ground flax seeds Almonds are high in magnesium, iron, calcium, and protein, as well as healthy fats that may help you lose weight, and certainly support a healthy heart and low cholesterol! Source: Food Antioxidant-Rich Berry Matcha Smoothie 1/4 cup frozen blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries (or a mix of all three!) 1/2 cup yogurt 1/2 cup ice 1 tsp. matcha powder Add some mango, kiwi, ginger, or a few fresh mint leaves to make this even yummier! Source: MatchaSource Mango Green Tea Smoothie 1/2 cup green tea 1/2 cup fat-free Greek yogurt 1 cup mango chunks, fresh or frozen 3-5 ice cubes Mango is one of my favorite fruits, and protein-packed Greek yogurt will keep you full and focused for hours! Source: Joy Bauer Cinnamon Honey Green Tea Smoothie 1/2 cup green tea, chilled 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk 1 tsp. cinnamon 1 tbsp. honey 1/2 banana Like green tea, cinnamon has great metabolism-boosting properties. At only 139 calories, this low-cal concoction is better as a snack than a meal replacement. Source: Popsugar A Few Tips: Use frozen fruit. It's cheaper, easier to store, won't go bad, AND might even have more antioxidants than the fresh fruit you find in the supermarket, since it's picked and frozen at peak ripeness. To brew strong green tea, use two tea bags – but don't oversteep. Oversteeping can give your tea a bitter flavor that other ingredients might not succeed in masking.
Significant Impact of COVID-19 on Hot Fill Packaging in Food & Beverage Industry
COVID-19 Impact on Hot Fill Packaging in Food and Beverage Industry The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the industrial and commercial progress of most of the regions in the world. The persistence of the COVID-19 for a longer period has adversely affected the most vulnerable groups of the population including adults aged more than 60 years, mothers, and children. Globally, countries are expecting a drastic decline in dietary quality in low- and middle-income countries as a result of loss of income, the shutdown of businesses, human and goods movement restrictions imposed by governments, de-globalization, and breakdown of the supply chain of food markets due to both demand shocks and supply constraints. Healthcare facilities have been consistently giving their best to combat COVID-19 and helping resources to divert from nutritional care including micronutrient supplementation, prevention, and treatment of child malnutrition. In normal times, malnutrition remains a multidimensional problem and during the pandemic situation, it has taken a major hit. Thus, the population will be more focused on building higher immunity levels during the post-crisis situation. Furthermore, due to COVID-19, supply, import-export, and demand have been affected as there was less supply the prices of food products and that impacted the demand of the global hot fill packaging market. However, manufacturers are trying to build new strategies to cope with the situation. Every sector in the food industry has been impacted either positively or negatively due to the COVID-19. The hot fill packaging market has positive as well as negative impacts in some of the aspects of the COVID-19 outbreak. The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced a change in eating habits, disruption in the supply chain which affected the market adversely. AWARENESS ABOUT CLEAN AND HEALTHY FOOD INCREASED DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC According to the health safety evidence coronavirus appear to be stable at low and freezing temperatures on food surfaces for a certain period, however food hygiene and good food safety practices can prevent their transmission through food. The best practice for food business operators and consumers is to maintain the highest standards of personal hygiene, food hygiene, and the standard protocol of social distancing and limiting social contact, and detecting /isolating the infected persons from food handling operations. World Health Organization (WHO) has advised social distancing and maintaining high personal hygiene standards and food safety as a means of containing and stopping transmission of this virus. Thus, consumers are demanding healthier and safe food to avoid the disease. The food product is cooked thoroughly and then filled into a container during hot filling processes. Products are heated to temperatures above 85°C (185°F) and filled into a given container to ensure a safe product. Once the container is filled and sealed it can be inverted and held in the air for three minutes before being cooled by water. Inverting of the package is done to pasteurize the headspace and lid, this method has been used in industry for filling into glass jars, plastic trays, cartons, and pouches. Thus the rise in demand for preservative-free products helps in increasing the shelf life of the product and rising awareness regarding the benefits associated with the usage of hot fill packaging. The adoption of economical as well as simpler processes will likely enhance the growth of the hot fill packaging market in the forecast period. Thus, due to the safety, sterilization, and sanitization of food with hot-fill packaging, the demand is increasing worldwide, and manufacturers also trying to launch new techniques and products to fulfill the demands of the consumers. For instance, · The below pie chart shows the consumption of packed beverages in 2020 Thus, it can be concluded that the consumption of packed food has been increased to ensure food safety which is adding to the growth of the global hot fill packaging market. COVID 19 IMPACT ON SUPPLY CHAIN OF HOT FILL PACKAGING The supply chain plays a major role when it comes to the sale of food products and due to the persistence of COVID-19, the supply chain has been disrupted worldwide. With the persistence of COVID-19, there have been restrictions on transportation, import, and export of food products. Furthermore, with the movement restriction on workers as well, the manufacturing of hot fill packaging and its products has been affected due to which the demand for consumers has not been fulfilled. Also, with restriction on import and export, it made difficult for the manufacturers to supply their products to various regions which also has impacted the prices of hot fill packaging. Thus, with ongoing restrictions due to COVID-19, the supply chain for the hot fill packaging market has been disrupted which is creating a major challenge for the market. The persistence of COVID-19 and restrictions on movement is disrupting the supply chain worldwide which is posing a major challenge for the global hot fill packaging market. However, manufacturers are trying to sell their products on digital platforms to cope up with the situation and hence getting positive responses from the consumers. For instance, · United States Plastic Corporation has the facility of their latest website technology, product tracking system, and order fulfillment equipment. The company says that “We hold nothing back when it comes to delivering quality products to our customers in an expeditious manner.” INITIATIVES Pipeline Packaging is one of the prominent players in the hot fill packaging industry. The company focuses on expanding its product manufacturing capacities, to cater to the large customer base to develop new products and also has taken initiatives in COVIID -19. CONCLUSION COVID-19 outbreak has affected every sector in the market which includes the hot fill packaging market. Some companies have closed their production facilities to mitigate potential risks from COVID-19. However, the demand for hot fill packaging has increased due to its benefits regarding food safety. Many researchers and manufacturers are urging governments to build awareness about safe and packed food. Manufacturers are introducing new techniques and innovations to increase food safety and thus the business. This is significantly affecting the global hot fill packaging market. Thus, the hot fill packaging market will mark sudden surges in demand during the COVID-19 pandemic and is projected to significantly grow over a long period due to permanent changes in consumer buying behavior.
Pack food and drinks in this sustainable Lunchbox set!
Charlie and the chocolate factory is an iconic story that both kids and adults alike love. One may have read Ronald Dahl’s creation, the novel of 1964 that become a bestseller, or the 1974 movie starring Gene Wilder as the infamous Willy Wonka, or the most recent one, Tim Burton’s reimagination of 2005 box-office hit of 2005 that has Johnny Depp as the chocolate chocolatier. Every person has a favorite from these magical stories and today, here I am presenting the set of NICA'S Lunchbox and a Thermos of 2005 Charlie and the chocolate factory edition. This set is a must for the fans of the franchise as it has a lot of characteristics that not only make it a memento of the film but a gift or thing that is useful in real life. The lunchbox features: •            The design What I absolutely adored about this metal box is that the design is not all kiddish. It has the main character of the movie, Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka it is printed on both sides but the colors and the illustrations are not done in a way that only children could use it. People, especially the fans of the story, will like it and have no problem or embarrassment while carrying it, no matter the age. •            The quality of the printing. Coming to the judge on the printing process, on a scale of 10, I would definitely give it a 9. The main reason being that in my past experiences I’ve seen that most of the metal-made objects lose their illustrations or artwork as they get scrubbed, washed, and whatnot. But even after the use of many months, the printing has not all gotten off. •            Sustainability As I have already pointed out, I have been using this for a long time now and I’m very happy to say that not only the company has done a good job on the printing but a fine work on their quality inspection as well. The metal doesn’t get bent or scratched easily and the food inside does stay warm for a good amount of time. The drink container/thermos: •            Now, we also get a Thermos with our package and I am pleased to announce that it is amazing in terms of the artwork, quantity hold, and material as well. •            I loved the fact that the picture of the Willy Wonka chosen is different on the lunch and the drink container is different. In this Thermos, we get a more close-up shot of Johnny, and that gives the whole set diversity. •            The lid of the Thermos is like the one that can act as your cup and since the material is spot on, you can pour either very hot or cold beverages in it and it wouldn’t affect the cup at all. I would highly suggest checking out another website to sell stuff other than eBay for other gift sets that people would love to receive.
Best Dog Food for Rottweilers
If you’ve ever been around a Rottweiler, then you know that while they might physically look intimidating, deep down inside they’re really lovable sweethearts. This breed of dog has earned a well-earned reputation of being fiercely loyal to their owners and being excellent guard dogs. Rottweilers also have high levels of intelligence, which is why they’re deployed in search and rescue missions, or when it comes to herding sheep. When you have a dog that possesses all of these qualities, the question to ask is: “What do you feed it?” A vet Aurora, CO vet takes some time to share the best dog food for Rottweilers. Physical Needs Rottweilers are stout, muscular creatures that typically weigh anywhere between 75 to 130 pounds. Due to their larger frames, they tend to fill out more as they get older. This puts more importance on their diets; what you feed them when they’re younger will affect them as they get older. If you have any more questions about your precious Rottweiler’s physical needs, take your dog to the local veterinarian Aurora, CO. Count Those Calories The experts at a veterinary clinic Aurora, CO will tell you that keeping your Rottweiler’s calorie levels under control is extremely important. Normal daily calorie intake for an average-sized Rottweiler that weighs 90 pounds is 2100. Dogs who have been neutered or spayed will not require as many calories, and neither will older dogs, due to their decreased activity levels. On the other hand, younger puppies that are still physically growing and highly active need extra calories to provide fuel for their bodies. Do not be surprised if you hear that some young Rottweilers consume 1870 calories on a daily basis. If you have questions on how many calories your beloved Rottweiler should be consuming, be sure to consult your nearest animal hospital Aurora, CO. The Best Foods for Rottweilers If you ask a staff member at a veterinary clinic Aurora, CO, they will tell you that a well-balanced diet for a Rottweiler is key. This means that your Rottweiler should be consuming foods that are high in protein, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. All of these are necessary to keep your dog healthy and functioning at a high level. As far as actual dog food brands go, there are several that are great choices for your Rottweiler. Taste of the Wild Wetlands Dog Food is one particularly great brand that offers food that is all grain-free. It also includes plenty of omega-3 and omega-6, both of which play a role in keeping your dog’s organs and skin healthy. When you bring your dog to a pet clinic Aurora, CO, the staff is amazed by how healthy your dog looks. Another great brand of dog food is Royal Canin Rottweiler Adult Dog Food. This particular dog food is packed with nutrients such as EPA, DHA, and taurine, all of which promote healthy cardiac function. Overall this brand does a marvelous job of providing your dog with a balance of muscle mass and bone and joint health. For tips on other dog food brands that are ideal for your Rottweiler, be sure to ask a vet Aurora, CO. Ready to learn more about the best dog food for a Rottweiler? Make an appointment at your veterinarian Aurora, CO today.
Chai Tea Iced Cube Latte
This weekend, my friend had a 'Cube Latte' which is dutch coffee ice cubes with milk poured over it. The milk melts the coffee so that it becomes a prefect cafe latte! So I did some digging and found the chai latte version (because who doesn't love chai lattes) and wanted to share it with all of you! Makes about 2 cups (gluten-free, easily made vegan) 2 1/2 cups water 1 whole star anise 1 whole cinnamon stick 3-4 whole cloves 4-5 whole black peppercorns 4-5 cardamom pods, cracked 2-3 thin shavings of fresh ginger root 1/4 cup + 2 TBSP turbinado sugar (light brown sugar) 3-4 TBSP loose leaf black tea (or 4-5 tea bags) For serving: 4-5 cups whole milk (or your favorite vegan alternative – coconut would be nice!) Method 1. In a medium saucepan, combine the water, whole spices, and sugar. Bring to a boil, then cover and remove from the heat. Let steep anywhere from 5-15 minutes, depending on how strong you like the spices to be. 2. Return to the heat and bring to a boil. Add the tea, remove from the heat, and let steep for another 5-7 minutes. 3. Strain out the tea and spices. If you’d like to make a regular batch of chai, add the milk and serve immediately. To make the chai iced tea cubes, let the mixture cool, then pour into an ice-cube tray and freeze. 4. To make an iced chai latte, add 2-3 ice cubes to a glass of milk (about 1/4 cup of milk per cube). The tea will get stronger the longer it sits and the more the ice cubes melt. Garnish with a dash of cinnamon, and enjoy!