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8 healthy skin habits that every lady in her 20s need to establish


Many of us are guilty of skin care mistakes that could spell doom. Of those many of us are guilty of include failing to wash out makeup before bed or skipping sunscreen in our routine.

While you may be young and wrinkle free now, taking proper care of your skin at a young age is what will ensure that you stay wrinkle free even as you get older.

Rather than struggle to have to have flawless skin later in life, it is best to incorporate proper skin care habits as early as your 20s. Simply put, you take care of your skin and it will take care of you.

Here are eight healthy habits that you need in your life for younger skin in the years to come.

1. Simplify your routine

Sometimes we tend to go overboard with our skin care products in our quest for flawless skin. Having a lot of products in your cabinet however does not guarantee better skin. Instead, stick to a few products that actually work for you. Using too many different products means that you are mixing up too many chemicals, fragrances and ingredients which is not the best thing for your skin. A product takes about six weeks before you can start seeing results so give it time to work before you go buy another one.

2. Cleanse correctly

Invest in a good cleanser that cleans your face without taking away your skin’s natural oils. A good cleanser should be of neutral pH, gentle and a non-soap. When washing your face, rub it in circular motions so as to encourage blood flow leaving you with a healthy glow.

3. Use a mild exfoliant

Since we shed about 50 million skin cells per day, it is important to scrub them away by exfoliating. Stay away from face scrubs that are too abrasive as they cause your face to discolor or even cause scarring. Pick a mild, inexpensive product from your local beauty shop and exfoliate about two times a week.

4. Moisturize

Moisturizing is a critical part of keeping your skin young. Just because you have oily skin does not mean you should skip your moisturizer. Instead, get a light lotion or a serum and skip the heavy cream-based ones. For normal or dry skin, get a facial oil or cream.

5. Cover up

The sun is not very kind to your skin and 90 percent of aging is triggered by unprotected exposure to the sun. Frequent tanning can also cause you to have a deadly skin cancer known as melanoma. This means that you need to cover up your skin in sunscreen and not just at the beach or pool, but everywhere else. To simplify your skin care routine, invest in a moisturizer that has at least an SPF of 30.

6. Stop picking

Popping your pimples can actually get addictive and hard stop but it is one really unhealthy habit for your skin. It can lead to scarring, dark marks and even red marks on your face. Popping your pimples can also lead to epidermal inclusion cysts, a condition where you get round lumps on the skin that might need surgical removal.

7. Catch more sleep

One of the causes of accelerated aging is lack of sufficient sleep. While you are taking care of your body on the outside, you also have to allow it to work from the inside out. Maximizing your sleep gives your skin a chance to recover from all the sun damage on your skin.

8. Eat more whole foods

The skin is the largest organ in your body and what you eat will definitely reflect on your skin. It is important to consume Omega-3 as they will reduce the inflammatory chemicals that cause your skin and heart to age. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids include flaxseed oil, nuts, hemp oil, tuna and salmon. It is also important to reduce your intake of processed foods which can lead to breakouts.

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Daily Recipe: Cast-Iron Roast Chicken With Crispy Potatoes


Today, I would like to introduce a wonderful recipe called Cast-Iron Roast Chicken With Crispy Potatoes.

Size matters. This isn’t the time for a mammoth Oven Stuffer, nor do we want some petite poussin—a 3½–4-lb. bird has the proportions we’re after. When the breasts are roasted to perfection, all that dark meat is on-the-nose-done too.

Ingredients:

4 SERVINGS

  • 1 3½–4-pound whole chicken.

  • Kosher salt.

  • 1½ pounds russet potatoes, scrubbed, thinly sliced crosswise.

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted.

  • 1 tablespoon thyme leaves.

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided.

  • Freshly ground black pepper.

Directions:

Pat chicken dry with paper towels and season generously with salt, inside and out. (We use 1 tsp. Diamond Crystal or ½ tsp. Morton kosher salt per lb.) Tie legs together with kitchen twine. Let sit 1 hour to allow salt to penetrate, or chill, uncovered, up to 1 day ahead.

Place a rack in upper third of oven and set a 12″ cast-iron skillet or 3-qt. enameled cast-iron baking dish on rack. Preheat oven to 425°.

Meanwhile, toss potatoes, butter, thyme, and 1 Tbsp. oil in a large bowl to coat; season with salt and pepper.

Once oven reaches temperature, pat chicken dry with paper towels and lightly coat with half of remaining oil; sprinkle with dry rub, if using. Drizzle remaining oil into hot skillet (this helps keep the chicken from sticking and tearing the skin). Place chicken in the center of skillet and arrange potatoes around. Roast until potatoes are golden brown and crisp and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of breasts registers 155°, 50–60 minutes (temperature will climb to 165° as chicken rests). Let chicken rest in skillet at least 20 minutes and up to 45 minutes.

Transfer chicken to a cutting board and carve. Serve with potatoes.

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By Socool

Daily Recipe: Date Pancakes


Today, I would like to introduce a wonderful recipe called Date Pancakes. It is a good choice for your breakfast.

Ingredients:

  • 12 dates, pitted and chopped.

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  • 1 cup hot water, plus 1/2 cup lukewarm water.

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  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast.

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  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten.

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  • 2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour.

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  • 1 teaspoon baking powder.

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  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger.

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  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon.

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  • Pinch of saffron threads.

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  • 1 cup finely chopped scallions, plus more for garnish.

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  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper.

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  • 3 tablespoons safflower oil.

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Directions:

Plain whole-milk Greek yogurt, for serving.

serving.

Make the stewed dried fruit: Place apricots, pears, prunes, figs, raisins, lemon zest, and cinnamon in a medium saucepan with 2 cups water. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cook until liquid is reduced by about half, about 10 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Make the pancakes: Place dates in a glass measuring cup and add hot water; let stand for 15 minutes. Using an immersion blender or a food processor, puree until some small pieces remain.

In a bowl, sprinkle yeast over lukewarm water; let stand 5 minutes. Add date puree along with eggs.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, saffron, scallions, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a large bowl. Add date mixture, mixing until well combined. Let rest 20 minutes.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high. Using a 2-tablespoon ice cream scoop, drop batter into skillet. Use an offset spatula to spread batter out into 2 1/2-inch rounds, and cook, turning once, until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Repeat process with remaining 2 tablespoons oil and batter. Serve pancakes with yogurt, stewed fruit, and a sprinkling of scallions.

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3 Things a Child Learns While in the Womb


Some researchers

have found out that humans learn certain things even before they’re born, and we at Bright Side can’t wait to tell you which ones.

1. Experiencing tastes

Professor Peter Hepper from Queen’s University in Belfast wondered whether you can like food even before birth. He conducted a study where soon-to-be-mothers either ate or cut out garlic. The results were quite interesting, as children born of mothers from the former group enjoyed meals with garlic even at the age of 8-9 years.

The same went for carrot juice: 5- and 6-month-old babies whose pregnant mothers drank it liked it very much. Hepper says it’s probably how children recognize their parents: they experience the same taste as in the womb.

2. Hearing sounds

A group of scientists from Finland did an experiment where two groups of pregnant women either listened to lullabies daily or not at all. The result was that babies from the first group reacted to the songs while the other group of babies was indifferent. The researchers came to the conclusion that the former must have learned the lullabies while inside the womb.

3. Recognizing speech

Athena Vouloumanos, a psychologist from New York University, compared newborn babies’ reactions to human speech and sounds and found that babies react to speech. They’re even keener when they hear their mother tongue.

The research helped prove an important concept: good acoustic surroundings are a must for unborn babies and children born prematurely as they might have speech disorders if they don’t hear enough human speech.

3 Things a Child Learns While in the Womb


Some researchers

have found out that humans learn certain things even before they’re born, and we at Bright can’t wait to tell you which ones.

1. Experiencing tastes

Professor Peter Hepper from Queen’s University in Belfast wondered whether you can like food even before birth. He conducted a study where soon-to-be-mothers either ate or cut out garlic. The results were quite interesting, as children born of mothers from the former group enjoyed meals with garlic even at the age of 8-9 years.

The same went for carrot juice: 5- and 6-month-old babies whose pregnant mothers drank it liked it very much. Hepper says it’s probably how children recognize their parents: they experience the same taste as in the womb.

2. Hearing sounds

A group of scientists from Finland did an experiment where two groups of pregnant women either listened to lullabies daily or not at all. The result was that babies from the first group reacted to the songs while the other group of babies was indifferent. The researchers came to the conclusion that the former must have learned the lullabies while inside the womb.

3. Recognizing speech

Athena Vouloumanos, a psychologist from New York University, compared newborn babies’ reactions to human speech and sounds and found that babies react to speech. They’re even keener when they hear their mother tongue.

The research helped prove an important concept: good acoustic surroundings are a must for unborn babies and children born prematurely as they might have speech disorders if they don’t hear enough human speech.

Daily Recipe: Tomato Burrata Bites


Today, I would like to introduce a wonderful recipe called Tomato Burrata Bites.

No-cook finger food at its finest! Sweet Campari tomatoes are stuffed with rich, creamy burrata and finished with fresh basil.

Ingredients:

16 Campari tomatoes

Flaky sea salt and freshly ground pepper

1 ball (8 ounces) burrata cheese

Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling

Small fresh basil leaves, for serving

Directions:

Trim the base of each tomato so they sit flat. Using a serrated knife, slice off top 1/4 inch of each tomato. Scoop out seeds and pulp, then place hollowed-out shells upside-down on a paper-towel-lined plate or baking sheet to drain, about 5 minutes.

Turn tomatoes upright, and season with salt. Open burrata and pour creamy interior into a bowl. Chop firm exterior into 1/2-inch pieces, then stuff one piece in the bottom of each tomato. Divide creamy center among tomatoes (about 1 teaspoon each). Drizzle tomatoes with oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and garnish with basil. Serve immediately.

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Food menu for losing weight


Food

menu for losing weight is very popular today. In the modern world, many people try to monitor their health. Naturally, the problem of excess weight attracts more attention. Almost every person would like to have a slim and fit body and receive compliments from family and friends. That’s why many people try to find and use different diets to reduce their weight and tidy themselves up. Today, we’re going to advise you the most tasty Nigerian dishes for losing weight.

Nevertheless, the issue of limiting your daily menu will always face the problem of choosing dishes for it. Many people complain on tasteless dishes that become the main obstacle to weight loss. Using diets consisting of food that is not tasty enough is a real challenge.

However, we have prepared for you a few low-calorie Nigerian dishes and recipes through which you can not only eat a tasty meal but follow the primary rule of all weight loss diets: “Eat fewer calories per day than you spend.”

And so the top list of easy and delicious Nigerian food menu dishes, that are not just tasty but also can easily surprise with low-calorie content. And this, in turn, means that they can be used in diets to reduce weight.

Food menu list

Moi Moi

This dish is one of the most common Nigerian food menus for losing weight. This dish is also known as Steamed Bean Pudding. Most often the recipe can be prepared either from brown beans or lentils.

Ingredients:

Three cups brown beansbanana leavestwo table spoons of sunflower oilone cup of chicken stocktwo bell peppersone big onionone Atarodothree tablespoons of Ground Crayfishone small boiled Mackerelcorned beeffour boiled eggsoptional – two bouillon cubes

How to cook?

Soak the brown beans in a bowl of water for 10 minutes and then peel off the skin. Then it is necessary to mix the beans with chicken broth, which immediately betrays the excellent and fragrant taste of the beans. You can do this in a deep bowl. Then add pepper and onions and mix everything with a blender to create a single mass.

In the resulting mass, add the vegetable oil and mix until smooth consistency. Mix well, add broth cubes, Ground Crayfish, and salt (about half a teaspoon or to the taste). Then the remaining broth should be added to the batter and made it softer, but not watery. Mix all the ingredients again with a mixer for 3 to 5 minutes so that the oil and seasonings are well distributed in the dough. Then add protein from the eggs and mix again thoroughly.

Put the dough carefully on the washed and fresh leaves of bananas, wrap the leaves and put in a steamer. Cook for about 40-50 minutes.

Pepper Soup

One of the most common dishes that can be also called Nigerian native food. If you are going to lose your weight, then this dish must be in your daily diet menu.

Ingredients:

One kg. of assorted Beeffour Ehu seedsa chili pepper (up to your taste)two onions (medium size) saltthree stock cubes

How to cook?

Wash the assorted beef offal and cut into small pieces. Heat the frying pan and lay the Ehu seeds. Fry them until a certain smell appears, which means that they are ready. Then use a blender to grind them.

Pour a little water into the pan and add the assorted beef offal pieces. Extinguish them until soft. Part of the water should boil away. Then add water to the pan (it should be full) and add Ehu, dry uziza, chili pepper and salt to taste. We draw your attention to the fact that the seeds of Ehu will impart a sharpness to the dish, so carefully while adding the chili. Boil the soup for 5-10 minutes.

Garden Egg sauce and unripe plantain

This dish is perfect for use on a diet when losing weight. The sauce is prepared with Garden Egg, onion, pepper and contains a large number of fibers that uniquely contribute to proper digestion and metabolism.

Ingredients:

Eight big garden eggsone cup sunflower/palm oilone big onionHabanero peppersaltone small ogiri okpeitwo small smoked mackerels

How to cook?

Using a blender, grind the garden eggs to a puree and pour into a saucepan. Cook on low heat until all the water evaporates. After cooking remove from the plate and set aside.

Add some oil to a clean, dry pot and heat it up. Then put the finely chopped onion and fry for about two minutes. Then add the puree from the garden eggs and cook until the liquid again evaporates. Then add ogiri okpei and habanero pepper (blended) and put some salt to your taste. Stir well and add the smoked fish to the dish. Stir and cover. Cook for about 5-10 minutes over low heat.

Okro soup and eba

If you still decide to deal with excess weight, then you need to remember that the number of pure carbohydrates (foods high in sugar) should be reduced to zero. Most of your diet should be based on vegetables that will promote high metabolism and proper digestion.

The dish is very popular in Nigeria, mainly because of the easy cooking process and cheap in cost.

Ingredients:

One red fishone garlicgingerone onionfish seasoningokrotwo table spoons of palm oilgaritwo tomatoeshalf of teaspoon salt

How to cook?

Peel fish from scales and rinse in cold water and cut into desired pieces. Using a blender, chop the garlic, ginger, and onion and add to the fish. Mix everything well. Boil the water in a saucepan and put tomatoes and pepper into it for 2-3 minutes. Remove them from the skin. Then mix with a blender to a puree-like mass.

Put the fish in the steamer and add salt and seasonings to taste. Cook the fish for about 3 minutes, and then add tomato and pepper puree to it. In the meantime, wash the okro and cut into small pieces. Then put into a saucepan and cook for about 10 minutes. Then add okro and two spoons of palm oil to the fish soup. Cook for about 3 minutes.

Then boil the water in a saucepan and add a little gari to it. Add gari until the consistency is soft and firm dough. Using a wooden spoon, place the eba into a round shape and place it on a deep plate, then add the fish soup.

And finally, we want to advise you on the most effective ways to lose weight with the help of Nigerian cuisine.

Eat Less CarbohydrateConsume Less Oil Use less salt Choose meat wisely (try to use chicken meat instead of red one) Avoid deep frying Do not eat high-calorie snacks Try to eat spicy foods Use more natural vegetable fiber

Just remember to spend more energy than you consume. Good Luck and smartly achieve your weight loss goals.

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By Hannah Chinasa