Four fruits you’ve never heard of and how to eat them Comments Off on Four fruits you’ve never heard of and how to eat them 1243

super-fruits

Discover some of the most popular fruits from four different countries that are nutritious, delicious, and difficult to pronounce. Most of these fruits are unlikely to be found outside of their native areas, which makes visiting the local produce market when traveling one of the most exciting activities in order understand the flavor of a particular culture and what drives its cuisine. 

Feijoa, New Zealand
Feijoa, a popular fruit in New Zealand.

Feijoa, New Zealand

Feijoa is a fruit that Kiwis (the people from New Zealand, not the fruit) want the world to discover but hasn’t quite caught on to yet. This beautiful fruit resembles a large avocado or gigantic lime from the outside but with a sweet pulp on the inside that can be scooped out with a spoon and eaten directly or commonly stewed down and put over top of cereal or other dishes in New Zealand. The fruit almost certainly originates from Brazil but is heavily cultivated in New Zealand and is hugely popular all over the island. Feijoa is rich in fiber, vitamin C, and vitamin B, just to add to its appeal. If youre looking for a new fruit to love, listen to the people who call themselves after a fruit and try out the Kiwis beloved Feijoa.

Jabuticaba, Brazil
Jabuticaba is difficult to find outside of Brazil or South America.

Jabuticaba, Brazil

There are a plethora of unique, strange, yet delicious fruits that hail from Brazil including the Jabuticaba. Jabuticaba is a fruit the grows on the trunk of the tree, rather than from the leaves. A visit to Brazil will allow you to marvel at the beauty of these strange fruit trees. The fruit itself looks like an oversized black grape which is harvested from the trunk of the tree and eaten fresh like grapes. The flesh is fragrant and soft, with a flavor close to lychee but altogether unique with acidic, bitter skins. It is usually eaten fresh but can be found made into jams and juices. Due to the fruit’s highly fermentable nature, it is sometimes used to make alcohol but it doesnt travel very well, making it difficult to find outside of Brazil or South America.

Mamey, Mexico
Mamey is a popular choice amongst Mexican locals.

Mamey, Mexico

Mamey is a fruit that is native to the tropical areas of Mexico and Central America and can be found all over Mexico. Mamey looks like a gigantic melon with an orange pulp and gigantic pit inside. The flavor is incredibly unique – tasting of pumpkin, cherry, and melon yet altogether distinct. When ordering a licuadoor fruit juice, mamey is a popular choice amongst locals but this fruit is used for more than just eating. The pit is toxic, but boiling the pit allows it to be consumed and is used to make chocolate drinks and is even used to make shampoos! Not only is this fruit flavorful and useful, but it is a great source of vitamin C, vitamin B-6, vitamin E, iron, potassium, and is even said to help lower anxiety.

Guanábana, Colombia
Guanábana is extremely nutritious and is considered a superfruit.

Guanábana, Colombia

We all know about some of the most popular Colombian fruits like passionfruit, guava, and mango, but we are missing out on one very important fruit that is widely eaten in Colombia, Guanábana. This spiky, green fruit is the shape of a gigantic egg with white, slimy pulp that is said to cure just about everything, from asthma to cancer. While I wouldnt count on the fruit curing cancer, it is extremely nutritious and considered a superfruit, high in antioxidants with a huge amount of vitamin C and vitamin B. Ganábana is most commonly consumed as a juice or batido when it is blended with milk, lime juice, and sugar.

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Getting your kids to read this summer Comments Off on Getting your kids to read this summer 64688

Summer means different things for different people. For twenty-year-old’s, it’s the time to work and party; for parents, it’s the time to hold neighborhood events and start saving up, and for kids, it’s the time to kick back and finally have some fun. School’s out! 😃 It’s that one time of the year when they can go to the beach and hang out with all their friends without worrying about some project or homework. For them, the entire summer is all about having fun, and as a parent, it’s your sacred duty to balance fun with continuing education. You might even be able to replace “fun” with something more rewarding – like reading!

Knowledge attained outside the classroom tends to stick around longer

You don’t want to be the “uncool” parent that forces your kid to do something school-related during the summer, but you don’t really have that much of choice, here’s why. The lessons that really stick with you long after you finish school are the ones that you learned when you didn’t really have to.

The knowledge that is acquired without some form of ultimatum or consequence always leaves a lasting impression. It also introduces you to a new side of knowledge that is not purely scholarly.

Reading is right for you regardless of what it is that you decide to read – obviously you will have to control your kids’ intake in your spare time. Reading strengthens the mind, and continual learning increases the speed at which you assimilate and process information. Just imagine the kind of impact a fantastic reading speed could have on your kid educational future. You could be adequately preparing them for a future in academia.

Exposure

The reward of “ruining” their obsessively fun summer will be some exposure to other subjects and topics that are unfamiliar to them. Recreational reading could be very instrumental in building up their overall personality. Plus, proper exposure ensures that they have enough information to make smarter and more informed decisions at a tender age.

It can teach them to research and ask questions

Summer reading could form the basis of a voracious reading habit that could beautifully complement their curiosity. It’s not every kid that thinks about something strange that eventually go on to investigate, summer reading could introduce them to the concept of research.

How to get your kids to read during the summer

It’s easy to talk about getting your kids to read during the summer, getting them to do it another issue entirely.

Kids can be especially stubborn or pigheaded when you are trying to force them to do what they simply have no interest in. The only way to have them do what you want the right way is to either introduce a reward system or trick them that it’s all their idea. Local library’s often offer summer reading lists per age group.

Reward system

Are you having a hard time getting your kid to do anything you want? Wait patiently, there is always something they’ll want, and you can use that to get what you want – in this case, it’s a healthy reading habit.

When they come to you with a ridiculous demand, you can propose a fair trade that will engage their mind and keep it focused on a book that you’ll recommend. You can even choose to deliver the reward after the completion of several books, that way, you are getting the most out of your deal.

You can also choose to limit or restrict play time, and the completion of a certain number of pages could be the requirement they must fulfill before they are allowed to play again.

Making them think it’s their idea

In my experience, people are always more motivated to complete a project that they believe to be totally theirs. When it’s your plan, you just tend to pay more attention to it, it’s like you want to prove something to yourself and others around you. Adults think this way, and so do kids. They can be pretty devoted to completing a book they just accidentally stumbled upon or saw you flip through.

Sometimes you don’t have to be so obvious or aggressive, you could give a rousing speech about reading and hand them a book that you know that they’ll enjoy and leave the rest to them.

The summertime doesn’t have to all about vacations and parties, it could also be an opportunity for your kid to develop a reasonably analytical mind.

Is your partner complaining about your snoring? You might have a problem. Comments Off on Is your partner complaining about your snoring? You might have a problem. 55088

Your partner might not have the heart to tell you, but your snoring sucks. They might tell you that it’s slight and cute and they don’t mind, but they are just trying not to hurt your feelings. I, on the other hand, have no such obligation. In truth, snoring isn’t as annoying and unbearable as I make it out to be. It might actually be “cute” but something has to be done about it nonetheless. It might be a sign of something more serious than just a mildly distasteful sleeping habit. So, is your snoring far more serious than you think, or am I just being hard?

Having sleep apnea isn’t necessarily a bad thing (ok technically it is). But it doesn’t always have to be life or death. You could see a doctor and try to get things sorted out before it’s too late. After all, sleep apnea deprives your entire body and brain of some much-needed oxygen.

An individual is said to have sleep apnea when they don’t get enough oxygen during sleep because their brain isn’t sending signals fast enough to the rest of the body. It doesn’t know to breathe in during sleep; or it could be caused when the muscles of the throat are relaxed which causes the pathways to narrow, so the body doesn’t get enough oxygen during sleep. There are three major types of apnea and although their causes vary, they pretty much cause similar problems down the road.

I’m not typing this long list of diseases to scare you, but they are some of the possible conditions that might result from prolonged sleep apnea.

Some of the diseases that can arise from sleep apnea are:

  • High blood pressure
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Liver problems
  • Sleep-deprived partners

Although the diseases on this list are scary and often life-threatening, they rarely happen in most cases. Like with most life-threatening diseases out there, early identification is what it’s all about.

Here are a few ways of identifying sleep apnea:

  • Loud snoring
  • Short moments when you stop breathing completely
  • Dry mouth in the morning
  • Falling asleep during the day
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Short attention span while awake

Note: Sleep apnea isn’t quite identical across the spectrum. Some people don’t even snore loudly at night. I know that this might sound confusing but things aren’t always as simple as they seem. You have to watch out for some of the other symptoms if you think that you might have sleep apnea. Your best bet is to just get yourself checked out whenever you can.

Now then, how exactly can we help ourselves when we find out that we have sleep apnea?

Although there are some home remedies and radical dietary alternatives, the safest solution is going with modern medicine. In-person sleep studies, surgeries, and even medications are all options that might be available to you. With that said, here are a few things easy ways to help with your sleep apnea.

Keep your weight under check

Although this symptom is particularly restricted to obstructive sleep apnea, it’s a great idea to adopt it nonetheless. It’ll look after you long after the sleep apnea has passed and it does come with some added physical advantages. It is well known that obesity has a lot of unsightly consequences, but what most people don’t know is that it can also be the cause of sleep apnea. Obesity blocks some of the essential pathways such as the nasal passages and this often results in sleep apnea.

Change your sleep position

It has been noted that certain sleeping postures actually help with your sleep apnea. Something as simple as sleeping on your side can greatly impact the overall frequency of your snores and gasps. Sleeping on your side makes it less likely for your tongue to obstruct your airway. Although not everyone is immediately relieved by this simple home remedy, it’s still quite memorable all things considered.

Quit smoking

In case you might not know, smoking can kill you eventually. They don’t only break down the cells in your lungs, they also increase inflammation and fluid retention in the throat which can cause sleep apnea.

Sleep regularly

I understand that gasping for breath in the middle of the night can be problematic but adequate sleep goes a long way in improving the quality of your sleep and your life span altogether.

Your partner’s sporadic sleep pattern might not be a result of his or her strange sleeping habits. It might be something more serious than that and you should always watch him or her when they are asleep. That is when you will really know if they are at risk.

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