Recipe of the day: Roasted Vegetables

1611p120-lemon-herb-sheet-pan-roasted-vegetables.jpgRoasted vegetables are  universally pleasurable to eat. Have a picky eater in the house? Want a break from your usual steamed veggie side dish? Try roasting your broccoli or green beans or cauliflower tonight. I think you’re in for a treat.

Ingredients

  • Mix of desired vegetables (broccolli, cauliflower, green beans, brussel sprouts etc)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Equipment
  • Mixing bowl
  • Measuring spoons
  • Spatula
  • Baking sheet, oven-safe skillet, or baking dish

Instructions

  1. Heat the oven to 425°F with a rack in the middle position.
  2. Chop up the vegetables. Peel the vegetables if desired, then cut into uniform pieces so they cook evenly. Smaller pieces will cook more quickly; larger pieces will take a bit longer to cook. If your vegetables still have some moisture after washing, be sure to pat them as dry as possible; the drier the vegetable, the better it will roast.
  3. Toss the vegetables with olive oil and salt. Transfer the vegetables to a large bowl. Add the oil, salt, and pepper and toss to combine. Add more oil if the vegetables still look dry or don’t seem evenly coated.
  4. Spread onto a baking sheet. Spread the vegetables out on a baking sheet, in an oven-proof skillet, or in a baking dish. Make sure they are in a single layer with a little space in between; if they are too crowded, the vegetables will steam instead of roast.
  5. Estimate your cooking time. In general, softer vegetables, like green beans and cauliflower, will cook in 10 to 20 minutes, and tough, hard vegetables, like winter squash and potatoes, will take 30 minutes or longer. Large pieces will also take longer to cook than smaller pieces.
  6. Roast the vegetables until tender. Place the vegetables in the oven and begin roasting. Check and stir the vegetables every 10 to 15 minutes. Continue roasting until the vegetables are easily pierced with a fork or knife and they are showing crispy, charred bits at the tips and edges.
  7. Serve immediately. Transfer the vegetables to a serving dish and taste; sprinkle with additional salt or pepper if needed. Serve while still hot.

Recipe Notes

Roasting mixed vegetables together: You can roast different vegetables on separate trays and combine them after roasting, or you can cook them all on one baking sheet. If cooking on one baking sheet, start cooking the toughest, longest-cooking vegetables first and add the other vegetables during cooking according to their estimated cooking time. For instance, start roasting potatoes for 30 minutes, and then add green beans for the last 15 to 20 minutes of roasting. Be careful not to crowd the pan, or the vegetables will steam instead of roast.

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Why use fabric softener?

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  • Fabric softener keeps your clothes looking newer for longer – fibres in materials like wool can tangle and bobble when washed without fabric softener, making them prone to wear and tear.
  • Fabric softener lightly conditions each of the fibres, helping them to remain smooth and retain their natural elasticity.
  • Clothes washed in fabric softener are labour-saving too – smoother fibres make creases fall out more easily, making ironing a much quicker job!
  • Using fabric softener adds a lovely scent to your laundry. There are lots of fragrances to choose from, like Sta Soft  range which offers fabric softeners with beautiful scents.
  • If you or someone in your family has sensitive skin, then fabric softener is ideal. It helps protect sensitive skin by softening fibres in clothes that could irritate delicate skin.

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The 10 Health Benefits of Bran

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1. Bran Flakes are High in Fiber

Dietary fiber, like that from bran flakes, actually changes the way you digest food, and absorb nutrients. Fiber from bran also helps increase diversity of good bacteria in your digestive tract, helping you get the most of what you eat.

2. Bran Can Help Alleviate Constipation

Helping to keep your bowels moving is probably bran’s most famous (or infamous) health benefit. It also has the added weight loss benefit of making you feel full.

Note: Be sure you increase your intake of liquids, like water, as you increase your fiber intake. This is because fiber like bran absorbs water and can aggravate constipation if you do not also increase your liquid intake.

3. Bran can Lower Your Risk of Cancer

Studies show that bran can lower the risk of a variety of cancers, and particularly those of the colon and breast.

The anti-cancer benefits are theorized not only to be due to fiber in bran, but also other nutrients and phytochemicals such as such as phenolic acids, lignans and flavonoids.

4. Bran Lowers Your Cholesterol

Studies have shown that intake of bran (particularly oat bran) can help lower your cholesterol. It is effective when made part of your daily meals.

5. Bran is a Good Source of Protein with All the Essential Amino Acids

Bran is a complete source of protein for vegans and vegetarians. This is one of the reasons why whole grains are a good source of protein.

6. Bran Helps You Feel Full and Eat Less

Consuming bran flakes is a good way to improve digestion, help you feel full, and eat less. They can be consumed with water, milk, or unsweetened soy milk.

Note: Increase your liquid intake with your fiber intake.

7. Bran Flakes are High in Magnesium

Bran and whole grains are high in magnesium. Magnesium is an essential mineral required by the body for muscle and nerve function, maintaining a healthy immune system, regulating heart rhythm, and building strong bones.

Other help benefits of magnesium include reduced risk of heart disease, regulation of blood pressure, and alleviation of premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

8. Bran Can Help Prevent Type II Diabetes

Studies show that bran and whole grain consumption can reduce risk of type II diabetes by 20%.

This requires eating at least 2 servings of whole grains per day, and over a period of at least a year. The diabetes health benefits of bran found in whole grains can only be seen over the long-term.

9. Bran is Rich in Folate

Bran is a great source of folate (vitamin B9) which is required for numerous body functions including DNA synthesis and repair, cell division, and cell growth.

Other benefits of folate include protection and repair of DNA to reduce cancer risk and slow aging. Folate also lowers risk of Alzheimer’s. Bran consumed in whole grains like brown rice and whole wheat bread is a great way to boost your folate intake.

10. Bran is a great source of Manganese

Bran and whole grains are a great source of manganese. Manganese is required by the body for proper enzyme functioning, nutrient absorption, wound healing, and bone development.

Health benefits of manganese include strengthening weak bones, anti-oxidant protection, alleviating premenstrual syndrome (PMS), anemia, arthritis, alopecia (spot baldness), and prevention of epileptic seizures.

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Ways of keeping your skin hydrated as temps continue to rise

skin-types-clear-essence-skin-care.jpgHumidity and heat can cause havoc with your skin, often resulting in dry or dehydrated skin. At this time of year, it’s vital to keep on top of your skincare routine, it’s also a good idea to review what topical products you’re currently using. Here are some basic tips to keep the skin silky and hydrated all summer long:

Moisturize: It’s always advised to look at which moisturizer you’re using and to understand its ingredients. It’s your first defense against the environment. Make sure your moisturizer is the right one for your skin as we have different skin types that demand different product. Some skin types are normal, oily, combination, dry etc.

Work from the inside out: As the saying goes, you are what you eat, this means your diet will reflect on your skin as well. Drinking water as well goes a long way in keeping skin soft and supple.

Mist it up: On warm summer days, having a face mist in hand is a great way to ensure mid-day hydration when you feel your skin needs it. It’s also a good way of cooling down in the heat. Over the years, face mists have become increasingly popular and many now include added ingredients, meaning it’s possible to pick one tailored to your skin type.

Exfoliate: You may be thinking, Hold on—this isn’t adding anything to my skin, it’s taking away. But that’s exactly it! By exfoliating you’re removing the dead skin cells that would hinder the level of product your skin can potentially absorb. By adding an exfoliator to your skincare routine at least once a week, you will ensure that your skin can fully absorb the ingredients in the products that you’re using.

If you follow these tips you’re sure to see an improvement in the hydration of your skin this summer. Visit Superstore Health & Beauty for your Skincare needs!

 

How about a Bubbly beer spritzer Right About Now!

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Instructions

Grab tall cold glasses and pour half the glasses with the golden brown beer, now like a super star fill the rest of the glass with Sprite! When the foam clears cheers with your friends and enjoy!

An easy to mix drink to ease into the week and we have all the ingredients for you at the click of a button! #helloconvenience

Please note, alcohol is prohibited to persons under the age of 18.