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Glow With Good Health: The Importance of Good Nutrition

by Seraphina's Kitchen on February 9, 2015

Approaching each day with energy and a zest for life doesn’t require a “miracle” diet or magic pill. All you really need to feel energetic and gain a healthy glow is to fuel your body with essential nutrients and engage in a little daily activity.

Nutrition 101 In a Nutshell

Luckily, good nutrition isn’t complicated. Supplying your body with the nutrients it needs to grow, heal and function is the keystone to optimum nutrition, and it’s as easy as making a few good food choices each day. That means you need to eat foods from all of the nutrient classes: carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals, fiber and water. Carbohydrates, fats and proteins will give you energy, and you’ll aid your body’s complex functions with essential minerals and vitamins.

Calories In, Calories Out

The energy you get from food is measured in calories or kilojoules. And, in spite of some pretty convoluted diets on the market today, maintaining a healthy weight is really just a matter of consuming the same amount of calories that you expend (use up) in a day.

The Rewards of Good Nutrition

There are endless benefits to taking just a few minutes each day to ensure that you’re getting that nutritional and caloric balance. Good nutrition helps you feel more energetic and gives your body the nourishment it needs to function well, grow properly and fight disease and infection. Poor nutrition, on the other hand, makes your body vulnerable to a host of problems. Aside from making you feel sluggish, an unbalanced diet lacking essential nutrients inhibits important functions like building bone and digesting food.

Tips for Good Nutrition

Make your daily diet work for you with quick “super-foods” that cover many nutritional bases. The experts at WebMD report that top super-foods include produce like bone-strengthening broccoli and heart disease-combating blueberries. Walnuts and wild salmon are also nutritional powerhouses, providing excellent sources of Omega-3 nutrients that lower the risk of heart disease.

Adding these super-foods to your diet is simple. Snack on frozen blueberries or blend them up in a quick smoothie. Sprinkle a few walnuts on your super-food oatmeal for breakfast, and bake a quick salmon fillet for dinner.

Cook at home more often. Making your meals at home gives you better control of your nutrition. Prepared meals and restaurant dishes are often loaded with sodium, hidden fats and unrealistic portion sizes that play havoc with your nutritional balance. When you cook at home, you know exactly what you’re consuming.

Get That Healthy Glow

An interesting thing happens when you eat healthfully: you actually become more attractive to others. Just adding one or two more fruit and vegetable servings to your daily diet gives your skin a carotenoid-induced golden glow. British researchers found that people with that golden hue were rated as more attractive than people without it.

And healthy skin looks younger too!

So, even if feeling great and achieving good health isn’t enough motivation to pursue a balanced diet, you can add looking great to the list of benefits of eating well.

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Recipe: Apple Turnovers

by Seraphina's Kitchen on July 3, 2014

A great recipe to make with the kids – quick, easy and you can tweak the recipe to your own tastes. Served warm, with a side of whipped cream, they also make a wonderful dessert! This is an apple turnover recipe that anyone can make.


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Making Families Healthier and Stronger with Home Cooking

by Seraphina's Kitchen on June 19, 2014

Weekdays can be filled with long hours spent working, running errands and shuttling kids to a never-ending stream of appointments, lessons, play dates and games. With all that families need to cram into a single day, it can be tempting to grab a quick dinner on the way home. Resisting that allure of convenient food is easier if parents keep the big picture in mind. There are plenty of reasons to opt for home cooking instead of eating out, and families that embrace home-cooked meals relish the advantages.

Dollars and Good Sense
Eating out can bust a budget in a hurry, especially once drinks, salads, tips and travel expenses are added in. The average American family spends about $224 (approx. £145) each month dining out, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, so the opportunity to save on in-home meals is strong. The experts at Quicken estimate that a person can save another $80 (approx. £50) a month by taking leftovers or homemade sandwiches for lunch instead of eating out. Saving such a significant amount each month can be pretty strong motivation to choose home cooking.

The Gift of Time
Those fast food drive-thru lines are longer than most people estimate, and a recent annual QSRmagazine study shows that fast-food wait times are increasing. Sure, planning meals, going to the grocery store and cooking meals may take some time too. But, a once-a-week trip to the grocery store and a couple of nights spent cooking large meals can really save time in the long run.

Good Food for Healthy Families
Making meals at home gives parents control over the whole family’s nutrition, from how much sodium kids consume to ensuring a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains are eaten. On top of that, it’s easy to over-indulge in a restaurant and lose track of what kids are eating. Only 25 percent of those surveyed by market research firm The NPD Group reported that they tried to eat healthfully when dining out, so eating at home removes that temptation.

Weighty Issues
Eating out just once a week increases the chance of weight gain, according to a 2011 study published by the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. Weight gain, higher insulin levels and greater body fat were all linked to a weekly meal eaten away from home. If maintaining a healthy weight is important, then the best option is cooking at home.

Kids Flourish With Home-Cooked Meals
Creating positive experiences and strengthening a child’s emotional health are some of the best reasons to enjoy family meals at home. Kids who help parents plan, shop for and cook meals gain many practical life experiences in math, organization, time management, nutrition and cooking. A variety of studies show a link between frequent family meals and positive child behaviors, including lower substance abuse, better school performance, improved language skills and greater self esteem.

And, isn’t that the ultimate goal of parenthood: to raise healthy, well-adjusted and prepared children?

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Recipe: Apple Strudel

by Seraphina's Kitchen on June 11, 2014

Apple Strudel is celebrated in the United States on 17 June. Enjoy the day by baking this delicious recipe no matter where you are in the world….


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Recipe: Gingerbread

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Recipe: Simple Shortbread

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A tasty, simple recipe that you can prepare and bake quickly. It also includes a fabulous trick for getting round, even biscuits without having to roll out your dough!

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Cutting board keeps slipping?

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A cutting board that is slipping and sliding all over the kitchen counter is a dangerous thing! If the surface you are cutting on isn’t stable you run the risk of cutting yourself, and this can happen so quickly that you could easily nick yourself (or something worse) before you even realise it. This problem […]

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Seraphina’s Kitchen Launches Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat

February 15, 2014

The Seraphina’s Kitchen team are delighted to launch the first product in our silicone baking range – ‘Seraphina’s Kitchen Non-Stick Baking Mat‘. We wanted to launch with something that would change our customer’s home-cooking experience in a really amazing way and with our Non-Stick Baking Mat we’ve really hit the mark. Not only does it […]

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