The Infinite Uses of Lemon: Health

The Infinite Uses of Lemon: Health

Lemons are one of the most versatile fruits and you can use them anywhere in the house –  from a recipe ingredient in the kitchen to a DIY beauty solution in the bathroom. Lemons also provide health benefits so here we present 6 uses of lemons for home remedies!

 

1. Cough and cold

Lemon water provides you with vitamin C and potassium while helping with your digestion and immune system. Add honey to your lemon water to help reduce mucous buildup and relieve cough.

 

2. Sore throat

Lemon has both anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Gargling with lemon water may soothe a sore throat while the vitamin C will boost your immune system.

 

3. Ulcers

 Lemon juice has antifungal and antibacterial properties, so gargling with a cup of lukewarm lemon water may help speed the healing of canker sores.

 

4. Skin rashes

Soak a cotton ball in lemon juice and apply it to any type of rashes for relief.

 

5. Insect bites

Lemon juice helps in reducing the swelling and itching from insect bites.

 

6. Warts

Coating warts with lemon juice may help break them down and speed up recovery.

 

These are just some surprising health benefits of lemon in addition to enhancing weight loss. Visit your nearest Cold Storage to shop for fresh lemons and reap the benefits!

The Infinite Uses of Lemon: Beauty

The Infinite Uses of Lemon: Beauty

Lemons are very commonly used in many ways, from simply adding them into water to desserts, but did you know that lemons can also be used in your beauty routines? Here are 7 ways for you to use lemons to enhance your look!

 

1. Hair lightener

Mix lemon juice with almond or coconut oil, then apply it to your hair before heading out in the sun. The lemon will lighten your hair while the oil will keep it from drying out.

 

2. Age spots and freckles

Squeeze some lemon juice and apply with a cotton swab to help fade age spots and freckles.

 

3. Brightening moisturiser

Add a few drops of lemon juice into coconut oil and apply it as a moisturiser. This will help hydrate and brighten your skin to give it that glow you need.

 

4. Whiten nails

Soak your nails in a mixture of lemon juice and olive oil. While the lemon juice brightens your nails, the olive oil will help strengthen them.

 

5. Dandruff

Massage two tablespoons of lemon juice onto your scalp then rinse with water. Repeat as necessary until dandruff resolves.

 

6.Acne

Diluted lemon juice, a natural astringent, can help fight acne when applied to your face twice a day. Let it sit for 10 minutes each time, then rinse with cool water. Moisturise afterwards.

 

7. Exfoliator

A combination of lemon juice, sugar, olive oil, and honey makes a nourishing exfoliating scrub for your face and body.

 
By following these lemon beautifying methods regularly, you will be able to have healthy and beautiful skin, nails, and hair in no time! Visit your nearest Cold Storage to shop for fresh lemons today!

Stocking Up: Pantry Essentials Checklist

Stocking Up: Pantry Essentials Checklist

A well stocked kitchen and a little bit of forward thinking are necessary for us to cook a satisfying meal on a whim. Here we list down the essential items to have on hand year round to whip up something filling and delicious without frequent trips to the grocery store;

 

1. Pulses, grains, and legumes


Lentils, Beans, Couscous, Quinoa, Oats, Bulgur Wheat, Rice, Chickpeas, Polenta…the list can go on and on! These have a long shelf life in a pantry and can be the background or star of any meal.

 

2. Pastas and noodles 


Pastas and noodles keep well in a pantry and can be used in a multitude of dishes. They are great alternatives to rice and convenient for quick fixes too. Besides, you’ll have absolutely no troubles convincing the little ones to eat their pasta!

 

3. Spices, oils, vinegars, and sauces

Spices can be added to each and every dish whether sweet or savoury. Stock up on local spices, Indian spices and Mediterranean spices for endless dinner dish possibilities. Sauces and pastes can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge, such as pesto and pasta sauce.

 

4. Nuts and dried fruit


These are great to have on hand in any kitchen either as something to snack on or to just add a little oomph to your meal. Add dried fruit or nuts to your salads or rice dishes to jazz them up a little. Fold some nuts or dried fruit into your cookie or cake batter and make it a little more exciting

 

5. Freezer staple

Your freezer holds a world of possibilities when it comes to nutritious meals and it saves you frequent trips to the store. Frozen fish, chicken and vegetables often have the same nutritional value as fresh but are less expensive and can be stored longer with less waste.

 

Now that you know how to keep your kitchen well-stocked, head to your nearest Cold Storage for some high quality pantry staples!

Simple Steps to Reorganise Your Kitchen

Simple Steps to Reorganise Your Kitchen

Make your life easier with a simple, organised kitchen. Here are five simple steps you can take to start reorganising.

 

Step 1: Sort and Remove

Remove everything from the cabinets and discard those you hardly use, duplicates, broken items or things you forgot you had. Do this with each cabinet and drawer, setting up separate areas on the floor for each group.

 

Step 2: Group and Categorise Items

After your cabinets and drawers are all empty, consider what is best for you in terms of how to group items. Sort all your baking items and pile them together. Sort your cooking items and pile them together. Do the same with your dinnerware and partyware.

 

Step 3: Store Stuff Where You Use It

The most basic way to simplify your kitchen is to arrange your items so that everything is stored close to the place where you use it. The things you use often should be stored closest to the work counters. Place coffee or tea station that includes sugar, mugs and filters near the water source, if possible.

 

Step 4: Use Clear Containers

Group together things like packets of sauce mixes, gravy mixes and unopened spice packets, then put them into small plastic containers to avoid them being scattered all over the cabinet. Use clear plastic storage boxes to store food that is in small boxes such as gelatin or pudding mix.

 

Step 5: Use Drawer Dividers

Drawers are convenient for storage and stashing, but not when it starts to overflow. Drawer dividers will allow you to assign a little spot for each thing, and you’ll be able to find things when you need them.

Healthy Eating Begins at the Grocery Store : Health Aisle Guide

Healthy Eating Begins at the Grocery Store : Health Aisle Guide

This little guide makes the aisle easier to navigate by showing you how to add a few items into your daily diet for a healthy boost.

 

Quinoa

This versatile grain can be used to replace the use of rice at home. It’s packed with protein and contains a balanced set of essential amino acids – perfect for those with gluten intolerance as it is gluten-free and considered easy to digest.

 

Tamari

Tamari is dark brown in colour and slightly thicker than regular soy sauce. Not many people know this, but soy sauce is quite high in carbohydrates. This wheat free option is lower in carbs – perfect for those with gluten intolerance. If you’re fond of using a lot of soy sauce in your cooking, try this instead.

 

Virgin Coconut Oil

This unique form of saturated fat is capable of preventing heart diseases like stroke and the hardening of arteries. Take a few spoonfuls a day as a supplement, or add it to your salad dressings, or smoothies. You can even cook with it!

 

Oats

If you’re not a fan of instant oats, go for a bag of rolled oats and you’ll immediately notice a difference. Cook it with milk or soy, and for a sweet version top it off with honey, berries and nuts. Alternatively, opt for a savoury porridge version cooked with nuts and topped with light soya sauce, broccoli, tofu or meat.

 

LSA Mix

This is a mix that combines equal parts of linseed (or flaxseed), sunflower and almond meal. It provides your diet with essential fatty acids, soluble fibre, and many other nutrients. Sprinkle this into anything you eat – add it to cut fruits, smoothies, oatmeal, or stir fries for a little punch of nutrition that’s tasty too.

 

Next time you pass the organic aisle at Cold Storage, pause a while and pick up a new ingredient for your cooking pot. While this isn’t a complete list, try a few of these items and you’ll see that it’s quite easy to eat healthy without compromising taste.

Pregnancy Diet: Eat Well and Be Well

Pregnancy Diet: Eat Well and Be Well

What a woman eats during her pregnancy can impact the baby’s health as well as her own, for decades to come. Check out these diet rules that will benefit both mother and baby.

 

1. Do not “eat for two”

Eating well does not mean eating a lot. Women nowadays gain too much weight during pregnancy, leading to numerous health problem such as diabetes and overweight foetus.

 

2. Folic Acid

Make sure the prenatal vitamin you choose contains folic acid. You need 400 mcg daily before you become pregnant and in early pregnancy. Sufficient intake in the first trimester reduces neural-tube defects by 50% to 70%.

 

3. Iron

Additional amounts of iron are needed to make more blood to supply the baby with oxygen. Getting too little iron during pregnancy can lead to anemia, a condition resulting in fatigue and an increased risk of infections.

 

4. Avoid alcohol

Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause physical defects, learning disabilities, and emotional problems in children. Many experts recommend that you give up alcohol for your entire pregnancy.

 

5. Skip unsafe food

Steer clear of soft cheeses made with unpasteurized milk, as well as raw or undercooked meat, poultry, seafood or eggs as they may contain bacteria. Fish is a good source of lean protein, but swordfish, shark, king mackerel and tilefish are high in levels of methylmercury, and should be avoided.

 

The key is to fine-tune your eating habits but you don’t have to give up on all your favorite goodies. Treat yourself to tasty snacks such as a banana smoothie, frozen all-fruit nonfat sorbet, or trail mix – you may find all the ingredients at Cold Storage!

The Wonders of Spinach

The Wonders of Spinach

We all know that Popeye took his daily dose of spinach to get strong, but did you know that he was gaining so much more from it?

 
  1. Anti-cancer agent
    Spinach has at least 13 different flavonoid compounds that function as antioxidants and anti-cancer agent

  2. Daily dose of vitamin K
    Spinach contains a high amount of vitamin K which is important in maintaining bone health. One cup of fresh spinach leaves contain almost 200% of the daily value. Apart from vitamin K, spinach also contains other bone building nutrients such as calcium and magnesium.

  3. Stay smart
    Spinach has been found as helpful in protecting the brain from oxidative stress and it may reduce the effect of age related decline in brain function. A study done by the Chicago Health and Aging Project found that by eating three servings of green leafy vegetables each day you could slow mental decline caused by aging by 40%!

  4. And so much more

The list of health benefits from eating spinach could go on and on. It includes strengthening your eyesight with lutein which is a carotenoid protective against eye diseases, giving you a boost of energy with a high dosage of iron, and so much more.

 

Now what you should do is to make sure that spinach is a regular at the dinner table to help protect you and your family from diseases and health problems. Visit your nearest Cold Storage to shop for fresh spinach!