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A Better Cold Brew

What’s the difference between cold brew and iced coffee? Cold brew is actually steeped in cold water for a long period of time to extract the brew. Iced coffee is simply hot coffee, cooled down and poured over ice. Usually, iced coffee is brewed at double or triple strength to make up for the dilution when it’s poured over ice Unfortunately, iced coffee can be a bit bitter because of this. Cold brew takes a good 18-24 hours, which requires advanced planning. The real difference, however, is the smooth and bitter-free taste that has made cold brew a staple for hot, sweltering caffeine addicts everywhere. Unlike iced coffee, cold brew is brewed at a regular strength over a longer period...

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Telba, The Traditional Ethiopian Drink You’ve Never Heard Of

Ethiopia is known for striking landscapes, friendly people, amazing food and rich history. Most visitors are struck by the diversity and hospitality of the locals they encounter. If you’ve been lucky enough to go to an Ethiopian food restaurant, you’ve experienced the exciting ways healthy foods like vegetables and legumes are prepared. Steamed broccoli with a touch of salt is never the same after tasting greens and beans richly spiced and cooked to perfection, paired with the traditional bread, injera.  You may also have seen Telba on the menu. Telba is a traditional healthy beverage made from flax and honey. It’s possible to make a creamier version of Telba that’s a great healthy meal substitute or quick breakfast; it’s also...

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Flax Beauty Hack

Got a tiny amount of Telba left in the bag, but not enough to brew up a few cups? Use this beauty hack to give yourself an anti-inflammatory face mask! Beauty experts swear by flax to do everything from calm rosacea to increase moisture in the skin. This simple mask looks a bit strange, but will make your skin feel delicious. You’ll need: 1 teaspoon of pure Telba 3 teaspoons water Grind the Telba until it’s in powder form. Soak it in the water until it becomes a gooey paste. Apply it to your freshly cleaned face, but avoid the eye area. After about 10 minutes, rinse it off. You’ll notice less sensitivity and a more even skin tone. Do...

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The Lowdown on Lignans

Why choose whole flaxseeds over any other source of omega 3 fatty acids? The answer is lignans, one of nature’s most amazing phytochemicals. Flaxseeds have more lignans than any other food on the planet! Lignans are actually phytoestrogens. This means they can find, bind to and block excess estrogen in our bodies. Too much estrogen is a factor in breast cancer and other hormone-related cancers. Excess estrogen is also a factor in obesity. Studies involving mice have shown flaxseeds to dramatically prohibit tumor growth. One study found a 42% reduction in death from breast cancer in patients that included flaxseed in their diets. Another fascinating study shows that consuming flaxseeds for 10 years means a 71% decreased chance of getting...

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Celeb Superfood Habits

  What do the fittest A-listers have in common? Besides great trainers and lots of discipline, they love including flax seed into their diets. Madonna has been using flaxseed daily for years to keep her famously trim shape. She swears that her regular intake of flaxseed oil keeps her trim. Justin Timberlake admits that he loves eating. How does he stay so fit? Besides his workout, he makes sure flax is a part of his daily diet. “I train in the mornings and I’ll eat two breakfasts. I’ll have waffles with flax seed and almond butter and one egg scrambled. ” He says. Even celebrity makeup artists swear by flax’s superfood powers to make their clients’ skin look softer and...

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